Back to Work Without a Bump!
From the very beginning I knew I was going to put on weight during my pregnancy and I knew that I wasn't going to be one of those pseudo-celeb mums who snap back into shape within a week of giving birth - although I did harbour the dream that breastfeeding would help the extra weight to 'melt off' - it didn't. What I perhaps didn't realise was the effect pregnancy would have on my body in addition to the extra pounds and stretch marks.
Pre-pregnancy I was a comfortable 14, occasionally I went up or down a size depending on styles, but for the most part my wardrobe was a veritable sea of 14s. Post-pregnancy I'm a 16 and although I'm not going to pretend to be happy about going up a dress size, I'm more concerned with how to style my post-pregnancy figure. Dresses that would previously have suited my shape no longer fit well, even in bigger sizes. What I have to accept is that it's not merely a weight issue, I'm going to have to learn to style myself again from scratch.
Until recently I was blissfully unaware of my ever-changing shape. Swathed in a variety of loose flitting 'breastfeeding friendly' attire, I wasn't paying much attention to my new-fangled mummy tummy - which certainly wasn't a washboard pre-pregnancy, but resembles more of a middle-aged beer gut nowadays. I made the decision to stop breastfeeding back in February and gleefully packed away all of my breastfeeding clothes, along with any maternity items that had doubled up as nursing-friendly attire. It was only when I stopped to survey what remained of the clothes that currently fit that I realised quite how much trouble I was in.
What aggrieved me most was the realisation that it wasn't merely a question of losing the extra weight to fit back into my old wardrobe, my proportions were completely different, even as far as my feet - very few of my old shoes now fit.
I went back to work at the end of March and as much as though I'd have liked to have used the last month before I returned to go on a crash diet and work out several times day, instead I spent that time with my son; eating anything I could quickly cram into my face while he was asleep and classing walking up the stairs to change a nappy as ‘exercise’.
After that frighteningly vivid revelation, I decided to set myself the challenge of choosing a workplace appropriate ensemble that didn't leave me looking like an extra from the cast of the Rosemary's Baby. My choice surprised me a little, but overall I was delighted with the result.
It took me over a week to decide to buy these PER UNA Roma Rise trousers from Marks & Spencer after I tried them on and fell in love with them. The internal battle raged; did I own anything I could wear them with? Could I really afford them? Would they be comfortable for a day sat down at my desk? I could have answered the latter as soon as I tried them on, never have I worn such a comfortable pair of trousers that weren't joggers or old pyjama bottoms (that I still like to rock out of an evening). My main concern was whether I’d have anything I could wear them with and as it turned out, I did, albeit it wasn't the first top I thought to pair them with.
The top is actually a past season purchase from New Look, although they have a similar offering this season and my wedges are from Sainsburys, one of the few pairs of shoes that still fit - I foresee an eBay shoe sale approaching, sob!
Looking back through my old maternity style posts I remember thinking how easy it would be to choose outfits once I'd given birth, nothing could have prepared me for the massive change that was about to happen to my life as well as my wardrobe!