Pregnancy Body Image and Vintage Maternity Wear

1940's maternity wear. Looking at this pattern, I'm actually pleased it's not the 40's anymore. Click for a great post by Brittany at Va Voom Vintage.

First: I am not pregnant.  We had a baby when I was 22 and she’s a sparkly funny curly haired angel child and I love her beyond all reason.  There, that’s out of the way…  No internet rumors!  However, most of my friends are or were pregnant in the past year so it’s on my radar.  This post is in response to a comment Jessica left on the Fluffer- Draper post last Saturday:

“So, question for you if that’s okay. I wear late 50s silhouette dresses all the time to the office. I LOVE them. But right now I’m pregnant and desperately missing my waist. I’d like to be able to return to my favorite style post-baby, but wondered if you have any advice for breast feeding friendly clothes. I guess shirt dresses (like Betty’s) are a start, right?”

From Boo Dog and Me- Click through for awesome shots of this pattern made up!

Everyone has a different experience of pregnancy.  I am answering Jessica candidly from my own knowledge and experience because her question reminds me of me.  I used examples of vintage maternity styles *I’d* wear to break up the text and give you an idea of what’s possible.  I linked each image back to it’s source, just click on it.  Most of the images come from really great articles on this subject.

Great article on vintage maternity wear- not the kind you sew, the kind you find.

Jessica- I missed my waist, too, when I was expecting.  I was terrified about what would happen to my body.  Not labor (I was strangely calm about the whole idea) but what would happen to my figure.  Some may call it vanity, but that’s an oversimplification.  At that point, a new immigrant and young wife living 10,000 miles from my friends and family, losing my figure felt like a direct threat to my last remaining shred of personal identity.

I would definitely wear this.

At the time, my husband’s well-meaning relatives told me things along the lines of “you can’t control what happens,” “it’s genetics,” “your body will do what it does,” “you can’t get hung up on looks,” etc.  My sister-in-law was pregnant at the same time and kind of glared me down any time I brought up the subject.  As if I was less of a mother because I cared about my figure.  It was horrifying to have my concerns sidelined so completely.

Cool post with lots of "primary source" maternity wear from the mid-late 60's

My husband’s relatives were correct, up to a point.  There’s a lot about pregnancy that’s out of your hands, but then again there’s plenty you can do that’s good for your baby and for your body that will help you fit back into your 50′s dresses…

More primary source stuff from Couture Allure. I think makeup and styling can go a long way towards a "vintage maternity" look...

I looked after my health and diet, got rid of unhealthy habits, did yoga and walked nearly every day until a week or two from birth.  I didn’t obsessively count calories but I did not “eat for two.”  I was rather “by the book” about my pregnancy health and wouldn’t you know, it worked pretty well.

I would totally wear the heck out of this. I can't pull of cute little tunics otherwise!

I rubbed body butter on my tummy skin and thighs every day when I started to show, which was great for “itchy skin”.  Maybe I’m lucky, maybe the butter helped or both, but I don’t have stretch marks and my skin more or less “bounced back” after a while.

Interesting article at The Guardian on vintage maternity wear and Mad Men inspiration

Post-natal, I fell in love with my baby and also wallowed in “I hate my milky-flabby-smelly-post-baby-body”  blues.  One day, I was having a temper fit about a skirt that was mysteriously too small for me and my husband intervened.  He told me that he loved me regardless of how I looked but I should learn to accept the body I have or work to change it.  He pointed out that wallowing in self-pity was a waste of time and made both of us miserable.  The light bulb went on in my head.  Smart man.

(Related Mommy Tip- when you’re a new mommy make showering a priority.  At least once a day.  For the challenge, comb your hair and pin it back.  It sounds silly but it’s easy to miss out and then you smell like milk stains and feel grotty..)

Bond's Maternity Singlet. I wore these a LOT under my other clothes so I flashed less flesh when I breastfed in public

I started working with weights and gentle pilates, slowly re-building my abdominal wall and my connection to my new body.  I didn’t lose a huge amount of weight, but I became stronger, fitter, and reveled in the fact I could *finally* keep up with my husband on hikes and bike rides.  However, I am not a peak physical specimen and I am a size or two bigger than pre-baby.  I call it a happy medium between “letting myself go completely” lassitude and “OMG I HAVE TO FIT INTO MY PRE-BABY CLOTHES TOMORROW!” hysterics.  I still have a little front pouch that is not going away regardless of how much abdominal work I do, and I have made my peace with it.

