Shopping online doesn’t have to be confusing.
Read through some of the most Frequently Asked Questions below to get the most out of your shopping experience at Carry Maternity!

Contact Us if you have further questions or concerns. 

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General Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When should I start buying maternity-accommodating clothes?

Every body and every pregnancy is different. It is best to come in when you start to feel uncomfortable in your current clothes.

All of the styles we have at Carry Maternity are meant to grow with you, therefore the earlier you invest in your maternity items the most use you will get out of them.


Q: I’m early in my pregnancy, and don’t know what I need!

A very popular concern, first-time pregnancies can be daunting because one morning you wake up and suddenly none of your regular clothes fit! Depending on your lifestyle the recommended essentials for everyone can be different. 

Some factors to consider: a neutral palette (think black, grey, & navy) is a layering-lover’s dream come true. Easily create different multi-purpose outfits by mixing & matching with items you already own such as cardigans, blazers, belts & shoes.

Carry Maternity’s Basics Collection features a carefully curated selection of high-quality versatile dresses, separates, undergarments, and even nursing-friendly bras. In addition to clothing, skin care essentials like Belly Butter or Stretch Mark Serum help your body adjust to all the ongoing changes!

Shop our Basics Collection to get all the maternity essentials under your belt!


Q: How does the sizing work?

For a good start, go with pre-pregnancy sizing, as our maternity clothes are already designed to accommodate for your changing curves!

For any further questions regarding sizing (or other inquiries), always feel free to Contact Us, or check out our Size Guide for brand-specific guidelines.

Thanks to our intimate and experienced team, you’ll find honest and open solutions to changing bust-sizes, formal events, and looking professional on a daily basis, without sacrificing comfort.

Carry Maternity Size Guide

XXS XS S M L XL
Bust 31.5-33.5 33.5-35.5 35.75-37.75 38-40 40.5-42.5 43-44.75
Hip 33.5-35.5 35.5-37.5 37.75-39.75 40-42 42.5-44.5 44.75-46.75
CAN 0 2-4 4-6 8 10-12 14

Bust: Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your bust, go around your back, then drop your arms to your sides to measure.

Hips: Stand with your heels together and measure around the fullest part of your hips.


Q: What is the fit typically like on Carry styles?

Consistency is important to us at Carry Maternity. That’s why our fit is ‘true-to-size’. Generally, if you’re a true Medium pre-pregnancy, your best bet is to go with a Medium in the Carry brand. 

For true accuracy via measurements, see our Size Guide above.


Q: When should I buy new bras?

As with purchasing maternity clothes, buy new bras the moment you start feeling uncomfortable in your pre-pregnancy bras!

We carry a ton of amazing brands like Bravado Design, who create comfort-focused bras designed to accommodate for a changing bust and band size.

All the bras we sell at Carry are nursing friendly, ensuring you get the most out of your purchase. However, depending on what stage you are in your pregnancy, it’s not always a guarantee that you’ll be able to nurse in the bra you originally purchased.

Visit us in-store, or give us a call/send us an email to get specific bra recommendations for your particular lifestyle needs. That way you can also provide us with your measurements to get the best fit possible!


Q: You don’t have my size available in a style I want. When will it be back?

If you’re looking for a size that is currently unavailable, particularly at the start of a season, chances are that we can order it for you, or figure out an alternative solution!

Our team at Carry Maternity is intimate, and that means our stock online can often take up to 48 hours to update & reflect actual in-store inventory. 

In the meantime, please Contact Us (email/call us) and we can put you into our Specials list so once it arrives, your order will be filled.


Q: How do I know if something will fit me all the way through my pregnancy?

Most (if not all) of the styles we offer at Carry Maternity are carefully selected because they’re designed to grow with you from month 1 to 9, and beyond!

All Carry exclusives, in particular, are timeless cuts that have been adjusted in the bust, belly & hips to accommodate for your changing curves. Our fabrics are also spandex rich for a comfortable & flexible fit.

If you are concerned about the longevity of a style, always feel free to Contact Us with your measurements and we can personally ensure you get the most out of your purchases. View our Size Guide here.

Forever Styles are maternity-accommodating clothes you can wear before, during & after your pregnancy, and are often nursing-friendly!

Make the most of your maternity wardrobe by shopping from our Forever Styles Collection! 


Q: I’m looking for something specific that I can’t find on your website, what should I do?

Contact Us!

We at Carry Maternity pride ourselves on being available and ready-to-help on our many different platforms. This enables us to help you shop over the phone & online with ease. We look forward to hearing from you.  


Q: Should I buy jeans with or without a panel?

If you have never worn maternity jeans, we recommend trying on both styles! The over-the-bump panel and side inserts are both great options and ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference.

Both options will take you all the way through and, contrary to popular belief, one is not better than the other.

