It wasn’t exactly planned this way, but as it turned out I am becoming an old hand at finding things to wear with a growing baby bump in our cold Gippsland Winters. Our pregnancy for a first Winter babe was very much planned that way, and I did love having a cosy newborn phase hibernating next to our fire, but our second pregnancy wasn’t initially planned to be smack bang in the midst of Winter again. Not that it matters, but I am finding the similar timings in my pregnancies just two years apart a little bit handy in the wardrobe department.
I don’t envy women heavily pregnant in the heat or humidity of the height of Summer – give me a baby belly to rug up in layers any day, but sometimes keeping warm and not looking like a whale has proven tricky. Often a light summery dress has seemed like such an easy option, but faced with our encroaching arctic weather, rain, wind, sleet, the usual, my maternity staples have looked a lot more like a good pair of maternity jeans, stretchy leggings, long length long sleeved tops and layers. Lots of layers. I had a few knit dresses which worked really well last time around, don’t know where they’ve disappeared to though unfortunately.
I have a pair of Jeanswest maternity jeans I bought during my pregnancy with Eleanor – good enough, the kind with the skin toned elastic banding over the bump, served me well…but not drop dead can’t live without kind of jeans. And in the end a little baggy and ill-fitting. So this time around I got some Asos maternity jeans, only recently as I was hell bent on hanging onto just one pair of maternity jeans, but I’m so glad I got them. They fit, and therefore look, far better, and as a result I can see them becoming my everyday jeans well past pregnancy! The elastic banding is of the under the belly variety, I wanted a change to the Jeanswest one, and like everyone says they can feel like falling down a little bit at times…but not too bad. I imagine there is some compromise to be had with maternity jeans, the perfect holy grail may not exist, but I have heard amazing things about Mavi maternity jeans too, apparently quite the business!
Black leggings with wintery dresses are also key, with boots – I can’t handle cold exposed feet past April! I do prefer a well fitted dress or top rather than one that falls away freely as I feel it accentuates the tent-factor…but have my trusty purple Cotton On funnel neck dress and Target navy polka dot shirt (neither are ‘maternity’) which both get a frequent run, don’t conform to my fitted rule but aren’t too tent-esque…I think?!
Cropped blazers or jackets I also feel are needed with the leggings/shirt or dress combo, again to counter the tent-factor and reassure that I do seemingly still have a figure, I just temporarily swallowed a watermelon! My khaki leggings, brown leather boots and tweed blazer are getting a fair run lately. Matt is known to ask me where the nearest fox hunt is taking place (“Tallyho, old chum!”) but you get that. I remember when I was pregnant with Eleanor I wanted to show that bump off as soon as possible, and did because it was prominent early! “Look! I’m pregnant!” It’s similar this time around, I’d much prefer to wear a snug fitting belly hugging top or dress, mainly to dispell any questions as to whether I’m pregnant or not! Nothing worse than wearing a loose fitting top and people just not quite sure what’s going on there. Loud and proud with my baby bump is generally how I run my wardrobe whilst pregnant.
I’ve also had a few more formal events to attend whilst pregnant, in the latter stages no less. Again Asos maternity to the rescue with stretch dresses – I have a marble one which I wore to a christening recently and a rose tinted one which I will be wearing to a wedding next week. During my first pregnancy with Eleanor I had a great Grecian inspired dress and one of those wrap-in-a-thousand-different-ways dresses which I wore to weddings also.
Winter maternity dressing is certainly different to in Summer, I imagine. There’s always comfort to consider, especially chasing a toddler, but I need to be warm as well (am a total cold bod!) So whilst flowy maxi dresses and comfy singlet tops with nothing else are pretty much out of the question for my pregnancies thus far, my jeans/leggings/boots/stretch tops/dresses/jackets and scarves uniform has been serving me well. My favourite brands that I’ve been wearing are Asos, Sussan maternity, Cotton On, Kookai (great stretch dresses and skirts), good old Target for staple long sleeve tops and leggings, and this top from Eve of Eden has been hands down the best thing I’ve bought for pregnancy. Love it. I’ve heard great things about Bae the Label too, although don’t own anything of theirs (yet?!) Pink Blush Maternity on Instagram I’ve also been stalking, although unsure on shipping from the states. For an Aussie grown local brand, Bohemian Traders is always a go-to – I have this dress in black and they have some great breastfeeding friendly shirts too.
Are you struggling with a growing belly bump and keeping warm?
Or have pregnancies in the height of a heatwave instead?
Maternity jeans banding above or below bump? Hmmm…