My #1 bit of sartorial advice for a new breast-feeding mother (or really any new mother): Buy Some Awesome Maternity Bras.  Really.  Save a little of the money you might get as gifts, wait until the second month of breastfeeding when your boobs calm down, then do it.  Your bra is the foundation for your clothes; nothing’s worse than spurting milk every which way, overflowing your bra when you already feel huge (quadraboob effect), and fumbling with shotty clasps to unhook your saggy milk drenched bra cup for a 3am feeding.  Moooooo.  It’s so much nicer if your bras are well-made and well-designed; I suggest two or three for rotation.  Pretty doesn’t hurt, either.  I liked Hot Milk- yes, they’re expensive, but they are worth every cent.

Thank you, Mikhaela, for you practical and pretty maternity and post-partum clothing advice.

#2 Advice- Go read Mikhalea’s blog Polka Dot Overload.  She’s fun and thorough, and she carefully documented a LOT of her recent pregnancy patternwork and clothing choices.  She also posts post-partum wardrobe choices and sizing advice.  Also check out Luvinthemommyhoodfor their excellent maternity sewing round-up.

I wore a lot of knits around the house when I was very pregnant. This was 1 week before Lila was born.

#3 Advice- Take lots of photos.  Pregnancy is beautiful (and kind of sensual… I mean, there was only one Immaculate Conception, right?).  It’s an amazing process our bodies go through despite all the nagging worries we have that go along with a rapidly changing body.  You won’t be pregnant forever, so take time to stop and enjoy it.  Try to be as healthy and relaxed as you can.

I’m working to make a “Mommy Top” pattern too- breastfeeding and mommy friendly, more on that soon.  Though I’ll undoubtedly change the name…

Do you have any links or wisdom for expecting mommies to add?  I’d love to hear it!


45 comments

  1. I’ve never had a child, I cheated and got 4 in one hit through marriage to their dad, so I cannot speak from experience, but I did witness something very clever recently. A breastfeeding Mum at a cafe who had a light cotton mesh shawl and used this to lightly cover her front as she got organised and hooked baby up for a feed. The scarf covered baby too. It kept the whole procedure intimate and gave mum control over it. At first I thought it as a bit sad that she felt so self conscious then I thought hey, it’s her body an her baby so good on her for working it out!

    • 4 at once? Wow, I’m impressed. I just had the one… :)

      I was recently at a friend’s house.. I’ve known her for years and years, and she just had a little girl… I had to smile when she picked up the baby to nurse and her husband jumped to it with a mesh shawl to screen her from…. Me and my little girl. It was sweet, he was being so helpful.. ;)

  2. Great post – really, really good advice!!
    My kids are 12 and 9 now so it feels like years ago that I was pregnant, and the maternity clothes even then were pretty awful, I love the options that are there now!

    • :)

      Shopping for maternity clothes is hard and scary at first… That was my feeling at the time anyway.. But then, I don’t tend to enjoy shopping for clothes.

  3. I had so much trouble finding comfortable clothes when I was pregnant. They don’t make much stuff for giants. In the end I found that regular skirts a sizer larger than usual and allowed to drop under the belly worked well. I wish I’d been a sewing person back then.

    As far as advice for new/expectant mums:

    1. Breastfeeding – wear bras and nursing pads in bed, even if you normally wouldn’t. Theres not much thats less fun than waking up to discover you’re lying in a puddle of milk. And then having to turf the husband in order to change the sheets, while trying not to wake the baby and praying you still have enough milk for when baby finally DOES wake. As far as feeding-friendly clothes, layers layers layers. A tanktop under just about anything keeps things covered when you’re lifting and pulling and dragging at the top layer.

    2. Stretch marks are battle scars, wear them proudly if you end up with them. You grew a human, and they are proof.

    3. If you end up having a c-section, don’t let anyone make you laugh. Its more painful than a drug-free birth. (I’ve experienced both, I’m allowed to make that sort of comparison.)

    • Very good advice, thank you Sarah!

