Ease Morning Sickness Naturally

Chances are #morningsickness is showing up on more than just your Instagram feed during the VMAs. When I was pregnant with my son, I had a serious case of the queasies during my first trimester, and thankfully, I was able to quell it without needing a prescription.
5For those of you looking for a way to potentially alleviate an upset stomach and nausea during pregnancy, Preggies Pop Drops are all-natural gluten free lozenges that are a sweet and convenient to carry with you. If you prefer something you can sip on, you can try Anna Naturals Keep It Down Pregnancy Tea, new to our stores and online. Organic ginger and organic chamomile are blended with spearmint and lavender for a soothing or refreshing cup of tea—you can make it hot or iced—that’s quite delicious and safe for pregnancy. PLUS it is 100% caffeine free.

Would love to know your tips for handling morning sickness; share them in the comments below! xoxo, Olivia

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.

Boston Bump Roundup

2IMG_8914After a rough start due to travel delays, I finally arrived in Boston late Friday morning! Running short on time, I made a quick lunch stop at Sweet Green and then headed right to our Newbury Street A Pea in the Pod for an afternoon of styling with local mamas-to-be. Each one was looking for something different, including the perfect pair of maternity jeans, a stand out shower dress or go-with-everything tees.

Saturday started off at a fabulous breakfast spot called Tatte Bakery that I discovered in Beacon Hill. I definitely recommend this place; they have the most delicious pastries! Then it was on to Destination Maternity’s Natick store for another fun day of styling! Brooke, a Mama Mio skincare expert—who is also expecting!— was on hand to give mini massages and talk skincare with moms-to-be. I helped Brooke start her maternity wardrobe with a few key pieces that are perfect for early on as well as later in your pregnancy like a striped A-line tunic that can be styled up or down.9Two tips I share with all of my clients are: wear what makes you feel comfortable and also shop early, since most pieces transition with you through every trimester! 

I am looking forward to my next maternity styling tour in Cali next month. Stay tuned for dates! -Olivia

Quick and Easy Recipes for Pregnancy and Beyond

Guest Editor: Catherine McCord, Author + Blogger of Weelicious

My third pregnancy was filled with so many firsts. Kenya, my oldest, was old enough to really understand what’s happening inside my belly. Chloe, my second, was about to become a big sister for the first time. The kids and hubby waited on me hand and foot and I’d say they loved my pregnancy cravings as much as I did! They all thought it was funny that I had to have my daily pregnancy parfait every morning, and that I followed them around eating their leftovers. Somehow, I still had late night cravings for a smoothie. I try to keep a healthy balance of foods in my diet all the time, but with a baby camping out in my belly it felt even more important to listen to my body and stay healthy.
Catherine with familyI also still had to feed a grown man and two children, so I made tons of dinners the whole family would enjoy and that required minimal prep, but that were fresh and wholesome. Here are a few of my favorite easy meals that satisfied my pregnancy cravings and my family during pregnancy number three:

Chilled Avocado Soup // Hummus Veggie Wraps // Superfood Salad // Pesto Pasta with Roast Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes // Asian Rice Bowls with Egg

When you’re pregnant, it’s also important to remember that getting your fat and calories from nutrient dense foods with tons of vitamins and minerals (and don’t forget those omega 3 fatty acids) is essential. If you decide to breastfeed your baby this is especially true. This is not the time to start dieting as you need to eat plenty of nutritious calories to keep up with milk production. A great way to get tons of vitamins and minerals is drinking a pregnancy smoothie! Here’s a recipe I love:Pregnancy Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup milk (almond, soy, or cow’s)
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon hemp, chai, or flax seeds, optional

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in a blender and puree pushing down with spatula to combine between pulses (mixture is very thick so it may take a few minutes).
  2. Place in a tall glass and drink immediately or freeze for several hours to achieve the consistency of ice cream.

Lastly, to keep you energized all day long after baby arrives here’s a few of my favorite snacks. The bonus? I can make them for my older kids too, so we’re all happy!

Avocado Toast // Sweet Potato Dippers // Breakfast Cookies // Brainy Breakfast // Veggie Garden Cups // Protein Bars

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.

Delicious Minty Watermelon Salad

watermelon summer salad recipeI discovered the delicious recipe for this fruit-based salad from my girlfriend who always brings the best dishes to our parties. It is one of our family’s favorites for summer time; even my toddler loves it! Low on effort, but high on taste, this salad is perfect for your upcoming Labor Day weekend spread. Enjoy it! -Olivia

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  • Gently toss chopped watermelon, blackberries and crumbled feta cheese together.
  • In small bowl, mix lime juice, agave, mint and vinegar together, then dress salad.

