While in London, I went through some growing pains that, no surprise, show up in the second trimester. I’ve had mild growth up until I hit about 20 weeks. But while we were there, between the walking and the days on my feet seeing the city, our little guy made some major growth which meant I was dealing with some sore ligaments, muscles, and shifting in my body. Which resulted in waking up one day to kicks just below my ribs and a bump that made me do a double take before getting in the shower. For a while, I felt chubby, but these days I feel much more purpose and gratitude for my body , more than ever before. I have a lot of grace for the shifts and changes happening every day than I did months earlier and best of all, I feel ease in it all. From here, I know that growth is going to be happening rapidly and in even a month I physically will be much more different than I am at this moment. As a woman I think it is easy to get lost in this haze of change that comes over us. Some days, all I want is to stay in sweatpants and an oversized sweater, but I have been trying daily to embrace the physical changes.
At this point, there is no way of wearing normal pants. I haven’t given a belly band a go yet, because I have been living in regular leggings in thick fabrics and a single pair of maternity pants that have inset panels. To be honest, I have avoided buying much maternity and opted for buying one size up in sweaters or purchasing pieces meant to be drapey or oversized. I am stubborn and refuse to think I need to give in to the norm. I realize this theory may not be 100% and to make the most of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe, I need to find a few simple and essential pieces that will pack a punch over these coming months and even after our little guy has arrived, while I am bouncing back.
Heading into fall and even the holidays, I know there will be events, dinners, parties, and more that I will need to attend. The idea of dressing up when you are pregnant can be slightly daunting. The process of putting on tights under a dress is a comedy act in and of itself, but on the other side you get to wear the most glorious thing offered to women: the dress. Nothing is better than a simple and basic dress that can be dressed up and down especially when you have a stacked social schedule. This gray 3/4 length sleeve dress from Liz Lange for Target was a discovery I am so glad I made. It is a piece perfect for any day, but pairing it with the right layers and accessories can be the key to feeling on your style game even when rocking your bump through the fall and winter seasons.
Mixing the piece with a comfortable ankle boot, a blazer vest, and a long necklace makes for an outfit perfect for feeling yourself even when you are feeling a little oversized.
There is no doubt you will be seeing me wearing this dress nearly all fall and winter layered with sweaters, coats, tights, boots, and more through the time till our little one arrives.
All you mamas, what essential pieces did you survive on when pregnant? How did you maintain your style even while you rapidly changed? Show me your bump style, post a photo and tag me and #bumpstyle – seeing the creative ways you all are transitioning your wardrobes is nothing short of inspiring.