Pregnancy is an exciting period of your life, and you will certainly find a lot of new things that will keep surprising you. One of those things might be the prices of all those cute maternity clothes that you can’t wait to wear to show off your baby bump. It can be a lot, and when you’re waiting for a baby, every penny counts. So, to help you pinch the pennies, here are ways you can make your non-maternity clothes last you though your pregnancy.
Sure, some of your clothing won’t really fit as it is, but with a few simple changes, you can wear your jeans even when your belly starts to grow. Firstly, you will want to make a selection of all of your longer shirts, because you want things that will still cover your belly and the top of your pants, so you can cover your little DIYs, like pulling a looped string through the button hole and using it instead, so that you can have a few extra inches. For larger projects, you can insert an elastic band into your jeans to make them more comfortable or get some low waisted pairs (which all of your pants should be when you’re pregnant) and add on a thick strap that you can pull up over your stomach.
Buy things you’d actually wear
You don’t want to be left after your pregnancy with a pile of clothing you paid a lot of money for but will never wear again. Your best friend in this case are dresses, but you do have to know how to pick them. Look for a place that sells women’s clothing online and has a large selection, then start looking. A-line dresses will make you look like a tent, so pass them over and focus on things that accentuate your baby bump, like stretchy, bodycon dresses or maxi empire waist dresses. These are things that you will be able to casually wear after your pregnancy as well but, more importantly, they will make you look great for these nine months. If you are wearing something that is very flowy and shapeless, put a belt above your belly to give yourself some shape – just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look good.
Delegate clothing by stages
In your first trimester, you will be able to wear all of your clothes that you would before you were pregnant, because you will barely be showing any tummy. As you come to your second trimester, this is where you’ll want to get most of your clothes, because this is what your body will look like not just now, but also for a few months after the pregnancy, and you’ll be able to wear a mixture of maternity and adjusted non-maternity clothes. In your third trimester – let’s face it – you won’t really care that much about what you’re wearing, you’ll be ready to have this baby out of your belly and into your arms. There really isn’t much point in buying special maternity clothes just for your last trimester, so maybe invest in one pair of good maternity jeans and for everything else, adapt what you already have.
Of course you don’t want to spend nine months looking like a hot mess because you don’t have any clothes that fit properly but, if you take into consideration that you’ll probably have an event or two that you’ll have to buy a special maternity dress for, and that the rest of the time you can easily get by with adapted clothes, you’ll realize that there’s no reason to pay the outrageous maternity clothing prices and that you’ll go back to your regular shopping in no time.