Pregnancy is difficult. Feeling attractive during pregnancy is even more of a challenge. There are five ways to fight pregnancy blues with fashion and by the end of it, you’ll truly be owning that ‘glow’.
Pre-pregnancy, I was always that girl that would dress up for no occasion. Some may have referred to me as overdressed, but I would say I was just always prepared. Fashion was my safe haven and my tool to not only look good, but feel good as well.
During the beginning of my pregnancy, I turned into a completely different person. Morning sickness took a toll on my psyche and hormones took a toll on my body. My mind was preoccupied with feeling sorry for myself. I was breaking out in places I hadn’t had issues with since high school. I felt like I reverted back to my sixteen-year-old self, riddled with body image issues and acne except this time, I was sporting some bloat that wasn’t from Aunt Flow.
It wasn’t until I was in the middle of my first trimester that I realized I was unhappy with my overall state. I knew it was because I didn’t feel like myself. I also knew the best way back to normalcy was to go back to your routine. I had to start to feel good again by doing the things I loved and that was fashion.
Now I’m in my twenty second week of pregnancy and I feel like I am me again. I can definitely thank my process for fighting the pregnancy blues with fashion.
Actually dress up.
If anyone knows how tough it is to have the motivation to dress up while feeling like crap, it’s any pregnant woman ever. Distraction is the best key to combat it. Feeling like crap is temporary and fleeting. It will come back, probably, but while it’s at bay, take the time to dress up. It’ll remind you that you are still yourself despite building a tiny human 24/7 with no days off. Even if you’re just going to the grocery store, get out of those sweats and wash your hair. Put on some jeans, a cute graphic t-shirt, do your hair and makeup. You’ll be surprised how long your ickiness stays away while you’re preoccupied.
Stick to what you’re comfortable with.
I look back at Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy style and envy how perfect she appeared, even being 9 months’ pregnant. Girl definitely never skipped a beat, but that’s because it was what she was comfortable with. She was always the type to wear high fashion pieces and heels. I, on the other hand, am not Kim Kardashian. I am comfortable wearing street fashion and although high fashion pieces like long, silk-like trench coats and caged heels are something I want to try (because hello, they’re fabulous!) during pregnancy isn’t the time to try them. My body is changing so much and so quickly, the last thing I need to do is fixate on how much it’s changing by trying something new.
The best incentive for me when it came to a new job or a new active hobby was to go shopping for new clothes that were needed. Looking cute while working or working out was a huge motivator. There’s just something about shiny and new that gives you inspiration to keep on the right track. Pregnancy is no different. Chances are you’re going to need to go shopping anyway as your pants probably don’t button and your boobs are spilling out of your shirts. The trick is not to go overboard. Get a few things sporadically throughout your pregnancy to keep the motivation up because you won’t stop growing any time soon. Plus, there’s no shame in treating yourself. You’re growing a baby!
Stay positive throughout the process.
Your body is changing now more than ever, but don’t let that get you down. It’s perfectly normal to get stretch marks, to get painful bacne, to grow more plump all around. You just have to remember it’s all temporary. It’s just nine months out of hundreds upon hundreds in your lifetime. When you go shopping, don’t talk yourself out of something because your body isn’t what it used to be. Think of the positives of every outfit and put the negatives related to your body out of your mind.
Embrace your bump and show it off.
One of my favorite things about being pregnant is definitely my bump. It makes me feel powerful and womanly. Within my bump I’m creating life which is something not everyone gets to experience. Because of my positivity towards my bump, I want to yell “I am woman, hear me roar” from the top of a mountain with my bump on display, but that’s a bit out of character for me and quite dramatic, so I like to settle with showing it off. It’s nothing you should feel ashamed of and you shouldn’t attempt to hide it. It’s a miracle in the making that should be embraced, so incorporate it into your outfit and show it the respect it deserves.
For all my expecting mommas out there, how do you fight the pregnancy blues?