Pregnancy wear on a budget

Maternity wear can be really expensive and, unless you’re planning to have more children, you’ll only wear it for a few months. There are lots of ways you can adapt your existing clothing and seek out items that can accommodate your growing body, without spending a fortune. There are also a couple of must-have multi-functional items you won’t want to be without.

Pregnancy wear on a budget

Belly bands

A belly band is a great way to keep everything under wraps as your belly expands. If your trousers or jeans are getting a little snug around the waist, pop a belly band over them to keep them in place. It’s simply a soft piece of stretchy fabric that fits around your middle – you can buy them, or you could make your own by cutting off the top half of a tight fitting, stretchy t-shirt.

Bra extenders

Your bust size will change several times during pregnancy and buying new bras to allow for this can be costly. Bra back extenders can help add a few inches to your existing ones, but it’s always good to get measured as well and invest in a good maternity bra when you start to feel uncomfortable.

Oversized clothes

Go to a charity shop and invest in a few t-shirts, jumpers and hoodies from the men’s section or in sizes a few above your own. This way you’ll also be cosy and comfy as your belly grows – perfect for chilling at home.

Belts

A well-placed belt is a great trick for maternity wear. It creates shape and can show off your bump in style. It’s a quick and easy way to make shirts, dresses and over-sized jumpers look stylish, without buying an entire new wardrobe!

Leggings

Stretchy, comfy and relatively cheap in most shops, leggings could be your saviour during pregnancy. Perfect for teaming up with a hoody for a lazy day or wear them underneath dresses and oversized shirts for extra comfort.