M&S Maternity Clothes – Who Knew?

A few months ago I was approached by the lovely Maggie Davis Kidswear and Lingerie editor for M&S (who also blogs over at Chic Little Baby) to see if I’d be interested in being interviewed for Marks and Spencer’s ‘In the Moment’ section on their website. Plus I would get to wear their new maternity clothes collection and have some gorgeous photos taken. Now I have to admit I’d never considered M&S as a shop to go to when buying maternity clothes, underwear, kids school unifrom, food yes! But once I’d seen their stunning collection I was sold! They have really captured a fabulous selection of great pieces all with the M&S high quality you’d expect and at high street prices.

You can read the entire interview here on the M&S website, but here’s a collection of the photos from the day and shop the collection here.

I was really impressed with the clothing, they were soft, comfy, well cut and had really been designed well for a growing and changing shape. Lots of the items I wore are also meant to be for after you’ve had your baby, which is always a must for me as your postnatal body and style takes some thinking through.

“You can’t go wrong with a good Breton top. This one is really soft and stretchy, so you can wear it long or short”

“You can’t go wrong with a good Breton top. This one is really soft and stretchy, so you can wear it long or short”


“You can’t have enough pairs of leggings. They’re great for every day and you can dress them up with a smart top and low heels”

“You can’t have enough pairs of leggings. They’re great for every day and you can dress them up with a smart top and low heels”


“Go for soft, natural fibres like cotton and  cashmere where possible – comfort is key and you get much hotter than usual during pregnancy”

“Go for soft, natural fibres like cotton and cashmere where possible – comfort is key and you get much hotter than usual during pregnancy”


“Invest in two to three pairs of good maternity jeans, including a skinny cut and a boyfriend style – they go with everything”

“Invest in two to three pairs of good maternity jeans, including a skinny cut and a boyfriend style – they go with everything”


“There’s no need to buy a special maternity coat as you’ll probably overheat – a long cardigan like this one is perfect”

“There’s no need to buy a special maternity coat as you’ll probably overheat – a long cardigan like this one is perfect”


“It’s all about comfort. Invest in a good pair of flat shoes; they will last you once you’ve had the baby and you’re pacing the streets with the buggy”

“It’s all about comfort. Invest in a good pair of flat shoes; they will last you once you’ve had the baby and you’re pacing the streets with the buggy”

Thanks so much to Maggie and the M&S team for featuring me on your site.

Disclaimer: Whilst I am a registered midwife, I do not endorse or promote any specific brand or product in a professional capacity. My opinions are my own and are based on my personal experiences as a woman and a mother.

15 Weeks…..

Always match your nails to your dress

Always match your nails to your dress

And not counting. But it’s hard not to isn’t it? I’m just rejoicing in the fact that I don’t feel sick any more. I’m still completely terrified that it will come back and haunt me and I hear it can rear it’s ugly head again in the 3rd trimester but lets not speculate shall we.

The bump is well and truly out there’s no hiding it now, I’ve bought a few essential maternity clothes including black TopShop dungarees, skinny jeans, a pink shirt and a dress from ASOS for my best friends wedding tomorrow. I’m trying not to buy too much and will just see what I can use in my already expanding wardrobe through the Autumn and Winter months. I met my good friend and amazing fashion guru Zoe from Dress Like a Mum  yesterday for lunch and she gave me some great ideas for dressing the bump without breaking the bank. Do check her website out for brilliant fashion tips pre and post baby.

I’ve already been inundated with questions, usually the same 4 each time

  1. Was it IVF?
  2. Are there twins in the family?
  3. Are they identical?
  4. Will you find out the sex?

No, no, no, yes probably. I too have been guilty in the past of asking these same questions to other twin mums so I’m fully prepared for this up until the babies are 18.

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I’m still tired most of the time, I’ve been drinking Spatone in a glass of orange juice every morning but I’m also taking 3 iron tablets a week just to keep my levels up as you’re more likely to be iron deficient with twins. The round ligament pain at night seems to have eased up thank god, it was so painful I thought I was going into labour! I know the hormone relaxin will be working wonders for labour but my pelvis is not too grateful at the moment. But I’m trying not too moan about any aches and pains as I know it will only get worse.

