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Getting Married with a Baby Bump?
Times have changed, and in a wonderful way! I love that gone is the taboo of being pregnant on your wedding day to now celebrating the joy of not only a marriage, but the starting of a family. All brides have that beautiful wedding glow on their day, but a pregnant bride even more so!
It all comes down to what you yourself are comfortable with. You may be only too happy to embrace all that comes with pregnancy and hold a wedding, or you may be like Kate Hudson who has put her nuptials on hold until she gave birth to her second baby. I admit that I became a mum into our second year of wedded bliss, but honestly I was in no hurry to walk down the aisle and was completely fine with the possibility of either walking down the aisle to my husband to be with a bun in the oven or walking down the aisle to my husband to be with our bun/s also standing there with Daddy (much to the shock of my slightly more traditional hubby - but that is another story).
If you are planning on saying "I do" before "Gimme a c-section NOW!!!” there are some things to consider such as morning sickness which can last for a few weeks or a few months, can be only in the morning or all day/night. You don't want to be running for the bathroom every five minutes! Next is your rapidly changing body. When I was pregnant I went from 10A boobies to OMG its Katie Price! You may find you carry more to the front or more to the back and you just keep growing so this is where a fantastic dressmaker will be worth their weight in gold - platinum if they currently work with pregnant brides. There are a range of beautiful maternity wedding gowns now. High heels may be too much for your legs and back if you are getting married in your 2nd or 3rd trimester (I still don't know how Victoria Beckham wore those shoes to the Royal Wedding!). If you do want to wear high heels then you should sneak a pair of bridal slippers or ballet flats into your wedding kit to have on hand when your feet and legs get a little tired.
Also try not to let your pregnancy cravings influence your menu choices :) although I would love to see a pickle and honeycomb ice cream flavoured cake with cheese sauce! But do keep in mind there are foods that are not safe for pregnant women to consume. Pregnancy can leave mum's tired as your body works to grow a baby. Hormones are all over the place and sometimes you can be prone to over sensitivity. Stress is not good for mum and bub, so this is where you need to rely on the family and friends to rally around and help out, or you could look at hiring a wedding planner. Also make good use of your resources www.pinkfrosting.com.au who cover all things wedding (and baby shower) from tips, advice, products and services all with making your wedding fun, beautiful and unique!
You can have so much fun being a pregnant bride – for example you can eat all the wedding cake you want! Also who wants to argue with a pregnant woman? If you want to eat nothing but twisties chips dipped in vanilla custard as the main meal, go right ahead! Seriously though, the stigma that was attached to being a pregnant bride has eroded and now you can celebrate both together. It is, as put in Kath & Kim "not a shot gun wedding but a sit down meal for 30 people". Some pregnant celebspiration: Jessica Alba, Ashlee Simpson, Jennifer Garner, Heidi Klum, Alicia Keys, Gwyneth Paltrow. Lily Allen announced her pregnancy to her wedding guests at her wedding this year and there are many more celebrities who have wed with a baby bump.
If you have not told your family and friends what sweeter way to break the news than when you are pronounced Husband and Wife that you share your first kiss and Daddy to be plants a little kiss on your belly. You can have your Beyonce moment, just a smile and your hands on your belly. You could also use an Expecting Couple bride and groom cake topper on the top tier of your cake to set tongues wagging! I once saw a wedding show where the newlywed couple surprised their guests with a place card that when opened up had an ultrasound picture of their baby. It made me cry!
Embrace that baby bump and skip, dance or waddle your way down the aisle and when your child is older how wonderful to know that they were a part of your wedding and they came from true love. Oh and make sure you enjoy your honeymoon, last luxury break before baby comes along!
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