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Maternity and Pregnancy

Finding out you are pregnant is a happy event for most women. When it happens, finding maternity and pregnancy items becomes a top priority. Making sure you buy the right items is vital to ensure you don't waste money on items you don't need and won't use.

Maternity Clothes

As your baby grows, your stomach will grow. This means that you will need maternity clothes to accommodate your expanding midsection. Maternity skirts, shirts, pants and dresses are some of the items you might need to consider. When you purchase these items, you will need to purchase the same size clothing as you normally wear. If you want to save money, buying secondhandmaternity and pregnancy clothing is an option. You should just make sure that the clothing is in good repair when you purchase it. Clothing that is faded, threadbare or torn likely isn't going to do you any good unless you want items to wear around your home.

When you buy maternity clothing, try to centre your outfit around a few basic items. Your maternity clothing won't be worn for very long, so spending a lot of money on a vast wardrobe isn't advisable. If you can, stick to clothing that are interchangeable to make several outfits. For example, buy solid colour bottoms and printed tops so you can switch which tops you wear with which pants.

Pregnancy Supports

Pregnancy supports are bands that go around your stomach to try to take some of the pressure off your back and round ligaments. These supports go under your clothing, so it isn't seen. Take your clothing into consideration when you buy pregnancy supports. If you wear light-colour clothing, stick to flesh-toned supports. Used maternity and pregnancy supports should be free from tears. You should also check the fasteners to make sure that they are in good condition.

Breast Pumps

The biggest decision when buying a breast pump is choosing the style. You can choose a manual pump, an electric pump or a hospital-grade pump. Generally, manual pumps are the least expensive, while hospital-grade pumps are the most expensive. If you choose to look at used breast pumps, make sure that you are able to sterilise all the components of the pump.

When you are looking for secondhand maternity and pregnancy items, make sure you determine if the price you will pay is equal to the amount of use you will get out of the item.