Name: Ana Cristina C. dos Santos
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Occupation: Art Educator (currently a Stay At Home Mom)
Pregnancy Number: 2
How would you describe your pregnant style?
Now that I have a toddler to run after, being comfortable and able to run after my 17-month-old son has been a priority. But I also like being colorful.
Have you had any challenges learning to dress your pregnant body?
A lot of the clothes specifically made for pregnant women make me feel too big. On the other hand, as the pregnancy progresses and I get bigger, only pregnancy clothes fit me. Finding those few outfits that make me feel comfortable and well dressed (and not just feeling as though I have a large cloth bag over my body) has been the biggest challenge.
So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?
How fast the body changes and how quickly the weeks go by. I catch myself trying to go through spaces I would easily fit before, but now, with the grown belly, I no longer fit — the change happened so fast that my brain still thinks I will fit.
What's been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?
I like a basic black dress and a striped dress (the one I'm wearing). My husband bought them for me in the beginning of my first pregnancy. I like dresses because they are easy to put on quickly. Being a stay-at-home mom and caring full-time for a toddler makes every single second count.
What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?
Many of them I have shared already with my first, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with my second. They are some of our everyday NY experiences like riding the subway and the bus, talking to a complete stranger who comes from a country you have never been to, taking a walk in the park, going to a live outdoor concert, stopping to listen to musicians playing on the corners or subway stations, and eating out on a weekday. And then there’s a few not-so-everyday experiences like going to museums, going to puppet shows, spending an afternoon in Coney Island, and visiting the NY Aquarium.
Photography by Sara Kalish Photography.
Shot on location at the ducduc showroom in NYC.