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5 Qs with Amanda

Name: Amanda Goetz

Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Occupation: Director of Marketing, XO Group | The Knot, The Bump, The Neat

Baby’s Sex: Girl

How would you describe your pregnant style?

My coworkers have told me that I "work my bump." I definitely embrace my growing belly and wear more form-fitting maternity dresses for work. I'm also a mom to a 20-month old girl who keeps me very busy. I have to be comfortable when I am home so I try to dress in items that support my growing areas and allow me to keep up with her.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during pregnancy?

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Yes. I popped so quickly with this pregnancy. I was already showing at 8 weeks and I'm always surprised at how complete strangers can say the wildest (and sometimes cruel) things to a pregnant woman. By around 20 weeks, I got a lot of "any day now, huh?!" and "must be twins!?" I definitely became uncomfortable with my second trimester size and struggled for a bit to feel confident in my new roundness. Fortunately, I tapered off in the third trimester and haven't grown so much but I still get those crazy people who have to throw in a comment on the subway.

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

My first pregnancy was different in so many ways. I had struggled to get pregnant for several years so, once I was, I approached everything with so much fear and caution. I was diagnosed with placenta previa in the second trimester--which means you basically can't do any physical activity other than walking. This pregnancy has been entirely different. It was such a pleasant surprise to find out we were pregnant just a month after I stopped breastfeeding my 12 month old. The theme of this pregnancy has definitely been "active". My little girl is constantly on-the-go so I don't have room (or time) for fear and anxiety. Because of this, I've been able to keep up my workout routines which I hope helps me recover more quickly than I did from my first labor.

What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?

I love ASOS for their affordability and wide array of body-con dresses. I also caved and bought four nice pairs of maternity jeans (two blue, one white and one black) from A Pea in the Pod Maternity. These staples were clutch in my maternity style. I actually was able to find a lot of great non-maternity tops that grew with me for most of my pregnancy. For working out, I am obsessed with all tops from FitBump and I never head to the gym without my Medela support belt.

What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

I'm excited to watch her grow into a unique person and see how she is different than my first. I also pray that they have an awesome sister bond. I am excited to bring her into existing family traditions like Saturday mornings at the Museum of Natural History but also starting new ones as a family of four.

Amanda is wearing:

Dress: BCBG Max Azria from Rent the Runway.

Photography by Forged in the North.

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