The Secret To Get Through A Pregnancy Without Maternity Clothes

by pregnancy journalist

Pregnant and have no money for maternity clothes? There is absolutely no need to buy maternity clothes. In one of my earlier posts, where I listed must have baby items for first time moms, I mentioned that I managed to get through my pregnancies without maternity clothes, not even a single one. And it’s not because my belly was so small that I didn’t even have to; I just didn’t want to. Why? First, they’re expensive; and second (at least for me), there’s not much variety.

In this post, I will share how you can avoid buying maternity clothes during your entire pregnancy. I am going to share the things that I did to get through a pregnancy without maternity clothes.

Stick To What You Already Have

First, instead of spending money on something I know I won’t be able to use after I deliver, I stuck to what I already have (sweater dresses, empire cut tops/dresses, loose tops/dresses, etc.) as much as I could. I maximized wearing jeans by using hair elastics (I did the same with shorts if I needed to wear a pair). Find the complete step-by-step guide here.

Invest On Leggings Instead Of Maternity Pants

And then, I invested on leggings when I couldn’t wear jeans anymore. I paired them with sweaters (I was in my first to first half of second trimester during fall/winter). But if you’re in this phase during summer, you can always pair your leggings with long tops like tunics or dress shirts. Or if you have some of those mini dresses, you can use them as tops too (you’ll look like you’re wearing tunics) and wear them with shorts or leggings so you can avoid buying maternity clothes.

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What I really love about leggings other than they’re available in different prints, colors, and textures which makes them fun to wear, is the fact that they’re very stretchy and you can just easily roll them down when your belly gets bigger to give you room to breath. How fun are these floral leggings, camo leggings, and plaid leggings. Shop my favorite pair of leggings below.

Invest In Dresses That Don’t Have Fixed Waistline Instead Of Maternity Dresses

And then I got a bunch of dresses for summer (I was in my mid-second to third trimester in spring/summer). I started with shorter dresses then switched to maxi dresses as my belly grew bigger. You might want to stay away from dresses that fall way above your knees because you won’t be able to use them as much during the latter part of your pregnancy (I’m not sure if wearing them with shorts of leggings will be as comfortable during this time). Luckily, I was still able to use some of my knee-length dresses during my last trimester.

How stylish are these split flounce dress, contemporary belted satin dress, and lace-up bell sleeve trapeze dress? Shop my favorite short dresses that you can wear as your belly gets bigger.

Invest In Maxi Dresses Or Skirts To Get Through A Pregnancy Without Maternity Clothes

As my belly outgrew the shorter dresses that I have, I started wearing maxi dresses. You have to stick to empire cut dresses or those that don’t have fixed waistline for this to work, and dresses that are made of stretchable fabrics. I found that maxi dresses are so comfortable to wear as your belly is growing to the biggest and heaviest it could ever be because they allow you to move without any restrictions and let the air through especially during summer.

I also bought some tube maxi dresses and used them as skirt paired with a tee to give my maternity outfits some variety. You can wear the skirt in 2 different ways – above your belly (with or without a belt) and below your belly. And that is how I was able to avoid buying maternity clothes during both of my pregnancies.

You will absolutely look fabulous in these striped maxi dress, floral wrap maxi dress, and boho me tie-dye maxi dress. Shop my favorite maxi dresses that you can wear towards the latter part of your pregnancy below.


Two pregnancies and almost 11 months later, I still enjoy using all of the things I bought back then. How awesome, right? If I was able to get through both of my pregnancies without maternity clothes, I’m sure you can too! Just follow these tips and I’m sure you’ll realize that there really is no need to buy maternity clothes after all!

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Did you find these tips helpful? Were you able to avoid buying maternity clothes during your pregnancy too? How did you like wearing regular clothes instead of maternity clothes? What other tricks have you done to keep yourself from buying maternity clothes? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.

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