This may not be the complete list (not over yet!) but here’s what I’ve purchased so far.
Pre-natal vitamins $12 for 2 months (60 pills) x 3 (Rexall) = $36 + $15.49 (300 pills) (Costco) = $51.49
First I was going to a pharmacy to pick these up but then we got a Costco membership and their own brand worked out to be much cheaper $0.05 per pill vs $0.20 and I compared it to the brand I was already taking and it was identical, all the same vitamins and minerals in the exact same amounts.
S-pillow $69.99 (Babies R Us)
I normally sleep on my stomach; I realized that this won’t work with a pregnant tummy so I bought this pillow to help me sleep on my side. Its pretty comfy but I’m not sure it was really worth it. Hopefully I can sell it afterwards.
Cocoa butter $20.00 (Body Shop)
This is for stretch marks. TMI … I haven’t gotten any yet, I was already big in the stomach and my breasts before (and already have stretch marks there) but I’m still using it on my breasts because they’ve gotten really dry and itchy, not my stomach yet, but I do hear that can happen as well.
Sea Bands $13.85 (Amazon.ca)
These are for nausea/morning sickness. I didn’t get morning sickness but I would get queasy in the afternoons and I really do think these helped a lot. They are wrist bands with little plastic knobs that hit a pressure point on your wrists to help ease nausea, based on acupuncture. Its natural, no drugs involved so the doctor OK’d them and I would recommend them for any pregnant woman. (But, talk to your own doctor first.)
Compression socks 2x $24.95 (on sale 50% off) (Shoppers Drug Mart)
I noticed I was getting swollen feet/ankles and to try and prevent that and varicose veins, I bought these socks. Working pretty well so far, as is putting my legs up at the end of the day and getting up to walk around more often.
Leg gel $15 (Thyme Maternity)
Ok, probably not needed but it was another method to try and reduce varicose veins and promote circulation. Feels pretty good, it also means a foot/leg rub from T
6 pants: Khakis $28.72 (Old Navy), blue cotton $28.72 (ON), black cotton $20 (Thyme Maternity), black dressy $75 (TM), grey dressy $20 (TM), grey striped dressy $39 (TM)
Ok, so I tried looking online (Kijiji and Craig’s List) and a couple of Mommy boards for maternity clothing in my size (none of my previously pregnant friends are anywhere close to my size, *sigh*) and couldn’t find anything, nothing, zip, zilch, nada. First, I bought a belly band (see below) but I didn’t find it worked too well and my work pants were definitely too tight
I see Thyme Maternity having a $39 pants sale, so I headed over. I was able to get the grey stripped and jeans in my size (jeans petite, the grey striped not so I had to get them hemmed). I figured I needed a black pair since I can only wear jeans on Fridays so I tried on every black pair they had (and none for $39) and the only pair that fit comfortably and was luckily already petite was a pair of pants for $75!!! Since I didn’t think I’d be able to find them anywhere else (oh and Motherhood Maternity is just as expensive, if not more) and I already couldn’t get my work place done up I thought I was stuck and bought them. Most. expensive. pair. of. pants. I. have. ever. bought. Oh, and I’m only going to need to wear them for the next 5-6 months :((
Then, I went hunting a bit more, doesn’t Old Navy sell maternity clothes? I went to our local store, no maternity section. Went online, oldnavy.ca no maternity section, however oldnavy.com did. The prices were significantly lower than Thyme so I may have gone a little crazy, bought 2 pairs of pants, 4 tops, and 2 hoodies. The total was over $100 so no shipping but I did have to pay duty but since I would have to pay 13% tax on anything I buy in Canada, it still seemed worth it. In fact, still came out to less than what I spent at Thyme.
And then, I get an email from Thyme telling me that they were having a $39 pants BOGO free sale (WTF! Isn’t that just my luck!) I find a black cotton pant in my size (of course, I do) but I had already worn and washed the $75 pair so I couldn’t return them So I bought them and a pair of regular grey pants. If I had known about this sale of course I would have waited to buy the first two pairs
1 Jean $39 (TM)
Fit pretty good and are a dark wash which means they are good for work and dressy casual events.
4 t-shirts (light grey $10.34 (ON), dark grey $11.49 (ON), black $9.19 (ON), teal $9.19 (ON))
Way cheaper than Thyme’s t-shirts. I will just layer these under cardigans/hoodies.
2 hoodies (light grey $25.28 (ON), dark blue $25.28 (ON))
Again, way cheaper than Thyme.
Halloween t-shirt $31.99 (ebay)
Ok, so obvs not a need, but Halloween is coming up. I’ve seen this pregnancy shirt on Pinterest and thought it was cute and a fairly reasonable “costume” (especially since I’ve spent sometimes upwards of $50-80 on Halloween before). And I ordered T the complementary shirt
Black yoga/lounging pants $19 (Walmart)
These have been great for lounging around the house and going out for a walk or doing groceries, etc
Belly band $9 (Walmart)
Bought this before the pants above. Maybe a better quality one would have been better at keeping my pants up and be less uncomfortable? Oh well, I did use it a few times.
Total $597.48 with tax/duty $672.28 (clothes $495.46 with tax/duty)
So, in a nutshell, maternity clothes are damn expensive! I will try to sell the lot of clothes and other items (the pillow, etc) when this is all done and overwith. I’m pretty happy with my purchases overall since I’ve got all of my work bases covered now and I don’t think I will need anything else clothing wise until its over. I was very sad to see that not too many stores offer maternity clothes and Walmart’s selection was abysmal at best, a couple of jeans (that weren’t comfortable at all) but mostly leggings and yoga pants, neither of which I could wear to work. Target also has maternity clothes but absolutely nothing in my size (other than t-shirts which I got cheaper at Old Navy anyways).
I will admit to getting “suckered in” by some of the purchases (pillow, leg gel) but the sea bands were totally worth it. I felt almost immediate relief after I put them on. I’m still a bit ticked at Thyme for having a decent sale which suckered me in followed by an even better sale and not having all of their inventory out. I swear I tried on all the black pants they had available and 2 weeks later I go back and the cotton pair were on sale for $20!
What do you think? Did I go overboard or is this a reasonable amount of purchases?
(Please note that I have not put any of this on credit, it all came from my budget or savings).
Until next time,