If you have experienced pregnancy, you know first hand that it can be a challenge to wear clothes that make you feel confident, when your belly is growing with a baby inside! As that baby and belly grow, outfits that fit during the beginning of pregnancy, may no longer fit towards the end of it!
During my second pregnancy, it seemed that I had a noticeable "Baby Bump" quicker than I did with my first. Which I have read is common. Towards the beginning of my pregnancy, I was still able to wear skirts that I already owned, together with basic knit tees that offered stretch to accommodate my baby bump.
Here I am, in the 5th Month of my 2nd pregnancy, wearing a Maternity Tee by Motherhood Maternity, and a skirt that I’ve owned for many years. I found that I could still wear some of my pre-pregnancy skirts if I wore the waistband under my belly, and then rolled the fabric up, so the skirt wouldn’t appear longer in the front!
In 2017, when I was pregnant with my second to youngest daughter, SkyLynne, I didn't invest in too much Maternity Wear (you can check out my Pregnancy Looks during that pregnancy by clicking here: A Fashionable Pregnancy: My Maternity Style, Part I), so I decided to buy a few more dresses this time around. With my typing little fingers, to the Internet I went!
I got a great deal on this white A- Line Maternity Dress from Motherhood Maternity, paying only $15 (regularly $45), through their Online Clearance Sale! I love sales! In the following photos, I am wearing my London Fog Coat (which is not maternity wear), and my Salvatore Ferragamo Italian Flats! I am 26 Weeks Pregnant here, which is somewhere in the 7th month of pregnancy.
I also purchased the Mimi Rib Knit Maternity Dress from the Motherhood Maternity's Online Sale (pictured below). It has a strange mustardy-brown color stripe, but I loved how comfortable this dress was! This form fitting look worked well with Maternity Shape Wear, called "Maternity Shaper", from Motherhood Maternity, that I also loved! It is like Spanx for pregnant women. Not only does it smooth your shape, but it also gives that heavy belly much needed support!
As the months of my pregnancy progressed, my little baby, and my belly, were growing rapidly! I continued to wear pre-pregnancy coats and sweaters, but left them opened and unbuttoned!
Here are a few more Maternity Dresses that I own: a White and Navy Polka Dot Maternity Dress by Kimi and Kai Maternity, which I found at Nordstrom Rack, and a flowy Maternity floral dress, by Motherhood Maternity, from Macy's. Both of these dresses are very comfortable.
Soon, I reached the end of my pregnancy, and my energy had dwindled down substantially. I also have a toddler child at home, which took the remaining energy I did have, from me. My Belly was huge, and no pre-pregnancy skirts I owned still fit me. The following photo is of myself wearing the same white Maternity Tee by Motherhood Maternity that I wore during my 5 Month Pregnancy Photo above. Notice how it is being pushed to its stretchy knit and ruche limits! I am also wearing a 3x, elastic waist, pin-striped skirt, that was given to me. I was able to wear this large, comfortable skirt over my massive belly, paired with my (now tiny) corduroy black jacket!
On February 23rd, 2019, my Husband, Javier, and I's daughter, Little Minnie, was born. Like all newborn babies, she was a beautiful miracle! I had a challenging time during recovery for the first few weeks after her birth, but soon I was back to my self again! Check out this photo of me and my two daughters about 2 days after returning from the hospital to my home. My hair looks tore-up, and I look like a hot-mess. This is to show, that sometimes, it's ok to be a hot mess! Especially soon after having a baby!
During my pregnancy, my hair grew long, but would get so dry and tangle into huge knots! Whoever said they had healthy, luxurious hair when they were pregnant, is blessed, because this does not apply to everyone, and certainly did not to me! When my darling newborn was about a month old, I cut off my long locks, and in return was granted a much needed, manageable hair-do! Here I am, looking like Rapunzel, prior to cutting my hair to a shorter length:
It wasn't long, before Baby Minnie was old enough to make her Debut out in Public! After almost a month and a half cooped up indoors, it was nice to dress-up and attend a meeting at our local Kingdom Hall. The dress I am wearing in this picture is not Maternity Wear, but has a stretchy neckline, allowing me to Breastfeed with some ease. It is made of a stretchy material that is comfortable, and perfect for after-pregnancy wear!
Now, although I no longer have a baby inside my belly, I still have another wardrobe dilemma! Breastfeeding! And Breastfeeding in Style! I will address this topic in an upcoming Blog Post!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about A Fashionable Pregnancy: My Maternity Style: Part II! I hope you will read my next article in this series (which I am still working on), titled: A Fashionable Motherhood! Leave any comments below! I would love to hear your feedback, and personal experiences!
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