Practical or Pretty?

Happy Saturday to you all! I am up to my nuts in packing to go away this week, so Karin has a tale for you. About bladders and Costco, two of my favourite things!

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Karin is a music lover, wannabe writer, FIFO wife and Mum of two kidlettes (one currently internal and one external). You can find Karin here, talking all things on laid back mothering and lifestyle with smackings of sarcasm and humour.

Sometimes practicality should win over liberation.

That realisation that, hell yeah my legs look deceiving hotย but maybe I shouldn’t be wearing 4 inch heels, for the first time in 5 years, to a garden wedding… after rain. Practical flats or a wedge may have been more fitting.

The moment of clarity when you are dragging 3 small children out of Ikea because you really wanted a new FEMMEN VAG (real Ikea product name!!) and thought a solo trip would be fine. Use the free childcare or just don’t go. Make meatballs at home.

I had a moment like this just recently.

At 34 weeks pregnant with baby number two I was a little over the limited wardrobe and short array of underwear that still fit and felt comfy.

I no longer wanted to just make do with what I had, I wanted to boost up my confidence, make myself feel a little nicer. Slap on some “power panties”, shave my legs and feel a little like some of the styled confident womenย I see on my Instagram feed each day.

OK, I said a little like and the key word is ‘feel’!

Shaving my legs I could easily do. Though my knee cap felt like it was about to corrode under my growing weight as I knelt down in the shower. Job done! Silky smooth.

Clothing well I was stuck with that one. Same ol’, same ol’. Black stretch maternity dress but underneath! Underneath I was bringing sexy back with a lacy number that was revealing a little extra cheek then normal and if you listen closely you can hear the elastic heaving, trying to hold it together around my hips.

Damn sexy!

What does one do with this new-found confidence?

Go to Costco!

I was out of toilet paper and now, thanks to my Costco membership, go into an internal panic if I buy anything less than 38 rolls at a time. What would be the point! I would just have to go buy more in a months time.

I rallied up my non-membership owning family members (my sister and mother) and we head down to the land of large. We stroll the aisles placing enormous non-required items in our equally enormous trolley.ย I am really surprised not more children are taken out by those things! They really should come with bumpers and indicators.

I walk with an air of hot stuff, knowing that under my Kmart maternity dress I am rocking some power panties and I can feel the smoothness of my freshly shaven legs. As long as I just don’t look down to see my enormous protruding belly I am feeling rather normal and singular.

Now for the land of large and plenty, Costco really lacks on the toilet front. With my low-lying baby number 2 the toilet situation is normally the first thing I scope out and Costco’s were only at the front of the store through the check-outs. Not convenient Costco, not convenient at all.

It’s a big place and the inevitable happens, I need to go to the loo. With only a few more items to pick up – a litre of Nando’s Hot Sauce and Duggar’s family size mozzarella pizza – I thought I could just move slower and push on through and I could have…

Until I sneezed…

Practical pregnant lady attire is prepared for this.

Practical pregnant lady attire provides a little support.

Liberated pregnant lady attire is less safety net, more fish-net stocking and we know nothing good is caught in those!

I was rocking that confidence and was a red-hot Mama! But maybe for the god of all things practical, I will surrender to the big girl panties for just a little bit longer and slip in a panty liner just for good measure!

Undies. Practical or pretty? What do you choose?


  • Me

    Pretty! Always! With a matchy matchy or close to matchy matchy bra. I’m prepared in case I get hit by a bus…cos nice underwear would be important then, at least that’s why Nan would say.

    • Oh the matchy matchy is the ol’ one two of power panties! You can take on the world with matchy matchy underwear.

  • Bloody sneezing! Involountary sexy deflating sabotage! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Full on sabotage and it is always random. It wasn’t like I was living on the edge and heading out like that with a head cold!

  • Fran Marshall

    That was a funny read. Definitely practical. If I don’t have the skin apron tucked nicely into a pair of granny knickers, I feel tres exposed.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Practical these days I’m more into comfort than anything else!

  • Pinky Poinker

    Sneezing when heavily pregnant is never going to end well ๐Ÿ™‚ White, Bonds hipsters seem to be what I reach for from the undies drawer although I have both ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • sue elliott

    18 months after tit savaging and wearing the requisite UGLIES, I decided that pretties were in order. Not easy to find in 18E able to accommodate different weights, but I have managed. Now I have back and neck ache from hauling ’em around, but they do look pretty, and what do you know, I have almost got a waist back.

    • Tit savaging! Now that scares me. Glad you are rolling with the pretties. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • sue elliott

        A gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do Karin. Amazing what we are all capable of.

    • Aitchemess

      Sue, if you’re in Melbourne, get yourself along to Brava Lingerie. They have pretties and practical stuff in D cup upwards, and the staff there are lovely and so helpful. Highly recommended!

  • Moneypenny

    I now wear only black Jockey Parisienne – boyleg briefs. They’re pretty (lacy trim and silky fabric), but still have enough coverage so that you don’t get VPL, or bust out of them if you’re having a fat day. The best!

    • Oh I completely rate Jockey briefs and they are a little bit of both!

    • Aitchemess

      They are the best undies! Pretty, super comfy, and inexpensive.

  • Sarah Mac

    At 38 weeks pregnant with my 3 child I contracted a severe case of flu – I spent the last 2 weeks with my bum glued to the loo, My face in a handful of snotty tissues and a 13 month old baby slung over one shoulder puking down my back – it wasn’t pretty …

    • Oh no Sarah!! Doesn’t sound pretty. I’m now 37 weeks pregnant and I’m not sure how my body could even achieve multiple sneezes, especially not rupturing something!

  • After 3 kids in 3.5 years it ALL about the practical here. I used to only ever wear fancy floss but no longer. No I have big girl undies and I LOVE them. Bet my hubby doesn’t though!

    • I don’t think my hubby cares what I’m actually wearing it is more about are they on or a chance of coming off. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Plain and simple black here- all the way! With the occasional elastic armor design thrown in- something in a nice “flesh” tone that squinches it all in ๐Ÿ˜‰