Are you currently pregnant and looking for cheap maternity clothes? I don’t know about all you fellow first time mums-to-be out there, but I was in complete denial when it came to buying maternity clothes.
Up until about 5/6 months in, I’d convinced myself I could get by on my hubby’s baggy t-shirts, leggings, and my signature puffy smock dresses. I didn’t need to spend unnecessary money on a new maternity wardrobe!
And then it came. The day I couldn’t fit into anything anymore. It felt like I had ballooned overnight! (I’m not going to lie, I may have had a little meltdown!)
If you’re reaching that stage now but you’re on a tight budget, don’t worry! In this post, I’m sharing my favourite, budget-friendly places to pick up cheap maternity clothes…
Where to find cheap maternity clothes
Here are my go-to brands for cheap maternity clothes. I often find high street stores have a better range on their website, but it’s always worth looking in-store too (especially with supermarkets) for any potential sales and offers.
High street & supermarket maternity wear
H&M was one of my favourite places to shop for basics when I was pregnant. As it was quite warm when I began to show, I got some lovely, floral print short-sleeve maternity tops, plus black cotton leggings, and pregnancy/nursing bras.
I didn’t have to spend a fortune, either. Each item was between £7-15. Their basics come in multi-packs, making it really easy and cheaper to buy everything you need in one go.
They often have maternity wear in their sale too, so you can bag some bargains on everything you need during pregnany, from jumpers to vest tops, and even pyjamas.
2. George at Asda
George at Asda is my go-to place for baby clothes, but it’s also fab for stylish, budget-friendly maternity pieces. They have some lovely maternity dresses suitable for all occasions, as well as maternity jeans, bras, and more.
Prices start from just £5 for basic tops and vests, and £12.50 for dresses, which I think is pretty reasonable!
3. TU Clothing
TU Clothing by Sainsbury’s is another good place to get cheap maternity clothes; both in Sainsbury’s stores and online. Similar to Asda, you can get staples from around £5.
I always find TU clothes wash and last well so it’s a safe bet for maternity clothes. Sainsbury’s also host regular 25% off clothing events, so keep an eye out for these!
4. New Look
Most of the clothes I own are from New Look, including my maternity wardrobe. You can get all sorts of maternity clothes, including jersey tops, jeans, dresses, and even maternity swimsuits.
I would argue that pieces can be slightly more expensive, but you get a lot more choice, and their sale prices match the prices of others on this list.
You can get nursing bras and vest tops from around £5 too, which I think is a good deal.
Best websites for cheap maternity clothes
Boohoo have some lovely dresses and tops, as well as basics like leggings and t-shirts in a range of sizes. They often have really generous sales and discounts too. I bought many of my maternity basics from here and a few bits like shorts and swimsuits for our holiday too.
ASOS isn’t necessarily one of the cheapest places to buy maternity clothes, but I’ve included it for a reason. They sell various products in multi-packs, like leggings, vests, t-shirts, etc. Plus they have a stunning range of smock style dresses starting from around £10, perfect for maternity occasion wear!
7. Everything £5
I love this site! It’s basically exactly what it says on the tin. You can buy anything on everything5pounds.com for £5. The stock ranges in sizes and it doesn’t have the most extensive maternity wear. That being said, you could always size up a couple of sizes, as who can resist a £5 bargain??
Best places to buy secondhand maternity clothes
While some items are essential to buy brand new, e.g. nursing bras, you can save so much money buying second hand maternity clothes! Here are my favourite places to bag yourself some preloved maternity bargains…
eBay is a great place to pick up cheap maternity clothes. I would always recommend looking at auctions over buy it now options, as you tend to get things a little bit cheaper if you time your bid right. Look out for bundles too, as this can also help you save time and help you get a few things in your size.
I love Vinted! It’s quickly becoming my favourite place to shop for baby clothes. It also has loads of maternity clothes on there. Similar to eBay, sellers offer discounts on bundles, so if you buy more than one item from the same person, you will often get discount on postage costs.
Plus, if you look for new sellers, you can also get free postage as an introductory offer.
10. Charity shops
I must admit, I still love a good charity shop rummage, but obviously this one depends on how much energy you have during your pregnancy.
Some charity shops near me have a dedicated mum-to-be section, while others may just have the odd maternity dress or top on a rack. You could always look for bigger sizes or even have a peak in the men’s section.
Top tips for buying cheap maternity clothes
Now that you know where to shop for cheap maternity clothing bargains, here are my top tips on how to save even more cash when you shop…
Get cashback on purchases
Cashback sites like Quidco and TopCashback offer a percentage of money back when you shop online with thousands of retailers, including many I have mentioned in the list above. These sites are free to join and use. Essentially, you’re also earning free cash if you were going to buy the item anyway!
Look for multi-packs & bundles
As I mentioned earlier, buying in multi-packs and bundles will help you save money and will get you a good discount on each product, rather than buying separately.
Save on postage costs
You can save money on postage costs by choosing free click and collect on certain sites, or getting items sent to a postage locker. If you shop on the site regularly, it might be worth signing up for their loyalty scheme or choosing to pay a fixed fee to get unlimited next day delivery for a year.
Shop the sales
The beauty of pregnancy is that you have time to plan. So if you know you will need maternity clothes in the summer or winter, you can shop seasonal sales to save money.
Use a browser extension
Browser extensions like Honey and Pouch apply automatic coupons at checkout to help you get the best discounts and savings. You can also use some of these extensions to track the price history. So if you’ve got your eye on a certain product, you can predict when it will be the cheapest time to buy it.