Well, it’s ended up being well over a month since my last post. I’m now 25weeks pregnant, and feeling the best I have throughout this pregnancy, besides those first few weeks before morning sickness kicked in. As long as I make sure not to stand/sit/lay in the one position for too long, my back is ok. Remembering to stand with straight posture is something I have to constantly remind myself of, as I very quickly revert to a hunching position as soon as I am a bit tired. I have reduced my pilates sessions to 1 per week. I am finding it more and more difficult, and there are quite a few exercises I can’t do anymore, but I will keep going as long as I can as it really does help with my back and keeping my core muscles as strong as it is possible for them to be with a baby stretching them out 🙂 If you are thinking of having a baby, I would highly recommend working on your core strength before getting pregnant, and continuing as much as possible through pregnancy. I wish I had taken my own advice in previous pregnancies, but we live and learn.
With a growing baby bump comes the need for some wardrobe updates, and today I wanted to share what my maternity wardrobe looks like. My goal is to spend the least amount possible but still feel nice through my pregnancy. I hadn’t held on to any clothes from previous pregnancies, so what I am wearing is a combination of existing wardrobe items and a few new purchases. There are a couple of other items I would like to purchase as the budget allows (a new pair of boots, a lighter weight jacket and maybe a nice comfortable cardigan, to be specific 😉 ), but they are not essential, so I will wait and see if I can find any good bargains.
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- Maternity leggings and Tummy Band, bought new from Ripe Maternity. I didn’t want to spend a lot on leggings, as I only wear them to pilates, around the house and under my dress (ok, and maybe that one school run when I couldn’t be bothered getting changed). I had a really hard time finding a pair that were comfortable and ended up paying more than I wanted to for this pair. They are fairly thin and I wouldn’t recommend wearing without a long top over them. I wore the belly band over the top as a “skirt” for extra modestly (ie. to stop my undies showing) at pilates before my belly got bigger, and also to cover the plumber’s crack I had when wearing the low waisted maternity jeans. Now I use the belly band as extra tummy support if I feel I need it. The blue/grey handbag is one I picked up at an op shop. I love it because it goes with everything in my wardrobe and isn’t too big. I’m relishing these last few months of not having to carry a nappy bag around.
- Over-belly jeans. I just bought these this week as I was so tired of having to hoist up the under-belly ones, which were constantly falling down. More comments on the under-belly ones further down. I love this over-belly pair so far. They were cheap, fit well, are a reasonably thick denim, look nice, the denim comes up a bit higher at the back compared to others I tried on, and the belly band feels nice and supportive. Highly recommended.
- Pink scarves and maxi dress. I don’t remember where I got the darker pink scarf, I’ve had it for ages. The lighter pink one I bought at an op shop. These are great for warmth, hiding stains on the front of my tshirts, and just making me feel a bit more put together. The maxi dress was from Crossroads and is still available online at the sale price I paid for it. I wear this with the leggings and a singlet underneath for warmth (it’s winter here in Melbourne) for when I am working with a client, or just want to feel a bit more dressed up. The empire elastic waist is perfect for a maternity dress, even though it’s not meant to be maternity wear.
- Singlet tops in white, nude and navy blue. I bought these from Kmart just this week. There are more colours in store than online. I bought a couple of sizes bigger than normal so I could get the extra length. They are slightly too big in the bust, but because they are for wearing under other clothes, that doesn’t matter. They are nice and stretchy. Not actual maternity tops, but work really well, and I think they have enough stretch that I will be able to pull the neckline down for breastfeeding. I really don’t want to spend money on specialised breast feeding tops, so hopefully these will work.
- Boots, Sketchers shoes, t-shirts and under-belly jeans. The boots I’ve had for a couple of years and are almost worn out. They have a fairly high heel, so I can only wear them for short periods. I love the colour, and on my wish list is a pair of flat boots in a similar colour. The Sketchers I was given, and they are super comfortable and great for slipping on quickly for school pickups, etc. However, I don’t find they have much support, so I wouldn’t want to wear them if I had to be on my feet for a long time. I have my old runners (not pictured) that I would wear if I needed a more supportive shoe. The blue and light pink tshirts were from Kmart back in February. I am sure they would still have something similar available. They were around $5 each. They are not maternity tops, I just bought a size bigger in a looser style than what I would normally buy. The darker pink tshirt was from Suzanne Grae, bought before I was pregnant (no longer available). It is getting a bit tight across the belly now, but has been great up until now. I bought the under-belly jeans from Jeans West on sale for $40 when I was just 3 months pregnant (no longer available). When I was nauseous, I couldn’t bear to have anything tight on my stomach at all, plus we were still having really hot weather, so over-belly jeans were out. These were great for the first couple of months, but once my belly got bigger, I found they wouldn’t stay up and I would need the belly band over the top to keep them in place. I now much prefer the over-belly jeans and these will just be my back-up pair for when the others are in the wash.
- The raspberry -pink jumper with lace trim was from an op-shop and the nude camisole was from Portmans back in February (not available anymore). It isn’t a maternity top but I can still fit it (for now).
- Navy blue wool jumper, nude pink jumper, grey military jacket, checked grey hoodie jacket, nude bag. All of these were given to me by people who didn’t want them anymore (yay for hand-me-downs!!!). The jumpers, especially the navy blue one, are a little bit boxier than what I would wear if not pregnant, but are great for giving extra room for my baby belly. The jackets I have had for a few years and while I may not be able to get them done up at the moment, throwing them on over a t-shirt and scarf gives warmth and makes me feel a little bit more stylish. A jacket with a bit of structure through the shoulders is great for a pear shaped figure. The nude bag is perfect if I need a bigger handbag and the colour goes with all my outfits.
Not pictured are the very old tracksuit pants that I’ve had for years and years that I wear around the house, plus a couple of pre-pregnancy t-shirts I also only wear around the house, as they are way too short and tight for public wear.
And that’s it for today! Sorry if this post was of no interest to you, but for those of you that are pregnant/planning to one day be pregnant, I hope it was of some interest. xx Christy