5 Best Fall Skincare Products for Pregnancy

Guest Editor: Kristen Diamond, Beauty and Lingerie Buyer

Cooler temperatures can bring newfound skincare dilemmas— especially if you are expecting! Who better to dish on the best Fall beauty picks that are safe for momma and baby than our resident guru Kristen? Kristen just happens to be getting ready for the arrival of her second baby— a little girl, due any day—so read along for the products getting her through the final stretch and the rest of the season!KRISTEN BEAUTYAs Told by Kristen:

I’ve been planning and preparing for my little girl’s impending arrival and I am so excited that the wait is almost over! Now that we are moving into Fall, I’ve naturally switched up my beauty routine and only use pregnancy-safe products that are free of harsh chemicals but still effective. Here are my favorites:KristenEssentials BLOGTreatment: Mama Mio’s Pregnancy Boob Tube soothes, hydrates and even firms. I use it after the shower and will continue doing so after baby arrives. It’s worth noting that this cream is safe for moms to continue using if they plan to breastfeed.

Body Oil: Body oils are a great way to nourish and maintain moisture throughout pregnancy and beyond. I’m a fan of both the eucalyptus and lavender oils from Basq. I plan on packing both in my hospital bag to keep me calm and relaxed!

Lip Balm: I always have an Honest Lip Balm on hand, especially in the Fall when chapped lips can be problematic. Oh and I’m also obsessed with Honest’s Hand Sanitizing Spray since it’s just as hydrating and is perfect for on-the-go to keep germs at bay.

Body Scrub: Exfoliation is key when the weather cools PLUS your skin takes a toll during pregnancy. I recommend a body scrub like Basq’s Sugar Body Polish to slough away dry skin before moisturizing with an all over body lotion like Basq’s Mega Moisture Cream.

Nail Polish: I love all of the dark nail colors for fall. Butter London’s Nail Lacquer in Posh Bird is one of my favorites!

7 Ways to Lessen Stress During Your Pregnancy by Lori Bregman

Guest Editor: Lori Bregman, Celebrity Doula, Life Coach + Author

As a birth doula and coach I have taken and supported thousands of women through their pregnancy journey. As amazing as this special time is, it can also come with its fair share of stress, especially for the first time mama.Lori BregmanHere are a few ways to make your journey into motherhood a more peaceful experience:

Focus on yourself – In all my years, I have never experienced the same circumstances in a woman, relationship, pregnancy, birth or baby – each one has had a very UNIQUE journey. When you focus on the way someone else did it, how much weight they gained, or how their partner is showing up for them,  you will disconnect with your own individuality and truth of who you are and what authentically feels right for you and your unique family. They are not you; we all have different strengths, weaknesses and ways of doing things. Focus on yourself, find what feels right for you and do it your way.

Be present – I have always loved this quote, “99% of the things we worry about never happen.” Watch the what- ifs; if you find yourself focusing on what MIGHT be, then bring your attention back into the present moment. When we worry about the future we are worrying about something that might not ever happen. The only thing that is real is this present moment; the past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet. It is in what you do here and now that is building a path to your future. We waste so much precious energy worrying about what might go wrong, but an easy way to shift this is by catching your thoughts and changing them to what could go right.

It’s ok to set boundaries – During pregnancy EVERYONE will be projecting their views and ways onto you about the way they did it or think it should be done. Protect yourself from the projections and horror stories that others will love to tell you about. Remember what I said above about no two women are the same. Just because they had that experience or knew of someone who did, doesn’t mean that will be your experience. You have every right to set boundaries and say, “I know you mean well, but I’m trying to stay in a good healthy head space. So unless you have something positive to say that will help inspire me about birth or motherhood, I would prefer not to hear it.” Setting boundaries can be challenging at first, but it gets easier once you start feeling better after setting them.The Mindful Mom-to-beCreate a morning and bedtime ritual for yourself – The way you go to sleep and the way you start your day sets the pace for how well you will sleep through this time as well as how your day will unfold once you wake. As a parent you naturally transition your child to sleep by feeding them a healthy dinner, giving them a soothing bath or reading them a book. In the morning you might want to give them a bit of down time to ease your child into their day. Be mindful about the food you give them and how they react to it. It’s a no brainer and easy to do for your kids so they succeed and thrive. I invite you now to do the same for YOURSELF.