Swotting up

Swotting up

I had a great first meeting with my consultant this week, we talked about my birth preferences and my wishes to use water for labour. She was really supportive and I left feeling positive and empowered. Right now I’m just focussing on the now as being a midwife I know a bit too much. My amazing colleagues are taking good care of me and I’m trying to get as much of my book written as possible before the twins arrive.

So that’s all from me, keep the birth stories coming you can email them to gasandairblog@gmail.com photos too please!

Maternity Fashion – How To Do It Right

This post comes from one trendy Mama to one, and one on the way. Helen Canning from CocoMamaStyle brings you this Winter’s essential key pregnancy styles which will make you feel fabulous, not frumpy. From a casual lunch to office wear Helen has covered it all. Helen’s background in fashion inspired her when she was pregnant with her daughter Coco, to re-evaluate her style and dress her bump with confidence whilst remaining bang on trend. And now she shares her tips and tricks at making you look and feel amazing.

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Autumn style for mums-to-be

Just because you’re expecting doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to style and as the autumn collections hit the high street so too have the maternity rails filled with on-trend pieces to work into your capsule mum-to-be wardrobe.

Proving these key trends do work with a bump I’ve put together four wearable looks to instantly up the ante for your new season maternity style.

Weekend

First things first; do not be scared of horizontal stripes! They will enhance your bump and highlight your curves in the right way. The cut of this striped tee means it won’t cling on your upper arms and shoulders but hugs your bump perfectly. Always a fan of mixing prints, I’m championing the leopard + stripe combo here with the neon print scarf picking up on the neon cuffs of the top.  Little accents of colour and attention to detail take it from a casual throw-it-on look to a pulled together outfit that shouts effortless style.

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Get practical with an on-trend backpack and chunky boots which will balance out your shape when you’re bump-heavy.  And when it comes to knitwear the high street is awash with regular (not maternity!) loose-fit cardigans that are bump-friendly which you’ll wear now and keep for future winters too.
Jeans, New Look
Top, New Look
Scarf, Becksondergaard at The Dressing Room
Cardigan, River Island
Boots, Office
Rucksack, Accessorize

Office

Work-wear doesn’t have to be dull so say hello to this season’s must have print with this ASOS checked dress.  It’s office-appropriate but you can still dress it up for post-work (soft!) drinks or down with leggings and boots for the weekend. Team with chunky heeled loafers for added height with comfort in a deep red tone – berry hues always work for autumn and these would look just as hot with jeans and a cosy knit.

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If you’re working a 9-5 every day it’s worth investing in a basic blazer that nips in above your bump to enhance your shape and allows you to look formal without being frumpy.  Don’t forget your existing non-maternity jackets and blazers can simply be worn open around your bump to save on pennies.
Dress, ASOS
Jacket, Mama.licious
Shoes, Clarks

Date night

Play with shape and texture for date night; think matt vs. sheen, drapes vs. structure to add interest to your look that uses key pieces you can wear throughout your pregnancy in different ways. Black brocade jeans are a forgiving and flattering way to rock the printed jeans trend and are perfect for the party season too.  Team with flat boots and a rock tee and you’ve got yourself a throw-it-on day look too.

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Invest in a couple of statement necklaces that will lift your maternity looks and draw the eye upwards, because we’re more than just a bump, right!?

And you can’t go wrong when you team a monochrome evening outfit with colour-popping shoes.
Jacket, New Look
Necklace, Oliver Bonas
Jeans, Next
Bag, Zatchels
Top, Topshop
Shoes, Dune

Girly lunch

In a welcome change from the usual dark tones we come to expect with the new season we’ve seen a lot of pink on the catwalks.  Think girly rose tones that’ll bring a fresh look to your autumn wardrobe and ensure you’re bang up-to-date – without investing in this season’s must-have pink coat, which by the way won’t fit round your bump and you’ll be bored with by next Winter anyway!

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Team this figure-fit and feminine top with denim and soft greys for daytime and black for a chic work or evening look.  If you can’t ditch the heels just yet, wedges are your best friend and these buckle detail trainers are super soft inside to guarantee happy feet.
Jeans, H&M
Lace top, Next
Necklace, Topshop
Wedge trainers, Clarks
Bag, Accessorize

Most of all remember your signature style and just tweak it to work with your expanding waistline and embrace your new shape.