I will start by saying, hands down, maternity jeans are the diggity boom - why I haven't owned these all my life and worn them out when I planned on eating half a cow at dinner, I'll never know. They are so good at looking like 'normal jeans' and are super comfy. I found the best maternity jeans were from H&M - they also do good maternity leggings and nursing bras. Topshop Maternity also do good black leggings that are thicker and have a thick waistband, they were less comfy but in places where you couldn't wear the thin H&M leggings that you can see white pants through, the Topshop ones were best. I was 4/5 months pregnant during summer and I loved wearing tight maxi dresses to show off my bump. I have always had 'love handles', and the more my bump grew the less obvious they were as I just rounded out - so I loved being able to wear tight things and blame it all on the baby as my figure actually looked pretty decent! A lot of people said 'Oh you're all bump!' - Ah yes, that is because the baby has absorbed my love handles and we are all now as one, but thankyou!
I found that for a winter coat I knew I wanted a long coat so that the coat would go over the bump and then back down so that it looked like a baby bump rather than me just being fat. For this I found a good Superdry coat that was puffa style but extra long. All winter I dreamed of wearing the cute bomber jackets with the fur hoods but I would genuinely look like a pumpkin with legs - that style just wasn't made for a pregnant woman. After having Oscar, this coat now absolutely swallows me up but its so difficult not to wear it because it's so snug and would be a shame to waste it as it was quite a lot of money! At first when you've still got the baby weight to lose its good to have things that cover you up but at some point you have to step away from the enormous clothing, I was still wearing the jeans, leggings and tops I had bought when pregnant just out of pure habit, but after I had lost the baby weight when Oscar was around 3 months, I treated myself to all new clothes that fit and it made me feel so much better instead of hiding under these baggy clothes! Granted the jeans were a size bigger than they were pre-baby but I'm still feeling good!
Shopping for bras became super fun because I had these fantastic new boobs. I had always had crap small boobs but pregnancy sure did sort me out. I found wearing lightweight (and for the first time) unpadded sports bras from Peacocks that were £3 were the most comfortable. It definitely wasn't worth buying expensive bra's as the rate they were growing they wouldn't fit within a few weeks. Padding and underwire also quickly became really uncomfortable as your boobs become quite tender to touch. My old bra's were also out of the question as with the amount of padding I used to wear combined with my new super boobs, they would be under my chin!!
I wore thongs throughout my pregnancy, the string tiny ones. I found that these dug in the least as they are really stretchy and at the moment they began not to fit, it was just a single string that dug into your hips and made you realise that you needed a new pair, rather than a pair of bigger pants that would stretch on the ass, hips - everywhere, making you realise just how big you were getting which was never great for your self confidence! The amount of times I tried wearing cute Calvin Klein pants like Abbey Clancey but they were simply exploding at the seams and made me feel so much worse. I also liked wearing lace pants as they didn't have a thick hem either so less 'digging in'. Ah the joys of getting fat!
At the start of my pregnancy I was able to choose between showing my bump or hiding it. These two photos are taken the same day. I was about 15 weeks pregnant.
For my birthday, which fell when I was 5/6 months pregnant - Luke and I went to London and had dinner and spent the day shopping. For dinner I had brought a pink, very stretchy fabric dress that I bought but never wore before I was pregnant. I felt amazing in it! I looked the right amount of pregnant - that I was big enough that it was obvious it was a baby and not just too many donuts, and small enough that I could still get away with looking 'sexy' dare I say. I didn't look grossly huge or massive. I wore heels for all of two hours and walked maybe 50 steps from the hotel to the taxi, from the taxi to the restaurant, to our table, and then back to the taxi, and back in the hotel. We were both knackered by 10 so were in bed by 10:30 - so much for our last wild night while we can without a baby!! I won't lie I did feel like a boss ass bitch posting the photo on Instagram of me in the dress as I very rarely looked that good - I spent most of my pregnancy in my pyjamas, but it felt good to look that good again!
I also went for a birthday meal with my friends and wanted to dress up. I wore a simple black cotton dress, off the shoulder, that I've had for years. I wanted to wear flats so badly but the dress just didn't look as glam without heels - so I braved it! It was actually so funny watching me try to walk, I had everybody holding my arms tightly so I didnt fall! I don't know how celebrities wear heels pregnant day in day out!!
For my holiday I spent most of the day in a bikini which was great as the bottoms were string ties either end so my bikinis still fit. And then for dinners out I wore my long black maxi dress and a crop top for one of nights which was probably my favourite outfit. I wore a lot of tight cotton dresses that showed off my bump and had a lot of maxi dresses both tight and flowy. I did find being on holiday I got a lot hotter than usual and was pretty much wiped out a lot of the time, so it helped to have flowy items on and of course PLENTY of water!!
For the majority of my pregnancy I wore mainly black with one item coloured as I felt this is what slimmed me out. I liked wearing sleeveless blazers that I just got from eBay for about £8. And found that if I wore black vest tops underneath tops, they blended into the black waistband of the maternity jeans I had. This tip is useless for those pregnant in summer but I was huge at the peak of winter so was able to wrap up! I loved the big casual tshirts from Topshop as shown below in white, I also bought it in Khaki and Black and still wear these now as I think they are a size 10. Throughout my pregnancy I didn't buy anything bigger than a size 12 as I just knew it would make me feel worse to be in something so big compared to a usual 8-10 and plus, if I bought clothes that were a 10 and simply just stretchy, I could wear them when I wasn't pregnant. The most part of my wardrobe when I was pregnant (apart from the maternity jeans/leggings, a winter coat and a few tops) was mostly my existing wardrobe as I was simply able to stretch them!