Snap as many Pictures as Possible
Although we shoot quite often for the blog, I wish I would've taken weekly images to capture my growing bump. I planned to, but life got in the way (as well as a very forgetful prego brain!) and I simply forgot to snap pictures each week. If you're already expecting or planning a pregnancy, I highly recommend this - it's a great way to really see and appreciate how much your body is changing and growing during the miracle of pregnancy, not to mention fun to show your child as they get older!
I often dive so deep into work and any project I can get my hands on, that time passes by without me really being "present" in the moment of things. This is something hubby and I really made an effort to change this time around and I'm glad we not only spent more time together as a couple, but set aside time each week to understand how the baby was developing at each milestone, as well as explain it all to Narayan (he loved seeing pictures of how his sister probably looks in the womb and we even took him to a couple of ultrasounds!).
Rest, Rest, Rest
This is something I simply don't know how to do in general because I like to be busy, but experiencing lots of nausea the first 6 months of the pregnancy, as well as major pelvic and lower back pain, I got a serious reality check and was forced to rest - A LOT, and it was a good thing, especially now in the final stretch. These days I'm busy writing content from my glider chair at home when I want to work vs. being at the office or up and about doing house work at home. It's been really nice to just let myself relax and enjoy these final stages without the added pressure I put on myself last time around to stay busy.
Don't Invest in Maternity Wear
If there's one major thing you take away from my advice, it's this! In my experience, investing in maternity wear isn't necessary when there are so many clothing options in stretch fabrics to accommodate a growing bump. The only item I purchased from the maternity section through both of my pregnancies were jeans, otherwise I stuck to leggings
, tops and dresses that had enough fabric to stretch or were roomy enough to fit over my bump. These
are my favorite maternity jeans.
Want a peak at some of my favorite pregnancy-friendly looks I wore over the last 9 months? Scroll below and click the titles to view the original post.
THIS MIXED PRINT DRESS IS A FALL MUST-HAVE
THE BODY PART YOU SHOULD BE HIGHLIGHTING
MAKE A STATEMENT WITH AN UNEXPECTED COLOR
A CASUAL OUTFIT IDEA THAT ISN’T BORING
YOU’LL LOVE LAYERING THESE PRINTS FOR FALL
THIS CHEETAH PRINT DRESS IS A MUST-HAVE
NOTHING SAYS ROMANCE LIKE A LACE DRESS
HOW TO PULL OFF A METALLIC SKIRT
THE MUST-HAVE COAT OF THE SEASON
HOW TO DRESS UP PANTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
MY FALL UNIFORM ON REPEAT
AN UNEXPECTED PAIRING, LEATHER AND LACE
MIXING AND MATCHING MY FAVORITE NEUTRALS
THE PERFECT HOLIDAY LOOK + WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY
TREND TO TRY: LONGLINE TOP OVER PANTS
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