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Maternity Clothes Starter Guide: Bargain Buys

Save your dough for diapers (trust us, you’ll need it!), buy these five essential items on the cheap.

Layering is the best way to make every item in your pregnancy wardrobe last a little bit longer, but there’s no need to splurge on these barely-seen basics.

> Essential U-neck T, $20, Ribbed Tank, $17 and Pure Body Long-Sleeve Crew T, $23 from Gap Maternity


Whether you spend your weekends relaxing on the couch or running tons of errands, a pair of sweats and a matching hoodie will be ultra-comfy. Plus, you’ll still look put-together.

** Danskin Now Maternity Long-Sleeve Zip Hoodie, $12, and Danskin Now Maternity Knit Pants, $7 from Walmart

Trendy Tops

Forget spending big bucks on trendy fashion finds. Remember, these of-the-moment items won’t make it through all three trimesters, and they’ll be out of style before baby number two.

> Sleeveless Button Front Maternity Top, $35, Motherhood Maternity

Maternity Jeans

Go ahead, splurge on designer denims for trimester one and two, but pick a pair of cheaper pants for when your bump is extra big. Wear them again? You won’t even want to look at them.

** Maternity Extended-Sizes Bootcut Jeans, $21, Liz Lange Maternity for Target


Your bra size will be changing and growing constantly — think anywhere from a big B to a DDD (no, that’s not a typo). Start shopping for inexpensive maternity (or nursing) bras that you won’t feel guilty tossing later.

** Bestform Sports Nursing Bras, $12, Walmart

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