Jennifer Love Hewitt Designs a Maternity Line for A Pea In the Pod - Get the First Look!

11/13/2013 at 08:00 AM ET

Jennifer Love Hewitt may be expecting her first child in December, but that doesn’t mean she’s been taking it easy. In fact, she picked up an extra project — designing a capsule collection for A Pea in the Pod maternity wear — and we have the first look.

Jennifer Love Hewitt maternity Pea in the PodCourtesy Pea in the Pod

“Being pregnant for the first-time, I wasn’t sure exactly what pieces I was going to need at different stages. When I went to A Pea in the Pod, I gravitated toward the pieces I could wear early on in my pregnancy and that would also grow with me as my body kept changing. I no longer felt overwhelmed.” Hewitt tells PEOPLE about why she decided to team up with the line. “So with my collection, I wanted to design pieces that other moms-to-be could easily wear from the first trimester, throughout their pregnancy and even after their baby is born. It’s one less thing you have to think about or stress over while you’re preparing for or spending time with your new baby!”

So with that in mind, Hewitt created 15 pieces for her “L by Jennifer Love Hewitt” collection that are pretty classic and flexible — basic tees, printed maxis, cowlneck tops and comfy leggings (see the sketches at bottom). And she’s not just posing in the clothes for glam modeling shots; she’s already worn the leggings out and about.

RELATED PHOTOS: See Hewitt’s easy-chic mom-to-be style in our Moms & Babies gallery!

Jennifer Love Hewitt maternity Pea in the PodCourtesy Pea in the Pod

“The leggings that have zippers on the side are my go-to piece in this collection. These are the perfect maternity item — they stretch and move with you and have that added embellishment makes you feel instantly chic,” she shares. “You can dress them up or down and feel great wearing them. I like to pair them with a tee or tunic for during the day and then I can throw on a leather jacket and booties for the night time.” (Though with just a few weeks left to go before her pregnancy, she says the maxi dresses are her go-tos — “They make me feel feminine and they are so comfortable!”)

Hewitt herself is no slouch in the maternity style department, though she admits to getting a little inspiration from Halle Berry. “She always looks chic and pulled together,” the designer says, “which proves that your pregnancy doesn’t have to compromise your personal style.”

Jennifer Love Hewitt maternity Pea in the PodCourtesy Pea in the Pod

So what’s her takeaway from her dual roles as mom-to-be and maternity designer? “Find the pieces that make you feel like you and the best and most confident version of you!” she advises. “If you invest in pieces like a maxi dress, side-ruched tees, a pair of leggings and a versatile blazer or jacket, you can mix and match all of them throughout your pregnancy.”

And, she hopes, in the months afterwards; it’s only a matter of time before we see her model them in the months after baby arrives. But you’ll have to wait until March to get your hands on the collection yourself in Pea in the Pod and select Destination Maternity stores.

Tell us: What do you think of “L by Jennifer Love Hewitt?” Will you check out the line?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Exclusive , Fashion , Maternity

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shannon on

Wow, she looks gorgeous and those maternity clothes look fabulous too. I’ll have to look into them the next time around…

Isabel on

Nice clothes… When I was pregnant 3 1/2 years ago, I had a grey jacket like that one, with shorter sleeves, maternity skinny jeans, a cobalt blue dress very similar to that one (not so thight maybe), and a maxi dress with a similar cut as thatr one, but in shades of brown… All were very confortable and dressy. Looks as if like they went into my closet for inspiration :)

Just Sayin on

I’m all done having kids, but I wish these fashions were out when I was pregnant!

theyknow on

I love the clothes and she looks great. It is so hard to find clothes that you can wear while pregnant and then after your pregnancy. Pea in the Pod is kind of pricy though.

Aria on

I love her sense of style. I wish these were available when I was pregnant.

kt on

Very cute. Any word on if they’ll be available in plus maternity too?

like it is on

Now we know why Client List was cancelled!

caviardiva on

Although I’m 64, I remember having a go-to halter, empire, flowy maxi-dress for special events (it was not a maturnity dress).The designs are lovely! My favorite is the blue, fitted dress with the drawstrings at the side seams/hemline. It is cleverly functional while simultaneously being stylish! Nothing is more unattractive to me than a sloppily-dressed pregnant woman! A mother-to-be is at the peak of her womanhood! Her attire should reflect this.

Grace Adler on

Tacky, tacky

Me on

“while your preparing” Who edited this piece? Common grammar hiccup here, should be “you’re”

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