William Wordsworth once quoted, “Child is the Father of Man.” My own interpretation of this saying is this: that children often end up teaching the parents and adults as much about life as they (the adults) teach them. My little one is yet to make an arrival but I have already learnt a thing or two about virtues like patience, equanimity and most importantly to let go of any negativity and negative people. I have also found a new-level of confidence, poise and comfort in my own skin.

One of the reasons I decided to share my pregnancy style and other bits related to pregnancy was to really explore the wonderful feminine form which I have felt is more than numbers. Imagine housing a tiny cell, making a conducive environment for it to develop into a full-fledged human being and finally bringing it to the world. It is an experience beyond incredible which often takes a toll on your body and spirit. Hence, I firmly believe that men and women should have greater respect and appreciation towards my gender. And yes we are not the Weaker Sex if at all We are the Stronger Sex.

I also feel pregnancy and motherhood does not mean we have to put our dreams, our aspirations and individuality to the back burner because after all our kids eventually learn these important qualities from us. So here I am, sharing the top 20 styles from my 40 week journey–a journey that has left me more in awe towards my body, a journey that has given me greater respect towards my own abilities and a journey that has hopefully made me a better person.

Week 4: On a Prowl

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After peeing on the stick some hundred times; the sweet truth is established–I am pregnant. Yes, there is another life growing inside me. Our happiness knows no bounds.

Week 7: Furry Creatures 

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A visit to Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) “officially” establishes pregnancy. The baby, we are told, is smaller than a rice grain. What I remember the most from that week: hubby’s eye sparkling and his face dancing. I had never seen him happier. To celebrate we take off to Amsterdam.

Week 10: Being a Goddess

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First trimester pregnancy tiredness at its peak but I still manage to channelise my inner Goddess for our special anniversary date night.

Week 13: The Black Jumpsuit

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First trimester almost over and energy is slowly coming back. Baby is as long as a pea pod.

Week 14: Monochrome with a dash of colour

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Still no sign of a “bump”. But baby is the size of nectarine.

 Week 19: White Haute

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A little bump is developing but it looks like I had too many cookies during the holiday season. Can feel baby’s initial movements called flurries. Counting and feeling these movements have become our favourite hobby.

Week 20: Polka Dots+Floral

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A cocktail of hormones running through my body. Tiredness still a major part of daily routine. Baby is the size of a banana.

Week 21: Baby on board

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Half way through pregnancy (yipee) feeling incredibly great, awesome and energetic.

Week 22: Comfy

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Comfortable clothes and foot wear becomes a pivotal part of my wardrobe. No need for maternity clothes yet.

Week 24: Pastel Mania

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Feeling rather “pink” in health and spirit; I decide to combine my favourite colours: lilac and pink.

 Week 25: Something blue

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A nice round bump developing. Baby is the size of a zucchini; baby also has fully formed fingerprints and nostrils are starting to open. Maternity clothes slowly piling up in my wardrobe.

Week 26: Green

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Seventh month started; bump is visibly bigger. Baby is the size of an egg plant. Eyes are fully formed and baby can now blink. Movements getting stronger. Feeling the baby’s kicks is the sweetest experience of the day.

Week 28: Minimalist Monochrome

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To keep my pregnancy spirit high, I continue with regular exercise–walking and pregnancy yoga.

Week 29: Sports Luxe

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Comfort has become the most deciding factor when it comes to choosing an ensemble. Rocking the uber-cool sports luxe look here.

Week 31: Crop top Mania

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We decide to head to Cotswolds to enjoy our last holiday as a couple. I get a bit daring and try the crop top look taking a leaf from Kerry Washington.

Week 32: Ringing in Spring 

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Baby is now the size of a Bok Choy. Movements have increased greatly sometimes we can even the baby poking its fingers or toes. Sleep, on the other hand for me, is slowly reducing.

Week 34: Vitamin C

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Getting exhausted easily, difficulty in sleeping and perpetual aches and pains. The silver lining: just six more weeks to go.

Week 35: Big girl you are beautiful

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Visibly bigger (and better) baby is the size of a Honeydew. Count down has begun.

Week 37: White Jacket

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Tiredness taking a toll on me. Feeling antsy and anxious almost all the time. Keeping myself occupied by blogging, writing and exercising.

Week 38: Kimono

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Anxiety and insomnia at its peak but enjoying hubby, mum and dad’s full attention, pampering and love. The only thing that is keeping me sane. Baby is the size of a Leek. Cannot wait for the little one’s arrival and hold her in my arms. <3 <3

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Whilst there are so many aspects of pregnancy that I am loving at the moment like my-ever growing bump, the glowing face and a general positive feeling. I will admit that some other less-talked about factors plays a havoc at times; these are various kinds of aches and pains (which I did not even know was possible!), sciatica, lower back pain, hip pain, lethargy and feeling grumpy for no reason.

Luckily, there is a simple solution for all these issues: staying active and exercising (energy permitting of course). Now, before I go on I must say I was given the green signal to exercise by  my midwife and GP both and some of my favourite exercise regimes like dancing and weight-lifting are strictly out of bounds. Truth be told most days after a hard day at work and blogging; I really don’t look forward to pump iron or dance like no one cares. But there are plenty of other things I do keep myself active, sane and happy.

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Why I stay active?

The benefit of regular exercising is a no-brainer. As long as you are healthy and have no complications, pregnancy should not be an excuse to let go. Staying active not only helps in managing your weight but it has immensely helped to quell all sorts of pain mentioned above. Exercising also helps in labour; I am told (but I will vouch for that later).

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My top tips:

  • I try to fit in 40 to 60 minute of exercising at least three times a week.
  • I divide my time either doing 30 minutes of walking (on treadmill) or cross training or  go for a relaxing class of Pilates or Yoga.
  • The thing I DO NOT do is push myself. Earlier, even if my body said it is tired, I would push myself to run for another 5 minutes or do another set of weights or squeeze in more yoga. But now, I stop and rest as soon as I feel tired; the important thing is to make sure you are not exhausted.
  • I have also stopped doing exercises on my back. It is actually advised not to do such exercises as the weight of your bump presses on the main blood vessel bringing blood back to your heart and this can make you feel faint.
  • I also keep myself well-hydrated through out and make sure I am able to carry on a conversation at a good pace. (The talk test is a great way to gauge your stress levels in pregnancy).
  • No matter what, I do not sacrifice sleep for exercise.

My favourite exercises:

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For back/hip ache:

I have purchased an exercise/gym ball and it has become my new best friend; I simple sit on it whilst doing house work. The idea is to sit straight and make sure your legs are at 90 degree angle. It relieves back ache and strengthens your core.

Yoga/ Pilates:

I try to go for a yoga or Pilates class whenever I can. It is important to tell your instructor about your pregnancy as they can guide you much better. Several yoga/pilates exercises are also out of bounds for pregnant ladies.

Whilst I don’t encourage using DVDs and videos in pregnancy; I still practice the below regime if I cannot make it to a class. I have been doing yoga for three years now and I am extremely aware about each movement and confident about poses, so this is one of my favourite videos now.

Walking:

Sitting or standing at one place for a long time is the best way to ensure an aching back. I keep walking every now and then to make sure it does not happen.

Finally, pregnancy is a time to inculcate a positive attitude, so do things that you love to elevate mood swings and generate more happiness within yourself 🙂

PS: I am not a health expert, please speak to your GP/midwife if you want to exercise in pregnancy.