      I don’t think it would be possible to have the same body before and after creating a life… I think it’s right our bodies would be physically changed afterward…. :)

  4. Regarding the nursing: I always wore separates that were loose or stretchy enough (all part of my regular closet apart from the bras) that I could push up and feed baby from below. I found this very discreet; no need to undress visibly from the top, and baby covers the exposed belly while feeding. (I understand that in the US they use “nursing covers”. I never did and breastfed everywhere withoput feeling exposed, although normally I’m a rather discreet and “covered” person.)

    • Yes- I did a lot of that after a while. I was more used to breastfeeding and felt rather limited by wearing only “breastfeeding friendly” tops…

  5. Buy at least two nursing bras and pads way before the event. My first baby came 6 weeks early and I had nothing to wear when I was sent home with the new child. Also didn’t get any birthing classes as they were scheduled for the last 6 weeks of pregnancy. Had to send my mother out to buy me a bra…not a good idea for a woman who refused to nurse me or my brother and spent the next 8 months telling me to stop doing what nature provided. Enjoy nursing the first child as it is the only time people leave you alone to be quiet, with my second and third child I learned to nurse standing up while chasing the older ones and doing chores.
    I’m with Sarah…you have produced a human being and scars prove that fact…be proud!

  6. I’m actually pregnant with #3 right now – nearly 12 weeks in. It seems to be in the water here, as not only do I know about 8 of my friends who are currently pregnant but one of them is my duplex neighbor right next door.

    I’ve done this a few times, and can vouch that your body never really goes back to normal unless you’re crazy relentless with the ab exercises. Even then, my hips spread and will never, ever go back, and I definitely have stretch marks. I don’t mind. Like Sarah, I consider them battle scars.

    That said, thanks for the links to some of the better maternity sewing sites. I’ve been a bit down-in-the-dumps lately thinking I’d probably have to wait until after August to start sewing for myself again – as there are so few good maternity patterns. I’ll check some of them out and see if there are some good ideas flowing I hadn’t thought of. :)

    • Congrats, Ginnie! :)

      Same thing seemed to happen here to people I know… For a while, I was thinking I might catch pregnancy just from being around so many pregnant ladies.. ;)

      Looking forward to seeing/hearing what you make!

  7. Scruffybadger just did a guest post at Minnado House on the same subject! (Well, similar, hers focused strictly on maternity fashion through the decades…) http://minnado.blogspot.com/2012/01/sew-maternity-retrospective.html A lot of vintage maternity stuff is pretty tent-like, though, not exactly the best way to feel “cute”. I liked empire-waists (but then I like them at the best of times) and things that hugged my back or showed off my legs—emphasizing the features that were still “looking good.”

    The nice thing about having babies when you’re 22 (which is the age I was when I had my second) is that everything’s in tip-top shape, biologically speaking… and while your chance of having everything “recover” isn’t guaranteed, it’s a lot better. I don’t think surface skin treatments can do much about stretch marks—surface treatments affect the epidermis, stretch marks happen in the dermis—but they sure do feel nice (and I do remember that itchy feeling!) I got away both time without stretch marks on my tummy (I have a zillion on my breasts, but they don’t bother me a whit, for whatever reason) and everything shrank back fairly quickly (sit-ups helped as I had a bit of separation between my abdominal muscles going on). The annoying thing is that some of that stretched-out look comes back as your skin ages—now that I’m in my 30s, my tummy looks much more like I’ve had babies than it did when I was 23, 25, even 27. :P (and yes, that is nothing but pure vanity on my part.)

    Anything with a button-front is pretty good for nursing; cardigan over a fitted tee is a nice modest option (I was not a modest breastfeeder, however, so I don’t have too many insights in that department. I was of the “my baby is eating, if you have a problem with that go f*&* yourself” attitude. It went over *real* well with my in-laws, I can tell you…) Nursing pads were an absolute must for me for ages, although I did eventually figure out that I could avoid them by pressing on the other breast during let-down. I never did get along well with nursing bras, however, and just wore regular one with soft cups that I could flip down underneath (underneath is better than over, as the bra will be pressing on milk-ducts if you push it up, and that can block things up, which isn’t fun). I also wasn’t even trying to dress vintage, so I haven’t got much insight into that aspect.

    Good luck. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what’s right for you. Think about the things that *are* good and how to show them off best. As I told myself often (as a young, poor mother) … all you *really* need are diapers and a carseat. Everything else is just making life more convenient.

    Good luck!

