My best maternity fashion buys

I’ve been getting mah maternity fashion on!

Let’s start with a caveat: I think maternity fashion is a bit shit. Everyone keeps telling me how much it’s improved, which is hugely worrying since I still think it’s a bit shit. It could be that I’m just not used to seeing myself with a bump and so I wouldn’t be happy in anything – but I don’t think it’s just that. I’ve bought a pile of stuff from ASOS and other stuff places and returned probably about 80% of it. Thankfully I’ve still got a few things that fit from pre-pregnancy days, which is good – and I’ve come around to the opinion that a few key pieces should see you quite a long way.

Something else that has taken some getting used to is the lack of colour in maternity wear! I do actually understand this – it makes a lot more sense to get something in black or another neutral colour so it’s versatile. The only issue is I love my bright colours and am so used to wearing pinks, reds, turquoise that I’m missing them. If you’re in the same boat, then an easy fix is to get a few bright-coloured scarves or a cardigan or two – you’ll always use them after bub comes along.

Here’s a run down of my best maternity buys

  • I still love my maternity jeans from Asos. I’m also borrowing some maternity TopShop jeans from my sis in law and a couple of them are super comfy, but I still think my Asos ones are the bees knees.

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    Maternity jeans of awesomeness
  • My Mothercare Ponte Zip Maternity Leggings (that aren’t really leggings just super comfy trousers) are still fricking AWESOME. I would actually buy these if they sold them as normal work trousers because they are THAT comfy (why do most non-blindingly-expensive work trousers have to be made of horrid polyester stratchy stuff?) and super fashionable with the ankle zippers.

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    Fashionable AND work friendly leggings
  • ASOS tights! I bought some crap ones that fall down but then stumbled across these ASOS Maternity 180 Denier Velvet Touch Tights, which are absolutely beauties. They’re nice and thick (it’s winter, guys), very soft and don’t seem to fall down.

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    Maternity tights that don’t fall down!
  • This ASOS Maternity Bodycon Dress is an absolute steal – it’s super comfortable (95% viscose, hello) and a really flattering cut (love the capped sleeves). It’s totally versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Plus it’s only £25 – bargainous! It’s hubs’ birthday tomorrow and we’re going for Christmas drinks then a fancy dinner so I shall be wearing this with boots.

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    Versatile maternity LBD
  • I don’t know why stripes are so awesome when you’re pregnant but they just are. I love this New Look Stripped Tunic, it’s super soft (there’s a comfort theme here), quite long so wearable with trousers or even just tights and easy to dress up or down (I wore it to a dinner party on the weekend).

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    Stripes for the win
  • Finally, this is a total extravagance but my need for colour has forced me to purchase this gorgeous coral v-neck shift dress. I’ve got a couple of Christmas parties, my brother’s birthday and a few other Events coming up so I’m hoping I’ll get my money’s worth out of it. I also have a sister in law who is a similar size so I’ll be able to pass it over to her when the time comes.

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    Coral!

I’m struggling with bras. I haven’t found many maternity/nursing bras that don’t look horrendous under a shirt so any recommendations greatly received!

Awesome jeans for mums to be!

Maternity jeans of awesomeness
Maternity jeans of awesomeness

Back at work! Second time this week. It’s so liberating to get back to ‘normal life’. To stave off the nausea, I’ve been eating carrots all day, which is slightly less normal but hey ho.

I also asked my husband out on a ‘date’ this evening as it’s my first time being in London on a Friday for a super long time. We’re going to go for a drink and some nibbles. I’m so excited! I get to do normal, fun things like normal, fun people do.

I have another maternity item of clothing that I want to rave about: these amazing jeans from Asos Maternity. I bought a few things from Asos so will discuss these in more detail but I feel the need to highlight these jeans (this post is in no way sponsored, I just love them THAT MUCH). They are SO soft and comfortable that I tried them on yesterday at home and ended up wearing them all day, instead of changing back into my jogging pants like I’d usually do. They’re under the bump (currently not a fan of anything over the bump) with a really soft jersey waistband which is stretchy and very comfortable. They are marked as ‘skinny’ on Asos but they aren’t super skinny like the vast majority of ‘skinny jeans’ are – they don’t stick to your legs like they’re trying to suffocate them. I’m 5’4” and they are slightly too long for me but I’ve just turned them up and they look quite cool (Mr Bug complimented me on them!).

