4 Ways to Save Big on Maternity Clothes

For many women, a pregnancy starts to feel real when their bump begins to form and they notice their regular clothes getting tight. While this happens at different times for different women, it’s also usually the first time they go shopping for maternity clothes. Some women love to shop, some women hate it, but almost all will have to do it at some point in their pregnancy. If you’d rather not spend big bucks on your maternity wardrobe, or if budget constraints mean you can’t, rest assured that there are multiple ways to get the clothes you need without breaking the bank.

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1. Ask friends and family

Many women stock up on maternity clothes during their first pregnancy and, after the baby comes, pack them away for next time. Since you’ll likely only be wearing maternity clothes for a few months, it’s totally feasible for you to borrow from those around you. Sometimes a simple Facebook message asking if anyone has anything you can borrow can leave you with a full wardrobe. If you have a special occasion, such as a wedding or job interview, ask around for pieces you’ll only wear once to stretch your budget.

2. Check out Craigslist

Often, when women are done having kids they’ll sell their maternity clothes as a lot for a huge discount. If you check listings regularly, you’ll find that it’s not uncommon to see a week’s worth of clothes listed for under $100. Every piece may not be to your taste but, when you’re getting so much for so little it’s surely worth it! 

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3. Hit up thrift stores

Buying used is always cheaper than buying new and, when the clothes in question have only been worn for a few months by their previous owners they’re often in great condition. Most big cities have a maternity thrift shop but even if yours doesn’t, you’ll probably be able to find a selection of maternity clothes at your local kid-thrift shop or standard second-hand store.

4. Explore the non-maternity section

While fitting into standard jeans towards the end of your pregnancy is unlikely, there are some pieces that you don’t necessarily need to buy at a specialty maternity store. Sometimes, leggings, cardigans, and t-shirts from the non-maternity section will fit (and be way cheaper!) than what you might find at a specialty store.

Happy shopping (or borrowing!) mamas! 

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4 Ways to Save Big on Maternity Clothes

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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