5 Qs with Melanie

Name: Melanie Gomez

Neighborhood: West Chelsea

Occupation: Co-Owner at Allegria Boutique, Childrens store in Williamsburg

Number Pregnancy: 2

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Well, to be sincere it is very difficult to find my style when I am pregnant. It changes with my body everyday. So that makes it more challenging to get dressed every day... but I like challenges! Right now I am in my fifth month, so I am still pretty comfortable in my body. Leggings and stretch jeans with tunics or short flowy dresses make me feel pretty.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your pregnant body?

Oh, yes! My silhouettes have curved hips, a well defined waist and a full bust. But, when I am pregnant my waist disappears (obviously) and makes my hips seem larger. So I try to make other parts of my body, like my legs, stand out to make them look longer... that helps a lot.

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

I think I had the fantasy that being pregnant was about feeling pretty and having that glow and sparkle. And I found out that a lot of it is about dealing with some discomfort. Every day is a new thing, a new body, a new mood. And I know that hormones have a lot to do with that!

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

I recently discovered ASOS's maternity shop. They sell really stylish clothes, prices are pretty reasonable and so far the quality is good too.

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

With my first daughter I took advantage of the many classes that NYC offers for babies. We had lots of fun at Music Together and Chelsea Piers Filed House! But now that I am working in Williamsburg at Allegria, I really want to explore the neighborhood and see what it has to offer me and my baby!

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