Thursday, 7 January 2016

Mimic Briana Jungwirth's Effortlessly Elegant Pregnancy Style

In true One Direction gf style, Briana Jungwirth caused quite the stir after posting a picture of her pregnancy bump to her Instagram account. The since deleted image sent Louis Tomlinson's fans into a frenzy, which probably had more to do with the classic enthusiasm One Directioners display when the band hits the headlines.

Maternity fashion lovers are likely to go a little doolally over this snap too. From the way Briana's little black dress drapes elegantly over her bump to that ethereal lighting, there's a hell of a lot to love about this pic. Looking to create your own magic pregnancy moment? Well there's a few maternity dresses you can try out:

Black Maternity Dress by Dorothy Perkins: £24
Who doesn't love a dress that could also double up as a shirt? Teamed with heels, this black maternity dress from Dorothy Perkins is ideal for a night out. Worn with tights and flats, it's ideal for the office. Roll up those sleeves and stick on some sandals and you'll soon be creating that ethereal look yourself. At just £24, it's the perfect multipurpose maternity wear bargain.

Maternity cocktail dress by Noppies: £72

Fancy something with a little more pizazz? This maternity cocktail dress from Noppies is perfect for wowing everyone in the room at an evening event. Complete with a bow that'll tie neatly above your bump and a plunging neckline designed to compliment your ever-evolving physique, it'll leave you feeling every inch the maternity goddess. You can get it from Zalando for just £72.

Zip front maternity dress by New Look: £23.99

If urban chic is more your thing, don't pass by the opportunity to grab this zip front maternity dress from New Look. Not only is the price an absolute steal, it can act as easy to throw on beachwear in the right environment. With material that floats elegantly over your bump, this dress is perfect for staying cool during hot weather, or you can combine it with your favourite jeans and knitwear for a winter-appropriate outfit.

Here at Maternity Bliss, we're hoping to see more of Briana Jungwirth's effortless pregnancy style. Want to see more maternity dresses? Then checkout our featured collection. If you enjoyed this post, why not take a look at Anne Hathaway's glowing pregnancy announcement?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Loving Anne Hathaway's Baby Bump? Get a Maternity Bikini to Match

Receiving just over 100,000 congratulations and likes in under three hours, Anne Hathaway's glowing pregnancy announcement is a comforting vision of motherhood. As the Les Miserables star put it herself, making the announcement using a photo she has sanctioned is a much happier occasion than a sneaky press snap.

If you're keen to mimic Anne's pregnancy pose, why not try some of the maternity bikinis we've featured here at Maternity Bliss? New Look's maternity range features a beautiful red bikini complete with a tie back halter neck that's perfect for cushioning those blossoming breasts:

Overall you'll pay just £23.98, which is quite the bargain for such a masterpiece. 

Alternatively, you could splurge a little and grab this funky maternity bikini from Cache Coeur. At just £45, it'll swaddle your bump neatly and those hearts will add a little flare to your outfit. Could there be a better way to show off your bump with Valentine's Day just around the corner:

Whether you're heading to a beach on some sunny shores or you're popping down to your local pool, you can dress your bump in style and mimic Anne Hathaway's proud pregnancy ways.

Interested in seeing more maternity swimwear? Here at Maternity Bliss, we've featured dozens of items from some of Britain's best maternity retailers. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Jessica Ennis-Hill's Pregnancy

Last week Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her pregnancy. We all remember Jessica, right? She landed us a gold medal during the Olympics and has also graced our TV screens in bank adverts. Naturally, Jessica's pregnancy is going to cause a lot of discussion. I have already come across one irritating Telegraph article that practically insists on Jessica being a mother first and foremost, and an athlete after. Newsflash journalists: it is possible for mothers to continue with their lives both during and after pregnancies. Also, where is the insistence of Mr Hill firmly establishing fatherhood before whatever it is he does?

Rant over, let's resume...

So a more balanced and interesting article came from the BBC on Jessica Ennis-Hill's pregnancy and sports. It discussed extra red blood cell production, how that enhances your ability to carry oxygen, and how that in turn can enhance Jessica's training. There are certain activities she is likely to stop (high jumps and bumps= not a good idea), but otherwise it is likely Jessica's training will continue in the same fashion that Paula Radcliffe's did. This will most likely act as fodder for the Daily Mail's sidebar of shame. I can already see dozens of articles about how she insists on training during her pregnancy from journalists who are about as familiar with obstetrics as they are accurate reporting (meow).

Anywho, the whole aim of this post was to explore some of the maternity fitness wear that is out there. I was a massive fan of pregnancy yoga during my pregnancies, mainly because it helped with morning sickness. Sadly, I developed SPD during pregnancy number two. Had I been close to a qualified pregnancy yoga teacher I would have carried on. Walking, jogging, and cycling are also great activities. Plus anything that is within your usual fitness range, minus contact sports or anything that can make you land on your bump.

£20.00 Mothercare

Even if you do have a condition like SPD, there is always swimming. The buoyancy of the water alleviates some of the pressure on your joints, which in turn makes exercising easier.

£20.00 Mothercare

Yoga is especially beneficial during pregnancy as it helps to prepare the pelvic floor and muscles around the pelvis for birth. Some adherents also believe it is good for directing blood flow to the uterus, which in turn benefits your baby. 

