December 28, 2015

6 Month Pregnancy Update

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Coat: Tahari ‘Marla’ and also available here (wearing a small) | Turtleneck: Club Monaco | Denim: Citizens of Humanity Maternity (wearing my pre-pregnancy size – regular non-maternity version here) | Shoes: Aquazzura (in black) | Sunglasses: Prada | Bag: Gucci StirrupHi guys! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Update: I figured it was time for a 6 month pregnancy update + check-in. Firstly, I can’t believe I’m already 6 months. In many ways, I don’t really feel that way. I still feel fairly energetic and my body doesn’t feel way too differently (the way it looks, at least to me, well that’s a different story….) and at this point, I’m doing pretty much everything I was doing pre-pregnancy with the exception of enjoying some cocktails and eating sushi. Sushi! I can’t even begin to explain how much I miss it. With the okay of my doctor, I’ve had some salmon sashimi at some high quality places, but it’s never excessive and I miss everything else on the menu.

Body: Physically, although I’m still carrying on the smaller side, getting dressed is starting to get a bit more difficult. None of my old pants fit me anymore, so I’ve been living off a few pairs of my maternity jeans (these, these and these have been on constant rotation), yet wearing most of my old tops. One pair goes over the belly and the others are more low-rise, so it really depends on what top I’m wearing.

Okay, and this might be totally TMI, but I know these are little tidbits that I’d want to know, so I feel the need to share it.  With my changing body, my boobs have gotten a little out of control. I’ve always had them, but now they’re like whoa! I feel like I need to investigate in a bra minimizer so I feel slimmer and more streamlined in my clothes. I never would have even thought about it until one friend recommended it to me! So that’s my next mission.

Skin: While my skin had a minor freak out session in the first trimester, which apparently is extremely common, it’s completely calmed down and if anything, is behaving very well! With some of my own research and the okay from my doctor, I’ve been using almost all of my old products. I have omitted the use of retinol, but most other things, are still in rotation. One negative thing I will say, I’ve noticed that I’ve developed some dark circles under my eyes. Genetically, I’ve always been blessed in that department.  I’ve NEVER had dark circles and the smallest amount of under-eye concealer has always been enough to brighten up that area. Now, it’s something I’ve been noticing after realizing I need a bit more makeup under my eyes. Very annoying! Also, I should stress the importance of using SPF! Sunblock is always important, but especially when you’re pregnant. Your skin is so much more susceptible to sun damage and melasma. So if you’re pregnant,  please be careful and make sure you’re protecting any exposed body parts!

For my body and to prevent stretch marks, I’ve been using this cream. A few of you highly recommended it (thank you for that!) and while it’s definitely expensive, I love how I feel it on my body hours later. Because of the price, I only use it on my belly, breasts, thighs and booty and then use other lotion on my legs and arms. Edited to add: Recently, I also had a few people recommend this cream, which is a lot cheaper and apparently, many are a fan of (and so many great reviews). Just ordered it myself!

Sleeping: I know I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I’ve always been a stomach sleeper, so transitioning to only sleeping on my side has been a bit difficult. Initially, I was waking up pretty achy, but after getting this body pillow, based on a few of your recommendations, it’s been a game changer! Sleeping is 10x more comfortable, so thank you guys for that!

Hmmm…I guess that’s it for now! As always, thanks for following along and for all the advice and tips you’ve been sharing! I truly appreciate each and every single one of them.

PS: I lost the original belt to this coat, so wearing one from another coat that I found! Not 100%, but close enough!

xoxo,
Helena

Photos by Keith Hodne

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  • Natali

    Oh how I can recognise myself in all of these things! I was craving sushi like crazy when I was pregnant and I LOVE sushi but I couldn't have any during the pregnancy and it drove me insane. 😀
    I also remember my skin being a wreck first three months and then being all super – glowy and clean the rest of the pregnancy.
    You're looking great girl in this casual outfit and I like your coat very much!

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  • DEMELER

    You look beautiful! Congrats
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  • Caitlin

    How is it that from the front, you look totally slim and perfect? Such a mind game!

    Looking great, as always! 🙂

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    love it. you look amazing

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  • Ciara Rose

    You look incredible as always.. absolutely love the coat and overall look! Best of luck with the pregnancy xx

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  • Shadowy Lady

    You look great Helena, you are much Like I was at 6 months too…I carried small and did till the end.

    I had to get new bras when I was pregnant and again after I gave birth, it's completely normal. My normal boobs (pre pregnancy) are already big at 34DDD…by the time I gave birth I was 34G 🙁 it was awful! Luckily I'm back to my "small" DDD now again 🙂

  • Shari Barnes

    Coconut oil works well to on the tummy, helped me not get one single stretch mark during my pregnancy. Nutiva brand from Amazon.

  • Sasa Zoe

    Great information, thanks for sharing! You look great:P

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  • Anu B

    It must be the lack of sleep that is behind your dark circles. Hopefully, you will be able to find a good sleeping position. I am glad everything is going so well for you!

    ANU MD PHD

  • Nicole Layne

    You look so chic! I love that coat and those shoes!!

    Nicole
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  • ravenlocks

    Omg…that body pillow looks really comfortable lol. I'm glad that worked out for you 🙂 Love these updates, Helena. Keep 'em commin'!

    PS. You look totally gorgeous in this outfit <3

    xo Azu

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  • Adriana

    You look gorgeous! This look is perfect and I love reading your updates!
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  • PSLily Boutique

    You look gorgeous 🙂

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  • Arteresa Lewis

    Hands down the most stylish expecting mommy ever!! Oh and those shoes are everything!!

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  • Kathleen @ Carrie Bradshaw Lied

    Helena I had NO IDEA you were even pregnant until now – you look so amazing! I can only dream of being as fabulous as you whenever I'm pregnant. A +++!

