Whether you’re already pregnant or you’re trying to conceive, taking the huge step towards becoming a family requires some serious lifestyle alterations. While deciding that you want a baby, trying for a baby and becoming pregnant will undoubtedly be some of the most exciting times in your life, your mind will also more than likely be filled with some issues and concerns.
The biggest worry expectant parents usually have revolves around how they’ll cope financially with all the additional costs a baby inevitably creates. The good news is that while you and your partner will naturally have to spend money preparing for the baby’s arrival, and then on products once your bundle of joy has arrived, there are also plenty of savings that you can make during pregnancy and after the birth.
From buying an inexpensive and reliable Clearblue pregnancy test which identifies whether you’re pregnant on the first day of your last period to using cloth nappies, there are plenty of financial tips and tricks to ensure your little one doesn’t cost the Earth before they’ve even arrived.
Don’t be afraid to borrow
As soon as people find out that you’re expecting, chances are you’ll be inundated with offers of second-hand baby clothes, prams, toys and highchairs. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth and accept these gifts with open arms. Children grow and develop at an exceptionally fast rate in their younger years and any new products that you purchase will quickly become outdated, making hand-me-downs the perfect solution.
Homemade morning sickness remedies
One of the most common symptoms of pregnancy is morning sickness, and while some women float through their pregnancies without any ailments whatsoever, the vast majority suffer sickness at some point, usually in the first 12 weeks.
Instead of being lured into buying expensive pre-natal pregnancy vitamins, opt for less expensive natural remedies. Herbal tea is a great natural pregnancy sickness solution, particularly if it contains ginger, lemon balm, peppermint and chamomile, ingredients with naturally settle the stomach.
Buy second-hand products
An exciting part of being pregnant is preparing your unborn baby’s nursery and buying all those eagerly anticipated baby items. While you may not be able to completely deck out the nursery and get everything you need for free from family and friends, you can still seriously reduce the cost by buying second-hand items.
Have a look in local charity stores, at auction sites on the internet or at car boot sales to pick up essential products for a snippet of what you would pay brand new.
Plan to breastfeed your baby
While you never quite know how you and your baby will respond to feeding until he or she arrives, one thing is for sure; breastfeeding is free. Planning on breastfeeding your baby as opposed to using formula milk, which can add up to quite a hefty expense over time, will significantly reduce the bills that your new baby generates.