No, not for me! We’re definitely happy with our three-kid family. But I have a lot of pregnant friends however, and my own kids are young enough that I well remember trying to combine being pregnant and frugal myself.
So how can you be pregnant and frugal? Well the first thing I would suggest is to stay away from lists of things that you absolutely must do or have, just like before you got pregnant. Prenatal yoga, or whatever the trend of the day is might be the latest ‘must thing’, but it might not be what’s best for you. Or perhaps I just loved my pregnancy body pillow (which I did)- that doesn’t mean that you should run out and buy one.
Try to borrow one of whatever it is you want from a friend, or improvise a solution. Could you perhaps rent some DVDs or borrow them from the library to see if yoga is your thing? Maybe use a king-size pillow instead of a pregnancy pillow. And although you might think that you already know or not if you’re going to like something, I have to add my two cents here: just because you liked it before getting pregnant, doesn’t mean that it’s going to be your thing while you’re pregnant.
On the other hand, if you’re the sort of person who has always wanted a large family, and you know exactly what it is you want, then don’t be afraid to buy the very best quality whatever-it-is while you’re pregnant with your first- chances are you’ll get your money’s worth out of it! I bought a really good quality pregnancy/nursing pillow while I was pregnant with my first, and used it for all three pregnancies (and babies).
Another suggestion is to educate yourself on the risks you’re willing to take, versus the rewards you could potentially reap. For example, pregnant women in the United States are routinely prescribed prenatal vitamins- in some cases before they even get pregnant. In France, however, women never take prenatal vitamins, and as far as I’m aware, there is not a higher rate of birth defects. I am not a medical professional and only you can talk to your health care provider and decide the risks and benefits of what you are willing to do, but it’s an example of how thinking outside the box might be a good frugal decision for you.
Coming back to a less controversial topic, I would say that you probably don’t need to buy that many maternity clothes, depending on your professional status. I bought very few maternity clothes, mostly pants. I was able to get away with large t-shirts and stretch pants, which also serve afterwards as what Jonniker calls transitional pants. Then again I didn’t have to dress very nicely for work, so I was able to get away with it!
Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive time. Here are some more frugal resources for young babies and children.
- WiseBread has a forum discussion on frugal pregnancy tips.
- When the baby arrives, here are some of my ideas for frugal gifts for new parents and new babies.
- Emma from Baby-Log wrote a guest post on frugal child-proofing.
- Here’s a post on frugal baby food.
- I wrote about the ethics and economics of used baby clothes.
What are your frugal pregnancy tips?