2) Not so good (although perhaps understandable) return policy. Everything on sale is no return and the one dress we liked just enough to buy, we learned at checkout was no return also (even though it was not on sale) because it was classified as an "occasional" or "party" dress. My wife was on the fence about the purchase anyway and this was enough to make her change her mind and not buy it.

Ok so I HATE maternity clothes... or I should say hated... I bought my first pair of maternity jeans yesterday from primark of all places and I am literally in love! They are still nice and skinny and fitted but so comfy around my bump - check out my maternity video on what I purchased here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3bLjGSHMZE&index=3&list=UU-DxGKz7B0xh_zSDzgnL2cw
During my first trimester, I thought I might get away with continuing to wear my low-slung hipster jeans for the duration. And I probably could have eeked them out for way longer than I did, had I invested in button extenders or a Bump Bandeau (as recommended by JTryner in an earlier thread). But there was always going to come a point when I got a little larger all over (be it from swelling, fat or, y'know, the extra 2 ½ pints of blood that swishes around in women when they're growing a foetus).
If you are trying to buy on a budget (you have a baby to think about, after all!), Walmart is a great place to look. Its maternity section is brimming with dresses, tops and pants that are both fashion-forward and super affordable. We love Walmart's "Maternity Essentials" section, which has all the basics you'll need for those nine months (and beyond). 

Each piece in our maternity wear collection is crafted with quality fabrics and durable construction to make the best maternity clothes in Canada. We design clothes specifically with your growing belly in mind for a comfortable, flattering fit. Browse fashion in soft fabrics with plenty of give like textured knit, slub jersey, French terry, and stretch modal. Find garments in more structured materials such as Tencel, linen, poplin, chambray, and premium denim with special construction features that make room for baby while still looking great on you. Explore tops with empire waists, well-placed darts, and extended hemlines to fit and flatter your stomach alongside crossover and snap shirts great for nursing. Skirts, shorts, jeans, and other bottoms have either an elasticized waist or a full, demi, or inset panel so they look as great as they are comfortable to wear.
Motherhood Maternity carries a wide range of affordable maternity apparel, whether you are looking for comfortable, stylish or classic maternity apparel. If you’re seeking a few stylish maternity tops to rotate with your favorite pair of maternity jeans, or just looking to add a few maternity dresses to your wardrobe, Motherhood Maternity is the place to go.
Great store with a great selection of Maternity clothing. Last year a friend of mine was pregnant and she wears plus size clothing. She had a tough time finding plus size maternity wear until she spotted this store. There is an entire section reserved for plus size woman ranging from X to 3X. The plus size selection is great and very reasonably prices. I'm sure if this store didn't exsist, she may have had to stay indoors for the remainder of her pregnancy because she couldn't find a thing to fit her at the other maternity stores in Halifax. They also sold little trinkets such as pregnancy books, stuffed animals, fetal heart monitors and baby calenders. It's a great little store located near the escaltors between Sears on the top level.
If ever there was a time when fast fashion is an obvious choice, we think it’s when you’re pregnant. Considering you’ll need something on trend and in season, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and you will probably not wear it a year from now, it’s smart to scan H&M’s maternity offerings. From great jeans to sweaters, skirts and tops, you can build a good base for all nine months from the brand’s selection. Plus, be sure to check out H&M's nursing dresses and bras — you’ll need those before you know it!
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