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10 Ways to Save on Maternity Clothes for Your Baby Bump

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Shopping for maternity clothes?

If you’ve ever had to shop for maternity clothes, you know that it can be expensive. Who wants to fork out loads of money for clothes that you’ll probably only get to wear for a few months? If you’re expecting and looking for ways to save on maternity clothes for your baby bump, check out these 10 money-saving tips.

1. Shop what’s in your closet first.

As much as you may want to run out the door and purchase an entire new wardrobe, be sure to check what’s in your own closet first. Depending on the season, you may have looser clothing items that will work for the first few months, such as cardigans, pullovers, dresses, maxi skirts, tank tops, etc.


2. Extend the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes.

In addition to shopping in your own closet first, you can also extend the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes by making a few adjustments. Here are a few popular solutions that will do just that:

  • Buy a Maternity Band or Belt: You can purchase an Ingrid & Isabel Bellaband that helps to hold up unbuttoned or loose pants with a stay-put silicone strip that allows you to extend the use of your regular clothes and wear your maternity clothes that may be a bit big still. Also, these Belly Belts and Belly Bands temporarily adjust the size of your favorite pants throughout your pregnancy and beyond so you don’t have to rush out and buy new pants.
  • Buy a Bra Extender: When you start to gain new baby weight, a bra extender is an affordable way to help loosen the pressure and allow you to continue wearing your bras for a little longer.
  • Use a Rubber Band: When your jeans & pants start feeling a bit snug during the early stages of pregnancy, you can use a rubber band or hair elastic to give your pants a little extra room.

You can also score 2 FREE Belly Button Bands or 1 FREE Body Band ($40 value) when you enter promo code HIP2SAVEBAND at checkout. Note that you will need to pay shipping which is around $15-$16. You can attach these bands to almost any pair of unbuttoned pants to add inches to or cover the waist of your favorite pants, allowing you to wear your non-maternity pants even longer!


3. Borrow your hubby’s clothes.

If your husband has larger t-shirts, sweat pants, hoodies, boxer shorts, pajama pants, or button-up shirts in his closet, consider borrowing a few – I’m sure he won’t mind! 😉 These items often are great for using whenever you’re lounging around the house and just want something comfy to wear.


4. Hit the thrift stores.

Before rushing out and buying brand-new maternity clothing when your regular clothes get tight, first head to your local thrift store or consignment shop. You can often find nice pieces at a big discount – and since you’ll likely be wearing this clothing for just a few months, there’s no need to spend a fortune.

You can also check sites like thredUP for great deals on maternity clothing as they offer gently used name-brand clothing, shoes and handbags for up to 90% off with TONS of like-new arrivals.

By the way, these are some of the best finds you can score at thrift stores!


5. Look to local online groups.

There are many local groups that you can request to join that are geared for moms or just sell a variety of items that you may be interested in. Be sure to check Facebook for local Garage Sale Groups and also browse the internet for Yahoo Groups, Craigslist postings, Nextdoor listings and even local churches as they may hold regular group yard sales and swap meets for area families.


6. Borrow from friends & family.

Know of friends that recently had a baby? Or have family members nearby? Be sure to ask people that you know if they have any maternity clothing that they are no longer using that you can borrow. They likely will be more than willing to share, especially if they’re back into their regular clothing.


7. Invest in a few nicer pieces.

If you’re needing to work during your pregnancy, consider investing in a few nicer items, such as work suits, dress pants or dresses that are worth the higher cost. Be sure that these items are ones that you will be able to wear again in the future or can sell after your bundle of joy has arrived.

Keep in mind that loose dresses are great for wearing almost during your entire pregnancy and they are easy to fit into after baby is born. Also, black slacks are versatile and may be worth investing in.


8. Check these stores for maternity deals.

Some of the best stores that offer maternity clothing are GAP, Old Navy, ASOS, Nordstrom, Target and H&M, You can also find deals at Motherhood Maternity or A Pea in the Pod during a sale. Also, stores like Walmart, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Sears and even Amazon offer a variety of maternity clothes.

AND, don’t forget to check out the clearance racks of your favorite maternity store, as well as other stores that do not specialize in maternity. Stores like Ross, Marshalls, and T.J. Maxx can have great deals on their maternity clothes. Plus, look for a coupon or Target Cartwheel offer to save even more!


9. Shop the sales year-round.

Always browse through the sale racks at the stores listed above before checking out the regularly priced items as there are often great deals you can score. Also, try to buy ahead if possible! If you’ll be seven months pregnant in August, look for clearance swimwear deals in January to score big savings.

Check out the best times to shop for everything throughout the year!


