Finding maternity clothes, which allow you to maintain your usual style, but can also go the whole 9 yards (-see what I did there 😉 or in the case of pregnancy, the whole 9 months) seeing you through from bump to breastfeeding and beyond is no easy task. So, I thought I’d share with you a few of my saviours, some of which I’m still using at 4 months postpartum.
A maternity wardrobe is a temporary wardrobe so you have to be smart about where you spend your money. Up until around 6 months of pregnancy, I got by with using my regular clothes- maximising the use of some elasticated waist jeans (or the trusty hairband to expand jeans that had a button fastening) and oversized T’s or long length vest tops. I did invest in 2 pairs of my favorite Topshop Jamie jeans, in an under the bump style from the days of IVF treatment-purchased at the time to help relieve some of the bloating from all the drugs being pumped into me, but also, with it being our second round of IVF, I decided to focus my mind on a positive outcome and wholeheartedly believed that I would be needing them, too.
And then, as if out of nowhere, at about 7 months, my belly had a huge growth spurt. Actually, my entire body decided to jump in on the pregnancy bandwagon. My hips, my ass, my thighs…… these bodily parts didn’t get the memo that I was growing a baby in my tummy and decided to join the party. At this point, Topshop didn’t have an online option out here (they have since launched this function) but I often find Topshop sizing and quality to be very hit and miss, at the best of times, let alone when your size and shape is ever-changing. I find this also true for ASOS. And quite honestly, how much better is it, when you can support a small, independent shop instead?
My favourite type of maternity clothing is Maternity- non-maternity. You know, the items which aren’t technically maternity, but are cut just so, and are suitable for third and fourth trimesters. Like this swing dress, from Blossom and Glow.
Blossom & Glow, is the love child of Kathryn (her third child, she refers to it). She sources the most gorgeous incredibly versatile pieces, for motherhood. Her website flows easily and B&G’s insta profile has me clicking through to the shop for a snoop on a weekly basis. Blossom and Glow stocks heaps of monochrome too *all the love hearts*. Y’know I’m very partial to some monochrome- so it drives me insane when maternity hues revert to navy or red, no offence ravy (–that’s my new word for red and navy), but you’re just not for me.
Kathryn has also created a community of support with B&G, for mums and expectant mums alike, on her blog– including open discussions on the stages of pregnancy, The Bump Diaries, and real-life mamas discussing their own journey with anxiety and PND.
Four months after birth, I’m still a long way off the weight, shape and size at which I feel comfortable. I’d be lying if I said that it wasn’t something I think about daily: honestly, I desperately want to get back into shape and feel like the best version of me once more. But whilst my regular clothes collect a little dust, at least I have a few stylish wardrobe staples holding me together. And shoes. The shoe will always fit 😉
What are your favourite Motherhood brands?
MASSIVE appreciation to the awesome Jade (Hipster Mum) for capturing my whale-esq 38-week bump, she takes a good photo, huh?!!
This post has been in collaboration with Blossom and Glow, as always, all views are my own. For details on how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page or if you’re a brand and want to get in touch email me