Third Trimester Style Diary

Maternity wear has an image issue. With seismic body changes happening on weekly basis, it is tough to keep body-confidence up whilst you are pregnant, let alone feel stylish. As long as you have made a conscious choice to embark on the wonderful journey of pregnancy, you are clear in your mind that its not a disease that only gives physical discomfort and nausea, that its not about hiding yourself into an abnormal hiatus and that its not about stopping to feel stylish. As I finished the 40th week of my pregnancy journey today, this post attempts to share with you some style inspirations that I donned during the third and the final trimester of my pregnancy. If you have not seen my first and second trimester style diary, why not click here and here.
You can’t possibly deny the confident feeling when you make an attempt to look good and wear something which oozes positive energy. Pregnancy is not free from bumpy days and nights especially when the bump becomes visible and your hormones play hide and seek with your well-being. Think of wearing something that suits your circumstances even during pregnancy as a fashion medicine to make you feel better after bouts of physical turbulence.
There are plenty of maternity ranges in all major fashion lines and you can always improvise appropriate clothing and accessories as per your cultural context. As long as you apply common sense that will be just fine – for example knowing that its ok to perhaps pose briefly in a pair of heels for some quick photos but not walk in them all day long during pregnancy. The message to convey is that you can still look elegant, stylish and beautiful during pregnancy and you are not thinking of walking on a ramp for a catwalk.
During my third and final trimester of pregnancy, I have opted for skirts to sarees depending on the occasion or mood of the day. It will be unfair to acknowledge that people in general are kinder to pregnant women especially in the heavier stage. I have been loving the extra attention and TLC that I receive from random strangers, restaurant staff, fellow Londoners during commuting in public transports, uber drivers, and mostly from some kind, young mothers walking with their baby strollers on the streets who particularly stop by to say, ”you look so well!”, ”Love what you are wearing.” etc. Thanks to my bump also known as Shona. Even if such moments are short-lived during pregnancy before another bout of nausea or back pain take over – why not put on some make up, dress up and rock your baby bump, and if you do, don’t forget to capture the moment with a few clicks? This style documentation will put a smile on your face when you look back.

Week 29

During the cold winter months of December and January, I had worn these kind of oversized non-maternity sweaters almost non-stop, which luckily has plenty of room for growth, so I can continued wearing despite my expanding waistline. My go to high-street stores for non-maternity over-sized sweaters are Asos, H&M, Topshop and Reserved.

Week 30

This maternity dress from Asos made from stretch fabric that accommodates curves and flatters them as one continues to grow.

Week 31

Another favourite has been the easy-to-throw-on pinafore dresses (this one from Asos) that can be paired with different tops or fitted t-shirts for a variety of looks. It has adjustable straps and a design that will see you through the full nine months of pregnancy. 

What's in my hospital bag

Week 32

My Bengali Baby Shower (Shaadh) Look wearing a Kanchipuram Silk Saree and traditional Indian jewellery

Week 33

Frumpy, lacy, middle-aged maternity offering makes mums-to-be look twice their size and twice their age. I looked for dresses that I can continue to wear even after my baby is born. This dress is a great example of that. Picked from Zara’s TRF collection during SALE, this dress is a winter wardrobe staple.

Week 34

I also love a polka dot dress for maternity style which has an elasticated over-the-bump waistband and a belt to tie. I have worn this to date nights and kept it casual with a pair of heeled court shoes, pretending I have that oh-so-effortless style.  You can even wear this piece after pregnancy by buying your regular size.

Week 35

When it  snowed in London just a few days before Valentine’s day, an oversized, super cosy faux-fur pink coat from my existing non-maternity wardrobe came to rescue me.

Week 36

Best way to embrace your blossoming bump towards the last few weeks of your pregnancy? Show off your baby bump with a tight-fitting or bodycon dress. This snake print dress from H&M is designed purely to highlight, flatter and hug your growing pregnancy tum.

Week 37

This non-maternity sweater dress that I picked up from Zara’s TRF collection is not only a great bargain but also something I’ll continue to wear, come next winter. Since it is stretchy, I just went  one size up to make sure I have enough room for the bump to breath and pop.

Week 38

Whether you become a bridesmaid or want a fairy princess look for your pregnancy photoshoot, choose fabrics that accentuate your full-blown bump, opt for pastels or nudes for a glamorous look and feel. I love this floor-length blush stunner for its pleated bodice, flutter sleeves and pleated front details that I wore for our last pregnancy couple photoshoot.

Week 39

Asos is one of my favourite high-street brands even when not pregnant. It is my go-to for chic work and event wear that I can mix and match for day and evening occasions. I was delighted to discover their collection of maternity dresses especially this classic body-con cut, set apart by the bold spring colours and prints. Gorgeous.

Week 40

When almost nothing fits and suits me in the heaviest week of my life, I styled an oversized jumper with oversized sleeves and paired it with an elasticated non-maternity A-line skirt with side-slit. It did the trick, I reckon, especially the two-sided slim scarf worn as hair tie.

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