Name: Rebecca Smith Neighborhood: Clinton Hill Occupation: Founder & CEO of Recliner Baby’s Sex: Boy How would you describe your pregnant style? I’ve tried to keep it as close to my regular style as possible to keep feeling like ‘me’! I’d define my style as 70% relaxed with an element of smart. I typically have a jacket or little heel on to dress up a relaxed look. I also love soft shirting, which is where the original Point Collar Shirt from the RECLINER sleepwear range came from. Garments that are super relaxed while having an element of ‘smart’ tailoring are a dream for me and have worked well in pregnancy too. Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? Oh yes. Summer has been tough, and maternity options are limited. It’s been trial and error. Buying up a size or two in dresses has worked, but only when fabrics are soft and silky - this way they still hang well around your body rather than looking boxy. Fitted jersey dresses have worked better later in pregnancy. It has been a work in progress throughout because the body changes every 2 weeks or so. That’s the hardest part! I’m a throw-it-on-and-out-the-door kinda gal, so all the trying-on has been tough for me! So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? Hands down, the second trimester. My energy was electric. I felt clear-headed, focused and quite empowered. I think that science has done a disservice to women in not helping us better understand the incredible neurological happenings in our brains as they develop in the maternal sense. There is too much negative chatter around the concept of the ‘baby-brain,’ weight gain and other physical aspects of pregnancy typically associated with weakness. As a society, we need to focus more on how pregnancy (and motherhood!) is making us or has the capacity to make us stronger, wiser, more intelligent individuals. What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? Seeing through the fresh eyes of a child. Rediscovering the world. Appreciating the small things. Being a kid again! Also, cuddles. What’s your top 5 registry essentials? I actually don’t have one. I’m British so we get awkward about these things. However, here are some of the things I am picking up for myself and my babe:
  1. RECLINER Night-Tee Sleep Dress. More time spent at home will make this an essential. It feels amazing against the skin.
  2. Duckling print from The Animal Print Shop. This is too much…
  3. Serena and Lily storage baskets. A chicer way to hide toys!
  4. Finger puppets from Giggle. Adorable and obviously essential ;-)
  5. Marks and Spencer body suits (for him, not me!). The quality is gorgeous, and the designs are modern. Plus, they are well very priced.
Rebecca is wearing: RECLINER Lounger Robe in Grass Reformation dress (similar style) Loeffler Randall shoes (similar style) In honor of her baby Roman’s arrival, Rebecca’s treating you to a Recliner discount! Use code #BUMPENVY for 15% off through Expires Dec. 7 Photography by Belle Augusta for Well Rounded NY. Shot on location at Concrete & Water. And oh, that boobs bath mat!