So you are pregnant AND getting married? Wow, that is quite a celebration! Both of these events simply require huge celebrations, but having to navigate through both at the same time can be a little bit tricky. However, it isn’t impossible – with the right prep work, you will have the time of your life without any problems.
These include eating, hydration and rest – something you need to have in mind when planning your wedding. You and your bundle of joy should come first. Make sure you have water and snacks with you all the time so that you are never hungry and always hydrated. Having a snack on hand is also a smart move if you have a packed schedule and you are not sure when your next meal is. You can ask your bridesmaids to carry your snacks and to make sure you don’t forget to drink water. On a serious note, the last thing you want is to faint from starvation or dehydration – that can happen even to brides that aren’t expecting, since they usually forget to eat from all the stress.
In the weeks before the ceremony, make sure you get enough sleep and rest so you can enjoy your day to the fullest. The night before, go to bed early to eliminate the risk of fatigue. Take a nap before the ceremony as well.
As your baby grows, you may encounter a couple of challenges, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for a ‘frump with a bump’. You can get a style you love and find a way to get it tailored in order to accommodate your bump. Hire a dressmaker that will be able to recreate a style you like but also make it maternity specific (they should have your growing belly in mind). Also, plan more fittings since, again, your belly is growing.
Go with a style that is comfortable and practical for your frequent bathroom visits. Avoid corsets, mermaid cuts, tightly laced bodices etc. since they will be super hard to let out as you are growing and constrict if you swell. Not to mention all the trouble you will have in the bathroom. Instead, go with styles such as A-line, empire or tulle, and don’t give a damn about social conventions about white dresses and virginity. It is 2018, for God’s sake.
Finally, no one expects you to spend the whole day and night in a wedding gown. You are more than welcome to hop into your super cute maternity jeans and a loose top if you don’t want to be in a dress anymore.
Pregnancy often involves swollen hands and feet, so you should make sure your shoes are comfortable and your accessories do not constrict you. Bring several pairs of shoes so you can wear the most comfy ones on your big day. Have in mind that they should allow you to walk around, dance, stand etc. without feeling achy or tired. And don’t be surprised if you need a bigger size than usual.
When it comes to jewelry, get something that can easily be removed such as large cocktail rings, bracelets and necklaces with clasps etc.
Weddings are hard and stressful to organize, and you shouldn’t be doing it on your own, especially since you are pregnant. Surround yourself with people who understand your situation, ask and rely on their help, and have in mind to stay positive at all costs and that everything is going to be okay.
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