Meet Chelsey Oliver, The Mama Behind Seraphine Maternity

Chelsey Oliver is the Creative & Brand Director at Seraphine. A mama of 2, stepmother of 1 and now expecting her third baby later this year, Chelsey has over 15 years’ experience designing maternity clothes.

When it comes to bumps, babies & the journey into motherhood, it’s safe to say that Chelsey knows a thing or two…. We sat down with her to talk pregnancy, motherhood & designing clothes to make life easier for mamas.

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Get the look: Pink Floral Maternity Maxi Dress

First – congratulations on your pregnancy! How are you feeling?

Thank you! I’m currently 32 weeks along and my little ones are 18 months & 3 years old, so as you can probably imagine, it’s a little more tiring this time around! However, I absolutely love being pregnant, especially as I get to come to work feeling so inspired every day!

As the mastermind behind many of our most innovative products, can you tell us where your inspiration comes from?

I’m a firm believer that the right wardrobe can play a big part in a woman’s smooth journey into motherhood. And what better source of inspiration could I ask for than being on this path myself? I can honestly say I’ve never felt so inspired as I am in my own motherhood journey.

Chelsey Oliver and her newborn. Chelsey is wearing the skin to skin top by Seraphine

Chelsey is wearing the Grey Skin to Skin Top & Bamboo Maternity Leggings

I came up with the idea for our skin to skin tops thanks to my first pregnancy. After welcoming my daughter I started making notes about what I wanted, and by the time my son arrived a year and a half later, the top I’d dreamed up was ready to use.

The same thing happened with my son – as I breastfed him, I was thinking about all the ways I could improve the nursing bras that I had. All those ideas went into making our new Baby Sensory Bra, which features a full-coverage modesty panel with a high-contrast print to keep baby focussed, as well as wide supportive straps to encourage good posture & prevent back ache. I can’t wait to try it out once my new little one arrives!

Being in the motherhood space and listening to other mums around me is also a massive bonus. I absorb everything I can regarding the hurdles we face as mothers and I am always on the lookout for a solution we can offer at Seraphine!

Do you think your own pregnancies & experience of motherhood have affected your approach to design?

Chelsey Oliver and her family

Get the look: High Low Hem Cotton Maternity Shirt & Ripped Boyfriend Maternity Jeans

I’ve been designing maternity clothing since the start of my career, so naturally my approach has evolved. My interest in the fashion industry has always been focused on empowering women to feel confident in their bodies. Part of that drive comes from being curvy myself since my teen years and always feeling frustrated with ill-fitting clothing on the high street.

It’s fair to say that at the start of my career, my focus was on designs that fit the body well and adapt with curves. As the years passed, I became very aware of the environmental impact of short-use clothing – and so it became a focus of mine to ensure all pieces we design provide longevity through adaptability & functionality. Our 3 in 1 babywearing jackets are the perfect example – the work with your bump through pregnancy, adapt for babywearing & can be worn long afterwards too as a regular coat!

Later, my experience of being a busy mum in an age where we put a great deal of pressure on ourselves to be great both at home and at work, has given me the edge for innovation. I take great satisfaction in continually revolutionising the modern maternity wardrobe to be really hardworking.

As an expectant mama yourself, what are your personal must-have pieces – the ones you get the most wear out of?

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There are some pieces that I swear I wear whenever they are clean! My favourites through the work week are the two-piece dresses – most of which will see me well into the spring and for nursing.

Great lingerie is a must, and on the weekends I live in our dungarees. I must admit, I never wore dungarees pre-motherhood, but I find they are the perfect piece for being active with my kids – with or without a bump!

What are your top recommendations for:

Chelsey Oliver, Brand & Creative Director at Seraphine Maternity

1st Trimester

Invest in comfy lingerie – it’s important to have a good selection that you can wear as your body changes – a growing bustline is one of the first areas we see change.

2nd Trimester

I don’t have a specific product here, almost everything we design will give great use from this point onwards! A pair of maternity jeans, a great dress and some leggings are all a must!

3rd Trimester

For comfort I’d go for the maternity dungarees + some great nursing tops to layer under them.

Hospital Bag

For this one, my ideal list would be a bit endless – but don’t forget, everything you buy for the hospital bag will equip you well into your nursing journey! Don’t miss your skin to skin top and a two pack of button-down nighties for the hospital.

