What to Wear in your Second Trimester: Summer Edition!

When it comes to dressing during pregnancy, comfort and style are key.  By your second trimester you’ll notice that what feels right in week 10, may not fit right in week 20.  As your belly grows, you’ll want styles that stretch and move with your body and for the summer months, you’ll want choices that keep you feeling light and breezy.  Here are our top 3 must have summer styles for the growing mom-to-be.

  1. Fashion tops

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It’s time to flaunt and be proud of your belly!  Choose tops and blouses that fit comfortably over your bump with some room for your growing belly.  Show off your bump in the season’s top trends, like a colorful maternity kimono over a slim fit maternity tshirt.  Or style a beautiful maternity blouse, like our best-selling MISOKA Convertible Sleeve Button Front Maternity Blouse with a great pair of Secret Fit Belly® jeans.

  1. Maternity bras

 

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If you haven’t already, now’s the time to invest in some new great maternity bras. During pregnancy, your bust size will fluctuate and the size that you wore pre-pregnancy may not be the same during your pregnancy or after your baby is born. Sleep and seamless bras are essential purchases and can be worn throughout your entire pregnancy and beyond.  Our A Pea in the Pod® Unlined Nursing Sleep Bra and our Motherhood Maternity® Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra are both soft and stretchy and offer light support.   Invest in an every-day bra like the Full Coverage Underwire Maternity Nursing Bra for added support.

  1. Loungewear

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For the days you would rather throw on a tee, we recommend the Wildfox tees at A Pea in the Pod®.  This exclusive collection of tees can be worn many ways (check out our blog post on it!), including paired with the lightweight Nation LTD Jersey Knit Drawstring Maternity Lounge Pants, available in bright colors for summer.

 

You can shop all these looks and more in store or online at DestinationMaternity.com!

Ways To Document Your Pregnancy

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From celebrating the big news with friends and family to feeling baby’s first kick, pregnancy  is filled with moments you will want to remember.  Check out this compilation of creative ways to document your journey – from your growing belly and food cravings to ultimately your baby’s birth— so you can have these memories for years to come!

Weekly updates on chalkboardsThis is a fun and artistic way to keep track of how far along you are. Each week you can decorate a chalkboard with little notes and facts.  It’s a fun reminder and keepsake to display in your home and it’s a great way to see how you grow from week to week!

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Write letters to or create an email account for your baby: When your child gets older, he or she can take part in the experience by reading about your pregnancy.  Get even more creative (like this mama-to-be) and include a photo.  Wear one of these graphic maternity tee’s to show everyone your excitement!

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Complete a Pregnancy Journal: Keeping a pregnancy journal will help you express how you are feeling throughout pregnancy and can also be a wonderful keepsake to look back on. You can also share it with your child down the line and share the love you’ve felt from the beginning!

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Baby Album: Create a baby album where you can share everything with your family, friends and baby! My Baby Album With Sophie La Girafe is a charming album for capturing memories from birth through baby’s second birthday, with designated pages for parents to record all the milestones and details of baby’s life.

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Get big sister or brother involved:
 This is such a simple way to show off your big (and his or her ADORABLE) belly!  The soon-to-be-big sibling will love to get in on the fun!

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Take Selfies: No time for props? Grab a camera and take a #bumpselfie.  This is a simple way to chronicle your bump’s growth.  Don’t forget to Instagram and share how you wear us with #destinationmatstyle!

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Date Night Fashion Tips from Destination Maternity Corporation Style Director Olivia Capone Myers

Getting ready for a night out on the town? Style Director Olivia Capone Myers lists her Top 5 tips for a special night out with your partner:

 

1. Choosing a brightly colored dress in a simple silhouette is a fabulous choice for a night out. Keep the focus on this CHARLIE JADE Sleeveless Keyhole Maternity Dress by pairing it with a simple clutch or scarf.

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2. Skinny Jeans can look fancy, fresh and fun when paired with a jacket or blazer and heels. Don’t be afraid to try a bold print like these Hudson Jeans® Secret Fit Belly® Plain Weave Denim 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Ankle Pants in Polka Dot.

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3. A jersey dress is a date  night choice that is sexy and comfortable.  Show off your bump in this perfect-for-summer Isabella Oliver Short Sleeve Side Ruched Maternity Dress.

