Renting maternity clothes

By C
@ShyBear88 (18618)
United States
January 18, 2012 11:48am CST
Would you rent maternity clothes? Do you think it's a smart and economical way to stay fashionable while pregnant? I wouldnt rent maternity clothes at all. It doesn't seem economical at all to me. Normally renting things especially clothes gets expensive. I just kept all of my maternity clothes from last year to wear this year while my pregnant but I try to wear all of my non pregnancy clothes for as long as I can. if I want or need more maternity clothes I'll either buy something a bigger size or go to the maternity store and look for sales cause at different times of the ear they have sales and clearance as well.
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@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
19 Jan 12
With my first pregnancy I made most of my maternity tops. I purchased the maternity pants. I had 2 pairs a black pair and a brown pair. I purchased 2 tops and also made a dress for special occasions. I wore these same clothes with my second pregnancy. I am not sure if I bought any for the second pregnancy or not. I think you are right about renting maternity clothes, I think they would be expensive, plus you would not have those clothes for another pregnancy.
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@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
Yep you wouldn't be able to keep them. I bought mine on sale when I was pregnant with my daughter and now with my second I get to wear the same ones and they are still in style and still so me. I will have to get summer clothes since my last pregnancy I didn't start showing till winter and I had a winter baby now I'm having a late summer early autum baby. I leaned how to keep your non pregnancy pants to last longer with a hair tie.
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• United States
19 Jan 12
Wish I would have know that about using the hair tie when I was pregnant. One of my pants had the maternity panel in it and the other one just had an elastic waist but they were maternity pants. Those I liked to wear. The one with the panel in it just seemed to dig in more and more the more I got into the pregnancy.
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@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
It helps save money. I have the maternity pants with the elastic as well but mine where very comfy to wear.
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@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
18 Jan 12
I wouldn't rent maternity clothes, but I would look in thrift or resell shops for them. When I had my children, both pregnancies, required different sizes. My first child was under 8 pounds and my second was almost 11 pounds, big difference in my size. I've never seen any place that even rents pregnancy clothes. I did find many thrift stores with second hand pregnancy clothes and it saved me a bunch. I wouldn't rent them, because staining them would cost too much. Thanks for the discussion!
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
Last year when I was pregnant saw no rentals store still none it's not a real thing just something that some people are thinking about starting. I didn't do second hand stores for clothes I just find it icky it's like buying someone sels underwear that they wore. I just got to the regular stores and looks for the sales my mom bought me a lot of clothes with my first now with my second only being a 11 month differences form ending one pregnancy to the start of this new one. I try to wear all of my none pregnancy clothes fr as long as possible good thing I kept all of my materiny clothes cause I can wear then again just need to get more short sleeve clothes in the summer.
• Denver, Colorado
19 Jan 12
I found I got over my negative thinking about second hand clothes when with my second pregnancy my husband was on strike for a long time, my mother moved in and was sick, and money for clothes was minimal. I was very selective and picked the ones that looked new. They cannot sell underwear legally, so all outer wear has to be clean before they can display it. It sure saved me a bundle of money.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
I know they can't sell underwear I said it would be like wearing someone else underwear. You can sell used underwear there is a lot of people that do like that but yeah I know how second hand stores work. We buy some times baby clothes and some items from there but only clothes with the store tags on them. Money is tight for us but if I make one phone call for a few extra dollars then I can get what I need but I'm a good shopper and know what to look for. I know when clothing sales on since I don't actually shop much and I'm suck a small women I can pull off just about anything. It'll take me months before I out grown all of my none pregnancy clothes. I didn't even show till I was due. So hopefully I make it to about 30 weeks with out really showing.
@samd87 (327)
18 Jan 12
I don't think I would rent maternity clothes, It would probably end up being very expensive. When i was pregnant with my youngest i only stayed very small and was able just to wear all my usual clothes, I didn't even go up a clothes size, so i was very lucky. With my son I got very big very quick and had to buy maternity clothes and I got these in the sales. After my pregnancy I passed them on to my sister who was pregnant at the time.
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@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
18 Jan 12
I kept mine because I knew I was going to have more kids just didn't know when so I kept all of mine and boxed thento right now I'm glad I did that since I'm pregnant again and being to show a little bit but I can get away with wearing anything right now. I some tricks when it comes to pants where I can wear them longer.
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19 Jan 12
I rather buy inexpensive clothes or those sold in a bargain or sale. It is not hygienic to wear. You don't even know who wear it the last time.. I would advice to think it again a hundred times. It is for you and your baby's safety.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
You know when you by clothes from any places that someone has probably wore it already but that is why your suppose to wash it. I would rather not buy clothes from a second hand store because yeah it's been worn a lot and some times lighter in color unless the store tags are still on then I know it's still in good shape and less people have worn it.
