Good Morning Readers! So, I didn’t quite get the second part of the girls shared room out on here as planned… I took the photos and started the post, but I still had one finishing touch to make which I carelessly ordered on Amazon, neglecting to notice the month long delivery time from China. So I’ll be back on that just as soon as the last bits arrive! In the meantime, I haven’t really talked about being pregnant at all this time but thought as I came into the third trimester in September, I’d share a few of the new season maternity bits I’ve bought to see me through the last three months and beyond.
Firstly, my approach to dressing and shopping this time has been very different. I don’t plan to be pregnant again(!) so I wanted to really choose items that would see me through the months of breastfeeding ahead, or that I would wear when I wasn’t pregnant. That said, I always admire women who say they managed with their usual clothes. My whole shape changes when I’m pregnant, and whilst I don’t get completely huge, I do get a decent size bump(/bloat?) early on along with a total explosion in the boob department so many of my clothes don’t work that well by the end of the first trimester. I always find regular tops really aren’t long enough, and this time I really have had a huge issue with wearing anything that’s remotely tight around my bump – even maternity jeans where the denim starts beneath the bump panel have felt uncomfortable, so I’ve chosen a lot of looser styles/dresses.
I’ll start with the non-maternity store Manamou I came across on Insta but whose styles tend to be ‘oversized’ and perfectly suited to maternity wear. I bought a couple of summer dresses from here, then more recently this sequin skull blouse, and the khaki leopard midi dress worn here. They do tend to have small drops and sell out so if you like something, buy it, but they also re-stock really frequently with new and sometimes sold out lines. The prices are really reasonable (£35 for this dress) and the only thing I wasn’t keen on was a cardigan I returned, but I am fussy about knitwear!
Normally I’m a real knitwear fanatic and the cooler months bring me great pleasure investing in a few really nice pieces. As I said, I am fussy and often buy cashmere blends or real wool but as I know I’ll be breast feeding and also wrapping/wearing a new baby I’m looking at cardigans instead. Not only do they work with an expanding waistline now but they will be ideal for layering later with baby. I treated myself to this cashmere splurge from Gussy & Lou in summer, and have had loads of wear out of it already, and now am intently browsing Wyse London for something new. I also spotted this Forage Somerset Chunky cardi today whilst browsing and thought I’d share – love the colours for Autumn.
While it was warmer I’ve been wearing this linen shirt as a layering piece too – a bargain I bought from H&M before our summer hols intending to wear on the beach over a swimsuit but it didn’t arrive in time and I’ve ended up layering it over dresses instead. Again it will be great for breastfeeding later down the line too… I consider khaki a neutral and it works so well with all the neutrals, my fav denim and a lot of pinks I lean towards lately too. As an aside, I also bought these maternity pyjamas from H&M I’ve loved wearing and intend to get a long-sleeved pair next.
My biggest problem in terms of maternity wear this time around has been the epic search I went on to try and find some dungarees. They were the perfect solution to my denim love, without any restriction around the bump. I happened to have recently binned my oversized pair and so I was on the lookout relatively early on in pregnancy. I didn’t want to splurge on these as they had a finite lifespan and looked everywhere for a reasonably priced pair. I recommendations for H&M, GAP, Jojo, but they either didn’t have a traditional denim colour in stock or when I tried them they just weren’t right. Lots of them I found quite unflattering and gaped at the back so eventually I caved and ordered the more expensive pair of maternity dungarees from Seraphine which I have been so pleased with and actually wore from pretty early on. They have a decent amount of stretch and I would say size down (I chose an 8 after a couple of orders and would normally want a 10 non-pregnant, despite putting on weight all over not just in terms of a ‘bump’.) In general I like Seraphine’s stuff – although its quite pricey you can often wait for a discount, or buy in their trans-seasonal sales. I also bought this jumpsuit for an absolute steal which I loved for work and think I’ll wear post baby and I like their nursing friendly bretons – I had a red one last time that I still have and added the navy stripe to my collection this time.
One other maternity item I had to buy was leggings. I thought I had a pair I could get out from last time around but when I did they promptly split along the seams so obviously weren’t in as good shape as I thought! Trying to find another pair was a nightmare. I don’t tend to wear leggings as the only thing covering my bum unless I’m hanging around the house but I didn’t even want to be showing my knickers through them then to be honest – its good to hang onto a shred of dignity when pregnant! I finally took a chance on a brand called Love Leggings advertised on insta and was so glad I did. They’re long enough (I’m 5’7 but don’t have particularly long legs for my height) super comfy and thick enough to wear nothing else with them if you wish. There are loads of colours too if you want to branch out from black. All for £17.99 and free returns!
This time around I have lived in dresses and I plan to layer the summer ones I bought with longsleeved tops underneath and cardi’s on top through autumn, with chunky boots as soon as I find the right pair. I bought this dress from a local boutique Love Lucy who do online too and stock the same brand throughout the year with a short and long sleeved option. I’m liking the winter mini florals this year and liberty-esque patterns so check them out if that’s your thing too.
Above all however, my fav find this time around has been Beyond Nine. Maternity and feeding friendly clothes designed to be worn by anyone who just wants to be comfy they are gorgeous quality and super super comfy. I bought the Sahara linen jumpsuit for summer and loved it and am writing this in my Laura jersey jumpsuit. I can only liken it to wearing full body joggers and know I’m going to love it post partum and when feeding too. I’m debating adding a linen khaki version or charcoal jersey one to my collection and definitely have my eye out for a long-sleeved version this winter.
I think that’s all for now! I hope this little round up has been useful for those of you with bumps to accommodate and those of you who haven’t might have spotted a few things you fancy too. I might try and round up some boots next as they are my current nemesis and I’m now limiting myself to buying clothes that will be suitable postpartum – can’t go wrong with shoes! 😉
Love, Rebecca x