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The Problem With Maternity Clothes


Spend money on overpriced clothes you will only be able to wear for a few weeks....thanks greedy consumer centric society. Does anyone else find it odd how inaccessible maternity clothes are? Not only are there few in store options for purchase, many styles are outdated, don't fit properly and are overpriced.


Pregnancy is a time where many women are already feeling uncomfortable in their own body and having to figure out how to dress that body can be frustrating.


I have felt incredibly annoyed during bth of my pregnancies whenever I had to spend money on clothing . I didn't get enough of a bump to fit most maternity clothing until 6 weeks before my due date. Making buying anything somewhat of a waste. The few pieces of clothing I did have wore out quickly and never fit properly. The one pair of leggings got holes extremely fast and always slid down while I was wearing them.


Not to mention the myth that you can wear maternity clothing after having baby...doesn't always apply. I was super excited to get some extra use out of my maternity jeans postpartum , only to realize they were miles too big . I was set to wear them to a gathering a few days after having baby and I remember crying when they just didn't fit. My pre pregnancy ones were a bit too sung to be comfortable and the maternity ones were miles too big. I ended up wearing a pair of leggings (100% don't recommend as they show off that massive pillow sized pad you require postpartum) because I didn't have anything else to wear. I felt so self conscious the whole time I was out that day.


As a whole, I think we need to do a better job of supporting women through pregnancy and postpartum. Having accessible clothing is absolutely a bit part of this. It surprises me that there isn't a maternity clothing rental program.


A subscription where you pay a monthly fee to rent clothing , then swap it as your body changes. This would give women more options without feeling guilty for throwing money away. Especially as more women are choosing to have fewer children...it's not like in years past where women could wear those clothes through multiple pregnancies. The average number of children is typically 2 per family these days. Making spending $70 on a pair of jeans that can only be worn for a weeks or months....not cost effective.


I wanted to write this post because I think the frustration of maternity clothing is something many moms can create to. It's just one more expense and headache you don't want to deal with while you are pregnant! Hopefully by having more conversations around this topic , some positive change will happen.

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