    • “Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what’s right for you.” Precisely. I could not agree more, thank you for your thoughtful reply, Tanit-Isis. :)

      I wasn’t particularly modest about it either.. If she needed feeding, I fed her. Once on the bus. It’s not really a big deal, I didn’t think so anyway… I don’t particularly recall any dirty looks from others, I have a tendency to glare people down when I think they’re being rude so that might have something to do with it…

      Thanks for the link, I’ll definitely check it out for research purposes.. ;)

      I have stretch marks there, too. They kind of fade over time, but they’re still there.. .

  8. When your child is old enough to go hunting for milk on her own, it matters not what you are wearing, lol. Forget personal modesty and sparing the eyes of onlookers! She’ll yank up any blouse and tear open any bra to find the prize. If you are very milky, you can put folded towels on your side of the bed, beneath the sheet, to absorb nighttime flow and spare the mattress. My sister-in-law once left a restaurant with her baby, sat in backseat of her car beneath a blanket to nurse — an old man followed her out, stood outside the window shaking his fist and shouting at her that she was offending him by nursing in public. Heavy sigh.

      • Exactly! Anytime I caught someone looking at us disparagingly, I just smiled and told them that they didn’t have to look. You can conquer worlds with a smile. It’s amazing how many people appoint themselves social policemen … I’ve had to tell a few “Super Christians” that if it was good enough for the Son of God, it was good enough for my baby. (I am myself a Christian, but try not to be of the holier-than-thou variety.) Wish that I had had Tanit-Isis’ courage to just tell them to eff off.

  9. My kids are teenagers now, so it’s quite a bit away from me. My belly skin was very irritated from day one and I couldn’t stand to have waistbands touching it. I lived in giant tent-like dresses from the beginning. There’s no harm in being comfortable while you’re growing a baby. As for after, it’s really important to not let the breastfeeding police get in the way of building a relationship with your baby. My first baby was premature and had a very weak suck. He just couldn’t get the milk out. The nurses put all the blame on me. Every where I went, other women gave me nasty looks and some even made nasty comments about giving him formula. Other the other hand, baby #2 latched on the minute he met the world and didn’t let go for nearly 2 years ;) Again, due to nothing I had done. As for all the stuff that seems to accompany babies: you don’t need it. Baby 1 came home from the hospital before my baby shower was scheduled. We had nothing but a crib, carseat, a pack of Pampers and a couple 3-packs of onsies. The only other thing that you really need in the beginning is a sling or front pack carrier thing. Babies don’t really need anything else.

    • That’s true… It’s overwhelming the amount of *stuff* for babies… But they really don’t need it. I think it’s a little bit for the parents.. A material form of reassurance that you’re a good parent, if you will….

      • Yup. They’ll need diapers, and a blanket. You can park them in a laundry basket or a dresser drawer to sleep, for weeks and weeks. Diapers can be cloth or disposable — don’t let the diaper police nag you into using something you don’t want to use! Both camps are quick to judge your choice. Bottle or breast is a very personal choice, too. Neither is wrong, so long as you remember to feed the baby when it is hungry.

  10. This was a great post. As a gal in my late 20s who has been married less than a year, future kiddos are definitely on my mind. This is good information to have! Thanks so much to everyone for sharing their experiences, as well :-D

  11. What truly disturbs me is that all the women in the pattern images appear to have flat stomachs, with baby bumps on their back! Their uteruses (uterui?) must be just above their kidneys.

  12. Thank you so much for this post. Its bringing tears to my eyes. I’m about 36 weeks along, so as you can imagine I’m getting to the point where I’m ready for baby and done with feeling clumsy and large.

    I’m just sick of the Old Navy knit dresses and the elastic waisted skirts I made. Blah!

    Love your advice about keeping your weight in control. I’ve totally done that so far and I hope that will help me slim down post baby. Walking, yes. Yoga, yes. Even a little ballet. I cannot wait to get back into the ballet studio post baby (even though I know it will be quite the shock how much I have to re-work).

    Ladies, you are right. Embrace the change. My head is totally in agreement with you 100%. But part of me is just struggling with the massive life change and wanting to keep one thing in tact. I haven’t worn pants in years. I love my girly 50s wardrobe and the hardest part of being pregnant has been loosing that feeling when I get dressed in the morning.

