Maternity Clothes: FSA Eligibility
What are maternity clothes?
Maternity clothes are clothes for pregnant women that are useful when pregnancy causes changes in the body. A great way to buy affordable maternity clothes that can be used across multiple outfits over several days is to layer. Layering is wearing multiple clothing items including accessories like scarves to stay warm and comfortable while also getting more use out of items.
No maternity clothing expenses are eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account, unfortunately.
There are affordable maternity clothing items at department stores, including maternity hoodies and sweatpants, which allow mothers to stay comfortable and active. A maternity hoodie, for example, has expanded room in the stomach area, for a mother's expanding abdomen. Other maternity items that are useful are maternity pants, whether loungewear, denim or dress pants – maternity pants usually have an elastic waistband to accommodate expanding as well. There are also maternity bras, which reflect the changing bra size which is common for mothers during pregnancy (The Bump).
Commonly recommended items for a maternity clothing purchase include dresses, maternity jeans, tops and blouses, maternity sweaters, and a winter coat that is large enough to be worn throughout pregnancy. Lastly, consider seasonal items like maternity shorts, skirts, and even swimwear.
Maternity clothes are designed to help a pregnant person stay comfortable, both physically and also in terms of their appearance – whether dressed for a professional environment, casual environment, or leisure environment.