Jessica Pallay

Park Slope, Brooklyn

Co-Founder of Well Rounded NY

Pregnancy #2

How do you approach pregnant style?

Maternity wear can be limiting for a NYC gal, since the largest brands in this space have to speak to a really broad audience. I try to stay true to my own sense of style, and that often means buying non-maternity brands in larger sizes and styling them in ways that are flattering for the bump. I do believe in investing in some really great maternity basics, though -- a great pair of jeans or awesome black cigarette pants are worth the price to make you feel confident and comfortable at a time when your body feels so out of whack.

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

My first pregnancy was during warm weather, so I was able to wear a lot of oversized sundresses or maxis. It’s been much more challenging to find interesting maternity winter wear. There are very few items I’ve been able to reuse, even though my body is essentially the same size and shape it was the last time around.

What are your favorite maternity fashion pieces?

During pregnancy #1, Forever 21 had a maternity line, so I bought about 10 pairs of jeans for $13 each! After two pregnancies, they’re all about to fall apart, so if there’s a number #3 in my future, I’ll be devastated that Forever 21 discontinued the line. I also love a basic black stretchy dress that can be styled and layered in a million different ways, and a really luxe Vince wrap sweater that looks great with every outfit.

So far what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

How tiring it is to be pregnant when you have to chase a toddler around. My body already feels beat up and I haven’t even had this baby yet!

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

I can’t imagine living anywhere else. This is the absolute best place to have young kids - the stimulation is non-stop! And the sense of camaraderie from other pregnant women and mommies makes me feel so lucky to be a part of this community.

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

Just go for it! Pregnancy -- and motherhood -- is all about being able to let go of control, embrace the unexpected, and try new things. Don’t have a yoga-pants-every-day pregnancy; when you look good, you feel good.

Note: Our dear Jessica gave birth to a healthy 7 lb 4 ounce girl on May 4th. This Q & A was conducted a few weeks beforehand. Congrats Jess!!!

PHOTOGRAPHY by PAUL NATHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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