Mama Mio Co-Founder Sian Sutherland’s Top 5 Travel Must-haves

Mother and Co-founder of Mama Mio, Sian Sutherland, is always on the go! Her passion for fitness, family and pregnancy safe skincare keeps her traveling across the globe promoting her passions throughout the year. Today she shares the essentials she can’t live without when traveling. Read on for her top picks:Untitled-1My Kindle Paper White: How did we survive without this? Amazing when jet lagged and I can read a little with the tiny glow from the screen. This invention has totally reintroduced me to reading after losing the habit with kids!

Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil: I always have a travel size of this incredible all purpose oil. Trebles up as a facial oil and an overnight hair treatment.  Packed with vitamins, Omegas and antioxidants, it is based on our infamous Mama Mio the Tummy Rub that we created for my first son (Charlie, now 6’5”!) so the experience is even more special as the essential oil fragrance takes me back to such a special time (with FREE rose coloured spectacles thrown in!).

Training Gear: I love any kind of fitness, and travel often introduces me to new things – like aerial yoga in New York recently! So I always have a tiny bundle of tanks and pants that take up no space, but remind me to find a class somewhere; wherever I am.

Mama Mio Lucky Legs: When I was pregnant, my legs swelled up and were really uncomfortable, especially during warmer weather.  We created Lucky Legs cooling serum for exactly this issue and I still use it today. Brilliant on planes to keep circulation flowing in lower legs and feet; perfect to help recover post a high heel event and just spot on to give instant refreshment and relief using on pulse points and temples to stop tension headaches and jet lag.

My Gold Top: Made of some strange leatherette fabric, this instantly adds a pop to any outfit!

 

What’s in My Bag // Vacation Beauty Essentials

2Next week we leave for our family vacation so I thought I would share some of my travel essentials! I am looking forward to spending quality time with my boys, relaxing by the pool and getting in lots of beach time. All that time in the sun means that sunscreen is a must! Everyone in our family uses Honest Company’s organic healing balm to keep our skin hydrated along with Nine Naturals Body Wash, which saves room and makes packing easier! My make up routine is super simple, too; I use Dior Airflash spray foundation  since it’s quick and easy to apply. For the beach, I’m bringing a good book, and accessorizing with a bright pedi, flip flops, a panama hat and my favorite shades.

What are some of your summer vacation must-haves? –Olivia

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen / Slim Havaianas in Gold / Nine Naturals SPF 32 SunscreenNine Naturals Body Wash / Ray-Ban Clubmaster / Honest Organic Healing Balm / Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation / Butter London Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red / Biltmore Panama Hat

Pregnancy Skin Care: The Power Of Peptides

The following post is sponsored by our friends at basq NYC

The beauty world is buzzing about peptides in pregnancy skin care products and for good reason.  They may be the key to faster, smarter skin repair.  As you can imagine, anything that can make a real difference in the battle to prevent and repair stretch marks gets our attention.  Not to mention, smart repair means a better post-pregnancy bounce back for your changing skin.  Here’s a little overview on the ingredients and why they may work for you.BestInBeautyBLOGWhat We Know: The building blocks of skin strength and stretch come from collagen & elastin fibers.  When stretched too far, these fibers can break down.  As that damage surfaces, it shows up as a stretch mark.  Enter peptides and amino acids that act as messengers.  Long chain peptides direct skin to build collagen, while short chain peptides address skin’s inflammatory response, which helps speed tissue regeneration. Put these two powerhouses together and you have a serious strategy for fixing stretched, damaged skin.

The Catch:  You can’t rely on peptides alone.  Messengers need something to communicate.  So this means that peptides need to work within the context of other ingredients, so they can “tell” the skin how to put everything to work.  You need a mix of ingredients that nourish, hydrate, strengthen and build skin resiliency.  Peptides will make that blend work harder and more effectively, directing skin response so you get the results you want.

basq Peptides Picks:  For stretch mark prevention and repair we use BioPeptides, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. Featured in our New Stretch Mark Vanishing Serum and Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter, these power peptides help fix damage at a whole new level.

The Extras:  Shea Butter has always been the better butter for marks; it’s the one with some real proof in clinical studies.  Add in omega rich oils and nutrient rich plant extracts and you have the perfect base to activate peptides.

After 9 months of skin stretching, the body needs the power of peptides.  Boost your results with smart ingredients that tell your skin to build core strength and fix damage faster. Peptides may just be the key to making stretch marks a faded memory.

