Mothercare Dress My Bump Competition – #MCDressMyBump

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.

 

#MCDressMyBump competition Nannies card, books and flowers

 

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?

 

#MCDressMyBump competition

 

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.

 

#MCDressMyBump competition my pregnancy

 

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.

If you’re following me on Twitter or Facebook you can also leave a comment there to enter – just look at the pinned posts at the top of my profiles 🙂

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.

 

 

Ts&Cs

  • 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
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21 Comments

  1. 9th October 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I love what your nannie did – how kind, and wise to tell you to get a coat! Well, I need to win this. Seriously, I do. I look like a right hobo at the school gates at the moment and it is not doing Little N’s street cred any good! I’ve got a couple of years old maternity tops from my last pregnancies and I’m currently using the hairband hack on my jeans – you know where you loop it through the buttonhole to make a bit more breathing space – but I don’t think they’re going to stretch much further! Help!x

    (PS. If I am lucky enough to win you can reach me at sian (at)quitefranklyshesaid.com) 🙂

    #MCDressMyBump
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  2. Louise Upchurch
    9th October 2016 / 4:42 pm

    #MCDressMyBump
    My maternity wardrobe consists of borrowed maternity clothes and basically all vest tops and jeans.

    I would love to feel less frumpy and embrace my bump and the fact I can still be stylish with one.

    Help me out of my jeans and baggy top rut and help me show of my bump with some style!

    In desperation…

    Louise

  3. Emma Dawson
    9th October 2016 / 5:06 pm

    A winter coat is a must! Plus it can be used as a bw coat while the baby is a squish. I would love a maternity restyle as I’m currently rocking maternity clothes I’ve worn for 3 pregnancies and would love to try out a few new pieces but knowing that this is my last I can’t justify spending on myself! I would love to feel like myself again rather than a grumpy preganant mum at the school gates. #MCDressMyBump

  4. 9th October 2016 / 8:04 pm

    What a brilliant idea this competition is! I’m pregnant with my second at the moment and have got a much larger bump this time (probably because it was rather quick after the first!) So whereas last time I didn’t need proper maternity clothes I til the third trimester, this time I can’t get in my jeans at 18weeks! Last time I was also due in August so the really large bump was swathed in floaty summer dresses. This bump is due In March though and I’m finding that layers and big jumpers are already making me look enormous so am a little concerned that I will look like a beached whale come February!! Help! #MCDressMyBump xx

  5. Natalie Truss
    9th October 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Mothercare, help! I’m in a terrible state,
    My maternity wardrobe is not looking great.
    It’s bobbled, bedraggled and looking quite bare;
    Tatty tops, holey socks and old underwear.
    The bump is growing as each day passes by,
    Squeezing into my clothes brings a tear to my eye!
    So Mothercare, help me out of this slump,
    I’m in need of your help to dress my bump!

    -Natalie, 28 weeks pregnant and using very old maternity clothes borrowed from a friend!

  6. 9th October 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Oh your Nannie sounds wonderful (and exactly like mine in regards to the coat haha). I totally felt this way with my first, and wish I’d embraced my bump more! I’m obviously not pregnant, but will be sharing this with my sister who is expecting her third 🙂 xxx
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  7. 10th October 2016 / 4:06 am

    I am in dire need of help…
    I’m now 30 weeks pregnant and struggle to find anything to wear, apart from pyjamas! I’m getting to the stage now where even some maternity clothes don’t fit. What does fit is so overworn it’s starting to change shape and discolour.
    I’m suffering with PGP and other ailments, which make me totally uncomfortable and most of the time I’m struggling to find the energy to even bother looking nice.
    I have a husband and two year old daughter at home, and would love to be able to make an effort for them, but I don’t know where to start!
    Would really appreciate some help (that doesn’t involve going and buying a size 20 baggy dress from Primark!)
    #MCDressMyBump

  8. 10th October 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Aww your Nannie sounds amazing!! Sadly I’m not pregnant, so I can’t enter, but what a wonderful giveaway! xx
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  9. Sophie Grayling
    11th October 2016 / 2:54 pm

    #MCDressMyBump This definitely would be most loved right now, currently near six months and have run out of clothes, have a flat and the baby to save for so my own fashion and beauty has been put out the window

  10. Gemma Robinson
    12th October 2016 / 8:52 pm

    #MCDressMyBump I am 21 weeks and I am still waiting to complete on my first home purchase so I haven’t even had time to think about maternity wear – I am currently wearing my old jeans with the corners tucked in at the zips!! if I don’t get help I will end up flashing someone!! Please help!!

  11. 12th October 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Awwwww wish I had a bump so that I could join in with this simply fab competition! Good luck everyone!

  12. vicky wylie
    13th October 2016 / 11:34 pm

    #MCDressMyBump ohh how I need this.. I’m 22 weeks pregnant and live in my pjs.. I rarely leave the house cus I just want to be comfy and comfy means pjs.. my 8 year old daughter has give off because I have taken her to school in my pj’s.. when pregnant with her I loved being out but now I feel like I don’t even know what style is anymore please help

  13. 17th October 2016 / 2:19 pm

    #MCDressMyBump I would absolutely love to win this! I am definitely feeling frumpy and in fashionable at the moment and I am never sure how to dress my bump to look good! We also daily vlog so I am feeling the pressure to look good but failing! Thank you for the chance!

