• second trimester style

    second trimester style

  • second trimester pregnancy style

    second trimester pregnancy style

  • erin loechner second trimester

    erin loechner second trimester

  • MYkind: 2nd trimester style.

    03.20.2012 / myKind

    I took a long, long break from showcasing my daily outfits when I found out I was pregnant. And there were a lot of reasons why, but mainly? I never got dressed. I can’t think of one ensemble that I took the time to put together, partly because nothing looks great when you feel miserable, but also? I think that part of my brain completely shut down.

    I’d heard of pregnancy brain before, but to be honest (and yes, moms, you can judge me for saying this), I thought it was a myth (it’s not!). I thought for sure that it was connected to a tired, overworked mind and that if I could just “sleep it off”, I’d be fine. But the truth is? My memory flew right out the window during those first three months – and along with it? My creativity.

    Ken jokes that it was nearly impossible to carry on a conversation with me because I would blank out on words, phrases and even names. But the kicker? I was totally surprised when I completely forgot how to put together an outfit that reflected me. It was bizarre, really. I chalked it up to not feeling confident with the extra dough around my belly, but to be honest, I think it was part of my brain that was being used to, I don’t know, make a baby. Maybe I’m crazy.

    Anyway, I mentioned before that I relied on skinny jeans, long tunics and quirky flats because that seemed to be the easiest alternative (and most nap-friendly!). Yet now that I’m in my second trimester, I’ve got a big boost of energy – and my desire to wear out my closet is back with a vengeance. After all, gotta wear those non-breast-feeding-friendly tops and dresses while I can, right?

    So, over the next few months I’ll be sharing what I’ve been wearing as this baby bump grows. It’s semi-hidden today, but believe me – it’s gaining steam and I happen to think it’s the cutest thing in the world (as well as its contents, of course!).

    Now – onward with photos, which were snapped by my sweet friend (and oh-so-talented photographer) Betsy King in her studio!:

    erin loechner second trimester

    Here’s what’s perfectly second trimester friendly about this outfit: the dress is form-fitting, so when you want to showcase that tiny bump, it’s good to go. But if your bump isn’t feeling especially curvy that day (and it still just looks like you ate a large cheeseburger – or three!), you can cover up with a knitted vest that hides virtually everything.

    second trimester pregnancy style

    Throw in some leggings for comfort (because chances are, you’ve far surpassed the ability to fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans), knee socks for style and flat boots for function and you’ve got a recipe for second trimester style success!

    second trimester style

    And yep, there’s that bump photo. I’ll give you a peek of the side shot next week – it’s a cutie. ;)

    PHOTO CREDIT: BETSY KING

    EDIT: Reader Jen sent a link to this article re: pregnancy brain, and OMG! Genius. If you’re feeling down about pregnancy brain, mommy brain or the like, please read. It’s a goodie. (Thanks, Jen!)

    • Adorable! I too got the pregnancy brain(loss) is what I called it. It hit me hard at the end of my 3rd trimester and into the first 6-8 months of my baby’s life. I thought I’d never get my ‘real’ self back but I did slowly and I was super happy when I felt normal again. P.S. Love that tunic!

    • @rachel – oh that is so good to hear! i keep hearing that it never really goes away, b/c pregnancy brain just turns into momnesia!!! :) happy to hear there is hope!!! :)

    • Oh my gosh, this outfit is so cute, chic and comfy! Can be hard to accomplish all three with pregnancy but you nailed it missy!

    • tara

      where are those adorable boots from?

    • Everyone says that about the cloud-brain. It’s very respectable to check in/out when it comes to inspiration, tough though when it’s connected to work. Great post, Erin- you’re absolutely glowing and these pictures are beautiful. Best of luck w Trimester 2!

    • @acanthus nichole – oh gosh, thank you so so much!

    • @tara – believe it or not, they’re old navy finds from 3 years ago! they’ve hold up SUPER well and are crazy comfortable. :)

    • @shayna – aww, shayna, you are SO sweet! i totally agree – when work is directly tied to your creativity/inspiration outlets, it can be tricky! having contributors come aboard the site has been an insane lifesaver for me. :)

    • You are too darn adorable! You can’t even tell that you have a baby bump in this outfit.. can’t wait to see it though!

    • @mariah – ha, it’s there! promise! you’ll see it better in next week’s post. ;)

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