Winter pregnancy style & outfits

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Winter style – pregnancy edition!

Needless to say I have had to buy some new clothes this year. Right from the beginning of my pregnancy, however, I wanted to buy clothes that would also fit me after pregnancy. And I think I have done a pretty good job at finding classic pieces that are comfortable, elastic – but stylish.

Here are some of the clothes I have bought to fit my bump throughout fall and winter.

I also have a discount for *Bubbleroom that’s valid until the end of this month: CHARLO for -10% off.

Pregnant winter/fall style

wrap wool jacket ralph lauren

Wrap wool jacket Ralph Lauren

Wrap wool-blend coat

This wrap wool coat fits the bump better than something with buttons. I love the classic color and style of this! I can see myself pushing strollers and drinking lattes (I hear babies make you tired) in the city in it. However, I have to say, because you only lightly wrap it shut, it’s not as warm as a jacket with a zipper, for example. Luckily I also got a warmer maternity coat from a friend.

Ralph Lauren Wool-Blend Wrap Coat

Pierre Robert Neule asu

Pierre Robert Neule asu

Long merino wool knit wrap

I love merino wool. It’s warm, breathable and doesn’t tickle. Pierre Robert is my go to brand for beautiful merino wool clothes and this long knit I also got from them. It fits the bump beautifully and can be worn with just leggings and some t-shirt.

*Pierre Robert Loungewear Long Knit

This top and knit are also from Pierre Robert. The photos were taken about a month apart. The bump has grown quite a bit, heh.

Pierre Robert Neule asu

Turtleneck knit vest

I’ve also worn nu-in’s sleeveless turtleneck a lot throughout this pregnancy. Since it’s a vest, I was able to wear it already at the end of summer. The long style of it makes it great with leggings.

Sidenote: maternity leggings are a must! I wear them all day every day. I have ones from asos and Noppies.

nu-in sleeveless turtleneck ribbed sweater
Maternity leggings

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For the Bubbleroom items, remember to use the code CHARLO for -10% off.

Beige knit dress

I adore this long knit dress from Bubbleroom. It fits the bump so nicely – while also looking really good without it (check the link to see the model wear it). The material of this feels super soft and good. This dress is something I’ve been looking for for a long time! Comfy and stylish, if I do say so myself.

*Amira Knitted Dress

all black outfit pregnant

All black outfit

I think this black cotton shirt with buttons looks so cute with the bump. The pants I have bought from Zalando and they have been one of the best things I’ve bought, along with the maternity leggings. The sizing runs a bit small, I have size 38, but now that my bump is growing rapidly, I think I could wear 40.

*Chelsie Rib Top Black
Pieces maternity pants

red dress bubbleroom

red dress bubbleroom

Red elastic dress

I love red and not just for Christmas. This red dress from Bubbleroom is really comfortable and pretty!
My tights are from Lindex. If you didn’t yet know, I love Lindex. Basically all my bras are from them. They have comfortable yet pretty ones for pregnancy (and also nursing bras).

*Luigina Wrap Dress Red
*Lindex MOM Tights

Festive top

There come a time when you need festive clothes, but you can’t fit into any of your party dresses. This top is for those occasions. I can pair it with the black pants and some knit and call it a day.  This blue (or lavender?) high neck top is beautiful! It fits the bump nicely – again – thanks to the wrap/ribbon style of it, because you can choose how high you want to tie it.

*Emalie High Neck Top Blue

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My old turtleneck knit with maternity pants from Zalando.

Where to shop maternity clothes online?

So there’s a peek into my pregnancy winter style. I have to say, it hasn’t been easy to find good maternity wear. You kind of don’t want to spend a lot of money, but then again, material also matters. Based on my experience I would recommend:

Zalando, which has a big maternity wear selection & easy return.
*Pierre Robert & nu-in especially for knits.
*Lindex for underwear and loungewear.

And even though *Bubbleroom doesn’t have a maternity section, you can make great finds from them or other similar stores. Just pay attention to the material (all the clothes in this post are either cotton or viscose, except the top) and the fit of the clothing. Usually clothes that are elastic or can be wrapped are great for pregnancy also, even though they’re not advertised as such.

What is your favorite look?

Second trimester pregnancy feelings

Weeks are flying by and there are only about 90 days left of my pregnancy. Even now at times it feels crazy that I’m pregnant. But the baby is kicking a lot and I physically feel her existence. So compared to the first trimester, it does feel more concrete that we’re having a baby.

Oh and that’s right – she’s a girl! I mean, a girl as far as we know. You can never be sure. We call her Little E.

second trimester pregnancy toinen kolmannesSecond trimester – overall mood & feelings

I’ve been mostly feeling really fine. I can eat, exercise (lightly), I sleep well and I feel positive. Experiencing that horrible first trimester has surely done its part in how much I appreciate this good feeling. I’m not taking it for granted. Actually – in some moments, where I have sudden nausea or I’m very tired, I’m scared I will go back to being a ghost. But so far that hasn’t happened.

