Pregnancy can be a magical thing, but it can also get pricey when trying to come up with options for what to dress in. Here are some helpful ideas from Money Crashers to get you appropriately clothed on the cheap while pregnant:
Make Your Own
You can create your own maternity pants out of pants you already have in your possession. All you have to do is cut out the zipper and most of the front waistband of the pants. They sew some stretchy fabric into them to create wearable and stylish pants to wear while you’re pregnant.
Use a Belly Band to Expand the Use of Existing Clothing
With a belly band, you don’t have to alter your existing clothes in any way. You can wear your own pants or skirts unbuttoned and unzipped without anyone being the wiser.
Since the belly band is just a wide piece of stretch fabric sewn together to make a circle shape, one can easily make their own belly band as well. Just measure your waist, buy a 12-inch wide piece of stretch fabric, and sew the two ends together to make a circle slightly smaller than your waist. You want it to stretch comfortably over your waist and pants without being too loose or too tight. And if you need to cut from a piece of fabric wider than you want the width of your belly band, make sure to hem the sides.
Don’t want to invest in a belly band? You could easily make your own instead.
Borrow from Mine For Nine
Here’s a helpful site that offers high fashion maternity clothes for women to rent for a few months. Though this option is a bit pricier than the other options, it’s great for women who need business-like clothing or formal wear while pregnant.
Check out 3 more great ideas over at Money Crashers’ 6 Affordable Ways to Get Stylish Maternity & Pregnancy Clothes.