Merville Antoine

Crown Heights

Social Worker

Pregnancy # 2

How have you been approaching your new pregnant style?

This is my second pregnancy, so I had less anxiety and felt less pressure than the last time. This time around its all about ease and functionality, which is how I would describe my post baby #1 style. Due to the nature of my job and my commute, I go for whatever is clean, fits, needs minimum maintenance, no dry cleaning, not much ironing, and is comfortable.

Have you had any challenges learning how to dress this new pregnant body of yours or has it been easier than you expected?

This time around, my bump came out earlier than the first time, therefore, I was in maternity clothes sooner. I recycled many of the clothes from my first pregnancy; however, they do not all fit, and I am finding that I am not as comfortable with pants and jeans because of the size of my bump this time around. I have a preference for dresses as there is no rolling-down or saggy-butt issues to contend with. My focus continues to be comfortable shoes.

So far what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

How different this pregnancy is from my first. My body is not able to handle the physical demands of my job as well as it did before. And my commute has also become more tortured. However, I was amazed at the ability to feel my baby move sooner, and the ease of being pregnant a second time, as I have prior knowledge and experience.

Do you have any fears of having a baby in the city?

I do not have fears about having a baby in the city. However, I do have fears about having a second baby because of the death of our first child due to SIDS.

Any advice for NYC women when it comes to pregnancy fashion?

Dress and do what makes you comfortable and what makes you happy. Pregnancy is but for a short time, though it may not always feel like it, so dress to make yourself happy and comfortable. A happy mommy makes a happy baby, therefore, run with the full intention to be happy as much as possible.

I am a Saint Lucian, residing in New York City for the past 15 years. My husband and I are having our second child. Our first, our precious angel, died of SIDS in January, 2012. This devastating experience has opened both of us to a different side of life, and a different take on parenting. I am also a social worker and have spent the past five years working in child welfare. I believe that every child deserves a chance to live and flourish, the way that my husband and I hoped that our angel would, and the way that she did for the months that she lived.

Photography by Paul Nathan Photography