Name: Marisa G.
Neighborhood: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Occupation: Film and TV producer
Number Pregnancy: Second
How would you describe your pregnant style?
Comfortable chic is my goal. I think that it’s important to find a way to feel good about yourself during pregnancy. If you don’t, it can be a very long 9 months! This time around, I’ve been trying to adapt my pre-pregnancy style (which is easier to do in the first 4 months) by wearing skinny maternity jeans with flowy silk tops and blazers or soft cardigans. I’m small, just 5 feet tall, so I have two options: creative layered looks, or very fitted tops to show off the belly. I wore a ton of big, long sweaters during my first winter pregnancy, and I’m realizing now that it wasn’t the most flattering choice. This time around, I’m trying to maintain more of my own style and keep things interesting with fun accessories.
Have you had any challenges learning to dress your pregnant body?
Yes! Most maternity styles seem to be made for taller girls, so it’s been a struggle trying to figure out what won't swallow up my petite frame plus big belly. I’ve learned that very fitted arms are key, especially in a swingy top, and that a fitted maternity v-neck top with a cool little jacket, really helps to flatter the bust/belly bump. And I'm always in my black suede Nike Dunk Sky Hi sneakers. They're so comfortable and give me a little height.
So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?
When you already have an active toddler and a full time job, and you know what to expect with the pregnancy in general, the mental experience feels very different. This pregnancy is just as important to me as the first one, but since so many of the habits I’d adopted the first time have become second nature, it doesn’t require as much of my primary focus all of the time. It’s like great background music as I go through my days. I just have to remind myself to take it easy, especially when I’m being charmed by my toddler who wants to run, play together and be picked up. On the physical side, the belly does pop much faster the second time around, so I’ve had to adapt to a very pregnant-feeling body earlier than I had expected. It was a surprise to find that I looked like I was 5 months at only 3 months! And along with the girth, came the little aches and pains of a quickly growing body. Luckily, all of life’s distractions help to rack my focus.
What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?
I’ve had some luck with cool, affordable designer collaborations during my two pregnancies. The first time around, I scored some great pieces from Prabal Gurung for Target, and this time, I was able to hit Isabel Marant for H&M (online – no crowds!) for a pair of soft, slouchy flat boots that will be great when tying my shoes becomes a fantasy. ASOS and Gap Maternity are great for basics and, of course, the Well Rounded NY shoot was at the Hatch Pop-Up shop so I scored some beautiful soft tops and a silky blazer that I plan to wear post pregnancy as well.
What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?
Well, this time around I’m having a girl, so, in addition to our favorites -- Prospect Park, Central Park, the Bronx Zoo, and Brooklyn Bridge park via the always-exciting ferry -- I’m excited to eventually take them to see The Nutcracker. Also, I fear that my son will be less than impressed by the American Girl films I’ve produced, but maybe my daughter will be able to take advantage of my VIP status at the AG store for lunch with your doll!
Shot on location outside of the Hatch Collection Pop-up Shop.
Photography by Sofia Lynn Photography.