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Sustainable Lifestyle Tips for Pregnant Mums

Updated: May 19, 2021

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Thinking back to when I was pregnant for the first time, there was a list as long as the queue at the Babies Galore register on a Saturday afternoon of things that we were told we were going to "need" for our baby. I have also worked on the retail side of the baby goods industry and discovered everything from electric baby wipes warmers to special nappy bins that require special cassettes of special plastic bags to work!

So how does a conscious consumer navigate the barrage of product marketing that comes with the territory of pregnancy and motherhood? Just like with any other lifestyle decisions, research is key to avoiding the greenwashing and getting caught up in the flurry of consumer culture. Here are some easy ways to do some research:

* Ask mums and dads who are further along the parenting journey - their experience will never be exactly the same as yours, but it can be very helpful to find out from others who have been there before about what worked for them and what turned out to be a waste of money and resources.

* Make use of the abundance of sustainable lifestyle blogs available - these were not around (or at least barely heard of) during my pregnancies which is a shame as I'm sure they would have been a very valuable resource. Here are some specifically from eco-conscious mums to get you started:

* Join a Facebook Group:

Still not sure where to start when it comes to sustainability and motherhood? Here are some tips and things to consider which you can apply to setting up your maternity and baby wardrobes:

  1. Maternity Wear

You might be tempted to give in to the convenience and cheapness of fast fashion seeing as you may only be wearing these items for a short period of time, but it is well and truly worth putting in that bit of extra effort to apply the principles of sustainable fashion for both your health and that of the planet - which may turn out to be more affordable as well.

Some things to consider when choosing maternity wear:

* Thrift!

The short timeframe that maternity clothes are worn it makes them the perfect candidate for secondhand shopping. All the traditional outlets like Vinnies, Salvos, Red Cross and Anglicare are great sources of lightly worn preloved maternity clothes. If you're looking for specific secondhand items, try Facebook Marketplace, Ebay and Gumtree. There are even some preloved maternity shops online such as Serendipity Maternity Boutique and Motherly Instincts which sell a selection of new and secondhand plus hire out for formal occasions.

* Borrow

I don't think I know a mum who isn't happy to pass on or lend their maternity wear post (or in between!) pregnancies! This is a great way to save money and reduce waste.

* Hire

If you have a special occasion to attend while pregnant, there is now the option of hiring (yes - hiring! This sure wasn't around when I as preggie!) some high end maternity garments! Motherly Instincts (mentioned above) , Mama Rentals and Bump Style all specialise in this and Glam Corner has a dedicated maternity section.

* Adapt

There are many styles of regular clothing that can also accommodate your beautiful pregnant figure so why not shop your existing wardrobe or look for pieces that you know you can continue to wear into the future. Certain styles work best for this including wrap dresses, loose maxi dresses, tunics, empire line dresses and most items with stretch.

If you're handy with sewing or know somebody who is, you may be able to alter or upcycle pieces from your wardrobe or that you find in the thrift stores.

* Buying New

There will obviously be some items that you will want to buy new (hello underwear and hosiery!) and these are the ones that you will need to ask some questions about in order to determine which choices are the most sustainable and ethical: