How To Dress A Bump

March 29, 2013

how to dress a bump

I loved being pregnant.

OK, I didn’t. I really didn’t. I felt sick, exhausted, flat out ill. I never had the pregnancy glow, at least not without the help of a lot of make-up. I looked grey, had bad hair and could not stay awake. One of my lasting memories is that of me at three months pregnant, lying on the sofa. Trying to entertain a 1 year old Elfie but just weeping because I felt so wretched. She was laughing so I think she found the weeping entertaining.

But still, I loved being pregnant and I love to look back on the time when my babies were in my tummy. It’s a pretty crazy and magical thing that we women do, growing people. Elfie has recently learned that babies grow in mummies tummies and I’m trying not to feel offended that she asked me if I had another baby in there when we were in the bath last week. Instead I feel touched that she has been asking to get back in my tummy :) And then she says “oh no! Elfie too big!”. Too right.

how to dress a bump

how to dress a bump

This time last year was my favourite time of pregnancy. I was about 30 weeks pregnant and had finally found some energy, I wasn’t too freaked out yet about being a mum of two under 2 and had stopped feeling so ill. I was completely unable to eat during the first 18 weeks and ended up losing a lot of weight so was all bump. It’s lots of fun dressing a bump!

how to dress a bump

how to dress a bump

how to dress a bump

One thing I never got on board with was Maternity clothes. I could never bring myself to buy clothes from such a small collection that would last me only 9 months, although even now only a year on there seem to be so many more brands out there to choose from. There’s Vertbaudet for one, Keungzai and good old ASOS Maternity. In fact, looking at all the photos on this page I’m not wearing any maternity wear: only maternity-waistband jeans and leggings (H&M are best for these in my opinion… I definitely don’t still wear them. Ahem).

how to dress a bump

how to dress a bump

There’s absolutely nothing like having your child grow inside you. It’s so freaky and alien-like but also the most natural thing you can do. I often feel a bit sad that this is something men won’t ever get to experience, but then I’m not sure they could handle it. Plus they get to do other fun stuff, like peeing standing up ;)

I’m getting way too wistful about pregnancy here, it’s making me feel quite nervous (and if Will is reading this I expect his balls are slowly retreating at the thought of Harold baby number 3). To balance it out I’m going to remind myself of this: piles. Constipation. Leaky boobs. Pregnancy UTIs. Post-natal depression. Morning sickness.

It’s not working! How is pregnancy so intoxicating?

how to dress a bump

how to dress a bump

Thank-you to Vertbaudet for collaborating with me on this post. Please take a look at their selection of fabulous maternity wear! 

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  • Reply Carolin March 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

    No pregnancy glow? I beg to differ. You look fabulous in each and everyone of those photos. Pregnancy suits you well x

    • Reply alice April 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thank-you! It was the make-up, I promise ;)

  • Reply Molly - Mother's Always Right March 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    This post just caused some major broodiness! You were certainly a hot and stylish pregnant lady!

    • Reply alice April 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you! Mother nature and her broodiness, so pesky.

  • Reply Vicky March 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I agree about maternity clothes – never wore them, apart from the faithful stretchy waistband jeans! I know what you mean about pregnancy being intoxicating – my husband said he’d rather take a tenderiser to his nuts than go through that for a third time though, so I think I’m out of luck!
    Very happy to have discovered your lovely blog :-)

    • Reply alice April 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Pahahah, that’s a descriptive comment from your husband!

  • Reply Metropolitan Mum March 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Infectious? Nope. Definitely not. You look gorgeous pregnant and stylish and all, but still, pregnancy is nothing I’d want to have to go through again. You are mad ;-) xx

    • Reply alice April 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      I quite agree! 9 months with no wine again? What am I thinking?! x

  • Reply Tammy March 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    You look really fantastic and so stylish! These clothes suit you so much and you so slim, amazing how you kept your body in such a great shape:)

    • Reply alice April 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Tammy!

  • Reply Becky March 31, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Ah these are great pics and take me back to when I was very pregnant too this time last year. I wish i’d taken more photos- I don’t think i’ve got many at all of when I was pregnant with Sasha :-( I think we were so busy last year with house stuff that this pregnancy really passed me by… Whilst I don’t LOVE being pregnant, there is something really special about it. Almost makes me broody for a 3rd- almost!

    • Reply alice April 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      I agree, I definitely didn’t love being pregnant but it’s SOOO special. x

  • Reply Honestmum April 1, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Our brains simply forget the bad bits and the world goes on. I think you look gorgeous and glowing and pregnancy suits you. Loving your maternity style too.

    • Reply alice April 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you! Our brains are so clever x

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  • Reply Jenny May 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Ahhh you were gorgeous pregnant. I loved being pregnant with both although my second time I threw up ALOT. And Buba always had to hold Mommy’s hair back for her. He is a great little helper. You were such a yummy mummy though so trendy in your outfits. I literally just wore tents because I was huge especially with my first. Think big house in a bag but bigger.

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