5 Maternity Trends You Need To Try Now

Spring is coming and with it, new warm weather trends!  Here are our favorite spring styles that expecting moms need to try now:

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Flare Jeans: ‘70s inspired fashions are sticking around for spring. A simple and comfortable way to go retro is with the Secret Fit Belly® flare jean. Pair with a printed or patterned maternity top for even more free-spirited style.

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Jean Jacket: The layering must-have goes with just about everything! You can throw one on over a maxi dress or go casual with a basic tee and leggings.  

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Print Top: Whether floral, plaid, striped or spotted, prints are taking center stage when it comes to spring. Ease your way into the trend with a print maternity top paired with maternity jeans or cargos.  MH_Spr16_04_033-RT-flt_72

Hanky Hem Dress: A hanky hem dress elegantly drapes and flatters your bump. In florals and bold colors, it’s a great choice for brunch or a baby shower.

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The perfect pant: Wear to work, through the weekend and for date night. This soft and stretchy pant will be your comfy go-to no matter your plans throughout your pregnancy and even post baby.

What trends are you excited to try?

The Nursing Essentials New Moms Can’t Live Without

We rounded up tried and true customer favorites to compile the ultimate must have list for new moms who plan to nurse.  Check it out and let us know if we missed any of your go tos in the comments!

 

The Itzy Ritzy Nursing Scarf: It doubles as a nursing cover and goes with anything… even spit-up!

Seamless Nursing Bra: Supportive, comfortable and easy to use while nursing are just a few things new moms had to say about this versatile clip down bra.

Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bustier: Many mamas are choosing this bustier style pump since it’s super soft, adjustable, comfortable and secure, so you can multitask during pumping!

Full Coverage Nursing Sleep Bra:  Comfortable enough for bed while providing light support.

Nursing Camisole: Some mamas wear a nursing cami solo, while others layer it under cardigans and shirts for easy access. You can work this striped camisole, also available in a variety of colors, both ways.

UpSpring Milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistle Powder Drink With its sweet berry flavor, this all-natural herbal supplement is convenient for when you are on the go. It can be mixed with water, sparkling water or juice, helping to promote healthy breast milk supply.

Lily Pads: These nursing pads work to prevent breast milk leakage, are reusable, discreet and comfortable.

Nursing Tee: Functional and stylish, this tee is an everyday wardrobe staple.

Medela Tender Care Lanolin Cream For Nursing Moms:  This cream applies smoothly, making it an easy ritual to keep to alleviate soreness.

Washable Nursing Pads If you prefer the comfort of a cotton lining and the convenience of being able to throw them in the washer, these pads are for you; and not to mention, they’re eco-friendly too!

The Honest Company’s Christopher Gavigan on Work + Family

Guest Editor: Christopher Gavigan, Founder and Chief Product Officer of The Honest Company

What we have always admired about The Honest Company is how its founders Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan were inspired by their own journey into parenthood to help parents everywhere.  Not to mention how much we really love to use- and look at- the brand’s safe and effective products for mom and baby. With a growing family (baby number 4 is soon on the way) and a growing business that coincidentally just turned 4, we asked Christopher what it’s like trying to do it all. The best part:  his answers have us feeling like we can too.

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Photo courtesy of Christopher Gavigan

How is your family preparing for Baby No. 4? Did the news comes as a surprise to your children Luke, Eve, and Poppy and do you have any advice to other parents preparing their little one/s for a new sibling?

Newborn babies are always surprises, and remarkable gifts to parents and siblings,;so YES , it was an absolute surprise that we are feeling so grateful and excited about.  The kids are calling him/her “my baby,” and like most new parents, we are doing plenty of talking to the kids about the new little arrival to ensure the smoothest transition. However, we do need to start having conversations around a name!

We don’t often hear a dad’s perspective on balancing work and parenting. What does balancing work and family mean to you?

“Balancing” is a hopeful word, and one that lacks the fuller context of the many pulls and complexities of what it is to be a father these days.  We all want to be the best father, husband, professional, person, friend, etc., but “balance” means you are winning … and feeling good about it.  Candidly, I often don’t feel good about not being around more for the children, and that’s because I have this other “baby” called The Honest Company.  So for me, as a realist, it’s all about a sense of compromise and being very thoughtful about when, where, and how I show up.  This has necessitated that I put a ton of thought into prioritizing quality over quantity.  Putting the phone down (for things like work emails) when I’m home, using Sunday as an Electronic Sabbatical for the whole family (this means no screen time), and being as present in the moment as I can be, which I think  is the true meaning of life by the way.  And Dads, you must focus on self-improvement too — working out, reading a book, and challenging yourself. You need it and deserve it.

