Madison's blogger, designer, and micro-influencer, Kyla Charles is a busy mom to three boys under six. In March, Kyla found out she was pregnant again.
Speaking from her home in Wisconsin, Kyla says this pregnancy will be her last. “All of my other pregnancies were planned, but this was a huge surprise for me and my husband!”
During the first 10 weeks, Kyla had intense morning sickness. “Each pregnancy has been a little different, but with this one my nausea was much worse than the others. I'm so busy and didn't have much patience especially dealing with the constant nausea.
Kyla's husband Alan works in a home office and the two have shared childcare and home schooling duties since the first shelter-in-place orders were issued.
Their three boys, David, 6, William 4, and Arthur 2, keep the couple's hands full. The youngest, Arthur was born with persistent fetal vasculature (PFV) which earned him an ocular prosthesis, and Kyla is also an advocate for eye testing and support in children.
With baby number 4 slated for November, Kyla recently hosted a gender reveal party where she invited family and friends to join remotely as she, Alan and the boys found out the gender of the baby.
With baby number 4 due in November, Kyla recently hosted a gender reveal party where she invited family and friends to join remotely.
Faced with this very “different” period of pregnancy, Kyla chose to have an early sex test at home. Most of her family and friends voted for her to carry a girl, but given that she already had 3 boys, no one was very surprised when the results came back as a man.
“We were hoping to meet a girl, but our boys are great - amazing. They play so well together - broken bones, big lips - a lot of fun, and they're each other's best friends.
We were hoping to meet a girl, but our boys are great - amazing.
Kyla and Alan chose to do NIPT screening tests for major disorders. “The geneticist called us with the results… which was worrying as we had chosen to be notified by email. She led the conversation with a, "First, the results were NORMAL! But I knew you said you did the first sex test at home and found out it was a boy ... well, our clinical test came back as a WOMAN.“From there, tears flowed and we prepared to share the surprising change in news with our friends and family.
Cue Gender Reveal Virtual Party Number 2!
The difference between being pregnant now and pregnant before Covid19 “I can't imagine what it would be like if this was the first time I was pregnant, especially for prenatal visits. I know the exercise. Now you can't have someone with you to listen to the heartbeat for the first time… Not being able to see your doctor smile or reassure you - especially if it's a new doctor - it's so different and weird. All the extra precautions and anxiety. For me, pregnancy is a time of heightened anxiety and during a time like this it's much worse and scary.
Adaptation mechanisms: “My favorite way to stay healthy and sane is through exercise: weight training, yoga and the barre.
It was tough in the first trimester, but I can't wait to start again soon.
Tips for keeping kids busy: “I feel like we all struggle in one way or another - no one has planned this or is good at it, but my biggest advice is to stick to a routine and a schedule. Don't treat it like summer vacation.
My kindergarten was about to go to school - it's learning to read. He really enjoys mental stimulation and structure. We are now debating whether or not to maintain the school routine during the summer.
Advice for first-time moms: “Identify your support system and use it! It took me four pregnancies to be comfortable with truly expressing my thoughts and emotions - but your team of doctors, family and friends are there to support you. So when I send my husband a screenshot of my worried face with a mask covering half of it and the text "this is weird", he just replies there with assurances.
Don't hesitate to FaceTime during your ultrasound or when looking for heartbeat. Everyone encourages you! "
Check out Kyla's Instagram page where you can see her two sex reveal events.
If you thought that being pregnant was a one way ticket to frumpsville - think again ! It’s time to embrace those extra curves and rock'n'roll your bump. This is your opportunity to get creative with your clothes, and to create a look that will take you right through to the birth of your little one.
You may not remember the last time you saw your feet, but trust us, right now you look amazing, and it’s time to show the world !
Your changing body shape gives you free reign to try out a whole range of styles that you would never have considered BP ( before pregnancy ). Of course, it’s important to balance feeling comfortable with looking totally awesome, but by getting the basics right you’ll be rocking your own pregnancy style before you know it.
In recent years many more retailers have started stocking maternity ranges, so you can still shop your favourite brands such as H
The great thing about dressing your bump is that you don’t have to spend a fortune, a few key pieces will provide the foundation of your pregnancy look, and you can then build it up from there.
A comfortable pair of maternity pantalons - there are some great ones on the market right now, choose from types that go under your bump, or ones that go over it – these may make you feel like Simon Cowell, but you’ll be super comfortable, and no one else will know ! Darker coloured jeans are great for both daytime, and for evenings out.
Maternity vest tops – these are worth grabbing in a few colours as you’re sure to wear them again and again throughout your pregnancy. As they keep your bump covered, they’re perfect for layering with favourite non-maternity items such as blazers and open shirts.
Put together an effortless weekend look by combining your maternity pantalons with a black vest top, and then accessorise, accessorise, accessorise ! Add pops of colour with accessories such as circle scarves and chunky necklaces to sweat your look together. Pair this with a blazer and pumps if you fancy looking a bit smarter, or stay casual with an open shirt over the top and your favourite trainers.
If you’ve always run scared of stripes, now’s the time to embrace them, they’ll look amazing on your bump. This is the time to show off your bump, and a tight, striped top or dress will do just that.
So that’s your causal wardrobe sorted, but how about work ? If you’re starting to panic on a Monday morning as you try on every item in your wardrobe to find something to wear that not only fits, but is also suitable for work, we can help.
Pencil skirts are your new BFF, well at least for pregnancy anyway. These beauties will keep you covered up, vanter your bump, and you’ll look amazing wearing it. Simplify getting ready for work even more by opting for a pencil dress, that way you don’t even need to worry about matching it with a top – sorted !
Wearing wrap dresses, and jumper dresses is also a great way to combine looking smart at work, but staying comfortable.
Planning a night out, but have no clue what to wear ? If in doubt, keep it simple. In the photo above Giovanna Fletcher is off to meet Prince Charles, and looks amazing in a black dress and black pumps. As stunning as her outfit is we’re pretty sure it must be very comfortable too, and if that’s good enough to wear to meet royalty, it’s definitely acceptable to wear on a night out with our friends.
Of course, one of the most important parts of your pregnancy wardrobe is an item that won’t be on display, that’s right it’s the humble maternity bra. The importance of this essential bit of kit is not to be underestimated, especially as it’s not just your bump that will be growing bigger !
A well fitted, comfortable maternity bra will keep you supported, without digging into you. During pregnancy underwired bras are not recommended, so having the right support is even more important. Don’t forget to get measured regularly, as your bra size is likely to increase a few times during your pregnancy. Whatever your maternity style, the main thing to consider is how you feel in what you’re wearing, if it makes you feel good, and it’s comfortable then go for it.