What Are the Best Scrubs for Nurses That Are Pregnant or Nursing?

maternity scrub alternatives

I went through 2 pregnancies and nursing of babies as a nursing student/nurse. Knowing what scrubs to buy and where to buy them was a challenge. I ended up coming up with some maternity scrub alternatives. This is why I wrote this post. To make navigating the experience a little easier for you and share what worked for me. Hope it is helpful!(This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on them and ordering products can earn me commissions with no extra charge for you)

I tried to go for as long as I could without having to wear maternity scrubs. I bought a couple “stretchy side” types from a thrift store. But eventually, I had no choice, my scrub tops were barely fitting! I just didn’t like the idea that I had to buy special scrubs just to wear for a few months and then never wear again. There were no other pregnant nurses on my unit so I didn’t have anyone to ask about what to do. My boss was not helpful either. I asked if I could just wear t-shirts or if I had to wear scrubs and he was like “well I think you have to wear scrubs” and I was like ok…I guess I’m on my own. Here is what I came up with.

Maternity Scrub alternatives

I was a pretty new nurse when I was pregnant with my son. I didn’t like the idea of having to buy maternity scrubs and then regular scrubs when I was done being pregnant. I was also afraid that I would outgrow the traditional maternity scrub tops. Due to these factors, I came up with some maternity scrub alternatives


My favorite scrub tops for while I was pregnant were jackets or button-ups. My baby was due in September so that meant I was at my biggest during the summer. Using the button up style meant I could wear a normal maternity t-shirt with the button up over it(not buttoned obviously). Long sleeve jackets were not an option because it was so hot, but if you have a winter baby they would work great! They do have short sleeve versions though! I love these options on Amazon. They come in multiple colors too.

What is great about these button-up tops is that you can wear them for while you are nursing as well! I found these tops super helpful because it saved me from having to lift up the scrub top up in order to pump. It is kind of a pain to lift a scrub top since you often have tons of stuff in your pockets. I love when I can lots of use out of an item. Buying button up scrubs is the way to go!


Now, I also hated the idea of traditional maternity scrub bottoms. For one, I have a very hard time finding pants that fit me right because I am pretty petite. I knew I would have to try them on. So I went to my local uniform store asking for help. The store worker suggested the Koi Morgan yoga style scrub pants. They have a super stretchy, yoga style waste with a drawstring. The waistband can also be rolled down so it will stretch around the bottom of your belly. These are still my favorite pants by the way. I bought some more recently because I love them so much. They don’t fall down like a lot of my other pants have. They come in all range of sizes too which is helpful! Below is Regular, petite, and tall sizes. (Multiple colors too)

Because these are the only scrub pants that I wore during my pregnancy, they are the only ones I wanted to recommend here. Koi are very high-quality scrubs. Like I said. I still wear these scrub bottoms. If these don’t work for you, I highly recommend going to your local scrub store. I love supporting small businesses and love how helpful they are!

Here is another post I found from another blog called Midlevelyou. It’s called Pregnant? Best Maternity Scrubs

Stay tuned

Stay tuned for more advice for navigating pregnancy while nursing! Thanks for reading! What are your favorite scrubs to wear while pregnant? Let me know in the comments!

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