When you’re pregnant, of course you want to look stylish but the ultimate aim is for comfort. There’s no point leaving the house looking like you’ve just stepped off the catwalk if you waistline is too tight, your feet are blistering or your boobs are bursting out.

However, the latest trouser trend in maternity wear is both cool and comfortable. Winner! Let me introduce you to the Side Stripe Jogger. The SSJ is your bumps new best friend as most styles have an elasticated waistband, perfect for a growing baby.

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The best thing about these wowzer trousers is their versatility. Most people don’t want to spend a lot on a maternity wardrobe so a pair of these are ideal as you can wear them for any occasion. Wear to the pub, office, or out for dinner, these trousers will take you anywhere. A pair of sliders and a sweatshirt gives a cool off-duty vibe. A barely-there heel and a leather biker (as above) takes them into evening wear.

 

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£75 Isabellaoliver.com

£35 asos.com

£40 mamalicious.com

£30 asos.com

£35 topshop.com

So whether you’re planning on tee-total bar hopping or kicking back on the sofa for the next nine months, why not do it in a pair of SSJ’s?

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I’m a big fan of Easter. It’s a time where its fully acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast, dress your child up in a novelty outfit and its an extra long weekend. What’s not to like?!

It also seems to be becoming a bigger and bigger entity each year. Where there were once just chocolate eggs, I noticed my local Sainsbury’s now have a whole selection of chick, egg and bunny paraphernalia.

So without further ado, hop on the bandwagon with my suggestion of Easter gift ideas…ideal for a new baby gift.

(Click on the image to buy)

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boden.co.uk

tobiasandthebear.com

scoutandcokids.com

en.smallable.com

gap.co.uk

dotcomgiftshop.com

bobbyrabbit.co.uk

lindex.com

next.co.uk

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In the early stages of pregnancy all thoughts about fashion tend to be on your new maternity wardrobe; finding the best pair of jeans or sourcing that dress that’ll see you through your entire pregnancy. But, if I can give one piece of useful advise, it’s to start with your smalls (or not so small as the case may be!)

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New lingerie is often something women begrudge spending money on, especially maternity lingerie which can be seen as a short term purchase. But that is exactly where a lot of first time Mum’s go wrong, it’s not short term, it’s very lonnnng term. You could be wearing a maternity bra for up to two years; double that if you have a second child.

It is really beneficial to go and get measured as your boobs change so much during and after pregancy. Anywhere around the three month mark is the best time to go, up until then you may be able to make do with your standard bras with an extender at the back (I bought a couple of these from Ebay first time round). Make sure you’re getting the best support from your maternity bra as ill-fitting styles can add complications if you’re unlucky enough to develop mastitis.

I was gifted a really lovely bra to try from Auralure seen here. Their styles are such good quality and don’t look obviously maternity as it can sometimes be hard finding a maternity bra that isn’t dowdy or looks like a granny bra. I found the ‘Anne Seagrass’ style really comfortable and the silk and lace made it feel like a nice attractive bra. It’s worth saying that its good to invest on a decent style. Not only will it last longer (and you need to wash them so much more with milk explosions) but the better quality is worth the extra price. Just think of cost per wear!

I also tried a Mimi Holliday maternity bra in my first pregnancy and that was brilliant for feeding in as it had a mesh panel which made you feel a bit more covered up. Have a look at their ‘Chai‘ style below which looks nice having a bit peeking through under a v-neck like this…

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I’ve compiled an edit of my favourite maternity bras below, this includes the Warrior Mama Maternity Bra (seen first) by Silent Arrow. For every item purchased, they donate a pair of their iconic undies to girls in need for example in women in shelters, the homeless and foster girls in care.

Click on any image below to take you straight to the site to buy…

 

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auralure.com

six-studio.com

mimiholliday.com

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Auralure.com

doulara.com

Breastfeeding essentials: Here are a few of my go-to products I’ve found invaluable when I am breastfeeding. It goes without saying this also includes the remote control, your phone and a good supply of biscuits!

Lanolin Balm £9.99 amazon.co.uk

Muslin Squares £7 thefoxintheattic.com

Bamboo Breast Pads £10.95 johnlewis.com

 

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Checks have been around for an eternity but this Spring / Summer they’re going to be a biiiiig deal. From classic gingham to pretty plaids there’s an abundance to choose from. I’ve just bought Florence the little red and white frill front top from Matalan. I also love this pinafore dress from Tu at Sainsburys which is a bargain at £10. I’ve seen it and it’s really good quality too, it’d look lovely over a little collared blouse or a roll neck until it warms up a bit.

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Image from Zara via Pinterest

Here is a little edit of my favourite pieces out now. Click on the link below for each item to take you straight to the site to buy. There’s some bargains to be had so check them out quick…

Clockwise from top:

  1. Embroidered monochrome dress
  2. Red checked trousers
  3. Navy gingham romper
  4. Orange pinafore dress
  5. Trousers with braces
  6. Blue and white shirt dress
  7. Red and white frill top
  8. Blue collarless shirt

 

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When you think of cardigans its easy to think of your Nan, but thanks to the likes of Burberry, Prada and Gucci, the trusty cardi is having a fashion comeback. This Autumn/Winter, the cosy cover-up will be all over the high street, from chunky knits to smarter styles and there’ll definitely be a style to suit everyone.

If like me, you’re expecting, then a cardi is guaranteed to be your new best friend. For one you can wear it throughout the entire pregnancy and beyond. Also, when you’re pregnant you’re bound to be a good few degrees warmer so a cardigan is ideal for keeping warm without getting too hot. Lastly, post baby, they are super easy for feeding in; and can double up as a breast feeding cover if you’re out and about.

Here is a little edit of the best of the high street. Just click on the image for details. I have the red one from Next and it’s a bargain at £35.

Try styling up a smarter style with a skinny belt above your bump or even just wear as a top; providing they button up high enough obviously! If you’re looking for more of an investment, then a coatigan (that’s fashion talk for a big cardigan that doubles up as a coat) will provide tons of wear this winter.

Here’s some bump-spiration from maternity megastar Laura Wills (@thefashionbugblog) looking bloomin’ good in one of the amazing cardigans from MumsHandmade. If you’re a knitwear nut, you have to check out their website.

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