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5 Qs with Lori Berkowitz

Name: Lori Berkowitz

Neighborhood: East Village

Occupation: Photographer

Baby’s Sex: Girl

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Feminine Chic, I love showing off all my curves in a soft but sexy way.

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

My breasts grew a cup size a week in the second month, I started with a double D so going to an H cup in a month was a challenge for sure. My bump didn't catch up for another 4 months. More than one person asked if I had gotten implants for Christmas. No I got pregnant for Christmas, but that only became obvious around Memorial Day!

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

I'm surprised by how happy and healthy I feel even at 8+ months. I thought I'd feel miserable but I still feel like myself, just a little bigger!

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

I received a few hand me down Tart (non-maternity) maxi dresses from a girlfriend who was pregnant through the summer a couple years ago. They're my favorite pieces by far. I love maxis but being a petite woman with curves, they often made me look pregnant when I wasn't. Now that I am pregnant, I'm rocking the look!

I've also really enjoyed a pair of white maternity skinny jeans I bought at the Gap in the early spring. I don't know that I would've worn them in my pre-pregnancy life but they were the only ones that weren't full panel so I gave them a try. They look awesome with some of the more colorful and flowy tops I've acquired. In addition to being easy to dress up with heels and jewelry, I'm sure I'll get use out of them for a few months post baby as well!

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

I've lived here for over 20 years, I'm looking forward to seeing it all anew through her eyes.

Lori is wearing:

Dress: DVF Bevin Ceramic Ruched Sheath Dress

Shoes: Brian Atwood (similar style)

Jewelry: Shaya NYC

Photography by Linda Farwell Photography

Penthouse courtesy of: Katherine Salyi / The Justin

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Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

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