4th Trimester

The 3 in 1 babywearing hoodie is a must-have for evening strolls. Also, I’ve had 2 caesareans so the post maternity shaping jeans are a personal favourite of mine – they give me great support once I’ve fully healed, which is great for babywearing!

And finally, as a working mother, do you have any tips for balancing work & family life?

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It seems an obvious one, but so many of us take on too much. I’m guilty of assuming that those around me just ‘know’ what I need from them, and so often a little more communication goes a long way!

Similarly with your doctor or midwife, if anything ever just doesn’t feel right, or if you have a gut instinct something is wrong, listen to it and insist on getting the help you need – taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your family!

#HomeWithSeraphine We Love Your At Home Style Mamas!

This week on the blog we’re celebrating all things AT HOME & sharing some of the beautiful pictures you mamas have been posting.

From cosy loungewear & pjs to easy everyday dresses – we love seeing you styling your Seraphine while keeping safe at home.

Don’t forget to tag us in your pics & use the hashtag #homewithseraphine for your chance to be featured!

Get the look: Luxury Maternity & Nursing Wrap

This changeable spring weather is all about layering up, and our luxury wrap is perfect for that!

 Gorgeous mama Jaime, who recently welcomed her second baby, loved hers through pregnancy & is now using it to snuggle up with her new little one.

Quality Family Time

Get the Look: Ultra-Soft Maternity & Nursing Pyjamas

The lovely Deborah is making the most of quality time at home with her eldest before her new baby arrives.

Story time on the sofa in the absolute softest PJs… looks like heaven to us!

Documenting the Bump

Get the Look: Black Midi Wrap Maternity Dress

Mama of one with a little boy on the way, Laura is looking gorgeous in our black printed midi & offering anxiety-easing advice for other mamas-to-be:

“Take this as an opportunity to allow your body to rest & grow your baby: sleep in, take a nap, more skincare, no makeup, baths, books, etc.”

Get the Look: Maternity & Nursing Maxi Dress

French mama-to-be Stessie is absolutely rocking her bump in our burgundy maxi dress.

Whoever said you needed someplace to go to get all dressed up – date night at home anyone?

Matching with your Mini

Get the Look: Mama & Mini Sweatshirts

Model & new mama Belle Lucia & her little one are keeping things comfy & casual in our matching mama & mini sweatshirts.

They’re the perfect easy piece to team with boyfriend jeans or leggings. AND the mama top offers easy access for nursing!

Get the Look: Mama & Mini Tees

Mama of 4 Georgie Fizz is matching with new baby Koa in our organic cotton mama & mini tees.

They’re perfect for easy at home days, especially now the weather is starting to warm up.

Welcoming Your New Baby

Get the Look: Bodycon Black Maternity Dress

What a difference a week makes!

We absolutely love seeing bump to baby shots like this – new mama Melanie welcomed her little boy in mid-March & has continued to rock this little bodycon dress before & after!

The Maternity Dungarees – This Season’s Must-Have Denim

Breathe a sigh of relief mamas, we’d like you to meet the maternity dungarees!

The ultimate easy all-in-one outfit, Dungarees have been enjoying a fashion moment for a while now & we have got the perfect pair for pregnancy.

Get the Look: Denim Maternity Dungarees & the Organic Cotton Mama & Mini Tees

Expertly tailored to grow with your bump, they’re made in soft stretch denim & feature adjustable panels at the sides for a flexible fit.

They take all the best things about the perfect pair of dungarees, and just make them… well… better!

With no restrictive waistband in sight, dungarees are a dream to wear while you’re rocking a bump and are even better afterwards, giving your body the time & space it needs to settle back into shape.

AND they make for the CUTEST matching mama & mini outfits!

Fashionistas Love Seraphine Maternity Dungarees

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Get Millie’s look: Team the dungarees with our Nautical Maternity & Nursing Top

Fashion icon & former Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh is expecting her first baby this spring with former MIC co-star Hugo Taylor and she is a big fan of our dungarees!

Classic & super-comfy, she teamed them with a simple striped top & sneakers for her big house move at the start of the year. We think they were the perfect choice for moving day.

She also styled them with a cute grey top for a DIY day, getting her new home ready for the arrival of baby!

