I am *NOT* pregnant, but my friend and contributing editor, Ali Berlin, *IS* pregnant (HUGE congrats and love). She is not only a wise sage, but a stylish, hip, on-trend fashionista. EVEN when pregnant. So for you pregnant friends and readers, here are Ali‘s current go-to-pregnancy-style items! Thank you, Ali.. Take it away!
One of the hardest things about just giving birth is getting dressed everyday. Yeah, I know, there are a lot of harder things ALSO going on (like juggling two kids, no sleep, nursing 24-7, wild crazy hormones and emotions, feelings of being overwhelmed, etc…), but one of my biggest current struggles is putting clothes on. For people who have HAD kids before, you know that the weight just doesn’t disappear once the baby is born (I had no idea the first time around — and also seemed to forget this time, too!) and you still look pregnant for quite a bit of time. Your stomach is swollen, your boobs are big (mine are HUGE HONKERS!) and your body is swollen. You look and feel like an alien. Not a very fun experience!
But there *ARE* some clothes that have helped me out with this transitional state (not pregnant and not my body). Not that they have made me look like Gisele (remember what she looked like after giving birth??? — not fair for any woman to see pictures of her post-baby), but these clothes have made me feel like I am not a fat whale walking down Manhattan with the Giseles of the city. So here they are!
Recently, it seems like every fashion magazine and blog mentions the company “Hatch” and their amazing maternity gear. For good reason. The collection is absolutely fabulous. Stylish, comfortable, wearable during and post pregnancy, and flattering! This is an investment piece that one should get DURING pregnancy. I wore it during my pregnancy and can’t seem to take it off right now either. It is made out of the most luxurious Japanese terry, comes in four different colors (I have it in red), and looks great with leggings, tight jeans (yeah right at this point), pajama bottoms, and basically whatever floats your boat!
These pants are impossible to take off. They are so comfortable that you can wear them all the time and feel great about your body because it covers up your tummy and has some flair to the hems so they cover swollen ankles. It makes you feel like you just worked out, when in fact, you haven’t! Plus, you can use the waistband high to cover the flab, or lower to let your tummy breathe.