I will definitely be wearing these after I give birth because they’re so comfy! I’ve sent the link to my sister-in-law and told her to get them as they’re better than normal jeans. They’re slightly more expensive than H&M but cheaper than the rubbish pair I bought in TopShop so bargainous in my opinion.

I’m usually an 8-10 and I bought these in 10 and they fit comfortably.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Work and maternity workwear

A very quick post today because it’s my FIRST day back in the office since I got sick with Hyperemesis.

SUCCESS.

Well, it feels very much like success even though I only managed to make it in at 11:30am. Baby steps and all that. It was lovely to do my normal commute and fall back into a routine which I’ve missed without realising I missed it.

Being back in the office is nice; being able to see people, have chats, catch up on all the gossip I’ve missed. I have a half hour train commute followed by a trip on the tube, which was a bit difficult but I managed it. I feel ALMOST normal!

Mothercare Ponte Zip Maternity Leggings
Mothercare Ponte Zip Maternity Leggings

Today, I’m wearing these awesome black Maternity leggings from Blooming Marvelous / Mothercare. I wouldn’t actually call them leggings as they’re a lot thicker and are more like trousers – definitely work appropriate, which was my Big Thing. They are SUPER soft and elasticated at the top – they also have a cute zip detail at the bottom which I really like. I’ve been wearing them all day and they are so comfortable! I don’t think the photos on Mothercare do them justice, they’re very flattering and also the right length for the ‘average’ women (they fit me and I’m 5’4″ but I think they would fit women up to 5’7″ at a push).

I’m thrilled with these as I bought a pair of TopShop maternity jeans and didn’t get on with them at all. The legs were far too tight but the elasticated waist band was too loose and kept falling down. I had to hitch them up so often that my hands were quite sore by the end of the day!

Now to find a skirt that I like…

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Avoiding stretch marks

Magic or marketing?
Magic or marketing?

I’m not going to lie, I feel a bit unnerved about what being pregnant is doing/will do to my body. I quite like my body. It’s been useful over the past 30-odd years. I don’t think I’d put much thought or consideration into the effects of pregnancy until the hyperemesis started. It’s such a strange situation to suffer so badly from something but for that something to actually be a good thing. It’s odd to want something to continue even though it’s the worst thing that you’ve ever been put through in your life. A strange juxtaposition but, I think, a useful one at the beginning of the path to becoming a parent.

Therefore, in the grand scheme of things, stretch marks aren’t really that high on my agenda of shitty things about pregnancy and parenting. But they are somewhere on that list, and therefore worth talking about – so here we go.

Do I think that slathering myself in creams will stop me from getting stretch marks?

No.

That’s the premise I’m starting with so please bear that in mind! I’ve done a bit of research around the subject and I am definitely of the opinion that each of us has skin that either is or isn’t predisposed to getting stretch marks.

That said: you can help yourself. I do believe that. Stretch marks occur when your body grows faster than the skin around it – meaning that it gets stretched and can break (this is not a technical definition). The more elastic your skin, the less likely this is to happen. But, also, the more supple and hydrated your skin is, the less likely this is to happen.

To help keep my skin oiled, hydrated and more likely to deal well with stretching, I’ve been using:

  1. Bio-Oil – it claims it is “highly effective in helping to maintain elasticity“.
  2. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream – this doesn’t claim to specifically help stretch marks but my Mum is from the Pacific where everyone uses coconut oil to sort EVERYTHING (burns, stings, bad hair days etc) so I’m sold.

At the moment, I’m using the Bio-Oil on my waist/bump and the Palmer’s Coconut Oil on my boobs.

I also want to get Kokoso Baby Coconut Oil because I’ve heard rave reviews – yes, it’s just 100% coconut oil which I could pick up in Tesco for a tenth of the price but I’m sensitive to the methods they use to process, package and get the stuff to our door. The fact Kokoso is marketed for babies tells me that they are likely to be hyper aware of this and hopefully would not allow nasties into their product.

I’ll do some before/after pics once bub comes although I don’t think this will prove/disprove anything about the efficacy of oils and creams in preventing stretch marks. All I can say is that moisturising your body is a Good Thing so, if you can be bothered, do it.

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