REVIEW: Seamless Maternity Bra & Smock Dress/Top – More4Mums.

More4Mums – Maternity, Pregnancy & New Mum Essentials.

When I was pregnant with Kieran (now 4yrs) I didn’t bother with maternity clothing, underwear or aids. I was firm in the belief that such things were unnecessary and that I would be better off saving money to spend on my beautiful child-to-be. What a fool! Certainly in the later stages of pregnancy I was pretty uncomfortable (understatement) and to my dismay there is ONE photo of me pregnant as I felt frumpy and horrible and either wore Roy’s oversized work t-shirts or just bought everything bigger.
You cannot imagine my joy when Lynn from More4Mums contacted me to ask if I’d like to review something. I think I gave my wrist whiplash answering so quickly!
I was sent two items, a Carriwell maternity bra and an Old Navy Smock top/dress and my findings on both of these are below.

Carriwell Seamless Maternity Bra – £11.99
Oh my! Comfortable isn’t the word. Gone are the four breasts, squeezed into my pre-maternity bra, that seem hell bent on visiting the area around my knees! The two girls are much happier now, back where nature intended them to be! Being ample of breast I usually wear an under-wired bra for extra support, so didn’t expect this to have quite the same result but it does. I feel (yes I am wearing it still and will shortly be ordering another one in a different colour!) so comfortable, supported and yes, womanly (which seeing as I’ve been the pregnancy “I’m a fat frump” mood for a few weeks is quite an achievement!).
This bra, much like a sports bra, only more supportive, has wider straps, is seamless therefore perfect for under t-shirts and tops and is hookless, being a slip on/over the head bra so no fiddling about. It is also suitable for sleeping in. Available in black or white, S, M, L and XL (see the size chart on the website for a more information on appropriate sizing) and for a mere £11.99 with £1.50 P&P this bra in my opinion, despite not being a “name” is an absolute pregnancy must.
I highly recommend it and rate it 5/5.

Old Navy, Loose Fit Smock dress/top £12.99.
Old Navy Embroidered Square Neck Loose Fit Fully Lined Smock Dress.
Old Navy is the American division of Gap, and this square necklined, loose fit dress, available in Pink or Chocolate brown is just £12.99 (+£1.50P&P).
The neckline is very flattering with a delicately embroidered pattern and the chocolate brown which I trialed is a gorgeous colour. I have washed this item which is 100% cotton at 40 degrees and it washes very well.

Now being American sized, these are very generous. I am size 18-22 dependant on make and clothes type so I opted for Large. Unfortunately this dress didn’t do an awful lot for me, the top and sleeves are well fitted however I found the body less so (I know it’s loose fit!) but it made me look bigger than I am (not in a good way lol). I am 24 weeks pregnant with a nice bump, but I think this would be more suitable for further on in pregnancy when you are much bigger in the front as it just hung loose on me. Had I gone for a smaller size it would have been too tight on top and on the arms. It could be that as sometimes happens with bigger sized clothing, after a certain size the cut seems to get lost in added inches, but I do think this would be more suited for either much further on in pregnancy or perhaps for the daintier of pregnant ladies who would order this in a smaller size.
That said, this is insanely comfortable and perfect for around the house, as a dress or over jeans/leggings
My rating: 2.5/5

More4Mums – The website.
I have to add a quick note about the website itself. M4M’s is very well set out and easy to navigate. There are plenty of product pictures available and a useful “enlarge” tool so you can view each item in more detail. When my items arrived (very quickly from “order” to arrival), they were very well packaged and at £1.50 P&P for an order (UK), it makes home shopping for maternity wear (etc) that much easier.
More4Mums have a comprehensive returns policy that states; “At we want you to be 100% satisfied when you shop with us. If you are not entirely satisfied with your items or have changed your mind then please return your goods unworn within 10 days of receipt for a full refund of the item purchase price or FREE exchange – (UK customers only)” so you can be confident when purchasing items from this online store.

As for Lynn, the owner of More4Mums, she is a complete joy to deal with, nothing is too much bother and she is always on hand with advice and to answer any queries.
I will most definitely be shopping here in future and will not hesitate to recommend to friends and family.

Homebirth- Do I, Don’t I?

I am currently 24 weeks pregnant with baby 2 (due early Dec). My birth experience with Kieran (now 4yrs) wasn’t exactly what I expected! I went into labour a week early (the head wasn’t engaged the day before!) and less than 2.5hrs later, my son was born. Yup THAT quick. I have been warned that this time, being my second child, I could be looking at anything from a half-hour top to bottom birth. This idea doesn’t much excite me, especially as it is a 20minute (on a clear road) drive to the hospital, I am due in Dec (think snow and ice), I have my son to decamp elsewhere, and the hubby who works nearby occasionally drives for them too so could be bloody anywhere…
So, taking this into account you would think a homebirth, as offered, would be the sensible thing to go for. I know this – I am a practical person (I’m a Mum- I have to be lol) but oh I don’t know (whingy voice). I just have my reservations, I feel I would be less concerned about something going wrong if I was in hospital, I don’t much care for one of the local community midwives (we have two!), but then I could get anyone at the hospital! My house is small, but then the labour room isn’t huge, would I worry about the house (etc) being perfectly clean and tidy all the way up to the end of pregnancy? (so don’t need to be worrying about this although my house isn’t a tip!). I couldn’t give birth on my bed (tiny bedroom, only one side accessible lol), but if it’s that quick….!?!
I’m not sure what the exact deadline is but I’m pretty sure I need to let the midwives know soonish what I want to do (currently down for hospital). I really would love to hear other people’s thoughts/experiences – both positive and negative. I’d really love someone to say THIS is what you are going to do lol, but obviously this needs to be an informed choice I am completely comfortable with so tell me ladies (and gents too – I have my husband to think of in this too, although he will support me 100% in what I want to do).
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
(Come December when I have a 40hr labour we’ll all laugh at this post!?
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