Name: Vanessa Wauchope Welstead
Neighborhood: The Haight, SF & UWS, NYC
Occupation: Founder, Sensible Sitters Inc.
Number Pregnancy: 1
How would you describe your pregnant style?
I work from a home office in San Francisco and the Sensible Sitters headquarters in NYC, so my wardrobe has always had a split personality. I am really enjoying staying comfortable, but dressing up basics. I have found showing off my bump very liberating. I began showing really early, so I have enjoyed wearing tighter fitting dresses or tops that made it evident that I was expecting. I am now in my third trimester, so heels are not as much of an option, but wedges and a wrap dress were my go-to for a dinner date in the beginning.
Have you had any challenges learning to dress your pregnant body?
I have had a lot of fun matching maternity and non-maternity pieces. Many of my shift dresses became tunics as my bump grew, coupled with maternity leggings and a stretch belt. I was surprised at how quickly my rib cage expanded, so anything with a zipper was not an option. I have stayed active throughout my pregnancy which has helped me stay comfortable. You can't beat great workout clothes! At 7 months, people ask me if I am due "any day," so it has taken some work to not feel too self-conscious. I have really enjoyed pregnancy, so I work hard to maintain a good position on self image!
So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?
I'm in love with my son's kicking and movements. I wasn't prepared for how amazing that sensation is. My family and friends are probably really tired of receiving videos of my moving belly but I just find it so fascinating!
What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?
I have worn DVF in larger sizes a lot throughout my pregnancy, and really enjoyed the way her wrap and sheath dresses fit me. I have also lived in a pair of Pea In The Pod white stretchy jeans. They fit so well and make me feel just a bit trimmer.
What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?
I founded and run a business based on understanding families lifestyles in the city. Therefor, there is so much that I have always looked forward to when having my own child. Our apartment is right by Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History, so I definitely look forward to bringing him to the park and introducing him to the Blue Whale!