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 […]

Body Works

I’m aware that I’ve only  blogged about my pregnancy recently, so I apologise to anyone who is is bored of hearing about it. But I guess having a baby is such an all consuming event, that it’s to be expected. I’ve been galloping apace with my writing projects and I’m churning out 2000 words a day in a desperate scrabble to get everything done before the baby shows up in 8 weeks or so. There’s not a lot of brain space after that work is done. I haven’t really gone into many details about the symptoms of my pregnancy, primarily because there’s nothing of interest to talk about. However, the most challenging thing has been accepting my body as it has altered and grown. I have a history of eating disorders, and although I’ve been well […]

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.

Boy oh Boy

As my pregnancy progresses, style blogging is becoming more challenging. I’m 6 months gone now and I’m limited in what I can wear; not that I mind. In fact, having very little choice actually saves me a lot of time. I’ve more or less given up on trends for the time being. I’m sure if I worked a little harder my maternity look could be more on trend, but my energy is a precious commodity and I can’t afford to squander it. I found this 70s dress in a vintage shop on Camden Passage and I’m rather pleased with it. It’s really comfy and flows over the bump. I look like I’m trying to channel Mandy Moore in This is Us, but this is co-incidental. I’ll be wearing this frock until May when baby boy […]

The “Glow”

Pregnancy is often sold as a magical time in a woman’s life, when she glows with internal serenity. This, in my experience, is cobblers. I’ve been tired, grumpy, spotty and sore with muscular aches and pains. Mind you, my pregnancy has been a walk in the park compared to some women I know, who’ve been afflicted with hyperemesis gravidarum; severe sickness that lasts for the full nine months. I’ve been blogging less frequently, partly due to weariness and new writing projects, but also because my sartorial choices are increasingly limited. I know once the baby is here, I’ll have even less time and energy. However, I’ll also find a new way of dressing. I’m inspired by other Mum bloggers who maintain their own look, whilst catering for the practicality that motherhood demands, Dress Like a […]

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 […]

Pregnancy Fitness

Over the last few years I’ve incorporated exercise into my daily routine. I keep fit for the obvious physical benefits, but I work out primarily for my mental health. I like to work really hard and love the rush of endorphins after going hell for leather. If I don’t exercise for a few days I start to feel peculiar. I hate the gym and only exercise at home, I resent paying for something I can do for free. I’m also a hopeless klutz, and I used to have frequent and embarrassing accidents in my local gym. I’d fall off the cross trainer or drop my phone on the treadmill, which would go flying backwards and hit the shins of the poor person on the machine behind me. I also have weird mutant strength, and would always […]

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 […]