Summer Maternity and Nursing StyleSummer can be a tricky time when you're pregnant, you're already over heated from carrying a tiny person around, especially in later pregnancy, but you need to be stylish on those days when sitting in front of a fan at home aren't an option. Breastfeeding can be just as tricky a time and nursing can also make you feel very warm!
I've put together a few looks from one of my favourite maternity brands - Bibee Maternity - which are all suitable for breastfeeding in, thanks to their innovative Fronts.
First up a casual look. These feature maternity harem trousers but the lovely, floaty Cap Sleeve Tunic works equally well for pregnant or nursing mums. Team it with a Bibee cropped vest or one of their range of fronts (like the ruffled one shown below) for a look which will work just as well on Summer days out as it will for relaxing at home.
It can be so hard to find a formal outfit which works well when you are pregnant or breastfeeding. We have a wedding to attend in a few weeks so I've been looking at the Bibee's range for a potential purchase. I love this Classic Blue Cowl Front Dress which looks amazing paired with a patterned cowl neck front. The elegant draping at the front of the dress means it hangs beautifully over both a bump, or a tummy that you might not feel confident about showing off in those new baby days. There are also maxi dresses available, depending on whether or not you want to get your legs out. I'd probably pop a shawl over my shoulders (as that's an area I like to cover up) but I think it would look so lovely for a Summer formal event.
As I'm a stay at home mum I don't have the 'what to wear to the office' dilemma but I remember how tricky it was when I was pregnant with Bud. I was always a fan of jersey dresses and Bibee Maternity have a fantastic range of these. The Original Knee Length Grey dress is a fantastic option for workwear. You could purchase a couple of different fronts and they would provide the basics for a stylish maternity wardrobe. When baby arrives the dresses would look great 'dressed down' for relaxed newborn days. They would work well if you're still breastfeeding on your return to work too, especially if you're pumping while away from your baby.
Footwear can be tricky when you're pregnant, especially if your feet are swollen. I lived in flip flops during my Summer pregnancy with LM and I adore my FitFlops now I'm no longer pregnant now. I have a pair of FitFlop Lulu Casual Shimmer Sandals* which haven't been off my feet over recent weeks. It's my second pair of Lulus and the shimmery quality to these makes them perfect for all but formal occasions. I wasn't able to wear my Fitflops when I was pregnant, due to SPD but now I'm no longer suffering I have been so pleased to be back in them. Fitflops claim to tone your legs while you walk and I definitely feel like they do have an impact on mine. I love them and they really are my Summer staple. My other pair of Lulu sandals is over two years old and still looks great, Fitflops are definitely worth their price tag in my opinion.
What are you wearing to dress your bump, or nurse easily in this Summer?