Breathe, meditate, exercise and do yoga – These are all great ways to release endorphins (the feel good hormone,) help you de-stress, calm the nervous system, ground your energy and promote relaxation.

Clean up your diet – Eating a diet rich in Non-GMO, hormone free and organic whole foods is an instant game changer. Your food can have an effect on your mood, energy and of course overall wellbeing. If you regularly consume sugars, white flours, sodas, fried and processed foods, your body will be working overtime spending priceless energy to digest and detoxify. You have a choice with what you put in your body. The cleaner you eat, the more you will start to feel better, less stressed and thus thrive. Most importantly, the foundation on which you build your baby from will be solid and healthy.

Stay off the internet – If you are looking for a problem, you can be sure to find one online. I once went onto some of the pregnancy chat rooms to see why so many of my clients were spinning in fear and I was even freaked out after reading all the scary stories people were talking about. There are amazing books out there; find the ones that keep it real and don’t promote fear. I love Ina May’s – Guide to Childbirth,  Sarah Buckley’s – Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering…, Dr. Hakakha and Dr. Brown’s – Expecting 411, and of course my book – The Mindful Mom-To-Be:)

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.

Celebrating Grandparents Day with a Q + A with Cathy Alba

In honor of National Grandparents Day this Sunday, we thought we would catch up with one particular grandparent, Cathy Alba; yes mom to Jessica! Grandparents hold a special place in their family’s lives and Cathy is no exception. A grandmother of 4, Cathy is also The Honest Company’s Senior Brand Educator. Read on to hear more about the role she plays in her family and family business and don’t forget to tell us about the role your own grandparents play in the comments below!Cathy Alba Grandparents Day

Image courtesy of Cathy Alba

What do you enjoy most about being a grandma? I enjoy being 100% present and in the moment with my grandchildren. With my children, I was working full time, while my husband and I were raising our children. While I still work full time now, I am older, a little wiser and more organized. I just get to concentrate on them. As a young adult, life was fast and crazy, and still is at times, but with maturity, I handle it differently.  My priorities have shifted with age.

I also enjoy the little mannerisms that I pick up on from my grandchildren, that remind me of my own children when they were young, which sometimes brings me to tears.  Even when they test their boundaries, they remind me of what their parents did at their age, and now I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I find it quite hilarious!

By the way, I’m blessed with 4 grandchildren, so far.  My son, Joshua, and his wife, Nikki, have Carter (10) and Brooklyn (6).  My daughter Jessica, and her husband Cash, have Honor (7), and Haven (4).  They all call my husband, Papa, and me, Nana.

How is being a grandma different from being a mom? I’m so much more relaxed, more patient, and don’t have the pressure of the 24hr mom I used to be.  Also, experiencing and assisting with the births of my daughter’s two children, gave me an overwhelming, and emotional experience, only a Grandmother (Nana) could receive.

What activity do you enjoy most with your grandkids? I enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and amusement parks, to name a few of the active ones.  I also enjoy the quiet times, bedtime story time, arts and crafts, and cuddling, and watching their favorite movies with them.  There are so many, I can’t just pick one! Any activity with them make me feel younger, and more energetic.

What’s your role in the Honest Company? I am a Senior Brand Educator.  I educate the retailers that carry our product, help organize and speak at store events with customers, throughout the country, and soon, internationally.

What are your favorite Honest products? 1. Honest Face and Body Oil, 2. Honest Healing Balm, 3. Honest wipes, 4. Honest Deodorant, 5. Honest Face and Body Lotion, 6. Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner, 7. Honest Laundry Detergent.

Thanks you so much for letting me share a little part of my Beautiful Life with you all! -Cathy

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.

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


  • 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


  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


  • 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


  • 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 Sunscreen / Nine 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!

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