We’ve got the skinny on the must read books for moms-to-be. Our office is filled with new and expecting moms so we took a poll to bring you an edited list of the best pregnancy reads from empowering to practical to humorous!
REAL+A GOOD LAUGH
From the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris
This book gives it to you straight, filled with advice and stories from pregnant women, moms, doctors and midwives who have been through and seen it all! Light and funny, it feels like dishing over lunch with your girlfriends!
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
Everyone knows this book because well, it’s the classic #1 Best Selling pregnancy book and for good reason. Easy to read, easy to understand and full of relevant information, it’s on its 4th edition!
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Ina May Gaskin has over 30 years of experience as a midwife helping women give birth naturally. This book acts as an information guide for expectant mothers on establishing a mind-to- body connection before conceiving.
BEST FOR THOSE WHO PLAN TO BREASTFEED:
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman
A great guide for first-time mothers who plan on breastfeeding, the information is provided by internationally respected La Leche League, known for setting the standard for educating and empowering mothers who want to nurse.
KEEP MOM AND BABY HAPPY:
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp
Read this if you don’t read any other baby books! Dr. Harvey Karp teaches you about an “off-switch” for your baby’s crying. Need we say more?
Posted by Olivia C Myers on March 28, 2015
What is every little girl’s favorite movie? If you don’t know, here’s a hint… LET IT GO! Frozen’s Elsa and Anna are trending as baby names in 2015, as well as other Disney character favorites including Tiana, Giselle, Anastacia and Aurora. The movie, The Fault in Our Stars, has earned both Gus and Hazel popular baby name status. Arya—calling all Game of Thrones fans– as well as its other spelling Aria, from Pretty Little Liars, and Piper, from Orange is the New Black, are TV-inspired baby names. Other pop Culture influenced names give a nod to literature, like Harper; Harper Lee is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Our favorite royals William and Kate have given us a new love of the name George, while their own monikers continue to be popular choices. No doubt if they have a girl and decide to pay homage to Diana, we will be seeing that name rise in popularity. In fact, the United Kingdom is proving to be quite a source for baby names in the US, with “Fiona, Flora, Fenella, Greer, Isla and Elspeth, and for the boys, Finlay, Angus, Duncan, Ewan and Lachlan” making their way across the ocean according to The Huffington Post.
Your favorite color might just make the perfect baby name as well! In addition to Hazel, Scarlet, Lavender, Indigo, Magenta, Lilac– the list goes on—could be the just the way to make a bold statement with your name choice. Names with an X at the end or in the middle are becoming popular like Lennox or Axel as well. To round out our list of names, Titan, of Greek Mythology is strong, memorable and makes a Big Statement!
Congratulations and good luck! –Olivia
Posted by Olivia C Myers on March 19, 2015
Every year my family and I get away to the Pennsylvania Poconos for a fun ski weekend. My husband is an avid snow boarder and my 20-month old son loves being outdoors, so it was a perfect trip for all of us! Hot cocoa by the fire and ski-in, ski-out accommodations were my only specifications.
Since getting away with a toddler can be challenging, we had our extended family with us so everyone spent time with Greyson, leaving a little free time for my husband and I. Luckily, we had some extra hands, but in case you get the chance to take a family trip without grandparents, aunts or uncles, here are some tips on a worry (less) weekend with little ones.
Keep consistency; we packed Greyson’s favorite toys and had them set up for him just as he would at home. I also brought tons of his favorite snacks, and tried my best to keep to his normal nap schedule. Vacations are for special moments and tons of fun, but trust me, letting your toddler off to his own devices and sleep schedule can lead to major (but preventable) melt downs
Of course, packing for a whole family can be a challenge too, but I’ve learned to keep it simple. Lots of layers, if you are expecting or not, are super important! I always carry my favorite Chapstick and moisturizers to keep me hydrated in the cold weather too. -Olivia
1 Honest Skincare/ 2 Ski Mask/ 3 Scarf/ 4 Maternity Sports Bra/ 5 Naturopathica Skincare/ 6 Maternity Camisole/ 7 Bundle Me Combo Pack
Posted by destinationmaternity on February 15, 2015
Welcome to the 3rd trimester; this is the homestretch. I have been there, not too long ago, so I figured I would comprise a short list of must-haves for these next few weeks. The key is staying comfortable, feeling good and preparing for your final step… motherhood! (Side note, if you are newly pregnant or halfway through, make sure you check back at our first two posts in this series geared toward 1st trimester and 2nd trimester musts!) During the 3rd trimester, however, many women will be attending their shower or sprinkle, so a comfortable, yet chic dress is essential. All eyes will be on you, but you want to be able to enjoy the day without fussing around with your outfit. This concept of staying comfortable is the name of the game through the rest of your pregnancy.
