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I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects surrounding babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! :) I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons...I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too! :)
This week's subject is maternity clothes! Oh, maternity clothes...how I loved and hated you. I don't know about all of you, but I just didn't have it in the budget to buy a series of new wardrobes for all of the stages of my ever-growing belly. It just wasn't happening.
Lucky for me, when I was pregnant with Moses, baggy gauchos were really in style, readily available, cheap and THE most comfortable thing that an ever-fattening girl could wear. I bought a pair in every color. I was pregnant for the entire duration of the spring and summer with Moses. With Aaron I was pregnant in the fall and winter, not that it mattered because I still stuck to the gauchos.
If you are a newly pregnant lady or looking to be so soon, here was my strategy for clothing my plumping body while still saving money for diapers. Aside from the multitude of gauchos, I invested in the following:
One pair of maternity jeans, to be worn a million times. They could be dressed up and down and made into different outfits by changing tops, which were much cheaper than changing jeans.
One basic pair of black maternity pants.
Loads of long tank tops one size up from what I normally wore.
Elastic-waisted skirts. I already had loads of these but I stayed on the lookout for more that could work before and after baby.
Lots of granny panties. I was dealing with enough, my undies NEEDED to not give me grief. Get over your pride and do it. You will thank me.
In that same vein...nursing bras = well worth the extra money spent on them. I would pay full price for a good nursing bra again and again.
Stretchy long shirts a size larger than my normal size.
I only bought maternity items, other than the jeans and black pants, IF I could get them on super clearance, but overall I didn't buy many. I was able to wear cardigans and such over all of my shirts and tanks, making it really easy to change up the outfits without breaking the bank.
After the baby came I was left with a lot of clothes that I could still wear until I got back to my normal clothes, and I had no guilt over having spent money on an entire wardrobe that was now useless to me. In fact, shhhhh, I still wear some of the shirts and skirts that I wore when I was pregnant with BOTH boys. :)
So that was how I stayed clothed without breaking the bank. What was your strategy for not being nude while pregnant?

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4 comments:

Karin Marie said...

This is a cute post! Maternity clothes are expensive! The only thing I got from a maternity store was a pair of jean maternity pants with the stretchy top that goes all up over your belly(to be honest I thought I would never buy them before but I did love them. They kinda make you look thinner compared to the other elastic bands that hurt your growing belly~well mines at least) but after that never again too much money. But I got smart & found the thrift store! I love thrift stores! You can find some awesome deals & nice clothes maternity-babies-shoes etc. I did steal my husbands wife beaters because there really long and I have a pet peeve about showing off my belly.(even now lol) But this last pregnancy I decided to make my own top from my husbands old white shirt and I made my own belly bands. It's fun!

Karin Marie said...

This is a cute post! Maternity clothes are expensive! The only thing I got from a maternity store was a pair of jean maternity pants with the stretchy top that goes all up over your belly(to be honest I thought I would never buy them before but I did love them. They kinda make you look thinner compared to the other elastic bands that hurt your growing belly~well mines at least) but after that never again too much money. But I got smart & found the thrift store! I love thrift stores! You can find some awesome deals & nice clothes maternity-babies-shoes etc. I did steal my husbands wife beaters because there really long and I have a pet peeve about showing off my belly.(even now lol) But this last pregnancy I decided to make my own top from my husbands old white shirt and I made my own belly bands. It's fun!

Joy Morris said...

Thankfully I have a few friends that we always swap clothes with each other so I don't have to buy much. My mom took me out shopping with my first, but slowly collected more clothes for my second (some friends were done having kids and would just give me their clothes. Woohoo!). I bought a pair of gaucho pants from Old Navy at full price (and felt somewhat guilty about it), but I wore them the entire summer (and was really tempted to continue wearing them when I was not pregnant). I bought a few pairs of maternity underwear with my second and wondered why I had not done it sooner. Also, my absolute favorite nursing accessory are the nursing tanks. I love them because they're comfy and you feel somewhat covered up even when you're nursing.

sara luke said...

I have a great friend who sent me an entire box of maternity and maternity-like clothes when I was pregnant with Ben and I didn't have to buy all that much from that point on. :)

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