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Friday, May 31, 2013

Stretch Marks to Stilettos: The Final Chapter

I caught up with Page today as she is down to the last few weeks of her pregnancy. This is baby number three and she is feeling a bit uncomfortable and really is looking forward to the arrival of her new bundle of joy. Here are some thoughts that I discussed with Page as dressing daily is a bit more of a challenge.

1. Wear nothing clingy or tight. Choose fabrics like cotton or linen that breathe. Stay away from polyester or silk as the heat of summer begins to set in.
2. Dresses, maxi dresses and skirts are great options as you may begin to feel body parts rubbing against one another which is never pleasant!

3. Choose a full body panels that come up over the belly under the breasts, versus items with panels that hit below the belly
4. Time to give up heels and pull out the ballerina flats, thong sandals or fashion sneakers for comfort in avoiding swelling of the feet.
5. Hit the sales racks and purchase shorts one size smaller than you are now, to wear once you have delivered. Most women will not be back in their own clothes for at least a few month.

6. If you have a job where business professional attire is a must, keep one well fitting darker tone pant in navy or black and a neutral in deep stone or khaki and simple tops that can be paired with the pants. Choose tops that will work while you are on maternity leave and ok if discarded once you return to your job.

7. Continue focusing on jewelry that hits right above the chest to draw the eye upward and not towards the growing region.
8. Purchase a shrug that will grow with you and then later work after you deliver to wear for warmth and privacy when nursing.

Lastly, if you have recently become pregnant this is a great time to hit the rack for much larger sizes to wear this fall and early winter from this past season. There are still a few great pieces out there.

As for Page, I told her I turn on the television routinely in the morning to see what she is wearing. As far as I am concerned, she could wear a bag and still be beautiful.  I thank her for allowing me to dress her and watch her grow and be a part of the pregnancy from Stretch Marks to Stilettos!
Post Script - Paige's lovely daughter was born on May 17 - mom is doing great and working on downsizing to her pre-pregnancy size!

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