Nearly There

I haven’t blogged for over two weeks which is unusual for me. I was completely exhausted last week, not that being tired has ever stopped me in the past. But I’ve noticed pregnancy fatigue is different from anything I’ve ever experienced before. It’s a profound weariness combined with feeling very heavy and weighed down. I’m six weeks away from my due date and I’m really looking forward to pregnancy being over. I’m not only looking forward to meeting our baby, but having my body to myself again. I can’t wait to be able to exercise normally, although I understand that it may take a little time to get to that point. As the weather warms up, I’m even less inclined to wear body-con maternity wear which seems to be de rigueur. I picked up this frock from Mango, which is […]

Week by Week

In the early stages of my pregnancy, I knew how far along I was to the day. Months later, I frequently get it wrong. I thought I was 30 weeks gone, but I’ve just checked my calendar and I’ve realised that I’m actually at week 31. This means I have one week less to get stuff done, assuming baby boy rocks up on time. If he’s anything like me, he’ll be late. But I’m not panicking because I’m having a surge of energy and focus and I’m more productive right now than I’ve been in my entire working life. I assume this surge in productivity is just pregnancy hormones doing their thing, but it’s useful nonetheless. I’m still doing my upmost to avoid the scourge of terrible maternity wear. This Lily and Lionel dress is […]

Pregnant Rebel

There are certain rules for how pregnant women should dress, it’s supposedly prudent to choose dark colours and wear lots of stretch jersey. I have rejected these rules as they are restrictive and boring; Bretton stripes and body-con dresses are just not for me. Just because I’m pregnant, I see no reason why my style should be drab. Also, the thought of tight clothes right now makes me feel a bit sick. This ruffled dress by ASOS does not comply with sartorial conventional wisdom, but I care not. It reminds me of Gucci’s SS17 collection, which I rather like. I’ve paired it with blue velvet boots that I found in my local charity shop.

Heavy Days

Despite my attempt to avoid maternity wear, I found this maternity dress on ASOS which I’m rather pleased with. I can never resist a pretty 70s vibe frock. I’m 29 weeks along and I now understand what is meant by the phrase ‘heavily pregnant’. I can’t get up or sit down without groaning like an angry buffalo. Heaving myself in and out of the bath is like the Shamu show at SeaWorld. My pregnancy has been pretty easy, considering what a tough time some women have, but I’m looking forward to it being over. I’m not only excited to meet our baby boy, but also it’ll be a relief to have my body back to myself. He’s currently tap dancing on my bladder, which is just charming.

An Un-Mumsy Pregnancy

My mission to dress my bump without submitting to maternity wear continues with this blouse by Teatum Jones. I didn’t go to a lot of events at London Fashion Week, primarily because I’m six months pregnant and in no mood to waddle around the shows. Also, I don’t really have enough fashion week appropriate outfits to wear,  but I felt confident in this top from TJ’s SS17 collection. I wore it with a pleated skirt from ASOS, which isn’t from their maternity range, but has a forgiving elasticated waist. I picked up these shoes from Topshop and they are neither practical or mumsy, which may make them an imprudent purchase. But just because I’m pregnant I don’t see why I should surrender my identity. I anticipate being the sort of mum who’ll rock up to the school gates in pink […]

No Pain no Gain

I’ve been lucky with my pregnancy so far, as I’ve had relatively little nausea or debilitating fatigue. However, this past week I’ve had a stinking cold combined with Round Ligament Pain, which explains my somewhat scant blogging. For those who don’t know, Round Ligament Pain is caused by stretching muscles which surround the Uterus and Pelvis. This has been aggravated by coughing, so it’s not been a fun week. But I’m feeling much better now and my overall health is good, so I shan’t complain. I’ve spent most of the last 7 days sitting around in sweat pants and it feels good to put on some proper clothes and heave myself up from the sofa. I found this Paul and Joe dress in the 9 in the Mirror January sale; a site that offers pregnancy friendly, non-maternity clothes that don’t compromise on […]

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a lovely festive break. I had a quiet celebration with my family and was in bed by 11pm on New Year’s Eve. Gone are the days when I’d stay up well into the small hours of January 1st, but that’s fine by me. I’m now 20 weeks pregnant and my growing bump is limiting my sartorial choices. There were lots of lovely clothes in the shops in the run up to Christmas but I couldn’t wear any of them, which is probably for the best as it stopped me buying stuff I don’t need. Being pregnant makes me think more carefully about what I spend money on; clothes have to not only be comfortable but be guaranteed to last for the duration of my pregnancy. I’ve accepted that the next five months won’t be my most stylish and that’s […]

Non-Maternity Maternity

At 17 weeks pregnant I’m nearly half way there and I can’t believe the time has whizzed by so quickly. Thus far, pregnancy has been pretty kind to me. I’ve had spells of sickness and I’ve felt quite tired, but compared to lots of other women, I’ve had it easy. I still haven’t quite got my head around the prospect of having an actual baby at the end. I’m told that when I start to feel the baby move, reality will strike. I’m looking forward to the next stage of pregnancy. I’ve found that there are things in my wardrobe that work as maternity wear, which is great as I’m loathed to buy too much new stuff; I already have more than enough. I bought this Saloni dress from The Outnet earlier this year and the […]

Leather and Lace

After weeks of avoiding maternity wear, I’ve finally caved in and bought a couple of maternity dresses. My priorities have changed and comfort is the deciding factor; I can’t bear fabric that’s even slightly scratchy or clingy. This lace dress from Mamalicous is soft and comfy. Looking at these pictures, I think the frock will work better when I’m more heavily pregnant, but it’s so comfortable that I can’t wait to wear it. I’ve layered it under my old faithful leather jacket from Whistles and a 50s vintage faux fur coat (similar here) that’s oversized enough to see me through my pregnancy (similar here and here) . My boots are from &Other Stories (similar here) and my sunglasses are by Versace.

Ghost of Pregnancy Future

As my pregnancy progresses, I’m becoming more disillusioned with maternity wear. A lot of the dresses fall about an inch above the knee, which suits me like socks suit a rooster. I’m still in the awkward in-between phase, where I don’t really look pregnant but most of my clothes don’t fit. Non-maternity dresses with pleats in the front work well as they’ll accommodate my bump, as and when it properly pops out. I found this dress in the Ghost sale, and it caters to my obsession with vintage. I bought it in a bigger size than I would usually go for, so hopefully I’ll be able to wear it for a while yet. I’ve paired it with my favourite gilet from Ruby and Ed (similar here) and an old pair of silver Bowie-esque boots by Reiss, (similar […]