Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it is also a period of adjustment. Your life is about to change radically, for the better! Changes are happening everywhere, with your body, your lifestyle and your financial position. Some of these changes are fun, but others . . . not so much. Everyone knows there are costs associated with having a baby, but there are also some pregnancy costs that aren’t so obvious.
If you’re having a baby, you know you’ll have to have prenatal health care visits, and you definitely know you’ll have to deliver the baby! These expenses are necessary. They can also vary greatly depending on your individual pregnancy and your healthcare. Another obvious expense is the supplies you’ll need for when baby gets here! This includes everything from diapers to the perfect rocking chair. All these things can add up to cost quite a bit, but don’t worry too much. Friends and family love to buy pint sized gifts for baby, and that can take some pressure off.
Now our tried and true hidden pregnancy costs straight from the belly’s . . . well, button. We’ve found a couple of costs that you might not immediately associate with your bundle of joy. Here are some hidden pregnancy costs:
Even though people say you’re eating for two, that’s one of many pregnancy myths. You shouldn’t really be eating enough additional food to add a noticeable expense. But most women try to eat healthy for baby, and that can mean buying more organic choices and more produce. These can add a little to your monthly bill. But where the real cost comes in? Eating out. Making a baby is hard work! Your body can get tired, so when that happens you might not want to spend the extra energy it takes to make a meal. And after a while eating out can cost quite a bit.
It’s a well known fact that pregnant women make frequent trips to the bathroom! When baby is doing jiu jitsu on your bladder it’s hard not to. And with all those extra trips, you’re going to have to increase the amount of toilet paper you buy! While this may not be the biggest expense you have, it’s definitely a hidden one!
This goes along with the hidden cost of toilet paper. You will be going to the bathroom more, which means washing your hands more as well. But where the majority of that extra water is going? Longer showers and more baths to soothe away the aches and pains of pregnancy! If you’re pregnant it’s very likely you’ll experience an achy back and swollen feet at some point. A warm bath can work wonders at relieving some of your discomfort, as long as the water’s not too hot!
It’s inevitable. You’re body is growing but you’re clothes aren’t! That means buying new ones that make room for your belly, and they might not come so cheap. Some articles of clothing you can’t get around buying, like maternity bras. But there are some ways to make your pre-pregnancy clothes last longer, like belly bands and your more forgiving blouses.
Now that you know these hidden pregnancy costs you can prepare for them along with your larger pregnancy expenses. To learn more about other aspects of your pregnancy, visit Contemporary Women’s Care’s blog for more articles.