When the contracts are being drawn up the subject of maternity clothing can
sometimes become a hot topic. IP's seem to think that if a woman has already had
a baby or two or three she should have all the maternity clothing that she will
ever need for her subsequent pregnancies. And IF any money is given toward
clothes its usually between $500-$750 dollars. Has anyone PRICED maternity
Some women, without thinking ahead, may even decide to waive
the maternity clothing allowance without even considering that some of their old
things will need to be replaced. Please think about what will be needed as a
woman grows throughout her pregnancy months.
Why past maternity clothes may not work for the current pregnancy:
*Out of Season/Style Clothing: You may have clothes that are only suitable
for Fall and Winter and you may need clothing for Spring and Summer. Not to
mention special occasions like Christmas or a wedding and if you are a
professional then work clothes are in order. Try the following websites:
Motherhood Maternity Clothes, Maternity Clothing and Maternity Accessories
On-Line Mimi Maternity clothing for the fashion conscious mother-to-be who loves
to show her style.
*Old under garments: Yes, a delicate subject, but I don't know one woman who
has not tossed out her maternity underwear as soon as possible. Naturally those
will have to be replaced. Has any one priced a maternity bra lately?? And you
need at least 3. What about PJ's? Sometimes your husbands old T-shirt just won't
do! (Don't forget the panties as well!) Check out these sites:
Motherwear: Breastfeeding and Nursing: Maternity Bras: Ruched Clip Bra from
Bella Materna Motherwear: Breastfeeding and Nursing: Maternity Bras: Wrap N'
Snap " Nursing Bra from La Leche League Int'l
*Carrying twins or more: If you are pregnant with multiples then you will
need to start wearing maternity clothing a lot earlier then usual AND you will
grow faster and need much larger sizes then your other pregnancies.
* What about shoes?: Yes, your feet will need attention too...toward the end
of a pregnancy, especially with multiples, it is very hard to find something to
wear on your feet. Don't be surprised if you have to go out and buy the
adjustable Birkinstocks because your ankles have blown up the size of Mrs.
Dumbo's! This is a great place to shop for shoes online:
HFP Comfort Footwear - Shoes, clogs, sandals by Birkenstock, Finn Comfort,
Mephisto, Ecco, Dansko, Think & more...
*Under-belly support: Getting bigger then ever? Your back killing you? Then
you might consider some belly support. Belly "bras" or a belly belt can really
help but they don't come cheap! These are a must have! BellyBra - we are the
manufacturer of this original woman's pregnancy support garment Buy Prenatal
Cradle Pregnancy Support Harness, Medium/Large Online at drugstore.com Maternity
Support Girdle Panty with Belt
Often we forget, perhaps on purpose, that we maybe wearing some of these
maternity clothes WELL AFTER the birth, while our bodies are making the brave
attempt to get back to "normal". So when thinking about offering a maternity
clothing allowance (IP's) or asking for a clothing stipend (surrogates) please
keep the above clothing list in mind. Nine months is a long time to be wearing a
MuuMuu. (Like these- Old Pueblo Traders : intimate : loungewear )