How do you and your wife Jessica Capshaw stay connected as a couple with such busy schedules?

Well, instead of saying we are “busy” all the time (a useless mantra that people everywhere say), we work to acknowledge the “abundance” and the choices we have that fill our lives  and each other up.  We work to prioritize our dinners out, a neighborhood walk or workouts together. We also definitely try to take that special night away at a hotel within driving distance to our home.  And car-time talking doesn’t count (you have to look at your spouse to truly communicate and get connected!)

What do you hope 2016 will bring you personally and professionally?

If someone could bottle moments and slow down time, I’ll continue to hope for that!

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What new product/s is Honest launching this year that you are anticipating most?

Okay, nice try.  I’m someone who doesn’t easily reveal our innovations and awesome work for Honest.  For a conscious, purpose-driven company like us, the growth of our impact is what really excites us: serving, educating, inspiring, developing, and staying in tune with science. Our purpose to continue the excellence in baby, feeding, beauty, and cleaning are all paramount, so you’ll see continued expansion, refinements, evolution, and creating tons of additional smiles (and points of distribution) for our Honestly delightful products.  Vague (I know!) but we are on a mission. This journey is a multi-generational effort, and we dream big.

You can shop The Honest Company,  including new  apricot-scented Shampoo & Bodywash, Conditioner and Face & Body Lotion,  in Motherhood Maternity stores and online.

The Mom-To-Be Valentine’s Day Wish List

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together a wish list of gifts just for you to come in handy whether you are treating yourself or passing it along to those that may need a hint.

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Graphic tees are a fun way to make a style statement this Valentine’s Day while celebrating the fact that you are expecting.  With flattering side-ruching and a scoop neck, these I Love U and I’m With Cupid maternity tees will be your go-to all month long and are perfect if you are looking for a seasonally fun way to announce your pregnancy.

For a casual celebration, try our cozy red heart sweater. Layer over a denim dress for flirty flair or pair with black pants to elevate the look.

Staying in? Cuddle up in comfortable sleepwear in sweet prints! This pajama set comes with an eye mask so you can be cozy while you rest up.  Be festive in your undergarments too, with heart print panties. And for the new mom planning to nurse, our essential clip down nursing tank comes in pink and red lace.

The Basq Body Boost Mama To Be Kit, in soothing aromas like lavender vanilla and milk and honey, has everything you need for a little at-home pampering, helping your skin exfoliate, moisturize and repair!

Add the gift of glow, with this necklace, which makes a great gift because who doesn’t love a piece of jewelry?

As always, a gift card is perfect for keeping this holiday celebration going. It always fits and allows her to pick out a few extra goodies!

How are you planning to celebrate this day of love?

Maternity Photoshoot Tips from Actress Amy Davidson

Guest Editor: Amy Davidson, Actress and Blogger

A maternity photoshoot can be a special way to commemorate your pregnancy, celebrate your glow and capture your excitement on becoming a mom. For some insight from a mom-to-be, we chatted with actress Amy Davidson, who is expecting her first. She shared with us the best tips for getting photos you are sure to love. Read along for Amy’s advice on how to achieve your own gorgeous maternity portraits and what becoming a mom means to her!

Photo: Dustylu Photography

Congrats! What are you most excited about becoming a mom?

The idea of actually becoming a mom is still foreign to me, as crazy as that sounds! I understand that in about 8 weeks this little being will be out of my belly and into my arms, but sometimes I can’t wrap my brain around it! My maternal instincts have kicked in and are very strong already, so that will make the transition into motherhood easier for me. Instinctually, I already understand it. I think what I’m most excited about is seeing this little boy grow and develop and have his own personality. Helping him become his own person and a good person, that is very important to me. I want him to be a nice little boy who is caring and loving and happy!

How would you describe your pregnancy style?

Since the majority of my pregnancy has been during the winter, when my bump has been the biggest, what I’ve been gravitating to is anything that’s comfortable! I’m loving leggings and sweaters. I also love body-con dresses that really show off my bump!

Why choose to have professional maternity photos taken?

Capturing my pregnancy was very important to me. This moment flies by and I wanted to make sure that we had the most beautiful photos to cherish. I’ve taken a ton of pictures during my pregnancy, but doing a professional photo shoot insured that I would accomplish the look and feel of the shoot that I was going for. Our photographer, Dustylu Photography completely captured my vision.

