Mamalooks guide for a stylish pregnancy: 1st trimester

Welcome to the first installment of the mamalooks guide for a stylish pregnancy, full of tips and tricks to stay pretty and comfortable through the bumpy months of gestation.

The first trimester can vary enormously depending on the woman, and even for the same woman, as each pregnancy is very different. If it’s the first baby, you might not show any growing belly until the end of the first 3 months, whereas in the subsequent pregnancies the belly usually sticks out much earlier. Of course, all this is can vary for each woman. Morning sickness plays a big part on this level too: some women feel so sick they hardy eat for weeks, hence they lose weight in the first trimester; other eat normally (even ravenously) and start gaining weight.

So all this means that the sartorial needs of the newly pregnant ladies can be quite diverse. This little guide is mainly based on what I found useful, so if you feel like sharing what works/worked for you please feel free!

  1. Wireless bras: breasts can start feeling tender (even sore and painful), it’s one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. And they start growing too. A lot. It’s generally advised to wear wireless bras in pregnancy, to better accommodate the natural changes of the boobs.
  2. Elastic band trick: it’s the oldest trick on a mam´s book, a great way to extend the life of your jeans/pants. When you can no longer do the button of your trousers, use a rubber band looping through the button-hole. This blog illustrates it beautifully.
  3. Go a size bigger: if you are like the 99% of the pregnant women, you will put some (normal and healthy) weight through pregnancy, and it will take some time until you lose it. Some do it effortlessly in 20 days, it takes 20 weeks for others and for many it can go longer than 20 months until their skinny jeans fit again. Of course all these times variations are nice and good following a healthy diet and moderate exercise (tips for wholesome bites here). All this to say that it can be worth getting a pair of jeans/pants in a bigger size early in pregnancy, so you have something you really like you can wear until the last pounds drop off.
  4. Stretch mark prevention: it’s crucial to start moisturizing your skin as soon as this begins to stretch, at the very beginning of the pregnancy. Consistency is key: I used Bio Oil every morning and night, and was lucky enough to avoid any new stretch marks. I am not a believer in magical cosmetics, but keeping the skin hydrated (specially belly, waist and breast areas) is the only way to minimize any undesired effects on the skin.

Mamalooks guide: 1st trimester

wireless bras
basic –> Natori Soft Cup Bra / Hanro Cotton Bra
pretty –> Monki Selma Bra / Monki Mella Bra
sexy –> Cosabella Thea Wireless Bra / Victoria’s Secret Lace Bralette
Stretchmark prevention

Tomboy mama

Because sometimes mums like to dress like boys too, here I present you with a tomboy look for nursing mamas:
Tomboy mama
Clarks Originals desert boots / MAKR Farm Rucksack
And for the mama-to-be: this or this denim shirt and and these skinnies will complete the look.

Mama´s friends: cardigans

Oh, good old cardis! They are just style lifesavers. They can be worn all year round, on top of a sun dress in a chilly summer evening, or in clever layering underneath your favorite coat  in a freezing winter morning.
As for mamas, an oversized cardigan can be worn during the whole pregnancy, as well as a fitted one, just leave it unbuttoned.  And of course we nursing mothers know well the wonders of a nice cardi (I am rarely out of one).
Here are some pretty items I found:
Mama´s friends: cardigans

Monki business! 8 mama-friendly dresses

I have recently discovered Monki, a Scandinavian brand with lots of cool mama-friendly (and otherwise) dresses and tops. Their clothes are relaxed, playful, unique… and affordable, it´s just  too good to miss!

Here is my selection of 4 maternity-friendly and 4 breastfeeding-friendly dresses:

Monki business

for the future mama –> Marianne dress / Lindie dress / Louise dress / Mary dress
for the nursing mama –> Christine dress / Ammy dress / Sussi dress  / Christine dress
(first photo –> Ellinor dress)
How did you liked that? Did you already know about this store?
(On a side note, they only seem to ship to Europe at the moment)

New Look Maternity

New Look has probably the biggest maternity collection of the high street shops.  This includes lots of great, affordable basics like jeans and  leggings, and if you look well you can find some fashion gems too (how cool are this print trousers?).

Maternity Cream Slub Stitch Jumper / John Zack Maternity Coral Ruffle Dress / Maternity Black Tribal Print Trousers

Maternity Brown Wide Stripe Jersey Vest / Maternity Chino Shorts / Maternity 32in Under Bump Skinny Jeans / Maternity Grey Crochet Back Dress

Fat chance! 8 cute nursing-friendly dresses

Finding nice nursing-friendly dresses ain’t easy (that´s the main reason I started this blog, actually). So imagine my delight when I found lots of them, in one place!That place in Fat Face, and even if the website looks a bit naff (happy family playing on the beach and all that), the dresses are really cute and wearable:Fat chance!
What do you think, got any fave?

Hopeless romatic, 6 breastfeeding and maternity friendly tops and dresses

I have always been drawn to the light, precious, lacy style, the kind that the Lisbon sisters would wear. I would normally add a “masculine” touch like black skinnies or a tailored blazer, but I also like the 100% dreamy, ultra feminine look.  May be a bit impractical for everyday activity but it can be a perfect style for a weekend outing with friends.

Free People White Summer Dress (maternity-friendly, it would make an amazing wedding dress in my opinion)

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Topshop maternity favorites

In terms of fashionable and affordable clothes for the pregnant (future) mama, nothing beats Topshop Maternity, followed closely by ASOS and H&M.

Here is my selection of current favorites, I hope you like them too!

Topshop maternity favorites

(All items from Topshop Maternity range)
Which one do you like best?