I keep drafting blog posts which my head entitles "things they never tell you about being pregnant" and then deleting them because they sound whiny and ungrateful, two things which I most definitely am not with regards to this pregnancy.
My current rant however, is one which has irritated me more than most. The Quest For Office-Appropriate Maternity Clothes that can be found in one's lunch hour in Leeds City Centre.
Let me fill you in on my situation. Prior to getting pregnant I had a size 14 waist, a size 16 bottom and a size 16 top due to The Breasts. I'm curvy and dress for my shape which for work meant wide-legged trousers and tailored tops with jackets (until I started cycling to work and quit wearing trousers, which you'll understand if you were ever careering down a dual carriageway with your trouser leg stuck in your bike chain.) or skirts and jackets or dresses over glossy black tights.
Since getting pregnant I have switched my fitted jackets for smart cardigans, and all of my skirts for dresses because my skirts simply do not fit. The trouble is, I now have about 5 dresses which I can actually fit into because I have a foetus emerging from my pelvis and forming a bump.
Because that's what happens when you are pregnant. You don't get fat and need a bigger size of your regular clothing, you have a hard sphere in your stomach which means you need different waistlines (above or below the bump, not intersecting it), maternity tights (because HELLO GAROTTED STOMACH!) and maternity bras. Now maternity bras are the most comfortable things in the world. Fact. BUT, they do change the shape of your breasts into 1950s pointy things, which the clingy, stretchy clothes of pregnancy do not flatter.
Further notes on my situation. I do not drive, I cycle, I work full time (officially 9 - 5:30) in Leeds City Centre, and live 2 miles from the city centre. My husband currently works in Derby from Monday to Thursday and I only see him Friday to Sunday. This means that weekends are precious to me. Would I rather trail my husband around Outlet Stores searching for ones with maternity ranges or spend quality time with him? You've got it.
This is why I was looking for clothes in Leeds City Centre during my lunch hour. Cheap clothes for the office which means the kind of high street stores which I usually avoid like the plague. But I discovered that in the city centre Next, Marks & Spencers, Gap, New Look and H&M for example do not have maternity ranges. Actually I lie - H&M has a maternity section, but it has 3 tops in it and some leggings. Leggings are not office appropriate. Leggings are not trousers.
I have since been advised that the Merrion Centre has high street shops with maternity sections in them, but having look up all of the maternity ranges in these shops online, I discovered that they each have at the absolute most one dress which is appropriate to wear in an office in their maternity sections.
For now, I'm sort of sorted because I ended up ordering this £12.99 dress from ebay in black, grey, red and blue because it looks comfortable and stretchy and will probably be suitable for nursing afterwards.
I have a wedding to go to this weekend, so checked out Seraphine, which everyone recommended as having a good range of good quality clothes. It was expensive, but worth the money as I can wear it when I'm done being pregnant. I can wear it to the office too, really - even though it's more of an evening dress.
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