Dressing the baby bump :: how to survive a winter pregnancy

Hi there!

It’s official — winter has arrived here! The temperature is dropping and it has been snowing for the past few days. It’s such a lovely view when it’s snowing outside, but it’s also important to stay warm and comfortable on cold winter days. As for pregnant women who are in the final trimester like me, it can be a challenge when it comes to outerwear. You’ll probably notice you can’t zip or button your own winter coat anymore which can be quite frustrating. Some say the perfect solution to survive the cold season is to invest in a maternity coat. But I refuse to do that. There are only two and a half months left until I give birth to our mini Wai Wai, plus I already own a few maternity pieces (more than I wanted in the first place). However, it’s still possible to survive the cold season by wearing your regular coat. If you would to know how, keep on reading :)

1// mid-length or long wool-blend coats
Go for a mid-length or long coat which can cover your entire bodice and your bottom. I know it may be a bit risky to leave your coat unzipped or unbuttoned, but it’s possible to stay warm if you go for a wool coat. Fabrics such as wool or wool-blend (or even cashmere) have amazing fibers. Wool is water resistant, which means you’ll remain dry and warm.

2// wear a down jacket as a cardigan
The fun part of winter fashion is layering. If you feel like a wool coat isn’t warm enough for you, opt for an extra down jacket. A down jacket or a puffer vest is one of my best friends during the cold days. My sisters got me a down jacket for my birthday last year and I can’t live without ever since! It’s thin, lightweight, water and wind resistant. I wear it underneath my winter coats (if you look closely, you’ll see a hint of my black down jacket in the pictures). I can even wear this down jacket unzipped without suffering from the cold.

3// opt for sweaters and thermal clothing
Say the word (knit) sweater and you have my attention. I love wearing sweaters during the winter especially the oversized ones. Oversized sweaters are the best! I can even wear them while I’m pregnant. How awesome is that? If it’s freezing outside, I usually would wear a heat tech top underneath my sweater. As for trousers, I’d go for some thermal leggings. They are super soft, warm and a perfect layering piece!

4// body butter
During the cold months it’s important to take extra care in protecting your body and skin. Body butter can be your best friend too. I feel like body butter can help my skin to stay soft, supple and warm. I apply lots of body butter before I leave the house. Oh and before I forget: go for shea or cocoa body butter as it’s a great moisturizer to reduce stretch marks too!

5// (hot) water
Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but it’s particularly important for pregnant women. Make sure to drink a lot of water. For those who are not familiar with hot water, try to drink hot instead of cold. Hot water helps your body to stay hydrated and it can cleanse your body of toxins and waste. If hot water isn’t your thing, try to drink it with a slice of lemon. Lemon has great benefits too.

6// wash your hands
Excusez-moi for sounding like my mom now, but in order to protect you from germs and infections, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your nose (I’m guilty of doing this). Make sure to cover your mouth and nose when you need to cough or sneeze. My mom always says it’s better to cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow than using your hands.

Alrighty, that’s it for today! I hope you found these tips useful :)
On a side note: I think this winter pregnancy survivial guide can apply to anybody since we all need to survive this cold winter, don’t you think? So if you have more tips, feel free to leave a comment!

I’m wearing
Mango wool-blend coat 
Uniqlo down jacket
Zara striped blouse (sold out, but find similar styles here)
Mango textured sweater (old, but find similar styles here)
H&M leggings (similar here)
Céline box bag SS/17

Vanilia wool scarf (old)
Manfield leather lacquer derby shoes (sold out)
MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,


  1. THE WɅNDΞRLISTE💫 (@thewanderliste) January 22, 2017 / 1:58 am

    This look is the epitome of chic and cool! I can really use some of the tips (though lack of baby bump) such as drinking more hot water and invest in a decent down jacket (speaking of which I made my wallet cry a bit when I purchased a Moncler one recently). Hope you are doing well. Can’t wait to see little Wai Wai soon I hope! :) xo~ Lena

    • Vivian Tse
      January 26, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Hi Lena, thanks so much for your comment! This is by far my favourite winter outfit to be honest :) I love to pair grey with navy and black :) Ohh wow a Moncler down jacket is such a great investment piece (despite the fact that you’ve made your wallet cry :p)! I’m pretty sure it will keep you warm! :) Stay warm & stylish beautiful! xo

  2. busyandfab January 27, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Oh wow, you’re wrapped nicely, I couldn’t tell you’re preggy from these photos. Love everything you wore, the colours blended in perfectly. Stay warm Vivian!


    • Vivian Tse
      January 30, 2017 / 11:01 am

      That’s so kind of you, thanks so much Mercy! Have a great start to your week :) xo

  3. Chanel January 27, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Love your advice on a down jacket Vivian. I never thought about using that as a layer underneath my wool coat. Although my only down coat is a Juicy Couture one from 2011 haha. Love this new purse on you too. A cashmere scarf is a must for me in the winter.

    Chanel | Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Vivian Tse
      January 30, 2017 / 11:03 am

      Thanks for stopping by Chanel! Means a lot to me :) Yes, wearing a down jacket as a cardigan really helps you to stay warm! :) You might give it a shot! xo, Vivian

    • Vivian Tse
      January 30, 2017 / 11:03 am

      That’s so sweet of you, thanks so much Renia! :)

  4. Yasmin January 30, 2017 / 2:54 am

    Love this cool-girl city look! I totally agree about washing your hands often and drinking lots of water :)

    xo, Yasmin

    • Vivian Tse
      January 30, 2017 / 11:15 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Yasmin! Have a great start to your week :) xo

  5. Doreen's Style Diary January 30, 2017 / 3:35 am

    Thank you for these awesome advice. I’ve been washing my hands so much since I had my baby so I don’t spread germs to him. Love this grey coat you’re rocking.

    • Vivian Tse
      January 30, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Thank you Mrs Lin! ;) Have a great start to your week :)

    • Vivian Tse
      February 1, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks V! You’re always so sweet to me :) Hope you’re having an amazing week so far :) xo

  6. Alisia January 31, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Hoi vivan ten eerste wil ik je feliciteren met je zwangerschap en wat zie je er toch prachtig uit. Love youre style

    • Vivian Tse
      February 1, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Hi Alisia, dankjewel voor je lieve comment! Waardeer het enorm :) Hopelijk gaat alles goed met je! xo

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