How far along were you for the photoshoot?

I was exactly 31 weeks during our shoot!

Where is the location of the shoot? Why did you choose it?

Our photographer chose Maravilla Gardens as our location. I expressed to her what I envisioned, and she said she knew of the perfect place. I wanted the shoot to feel surreal and full of life. The gardens are stunning and offer just that. One of the locations reminded me of a charming farmhouse. And there’s an actual cabbage patch! How perfect is that for a maternity shoot?! When I looked at the website I was completely sold. It was exactly what I had in mind!

How did you prepare for the photoshoot?

We decided to do the photo shoot pretty last minute, as this month is getting pretty busy with my two baby showers and traveling home to Arizona for one of them. We decided it would be on Saturday. I went into Motherhood Maternity and found a great outfit, and started to plan the look and feel of the shoot. I mapped out how I wanted my makeup and hair to look, as well as putting about five other outfits together to complete the feel of what I wanted.

Any tips or questions you should ask your photographer before the shoot?

I think it’s really important to communicate to your photographer exactly what you want and what you’re looking for. That way you will get your desired outcome. I was very vocal with my photographer, expressing my wants and desires for the shoot. That way the photo shoot is a collaboration and everyone is on the same page. You feel comfortable going into it, and the photographer feels confident that they know exactly what you want. It’s a win-win. I would definitely ask the photographer, “Have you ever done a maternity shoot before? Are you comfortable with a maternity shoot? What is your vision?” Maybe they will enhance what you are already thinking for the shoot. I would also ask if there’s a location that he or she loves and have already shot at before. That’s what was great about our location; Lu shoots there all the time, so she knew all the areas she wanted to take us too. We got everything done in about an hour and a half; she was so efficient!

Photo: Dustylu Photography

Photo: Dustylu Photography

How did you choose what you would wear?

I was a little nervous about what I would wear. I had an idea in my mind, but I didn’t have any of the clothes yet. When I went into Motherhood Maternity, I saw this long black skirt and lacey bra that made sense for what I wanted. Then I was able to gather more clothes to complement that outfit. I wanted that ethereal feel, so that was my starting point. I knew I also wanted some shots with a bare belly, so that’s where a skirt and top came into place.

What are some things to consider about choosing the right outfit?

I think when choosing an outfit you have to figure out what you’re comfortable wearing. I love showing my bump, so I was comfortable in a skirt and a bra top. I also wore two different body-con dresses, for a different feel. In order for the photos to turn out the way you want them to, being comfortable is very important. I would also try and gather as many outfits as possible so you have a variety to choose from. That way you’re more likely to get exactly what you want!

For more from Amy on maternity portraits, check out her blog!

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We hope you love our brand new look with even more tips and posts for moms-to-be and new moms. We love celebrating the journey from pregnancy to motherhood with all of you!

From maternity trends, skincare secrets and recipes to new mom must-haves and behind the scenes, we’re listening to your feedback and can’t wait to share! For more of what you love and the content you crave, stay tuned because this is going to be fun!

Beyond Yoga Co-founder Michelle Wahler On Life As A New Mom

We were just about to start slacking on our New Year’s fitness resolutions when new styles from Beyond the Bump by Beyond Yoga gave us exactly the motivation we needed to keep going. Co-founder of this incredibly chic, soft and durable active maternity wear collection, Michelle Wahler, is also a new mom herself. Read along to find out her favorite thing about motherhood, how she balances family and running a business, and her sage advice for other new moms.

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What does a typical morning look like for you?

Prior to Aiden (my 9 month old), I had my iPhone to wake me up. Now Aiden has become our 7am alarm clock. We start each day with a quiet feeding in his nursery. This quiet time with him is my form of mediation and I cherish it.

After we’re done feeding, we start getting ready. Every day is an adventure; he will discover a new drum set—the shower door, under the sink, the toilet seat— and then play with my hairbrush or a roll of toilet paper  all while I attempt to wash my face and do my hair!

Then, we head to the kitchen to prep his meals for the day. I’m fascinated by how my view of nutrition has changed now that Aiden’s eating solid foods.  Planning his meals to make sure he’s getting all of the nutrients he needs has made me reevaluate what foods I should be eating I now  try to incorporate a wide variety of vitamin rich foods into my diet.

Tell us about a day at the Beyond Yoga offices.