Summer Pregnancy Skincare Secrets from a Pro

Guest Editor: Kristen Diamond, Beauty and Lingerie Buyer

Warmer weather means manis, pedis and lots of moisturizing so I reached out to Kristen, our resident beauty guru, to get the round-up of her favorite products that are safe for moms-to-be. You may recognize Kristen from We’re Expecting Too; she is currently pregnant with her second child, a girl!GRAs told by Kristen:

I am so excited to have another baby! I have a three-year-old son, Ryan, so when we found out I was having a girl, we were ecstatic; I have had so much fun decorating her room and picking out her little outfits already!

As a soon-to-be second time mom and the beauty and skincare buyer for Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, I have a lot of experience with pregnancy-safe products. The brands we carry offer formulas that are free of all of the harsh chemicals and effective, which is why I use them even when I am not pregnant. Here are my must-haves:Pregnancy Skin Care EssentialsNail Polish: Maintaining a mani and pedi is a must in the summer! I do my own and love the Butter London Nail Lacquer since it’s 3-Free. A great summer shade is “Poole.” Their top coat also works really well and because it lacks many of the harsh chemicals other nail polishes have, the scent is not strong.

Body Scrub: Exfoliate! I am currently obsessed with the Honest Sea Salt and Sugar Body Scrub. It is amazing and I use it all of the time! It smells great and leaves you super soft.

Body Oil: Keeping your skin hydrated during the summer is important! I go back and forth between the Basq Lavender Oil and The Honest Company Body Oil. They both soak in really well and have a nice scent. I always drink tons of water, too, to keep hydrated.

Lip Balm: I love The Honest Company Lip Balm Trio and I keep them everywhere because I am a fanatic about using lip balm. No one wants dry lips, especially when pregnant!

Sun Block: I am crazy about using sun block on my son and myself. The Nine Natural Sunscreen is a great option, as is the Honest sun stick that we carry, which makes it so easy to lotion tiny faces on-the-go!

Facial Wipes: I can’t get enough of facial wipes! I keep the Honest 3-in-1 Facial Towelettes and Mama Mio Gorgeous Glow Swipes in my beach bag so I always feel fresh. I use them on Ryan all of the time too! The Honest ones also take off eye makeup really well.

For Some Extra Pampering: Mama Mio Lucky Legs  instantly cools and relaxes your legs; great for after a long day at the beach or pool and chasing after a toddler!

Simple Smoothie Pops For Summer

popciclesAs a health-conscious mom to a toddler, it’s important to me to find more nutritious ways to enjoy snacks and desserts. Our family has recently become obsessed with smoothies which are a refreshing treat for summer and Greyson especially LOVES them! We have a garden of strawberries ready for picking and in the mornings, we make smoothies for breakfast. For a more indulgent take, I decided to try popsicles! Just take your favorite smoothie recipe and freeze into a popsicle mold (or make your own.) These are good any time of the day and perfect for a mom-to-be and her family who craves something sweet but without the guilt. Enjoy! -Olivia

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Yogurt (Try Greek for a tangier taste!)
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice

Directions:

  • Blend strawberries, blueberries, banana, yogurt and juice until smooth.
  • Pour into popsicle mold; freeze until solid- between 5-10 hours or overnight.

What’s in My Bag // Summer Beauty Essentials

IMG_96553As you may have read, I am huge fan of The Honest Company’s Carryall Satchel! Since I have to leave ample room for my son’s toys, clothing changes and snacks, I find keeping a clutch stocked with all my essentials that I can toss in and take out as needed is the way to go. Being a mama, I ALWAYS have hand sanitizer in there; Honest’s sanitizer spray is my new fave since it’s gentle and mom and kid friendly. Since summer is here, I’ve switched up my beauty routine, opting for a sun-soaked glow with a bright lip and nail. Since sun tanning is a no go, my secret is a self-tanning towelette. They are so easy to transport and you don’t have to worry about leakage. A punchy lip color is perfect for quickly refreshing my make-up look while a nail polish is a must to have on hand (literally!) for those inevitable chips. I’ve also been using Mama Mio’s Gorgeous Glow skincare system and especially love the eye serum. Pulling it all together is a fabulous pair of Wayfarers; I never leave home without them!

What are some of your summer beauty essentials?-Olivia

Honest Lip Balm // Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato // Mama Mio Gorgeous Glow Brightening Eye Serum // Loreal Sublime Bronze Towelettes // Rayban Wayfarer // Honest Hand Sanitizer Spray // MAC Nail Lacquer in Impassioned

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