Best Maternity Scrubs for Nurses (Tops, Pants & Sets)

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A comfortable set of scrubs is essential if you are working while pregnant. However, finding the right fit can be difficult. It varies widely depending on your body shape and the trimester you are in.

Essentially, you do not want ill-fitting, uncomfortable clothing while you are going through all the other demands of pregnancy.

The good news is there is a number of good quality maternity scrubs available. And buying online is not a problem with accurate size-guides and previous customer reviews.

Amazon.com is especially useful when buying from home. However, with so many to choose from determining the best can be a headache. That’s where this review roundup comes in…

When buying maternity scrubs, you should look out for items that provide plenty of coverage and have adjustable areas so that the size can be altered as your baby grows.

The number of pockets and other features is also worth considering. Finally, there is the all-important color and style factor. You will want to buy something you will feel good wearing.

Below you will find my picks for the best maternity tops and pants currently on the market. As I have not been pregnant for over a decade, 🙂 the selection is based on my discussion with colleagues, as well as in-depth research on verified customer reviews.

These are the results…

Maternity Scrub Reviews

1. #1 SCRUB PANTS: WonderWink Women’s Wonderwork Maternity Pant

WonderWink has come up trumps with their Wonderwork Maternity Pant. There are few options that are rated as comfortable and so easy to go about your day in, whilst expecting.

Featuring a 360-degree motion stretch flexible fit fabric, the pant flexes around your tummy and thighs in a way that both offers support, while not pressing too severely.

The full elastic waist ensures a secure fit no matter what stage you are in of your pregnancy.

A dyed-to-match silky knit waist panel is another sign that comfort has been prioritized in the design of these pants.

Functionality is another bonus here. The pant features a large cargo pocket, a pen pocket, and even a cell phone pocket. There’s also a utility loop to hook your keys or security passcard onto.

The Wonderwork is fully machine washable of course (you do not want to be hand-washing clothes in your condition).

For those that understand the difference, the material is made from 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton.

Overall, a great maternity scrub pant where the large number of positive customer reviews speaks for itself.

DETAILS:
  • 360 Degree Motion Stretch Flexible Fit Fabric
  • Flare Leg Opening with 2 Inch Side Seam Vent at Hem
  • 1/2 Inch Elastic Waistband at Top of Knit Panel
  • Dyed-to-Match Silky Knit Waist Panel
  • Right Leg Cargo Pocket with Pen and Cell Phone Pocket
  • Utility Loop On Cargo Pocket
  • 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton
  • Available in XS-3XL

2. Med Couture Women’s Maternity Pant

Another scrub maternity pant worthy of my top 5 is this from Med Couture, (with a name that you’re going to expect quality hey).

The pant is made from 95% Polyester with a 5% splash of Spandex for good measure (and stretchy fit).

Comfort and coverage are the key ingredients here. The long boot cut leg with side vents ensures a good fit. The knit waist panel helps to provide support in a way that doesn’t irritate.

Functionality is another way the pantsuits a busy medical professional. A single cargo pocket, along with a single back welt pocket, (combined with an extra welt pocket at the back), means you will have no problems storing some of your most important tools about your person.

Med Couture also boasts some innovative fabric technology here too. Described as “Performance Activate Stretch” material in the sales copy, the pant incorporates cooling technology in a way that stays flexible and comfortable in equal measures.

And one more thing worth mentioning. This easy clean pant actually looks really good too. Who says you have to sacrifice style for comfort when it comes to wearing maternity scrub pants.

With this, you can have both!

Various sizes ranging from X-Small Petite to XXX-Large are available, along with choices of navy, royal blue, pewter, and black colors.

3. Jockey 2459 Women’s Ultimate Maternity Scrub Pant

The final maternity scrub pant to make my list in 2020 is this offering from the well-known Jockey brand.

We’ve got a mix here in the material, with the tri-blend stretch pant being made from 72% Polyester, 21% Rayon, and 7% Spandex.

For ease of movement for the pregnant medical professional, the pants feature side vents on the leg and a flexible, back stretch panel.

This aids comfort and coverage which are two of the most important variables in good maternity pants.