£22.00 Mothercare

The weather is a little on the unpredictable side here in Britain, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy walking and jogging. When it is cold, get well wrapped up and check out where local footpaths are via your local council's website. If it rains, consider going to the gym to walk on a treadmill or walk up and down your stairs.

Another great fitness tip for pregnancy: make sure your trainers fit well. Not all women experience oedema, but those who do may be more prone to blisters. Fortunately, exercising is a great way to get your blood flowing, which means oedema barely has a chance to kick in.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Maternity Fashion Spring 2014

Okay, so I am not pregnant but I do reminisce about the times when I was. As much as I loved looking for maternity wear, I often looked at the fashion lists of Glamour, Marie Claire, and and felt disappointed that there were no similar lists for us pregnant ladies.

So, basing my efforts on Glamour's Spring 2014 fashion trends list, I am going to compile a collection of clothing from New Look and ASOS to help you meet the demands of the new season.


Yup, pretty pastels are back again. Do I feel comfortable with pastels? Sometimes. I feel as though I can wear a great mint green jacket, but otherwise I lack the confidence it takes to leave me feeling less like my mother in the 80s and more like a fashion-conscious Milennial.

I think I could wear this watermelon dress though. It's the top, it cups the boobs nicely. Clearly Britain is a little wet for this dress at the time of me writing this post, but I believe it could make a great wardrobe addition come warm weather time.

Contrast Button Downs


Most of the models wearing contrast button downs on the catwalk were going for the menswear look at recent shows. When pregnant, why not just make the most of those curves? Trust me, baggy men's shirts do sod all for your figure when you have a growing bump. I apologise for the crap pic from New Look here, but this cami/shirt really does make the most of the contrast trend without leaving you looking like a walking tent.

Tea Length Skirts


I have a little confession to make here. This isn't actually a maternity skirt. Tea length skirts are big this year, but both New Look and ASOS aren't featuring them in maternity styles yet, so I am going to go ahead and suggest buying this is one size up from your usual. In general, this is a great way to save money on maternity fashion.

Striped Panel Trousers

£12.00 down from £40.00!
The fashion gods and godesses have decreed that we need to blend smart with sporty this year. Think 90s Nike meets your usual workwear wardrobe to produce smart striped trousers. This can create the illusion of longer legs.

Shift Shirts


Shift blouses help you blend luxury with a spot of comfort. As any working woman may already know, getting a shirt to look great is quite the challenge. Not having to worry about buttoning up a shirt over a growing bump makes life much, much easier.

Collarless Coats

£30.00 down from £60.00

Long and streamlined coats are making a comeback. Again, this is a great hassle saver when it comes to buttoning up. I refused point black to purchase a maternity coat, and just spent ages trying to wriggle my way into various jumpers and oversized 'normal' coats. Collarless would have suited me just fine, because they still look fantastic even when they are open. For some reason, not many of us can pull off the whole open trench thing. 

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Rock a Maternity Little Black Dress, Just like Tamara Ecclestone

Even at seven months pregnant, Tamara Ecclestone is looking exceedingly glamorous as she rocks a maternity little black dress at the opening night of Cirque de Soleil Quidam. Arriving at the Royal Albert Hall with her husband, she flashed a dazzling smile and flaunted slim legs. Fortunately for us mere mortals, Tamara's look is easy to emulate. Here are a few pieces to get you started:

New Look: £14.99
Where else is going to come up trumps better than New Look? The store's maternity fashion range has broadened significantly over the last year or so, which means you'd be pretty hard pushed to not find something to wear there. I have chosen this LBD specifically because it is versatile enough for the workplace and a night out. How is that so? Heels and accessories. Go for a little bling at night, and you can absolutely transform this dress.

George: £12.00

George at ASDA have a similar dress to offer, but you can save £2.99! The only other benefit I see here is that the sleeves are long. Let's face it, we're not going to see blazing weather any time soon, so you need all the arm wrapping comfort you can get. Again, accessories and shoes can make this outfit fantastic for a night out. A glitzy shrug too, perhaps?

ASOS: £25.00

Fancy a dose of bodycon with that LBD? Then ASOS can help you out. We may not all have Tamara Ecclestone's pregnancy physique, but that doesn't mean we can't try and recreate it with a little help on the side. This dress is probably one of the closest to her maternity outfit in terms of style. 

And the rest...

I have decided I no longer want to leave out accessories when it comes to recreating the outfits of pregnant celebrities. After all, it isn't just about the awesome maternity wear they manage to pull off. So, let's start with Tamara's dazzling handbag:

Jasper Conran: £32.50

If you want all out glitz like Tamara, then try this Jasper Conran gold hadbag. Major pro, it is currently 50% off at Debenhams. Another great pro is that this handbag can go from maternity to beyond. Sure, it isn't massively practical as far as nappies and breast shields are concerned. However, that does assume that you won't have a social life post-birth. Go on, you know you want to...

Boohoo: £12
At a serious fraction of the Jasper Conran price is this glitter clutch from Boohoo. It is slightly larger, which means there is more room for everything you need. It is just as sparkly, so you are still going to be on the right track with your outfit.

Boohoo: £25.00

Make life easy on yourself by turning to Boohoo for your shoes too. They don't come with the same gold trim, but the heels more than make up for that. Word of warning: pregnancy oedema can make heels mighty uncomfortable at times, so don't be afraid to check out flats as an alternative or slip a pair in your purse for comfort purposes.