Second Hand Maternity Clothes?
I really never showed until I was around 6 months pregnant. At that time, I began to search for maternity clothes but our budget was so strained, I simply couldn’t afford to buy too many clothes. A friend of mine decided to pass along the clothes she had sitting in her attic. I was thrilled for the clothes!
When my pregnancy ended, my friend told me to just keep the clothes. I was thrilled and stored them in the attic until my next pregnancy. The one thing I didn’t consider though was the reality of the timing of my pregnancies and how that would affect my wardrobe.
For example, I conceived my son a few summers ago. I didn’t wear maternity clothes until fall, and then I could fit into small or medium outfits. By the time he was born in spring, I had progressed to large maternity outfits mostly because I had a lot of excess fluid I was carrying. This year, I began my pregnancy in early December and our child will be born in August. I have NO summer maternity clothes because I was didn’t need them with my last pregnancy!
Sadly, at my “advanced maternal age”, I am the only one of my friends still bearing babies. Sharing maternity clothes is not an option. Oh well…looks like I just may have to go out and buy some NEW maternity clothes. Part of me feels guilty splurging to buy new clothes when I know this is my last pregnancy. What a waste of money! Another part of me tells myself that I am worth that splurge.
What do you think? Did you buy new maternity clothes for yourself during your pregnancy? Did you wear second hand clothes?