…Words I never thought I would be saying! On the eve of the Wimbledon Women’s Final I get a call: “We have an extra ticket for the Wimbledon tomorrow, would you like to go?” Uh, let me think about that for a minute…it was a tough call, but after pinching myself to make sure it was real I cancelled any former plans to make way for my dream outing to the wonderful Wimbledon. One slight problem – in all the excitement of the moment, I didn’t stop to think that the dress code might actually cause me some issues as I enter my fourteenth week and what a couple of weeks ago could have been mistaken for an over-indulgent food baby belly is now a full grown bump. The night before the big day consists of pulling everything out of my wardrobe only to discover I really (for the first time) have nothing to wear. Holding back the tears (something I am getting used to these days) I decide my only option is to hit the shops first thing in the morning ahead of the event and hope the years of me honing my shopping skills will finally pay off as my mission is to find a suitable outfit for one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar in around 45 minutes! So, the morning of the big day (only a few hours after I receive the invite) I frantically hit the shops to find something appropriate to wear. After traipsing around a few of the places I had been told have a maternity section (H&M, Marks & Spencer…) I realise section is a grandiose word for rack and my time was running out. I eventually play it safe and invest in a pair of M&S linen trousers a couple of sizes too big which I dressed up with a flouncy blouse and accessorize to the max to look the part amongst all the beautiful people who turn up for such sporting events. I am pleased to say I managed to pull it off and I’ll be honest when I was at the match, what I was wearing was the last thing on my mind, but looking for the perfect outfit for Wimbledon brings me on to the wider topic of where can one find decent maternity clothes? I keep thinking it’s a big secret someone is going to let me in on soon, but so far no-one has. I can no longer make use of the old trick of an elastic band to extend my trousers my hunt for maternity clothes grows greater. Unfortunately, I have been disappointed at what ‘s on offer for us bump-ridden-ladies . I have managed to pick-up a few things from Mamas & Papas in Westfield – and some good bargains too in the sale. However, the range is not great and it would b great to find some things that resemble my pre-bump style – but perhaps I am asking too much? Today I went to my shrine that is John Lewis and decided to grapple with the crowds of Oxford Street to hit their flagship store in search of a maternity department to fulfil all my maternity wardrobe needs. After wandering around women’s fashion for a good five minutes or so I decided it was best to admit defeat and ask for help and directions to the maternity department. ‘Oh sorry, we don’t have any maternity clothes here – it’s all online… ‘ I stand in silence for a few seconds as I try to process this information and before moving away with a slightly lost feeling of what do I do now?! Deciding not to be put off by this unexpected news, I continue to make the most of the 50% clearance and purchase a few over sized loose tops which seem to make up my new look these days – along with the leggings that are putting the stretchy lycra to good use! I later stumble across an Oliver Bonas concession in Hammersmith tube station and am lured in by the bright summer colours and patterns and decide most of the tops look loose enough for me to pull off in these early stages of my pregnancy (week 14). After picking up half of the stock from the rails (and being asked if they can put it in the changing room for me as I continue which is always a nice & clever touch) I was pleasantly surprised in the changing room at just how well these clothes are fitting and more to my joy they are clothes I would actually buy and wear pre-pregnancy bump – bonus! So, my top tip for this week is definitely seek out your local Oliver Bonas shop if you can as they have a great range, perfect for the early stages and all things you would probably be happy to wear post-baby bump. They also have a great selection of jewellery so you can accessorize your outfit to feel that little bit special as you get to grips with the new body you are developing.