Ginnie Chadwyck-Healy, the Sunday Telegraph’s Style Columnist and Former Vogue Editor, dared to double-denim, pairing our dungarees with a crisp white shirt & an oversized patchwork denim jacket.

Get Olivia’s Look: Team the dungarees with our White Pleated Maternity Blouse

British sports journalist Olivia Wayne is another big fan of our dungarees. She teamed them with a chunky yellow knit for a cosy winter look & with a statement white blouse, sneakers & shades for a more spring oriented outfit.

However you style them, shop the maternity dungarees now & they’ll keep you cool & comfy through every stage of pregnancy & beyond.

Meet Coorganiz – The Organisation App Designed by Mums, for Mums

Keeping on top of things isn’t always easy. It’s hard enough alone, but add your partner, kids & childcare options into the mix and it can start to feel like you’re fighting a losing battle!

Enter, Coorganiz – the new family organisation app designed by mums, for mums.

Pregnant woman uses coorganiz app

Set up in 2017 by entrepreneurs and mothers Anne-Béatrice Sonnier and Emma Berger, the app is designed to help parents manage their busy lives more easily, coordinating between partners, grandparents, nannies and anyone else who helps out with baby.

You can share your little one’s schedule – from doctor’s appointments to your childcare rota – especially helpful for those heading back to work. And as your child grows, the app can handle all their weekly activities, play dates, appointments & more.

Everyone in your group will have up to date info, with automated reminders for all your events – Coorganiz takes care of it all.

New mum & baby wearing the Seraphine skin to skin top

Get the Look: Seraphine Skin to Skin Tops

On top of this, you can share shopping lists, to-do lists, notes, documents, images & contact numbers with everyone who needs them. So you can be sure that everyone looking after your little ones is on the same page & has access to all the info they need.Coorganiz is available both on the App Store and Google Play as well as on your desktop with everything you need to organise your family life.

Almost 100,000 parents are already using Coorganiz to help them stay organised. Why not give it a try & see what all the fuss is about!

The Best Pregnancy Books: What to Read When You’re Expecting

Getting ready to welcome a new baby is an exciting time for the whole family, and reading up on what to expect throughout pregnancy & after is a great way to help you, your partner & your little ones feel more prepared.

These are our top pregnancy books for mums, dads & big siblings-to-be.

Pregnancy Books for Mum

What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Heidi Murkoff

When people think of pregnancy books, this is the one that most likely springs to mind.

Now in its 5th edition and having inspired a global franchise & blockbuster Hollywood movie, ‘What to Expect’ has been a trusted companion of mothers-to-be since it was first published in the 80s.

The simple question & answer style proceeds chronologically from conception, throughout your nine months (with a chapter dedicated to each) and into the postpartum period.

It’s fun, friendly & comprehensive.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

If you’re interested in the idea of natural childbirth, then this one is a must-read.

With 30 plus years of experience as one of the world’s leading midwives, Ina May offers inspiring birth stories mixed with practical advice. All geared towards taking the fear out of childbirth & helping you learn to trust your body to do the job it’s made to do.

It’s positive empowering & inspiring.

The Mother of all Pregnancy Books – Ann Douglas

This book is perfect for the mum who likes to be fully informed but not patronised or preached to.

It covers topics from pre-conception all the way through to the postpartum period in a no-nonsense and unbiased way – aiming to help you to make informed personal choices that are right for you and your baby.

It’s informative, conversational & impartial.

Happy Mum, Happy Baby – Giovanna Fletcher

A Sunday Times Bestseller & the inspiration behind Giovanna’s popular Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast, this is not so much a parenting advice book as a window into Giovanna’s own personal experience of motherhood.

It’s an upbeat and encouraging look at all aspects of life with young children, which aims to leave you feeling that you’re not alone.

It’s big-hearted, personal and very relatable.

Pregnancy Books for Dad

The Expectant Father – Armin A. Brott & Jennifer Ash

A comprehensive month by month guide that breaks down how the baby is developing, what the mother is likely to be experiencing & what the father should probably be thinking, feeling and doing at every stage.

It’s full of handy lists, bullet points and interesting info that dads-to-be are sure to enjoy

It’s comprehensive, down to earth dad-to-dad advice.

Don’t Just Stand There – Elissa Stein & Jon Lichtenstein

This one focuses purely on the big day & how dad can make himself useful during labour.