Start with trying cozy pajamas and soft sleepwear for maternity, because they travel from pregnancy to post-pregnancy seamlessly. This holds true for our maternity panties as well. Stock up on ruched tops, nursing camis and nursing bras now. They offer a lot of stretch, so they will continue to grow with you, plus they double as parts of a comfortable outfit for leaving the hospital after baby. The Secret Fit Belly® jean is amazing because the panel is supportive, yet stretchy and adds control. You will continue to love these after baby, because you still will crave the support and comfort they provide.
Start thinking about packing those hospital and baby bags now. You are going to want to keep hydrated, so remember to moisturize the remainder of your pregnancy and afterward too. Think about bringing the softest blankets in your bag, so you can wrap baby up and start your new life. You are almost there! -Olivia
1 Maternity Cardi, Maternity Tee, Maternity Jogger Pant/ 2 Maternity Nursing Bra/ 3 Maternity Panty/ 4 Elastin Skincare/ 5 Secret Fit Belly® Jean/ 6 I Love You More Ruched Tee/ 7 Nursing Cami/ 8 Animal Bath Wrap/ 9 Baby Blanket/ 10 Baby Bag
Posted by destinationmaternity on February 13, 2015
Our favorite royal just came back from her babymoon, probably looking totally glam in nautical blues and whites. From across the pond to a tropical island, Kate Middleton always looks amazing. Are you planning on taking that last trip before the baby comes too? Take a look back at our blog post What2Wear/Where The Babymoon edition for inspiration on what to pack!
Luckily, you do not need to be a resident of a kingdom to achieve The Duchess’ fashion-forward and sophisticated style. A Pea in the Pod sells the luxury line, Seraphine Maternity, Kate’s go-to maternity brand! With inspiration from the most classic and classiest European cities, Seraphine helps makes moms-to-be feel and look their best, whether on a babymoon or at work! Stay tuned for more posts about this regal brand with celebrity and royalty following!
Whether away or here to stay … happy shopping! –Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on February 12, 2015
Klaudia, our Graphic Designer, who creates all of the art for the blog and our other social media channels, threw a fabulous birthday party for her two year old daughter, Vittoria, last weekend. Klaudia is not only a dedicated designer here at Destination Maternity, but a great mom who loves planning events for her little girl! I knew as soon as V’s birthday was approaching that Klaudia would have a super chic and fun idea for the party. Of course, she didn’t disappoint!
Since I’ll soon be planning my son’s second birthday party, I have been on the prowl for a venue and I happen to love the place that Klaudia chose. A fun indoor play area, My Little Adventures here in South Jersey, is an adventure play-land that accommodates toddlers and little kids. I know they have places like this in many other cities, so it’s worth looking into if you have a rambunctious toddler and party goers of a similar age-range.
The Safari Chic theme is adorable and perfect for a little girl or little boy, depending on the color story you choose to go with. Leopard paper goods, safari animal motifs, touches of pink and gold became her inspiration. She even painted toy safari animals in gold as centerpieces. White balloons were strung in gold ribbon, cake servers and even gold cupcake foils gave life to the stylish party décor.
The birthday girl had on an adorable gold crown and played with her guests until it was time for pizza and cake. Animal crackers and monkey cupcakes made for the perfect desserts before a bubble dance party! I love that Klaud thought of every little detail and chose a fun age appropriate venue for her guests. Greyson and I had a blast at the party! -Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on February 8, 2015
Like I have said before, my favorite part of football Sunday, especially the Super Bowl, is hosting! I love getting everyone together. Having guests over should be fun, not stressful. Plus, it shouldn’t break the bank! These ideas for a football-themed party are easy, inexpensive and will make a lasting impression.
Chocolate makes everything better. Take some apples and cut them up into “football” shaped wedges. Dip them in chocolate, add some frosted laces, and there you go- the cutest desserts. Do the same to some pretzel rods for even more chocolaty-good options. If you are a chocolate lover like me, and you have kids like I do, then the easiest one to make is probably those adorable football cupcakes. Do as you normally would, let the little ones join in, and then once baked and cooled, add the chocolate frosting with the white pigskin icing.
For some healthier options, choose your team’s color palette for cups and plates; then fill them with veggies and fruits that are dip-able and delicious. Make your own football cones with brown paper to hold popcorn or even grapes for another health-conscious choice. Mason jars add a cute, homey feel too. Finish with the touch-down tacos recipe! All of these are easy, amazing and everyone will be rooting for them. Happy hosting! – Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on January 30, 2015
Active apparel is a big trend right now that is inspiring both ready-to-wear and designer style alike. In maternity, the trend is giving a fresh take to work-out wear with comfort crafted right in. Active separates are designed in supportive and soft fabrics that are not only perfect for the gym, but cool enough for an everyday maternity look.
Whether you are a pilates guru, runner or spinning lover, layering maternity tanks, jackets, leggings and yoga pants is a maternity must. I always had a few black yoga pants in different leg shapes in my closet when I was pregnant; I would layer up with an array of tops and sweatshirts. As a yoga lover, I wish we carried our Beyond the Bump by Beyond Yoga line when I was pregnant. Available on-line and in-stores at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, this yoga collection is crafted from great fabrics and made in a multitude of colors that can be worn before and after baby.
