Nearing the end of your pregnancy? Feeling huge?

Whether you’ve enjoyed your pregnancy, or found it a trial, the last few months when you’re at your most huge/uncomfortable/tired/grouchy test us all.

So here’s a little chuckle for you. Four guys – ‘The Try Guys’ test out wearing pregnancy simulator bellies for the day. Guess what? They moan. A lot.

 

Documentary Maker Looking For Plus-Size Pregnant Ladies

Hi all, I’ve had yet another request from a documentary maker for plus-size pregnant women to feature in a programme!

As always, I have no affiliation with the production company and have not seen their previous work so cannot vouch for them, you would need to do your own research about whether or not you’d like to be involved.

Here’s the blurb I’ve been sent:

Curve Media logo

Are you expecting a baby? Is there such a thing as a ‘straight forward’ or ‘easy’ pregnancy? Do you think you’re having – or you’re likely to have- an exceptionally interesting pregnancy?

Curve Media have been commissioned by Discovery to make a second series of 6 x 60 minute episodes on the subject of pregnancy called “My Extraordinary Pregnancy”.

We’re looking for mums-to-be from all over the world, who are juggling the usual excitement and anxiety of a typical pregnancy, with an unusual situation or condition.

Something we would love to cover in the series are the antenatal differences in care for plus size Mothers. Have you been advised to lose weight during your pregnancy? Or is being plus size allowing you to have a pregnancy that you are comfortable with?  

We want to explore the realities – the highs and lows, the excitement and the inevitable anxieties that being an extraordinary pregnant mum brings, and help you share your pregnancy story.

If you’d be interested in an informal chat with a member of the My Extraordinary Pregnancy production team, please email us at extraordinarypregnancies@curvemedia.com

or call 020 3179 0099 – we’d love to talk to you.

(And of course – congratulations on your pregnancy!)

Please note: We will use and store the personal details contained in your email and any further response, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, for the sole purpose of producing the programme.

Hotmilk Nursing Bra Review

So, I was contacted by Hotmilk and asked if I’d like to do a review of one of their nursing bras. Hotmilk Nursing BraWell, I jumped at the chance because I’ve never treated myself to one of theirs. I chose this one:

Show Off Floral Nursing Bra – £32.90
in a 42GG (the largest size they currently offer is 42H).

I arrived at this measurement with a little surprise, as I normally wear a 40 FF or G, but then, I haven’t been measured in a while and it’s estimated that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size…

In fact, following the measurements on the size guide, I should have chosen a 44GG, but Hotmilk doesn’t sell any 44 bras at present. Given the discrepancy, I ordered the 42GG and hoped for the best.

Now, before I get onto the review of the bra itself, I need to mention that the Hotmilk website and I didn’t get off to a great start.

Having decided I was looking for a 42GG bra, I entered those details into the ‘Filter by Size’ / ‘Filter by Cup’ options at the top of the page. Brilliant idea. The filter returned six bras, including
<<< this lovely number:
the Dawn Black Nursing Bra, currently on sale for £19.95 (I’ll add it to the Big Birthas Bargains page in a minute), but it turns out that in larger sizes it’s actually only available in a
38 FF, G, or H, 40 FF, or GG, and 42 C, or FF. Disappointing. This filter really needs to take account of in stock bras, in my opinion, although I can see the argument that it could be helpful to know what bras are available if you want to wait for one you really like that’s out of stock.

So, anyway, the bra arrived very quickly, and as soon as I removed it from the packet it was very clear to see that the build quality is excellent. The clips on the cups are sturdy and well-attached, the straps are wide and strong, and the adjustment buckle and ring attachments are both sturdy metal. There is also a triple row of hooks on the back fastener, with six closure positions for adjustment.

To my surprise, when I put it on it was not tight at all. Remember, I was supposed to have ordered a 44GG according to my measurements! I have actually only worn it on the tightest setting, but it is sooooo comfortable. I would even go so far as to say that it is possibly one of the most comfortable bras I have ever worn.

It doesn’t move around during the day, my boobs are held in a great position, the shoulder straps don’t dig in, and more importantly, I had no issue with the shoulder straps folding in half – which is something that occurs on some wide-strapped bras in my experience, completely negating the point of having a wide strap in the first place. This didn’t happen. Those shoulder straps are serious engineering!

The cups have a little stretch in them, so would cope well with the ebb and flow in size of breastfeeding breasts. (Again, I feel the GG is more generous than I need. If I order another I think I could be tempted to go with my usual size of 40G). The nursing clips can easy be fastened and unfastened with one hand.

My only issue is that with this design, the cups come quite high up the chest, and while I don’t wear particularly low-cut tops, my clothing choices were restricted because the bra could be seen at the neckline, but it’s a small niggle. I can always wear a different bra on those days.

All in all, I have been very impressed. Hotmilk are not the cheapest bras on the market, but you certainly get what you pay for, the quality is second to none.

