There hasn’t been much on the market to accommodate a growing bump for those of you who spend a good amount of time outdoors. Outdoor maternity wear is very poorly covered. Normal maternity wear just doesn’t cater for mums who like to be out in the open air and explore. Mostly style over substance or genuine thought for use that maternity clothes go through with active mums to be. Both exercise and fresh air are good for us and our mental health, whether or not we are expecting a baby. So, it was surprising that this area was lacking. Perhaps due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles?
Mother and nature is a new clothing brand, founded by Samantha Jenkins and supported by the new virgin start-up fund. Samantha has seen a gap in the maternity wear market and filled it. Currently, mother and nature have a range of coat, trousers and fleeces specifically designed for active mum’s to be. That can be used during and after pregnancy, thanks to its internal and external expansion system. Each item is made to accommodate a growing bump but also has the advantage of being able to be used after birth. One coat does from pre-pregnancy throughout to term of a pregnancy and then back to original pre-pregnancy size. An amazing content and original in its creation and design.
Our amazing mum-to-be panellist, Emma is 5 months pregnant with baby number 2 and is an active outdoors person, who pre-pregnancy could be found on the football field with a local women’s football team. Emma loves dog walking and being outdoors.
The waterproof maternity jacket has both internal and external unique side panel features, enabling the jacket to be sized throughout pregnancy. With discreet side zips, the coat looks like a normal outdoors waterproof when in post-pregnancy position. There is a pull coat at the bottom to keep in heat and avoid any drafts up through the coat keeping both mum and baby snug and cosy. The other jacket has sealed seams and a thick outer shell making it completely water and windproof – just what you need for cold wet outdoor pursuits.
The other material is breathable and with a mesh lining, it allows free flow of air keeping you cool and dry. The hood tucks neatly away when not in use and is easily accessible when needed, it has a drawstring, so it can be pulled tightly in colder wet weather and a handy Velcro fastening to bee it secure. The sleeves also benefit from Velcro fastening. The jacket comes in 3 attractive colours with size options from 10 to 16.
The maternity coat retails ay £95 which in comparison to other maternity coats is extremely reasonable, especially given it will last long after baby has been born.
We will be updating this review once Emma’s baby is born to see how compatible the coat is with wearing a newborn baby. So, watch this space.
10 – 42” chest – 56” waist (at largest setting)
12 – 44” chest – 58” waist (at largest setting)
14 – 46” chest – 60” waist (at largest setting)
16 – 48” chest – 63” waist (at largest setting)
In the mother and nature range, there is also expandable waterproof trousers and maternity fleece jumper. Retailing at £49 and £29.
Emma: “The things I like about the coat are that it’s thin enough to wear all year round but is baggy enough to wear extra layers underneath in the colder months. I like the two different stages of extension the zip on the outside and then the popper release on the inside. Other handy bits are an inside pocket, a hood that can be rolled away into the collar and the double zip function so that when I come to use it for babywearing I can raise the bottom zip to open up to make room for shoes or feet in the bottom.”
Nic: I am so pleased with my Mother and Nature jacket. I wasn’t sure about buying a jacket for pregnancy because we were watching our funds, but I really needed a waterproof to cover my bump in my outdoor life, including daily dog walks! Despite having a summer baby, I wore it all the time. It works both for outdoors stuff and also for trips to town etc in inclement weather as it looks very smart on. The fit was fantastic while I was pregnant with the zips fully open at my biggest. And I still wear it all the time now since having my daughter as the sides neatly zip down and it’s a great waterproof. I don’t know if the jacket was made for baby carriers, but I can also close the jacket over my baby now at 3 months in her carrier, so just her head and shoulders are popping out of the top, which is fantastic when we’re out with the dog in colder weather. And it’s a lot less expensive than jackets designed to be worn with baby carriers! Thanks so much Mother and Nature, your jacket has been (and continues to be) wonderful!
To read more reviews go to: https://motherandnature.co.uk/reviews/
***This is a paid for review and all the opinions expressed are our own.***
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