Cara Dolin’s Pregnancy Style

Bump envy!

Name: Cara Dolin
Neighborhood: Murray Hill
Occupation: High-risk obstetrician at NYU 
Baby’s Sex: It’s a girl!

How would you describe your pregnant style?
With my first pregnancy, I was still in residency and was wearing scrubs 99% of the time, so I’ve had a lot more fun dressing my bump this pregnancy. I look for what I call “non-maternity-maternity” clothes, regular clothes that can fit the bump. I invested in a few pairs of maternity jeans and leggings, which I pair with tunic-type tops, oversized sweaters or dresses. I also love showing off the bump with fitted tops. I try to stay away from anything that screams maternity, like clothes with ruching. 

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy?
I’m on my feet all day at work, so finding shoes that are comfortable and look good with swollen pregnancy feet has been a challenge. Compression stockings are key for minimizing swelling and maximizing comfort in the third trimester. 

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?
I’ve been surprised at how different it is from my first pregnancy. With my son, I had a super easy pregnancy but this time, I’m experiencing a lot more of the pregnancy-related symptoms I hear about from my patients. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love being pregnant, but this pregnancy is definitely making me a more empathetic Ob/Gyn! 

What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?
My mother passed away unexpectedly just two months before my due date. I miss her every day, but I know that her spirit will live on within this little girl. She was an extraordinary woman who taught me not only the importance of hard work and resilience, but also to find joy and laughter in each and every day. I am looking forward to raising my daughter to be a strong, independent, generous and creative woman, just like her grandmother. 

What’s your top 5 registry essentials?
1. Ergo 360 Baby Carrier. Babywearing makes navigating NYC with a baby a million times easier. 

2. Medela Freestyle Breastpump. As a working mama, pumping becomes a huge part of the daily routine. This pump is efficient and has a rechargeable battery in so you can pump anywhere, even on the go.

3. Keekaroo Peanut Baby Changer. Looks chic on the dresser and is a breeze to wipe down, no need to constantly wash the changing pad.
4. Puj Baby Tub. Stores flat which is key for small-space living in NYC apartments. 5. Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book. I was given this by my sister when my son was born, and it was the best gift! Even in your most busy, hectic day, you can find the time to journal one sentence to capture precious memories. I give this to all my pregnant friends now. 

Cara is wearing:
Madewell Tunic Dress
ASOS Maternity Legging 

Photography by Laurence Brett Wiener.

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Charlene Petitjean-Barkulis

CHARLENE PETITJEAN-BARKULIS is the managing editor of Well Rounded. She's a French expat, Brooklyn-based writer and mama to Arthur and Leon. Before settling in New York City with her family, Charlene lived in LA, Berkeley, and Baltimore and earned a degree in journalism from Columbia University. When she isn’t busy chasing after her big kiddo, nursing her little kiddo or writing about all things pregnancy and motherhood, she’s likely to soak in a bubble bath, eat an entire wheel of brie cheese or drink a crisp glass of Sancerre (sometimes, all three at the same time). Follow her on Instagram here.

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