Used Maternity Wear: Yea or Nay?


I recently got a huge package of maternity clothes from a friend who just had her second (and last) baby. She sent me something like 10 pairs of jeans, several dresses and skirts. It was pretty much the best box I’ve ever gotten in the mail. It helps that she has short legs like I do, so I don’t even have to have the jeans hemmed.

And I didn’t bat an eye at the idea of wearing her clothes. I did wash them first, but otherwise, I have no problem with it.

My sister then sent me a link to a new site that a friend of a friend recently opened called Borrow For Your Bump. The idea is that you can either borrow or buy maternity clothes, and if you borrow, you pay per month and return them at the end of your allotted time. Which is kind of a neat idea and a nice way to get to wear a variety of clothes, but something about it just doesn’t sit right with me.

To me, wearing hand-me-downs from someone I know is no big deal. Obviously I know nothing about my friends bathing habits, but I’m friends with relatively clean people and I feel like a simple wash is sufficient to feel comfortable sharing their clothes. But sharing clothes with one or more strangers? I just don’t know.

I feel like there’s something inherently weird about sharing pants with a woman you don’t know. I am 100% certain that this company cleans these clothes well and I don’t mean to imply that they aren’t an upstanding company manages all sanitary issues, but I personally just am uncomfortable sharing clothes with someone I don’t know.

And more so with sharing with multiple people I don’t know.

I brought this up to another friend and she mentioned that there are multiple pregnancy consignment stores near where she lives that she’s looking forward to shopping in them for cool clothes at a good price. And that she thinks my being uncomfortable with sharing with strangers is a little weird. Which is entirely possible. I do not pretend to be a mainstream thinker.

So I figured I’d see what other women think on the issue. Is buying maternity clothing from/sharing maternity clothes with people you don’t know totally normal, or does it seem a little weird to anyone but me?