@SIMPLYD (86357)
• Philippines
19 Jan 12
When i was pregnant with my daughter, i bought two pieces of maternity dress. In addition, my sister let me borrow all her maternity dress which she keeps for future use on her pregnancy. So after my pregnancy, i gave back her maternity dresses and also my 2 pieces of maternity dress. Unfortunately, i wasn't able to borrow them again, because i only had one child.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
I kept all of mine. I would let anyone borrow mine at all till I was officially done using then for good. It's a good thing I kept mine cause Im using then again but it does saves money reusing your old clothes just in a different way.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
19 Jan 12
I have friends who passed down their maternity clothes to their sisters/relatives too, just as how they gave some old baby clothes to their relatives who were expecting a baby too.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
My sister in law pasted down some baby clothes but then I got a lot of boy clothes an I had a girl. So it's best to know what they are having first or let them pick it out what you want that they to have so that it's not to boy or girl unless that is what they are having.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
22 Jan 12
Your situation is different in that you have maternity clothes from last year. For someone experiencing a first pregnancy, I think that either renting or shopping in consignment stores is the way to go. Our society must change its habit of thinking that everything has to be brand new. It is environmentally friendly to reuse clothing. If rented, they go back to be used yet again by someone else! Consignment clothing is often next-to-new and affordable. When pregnancy is over, if clothing is still in good shape and usable, it can be re-consigned! Great for the environment...and the pocketbook!
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
23 Jan 12
There is no such thing as renting maternity clothes and it would be more expensive is someone did that. It wouldn't be a smart idea. Baby is very expensive. It's cheaper and saves money to buy a few of your own keep them and learn how to keep you none pregnancy clothes for longer like taking hair ties to your pants or buying th next size up in clothes. I kept mind because it was a smart move. I never got that big so my maternity clothe still fit me and I went and got mine on sale. You can't really find used stores that have maternity clothes because most moms will not get rise of them till they are done having kids or gives them to someone else that is pregnant and the same size as them. Where you live will depend on you afford ability. I didn't buy mine my mom bought mine when I Ned them and we went on a sale day and Spent a $100 on them but I got to pick what I wanted and you don't also get to pick what you want for a used store and you not going to find your size most likely.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
23 Jan 12
Also wearing someone else clothes that I don't know would be like wearing there underwear.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Jan 12
Well, none of us are pregnant for a very long time, so on the one hand it might seem like renting maternity clothes would be a good idea, I don't think that it is something that I would ever want to do. Instead, when I was pregnant with my daughter I was able to wear some of my fat clothes through my entire pregnancy. However, when I was pregnant with Paul I bought a lot of maternity clothes from clearance racks and also from yard sales because I carried him a lot differently than I carried Kathryn.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
23 Jan 12
I bought a few clothes form the motherhood store. It would be stupid to rent because it would cost more and I wouldn't wear someone else because it would be like wearing the underwear to me and would just be grossed out all of the time with it. Saved all of mine and boxed them up for when I need them. They all should fit me for a long time since I was in the small size through out my hole pregnantch with my daughter. Almost 3 months in and sti wearing my none pregnamcy clothes but showing a little bit. A lot of my none pregnancy clothes got a kind of stretch to then since of the fabric.
20 Jan 12
As for me, I will not rent any maternity clothes since you don't know if it is clean and if the previous person who wore it doesn't have any disease that can be transmitted thru the clothing. Yes it can be washed but we are not sure if all those viruses, germs and bacterias are washed off as well. As for me it is totally unhygienic but if you are borrowing one from a sister or someone close to you, I think that would be fine. As for me I borrowed my sister's maternity clothes when I got pregnant for my first baby. So as for me renting maternity clothes is a big NO...
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
20 Jan 12
Dieseas can't be transferred from clothes only throuh blood, open wounds where spit or blood can get into. Clothes wouldn't have any on it that would still be wet all dieseaa can't live on surfaces germs have a very small window and they can't live on clothes. It's Jair like getting any over clothes form a clothing store people try those all of the time. Germs and virus can be washed off most peoe put there clothes in a dry which is a very high heat most germs will be washed odd and virus can only be transferred by contact like blood and spit.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
19 Jan 12
i wouldnt rent them either but when i was pregnant with last daughter, there was a bunch of women pregnant at my church around the same time so we just traded the bag of materinity clothes which helped. now you can go a thrift store and get them.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
I don't do second hand stores it's gross it's like wearing someone else underwear as well as trading clothes. Im reusing mine since my kids are only a year a part and the clothes are still in style. As well as get normal clothes from the store it save money as well were it doest cost as much as maternity clothes.
19 Jan 12
Id rather buy my maternity clothes rather than renting. Because its still personal and if it is your first pregnancy you can use it for your second time.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
Yep that is correct. I kept all if mine and I'm using it for my second pregnancy. There as a few tricks to use none pregnancy clothes like jeans if you use a hair tie you can wear them longer.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Jan 12
hi shybear no If I were pregnant I would hate to wear something that some pregnant lady has worn. I would rather as I did when I was pregnant I bought maternity clothes on sale and they were comfortable and served me fine for two pregnancies 11 months apart. I wore a jumper uniform at work so it could be let out with a large white blouse under it.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
Well even clothes on sale have been worn it's just less lily they were worn a lot. I did the same I went to the sales and got some clothes and I wore all of my non pregnancy clothes till they couldn't fit I knew some tricks to keep the pants longer by using a hair tie around the button to the loop. I kept all of my pregnancy good thing because I'm pregnant again with an 11 month old and I k ow before I know it I'll be showing like crazy.
@shaggin (39471)
• United States
19 Jan 12
Wow I've seriously never even heard of renting clothes other then suits. It seems like it would just wind up costing more to rent maternity clothes then to buy them new or on sale or at a yard sale or on ebay etc. I got all mine used I believe or on sale. I still have a few of mine that I was saving for when I had more kids but I am not going to be having any more so I will be selling them.
@ShyBear88 (18618)
• United States
19 Jan 12
They don't have a store like that it's a question for a website for pregnant women. I bought all mine on sale from a store and I kept my thankfully and noe I get to wear then again with my second child.