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The Best Pregnancy/Maternity pants and Breastfeeding Clothes

I’m almost half way into my second pregnancy, and honestly, I’m spending at least 16 hours a day in maternity wear, so I may as well share my advice. I get asked about what I love and why I choose it often, so here are my thoughts on the best to buy while pregnant and also breastfeeding.

The comfiest underwear for changing bodies

It’s hard enough not fitting any of your pre-pregnancy clothes, without having your underwires and elastics digging into your growing body during pregnancy. The most important feature of comfortable underwear (besides elastane!) is a wide band that doesn’t dig in. Calvin Klein offers the most comfortable wide-band underwear I’ve tried, comfortable, practical and offer a variety of styles, shapes and colours, but I basically live in the ‘Modern Cotton‘ ones. The matching bralettes are great for pregnancy and also breastfeeding overnight, as you can lift the bra up to feed without fumbling around with hooks and eyes in the dark.

The best maternity pants

During my first pregnancy, I got to at least half way without having to buy proper maternity pants – this time it was around 7 weeks! Even with a small bump, I found any pressure on my abdomen really uncomfortable. I was working with Aimn and started wearing their maternity pants, but now that I’m 16 weeks I’ve found the fabric doesn’t have as much ‘give’ as I need to be comfortable. I’ve just recently changed to to the Lorna Jane maternity range and I’ve found them so, so much more comfortable, both in terms of the stretch of the fabric, and the feel on my skin. The best ones I’ve found have pockets on either side (i.e. snacks and a phone – perfect for when I’m carrying a toddler). I love the ‘French Navy’ leggings, and there’s a matching maternity bra too. As I already have the bras from when I had Teddy, I’ve been wearing them again as they’re much more comfortable than my other sports bras.  They have thick straps which don’t cut in, lots of variation in the clasps so will continue to fit as you change shape.

You can use MEG20 for 20% off Lorna Jane sitewide.

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Maternity bras for breastfeeding

There are only two bras I ever wore breastfeeding, and I’ve already mentioned them above because they’re also perfect for pregnancy.

Calvin Klein modern cotton bralettes for at home/sleeping (or any bralette without hooks and eyes at the back – I didn’t think of this last time and bought lots of cute bralettes which had clasps at the back I couldn’t sleep in.

Lorna Jane maternity bras for out and about/working out. They have thick straps which don’t cut in, lots of variation in the clasps so will continue to fit as you change shape (which is why I wear them during pregnancy too. MEG20 for 20% off.

Maternity clothing

I actually didn’t wear a lot of specific maternity clothing when I was breastfeeding Teddy, mostly going for a loose tee or linen shirt, or buying wrap dresses I’d be able to continue to wear, but I did discover company ‘Peachy Mama‘ which has everything from nursing camis essentials to beautiful dresses you can nurse in. Soon Maternity is another good one for casual options, and I picked up some cheap maternity jeans here too.

I really hope this helps with your decisions, all the best!

Photo: @amykatebarrett with our pregnancy journal made with love.

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A Romantic Botanical Inspired Wedding | Allely Estate

Woweeee what a wedding! If you are looking for elegant, botanical inspired romance this wedding is going to rock your world! The MEGA flower initials made by the bride deserve a standing ovation (I struggle to arrange flowers in a vase let alone create a masterpiece like that!). Gorgeous couple Jessica and Simon are simply beaming during their special day and I can just tell that hanging out with this bridal party would have been crazy fun! SUPER pretty (and I am loving the art deco inspired Trelise Cooper bridesmaids dresses!), this fab day is sure to make you swoon! Enjoy xox

Who Jessica & Simon
Where Allely Estate
Guests 90

How did you meet?

In an Auckland bar in the wee hours of the morning, we haven’t parted since.

In three words describe your wedding style… classic, botanical, romantic

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What music did you play for those special moments?

Down the aisle We had a string quartet play Cannon in D, they then played on through canapés.
Entering reception Nat King Cole L.O.V.E
First dance Angels by The XX, we danced outside under the trees with fairy lights above us, when the song finished fireworks went off for the quests to watch.

What were the save and splurge items for your wedding?

We splurged on flowers, the flower chandelier & décor, we saved on transport.

What was the most difficult part of planning your wedding? And the most fun?

Getting started, there are too many beautiful ideas out there it can be confusing as I kept switching what I wanted, when I met Annie she made everything fall into place, my time with her was amazing she makes everything great. The most fun was making my 2.5m tall J & S flower stands, everything I did myself I loved doing, anything where I can get crafty is a good time, Of course the time with my bridesmaids was also a blast.

Did you DIY?

I did the candle holders and table numbers, Simon’s mum hand made all the candles for the tables and the favors, & I made the J & S, the confetti cups and dried the petals.

Do you have any money saving tips for engaged couples?

Spend the money on key elements or one feature you really want and don’t worry about the rest, no one else will even know you were wanting all of the other things you have seen on Pinterest.

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Photographer Jessica Higueras from Jessica Photography
Flowers Annie O Botanical Stylist
Venue/Catering Allely Estate 
Stationery & Signage Laser Foil
Hair SNOW by Samantha Snow 
Makeup Leah Haeata
Cake Sweet Bites Cakes 
Celebrant Joss Bellerby
Brides Dress, Accessories & Shoes AllureWalker & HallAstra Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses Trelise Cooper
Grooms Suit & Accessories Top Shop & custom from Jaiss for Simon
Rings Naveya & Sloane
Transport Family cars
Music Band Blue Steel

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