  • Blvck Bee

    Looking fab mother to be!

    Agnes x

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  • Yasmine

    Great coat and congrats.

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  • cgraham

    Love the Marla coat but it seems that theres 2 different ones? T by Tahari marla and then the Tahari marla?? not sure if I'm right but they look like they have different sleeves ??

  • Joana Sá

    Wow you look adorable!
    Love the look

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  • Kait Elizabeth

    Absolutely gorgeous! Hugs, Kait
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    So classy and chic!

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  • Rachel Dinh

    Glad to hear you are doing well minus a few small things! I hope one day i can be as stylish and walk in heels like you do at 6 months! You go girl.

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  • Sandy.

    I also carried small, but I'm prone to stretch marks. I used body merry! I honestly tried a bunch of lotions for pregnancy and none of them worked like this one. try it. It's not as expensive as the one you are using but works!

  • alyssa amato

    So glad to hear you're doing well! You still look as stylish as ever! Love the pop of burgundy in this neutral toned outfit. So chic! xx

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  • Brittany T.

    Hi Helena,

    It's great to know that you are doing well. I used to be a professional bra fitter at Nordstrom and I wanted to share some tips with you. Get refit ASAP for some new, temporary bras. You want your breast to be as comfortable as possible during your pregnancy. Make sure the cup of the bra covers your breast (and does not allow for spillage) and make sure the wire on the sides of the bra cups is past your breast tissue. Having the wire pressed into/poking your breast during pregnancy can clog your milk ducts and cause pain. When you're about two weeks out from your due date, you should get fit for maternity bras. I would suggest going to a place that will measure you properly (not like a Victoria Secret).

    Best of luck to you! I am loving your looks!

    • BrooklynBlonde

      Hi Brittany,

      Thank you so much for replying!! Definitely making that a priority next week. xo

  • Miss Pippi

    You look wonderful! So happy to hear you are doing well!

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  • Laura Mitbrodt

    you look amazing! Thanks for the update and happy new year
    xo
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  • annaandbill

    Hi Helena! So glad you are doing well. I would also recommend the twiggy coated denim maternity jeans in black. These were my most comfortable maternity jeans as the over the belly fabric is super smooth. Also they gave me that edgy look whenever I needed it 🙂

  • annaandbill

    Minimizer bra – Chantelle C Magnifique style 1891. It is THE most comfortable as well as it will give you a very nice and round shape 🙂 I know that Nordstrom carries it.

  • Jamie Ever After

    you look gorgeous! I feel you on the boobs.. are you planning on breastfedding? They will get even bigger so leave some room in your new bras 🙂
    xo
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    • BrooklynBlonde

      I'm certainly going to try – so thank you for the tip!! So much to learn!

  • Anika Yael Natori

    That coat looks incredibly warm. I have total outfit envy! Very glad to hear you are doing well. Best wishes for 2016!

    -Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl
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  • Tasha Juli

    So glad to hear you are doing well and you're still in heels! Happy New Year,
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  • ayme nicole

    Wow, 6 months?! That's crazy, congratulations! You look amazing, that grey looks so good on you. Best of wishes to the remaining months!

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  • Osiarah Blog

    OMG you look AMAZING! Thats whats style is all about. Love your post, outfit and photos. Thanks for sharing !!

    Camy xx

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  • Jalisa G

    Wow, this is so wonderful to be able to share in your pregnancy experience, Helena! I've never been pregnant, but reading blogs of women who are, gives me a better understanding of what to expect! You look amazing and I love that coat; the contrast of the belt actually works better than I think the exact color would 🙂 I'm also swooning over those heels!

    I hope you're having a wonderful day so far, beautiful!

    XO,

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  • sanssouci •

    Congrats! Your outfit is beautiful, loved your coat and shoes! You look stunning!
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  • Monika Wlodarczyk

    Thank you for this update, you look stunning!

    Love,
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  • Vanessa Ciliberto

    you look so pretty!

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    Lovely post! Very well written. Keep in touch.

  • Aleksandra Panic

    You look gorgeous!!! Lucky girl, you're tall so you make that pregnancy look sexy and easy :)) Love your style!

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  • Krizia

    I'm glad to hear that everything is going well!

    x Krizia

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    Gorgeous pictures! Love this look!
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  • Vera

    You look adorable.

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  • Christel

    Ha I can recognise myself in a lot of things. You look beautiful and respect for that killer heels!! Xoxo

  • Nissi Mendes

    Love these coat on you

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  • Vale ♥

    Glad to read your update, you look radiant and glowing, time is really flying ! Love your style always

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  • Natalya Seabrooke

    You look great, Helena! So beautiful and stylish! Wishing you health and the best of luck.
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    Very chic and trendy!I love it!The style is perfect! 
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  • RGlenn

    Helena, what is your Doctor allowing you to use for acne? I just started my second trimester and unfortunately it doesn't seem to be clearing up and I would LOVE to know what your using! Also, who is your derm? I'm in NY as well and been considering switching Doctors.

    Rachael

    • Gabrielle

      Yes I need to know this tooo!!!! Can’t use any of my Salycilic acid or Bezoyl peroxide products 🙁

  • baby havin babies

    You think your boobs are out of control now- wait til your milk comes in! I was a pre-pregnancy B. Then a very generous C while pregnant. Then an overabundant D when my milk came in. I looked like a weird pornstar… Now after three kids and three rounds of breastfeeding, I'm an A-. I dabbled in the training bra department for a bit. Motherhood is amazing, strange and occasionally a little unfair… 😘 Looking great lady! Love your pregnancy posts!!! – jihae

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  • Gabrielle

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