Name: Jeniza Ketay
Neighborhood: UWS/ Sea Cliff, NY
Occupation: Director of Project Management Office, Marc Jacobs
Number Pregnancy: First
How would you describe your pregnant style?
Working in fashion, I had to keep up with my day-to-day style. While I did not purchase many maternity clothes, I did invest in a few key pieces. By my third month, I had to ditch my jeans and invest in a few J Brand maternity jeans, they are the best, and I plan on wearing them even after I give birth. I also purchased a few items from the Hatch Collection which were fun and fit into my wardrobe. Flowy dresses by Tucker and Marc by Marc Jacobs are my staples.
Have you had any challenges learning to dress your pregnant body?
Finding bras that were comfy and didn't cause back pains. Other than that I had fun playing up my pregnancy, making sure not to wear anything too big that made me look bigger!
So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?
I've been surprised mostly about how New Yorkers are always in such a rush that they will cut you off as you're walking and practically knock you down. Taxi drivers will pass by me, and subway riders will look down to the floor to avoid noticing you so they don't have to offer you their seat. However, I was in Paris and Italy for a few weeks when I was about 6 1/2 months pregnant, and people were absolutely wonderful. Taxi drivers would open the door for me and help with my bags, strangers would congratulate me on the street and men were always complimenting me. I love NYC but sometimes I wish the pace wasn’t so fast so people are almost always self-consumed.
What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?
I love my pieces from Hatch Collection, especially the jumpsuit!
What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?
NYC is so diverse with so many people, arts and food from all over the world. I look forward to sharing the city's diversity with my baby especially since the baby will be a mixture of ethnicities. It's important to me that he or she grows up learning about their neighbors!
Photography by Evan Gubernick of 485 Creative.