Whenever I was about 6 months pregnant I received a card through the post from my Nannie, she sent me a cheque and wrote a lovely letter reminiscing about her own experiences of pregnancy. In her letter she explained how she’d felt so uncomfortable and frumpy with nothing to wear until one day she decided she’d had enough. Off she went to a local department store for a whole new maternity wardrobe that made her feel so much more comfortable in her own skin.
She talked about how not looking and feeling yourself can really get you down and insisted I use every penny of her gift to kit myself out in some good quality outfits that would see me through my pregnancy. Of course she advised that I make sure to include a winter coat on my shopping list… well, she is my Nannie after all!
The whole thing caught me totally off guard and honestly couldn’t have been better timing. I was at that awkward stage where nothing quite fitted but I didn’t have a definite bump. I felt like everything I was wearing was baggy, bland and not flattering. To be honest my dismal wardrobe was really getting me down and holding me back from embracing my pregnancy.
After my own little shopping spree I felt much more like myself again. I picked up a few pairs of jeans and leggings as well as some comfy jersey tops and blouses that would be suitable for breastfeeding. I tried to make sure most pieces were mix and match so that even though I only had 4 or 5 outfits when you swop bits around I had closer to 10. Clever right?
Your body changes so much during pregnancy, sometimes it can be difficult to dress for both comfort and style. I know that you can feel a bit rubbish and as though you’re losing your identity. That’s why I’m so excited to be collaborating with Mothercare to launch the #MCDressMyBump campaign and host an incredible competition.
If you look at the pitiful amount of photos taken of me during pregnancy you can really tell that I wasn’t feeling myself. This might sound trivial but my biggest regret is not getting in front of the camera more when I was pregnant. When I think about it now it still gets me down. Next time around I will be flaunting that bump from day 1!
I would advise anyone to hit the shops sooner & buy bump flattering outfits that are still ‘you’. When you’re well dressed it’s easier to feel happy and confident about your changing body and I know I wish I had more photos to look back on.
So, I had better get on with it and tell you about this competition I suppose! As I said i’m working with Mothercare on the Dress My Bump campaign. We’re using the tag #MCDressMyBump and trying to promote body positivity during pregnancy. You have a chance to win half a day’s photoshoot experience with a professional hair stylist and make-up artist, plus a capsule maternity collection from Mothercare, collated and styled by me!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog post, using the hashtag #MCDressMyBump. In your comment let us know why you need some styling advice during pregnancy. The most creative answer will be chosen to win the wardrobe collection and photoshoot.
So, I hope you’re as excited as I am about this! I think its an amazing prize and I can’t wait to meet the lucky winner in London in a few weeks.
In the meantime if you want some advice on maternity wardrobe shopping check out this post on the Mothercare site.
- Competition closes on Sunday 23rd October at 23:00. Any entries made after this will not be counted.
- Entrants must be pregnant and must be based in the UK
- The winner must respond within 3 days so make sure you’ve left contact details we can use!
- The winner must be available to travel to London on Thursday 3rd November