Return of The Bump: 19 weeks (and maternity wear in the second trimester)

Today I am 19 weeks and 6 days pregnant with baby number 4. Yes, my update is ridiculously late. But I’m updating, none the less. I should also explain the title of this post. I don’t usually write about what I’m wearing and have yet to talk much about maternity wear, but over the last few weeks I’ve been posting bump updates on my Facebook pageΒ and some lovely people have been commenting on my outfits! Aren’t they kind? And since writing the post on body image and pregnancy, I’ve been taking more notice of maternity clothes, maternity fashion and maternity campaigns in general. Apparently some brands don’t even use pregnant models… which I can understand. A pregnant model has a very short ‘life span’ after all, but sometimes I think it would really help real pregnant women to see what actual pregnant women look like in maternity clothes. Lots of the models that showcase the stuff we buy (both online and in store) may have the perfect figure with just a bump added, and that doesn’t really give you a true picture of things. I like to know how trousers will fit when you have cankles, or whether that skirt still looks nice with the added padding on the hips, etc.

So I thought I would share what I’ve been wearing so far, and I’ll update it further along in the pregnancy too.

This time around, my normal clothes made me feel quite ill very early on, and I sought refuge in H&M’s maternity jeggings at about ten weeks! These are my staples. You can wear with flats, heels, or boots. A nice top or a hoody. It doesn’t matter. They’re over the bump (always over for me) and a lovely deep indigo blue so make the legs look a *little* slimmer. I love them.

 jreturn of the bump 19 weeks_jeggings~ ghostwritermummy.co.u

I’ve also been living in maternity t-shirts, or looser, slouchy t-shirts that I already owned. I like the ones with ruching at the sides, and in this weather it helps if they are short sleeved, or vest tops. I’ve not done badly so far with the heat- helps living up north I guess!

return of the bump 19 weeks_maternity t shirt~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

Another staple of my wardrobe at the moment are my old faithful dresses that I have worn to death since buying them. They are non maternity, but the style suits a bump too. I like dresses that are loose and stretchy and gathered under the bust (think the correct term is Empire line??). When you have a bump they not only allow for freedom to grow, but they define the waist too, especially with a belt. And I like them, so I’ve been wearing them. These are two of my favourites, both from Zara.

return of the bump 19 weeks_favourite dresses~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

And while we’re on dresses, these are the items of choice for me- pregnant or not. I love wearing dresses and I have bough a few maternity pieces that I know I will wear again and again (and already have). My most recent purchase was the gorgeously flattering and surprisingly affordable Purpless dress from Beebies Baby Store. I seriously thought it would be too tight when I saw it but it’s designed so cleverly that it fits perfectly. And I love that it already comes with a belt that makes my bump look like a beautifully wrapped gift!

dress~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

Another staple for me, often with dresses and sometimes not, is leggings. I have maternity leggings from H&M and Asos and they are SO comfy. I do advise maternity leggings over normal ones, but mainly because I like the over the bump thing. As when I’m not pregnant, I’ve been wearing them with a little stretchy skirt (looks a little like a bump band) and whatever top comes to hand.

return of the bump 19 weeks_leggings and stretchy skirt~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

Finally, I wanted to share my latest purchase with you. My lovely friend Chelle (Unique and Chic) has been urging me to buy some Harem pants for a while now. She lives in hers and swears they are so comfy, etc etc. And so I thought I would have a look. And my, are they! I’m not entirely sure mine are true Harem pants, but they are soft trousers that stretch nicely and slouch perfectly and I love them. They are non pregnancy and the sizings at Matalan are either a little out or they are meant to be worn a lot baggier than I’ve gone for. Either that or buying a size 8 at almost 20 weeks pregnant will turn out to be a huge mistake! So at 19 weeks and 5 days, I got me some comfy trousers!

return of the bump 19 weeks_comfy trousers~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

And so on to the poppy seed. This week, it is more like a mango, and developing nicely. The increase in bump growth indicates that baby is indeed growing in there, and I’m feeling lots more very prounouced movements too, which is great- and reassuring. And yes, this week’s bump shot showcases another new dress… this one from H&M!

return of the bump 19 weeks~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

*All of the above outfits have been purchased and I have not been asked to review them.

23 Comments

  1. Nicola Savage
    June 21, 2014 / 9:01 am

    Buying maternity clothes was the worst experience of my pregnancy! Most shops had a limited rang. I am quite short and was large with big boobs before I got pregnant so I really struggled with tops and bottoms. I had some maternity cargo pants and work pants from Doroth Perkins fron when I was pg with Phoebe. They were well worn and passed on!! My saving grace were some stretchy wide leg trousers from m&s, not maternity though. They were amazing!!! Nothing I bought online fitted but they don’t now I am smaller!! However Sue you always look amazing! !!