You can buy direct from Hotmilk Lingerie, or their bras can also be found in varying designs, prices and sizes at other retailers such as:

Figleaves

Amazon

House of Fraser (up to 38HH, but some on sale)

Nursing Bra Shop

Bras 4 Mums

I’m off to buy a 40GG Dawn Black before they’re out of stock…

10 Quick & Easy Plus-Size Pregnant Halloween Outfits

Well, it’s that time of year again. No, not Christmas! That’s ages away yet. Trust me. AGES.

Time to start thinking about your Halloween fancy dress!

But what if you’ve got a bump to accessorise?

Here’s 10 quick(ish) DIY Halloween Costumes you could pull together and steal the show.

Halloween Costume 20151. Zombie Fetus

If you’ve been complaining lately that the baby has taken over your body, then what better way to celebrate than with a zombie bump!

Materials needed: T-shirt/Top, Fake Blood, and a creepy baby doll

Difficulty level: Easy

2. Skeleton Family21 Genius And Strange Pregnancy Halloween Costumes.:

What’s more adorable than a family of skeletons? Even better if it’s how you’re announcing your pregnancy! And I love how the guy has his own version. You could get kids in on the act with whatever they like to eat on their tummies.

If you didn’t want to paint on a t-shirt, you could make the bones out of paper/plastic and pin them on (fold in half before you cut them out to get identical pairs/symmetrical bones). Creating a skeleton looks tricky, but is surprisingly easy.

Materials needed: T-shirt/Top, white paint/paper or plastic

Difficulty level: Pretty Easy

DIY Pregnant Halloween costume3. X-Ray & Radiographer

Here’s a twist on the skeleton costume above – you don’t need to be a family of skeletons, your other half can be the radiographer instead!

Especially good if your husband/partner/significant other is actually a medical professional!

Materials needed: T-shirt/Top, white paint/paper or plastic, Hospital Scrubs

Difficulty level: Pretty EasyThe Best Halloween Costumes for Pregnant Ladies.:

4. Death Star Bump

You may feel like Jabba the Hut at times, but that’s not to say you can’t rule the galaxy and strike fear into people’s hearts?

Materials needed: Grey T-shirt/Top, Grey paint  (3D paint would look awesome), Millennium Falcon or Tie Fighter model.

Difficulty level: Moderate – extra points if you can fashion some sort of headgear from which to dangle the spacecraft of your choosing.

Here's another easy, homemade Halloween costume idea. Pizza (the preferred food of the TMNTs) not required—but definitely encouraged. (via FitPregnancy.com) #pregnant #halloween #costume:

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Bump

Are you craving pizza?

This could be the costume for you!

Materials needed: Green T-shirt/Top, Black marker pen, sticky-back felt.

Difficulty level: Ridiculously Easy

 

6. Angry Bird

Feeling grumpy? Someone stolen your eggs?

DIY pregnant costume

(if you could convince your other half to dress as a green pig you’ve got the whole package!)

Materials needed: Red T-shirt/Top or Bump Band, Black marker pen, sticky-back felt in black, white, and cream, yellow card.

Difficulty level: Moderate

7. Solar System

If people don’t yet think that the world revolves around you, they will after this! Homemade pregnant costumes

Get your partner/child to dress as an astronomer to complete the look (they’ve gone for Galileo here, but you could equally go for modern geek instead.

Materials needed: Blue/Black T-shirt/Top, Fabric paint  (3D paint would look awesome), Assorted sized balls.

Difficulty: Tricky. Depends how accurate you want to go with painting/covering the planets (and let’s not get pedantic about the relative size of the planets).

8. SnoopyPregnant Halloween costume ideas www.youmeandthebump.com:

Everyone’s favourite beagle. C’mon. Who couldn’t make this?

If your fella is balding, he’d make a great Charlie Brown, all you need is a yellow shirt decorated with a zig-zag, and if you’ve got any kids, why not turn them into Woodstock?

Materials needed: T-shirt/Top, Black marker pen.

Difficulty level: Ridiculously Easy

9. 8-Ball

Or any other pool ball for that matter, 8 is just easy to make and easily recognisable. If you wanted to go for more colour a brightly coloured belly band would be a creative way to make a striped ball.

Materials needed: Black Outfit, Circle of white paper, Black marker pen. Double-sided tape or glue.

Difficulty level: Ridiculously Easy

10. Wilson (the ball from Castaway)Halloween Costume 2015 02

Fed up with people wanting to touch your bump? Then maybe don’t wear this one, it is pretty much inviting physical contact…

But if you don’t mind, and especially if you have a chap who can pull off ‘bedraggled shipwreck survivor’ this is a nice easy one.

Materials needed: White T-shirt/Top, Brown Paper, Headband, Red Fabric Paint or Marker Pen.

Whatever you choose, whatever your time or budgetary constraints, you can totally pull off a great costume when pregnant, you most certainly don’t have to fade into the background or go as a homicidal maniac.