Pregnancy is a time for healthy eating not necessarily ‘for two’ but for making sure you get a good variety of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. As I have such a healthy appetite this has never been a problem for me and during my first two pregnancies I was in Italy being fed by my mother in law making sure I was strong and the baby would be born healthy.
Oh the attention she poured on me; she left her son’s favourite meals aside for that period just to cater to mine! My boy was to be her first grandson and after losing her husband only a couple of years earlier, this new arrival had given her reason to live again and who was I to disagree? Krauti e luganeghe, salsicce in sugo and spezzatino con polenta, I drool at the thought alone.
Naturally all this excellent food piled on my plate which I obviously ate (the lot) soon enough had me feeling BIG and consequently ugly. Used to a slim size 8 before my first pregnancy back in 1987 as my waistline thickened and my feet disappeared from view the more I panicked. Remember I was only 21 and away from my family. I was incredibly insecure about myself and about the future I was heading towards – I had never even baby sat for newborns how I was to cope with one of my own was completely beyond me then.
With the whole hotel being renovated and not much money coming into the family purse I was very conscious of not spending too much money and consequently I held back on the maternity clothes which only made my feeling get worse. Therefore I am very aware of how pretty clothes can change your frame of mind, the time my ex took me to buy a new maternity dress was enough to lift my heart into a completely new dimension and make me feel alive again. I don’t think we should underestimate the effect good clothes have on us.
Now my thoughts turn to my ‘daughter-in-law’ Oana, herself only 21 and also used to being a slim size 8 she’s now going through that period where her body is changing rapidly and for however happy she is that her son (my grandson!) is healthy and growing perfectly she can’t help but worry about her figure so when Vertbaudet asked me to review some maternity clothes for them I jumped at the chance as it meant I could send a beautiful Christmas present for Oana that would not only delight her when she opened it – they have the most beautiful collection but would lift her spirits over the Christmas season and beyond.
Now I’m sure you agree it would be foolish of me to post a photo of the items that came through for Oana as that would ruin her surprise (she reads my blog!) so here’s a photo of her wrapped up present and you’ll have to take my word on how gorgeous they are but take a look at the selection below and see if you can guess what I ordered for her. Happy Christmas Oana – Santa is on his way with something special from Vertbaudet for you from me, Paul, Alice and Bessie xxx