Written by a husband and wife team, each subject gets a ‘his and hers’ perspective which makes for a fun read. It’s also quite compact & quick to read – great for a busy dad-to-be.

It’s fun, focused & quick to read.

Pregnancy Books for Children

There’s a House Inside my Mummy – Giles Andreae

A lovely book, perfect for helping children prepare to welcome a new sibling.

It describes pregnancy through the eyes of a child, explaining why mummy might be feeling tired or eating funny things. It’s written completely in rhyme with colourful pictures throughout.

Perfect for ages 3 to 7.

I’m a Big Brother / I’m a Big Sister – Joanna Cole

These books focus on all the positive aspects of being a big brother or sister & all the ways an older sibling can help when a new baby arrives.

It’s perfect for building up older siblings’ confidence ahead of a new arrival.

Perfect for ages 2 to 5.

Happy reading mama!

Summer Loving: Your Most Romantic Maternity Looks

Summer is here – and there’s romance in the air!

We love to see how you’re styling your Seraphine maternity clothes.

So this week we thought we’d share a few of your most romantic & feminine maternity looks …



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Get the Look: White Crochet Top Maternity Maxi Dress


Pure, simple & ethereally beautiful – we love Katrina’s gorgeous seaside maternity shoot.



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Get the Look: Cotton Stripe Maternity & Nursing Dress


This romantic windswept look from Dora is another of our favourites.



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Get the Look: Red Print Woven Maternity Dress


This little red dress was the perfect choice for a day out in the countryside for Jesta.



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Get the Look: Blue Embroidered Off the Shoulder Maternity Dress


We can’t get over these stunning pink blossoms or how gorgeous Krystal looks in our blue off the shoulder dress.



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Get the Look: White Woven Maternity Shirt Dress


This chic white dress was the perfect choice for Elle’s feminine pastel aesthetic – she is simply radiant in this pic.



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Get the Look: Off the Shoulder Lace Maternity Dress

Peonies will always be our first love!

British sports journalist Hayley McQueen rocked our lace dress at the Chelsea Flower Show last week.



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Get the Look: Sky Blue Boucle Maternity Shift Dress


And we love Diana’s ultra-feminine look in our blue boucle dress.


Thanks for sharing your pictures mamas!

Share your style & tag us @seraphinematernity for your chance to be featured next time.

Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts for New Mums & Mums-to-be

Here at Seraphine, Mother’s Day is our favourite holiday of the year.

If you’re expecting or have recently welcomed a brand new baby, then this year is guaranteed to be extra special. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve picked out 5 perfect Mother’s Day gifts for new mums & mums-to-be.

Feel free to forward this post to your partner to drop a not-so-subtle hint!

1) The Skin to Skin Top

Seraphine's Skin to Skin Top - the perfect Mother's Day Gift

Shop the Skin to Skin Top now – £39

The ultimate must-have for new mums, these innovative tops allows you to enjoy all the benefits of skin to skin contact with your newborn, hands-free!

Simply place baby in position next to your skin & secure the ties to keep him in place, then sit back, relax & enjoy.


2) The 3 in 1 Maternity Hoodie

Mother's Day Gifts - the 3 in 1 babywearing hoodie by Seraphine

Shop the hoodie now – £59

Designed for pregnancy & babywearing, our 3 in 1 Maternity Hoodie is perfect for indoor to outdoor styling at every stage.

The style grows with you through pregnancy, then once baby is born, a detachable kangaroo pouch zips up over your baby carrier or sling to keep both you & your newborn cosy.


3) Seraphine Baby Changing bags

Baby Changing Bags by Seraphine - Mother's Day Gifts

Not your average changing bags, these stylish bags are designed to look great while keeping you and your little one organized on-the-go.

We have a wide range to choose from, with styles to suit both mum & dad.

Shop our full collection of changing bags here – from £59


4) Nursing Shawls

New mum wearing a Seraphine nursing shawl - Mother's Day Gifts

Breastfeeding in public can be discreet and stylish with our essential nursing shawls.

They’re a perfect fashion piece for pregnancy & a must-have for nursing afterwards – they can even double as a spare baby blanket while you’re out & about.