10. Snag inexpensive basics.

Chances are that you will want to spend most of the time in leggings, tank tops, spandex and flowy t-shirts during your pregnancy, so there is no need to pay a fortune for these items at a maternity store. Instead, just buy inexpensive brands in a size or two up at stores like Walmart or T.J. Maxx.

How do YOU save on maternity clothes?

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Comments 21

  1. Calli

    Most of the thrift stores I go to (even the small ones) give out a store coupon ( $ off/xx spent or % total spent) when you give donations to the stores. This is in addition to tax deductible forms. So if you have even a few items to donate it’s a good way to get a store coupon back for those thrift stores. Of course they are good for even non-maternity items, but wanted to throw that idea out there. 🙂

  2. Lauren

    My friend let me borrow a pair of a pea in the pod maternity leggings. These leggings have a full belly panel, are long (they cover over my ankles), and are so magically soft. I love them and looked into buying myself a pair. They are 93. NINETY-THREE. dollars. So I know it’s a long shot, but does anyone have suggestions for similar kinds of leggings that are more in the $20 range?

    • Mommyof2

      I bought mine from Old navy and they have two leggings in a packet for less than $20. It’s soft and have a belly cover too.

    • Jess

      Look on eBay! I bought a bunch of my maternity clothing on eBay. It was all brand new and much cheaper than going to the mall.

      • Lauren

        Thank you!!

    • Lindsey

      Look at Target! I love the Ingrid _ Isabel ones I got for $20!

  3. Jess

    Thank you for this! I’m pregnant with #3 but my first two were summer babies. Any advice on dressing the bump in cold weather?

    • Sarah

      I’m pregnant with my fourth and this is the first time I’ve been pregnant during the summer (just a few more weeks now!). I feel like it was so much easier being pregnant in the cold! My go to outfits were leggings or maternity jeans with cozy oversized sweaters, and I have always loved dresses for their ease and simplicity (no matching!). I would recommend buying some of the summer maternity dresses now when they are being clearanced (just go for cotton or knit fabrics instead of super thin materials) and pair them with cardigans and flat heeled knee boots to wear them during the fall and winter!

  4. Niki

    Thank you for the tips 🙂

  5. Luv 🌺

    A couple of weeks ago while Target had the 20% off clearance cartwheel offer, I was able to score a linen pant (I love linen), Liz Lange maternity jeans (no belly panel as they are not comfortable for me), a maternity leggings to wear under my dresses that are not long enough, a cute cardigan, and a bunch of Camis (hope to turn a few into nursing camps). So definitely shop the clearance section. And thanks to the H2S team for the heads up on that cartwheel offer. 🌺

  6. Maddie CLARK

    I cant agree with Kohl’s more!! Their maternity business slacks were perfect for my office job. And Kohls always has sales going on so they were cheap.

  7. Sarah

    Motherhood gave out $10 off $10 coupons and I got a pair of cropped linen pants and another pair of linen pants BOGO free and paid $10 total out of pocket! ($5 for each pair) New clothes can be cheaper than used!

  8. Jamie

    I was pregnant during the cold months, so I bought some tees and pants in maternity styles and wore open front cardigans to work with the basic tees underneath. They looked nice and now that I’m not pregnant this winter, I can wear the cardigans again because they aren’t maternity!

  9. Mirela

    Macys maternity department- clearance rack! I dressed my self up really nice for a few bucks. You want to take your time while going through those racks though

  10. sandy

    I agree with thrift stores. I dont mind buying more maternity clothes than i might need, because i know even after being pregnant, i’d still wear them..lol..i don’t care if it says its for maternity.

  11. visitor3

    Crisis pregnancy centers will clothe moms in need, plus their babies.

  12. visitor3

    And look for breastfeeding-friendly tops and dresses that will give you tons of use after the birth.

  13. Mallory

    I bought all my maternity clothes as Ross. 3 pairs of jeans $15/pair and 6 nice tops for about $8 each. I was able to get by with minimal new clothing because I didn’t gain much weight doing to vomiting multiple times a day. And since I was so sick, I didn’t leave the hous much.

  14. Queenjen87

    Only wear for a few months? Nah, most of mine are versatile enough I can still wear them with the baby being 7 months. I would’ve had to have gone through 2-3 pant sizes without them.

    If you need career wear I highly recommend the work slacks at kohls. Run around $20 with coupons and sales, and they’re super comfortable and work as you get bigger, and still have enough stretchy left to look good as you get back to your normal size!

  15. twizzdmob

    Lula roe with the loose fitting tops and cute leggings! Just be careful because their sizing is weird.

  16. chaeysa

    I was pregnant during the summer and wore maxi dresses from T.J. Maxx and Target some of which I had before I got pregnant.

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