Written by Rebecca Raynham.
I'm almost 20 weeks (how did that happen?!) and I'm having a lot of fun trying new products this time around. Pregnancy can take it's toll on your mind and body and it's nice to have a few little treats every now and again, to boost your mood.
I have put together a little list of some of the things that I'm currently enjoying. They are all smaller brands, started by mamas and I love seeing these women go for it and see their dreams and ideas become a reality.
Click the "read more" button to see these gorgeous, but useful products!
The Body Bump
The Body Bump was launched by mother and daughter entrepreneurs, Lucy and Jane Saunders.
It is a pregnancy garment that has been created with comfort and support in mind and you can wear it as a t-shirt, or layer it as a slip under dresses etc. There is a rubbery strip at the bottom, which prevents it from riding up.
I love wearing mine under my tight jersey dresses, as it supports my bump and smoothes out my silhouette a bit, hiding any sneaky VPLs.
I have two, one in black and one in nude/beige. They are really stretchy, so will last me my whole pregnancy.
Check them out here.
The Mother Box
The Mother Box was founded by Alexis and Beccy, a doula and midwife and was designed to support women on their journey to motherhood.
There are a few different types of boxes available, but each one is packed full of useful information and tips and great products, to pamper you and help you relax, through pregnancy, the birth and beyond.
The box pictured is the Materna Tea Box - it arrived full to the brim with pregnancy and post birth goodies! There were a couple of different pregnancy teas, as well as some post birth teas, each with their own nutritional and relaxation benefits. There was even a post birth perineum and chord healing bath soak - perfect for healing and bonding with your newborn in the bath!
I will be trying out the Pregnancy and Birth Box soon. It looks to be a goodun', with herbal teas, essential oils, Yes Mum motivational cards and an energy boosting flapjack, for when you need it during labour.
All boxes can be sent with a gift note, so it's a wonderful way to treat someone you know that's expecting.
To find out more, click here.
Auralure was started by Reena Pandya when she was on maternity leave and found that the range of pretty and luxurious nursing bras was very limited.
The brand's ethos is to help women feel empowered and confident in their bodies and I can say, that from wearing their lingerie, it certainly does just that! Each piece is so functional, comfy, but also SEXY. They don't look like what they are intended for - no ginormous straps and really obvious nursing clips.
The set that I have is from the Victoria Collection and it's super comfortable and lux, with a stretchy band that allows room for your belly to grow. The knickers are no VPL too, which is a bonus!
Click here to see their range of maternity and nursing bras, they are all so beautiful and exquisite, I am sure you will love them!
Josefina is a changing bag and accessories brand, launched between Paris, New York and Madrid, in 2015.
The owners are childhood friends France Lamy Herbeau and Angela Esteban Librero.
The bags are very special - the pelt is 100% cowhide and the bags are handmade in Spain, using traditional techniques.
I LOVE this bag for a number of reasons;
It absolutely does not look like a changing bag. From the outside, it looks like a stylish handbag. But inside, there and pockets and compartments - MANY compartments. My bag is the size medium, but there is so much room in there. It is like the Tardis of handbags.
There is a removable shoulder strap, which has poppers on it, designed to create loops for attaching to prams and strollers. Genius!
They also do a monogramming service and the lovely ladies there organised for me to have my initials put on the side in gold.
It's pretty much one of the perfect lux changing bags and a worthy investment for before, during and after having babies.
Find their shop here.
Eve Et Rose Moisturiser
Eve et Rose was started by the lovely French mama, Bérengère.
I use a range of her products, as pictured, but the main one I want to talk about is the Double Action Serum on the left.
The serum is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 as well as Vitamin E and is formulated without alcohol, without essential oils, without endocrine disruptors, without synthetic perfumes or artificial colors, without parabens, PEGs and phthalates.
99% of the total ingredients are of natural origin and 50% of the total ingredients are from organic farming, which is always a plus!
What I love most about this product, is that within seconds after you apply it, it feels completely dry. No stickiness, oiliness, wetness.... all the things I hate about moisturising my body. Nada. I can put clothes on straight after applying it, it's a miracle!
50% of profits go to the charity, Children Of The Mekong, so when you purchase an Eve Et Rose product, you are not just supporting a small business, but also a worthy cause.
Check out the range here.
Six is a maternity underwear brand, designed in Scotland and manufactured in Portugal.
Each piece is super soft, comfortable, minimalist, but undoubtedly feminine.
They have also added vests and slips to the collection, the latter of which I am wearing in the photos above.
I think this might be my favourite black maternity dress EVER. The fabric is so soft and breathable and is slowly stretching with my growing body, without ever feeling too tight or restricting. Perfect for this insanely hot weather that we've been having!
It's also great for me, being knackered from chasing after a toddler and well, just being pregnant, that I don't even have to think about an outfit, I can just throw it on and instantly feel sleek and stylish.
Check out the range of absolutely gorgeous pieces here.