Outfit: summer with the bump

Ok, I’m definitely at the point where this whole pregnancy thing is Not Fun anymore. It really is just my luck to hit full term just as we get a heatwave in the UK – the first I can actually EVER remember experiencing. I absolutely love summer – it’s by far my favourite season and I was looking forward to waddling around in our usual low 20 degree heat (if we’re lucky) in cute summer maternity dresses. But the reality of facing every day at nearly 30 degree sunshine is feet so swollen it’s genuinely painful to walk on them. I don’t actually mind the warmth, but being stuck in my house with huge feet and sprained ribs and no air conditioning…

I figure as I turn 39 weeks I’m allowed to whinge more, right? It’s not all doom and gloom though, sometimes I brave the car journey (the number 1 agitator of my back pain) to go somewhere that’s not my house! Usually, it’s to see an osteopath, midwife or go to my pregnancy exercise class, but one day I actually did something that was nothing to do with the incoming human..! B and I didn’t get the opportunity to celebrate our first wedding anniversary because he had to work the whole weekend, so two weeks later he used some of the lieu time he’d earned to take the afternoon off for a picnic in a local country park.

Yes, my feet and ankles were huge and the car set my back off, but it was worth it. We sat in the sunshine with our food and a box of postcards from our wedding where people had left messages to be read at our first anniversary and it was a lovely afternoon together. I’m aware we won’t have many like these anymore as our lives are set to change so much in the very near future, so I even had a new dress on for the occasion. Because I’m still spending my money on sensible things like yet more maternity clothes when I’ve got a few weeks left…

What can I say, old habits die hard… But this dress isn’t maternity, so I figured it may be handy to have around next summer too 🙂

Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfit Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfit Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfit Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfit Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfit Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfit Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfit Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfit Peacocks tropical print midi dress maternity outfitHat: New Look (brand new but already out of stock – check stores)
Hair flower: Alternate Normality
Dress: Peacocks (also brand new but already out of stock – check stores)
Bag: Ollie & Nic (old)
Shoes: Peacocks


If you’re thinking my feet don’t look that bad, just believe me they are and for some reason they never look as bad in photos. These shoes were also a new purchase as pretty much none of my existing shoes can still be crammed on my feet these days (I just won’t wear flip flips – I won’t!! Ugliest shoes in the universe).

I’m currently finishing up a guide to how I’ve shopped for clothes this pregnancy, which may or not be the last post before the baby shows up. We shall see!


  1. July 17, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    You look lovely! It seems like you’ve had a lot of luck finding cute dresses that work for maternity looks and will work afterwards as well. I love the look of the hat and flower combo – super sweet and summery.
    Hope the baby comes soon!

  2. Sascha
    July 18, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    You look totally yummie. At 39 weeks, I barely made it out of bed, let alone into a cute dress!

  3. Anna
    July 19, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    You look great, good luck to you & your little one.
    Looking forward to your shopping guide. I’m 20 weeks and your outfits are great inspiration. I have pretty small bump so most of my “normal” dresses still fit. But pants are very different story – the “normal” ones are too tight and all maternity ones I tried on have huge amounts of spare material.
    Also, do you have some super comfy strapless bra? 🙂 I’ve seen lots of off the shoulder dresses that would work with bump of different sizes and afterwards as well, but strapless bras were never my favorite and now it’s almost unbearable…

    • CiCi Marie
      July 25, 2018 / 11:30 am

      That’ll all change one day so it’s good to be prepared for the bump! The bra thing is difficult – and I’m not the best judge because I had an issue with one of my breasts that meant any wire was out of the question for a long time. So for nice dresses I’d only wear a strapless bra for a short time – otherwise what I’d do is just wear a nursing bra with no wire with the straps down!! It’s not good support, but it’s better than nothing… Otherwise I only bought a cheap strapless bra because my size has changed so rapidly and for a few hours I can handle it…

  4. July 19, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    I know you’re quite challenged these days but if its any consolation, you look AMAZING and you don’t let your discomfort show at all! Hopefully the bebe arrives soon and you find some relief and can start enjoying time with your little one!

  5. July 20, 2018 / 8:23 am

    Oh lordy, you are suffering. I feel you on the feet front; my feet and ankles swell up alarmingly in the heat (though they seem to have got better as the heatwave’s gone on; perhaps my body’s adapting). But yours sound terrible and with a bad back too…

    On the plus side: not long to wait now!

    • CiCi Marie
      July 25, 2018 / 11:31 am

      I’ve just discovered compression socks and they’re a game changer!! Not ideal for the heat, but it’s way better than having such painful feet I can hardly walk…

  6. July 25, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I’m amused at reading the bit about not wearing flip flops, as you posted your Instagram photo today where there were definitely some flip flops! (I hate them too but have a pair for holiday/the local swimming pool). I had my feet on my desk today at work to try and keep the (heat related) swelling down, perk of having my own office.

    You look gorgeous, what another fab frock! It sounds like a really lovely way to celebrate your anniversary. Xx

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