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How To Dress The Four Pregnancy Body Types

How To Dress The Four Pregnancy Body Types

Pregnancy is a time for feeling joy and happiness. However, because of the changes in hormones and body shape they go through, a lot of women feel they are not able to make the most of this time and aren’t sure how to dress for their new figure. If you are well into your pregnancy and have started to show, it’s time to determine which of the four different pregnancy body types you have so that you can dress accordingly and look and feel your best.

Here are the main pregnancy body types and how you can dress them up.

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Body Type 1: Big All Over

If you have a puffy face and swollen ankles and arms, don’t worry: you are bountifully pregnant, not fat! With this body shape, your goal is to focus on the length of your clothing and not the width. Here are some tips to help you pull that off.

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  • If you feel like your body is bloating up, opt for maternity tops or long skirts that are black in color. Black helps you look thinner and longer, which in turn will get rid of the roundness you’re experiencing. However, if black is not your color, go for natural or dark hues such as khaki, gray or tan, as these have almost the same effect.
  • Pair your top with delicate jewelry or opt for something that has embroidery detailing on it.
  • For your feet, go for low wedges or kitten heels, but stay far away from rounded toe shoes as these will make your legs look bulkier.

Body Type 2: Small All Over

The second most common type of pregnancy body shape is that where your midriff is the largest part of you. If you’re smaller all over but your belly is huge, you need to be on the lookout for clothing that adds dimension to the rest of your body. Here are some things you can try out.

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  • Because your main goal is to add curves to your body, opt for maternity tops that have embellishments such a ruffle or a bow on the side.
  • You can also wear patterns that will accentuate your growing belly and add curves to your slim figure.
  • For the bottom half of your body, go for straight leg pants or jeans with nice patch pockets that emphasize your shapely rear.
  • To finish it all off and add depth to your wardrobe, opt for a detailed necklace and bejeweled flats that give you an overall elegant look.

Body Type 3: Carrying Low

If you are carrying low and look like you are going to deliver any moment now, draw attention to other areas of your body to balance the look. Some ideas on how to do this are:

  • Pencil skirts that are made of denim or other dark fabric will go a long way in helping you seem longer and leaner. Mix these with comfortable wedges and you’ll never want to stop looking in the mirror!
  • V-necks are also a great way to draw attention away from your belly. When paired with dangling, chandelier earrings, they give you the perfect look for a night out on the town.
  • For the top, go for something that is long and covers the torso so that you are properly covered.

Body Type 4: Carrying High

Finally, one of the most difficult pregnant body types to dress is the carrying high one. In this situation, your chest will look like it is a part of your belly. However, following the tips below can improve on this look as well.

  • Your primary goal needs to be to visually separate the bust from the baby, and there are two ways to do this. You can either go for a color-blocked frock that has one hue on the top and another on the belly, or pair your dress with a jersey knit that separates the two parts.
  • For a more detailed look, buy a skinny belt and adjust it above your bump to visually break your top half from the bottom.
  • Pair these with funky but comfortable wedges or heels that lengthen your legs.

When you know how to dress for your particular body type, you will start loving and enjoying this very joyous period of your life. So, keep these pointers in mind and celebrate your new-found curves!

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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