    Sounds like a post baby wardrobe of button down blouses with tanks underneath is in order. Totally manageable and maybe I can finally channel that inner librarian style I know is lurking. Oh yes. Cute blouse, cardigan, skirt, and Mary Janes sounds awesome until I’m ready to stop being a dairy cow. Thanks for the advice about good bras too. Totally going to invest in those. My ladies are are worth it.

    Oh and thank you to all the commenters. I’m soaking up every word. You are amazing!!!

    • *whispering* Blouses and button-downs might be hard to keep up with at first. I hated it when people said stuff like that to me… Remember to be kind to yourself and take everything easy at first… :)

      • Thanks! I appreciate honesty. Maybe better for when I’m back at work a few months later? I fully anticipate at least a few weeks of pajamas and yoga pants.

  13. Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been stalking your blog for a while, and just hadn’t commented yet. But this is so perfectly timed for me I wanted to let you know how much I appreaciate it! I’m actually pregnant with my first right now, and am just getting to the point where my regular clothes don’t really fit but I haven’t been feeling well enough to sew any maternity wear. I’m 31 now, and don’t expect my body to go back to the way it was before, but I’ll admit, that’s going to take some adjusting for me. And trying to figure out what to wear right now is a huge challenge! I don’t really look pregnant yet, but it’s obvious my waist is bigger. I find my self wondering if people who don’t know I’m expecting just think I gained a bunch of holiday weight. I know, it’s silly. But I think it will be a bit of a relief when it’s obvious that I’m pregnant.
    Thanks for the links too. I’ll be checking out the tutorials to find something to sew!

    • Thanks for jumping in, Carolyn! I love meeting new stalkers. :)

      I was like that too- right up to the end I just sort of looked chubby… hehe. Sounds like you’re taking it in stride. :)

  14. Great post! It’s tricky, the whole issue of perspective, acceptance, and what we can and cannot control in the whole process. It’s so different and varies woman to woman. You covered it well!

    That being said I took excellent care of myself during pregnancy, was diligent caring for my skin every. single. day. But genetics dictated that I carried all 3 of my octopi like a deep sea submarine about to launch a 10lb+ torpedo. You look so cute and tiny to me in that photo above!

    All that to say, once we’re done adopting octopus #4, I’ll be calling the plastic surgeon. Vanity aside, my girdles have all died of exhaustion and I’m tired of catching my stomach in doors & drawers and not finding out about it until later. Snip, Snip and on we go!

    • Heh… I didn’t start to look “pregnant” until a few weeks before delivery… Mostly I just looked a little chubby…

      We live in a time of medical miracles… For sure.

  15. Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful post. Sadly, one of the things that keeps me from wanting to have kids (besides being responsible for the development of a small human being and not being able to travel wherever and whenever I want) is the thought of not being able to fit into all my me-made dresses anymore. Yup, I’m vain and selfish!

    • Hee hee! I used to think both those things, too. Then I (eventually) realized that I wanted a child more than I cared about spider veins, thick waist, stretch marks and hemorroids. Ironically, I didn’t get any of those things from bearing my daughter, but middle-age has blessed me with most of them. So, honey, they may catch up with you anyway.

    • The responsibility one was hard for me to grasp… Realizing I’m in charge of the care and well being of an extremely helpless and innocent tiny person? Terrifying. But I guess I got used to it… And my husband is very hands-on which gives me a little more freedom I think, and I’ve made an effort to teach her how to behave in public so she pretty much goes anywhere… The husband doesn’t mind if I duck out alone for a few hours, and we’ve discussed me taking trips on my own. (Though that hasn’t happened yet!) Everyone works out those issues their own way.

      I wouldn’t call you vain and selfish… Everyone has a different life to lead, if we were all the same this would be a strange world indeed.

      • Don’t let these comments frighten you! You may well be able quite soon to fit back into your previous wardrobe. Every woman’s body is different. Every woman’s body reacts differently to pregnancy. I wore my pre-pregnancy street clothes home from the hospital, the day after delivery. I wish you a safe and happy pregnancy, and an easy delivery.

      • Since I’ve had kids, I’ve been to India, Bhutan, Sikkim, Botswana and South Africa on my own. All you need is to get them weaned and choose a time when your partner and/or parents and/or siblings can care for them!
        On the other hand, I can’t remember the last time I didn’t feel at least a *little bit* sick or exhausted.

