Jacqui - posted on 07/14/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
Talk to anyone who has ever been pregnant and they will tell you how they couldn’t wait to burn or throw out their maternity clothes once they had completed their family. The fact of the matter is that we end up wearing our maternity clothes soooo much that, no matter how exciting it was to buy them in the first place, we just end up hating them.
But it’s that second semester that’s really the most trying in terms of the changes to your baby-carrying body. It’s around the 14 – 20 week mark when you don’t yet really look pregnant, but your body starts developing a thick tyre around your waist and your boobs suddenly get bigger than they ever have before. No amount of sucking in your stomach can hide the fact that you suddenly look like you’ve put on a heap of weight and, if you haven’t yet told people you are pregnant then you notice them eyeing up your tight jeans thinking:
“She’s been having a few too many salt n vinegar crisps at night.”
In fact actor and author Jaquie Brown recently wrote a book with the title “I’m Not Fat, I’m Pregnant!”. Do you remember that stage? When none of your clothes fit you and you are still in denial that you have to buy maternity clothes so you start wearing your trousers with your zipper down and really long floaty tops and dresses. Your boobs are falling out of your bra and your tops, and you wear XL T-shirts to disguise the fact.
Personally, I would look in the mirror daily to see if there was any change in my body and would even start walking with my stomach stuck out, hands stroking stomach to demonstrate that I was actually pregnant, until my husband pointed out how ridiculous I looked.
Why therefore should being pregnant mean that you can’t be stylish? These days you can flick through any celebrity magazine and find photos of Posh Spice, Angelina, Britney, Beyonce or Pink strutting their pregnant designer bellies around the hip hangouts. In fact, it seems that nowadays being pregnant is the equivalent of wearing the latest Marc Jacobs. To have a belly seems to be the new vogue. Rather like sporting the latest hand-bag on your arm.
The growth of the Yummy Mummy has put a huge amount of pressure on mums to dress well during pregnancy, as opposed to pulling on any old baggy T-shirt and jogging bottoms. Who can forget how beautiful Demi Moore looked when she was pregnant? Who wasn’t envious of that beautiful pregnant body?
Personally I WAS Pregnant in Heels, spending my entire 9 months strutting around the streets of Auckland in my Marc Jacobs wedges. Of course, my legs and back ached the entire time but I couldn’t let pregnancy get in the way of vanity.
And, don’t forget that when you’re pregnant you have a cleavage to die for. Those boobs are going to be ruined soon enough so get them out and flaunt them in plunging necklines while you can. There’s a reason people refer to pregnant women as blooming after all…