  14. 18th October 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Hannah, this is such a wonderful competition and I have to say, your story about your Nannie is one of the loveliest things I’ve read in a very long time. Brought tears to my eyes, and that’s not just because of the pregnancy hormones! 🙂 What an absolutely lovely thing to do. One day in the future, if Elsie my daughter ever becomes pregnant, I will do the same for her. x

    Back to the competition… I would love to win this for so many reasons! 1) Because it’s more than likely my last pregnancy and it’s going too quick for my liking! 26 weeks now! 2) Because I’m all about representing a positive body image on my blog and being happy with what you’ve got especially in pregnancy and 3) well, because in all honesty as far as maternity clothes go, I haven’t been very impressed so far so would love to be proven wrong! Showing off the bump is so important in pregnancy (it’s hard and amazing, us ladies should be proud!) but showing it off in style, well that’s even harder isn’t it?

    Would love to be considered and best of luck to everyone who has entered. Katie XXX

  15. 18th October 2016 / 3:43 pm

    How wonderfully kind of your Nannie to send such a thoughtful little gift, truly her love speaks volumes. I don’t see myself as a very creative person, so I’m just going to speak truthfully (that’s more me). I’m a mother of a 21 month old and 16 weeks pregnant with baby #2 at the moment. Before I became pregnant with either baby, I had a wardrobe brimming at the seams (like most young 20 somethings) and always made a conscious effort to get ready to help me feel good! Fast forward to present day, I hardly have a wardrobe so trying to pull together an outfit with my quickly becoming tight, not very mood lifting clothes is a task on it’s own accord (add a 21 month old toddler and it’s a wonderful day starter). I’d love to win a few new pieces and help me to become me again, I’m vastly disappearing into the ‘mother style’ – not caring about what I throw on in the morning, as long as it doesn’t have a stain on it. I’m 23 years old, need some help rekindling my passion for fashion and help embracing my second baby bump – then hoping confidence will follow, and in turn making me a bit more self loving. #MCDressMyBump

    Good luck to all 🙂

  16. 19th October 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Since becoming pregnant
    My hair is frizzy, my skin is pale, and none of my clothes fit me, and I look and feel exhausted, it would be nice to be given a nice new style so that I could enjoy my pregnancy and truly glow and believe it when people say it,

    Fingers crossed
    Goodluck everyone

  17. 23rd October 2016 / 6:33 am

    I nearly didn’t go to see my grandma yesterday as I was wearing jeans (with a cheap belt extender) and an oversized hoodie. I’m used to her only seeing me in nice tea dresses on a Sunday when we’d go out for lunch. I enjoyed that part of our relationship where I felt I wanted to make the effort for her. She was always dressed immaculately with hair curled and wearing a string of pearls. I wanted to be like her but never managed to pull it off full time, looking back now I realise it was because I was wanting that polished look for someone else rather than doing it just for me. It didn’t matter what I wore yesterday though. She just needed to see me and my 28 week bump one last time. I’m so glad I went. I would have had to live with regret of not going just because I felt a frumpy mess and that is not a good reason to miss out on spending time with anyone. Life is so short. If I’d had an actual capsule maternity wardrobe I could pick that day’s outfit from I would have loved her to see me in a dress which proudly showed off and supported my bump. Maybe I’ll have something lovely to wear in time for her funeral so I can do her proud and feel confident enough to get me through the day. Sweet dreams grandma x

  18. Roxy Still
    23rd October 2016 / 10:28 am

    I am a working mum, to a beautiful 5 year old girl, 21 weeks pregnant with my second baby. I’m constantly on the go. I have to swallow the nauseous feeling and squeeze my growing bump into my size 10 skinny jeans (fastened with a hairband) to do the school run. My ‘work wardrobe’ consists of tight pencil skirts (unzipped at the back) and baggy tops – I feel completely unattractive, not to mention UNCOMFORTABLE – like has she eaten too many cakes or is she pregnant!?!? To win this competition would be a godsend! Please help me #MCDressMyBump so I can feel comfortable and confident throughout the rest of my pregnancy ??

  19. Demi Smith
    23rd October 2016 / 8:34 pm

    #MCDressMyBump

    Well wear do I start I am 29 week pregnant, and Im currently walking around in my partner jumpers and Lounge pants, I was never very stylist before but now I look like I got dressed in the dark!

    I am beginning to look like my partner! I swear Im starting to grow a beard like him as well. Id love to be wear something without batman on or to grow a proper beard to complete my homeless lumberjack look.

  20. Emma
    23rd October 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Please pick me, please pick me, please pick me as my 2yo says! I would love your help dressing my bump. Once I’ve chased my daughter around the house to get her clothes on I have no energy to think about what I’m wearing myself so a capsule wardrobe sounds perfect! All my maternity clothes the first time were borrowed from friends so I am stuck using the hairband through the button hole trick at the moment ? #MCDressMyBump

  21. Jenny Tyler
    23rd October 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I’m 33 weeks, I just rock the loose-fitting clothes, flat shoes, but a sexy mummys bag & make-up, just be yourself! #MCDressMyBump

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