Although I am always tempted to shop for maternity clothes, I don’t like spending money on them. I would rather shop after the baby has arrived, and I’ve gotten back in shape. I also know that in months 8 + 9, these clothes are likely the only ones that will fit. So, I’m very selective about what I buy and tend toward simple pieces, rather than something I’ll get sick of wearing.
These four basics are truly the few maternity pieces I have purchased or am using from my last pregnancy (which was in the dead of winter). At $10-30 per piece, I am very happy with the cost-per-wear and durability of each item. With this part of my closet complete, I can avoid adding any more maternity clothes, and instead focus on non-maternity clothes that will still work with my growing bump.
This part of my wardrobe makes me feel much happier about getting dressed than if I was wearing only maternity clothes. I like having add-ons that show my style better than maternity clothes do. Each item will work in my closet long after I have this baby. So, that is money well spent in my book.
A few notes:
++ Instead of buying new knits, I would rather use the ones already in my closet for pregnancy and nursing, since they stretch so easily. Then I can buy replacements after we’ve moved past the baby spit-up phase.
++ Since we’re going on a beach trip this summer and (let’s be honest) the pool sounds like the best place for a pregnant lady during the sweltering heat – I added a swing top tankini to a bikini that I already owned. I tried several maternity suits and hated them, so this was a better option for me.
++ I picked up that pleated skirt on our NYC trip with some of my birthday money. I adore wearing it, and think every girl – pregnant or not – should own it (and for $30, why not?).
++ Mostly, I shop my own closet. I didn’t wear any maternity clothes until about 24 weeks, and even then it was just bottoms. It is always surprising how many “normal” clothes work during pregnancy too. So, I say use those and save your pennies for celebrating when you lose the baby weight!