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When I was young I never thought I would get married, and I definitely never dreamed I would have kids.  Unfortunately, that means that all of the wonderful advice about pregnancy and parenthood that found its way to my ears over the years passed right on through.

There are heaps of resources on the internet about what you’re not supposed to eat or do when you’re pregnant (some of which need to be read with a grain of salt) but what I’m really interested in is how all the stylish women in my life coped with carrying around an extra accessory for 9 months.

That’s why I’m planning the Yummy Mummy Series, where I interview some of my favourite bloggers and fashionistas about their tips and tricks to get me through the next 20 weeks.  Yesterday I caught up with one of my yummy mummy besties Jess (What Would Karl Do) at Capital Kitchen and picked her brains for some pearls of wisdom about how she stayed healthy and stylish.

Diet
Jess tried to eat as healthy as she could. She confessed that her two favourite cravings included peanut butter and jam on toast and plenty of orange juice.

Exercise
Walking as much as possible was very important for Jess. Not only is the light exercise good for cardio but you can also use it as an excuse for some window shopping :) Jess also recommends Bumps Pilates, which she enjoyed twice weekly.

Style
Jess highly recommend stocking up on stockings and stretchy dresses.  Metalicus is well known for their “one size fits all” dresses designed using its signature stretchy material.  Jess also shopped at Seed and Witchery for dresses one size up from her original size.

Jess says: “Don’t lose your style just because you’re becoming a mother.”

Obviously comfort is still key, so the mantra is to be fashionably comfortable. One great trend to embrace at the moment as a pregnant lady is Monochrome. But don’t forget also to inject pops of colour to brighten your day.

Any other tips?
Another way to treat yourself whilst pregnant is to have pregnancy massages, they’re wonderful indulgences. And try Gaia Natural Baby Massage oil to keep your tummy skin soft!

Timely advice indeed! Thanks Jess for sharing with us these practical tips. I can’t wait to get more tights for winter!

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