I head into the office by 9:30am with my Trenta, (yes, that’s bigger than a Venti), of unsweetened green tea-lemonade from Starbucks.  I hydrate more than ever now and arrive to a packed schedule. As I start my day, I always make it a top priority to go around and say hello to everybody at their desks. Each day differs, which is what excites me the most about my involvement and the growth here at Beyond Yoga.  From sketch reviews with my design team, to calls with partners, weekly fittings, production meetings, and even going downtown in the middle of my day to meet with new contractors, I’m always on the go. While the day is never dull, I manage to pump throughout, (back to my Trenta green tea-lemonade, as I must hydrate).  I remember my priorities of Aiden no matter how busy I am. Even if I have to take a call, or hold a meeting, the glorious sounds of my Medela pump, as a background noise, keep me going.

Before I know it, it’s 5:30pm and I leave to go enjoy dinner with my boy, face time with dad, a bath, and then our bedtime routine. I feel lucky to have designed my life to be filled with a balance of my two loves: my career and my family.

How has being a mom changed your personal style and beauty routine?

Everything has to be easy now.  When I’m getting dressed I need to make sure my outfits are breastfeeding / pumping friendly. I made the mistake of wearing a romper with a high neck to the office one day and I ended up having to strip down to my underwear to pump. That is a mistake you only make once!

What are some of your favorite Beyond the Bump pieces and why?

During my pregnancy, my uniform was the Hug The Belly Long Leggings, the Grow and Glow Cami and the Cover Your Belly Drape Front Cardigan. Wearing a simple, no hassle, comfortable outfit was my only objective when getting dressed. Putting on clean Beyond the Bump to go into the office after I worked out was a real treat.

Pretty quickly after Aiden was born, I retired the leggings because I ended up having an emergency C-section and I actually wanted compression at my waist. I also learned what a huge need there is for special clothing post pregnancy. I didn’t realize how long it would take for my body to return to normal. Loose flowing tops became my best friend.  Since having Aiden, being post-partum has helped inspire the line to what a mom actually needs. A couple of pieces I look forward to wearing next time around when I’m pregnant are the Mock Zip Neck Tee, Scoop Neck Tank Top, and Beyond the Bump V-Neck tee.

How did you stay active during and after your pregnancy?

Oddly, I think it was easier to stay active during my pregnancy. I did a lot of prenatal yoga, Pilates, and went on long walks. Now it’s rare that I have time to get to a class. Whether it’s the yoga offered at the office or taking advantage of the Yogaworks and Barre 3 online classes, I try to find ways to sneak in something during the week. I do make time to go to classes on the weekends while Aiden’s napping and my husband is at home. I know I could make time during the week, but it would cut into my time with Aiden and that’s not something I’m willing to give up right now.

What is the best advice that you’ve received about being a working mother / what would you share with other women in the same situation?

The best advice has been to be kind to myself. It’s hard being a mom, and adding the commitments of running a company, it’s a huge challenge. You’re not going to do everything the way you pictured you would and that’s okay. If you can be your own cheerleader and not get down on yourself you will win, besides most of us put unreal expectations on ourselves. Self-love and acceptance of your own limitations will lead to happiness, which will ultimately lead to your baby’s happiness.

What websites, blogs, books or apps do you like to read/use about motherhood or kid/baby?

I’m very grateful for my weekly Baby Group, which gives me a lot of useful information. It’s also been a great network of support because in my group we are all working moms with babies born in the same month as Aiden, so we are all going through this together. Having on-going texts and emails with women going through a similar experience has been the village I need.

I also love reading the Whattoexpect.com articles, kellymom.com, and scarymommy.com. Their group message boards are great too.

How do you treat yourself and relax?

That’s been hard. I really look forward to showers while Aiden is sleeping. Last Friday I actually took the day off, got a massage and went to the movies with my husband. Sometimes you just need to recharge your batteries.

It’s also been a lot of fun making new mommy friends and taking the babies to weekend activities. My favorites so far have been Gymboree and Music class.

What is your favorite thing about being a new mom?

My favorite part of being a new mom is getting to know Aiden. I love waking up every morning to see him. He’s given me a new perspective on the world. I can’t wait to see how he’s going to grow and learn, and to know the person that he will grow up to be.  He gives me so much excitement for the future in a way I never imagined.

A Fond Goodbye from Our Style Director

In March 2013 when we started this blog I was the Design Director of A Pea in the Pod and expecting my first child. As dedicated followers know, my son Greyson is now a precocious toddler and blog readership has grown just as fast.

This will be my last post as I am moving on to exciting new opportunities. The blog will continue to inform and inspire you on all things motherhood and maternity. Thank you for sharing your insights, style secrets and stories!

