19 March 2013

Maternity Shopping: Round Three

We knew there were three possibilities if I got pregnant. If I was lucky my Fibromyalgia might go into remission, it could stay the same, or it could get even worse. Based on the last couple of weeks, I suspect I've drawn the short straw. While I've generally found a good balance, which keeps my pain at a level I'm used to, yesterday I woke up and every joint felt stiff, swollen and aching. I'm not really surprised though. Early pregnancy played merry hell with my blood pressure, so my activity levels have dropped significantly. Lack of pain relief and activity is always going to be a recipe for disaster.

If you've caught my rantings on twitter you'll know it's been making maternity clothes a bit of  a challenge. As my pain levels rise, my skin becomes more sensitive - so clothing choices are somewhat limited. Not to mention, designers didn't have me in mind when they came up with this trend for skinny jeans and leggings!

The problem of course is that very few shops actually stock their maternity ware. It's all available online, but it's impossible to know how a piece of clothing will feel or pull based on just a photograph. I really needed a store where I could feel the fabric and try things on. I'd tried Mothercare but their products were badly labelled, had several bad reviews and the fabrics were a problem. I'd also tried Mamas & Papas but our local branches didn't seem to carry much in the way of maternity trousers.

Eventually I found a branch of Jojo Maman Bebe in Chester, so last weekend we planned a special shopping trip. It was fabulous! They don't have a huge range of maternity wear, but it does offer a broad selection of styles and everything was in stock!

I went in with a short list of items I specifically wanted to look at. I'm afraid none of the maternity knickers were really suitable. I did buy one pair of JoJo Maman Bebe support knickers, just in case (mostly because it was cheaper than coming back to Chester if I changed my mind) but I think they'll be just too tight to wear.
I had much more success with the trousers though. I absolutely fell in love with the Jojo Maman Bebe Wide Leg Maternity Trousers! I often have difficulty finding trousers that suit my shape, but the wide legs are very flattering. There aren't any buttons or decorations either, so they are very comfy too - much more like a pair of tailored track pants than normal trousers. I'm not sure how long they'll last me - they have what I think is called a half bump band, which I'm concerned may press onto my bump in future - but for now they are brilliant!

So after weeks of frustration, Jojo Maman Bebe get a huge endorsement from me and I'd highly recommend them to anyone struggling to find maternity wear.