Hi, I’m starting a topic on pregnancy feels and pregnancy spending. Hopefully this can be a thread for anyone to chime in with commiseration, questions, stories, advice, and general WTF!
- I was prepared to have to slow down, be sleepy, and take a break from competitive sport. I was prepared for some vomiting. I was not very well prepared for feeling like moderate crap 5-6 times a day, just well enough to do ordinary tasks but not well enough to be happy about it. Ugh.
- Now that first trimester hunger insomnia is over (I’m in week 13), I feel great in the mornings and very bloated/uncomfortable after dinner. It helps to know the pattern.
On the money front:
- Our grocery budget almost doubled for the first 2 months of stay-at-home. Some of it was stocking up, some from fewer work-paid travel meals, but a major portion was me eating 2x lunches and 2x dinners for all of months 2 & 3. This has tapered off now, thankfully.
- I just spent 4 months of normal clothing budget on maternity stuff. My usual wardrobe is mostly pants, so not much can be repurposed. I’ve also gained 4 inches around the bust so half my tops, especially tight sports gear, aren’t comfortable either. I feel a bit annoyed and a lot guilty about all the trial-and-error relearning to buy clothes that work (especially when delivery workers are stretched so thin). Due to COVID-19 our local Buy Nothing groups are pretty restricted, too. My new attitude is screw it: find 5 outfits I really love, budget be damned, and wear on repeat.
- If my shoe size changes permanently (which I hear is common) I will be miffed.
- On the up side, no spending on travel all spring so our overall discretionary spending is down.
- This month was open enrollment for my US-based employer’s health insurance, and I was able to switch from 20% coinsurance to 10% coinsurance. This should save $1,000 on a typical delivery. Yay!
I can be super grouchy about pregnancy, and also grateful for relative health and very excited to meet the baby, right?