Forget the argument about the perfect age to have a child, what is more important is the right season. Even a cool British August is still a pretty uncomfortable time of year to be lugging the equivalent of a human watermelon around under your skin. Winter pregnancy is the way to go!
Winter fashion is so much nicer than summer for dressing an expanding body. Strappy tops are lovely for keeping cool, but when your bust is expanding faster than a helium balloon they can sometimes lead to a little more exposure than you’re comfortable with. Carrying a winter baby gives you the perfect excuse to nab your other half’s cosy jumpers for yourself, and to change into your pyjama bottoms when you get home.
Winter maternity fashion is all flexible jersey dresses which cling to your curves without showing off stretch marks or prominent veins, soft knitted empire line dresses and tunics which look so cute when paired with knee high boots, and comfortable cardies and wraps.
Increased Body Temperature
Your body temperature rises during pregnancy thanks not only to your increased metabolism but also because of your baby’s own body temperature. This is particularly noticeable during your third trimester making staying warm in winter an easy task. While everyone else is shivering in their thermals you’ll be relishing crisp winter walks, and your bank account will thank you for wanting to turn your central heating down a notch or two.
Buying New Shoes
One of the nicest things about the start of winter is new boots, and being pregnant in winter is the best reason to buy some. Pack your leather soled boots away for the year and invest in some grippy rubber soled shoes with a deep tread to help keep you stable. Forget trying to squeeze swollen pregnancy feet into strappy sandals in summer, or having to wear flip-flops or trainers everywhere. Boots keep you warm, stylish, and comfortable.
Staying in and Nesting
It is difficult to justify spending your evenings and weekends doing nothing in summer, however dark winter nights and rainy days are the perfect excuse to stretch out on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn balanced on your bump and your favourite box set on the telly. A Sunday afternoon snooze is nothing to be ashamed of in January, and you can easily use your pregnancy to avoid expensive Christmas dos with bad wine and boring people you’d never dream of socialising with at any other time of year.
Nesting is a genuine, and genuinely lovely, state many women experience in late pregnancy. Nesting in winter is perfect, allowing you to fill the freezer with batch cooked goodies like stews, pies, soups, and lasagne to eat in the weeks after your baby is born, without having to swelter in a stinking hot summer kitchen.
An Easy Beauty Regime
Shaving your legs, giving yourself a pedicure, and fake tanning are all difficult when you’re pregnant in summer. Winter doesn’t make them easier, but it does remove the pressure to do them as often because your legs aren’t on show. Pregnancy skin is sensitive to sun so you might find you burn more easily, or that you suffer from heat rash or blotchy skin. Your natural pregnancy glow will let you avoid that pasty winter look, while maternity tights will hide a multitude of lazy beauty routine sins.
What season would be your preference?