I have had so many people comment to me lately that they bet I’m glad I’m not pregnant through the summer because it would be so hot and uncomfortable. The truth is, the last time I was pregnant, I actually started my third trimester into the summer and had that baby during a seasonally warm fall in October, and I actually preferred to be pregnant in the summer! I loved wearing loose-fitting clothing and jersey skirts, maxi skirts and dresses were my maternity fashion jam with my second pregnancy. I looked dressed up and was incredibly comfortable. For my first pregnancy, I was due at the end of January, so I had to wear jeans and long-sleeve shirts and sweaters every single day so that I was warm enough outside, but then I would overheat and boil and be so uncomfortable when I was inside.
This time, my style has been for comfort from the get go. I always gain my pregnancy weight in the buns and thighs, so I was even out of my nursing scrub pants for work by 10 weeks pregnant and went right to more structured, expensive yoga pants for work to be comfortable. I’m also so tall (over 6’1″!) and long in the torso, that I’m out of my normal shirts fairly fast anyway and figure I might as well get the most wear out of my maternity clothes, right?
One of my favourite pieces this pregnancy has been the Bravado Designs Dream Nursing Tank. It’s an all-in-one padded bra and nursing tank top and it is very long, even for me. I’m just outgrowing it length-wise right now at 36 weeks pregnant (remember, I’m really tall with a long torso!), but it will be a staple in my nursing wear once baby is born. You can easily dress it up with a blazer or a skirt, as Bravado Designs often features on their Instagram page, or relax around in it at home with a kimono and lounge pants like me and it’s a wonderful thing to sleep in, especially if you like to wear a bra for extra support at night.
I’ll be honest that for me, this tank is a bit low cut and can show more cleavage than my modest-self likes, so I prefer to wear mine at home, but this may not be the case for you. It’s already packed away in my hospital bag as it will be the perfect post-partum and breastfeeding piece of clothing I can pack! If it covered my full term belly it would be the perfect tank to labor and give birth in too (I say no to hospital gowns!).
So what about you, pregnant and nursing mamas? What is your style? Do you like to get dressed up, try to be as comfortable as possible, or a combination of both?
Disclosure: Bravado Designs was kind enough to send me this gorgeous Dream Nursing Tank for the purposes of this review and blog post. No further compensation was received and all opinions are honest and my own.