Hi, I'm Lauren + I'm the Community Manager at Gigi Pip. I currently am 35 weeks pregnant with my first baby. The last 9 months have been filled with a lot of things - happy tears, sad tears, popsicles, doctor's appointments, stretchy pants, love, + learning. Here are 9 things that I've learned, loved, and loathed throughout this wild journey of pregnancy!
Swollen Feet - Loathe! About 7 months into my pregnancy, I took my boots off and there it was - perfect indentations in my legs. My boots were off but there was a perfect line of where the top of the boot was. Horrifying! My legs were so swollen. When I woke up the next day, I saw no ankles but tree stumps for legs and feet. This is the moment compression socks came into my life. Who knew compression socks would be my Spring fashion must?
Eating Nothing to Eating Everything - Food is such an interesting thing when you're pregnant. I was so sick in my first trimester that eating a saltine didn't even seem possible. Even the scent of meat sent me in a nauseous whirlwind. Fast forward to my third trimester and I'm making multiple stops on my way home from work - pizza, check! soda, check! reese's blizzard, check!
Pregnancy Brain Is Real - Can't quite remember what I was gonna write for this...
People Who Ask To Touch The Belly Are Heroes - Strangers touching the belly...LOATHE! Apparently a grown belly is an invitation for anyone and everyone to touch it. No thank you! Although it's so kind that they are so excited for me + my growing babe, it's just weird. The people asking if they can touch my belly - those are the real MVP's.
Connection Takes Time - I never felt connected to my baby until like...now. I am not one of the gals who felt connected at the moment of conception. Through sickness, uneasiness at seeing my body slowly change, emotional highs and lows, it wasn't until recently that I realized that there's actually a tiny girl growing inside me. My connection to my baby wasn't instant but it's now here + it's infinite!
Google Did Not Go To Medical School - Turns out Google is not an MD. I've learned to simply put down the Google search + call my doctor for questions/concerns. My doctor has a whole chart on my pregnancy, knows me best + has actual answers!
ASOS Is a Lifesaver - LOVE! ASOS has the best maternity clothing. I don't feel like an absolute potato after my package arrives. Look no further - this is the maternity OOTD go to!
Unsolicited Advice - Oh the unsolictied advice - can we say LOATHE, LOVE, + LESSONS LEARNED? So many opinions and methods in such little time. Some advice has been beneficial and some has been well - I could have gone without. But mostly what I've learned is one) just smile and nod + two) these people truly want the best for me + my tiny human.
All the Feels - One of my final thoughts in the last 9 months has been "all the feels". Hormones have catalyzed this thought. I feel all the things! Good, bad, sad, happy and everything in between. But mostly I've felt so grateful for this experience. I've had the opportunity to conceive, carry and will be giving birth in a few weeks. It's the most unreal, beautiful thing I've done and I couldn't be more grateful.
Women's hat sizes are fairly intuitive. The average women's head size measures around 57cm. If you are unsure of your hat size the Gigi Pip small/medium hat would be the best starting point. The small/medium hat size is made to fit 57cm + can be adjusted down to 55cm. If you know you have a slightly larger head go with the 59cm size. As far as Gigi Pip sizing goes this is a medium/large, made to fit a 59cm head size + then can be adjusted down to 57cm. The largest size Gigi Pip offers is a 61 cm, labeled as an XL, like our other sizes the 61 can be sized down to 59 cm. For women who feel they have a slightly smaller head than normal we recommend an XS which begins at 55cm + can be sized down to 53 cm. In select styles we offer kids sizing which begins at 53 cm + can be adjusted to 51 cm.
In short- the most common hat size is a S/M (57cm). While this is the most common hat size, remember that properly sizing your Gigi Pip hat will ensure the best fit.
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size + are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) + then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide how you would like to wear it + adjust your hat size accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table + measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Adjustable Inner Band Instructions
Flip up the sweatband to find the Velcro tab + pull to tighten. Velcro the ribbon back in place to secure your desired fit. The adjustable band can adjust the hat up to 5 cm when necessary! Some helpful tips about our adjustable inner band-
Hat Sizing Tape Instructions
Hat sizing tape is an additional option for tightening the fit of your hat. Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at email@example.com.