During pregnancy, I often find myself feeling stronger and more beautiful as a woman. There is such a special sweetness in the slow nature of growing a child within your body. One thing is for certain, there's no other experience in life quite like it. I instinctively have a desire to pamper and nourish myself more so than before. I have detailed a few of my well loved pregnancy essentials here on the blog that have been helping me to feel content and well.
FEELING LOVELY DURING PREGNANCY
Comfort is essential during pregnancy, although I still enjoy feeling lovely and wear clothing that will accentuate my growing curves rather than hide them. I seem to be a little fussy when it comes to having anything around my belly, and for this reason have been wearing simple summer dresses most days, not only for lightness but for the beautiful femininity they bring.
I prefer to wear cotton and silk, particularly during summer as I find the fabric breathable and gentle on my belly. Investing in a few practical essentials that can be worn before, during and after pregnancy ensure plenty of wear from each piece.
Simple, elegant and feminine, the Staple and Cloth lounge slip dress pictured above has a soft a-line silhouette. It floats beautifully over the belly. The silk dress has delicate adjustable straps and a flattering neckline with soft gathers. I previously owned this dress from an earlier season in a light denim fabric, I have never worn a single piece of clothing on such high rotation. Made in New Zealand, and beautiful quality. You can browse more beautiful pieces online here.
The Madeline nursing bra has beautiful intricate lacework with an elegant balconnet neckline. A simple and comfortable piece of lingerie, perfect for both pregnancy and breastfeeding. Made from a soft stretch lace and cotton lycra. Browse more styles online here.
Nature baby’s relaxed Henley style t-shirts come in both long and short sleeve. Made out of 100% organic cotton jersey, the fabric washes extremely well and is beautifully soft on the skin. The easy shell button opening gives easy nursing access. Browse the styles online here.
The simple white t-shirt is an essential to any wardrobe, during maternity or otherwise. The fabric is important, it needs to be soft and durable. I love this particular piece from Staple and Cloth made out of an incredibly soft lightweight cotton knit. The dropped back hem is a nice detail, it’s slightly oversized, a great fit for my round belly. I opted for a size M as I wanted space to grow. I might also invest in the black and grey color, they will be a great essential for breast feeding. Shop online here.
Sleeping can be a little uncomfortable when you are pregnant. I sleep on the side with a large pillow between my legs each night. This helps me to feel comfortable and supported. I make do with a well loved euro pillow pictured above (beautiful floral pillowcase from Father Rabbit) although there are plenty of body pillows designed specifically for pregnancy.
I am also wishlisting this beautiful silk one piece from maternity label Hatch. I also love this cashmere sleep set - quite possibly the most beautiful pajamas I have laid my eyes on, although perhaps a little out of my price range (we do spend 1/3 of our lives in bed don’t we?!).
Embracing a bed time ritual is something I put more care in to during pregnancy. If I don’t nurture those hours before bed, I often get distracted by my phone or computer. I often enjoy a long hot soak in the bath with magnesium salts and a few drops of Nature baby belly oil.
Nature Baby’s belly stretch oil contains a blend of pure botanical extracts and oils that can help optimize the elasticity of the skin. I have used the oil for all three pregnancies, it’s wonderful for preventing stretch marks. There is also a baby massage oil that I am thinking of buying for when baby arrives. Find out a little more here.
I then tuck myself in to bed early, normally before 10pm with a mug of chamomile tea and a romance novel to calm my mind.
I rarely leave home without my stainless steel ECOtanka drink bottle. Its practical, eco friendly and ensures that I am reminded to stay well hydrated. I purchased mine from East West Organics in New Lynn, also available online here.
It’s important to have wholesome snacks on hand for when I am feeling a little hungry, this also helps to keep the nausea at bay. Franjos Kitchen, ginger and apricot pregnancy biscuits are particularly delicious. They are also vegan, egg and refined sugar free. Available at Nature Baby.
A FEW BOOKS AND BLOGS YOU MIGHT ENJOY
‘French Children Don't Throw Food’ is a great read about an American mother’s journey through French Parenting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it while pregnant with Obi, the sleeping technique 'le pause' definitely helped him to sleep soundly in the earlier months. The philosophy around raising children seemed to make sense to me. I love the simple ideas which, when applied patiently and lovingly sets the tone for a respectful relationship between parents and children.
* MOTHER is a gorgeous website that has both informative parenting articles as well as style, interviews, recipes and more.
* I have been reading A Cup Of Jo since I became pregnant with my first child over 8 years ago. Joanna’s posts on parenting and motherhood are humorous, personal and helpful.
* One of my most visited blogs is Practising Simplicity. I find Jodi’s sense of motherhood and simplicity inspiring, and her photos are beautiful.
* Wellness Mama has a treasure trove of recipes, practical tips, natural beauty and cleaning tutorials, natural remedies and articles on motherhood.
I hope this series has inspired you to pamper your beautiful self. In the next few weeks or so, I will share the next post in the pregnancy series, a handful of simple essentials for baby.
Please note: this is not a sponsored post, each item is a personal favourite of mine and I like to support the brands I love.