Shop our selection of Maternity Denim here!


Q: I’m looking for Nursing friendly pieces. Suggestions?

Shop our Nursing selection here! 

A year-round favourite, our Wrap Dresses are always an instant hit and supremely comfortable. Discreetly maternity, the wrap concept allows easy nursing access, and the only thing that makes it pregnancy friendly is the additional fabric in the skirt to keep you & your bump covered!

View our entire selection of Wrap Dresses here!


Q: How many nursing bras will I need?

Everyone’s lifestyle is different, but we typically recommend starting with two day-in, day-out nursing bras with adequate support & a flexible fit, and at least one sleeping bra with comfort as the main focus.

Our go-to daily bra recommendation is the Silk Seamless Nursing Bra by Bravado Design in any of the practical colour-ways offered.

Bravado’s Ballet Bra is a supremely comfortable pullover-style nursing bra without any hardware, making it a nighttime favourite for new mothers!

Once you have the essentials out of the way, you can get something more sexy, like the Anita Fleur Lace Nursing Bra, or even a pretty colour of a staple style like the Dawn Buttercup Bravado Bra!

Visit us in-store, or give us a call/send us an email to get specific bra recommendations for your particular lifestyle needs. That way you can also provide us with your measurements to get the best fit possible!

Unsure of your measurements? See us in-store for a complementary bra-fitting. We offer a huge selection of styles and carry cup sizes B to I (further sizes available upon request via special orders).

Check out our entire Maternity & Nursing Bras selection here!


Q: Can I wear nursing clothes during pregnancy?

Yes! All of the styles in our Nursing Section are maternity-accommodating, to ensure you get the most out of your purchases at Carry Maternity.

Shop Maternity & Nursing friendly styles here! 


Q: I’m purchasing a gift for someone. Any advice?

Our Gift Ideas section online has styles that are an easy fit, to ensure a stress-free shopping experience. Along with clothing, this section also features skin-care essentials for new & upcoming mothers, & baby clothes/hats to create the perfect little care package for a loved one!

Every year around the holiday season, we publish our Gift Guide, focusing on best-selling items that are on every mother-to-be’s wishlist (whether she knows it or not!). Check back regularly for up-to-date recommendations & advice.

Browse Carry’s Gift Ideas section here!


Q: How do I care for my garments?

All of our garments have small interior tags containing care instructions suggesting ‘hand wash’. This is more so a precaution set in place to prevent your quality dresses getting mixed in with denser fabrics like towels, bedsheets, and/or denim.

For the easiest & most efficient method to care for your Carry dresses; set your washer to ‘Delicate’ cycle, and/or place your dresses in a garment bag to prevent chafing/pilling.

Be sure to air dry your dresses flat or on a sweater rack; never in the dryer.

For style-specific advice/suggestions, feel free to Contact Us! 

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Shopping – Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is Carry an online-only store?

In recent years, making our digital presence more known has become a priority, as we know it can be hard for ladies to find time between work & home to see us in-store for our one-of-a-kind shopping experience. More so, if you live outside of the city of Toronto, Ontario. That’s why the majority of all our collections can be found online.

As always, we highly encourage all of our customers to take advantage of our knowledgeable staff, and Contact Us regarding questions, concerns, or advice.


Q: Is your entire selection available online?

The majority of our inventory is available for purchase online, but as we primarily operate as a brick & mortar boutique, we will always have more in-store than we do online!

If there’s ever anything in particular that you can’t find on our website, please Contact Us so we can further assist you.

We pride ourselves on being available and ready-to-help on our many different platforms. This enables us to help you shop over the phone & online with ease. We look forward to hearing from you.!


Q: Who do you use for shipping?

We primarily use Canada Post.

***Please note that due to the Canada Post strike you may experience a delay in shipping time. If you have any questions or concerns about your orders please do not hesitate to email us at info@carrymaternity.ca and we will reply back to you as soon as possible.***


Q: How quickly do you process orders & how long does it take to ship from your store?

Please allow up to 5 business days for processing of all online orders.

Shipping time is dependent on standard courier timeframe. Please see further details on the appropriate courier website. Please also allow additional processing and shipping time during any postal strikes.


Q: How will my order be packaged?

All of our orders are gift-wrapped in tissue paper regardless of whether they’re a gift or not (because you deserve to spoil yourself every now and then, too!).

If your order is a gift for someone, simply message us with a note, and we will happily provide a gift receipt, plus a handwritten note just for them!  

Have a question/concern that we didn’t address? Contact Us!

We at Carry pride ourselves on being available and ready-to-help on our many different platforms. This enables us to help you shop over the phone & online with ease. We look forward to hearing from you.  

Telephone: (416) 921-3116

E-mail: info@carrymaternity.ca

 

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