Operation: Feel Cute While Pregnant

Note: The (very cute) dress in these pictures is one I received for free for this post in partnership with PinkBlush!  All opinions are my own.

I've always been one of those people that loves being pregnant.

In the past I've heard women make comments about how pregnancy is not their favorite state, and while I could understand that with my head, I had no personal experience with that feeling.

This pregnancy has been a little different for me though.  It's not that I am not enjoying pregnancy this time (I am), but I don't feel as...cute?...this time around.  I finally understand a little better why other women have made those kind of comments.

However, I have determined to enjoy this pregnancy, and well, I learned a long time ago that if I am no longer feeling good about my appearance, it's probably time to change things up!  This is what I've done so far this pregnancy:

1. Changed my skincare routine.

In past pregnancies, I haven't worried too much about skincare.  I knew there were some skincare ingredients to be avoided, so I just grabbed an inexpensive moisturizer that looked clear of anything harmful, and the pregnancy glow kept me feeling good about it.  I figured out pretty quickly this time though that it was not going to be the same.  Maybe it's just because I am getting older, but my skin was dry and dull and crying out for some TLC, and I didn't want to postpone getting the good stuff until after baby.  So searched until I found some skincare products I was comfortable with during pregnancy, and I got into a really consistent skincare routine for the first time in my life!  Taking a little extra time on my skin makes me feel less worn out in the morning and night, because my face feels fresh and healthy.

2. I got a gym membership.

I have mentioned before that the weight is coming on alarmingly fast this time around - yikes!  After hearing me griping about it for a few weeks, Derek finally suggested that he add me to his gym membership.  

I have never actually worked out while being pregnant before (confession time), so this was a new thought.  But I tried out the gym, and it was glorious!  Not only do I weirdly enjoy the exercise bike, but heading to the gym a few times a week gives me some much needed refresh time in the evenings after a busy day with the kids.  I can't say the weight gain has slowed down any, but I do feel healthier regardless, which goes a long way in feeling more "cute" again.

3. I got new maternity clothes.

This is my fifth pregnancy, I figured it was time to refresh my maternity wardrobe!  A lot of the items I bought for my first pregnancy (seven years ago), are faded and out of style now.  Being stuck with faded, out-of-style clothes does not make you feel cuter during pregnancy, I'll tell you that.  In some ways it seems a pity to get new clothes that I'll only get to wear for a few more months since this is our last baby, but I decided not to feel bad about it.  If this is my last pregnancy, I should enjoy it, and after four pregnancies in those other clothes I figured I have earned a few new things.  

The dress in these pictures is my latest new piece from PinkBlush!  I love the fitted t-shirt dress silhouette, and it's fun during pregnancy since it shows off the belly.  The material of this one is perfect for more formal occasions (I wore it out on our anniversary), but I think it's easy to dress down too.  Since I do a lot more online shopping these days (it really is hard to try on clothes with four kids in tow), I've been browsing PinkBlush quite a bit this pregnancy, and they have so many cute maternity clothes!

So that's my strategy thus far in Operation: Feel Cute While Pregnant.  And I think it is working for me! Next up on the agenda...get a haircut.  In case you haven't been around that long, my hair length in these pictures is pretty long for me, and I'm ready to have less hair.  Stay tuned!

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Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine said...

The title of this post is adorable! You look so cute, operation complete :)

Maggie said...

Love the dress on you! Curious to know your skincare routine - what new products are you using?

blessingsandlilacs said...

You DO look cute! And I love those sandals. Working out was one of the best things I could have done during my pregnancy. I totally agree with you--It got me out of the house on my own and helped me remain healthy.

Emily said...

I love the pattern on your dress! It looks great!

I agree with working out. I feel sooo much better when I work out while pregnant. I find that the elliptical is easy on the body while pregnant. I even did it hours before my third was born. :)

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