The glow of pregnancy is a great concept that is not universally embraced by all pregnant women. At least in the sense that many of us don’t feel like we’re glowing as much as incredibly uncomfortable and huge as a house, but then again, I may be speaking just from my own experience.
One of the challenges of having your body change and grow over nine months is, simply enough, finding clothes that fit and don’t make us look like a tent.
Another challenge is that most pregnant women will go through different sizes as they move from trimester to trimester, so that cute pair of pants in a size small or medium you bought in your second trimester, might not fit when you enter the eighth month.
While there are some days when pregnant – and let’s face it, non-pregnant women too- just want to wear yoga pants and lounge wear, there will also be many occasions during those four to five months – when the belly is at its most glorious – when we will want to look cute and stylish.
The changing sizes and the brevity of pregnancy (we know it doesn’t seem that way at the end) make buying new clothes seem almost wasteful. Also, buying maternity clothes when we need so many things for the baby might be a financial stretch for many of us. Yes, it is a tough balance: we want to look cute and stylish while being comfortable, but we also have a budget to consider.
That is why pre-owned maternity clothes are such a wonderful idea. For a fraction of the cost of new clothes, you can buy maternity clothes that, in most cases, are almost like new.
At consignment stores like Swap.com, every piece of clothing is inspected for quality, cleanliness and odors before being put on sale on the site, so you know that whatever you buy is as clean as if you bought it from a store. The quality of each item is clearly explained with the description of each garment, so there are no unpleasant surprises. You will know if you’re buying something that is new-with- tags, like new or in good or fair condition.
The selection available at Swap.com is also much greater than what can be found at a single brick and mortar store. Swap.com has more than 2,000 pieces of maternity wear from a variety of brands: A Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity, Mimi Maternity, Liz Lange Maternity, Gap, Old Navy and many others.
The best part is that, when you are done with the clothes, whatever is still in great shape, you can wash,pack and ship back to Swap.com to sell. That way, you are not only saving money when you buy pre-owned maternity clothes, you are also making the money you spent back, which might make your maternity wardrobe free or very close to it.
So next time you get the great news that you are expecting, just enjoy and celebrate your good fortune, knowing that you’ll look your best for much, much less with the help of Swap.com. And yes, we also have yoga pants and lounge wear.
By Marta Jiménez-Lutter (a Swap.com employee and mother of two boys)