Reader Question: Share Tips On Maternity Clothing

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I am a first time mom at 15 weeks pregnant. I always see great deals on diapers, wipes, etc but I have a question about maternity clothes…

I am a regular Goodwill shopper, but there isn’t a large selection and I’ve looked on eBay too. I have purchased a few long shirts and dresses with elastic waists but I am very concerned about shirts, swimsuits, and bras.

I don’t know if I buy a bra at this stage (I’m a 38 DDD & can only can fit one of my current size), or if I should just buy once I am larger. My plan is to breastfeed post delivery. Same for swimsuits, as I will be pregnant all summer and I think the pool will be my best friend. LOL.

I wish I knew someone locally, but I am 40 & late to the pregnancy experience. I would appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks to your wonderful readers for their help!

Please share any tips you have below! Thank you.
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  1. Holly

    Check out your local Salvation Army. The one near me has a maternity section! Every Wednesday in RI is half price day, ever colored tag except one color is half off and on Saturdays one color tag is half off and another is 99cents.

    Also, I was told that Motherhood had a line at sears (something like Two Hearts) but it’s just cheaper clothes. I bought a few pieces from Sears when I was pregnant!

  2. kiwigirl

    Don’t stop looking at Goodwill. Found great brands there – Old Navy, Gap, etc. You might get lucky at rummage sales too. H&M, Old Navy and Kohls had nice selections. Walmart had some nice cotton bras for sleeping – they weren’t a cup size but went up to size 2x. I just kept buying the next size up as I grew. Still using them a year later. I wore my regular yoga pants. I bought some non-maternity cotton drawstring shorts in the next size up. You’d be surprised how much of your regular wardrobe is accommodating enough for you. Motherhood maternity had nice nursing bras. Also shop the sale racks! You never know what you’ll find.

  3. Tammy Smith

    A really good place to look for maternity clothing is at seasonal consignment sales in your community. These are usually held in the spring and early fall. You will find great deals on maternity clothing and all things kid related.

  4. Vanessa

    Asos has some really cute Maternity swimsuits (and clothes). They can be expensive but the sale and outlet prices are great. I got a tankini for $15 shipped and then got bottoms that matched at Target.

  5. Sarah!!

    Ok so this is my second pregnancy and here are my tips… 1st of all if you have a friend close to your size ask if they would be willing to share maternity clothes and let them know when it’s there turn they can wear any that you have! 2nd don’t buy maternity clothes! lol I know that sounds weird but seriously buy a couple of solid maternity tshirts pair them with normal cardigans and maxi skirts that can be worn after pregnancy! I also loved maxi dresses so comfy and just one simple piece to throw on if your due in the colder months again use those cardigans/jackets with your maxi dresses! And again you can use them after your pregnancy! This go around I also found some shirts on clearance at Sears normal not maternity that were made just like maternity shirts for $3 and $4 went to mother hood right after they had the same looking tops for $30 and $40 dollars ๐Ÿ˜ hth!

  6. Gina

    I just had my baby 10 weeks ago and I bought very little maternity clothes. I wore what I already had, plus a lot of leggings and elastic skirts (like the maxi skirts). If I needed or wanted a new shirt to wear, I bought a size up from my normal size. I had issues with finding nursing bras as I am a plus size girl with small breasts so the chest size proved difficult to find. So I wore a lot of sports bras while pregnant and found some nursing bras that fit on Amazon (which Prime has been a saving grace through the pregnant and now with my baby). Oh, and plus size shirts and parts may be beneficial as a lot are made to accommodate larger breasts and bellies. Good luck and congratulations!

  7. Kelly

    I purchased my favorite leggings from Jc Penney (Mix It – usually folded on a table). They have a great thick waistband. I just purchased them a size and two sizes up from my normal. They’ve lasted my whole pregnancy and I only have 3 weeks to go! They’ll be great for after baby too. As far as shirts go, I purchased mine from Ross, Burlington, Facebook garage sale sites, and hand me downs from friends. Ross & Burlington were both very hit or miss with what they have in stock but when timing is right you can get shirts for under $10! Oh yeah Old Navy has occasional sales too. Just a few weeks ago they had everything 40% off!

  8. Susan R Smith

    I bought quite a few maternity outfits at various resale shops. Had a great trip with my mother-in-law making the purchases. You might also want to check children’s resale/consignment shops as well. They often have a section of maternity clothes available.

  9. Joanna Potter

    Since it is hard to know what bra size you’ll be post partum, you have two options. I’ve done both of them. One was I bought nursing bras each time I went up a size while pregnant. Yes, I ended up with several sizes, but that worked well as I gradually grew smaller after my son went on solids and then weaned. If you don’t want to spend the money on maternity bras, you can hit the clearance racks at Kohls. Often I can find bras there for $8-$12. It can get very uncomfortable to wear a bra that is too small while you are pregnant. I own way too many different sizes of bras, but I’ve used all of them during and after pregnancy. Maybe one day I’ll be back down to a normal size (I go up 3-4 bra cup sizes while pregnant). As far as maternity clothes go, I’m a big believer in looking nice, but comfortable while pregnant. I feel really sick most of my pregnancies and struggle with depression. Dressing well helps combat the depression. Getting maternity clothes cheaply is a struggle, though. I’ve found some great ones at Target on clearance. Occasionally Kohls or Old Navy will have some good clearance finds, too. Nonmaternity clothes, like maxi skirts, work well. I use belly bands so I can wear my own pants and skirts for at least 2/3 of the pregnancy. I’ll buy a few things here and there at the thrift store, but the selection is small, or on Ebay or Thredup. When you don’t have much money, you have to do a little at a time. I seldom spend over $60-$80 on clothes per pregnancy, but I spend a lot of time finding things a few here and there. I sew, so I’ve also added stretchy waistbands to pants and skirts I already own.

  10. ELizabeth actually has a lot of great deal on maternity clothes. The Walmart stores near me don’t carry maternity. Sometimes you can find items on clearance for $3-$5. I got my maternity bathing suits from Sometimes Macy’s stores will have a separate sale on maternity clothes that is not available online. Also check out Good luck!

  11. Christina

    I think a lot of this depends on your lifestyle and profession. I work in a professional environment and am on my second pregnancy in two years. I bought clothes first time around, but was super preggo in winter. This time I’m Super preggo way earlier and in warmer weather. So, I’m renting clothes from letote to supplement what I have. The clothes have been really nice and great for work. Otherwise keep your eye on sales. Old navy/gap is constantly running 40% off sales. I buy from zulily, but you can’t always return things. I like the one piece swimsuits at target (they were recently on sale) and the two piece ones at motherhood maternity. Also try searching for maternity resale shops near you. If you’re striking out, search for kids resale and call them and ask if they know of any maternity tease shops. Good luck and keep some money in your budget for shoes or prepare to wear flip flops. My pre-first pregnancy shoes still don’t fit.

  12. ros

    Sites like poshmark also have maternity clothes sections for people selling their clothes. If you download for the 1st time and use code bmlyd you get an extra $5 to spend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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