If you would like to visit Fashionably Pregnant Boutique, please book an appointment.

We are over the moon to have opened our very first boutique in Yorkshire, dedicated to dressing pregnant and nursing women.

What started out as an online retailer, selling fashionable maternity and nursing clothes has now opened what is believed to be the first of its kind for the North of England; a boutique dedicated to dressing pregnant and nursing mothers.

The founder and owner of Fashionably Pregnant, Laura Gawthorpe, said; “After personally struggling to find fashionable and affordable maternity clothes myself when I was pregnant, it became very clear that regardless of how far you are prepared to travel, you can not find a store that sells a wide variety of maternity clothes, the option to try on and be happy with the price in one go.

“I was determined to change that. So, I initially set up an online shop selling a wide variety of maternity and nursing clothes, ranging from basics to evening gowns, winter coats, yoga pants, workwear, swimming costumes, nursing dresses and tops, however after I was inundated with local expectant mothers asking if they could come to my home and try on the clothes as they did not know what size to order, I decided to make the experience a whole lot more welcoming and that is how the boutique was born.   

“In Hull and East Yorkshire alone, we had 6419 births in 2017 (ONS 2017), since then more and more retailers have moved their maternity ranges online, leaving our mums-to-be with a shortage of places to visit without having to order online and run the risk of ordering the wrong size or the item not looking right.

“As I have a young family and lucky enough to have the space, I have opened the shop at my home, meaning I can open the boutique for customers when it suits them, evening or weekend appointments are absolutely no problem. On average I hold 10 – 15 different brands of maternity and nursing clothes at any one time to give as much choice as possible.”

Not only is Fashionably Pregnant keen to give you a one-to-one experience, the price you pay is also very important to Laura. She prides herself on finding the best quality items and selling them as low as possible to you, knowing how short-term a maternity and nursing wardrobe often is.

The only boutique of its kind in the North of England opened its doors on Monday 25th March 2019 and the feedback has been amazing.

If you would like to visit Fashionably Pregnant Boutique, please book an appointment.


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Stretch Mark Confidence

“I carried a child within my body. Slept with them on my chest. I’ve kissed little toes and wiped away tears.

I’ve been vomited on, wee’d on and spent sleepless nights cradling my child. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My body isn’t magazine perfect, but when I look in the mirror I see a mum….and there isn’t a greater honour, love or blessing.”

 

NHS Midwife Tracey, explains where your pregnancy weight comes from, she said;

“Gaining weight in pregnancy is natural. On average EACH boob puts on 1 kilo, which is the equivalent of a small bag of flour per boob.

Your placenta grows on average as big as your hand and will weigh roughly 70 grams, which is the weight of a box of cereal.

By the end of your pregnancy your uterus will probably weigh I kilo alone (bag of flour) and then put inside 1 litre of fluid, you will be carrying the equivalent of two bags of carrots.

Then thinking about the additional blood whizzing around your body, this can weigh as much as a couple of bags of sugar.

In the third trimester women generally put on 3 kilos of fat, which is the equivalent of a large chicken.”

All this weight gain happens for a reason – to feed your baby”. It is important that you don’t diet to lose weight when you are pregnant, but you should eat a healthy, balanced diet.

 

So the next time you are in the supermarket buying your weekly shop, put in a basket; 3x bags of flour, 1x box of cereal, 2x bags of carrots, 2x bags of sugar and 1x large chicken – heavy right?

Now put all this shopping in a flimsy carrier bag and see how far you get without one of the handles breaking. 

All this food is the equivalent of you carrying your baby full term and the carrier bag is the equivalent of your delicate skin.

We wouldn’t expect such a delicate bag to carry such a lot of weight, so maybe we should stop being so hard on our skin if we develop stretch marks?

Whatever marks are left behind after carrying your baby love your skin and body, it has done an incredible job of keeping your baby safe. Love yourself. xxx

 

Your body is not ruined

 

Why do I have backpain?

Why Is My Back Hurting?

Is there a way we can still wear beautiful shoes during our pregnancy – YES!!!!!!

Back pain during pregnancy is common. Approximately half of all pregnancies are complicated by back pain. The added weight of your baby bump can alter your centre of gravity and the softening of your ligament puts extra pressure on your back, joints and feet.
At some point in all our pregnancies we will look at our beloved four-inch stilettos and cringe at the idea of wearing them for any length of time.
If you are like me, the thought of wearing frumpy shoes is not an option (even if your back is throbbing), I have done some digging and I think I have found some simple tips in order to help you find the perfect shoes to get you through work, casual and special occasions.
The official line from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is that after the first trimester, pregnant women should avoid wearing high heels – and that means above two inches. Anything higher could put a strain on the lower back, knees, toes and balls of the feet.
Because your balance is affected, it is recommended you opt for supportive flats or a slightly wedged shoe. The optimum height for a shoe during pregnancy is around two inches – although the exact height depends on the structure of each person’s foot. 
Very flat shoes like ballet pumps or sandals generally off very little support to the foot and can cause achilles pain, calf strain and flattening of the arches – ouch!!!
If you must wear high heels, then supportive shoes that have straps and hug the foot are best.
Finally, inexpensive shock-absorbent insoles bought from chemists can be slipped into regular shoes to give padding and support. Maybe those seriously gorgeous shoes can stay after all!
For further advice on pregnancy backache I found this link helpful: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/backache-pregnant.aspx