Storage comes in the form of two front and two back hip pockets. There’s also a little mock fly detail to add something to the overall look.

Functional with a dash of style, the Jockey maternity scrub pant is available in 9 different colors including royal blue, plumbery wine, teal, charcoal, and more.

A wide range of sizes is also catered for, with the gamut running from x-small to x-large.

DETAILS:
  • TRI-BLEND STRETCH | 72% Polyester / 21% Rayon / 7% Spandex
  • Comfort Guaranteed – Pure comfort front and backstretch panel
  • Two front and to back hip pockets
  • Mock fly detail
  • Side vents for ease of movement
  • 16″ leg opening with 31 1/2″ inseam

Best Maternity Scrub Tops

So we’ve looked at a selection of top quality scrub tops. How about some new scrub pants? In some cases, you will be able to pick up the above tops and purchase pants from the same brand. (A great solution if you do not want to shop around).

If however, you are after a new set of pants on their own or are keen to expand your choice, the following are my picks for you if you require a plus-size option.

1. #1 SCRUB TOP: CHEROKEE Women’s Maternity V-Neck Knit Panel Top

Now let’s take a look at some of the best maternity scrub tops available. Although some of these are different brands to the pants reviewed above, with the right color choices you will be able to mix and match with ease.

First off, the mix on the Cherokee maternity v-neck scrub top is 55% Cotton, 42% Polyester, and 3% Spandex. Make of that what you will. The end result from a wearers’ point of view is a flexible top, that is comfortable and offers plenty of coverage.

To add to that, the top features a drawstring closure, for an even better fit.

The empire waist feels snug without being overbearing, with the comfort levels increased further with the adjustable side tie. Essentially, no matter the stage of your pregnancy, this is a scrub top that will fit.

Unfortunately, from a style perspective, there are very few colors to choose from. That shouldn’t put you off what is a high-quality maternity scrub top that will provide you with many months of use.

DETAILS:
  • Drawstring closure
  • Machine Wash
  • Empire waist
  • Stretch side panels
  • Adjustable side tie

2. WonderWink Women’s Plus Size Wonderwork Maternity Top

If you opt for the WonderWink scrub pants reviewed above, and you are looking for a scrub set, it makes perfect sense to go for this top from them too.

The basic features remain the same, with the top being machine washable and made from 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton.

The 360-degree motion stretch, the flexible fit fabric is once again used, with the storage capacity in terms of pockets being very good too.

The Wonderwork maternity top benefits from two large patch pockets, one pen pocket, and one cell phone pocket, (paired with the pants, this is ample space to carry those important devices).

The longer front length assists with the coverage, ensuring your belly is safely and warmly tucked away no matter your position.

There is also a front waist tie to allow adjustment as your shape changes through each trimester.

Like the pants, the top is available in sizes XS to 3XL. So even if you are carrying triplets, there is an option for you. 🙂

DETAILS:
  • Innovative Active Twill
  • 360 Degree Motion Stretch
  • Formulated Flexible Fit
  • Redefined Live-In Comfort
  • Dyed-to-match knit side panels
  • Longer front length
  • Two large patch pockets
  • One pen pocket
  • One cell pocket
  • Vented sides
  • 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton
  • Available in XS-3XL

3. Landau Women’s 3 Pocket, Modern Tailored Fit V-Neck Medical Scrub Top 9699

The final maternity scrub top to make my list is this offering from Landau. Opting for a 54% Rayon, 44% Polyester, and 2% Spandex fabric mix, this is a comfortable top that provides all the flexibility you need during your pregnancy.

The material is also durable and breathable, which is an asset when working in a busy environment.

It features a pull on closure, and v-neckline, with the self-tie adjustable waist for increased versatility and expansion.

The longer length will provide the coverage you want out of a scrub top. The subtle 2-way stretch also helps with mobility.

The top has been designed with angled top entry pockets for better style and easier action. The pocket on the right is also layered for extra storage.

Finally, it is fully machine washable, with a range of color options on offer to suit your style.

Factors to consider when buying maternity scrubs

best maternity scrubs reviews

There are a number of things you should consider when buying maternity scrubs. Let’s take a look at some of them now…

Buying the right size & fit

It may seem rather obvious, but when buying maternity scrubs, size, shape, and fit are the most important attributes to think about, especially in light of your evolving body shape over the various trimesters.

