Ahhhh the Maternity Clothing Allowance, a topic of many a conversation. Most surrogacy arrangements have an amount of $750-$1000.00 earmarked for maternity clothing. In the case of twins, a surrogate may use that money around the 10th week of pregnancy and for a singleton she may use it at around 12-14 weeks. Nothing stops anyone from buying clothing earlier from what the agreement states but the surrogate will not be reimbursed until the time agreed.
Some intended parents might ask a surrogate why she would need new maternity clothing especially if she had a baby within the past 2 years. Here are just a few reasons:
*She gave all of her maternity clothing away not thinking that she might need them again
*She had her last baby in the winter and will need a wardrobe for an entirely different season(s)
*She has a “professional” career and needs to update her wardrobe
*She has a job that requires a uniform and she needs to buy maternity sizes in order to continue working
*She tossed all of her old maternity undergarments and will need to buy new (comfortable bras and underwear often need replacing)
*She has an event that she will attend during her pregnancy and will need to buy appropriate clothing
*She needs clothes for all reasons: Sleeping, playing, swimming, working, lounging, going out and staying in.
If your wife or significant other were carrying this baby, would you not expect her to buy clothing that was stylish and actually fit for her growing body? Case closed.