BellyCoat Maternity Jacket Extender Review

It’s getting cold out! Is your belly ready?

I was really excited to try out the BellyCoat jacket extender.

During my first pregnancy, I researched my options but ended up making my own panel; they were pretty much all the same and it just didn’t seem like a practical purchase to me.

If I had known about BellyCoat, it would have made more sense to invest in it than in other brands. Here’s why: It uses clips, rather than a zipper!!

  • You don’t have to worry about finding a compatible zipper/zipper adapter.
  • You can adjust where to place it on your coat. The zippered versions are basically fixed because, well, it’s a zipper and the zipper lengths need to match up.
  • You can use it on all your coats without having to worry about zipper compatibility.
  • You can flip it around and use it for baby-wearing (not just for maternity wear).

Here’s a photo of my jacket with and without the panel.

The BellyCoat also comes with an extension, which extends the waist by an additional 6″, for a total of 15″.

Here’s my jacket with the extender + extension.

A panel is a panel, and they all basically do the job, which is to keep your bump warm. But if you’re looking for versatility, you should really check this one out: www.bellycoat.com. They’ll be at the BabyTime Show Nov 6-8, 2015.

Another plus: The company is local. I’m all for Toronto-born ventures! :)

17-Week Update

While my 18-month old toddler is thriving, so is my 17-week old fetus.

Yes, I’m pregnant again.

We found out when I was 5 weeks along, and we couldn’t be happier.

My first trimester was slightly more difficult than it was in my first pregnancy. The nausea was worse, but it was still manageable without any meds so I can’t complain too much about it. And the fatigue was/is horrible. I couldn’t get enough sleep. I wanted to sleep at all hours of the day. I’m just now starting to get my energy back.

My first OB appt was at 8 weeks, and the doc was able to find the heartbeat. It was the doctor’s first time hearing one before the 9-week mark. This baby has already made history :)

I started showing at around 11 weeks, much earlier this time. By 14 weeks, I was happily unpacking my maternity clothes. Just by looking at me, there was no hiding it – there was no doubt I was pregnant.

We got our first peek at the active baby at my 12-week ultrasound. We went home with a little keepsake (a printout photo of the fetus), but it did cost $5, as opposed to free when I got it done for my first pregnancy. I’m not sure if the cost differs by lab, since I did go to different labs, or if all labs now charge for a printout.

At week 16, I felt the little person move. I absolutely love that feeling. I can’t wait to feel more of it.