Throughout my pregnancy I’ve felt quite calm and positive. Even though the journey here was tough and I really felt anxious and depressed at times, I’m happy those feelings retreated as soon as I knew I was really pregnant. And I’ve been able to trust my pregnancy. As I wrote on the first post publishing my pregnancy: it must be our time now. And it still does feel like that. We’re meant to have this baby girl we already love so much.

And I can’t believe I haven’t figured this out before, but me feeling calm and positive is partly because of the difficult start for this. When we were trying for a baby, my moods were a constant rollercoaster. So it’s no wonder I now feel more stabilized. I was so broken at times it’s hard to understand. Because all I wanted was this. Now that I’m here, that wound has started healing really fast. All the heartbreak, the longing, sadness, hopelessness and misery somehow were left before the time I did the positive pregnancy test. I know a lot of people who go through infertility are unable to enjoy or trust their pregnancy, and I understand that so well. But maybe it’s nice to know it can go the other way around as well?

If I had gotten pregnant easily, who knows how I would feel. Maybe more emotional, because obviously there is lots of emotion in this process. And at times I feel sensitive or suddenly irritated (mostly when my mittens fall from the top shelf and it’s hard to reach there). Then again, I feel like all my life I’ve lived my life feeling every feeling with every inch of my soul.

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Week 24 & week 25 bump.

Meeting my sister’s newborn has also made everything more real. Holding him and and thinking about getting our girl in our arms makes me tear up. A lot of times when I think of our baby my heart feels like it’s gonna explode. How can you already have so much love for someone, who you haven’t even met? How you just want to hold her, take care of her and watch her grow. How lucky am I, getting to be a mom to our child?

Sometimes when both Risto and me feel her kicks a tear escapes from my eye.

And then there’s the fears. But those are smaller. I know it’s a huge task, a huge change. But I guess wanting it for a long time and picturing it in your mind, you kind of wait even the struggles. The sleepless nights, where the first cup of coffee probably feels like a life line. The insecurity of not knowing what to do, but then learning and growing. I know I will grow to this role.

Fear of birth

I’ve also been dealing with the fear of giving birth. I didn’t even realize how much I actually had fears, how negatively I was going into thinking about the whole thing, until I talked about it to my nurse. My nurse recommended a book for me ‘Kun synnytys pelottaa’ (in English: when giving birth scares you) that really opened my eyes. I understood where my fears have come from (hello childhood traumas and infertility that made me not trust my body). Now I feel like in a short time my fears have decreased a lot. I’ve started to think about giving birth in a more positive way and be more reasonable about it. After all, most births go well and I know I can get the best possible treatment here. But yes, this is still something I have to work on – mentally prepare myself for it.

Said goodbye to this jacket, since it can’t fit me closed anymore.
Been wearing Risto’s jacket, that I anyway wanted to steal since the moment he bought it. How convenient that I’ve now HAD to wear it, since I can’t fit into my own jackets.

 

An actual baby coming to our life

Recently my bump has grown a lot and it’s becoming more apparent that I’m pregnant. It’s a funny feeling, having other people, strangers included, know I’m pregnant by looking at me. It’s no longer my secret. The bump is only gonna grow bigger from now on and I will become slower (and it’s making me slightly nervous), so we’ll see how I feel in a few weeks about this.

However, I still feel fairly comfortable and good in my body. Though at times the baby is really weighing on my bladder. And throughout the day I feel a pressure really low on my belly, when she moves and pushes into that direction. I also sometimes bump into our sink or a table when I’m reaching for things and can’t remember my size, but so far that has only felt amusing.

I’ve been very lucky with the unwanted symptoms, but I can still list a few that manage to irritate me a bit:

  • A stuffy nose.
    It’s the most infuriating in the early morning hours, when it’s making breathing and sleeping difficult. And when I blow my nose in the morning, it’s just dried blood coming out (Yuck! TMI! Sorry!).
  • Heartburn.
    It’s not everyday and it’s not really bad, but it’s still out there. I definitely feel it more now that the baby is taking up more room. Luckily medicine helps.
  • I’m thirsty + I need to pee constantly.
    Thirst is something I’ve felt since the very beginning. And also kind of the constant peeing as well, but it has gotten worse. As I mentioned, the baby is really weighing on my bladder.
  • Itchy skin.
    This I’ve had for longer, but I haven’t complained about it yet out loud. My skin is stretching particularly around the bump and breasts and boy does it itch! I’ve never been this good with oiling my body. I apply oil every single evening. It helps a bit, luckily. I use Weleda’s Stretch Mark Massage Oil.

 

Overall it has all started to feel really concrete. There’s an actual baby coming to our life. (Not a mouse, which was hard to keep in place, like in my dream.) We picked up the Finnish maternity package, we have washed all the clothes and folded them into, well, right now into a box. My mind is constantly wanting to make our home ready for the baby. We still need a lot of stuff! New furniture, to start off (somewhere to put the clothes). The only thing we have is a stroller. So I guess the next phase is actually buying things and concretely getting ready to have a baby living with us.

So exciting!

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My bump at 26+4.
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