-Olivia

Rachel Zoe’s Resolutions for a Stylish 2016

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

With Award season under way and Fashion Week not too far off, the first few months of the New Year for style icon and mom of two, Rachel Zoe, can get quite busy. She shares with us her favorite down-time activities and the resolutions she plans to keep no matter how packed her schedule. Read along to see why you should do the same to have one stylish 2016.

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I can’t help but live by my own rule of always taking an extra 5 minutes to do something that makes you feel better about yourself before taking on your day (or night!).  Whether it’s adding a lip or putting on a coat of mascara, I think 2016 should be the year when you do the same.  A few of my suggestions to take control that effortlessly elevate your style:

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A little black dress is something every woman should have in her style arsenal and the simplest silhouette to transition from day to night.  Trade in your flats for a heeled bootie and yours with a bold lip for an effortlessly glamorous look in the New Year.

Adding a coat of mascara is one of the simplest steps for a fresh-faced look. In less than minutes, you can look and feel better.

I always want to spend more time with my 2 sons…I can’t get enough of them! All the time, particularly in the New Year when work can get a little overwhelming, I like to carve time out to cook and bake with my boys.

 

Winter Pregnancy Skincare Secrets from a Pro

Guest Editor: Kelli Kenny, basq NYC Co-Founder

Boosting your skin care routine to banish dry Winter skin is a must. Kelli Kenny, Mom and Co-Founder of basq NYC, whose high quality pregnancy skin care products have earned a devoted following, gave us some of her best tips for maintaining a healthy, hydrated glow during the coldest months of the year.WinterEssentials BLOGFrom Kelli

My top priority in winter during and after pregnancy is to beat the itchies! As a mom always on the go, my skin tends to get a lot dryer in the Winter, especially living in NYC. The same can be true during pregnancy, especially with hormonal skin changes happening. As the temps start dipping, my heating system goes full throttle, sapping all the moisture from my skin. Here are some secrets for combating dry and itchy winter skin.

Exfoliate: I use our Sugar Body Polish to exfoliate in the shower at least once a week. A gentle scrub in a warm shower is the best quick fix for dry itchy skin. Remember, it is best to keep your shower temps lower as hot water actually saps skin moisture by stripping your natural moisture barriers. I’m in love with our new Skin Perfecting Sugar Scrub in Lavender Pear. Originally used in our Calming Oil, this aroma has been a customer and team favorite for a long time. It’s great to finally enjoy it in the shower. We only use sugar in our scrubs, no salts or seeds that can irritate and dry skin; so, your skin will be left really soft!

Rough Edges: For extra dry elbows and heels, a dry scrub down works wonders. Before turning on the shower, use a little sugar scrub and rub in a circular motion. Let it set for a couple of minutes. The natural glycolic acids help release dry, tough skin. Wash off and reveal a soft and smooth finish!

Rich Moisture: After a shower, my dry skin must-have is our Mega Moisture Butter since it’s rich and creamy without being heavy. Plus, it absorbs incredibly well. I love that I can get dressed right away. If I’m feeling extra dry, I put it on right before bed for an overnight treatment effect.

Tint & Glow: During the winter months I switch to a slightly tinted moisturizer in the mornings.  Just the small touch of color makes me appear healthier and energized. It also helps even skin tone so I can avoid wearing a heavy foundation during the day. I gravitate toward the L’Oreal BB Tinted Moisturizer – it is really light, absorbs quickly and gives a great finish. Even better… it has a 15 SPF built in so I get sun protection without thinking about it.

The Eyes Have It: An eye cream is important year round – the under eye area is ultra-delicate and prone to puffiness and lines. Extra hydration in the winter is a must! I use our Cucumber Tea Gel daily; it’s great for long-term toning and tightening, plus I love how it takes care of morning puffiness and fatigue lines.

Steam to Dewy:  As I child I would watch my mom open the dishwasher during the dry cycle and steam her face! It sounds extreme, but steaming really works to open pores and deeply saturate the skin with moisture. In the evenings, I place a washcloth in hot water with a few drops of our Lavender Calming Oil, squeeze out excess water and place on my face to open pores. I follow with a very light moisturizer like Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin. Then, once a week, I use a light coating of the Lavender Calming Oil; it’s my perfect nighttime treatment. My skin looks great in the morning and I always sleep better with a little lavender. Remember, lavender is amazing for clearing blemishes, tightening pores and for overall better sleep and relaxation.

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.
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