Shop our range of stylish nursing shawls online now – from £39


5) The Bump Kit

The Seraphine Bump Kit - Mother's Day Gifts for mums-to-be

Shop the Bump Kit now – £89

And if you still have a little while to wait to meet your newest addition, the Bump Kit is the ultimate maternity fashion starter kit.

A classic LBD, a simple white vest, a versatile black skirt & essential pair of leggings – this kit has everything you need to kick start your maternity style, all for one great price!

Discover more Mother’s Day Gifts Online – shop our selection now


Mother’s Day Outfit Ideas

Mother's Day outfit ideas for mums-to-be. Maternity dresses by Seraphine

However you’re celebrating this Mother’s Day, let us inspire you with a few of our favourite outfit ideas for one of the most special Sundays of the year…

top left: Sky Blue Floral Woven Maternity Dress – £59

top right: Blush Pink Pleated Maternity Dress – £109

bottom left: Fuchsia Knotted Maternity Dress – £52

bottom right: Boho Lace Detail Maternity Dress – £69

Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day mamas – you deserve it!

Holly Branson Meets Michelle Obama wearing Seraphine

This weekend we were delighted to see Holly Branson wearing Seraphine to interview the inspirational Michelle Obama.


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The two inspiring women & mothers sat down to talk about Michelle’s new bestselling book – Becoming.

Watch the full interview to see their discussions about parenting styles, fertility struggles, life as a working mother and the importance of strong female role models.


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In Becoming, Michelle shares the story of her journey. From growing up on the South side of Chicago, to her years as an executive balancing work & motherhood, to life at the White House.

With Holly, Michelle opens up about what inspired her to tell her story and what it was like to write such an intensely personal & honest memoir.


Get the Look: Semi Sheer Black Maternity Blouse

Holly chose our Semi Sheer Black Maternity Blouse for the occasion, teaming it with a pair of tailored black trousers & a matching blazer. It’s the perfect look for a professional event or smart evening occasion.




Holly Branson Loves Seraphine Maternity Clothes

Mum of 3-year-old twins Etta & Artie, Holly is expecting her third baby early next year. She has always relied on Seraphine for special occasions while pregnant.


Get the Look: Navy Blue Silk & Lace Maternity Evening Dress

Back in November, she wore a stunning silk maternity gown from our Luxe Collection to attend the Global Gift Gala in London along with Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham and Princess Beatrice of York.


She also chose a full Seraphine ensemble to attend the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank in October.

Holly perfected her elegant wedding guest look, teaming our Navy Blue Pleated Maternity Dress with the matching Navy Blue Cashmere Blend Maternity Coat.


To find out more, read the full story on Holly’s blog

Pregnancy Workouts for Every Trimester with Anna Saccone & the Active Kit

It’s crunch time for those New Year’s Resolutions mamas – can you believe we’re over halfway through January already?

Stick to your fitness goals throughout pregnancy & after with the Seraphine Active Kit.

And check out Vlogger & mama of 4, Anna Saccone’s pregnancy workouts tailored to each trimester!


Meet the Seraphine Active Kit

Get the Seraphine Active Kit

The 2-Piece Active Kit is designed to keep you moving throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

Featuring a comfy pair of workout pants & a matching racerback tank top, it is the ultimate gym kit for hard-working mamas.

AND when you buy the active kit, you can get 15% off of any Seraphine Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra to wear with it. Just enter the code: ACTIVE15 at the checkout.


Anna’s First Trimester Workout

Exercising While Pregnant: Is it Safe?

Yes, exercising through your pregnancy is safe, healthy & 100% encouraged.

If you led an active lifestyle before becoming pregnant, you should be fine to carry on with your regular workout routine.


Anna’s Second Trimester Workout

Whether that’s jogging, spinning, pregnancy yoga, aerobics, Pilates, weights, swimming or something else – just be careful and don’t push too hard.

Your aim at this stage should be to maintain your current level rather than trying to reach peak fitness.

Of course, it’s best to talk it through with your doctor before beginning any new pregnancy workout routine.


Anna’s Third Trimester Workout

Anna is wearing the Seraphine Active Kit

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Be sure to let your instructor know that you are pregnant before the start of any gym class.

And If you start to feel off at any point, just stop and take a break. Now is not the time to be testing your limits.

Whatever pregnancy workouts you choose for your nine months, make sure you’re having fun and feeling strong.


