- Don’t be scared to buy maternity clothes. Here’s why: Not buying maternity clothes at the right time can cause your wardrobe to be stretched out and unwearable following giving birth. Don’t test those seams. Go and buy yourself some maternity clothes when things start getting snug.
- Don’t overbuy maternity clothes thinking you will use them for multiple pregnancies. Here’s why: Shirts and pants get stretched out by your ninth month of pregnancy. The elastic in pants gets stretched to its max. Shirts get misshapen. So, expect to have to buy shirts and pants for subsequent pregnancies, as you will not be able to fit in maternity clothes you wore in your previous ninth month.
- Clothes you CAN wear for multiple pregnancies. Buy outfits that can be layered. So, sweaters, overtops, flannels and kimonos. Items that will not be closed while you are wearing them will be wearable for multiple pregnancies without being concerned about overstretching. You may even get away with non-maternity tops like flannels, if you wear a t-shirt or tank underneath and the flannel open.
- Consider your seasons. When you buy clothes, think how much use you will get out of them. If you are buying a few things to get you through the end of the summer, try and get 1 or 2 dresses and a pair of shorts on clearance. Don’t go crazy buying summer stuff if it won’t be worn a lot. Also, stock up on plain t-shirts and tank tops because you can layer them when the weather gets cooler. Walmart and Target are offer great prices for t-shirts and tanks.
- Choose tunic style shirts over regular t-shirts. Here’s why: When you’re belly gets bigger the shorter t-shirts tend to ride up and show the pregnancy panels on your maternity pants (embarrassing!). To avoid this, go for the longer tunic style shirts. Plus, you can wear them with leggings or jeans.
- Stretch oil will make your clothes smell. If you are using stretch oil – which I highly advise you do to avoid those stretchmarks, the oil will get in the fibers of your clothes. I found many items I stored from my first pregnancy had mildewed from the stretch oils and had to be discarded. Also, wash your clothes separately from everything. You don’t want to get your stretch oil smell onto other people’s clothes, because it will!
- Don’t overspend on maternity clothes if you can’t afford it. There are plenty of stores that offer reasonably priced maternity clothes nowadays. Some of my favorites are Target, Walmart, Motherhood Maternity, and Pink Blush.
I hope my tips help you! Also, few my vlog on this topic, if you haven’t already.
What are your maternity shopping tips?