Name: Alexis

Neighborhood: Financial District

Occupation: Private Collections Manager, Art Insurance

Number Pregnancy: 1

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Cookie-cutter corporate Mon- Fri…. Chic evening…. Raiding the husband’s tees and sweatshirts at home.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your pregnant body?

Quite a few in the third trimester. Comfortable stretchy fabrics show undergarment lines. Magnified cleavage requires some forethought in conservative professional settings, and also when opening the door to sign for the take-out.

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

Surprise 1: that new moms in New York are superbly in-the-know women! They have their finger on the pulse of new and traditional ways to prepare yourself for parenthood in the city, and are willing to pass on tricks of the trade. Google is a fine tool, but not always applicable to the nuanced ways of Manhattan. Surprise 2: how much this has been "our" pregnancy. It's been a delight to witness my husband blossom into a soon-to-be new Dad, his compassion and enthusiasm in the face of all of pregnancy’s toils and inconvenience. Not to mention his newfound geekiness for stroller models and Baby Bjorns.

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

Haven’t experienced any brand-loyalty in maternity clothing (Aden + Anais could alter this…muslin maternity tank tops?!). However, I embraced the oversized chunky jewelry that had gone neglected in my jewelry chest. Bulky necklaces and bangles proportionately suit curves in general, and balance out the bump.

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

Tasting exotic fruits from the Chinatown vendors. Lugging him around the Met Museum of Art while he’s utterly entranced by the non-objective aesthetics of his belly button.

Photos by Sara Kalish Photography.

Photos shot on location at the ducduc showroom in NYC.