To see more from Anna, follow her on Instagram @annasaccone

Celebrating Father’s Day: Let’s hear it for the Boys!

They say that you never quite know how much you love the father of your children until you see how much he loves them. And perhaps that’s true, so in the run up to Father’s Day we here at Seraphine are paying tribute to the men behind the mums!

We’ve gathered a few of our favourite adorable daddy pictures for you to enjoy this Father’s Day…. Prepare to say ahhhh!


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A dad is his son’s first hero and his daughter’s first love. He’s a protector, a provider and the world’s best playmate. And this Father’s Day we want to say thank you.



It’s a well-known fact: Families who nap together, stay together. There’s really nothing quite like a duvet day with daddy!



You can’t go wrong with a few sweet cuddles and kisses either…



And he’s always up for an adventure! Whether it’s a trip out in the great outdoors or games in the back garden, things are always more fun when daddy’s around.


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He loved you before you were even born…



… and his heart grows bigger to match his growing family.


Wishing you all a wonderful Father’s Day full of love & laughter with the man in your life.


Maternity Style with Nathalie Bernadotte of Kensington Mums

Nathalie Bernadotte is a partner and event manager at Kensington Mums – a local London network aiming to provide support and to help mums make connections and forge friendships. Nathalie has a lively 2 year old Leonardo and a brand new baby daughter Sienna – she opens up about maternity style & becoming a mother of two.


1)      First, congratulations on welcoming your beautiful new daughter! How are you finding life as a mum of two?

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Two months in and I still can’t believe I’m a mum of two… the joy is hard to describe!

Its not easy as my son is going through the terrible twos at the moment so many tantrums to handle and In all honesty, I had forgotten how tough it is to wake up several times per night breastfeeding. But again, I can’t and don’t want to complain – it was always my dream to be a mum so becoming a mum of two; what a blessing!!!!

My son adores his little sister and cannot wait for her to be a little older and play. It’s a special bond and I am so happy to have been able to give this to them.



2)   We love your maternity style! Can you sum it up in 3 words?

Thank you! hmmm, shall we call it ‘The Seraphine Style‘? 3 words, that’s tough but I’d probably go with ‘practical‘, ‘comfortable‘ and ‘me‘.


3)   How did you style your bump? Are you more of a fitted kind of girl, or did you like to keep things loose and flowing?

I surprised myself during pregnancy – I normally wear loose & comfy clothes but during pregnancy I enjoyed showing off the bump with more tight & fitted outfits.

On one specific occasion, my 30th birthday, I wore the Seraphine Claret Lace Maternity Cocktail Dress which I LOVE! All my friends were very surprised to see me in such a tight ‘sexy’ dress – I don’t think I would have ever dared without the bump.

But I must add that it also depends on the pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my son, I was due in September and wore loose tops and maternity dresses during the summer as it helped with dealing with the heat. This time round I was due in December and it was really cold so I preferred having tight warm clothes on me.



4)      Do you have a favourite piece from the Seraphine collection?

I’d say most dresses from the Luxe Collection! But the Silk and Lace Maternity Evening Gown I wore at a dinner party back in October has to be ‘the one’. I wore it in black but the Navy & Black combination is just a dream.

And I adore the ‘you + me = us‘ charity top. In fact I am wearing that today…and most days! (scroll down to see the picture!)



5)      How do you feel that being involved with Kensington Mums has helped you through pregnancy and as a mother?

I first joined Kensington Mums in 2013 as an expecting mum. I was the first in my close group of friends here to become pregnant. So meeting other mums-to-be was invaluable. It also helped me mingle with girls who, just like me, don’t have a family support system in London and have to go through pregnancy and motherhood with little support.

Kensington Mums helped me build confidence and make many new friends along the way – many of which I am sure will be good friends for a very long time.

Since becoming a partner in this business, it has been of great help in introducing me to many mummy related brands, companies and other mum-preneurs, which I would have never known about without working at Kensington Mums.



6)      Do you have any beauty or styling tips to share with other expectant mums?

Don’t lose yourself, look after yourself during pregnancy.

I know it can be a very challenging time in our lives and not being in control of our bodies can be extremely frustrating but it’s your body and it’s the same body you will have after giving birth so look after it. Rest when you need, exercise when you can and nurture it everyday.


