Being pregnant is and an exciting time in any couple or family's life, you are blessed enough to have the responsibility of bringing a whole new person into this world. However, the cost of maternity is more than you would guess. Did you know that the average healthy delivery costs between $5000 to $8,000 dollars, and a few thousand more for a more complicated C-section delivery.Between the Lamaze classes, clothing, regular medical check ups and childbirth and labor you may just find yourself in a tight squeeze even before baby is born. Learn how to cut a few corners and save money during your pregnancy with our list of the top ten tips for saving money during pregnancy.
- Borrow clothes- You can only be pregnant for nine months, so why buy? Ask your colleagues, friends, and family that have children if they have any used maternity wear that they would let you borrow during your pregnancy. For more help, visit the website for the home business that lends and rents maternity clothing Dressed Beyond Conception. Just be sure to return the favor to a friend in need!
- Used clothes- If you can't find somebody willing to lend you clothing, or if you are missing a few essential articles save money by buying them used. Because the clothes can only be worn for a certain period of time, they are often in good condition. Try secondhand stores and garage sales. You can also browse the "free" section on Craigslist for giveaways.
- Get insurance- Like we mentioned before, just labor alone costs you at least five grand. Plan ahead and get insurance, or, if that's not an option, look into discount cards from clinics and pharmacies.
- No Insurance? - Look for assistance. Try the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, a government resource with pointers to help.
- Shop the sales- Check the sales rack at department stores as well as specialty stores for great deals on maternity clothing.
- Pregnancy medicaid- Those without insurance that meet the income qualifications may be entitled to receive pregnancy Medicaid. Rules, regulations and eligibility differ from state to state. Learn more by reading "Medicaid for Pregnant Women".
- Prevention, Prevention, Prevention- The best medicine is prevention! Lessen risks and medical costs by keeping healthy throughout your pregnancy. Be sure to take prenatal vitamins and eat a healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals.
- Don't go overboard- Like I said before, you are only pregnant for nine months. Don't overstock your wardrobe, and stick to the basics.
- Women, Infants, and Children- If you meet the requirements, you can get benefits that help you fund food and nutrition costs during pregnancy, and the first five years of the child's life. Learn more from our article "WIC: Receiving food assistance"
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