    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 21, 2014 / 9:18 am

      Haha I remember the dire choices when I was pregnant with Eva! Its so much better now but I still prefer trying stuff on that buying online πŸ™‚
      x x

  2. June 22, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    I live in my lazy joggers in the house. I only have a couple of pairs of jeans and shorts. Dont like spending to much on Maternity clothes as they will hardly get worn the shoved to the back of the wardrobe. x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm

      I don’t usually spend a lot either but this time I’ve got quite a few bits. I am just so uncomfortable in normal clothes and working from home I guess I do feel as though getting dressed helps me feel efficient somehow!! If that makes sense?!
      x

  3. June 22, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    I loved H&M maternity leggings when I was pregnant. They were so comfy. I was actually a bit sad when I didn’t have the bump any more and had to stop wearing them. I also recall having some really comfy maternity jeans (over the bump of course) from Dorothy Perkins.
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 23, 2014 / 12:44 pm

      Yep, over the bump all the way!
      x x

  4. June 22, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    Lovely threads! As you know, I have a pair of maternity trousers from TopShop which aren’t harem pants exactly but are soft, loose and very, very cool. I also love the over the bump trousers H&M do and am currently living in either my maternity boyfriend jeans (an eBay find originally from Next) with my Asos maternity vest or dresses – some maternity and some not. My main gripe with maternity brands is that a lot of the shops that do them only stock them online, which is a total pain. I’m a firm fan of online shopping (we live in the countryside so it’s a faff to get to the shops) but with maternity wear I find I like to try it on as the things that suit me pre-pregnancy don’t suit my new body shape. Thank you for linking up to the #BlogBumpClub – love your outfits!
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 23, 2014 / 12:44 pm

      I like to try stuff on too. I’m not a huge online shopper when it comes to clothes to be honest, but you’re right- not enough high street shops stock on store!
      x x

  5. June 24, 2014 / 7:43 pm

    i agree with you that sometimes you want to see an outfit on a pregnant woman as sometimes the body shape of a normal woman wont show the outfit the way it will actually look on a person
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 25, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      I wish there was a way that normal women could be used instead of models with fake bellies!
      x

  6. June 25, 2014 / 4:18 pm

    You look seriously adorable in your maternity clothes. I wear the same few shirts and leggings nonstop, as I just don’t have the time or inclination (or money!) to invest in new stuff. Plus, it being Florida, I am just super hot all the time. I really love that you can still have style despite your body changing and doing weird things. All pregnant women (and all women in general!) deserve to feel good with what they are wearing and how they present themselves. πŸ™‚
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 25, 2014 / 8:45 pm

      I agree- we all should be able to feel good about ourselves and especially when our bodies are changing. I think you always look so fab!! And I do not know how you cope in the heat at all. We’ve finally got a summer here in the UK and I am struggling. We go to Sicily in August and I don’t know how I will cope at all!
      x x

  7. June 25, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    You look so great and I love your dresses! I got a lot of my maternity clothes from a friend and also a bundle off of eBay. The main purchases I made were two non maternity maxi dresses for date nights and any social events. Now at 38 weeks and feeling it, I refuse to wear trousers so it’s leggings and long tops or dresses!xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 25, 2014 / 8:44 pm

      Oh I know what you mean, I always reach a certain point and just live in joggers and leggings too. I’m struggling to stay cool in the heat to be honest too.
      x x

  8. June 25, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    Love this post, and love that you are showing off your bump in style and sharing what you are wearing. It is making me really really want to get pregnant again. I miss my bump. And if I ever did I would definitely take your tips on what to wear here so fabulous. Yummy mummy alert. lol Thanks for linking up to Share With Me half way there girl the last of it will fly by. So excited for you. #sharewithme
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 26, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Eeek I can’t believe its halfway!!
      x

  9. June 25, 2014 / 10:19 pm

    Hello
    You look gorgeous in all those outfits and I especially love the Zara dress with palm trees on it. I think I had a panic attack the first time I went shopping for maternity clothes. I went to Topshop and was scared to death by the maternity leather treggings and leopard print tunics. I then discovered ASOS maternity dresses and H&M jeans and leggings. It was wonderful. I too was an over the bump girl and my maternity jeans were so comfy that I almost cried when I had to give them up.

    Hugs

    Mrs H

    xxxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 26, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Haha I know what you mean. They really are comfy!
      x x

  10. June 25, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    You look lovely – and I’m totally with you on the need for dresses – partly because you can be tall or pregnant but not both – and partly because they’re just so comfy!!
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      June 26, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      Dresses really are comfy! And they can be smart or casual too πŸ™‚
      x

    • ghostwritermummy
      Author
      June 26, 2014 / 9:12 pm

      I know it will fly- it already is!
      x x

  11. February 26, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    Love your post..! This is a very helpful post for me. I like your H&M maternity leggings wearing tips and ideas. I am feeling very comfortable this legging wear. Hopefully, Every pregnant lady will be comfortable this year. I am full of inspiring now. You are so creative. Good job. And best of luck your 4 children. Thanks for sharing your post.

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