Already mama to Claudia, 3 and a half, Natasha and her husband Rob (a barrister) have another little one due in September. The family live in Chiswick, London. Natasha says “We joke that there’s an unwritten rule ‘Move to Chiswick, have a baby’ and it certainly seems true of our (very friendly) street: I’m one of three pregnant girls due with a month of each other.”
The second in our new series of interviews with some our favourite expectant editors, bloggers and tastemakers, we asked Natasha to pick her must-have items for new mothers and mamas-to-be. Read her interview with her below and shop her top picks from AlexandAlexa.
WHAT’S THE MOST INVALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT’S BEEN GIVEN TO YOU SINCE YOU’VE BEEN PREGNANT?
Slow down and remember it is okay to let things go; not everything has to be perfect at all times – good enough is fine! This is something I am trying to put into practise. Slow is not my usual pace, and letting standards slide (what? Go to bed without doing the washing-up?!) is anathema, but at eight and a half months’ pregnant, it has rather been forced upon me.
WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST ABOUT YOUR PREGNANCY?
I am not one of those women who bloom; I wish I was! However, I have consciously taken time each day to remember how lucky I am to be carrying a baby – to feel grateful and have a little chat with it. (Does this make me sound mad?!) There is something very special and intimate about carrying a child: as though the two of you share a secret nobody else knows.
HAVE YOU DISCOVERED ANY BEAUTY SECRETS ALONG THE WAY?
I use Bloom & Blossom’s Stretchmark Oil religiously, morning and evening. I am obsessed with this magic ointment! I also love their balm – which I use on my daughter and will definitely use on the little one. When I had morning sickness, I used the Bath & Shower Gel, which is unfragranced (I couldn’t bear strong smells first thing in the morning). To balance that out – I found Neom’s candles invaluable when I feel nauseous at the end of the day, and have been spritzing my bed linen with This Works Deep Sleep pillow spray. I’m also very aware of how much more sun-sensitive pregnancy makes your skin – so I’ve worn Avene’s SPF 50 on top of my moisturiser every day.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP STYLE TIPS FOR MUMS TO BE?
I’ve written about this on Wear&Where during my pregnancy here, here and here . I’ve very much kept true to my own style – it’s actually pretty easy to adapt your look to the bump (although I’m not going to lie, I can’t wait to go shopping when I’m back to my pre-pregnancy size (fingers crossed). So I’ve mostly been wearing skinny trousers with pretty, floaty tops and then, as the weather has got hotter, any of my usual sundresses that still fit, with just a few additions. Here are my top tips:
1. Invest in a good maternity bra. Elle Macpherson’s are the business: pretty, supportive and practical (you can also wear them as feeding bras if you’re planning to breastfeed).
2. Topshop maternity jeans are the best on the high street.
3. Ditto Boden’s maternity leggings. They keep their shape and are so comfortable that, once you’ve put them on, you won’t want to take them off.
4. If you don’t want to wear maternity dresses, there are plenty of options on the high street – just be canny about your shopping destinations. Cos and &Other Stories are both excellent sources of looser fitting dresses. Hush is brilliant for longer-length t shirts; shorts/skirts/trousers with elasticated waists; flowing dresses – I’ve been wearing a couple of their dresses non-stop. I’ve had a sneak peek at their A/W collection and it’s fab; moreover, you can justify shopping because you’ll wear it afterwards.
5. If you have a summer pregnancy, maxi dresses are comfortable and flattering (and I say this as a short person). I love the ones I’ve found in Uniqlo (picked it up for a song in the sale); Topshop Maternity and Hush.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM BABY SHOWER GIFT?
Something gorgeously luxurious which I would never buy myself. A heavenly cashmere baby blanket from Ferm Living or Brora; an adorable jumper (the Stella McCartney Kids bunny jumper was my dream. If only I had had a small person to fill it at the time); an exquisite mobile (I love the cloud and raindrops by The Butter Flying); a super sweet something to cuddle by Moulin Roty…
AND FINALLY, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO MUMS-TO-BE WHO ARE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF PREGNANCY?
Try to relax. Yes, you’re possibly feeling awful (sympathies); yes, you’re probably worried by every twinge, and caught up short in a minor panic every time you do something you think you shouldn’t (‘Eek, I had a cappuccino’, ‘Yikes, can I eat feta?’ – and so on). But worry less; relax and rest more. Let yourself be looked after a little – we’re so used to be self-sufficient and independent – and carve out some time just for you. (I know this is virtually impossible if you already have a child/children. But we can try!)
Bloom & Blossom Anti Stretch Mark Oil | Aden + Anais 4 Jungle Jam Swaddles | BabyBjorn Black Travel Cot Light | Smiling Planet Elephant Sleeping Bag | Red Castle Grey Changing Mat | BabyBjorn Blue Soft Bib | Hana Blomst Yellow Duck Bowl | White Rabbit England White Nursery Cot Rabbit Bedding Set | Ferm Living Little Remix Blanket | BabyPing Wifi Monitor
With thanks to Natasha of Wear&Where X