It’s no secret that having a child is expensive. When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter my immediate thought process went to figuring out a budget for the pregnancy and year following. In hindsight, I realize how unprepared we actually were. We were the first ones to have a baby out of our friends or family in many years, so a lot of the advice we were getting was outdated or poorly researched on our part. There was a lot of rolling with the punches in terms of our budget. By our second child we were much more prepared.
Here are a few unexpected expenses that we didn’t foresee coming but that you could reasonably expect to include if you find yourself pregnant.
Maternity Clothes Budget
I obviously knew I would need some maternity clothes but I had no idea how much I would need or how much they would cost. I spend little to no money on clothes so I really thought I’d be able to get away with maybe spending like $1-200 for my pregnancy staples and move on….nope. One good fitting bra alone can easily cost $100++. One. It still irks me now expensive maternity clothes are (added to the fact that we don’t have access to anything like Target around here). I was able to find a few used pieces on local buy/sell but I personally would not buy used undergarments and, there were very few used clothing options anyway. I have no idea what I actually spent but I can say it was significantly more.
Pregnancy is physically taxing. There was no way I could have prepared for the some of the extreme physical discomfort I experienced. Obviously growing a human is physically exhausting but in combination with my demanding job and overly loose joints (related to pregnancy) I could not have got through without seeing my massage therapist on the regular. Another friend of mine basically lived at her chiropractor’s office and also ended up needing to see a podiatrist in Sydney to help with a pregnancy related gait issue.
Our prescription drugs are covered under our private healthcare plan but there were many things I depended on for my pregnancy that are regular pharmacy items that were completely necessary. A few things that I needed were: Tums and Zantac (copious amounts of both, the heartburn was unreal), Tylenol (again, related to the physical pain I was having), new soap (I know this sounds weird but the smell of our regular soap actually made me want to vomit so I needed to change all the soap in the house) and a few things I don’t need to detail on the internet. No doubt in my mind I spent hundreds that I wasn’t expecting to.
Everyone talks about how expensive having a child is, but rarely do we talk about all these hidden pregnancy costs!
What were some of the pregnancy related costs that you weren’t expecting?
Feeling Clever? Join our newsletter!
Subscribe to get the latest from "Clever Dude."