  16. Tips:
    Sleep on towels to absorb milk overflow and severe night sweats (I didn’t know about those before I had a baby!);
    You don’t need much except newborn clothes, cloths for cleanup, and diapers. Most people get lots of extra junk they never use;
    Even if you go back to the same weight as pre-baby, you may not fit your pre-baby clothes because your joints spread out and ligaments are loose for a long time (my youngest is 3 years old, and my hips are still a bit loose if I stand up too quickly); don’t beat yourself up because you’ve seen other women “bouce right back”, because that’s unusual. It is hard to see yourself in the mirror right after birth, because the sausage-shape is a bit shocking, but it goes away!
    I didn’t wear nursing bras because I didn’t have enormous breasts; I bought a bunch of tight tank tops (singlets) and cut them off at the bottom of my ribs. That was easier to lift for feeding the baby, yet still tight enough to keep the other side dry.
    The most comfortable thing for me to wear near the end and post-partum was trousers and skirts with yoga bands; you can push them down below your belly or pull them over your belly for support. And when you’re feeding in public, the part of you that gets exposed the most is not the breast, but your flabby stomach! Having that band pulled up means you only show a few millimeters of skin! Although like Tanit-Isis, I was never a “modest” feeder – if the baby was hungry, s/he got milk. No one ever said anything negative to me, and if it made them uncomfortable, I figured it helped to get them more accustomed to seeing babies feed in different ways, and make it easier for the next mother!

    I have a lot more to add, but I have to go pick up the kids from school now! Thanks for the great post!

    • “if the baby was hungry, s/he got milk. No one ever said anything negative to me, and if it made them uncomfortable, I figured it helped to get them more accustomed to seeing babies feed in different ways, and make it easier for the next mother! ” I think that’s a really great way to look at it. :)

  17. I haven’t got anything else to add to the fabulous comments above, really, I’ve had four babies and can confirm that the experience is different each and every time, do what is best for you and your baby, take time out to be yourself (when you can!) look after your health, and give yourself a break. Seriously, we are ‘real’ people, not celebrities with a whole bunch of money/nanies/personal trainers etc. Enjoy your little ones and cuddle as much as you can, and be proud of your baby lines, babies just need to be warm, fed and safe. Trust me, it don’t last long, before you know it you are the proud owner of (gulp) teenagers (my youngest is nearly 17) !!! Lol. X

    • Hear hear– it’s funny because a baby’s needs are indeed that simple… Keep them warm, fed and safe. Well said…

      I can’t help but think it must be *quite* a shock to be born…

      • What a noisy, uncomfortable place it must seem! With regards to clothing I’m afraid minw were in quick sucession so I fell into the ‘uniform’ of T-shirt and jeans for about 15 years. And does anyone remember brightly coloured dungarees for maternity wear in the late 80′s? I had a lovely yellow pair that were sooo comfy, but I’m afraid made me look like a rather odd walking grapefuit!!!! Ha ha! X

  18. I’m pregnant and about to pop with my 4th baby. I breastfed all of mine over a year and plan to with this one as well. The only thing I can add to the great advice above is to take advantage of elasticized or peasant style tops and also cross-over/surplice-style tops for nursing along with a knit camisole.

    I cut off the bottom of the camisole so that it falls just under my bra line. With that, I can unhook my nursing bra, pull up the cami and pull down or to the side the shirt and only expose the amount of breast needed to feed my baby. Never used a cover and most people couldn’t tell I was nursing. I even breastfed through church services with no one the wiser.

    I missed wearing dresses when I started breastfeeding my 1st and thought I was limited to shirts only, but once I figured out the camisole bit, I was able to utilize most of the looser-fitting dresses I had in my closet, which made me feel even better about myself postpartum since I was back in my usual attire – and I agree with you wholeheartedly about taking time to shower daily and do your hair. It makes you feel so much better.

    BTW – I love your blog and have been lurking for a long while. You’ve really inspired me to get back into sewing!

  19. I found this post very interesting and very detailed, even if I’m not pregnant and do not wear vintage clothing – I’ll try to refer back to it if I’m having a baby one day.

  20. I couldn’t agree more about the shower and hair bit. So so so important. As are knit tops, layering and wearing tanks day in day out. I lived in tanks – fantastic things. Lycra is a really wonderful innovation for maternity clothes. Wonderful. I was huge for ages before the twins were born and so lycra was my friend.


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