When I first became pregnant I was able to wear my regular clothes for about the first 4 to 5 months, it was great! As my jeans started getting snug in the waist, I started using a hair band to keep my button done up and wore longer shirts to cover my unzipped zipper!
At this point I knew the day was coming where I would have to invest in maternity clothing, so I ventured out one afternoon to see what my options were. My first shocker was how expensive maternity clothing can be! I really just started wearing maternity clothes not long ago, (around 6 months) so I will probably get 5 months of wear out of them. I figured there must be a better way!
Here are some tips and tricks I have used so far. At the end of this pregnancy if I learn any more I will be sure to share!
– In the beginning, just use an elastic hair band around your pants button and wear longer shirts, this will get you through the first 4 to 5 months.
– Ask friends and family if they have any clothes to borrow. My sister gave me a whole bag of clothing which was really great!
– Check your spouses clothing, I was able to “borrow” a couple shirts to sleep in when my pj’s started getting too tight/uncomfortable. You may even find a nice white button up shirt you can wear belted with leggings, get creative!
– Buy pieces that are “basics” and will go with everything, I purchased a pair of skinny jeans, a maternity black and a white tank top for layering, a black skirt and white peasant blouse. These items are always my base and I can use them interchangeably.
– Shop around, my city doesn’t have a large assortment of maternity stores, but I was able to find an Old Navy with maternity wear which really helped the budget.
– For bras and underwear, just buy bigger sizes and avoid underwire, it hurts! I had good luck at Target and the prices were right too!
– Buy regular size dresses that have empire waists, you will most likely be able to wear them when you aren’t pregnant also.
If you happen to live in London Ontario, the best priced items I found were at Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity on Wellington Rd.
Hope this helps save a little cash!