7)   We are confiscating your makeup bag – you’re allowed to keep three essential cosmetics. What do you choose?

This is a tough one as I’m not big on makeup (mostly because I’m not very good at it) so it would have to be… concealer, mascara and lip balm/gloss (I’m obsessed with lip balms)


8)      If you could have one super power, what would it be & how would you use it?

Before becoming a mum I wouldn’t count this as a super power but now…. it would have to be PATIENCE and I would use it at all times with my little ones.



9)      Who are your heroes? Can you share your top 3 inspirational women?

I’m not sure I have any heroes or can name 3 individual inspirational women. I admire many women.

I have a lot of respect for single mums out there. I think that doing the job I do as mum can be extremely challenging and I am lucky and blessed to have my husband by my side to help me and don’t know what I’d do without him, so to know that there are women out there who do it all alone is just incredible.

I find most of my friends inspirational. They are ordinary people who can at times struggle through everyday challenges, but just get on with it. That to me is inspiring.

Women inspire me.


10)   What was the best piece of advice you received when you were pregnant?

Sleep when your baby sleeps! I completely ignored this advice the first time round and now that I understand it and want to put it into action, it’s impossible because when baby sleeps, 2 year old wants to play.


To find out more follow @KensingtonMums on Instagram and check out their website

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Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack for Mum & Baby

As your third trimester approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag.

Space at the hospital is limited, but you definitely don’t want to arrive only to realise that you’ve forgotten something essential.


Zabeena’s Hospital Bag Checklist


We caught up with third-time mama Seraphine model Zabeena, who shared her ultimate hospital bag checklist with us. These are the things she’ll be taking along for baby number three.

Zabeena is packing the Seraphine Tote Bag 

Check out our Hospital Bag selection to see our top picks for taking to the hospital.


Hospital Bag Must-Haves For Mum

What to pack in your hospital bag


*Your Birth Plan: You’ll want a printed copy handy to give to your midwife.

*Comfy Maternity Nightwear: A soft button-down nightie is a must – it’s ideal for labour as well as skin to skin and breastfeeding afterwards. A matching dressing gown and supportive sleep bra are also a great idea to pack.

Browse our range of maternity & nursing nightwear online.

*Slippers: Because nobody wants to get cold feet during labour!

*A Camera: Capture those first precious moments.


Packing your hospital bag


* The Wash Bag: Make sure to pack all the regular overnight essentials – Toothbrush & toothpaste, lip balm, hairbrush, ties & clips, flannel, face wash, deodorant, travel size shower gel, shampoo, conditioner & towels, tissues, wet wipes, and maternity pads.

*Some Distractions: Magazines, music, phone, iPad & chargers – don’t get caught out without juice at a crucial moment.

*Snacks & Drinks: Pack plenty for you & your partner – It may be a long wait, and nobody wants a hangry birthing partner! Isotonic drinks like Lucozade are a great way to keep your energy levels up.


Nursing Essentials for Your Hospital Bag


*Nursing Bras & Comfy Briefs: A few pairs of comfy briefs are a must for after labour. And if you plan to nurse, you’ll want to pack some comfortable nursing bras.

*Nipple Cream: To ease any soreness

*Breast Pads: An essential whether you’re nursing or not

*A Nursing Shawl: For discreet breastfeeding when visitors come to call. Our collection of stylish breastfeeding covers are a great choice and are also perfect for swaddling baby.


Baby Hospital Bag Essentials

Baby clothes to pack in your hospital bag


*Diapers: Pack plenty, and make sure to bring the right size for newborns.

*Outfits for Baby: 3 soft newborn onesies, preferably front opening ones, and a nice outfit for going home in. Check out our beautiful gift sets for newborns featuring 100% organic cotton baby clothes.

*Accessories for Baby: a hat, socks, mittens and a baby blanket are all essentials for keeping your little one cozy for the trip home.


Leaving Hospital Outfit

Hospital bag checklist - what to pack


Soft, Comfy Maternity Clothes: Your body will take time to settle back to normal, so your maternity leggings, tops and dresses will be your best friends for the first weeks & months with baby. Choose an outfit that’s soft, comfy and easy to wear. But don’t forget, you’ll be taking plenty of pictures of baby’s first few days, so make sure to choose an outfit you’ll be happy to look back on in years to come.

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