We all built differently, and torso length, as well as more common waist size and height dimensions, should be considered. Are you petite, plus size, and/or tall?

At what stage are you at in your pregnancy too? You will clearly need a larger maternity scrub in your 3rd trimester than you do earlier in the pregnancy.

Of course, buying online (which is happening more often in our Coronavirus-ridden world) can present some problems when it comes to buying the right fit.

Because of this, we have created a dedicated guide in the next section below, detailing how to purchase the right size maternity scrubs when ordering online.

The quality of the material

Maternity scrubs come in a wide range of fabric types including polyester, nylon, cotton, spandex and rayon. Very often you will find a blend of these materials within one garment.

The quality of the material and the ratio of these blends have a direct impact on the quality of the scrub and factors such as comfort and fabric strength.

For instance, a high cotton count can result in a comfortable scrub top that is more prone to wrinkling and is easier to tear than say an even balance of cotton and polyester, (the latter being stronger and holding its shape better).

Stretchability is another important attribute in maternity scrubs especially. A blend that incorporates spandex is beneficial here.

And let’s not forget cleanability. Those scrubs are going to get dirty and splashed with all manner of things. A fabric that is easy to clean should definitely be a priority.

Elasticity

We have touched upon this while talking about the stretchability of the fabric but taken as a whole, you will want your scrubs to offer a lot of elasticity through their design too.

For instance, some maternity scrubs are manufactured with an expandable tummy area, while the hips and legs are more rigid. Other designs opt for an overall looser fit that essentially drapes over your bulge as it grows.

In between this, you can purchase scrubs with a balanced elasticity level throughout the garment.

Essentially, you should ensure that the scrubs you buy have the level of elasticity you need for your body shape and style preference.

And on that subject…

Overall Style & Color

Your changing body shape doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your stylistic personality. While too much color might not be appropriate on the ward, there’s nothing to say you have to stick to green or blue.

There’s also the varying fits that we mentioned above. There’s nothing to stop you from having a figure-hugging maternity scrub or something that is a bit looser. The options are out there.

Ultimately, while pregnant, being comfortable and looking good are not mutually exclusive.

How to pick the right size maternity scrubs when buying online

2020 was the year that many of us were forced to start buying online whether we were used to it or not. I’ve never been much of a clothes buyer using Amazon, as I like to try things on first.

With the high street closed, of course, online shopping for items such as maternity scrubs is a necessity. So how do you choose the right size for you?

Let’s take a look at some constructive steps you can take to ensure that what gets delivered fits like a glove.

Check the size guide

Very often the brand will provide a size guide, either on their website or the Amazon sales page. Study this carefully. The offered guidelines and size recommendations will assist you greatly. Especially if you spend that little extra time to measure yourself and now your own dimensions as they are today, (and not what you hope you are 🙂 )

The fact is, brands measure a S, M, L, and so on in different ways. A medium scrub top from one manufacturer can fit completely differently to a medium from another.

Read verified customer reviews

The reviews section of a product on Amazon can be a wealth of information on popular items. Previous customers will often report back if an item runs small or large compared to their expectations.

Read these reviews to get an overall idea of how well the scrub has been received. If there’s chatter about length, cut, stretchiness, etc it will help you choose the right fit (or avoid altogether).

YouTube Review videos

In some cases, you may find a youtube review video on the scrubs you are interested in. A previous customer will often wear the item and talk about it too. If they provide details of their size (you can also rely on the visual cues of seeing them on camera) you can ascertain whether the item fits in a way that would be appropriate to you too.

The brand may also post videos on Youtube. Seeing models wearing the clothing provides insight into how they look when someone is moving around, not just a static image.

Essentially, pulling together all the available information you can, is the best way of choosing the right fit for you.

About Hannah Drake

Hannah Drake, RN, CSP is a registered nurse and owner and founder of Nurse Focus. Her nursing career spans almost two decades, and in that time she has developed her skill base across a variety of settings, including med surg nursing, clinical informatics system administration and implementation, and healthcare community management. Contact Hannah.

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