Courtney Angiuli

New Jersey

Teacher

Pregnancy #1

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Comfortable. I have actually been able to be a bit more trendy with my pregnancy clothes than I thought, but I have stayed comfortable every day.

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

Yes, I have had to learn how to wear my maternity clothes differently as my body changed. For example, some tops looked cute with leggings at the beginning of my pregnancy and now those tops look better with jeans.

So far what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

The continual changes. Just when you think you are used to something in your body or your lifestyle, the pregnancy changes again and you have to adapt.

Any advice for women when it comes to pregnancy fashion?

Pregnancy can be cute and classy. I feel that pregnancy gave me an excuse to dress up and have fun without feeling like I was being judged. It was kind of fun!

Anything else you can tell us about yourself?

I can't wait to meet this baby after 40 weeks already!

 

Photography by Paul Nathan Photography

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