I also suggest adding in pops of brightness to your maternity fitness wardrobe too; it makes working out more fun when you look good, thus feel good. In our Motherhood Maternity collection, the soft neon palette is totally of-the-moment! AND remember to start with the right foundations. A seamless maternity sports bra and panty offer added support and comfort. Complete your sporty look with a pair of Nike trainers and you are working out in style. -Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on January 22, 2015
Fashion blogger, foodie and mom-to-be Joo Kim of lovejookim.com has been in my fashion line-up of style influencers for some time. I love her casual downtown vibe and could totally live in her closet. She is a serious foodie too, so it’s just as much fun following her food travels as well as her outfits!
Now that she’s expecting, she’s been working pieces from A Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity and Jessica Simpson Maternity into her wardrobe. The results are amazing! Joo is a huge fan of our Secret Fit Belly® jeans; she chose our DL1961 maternity jeans to style in her 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Now that she’s nearing the end of her pregnancy, I had the chance to ask her a few questions about how she’s been maintaining her effortless look. -Olivia
O Myers: What are some of your favorite maternity essentials now that you are in your 3rd trimester?
J Kim: My favorite maternity essential is a good pair of jeans and a comfy cardigan; they are literally my everyday go-to pieces. Accessories are really important during this pregnancy, since my outfits are more basic, and then I accessorize to give my outfit that little oomph it needs!
O Myers: How did you keep your sense of style throughout your pregnancy?
J Kim: I think the important thing is to try wearing things you would normally wear when you’re not pregnant. I stuck to a lot of basic dresses and paired them with chunky scarves and booties – accessorize your look and get more mileage out of your outfit!
O Myers: How has your beauty routine changed now that you are expecting?
J Kim: It’s pretty much the same. I’ve added a couple more steps like applying my belly cream and oils after my face routine. I don’t do face packs anymore, just to be safe. I would say the most important thing I do is try to hydrate myself a lot more by remembering to drink water.
O Myers: Since wearing your Secret Fit Belly® jeans, tell us why you love the fit and if you plan on wearing them later after baby.
J Kim: I absolutely loooove the fit. Secret Fit Belly® jeans are amazing; I never knew there was such a thing for pregnant women – serious lifesaver. Especially during the colder months, a good pair of jeans is so important! The color and wash of the jeans are so chic that I probably will continue to wear them after my pregnancy for as long as I can.
Posted by destinationmaternity on January 14, 2015
Winter Maternity Staples Every Expecting Modern Mom Should Have
Winter Maternity Staples Every Expecting Modern Mom Should Have
We’ve seen our first snowfall this week here in the tri-state area (North East!) One of the few good things that come with a winter chill is that you need a new cold weather wardrobe! That means layers are a must. But… it shouldn’t mean that your style has to suffer when you’re expecting. The trick to maternity dressing, in general, is to start with a great any-season foundation and add on signature pieces that work for the weather, plus that speak to your style. I’ve put together some chic maternity staples that will keep you warm and looking your best. PLUS, many of the pieces can easily transition into the spring, so you’ll get tons of maternity style mileage from your wardrobe.
Start with a Secret Fit Belly® denim legging. It’s versatile and comfortable, especially with the smoothing support of the stretchy panel over your bump. The dark wash can be styled up or down for a more casual look. A classic shirt, designed just for your growing shape, is another maternity essential that can be easily layered for the winter and then restyled into spring. Add a cashmere maternity poncho like this Isabella Oliver Maternity one for a chic layered look that’s perfect for the season.
Accessorizing is a must! It’s a great way to complete your look by showcasing your own personal touch. A scarf and a warm wool hat add practical fashion. I’m also loving cross- body bags right now and dark nail lacquer like Butter’s LaMoss; this shade is completely of-the-moment, considering a deep MARSALA red is the pantone color of the year!
For a fresh fun touch add in some metallic or sparkle. A shiny layering tee or rose gold watch (loving this Marc Jacobs version) can easily freshen up a winter look, but also transition into spring. These next versatile pieces round out my list for stylish winter must-haves for mamas: a great chunky cardi and an all-weather parka!
Happy Styling -Olivia
1 Wool hat / 2 A Pea in the Pod Scarf / 3 Isabella Oliver Maternity Poncho / 4 Secret Fit Belly® Denim Legging / 5 Isabella Oliver Maternity White Shirt / 6 Philip Lim Cross Body Bag / 7 Butter London Nail Lacquer LaMoss / 8 Splendid Maternity Cardigan / 9 Motherhood Maternity Parka / 10 Naturopathica Moisturizer / 11 A Pea in the Pod Gold Metallic Maternity Tee & Silver Metallic Maternity Tee / 12 Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch
Posted by destinationmaternity on January 9, 2015