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4. The maxi dress is a must have for mom-to-be this summer!  Dress it down with a jean jacket, like this Mavi Button Front Plain Weave Denim Maternity Jacket for day or play it up for evening with a great strappy heel and the right accessories.  I love this Sleeveless Colorblock Maternity Maxi Dress.

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5. An embellished top like this Willow &  Clay Cap Sleeve Embellished Maternity Blouse is a simple way to dress up denim and is perfect for a night of dinner and mocktails.

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You can shop all these looks and more date night outfits at A Pea in the Pod and for a limited time, when you spend $175 or more, you will receive a $100 certificate from Restaurant.com— the perfect date night treat!*

 

*Some restrictions apply. Click here for details.

Recap: Nicole Miller Instagram Takeover

Last month, Nicole Miller took the reins of A Pea in the Pod’s Instagram, giving us exclusive access to a day in her New York City showroom.  Keep reading to explore the stylish surroundings of one of fashion’s most revered designers and prepare to get some serious inspiration for your office and maybe even your closet!

New York CityBright blue skies outside of the Nicole Miller office located in the heart of New York City’s Fashion District!

Nicole MillerA peak at some of the fabrics that are incorporated into her designs, which you can find in the Nicole Miller Collection at A Pea in the Pod

DressNicole is all about the stripes! Shop similar styles, like this Nicole Miller Sleeveless Striped Maternity Dress

NicoleMillerNicole Miller gets her showroom ready for a day of meetings

DressesWhich dress from her Artelier collection is your favorite? We love them all!

NicoleMiller1Thanks to the ever chic and perfectly accessorized Nicole Miller for giving us a glimpse inside her work day!

Shop our Nicole Miller Maternity Collection and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @apeainthepodmaternity!

 

What’s In Her Bag?! basq NYC cofounder Kelli Kenny Edition

We are excited to launch a new feature on our blog where we give you a peek inside the bags of our favorite beauty mavens, fashionistas and designers! Read along to find out what must haves basq NYC cofounder Kelli Kenny carries with her every day. Kelli, along with Lauren Parisier, co-founded basq NYC, a luxury skin care line for repairing and revitalizing the skin.   Made with natural oils, antioxidant-rich plant extracts and advanced repair ingredients, basq NYC products are sure to keep moms-to-be feeling radiant throughout pregnancy and beyond.  You can shop the line both in stores and online at A Pea in the Pod®, Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity®.  The brand also recently collaborated with Destination Maternity to do a line exclusively for Motherhood Maternity, called Body Boost.

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1). Saint Laurent Black Sac de Jour Bag I love this bag as a purse and briefcase plus it looks great with any attire. 2). COACH patent wallet My favorite wallet because it has tons of room and fits everything. 3)Blackberry Torch The key pad is a must!  4) Bronzer with big brush Summer is here and this bronzer is a must have to look healthy and glowing!  5) Chanel shadow pack and Mac lipsticks I like to blend eye shadows and mix MAC lipsticks with a top gloss. 6) Jour d’ Hermes Eau de Parfum Totally addicted to this scent and is the perfect travel size. 7) Red resistance band I’m a runner working through injuries so I fit recovery exercises in whenever I can 8) Basq NYC Cucumber Tea Eye Gel Refreshes eyes in an instant. When I am traveling I use it as face moisturizer, too. 9) World’s Greatest Mom keychain A gift from my son, and convenient for keeping my Juice Press card at the ready! I eat raw 5 days a week so Juice Press is a regular stop.  10) Prada Sunglasses I love this classic, sophisticated style. 11) MacBook Air Makes my days so efficient especially when traveling.

4th Of July.. What to Wear! By Olivia Capone Myers, Style Director



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Long weekends mean more outfits! Here is a roundup of our must have looks to get you through all of your 4th of July celebrations.  Whether it’s a backyard BBQ, pool party or evening fireworks, we have you covered!

hatA Pea in the Pod Majestic Sleeveless Scoop Neck Maternity Tank Top & AG Jeans Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Crop Jeans

Blue Dress

Motherhood Maternity Short Sleeve Fit And Flare Maternity Dress

White on WhiteA Pea In The Pod Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity T Shirt &
A Pea In The Pod Jeans Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans

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Motherhood Maternity Halter Maternity One Piece Swimsuit

 

 

 

7 Creative Pregnancy  Announcement Ideas

Are you ready to tell the world that you’re pregnant?  Who wants to call people up the old-fashioned way when there are these fun and creative ways to tell your friends, family and hubby that you’re expecting:

Big brother/sister
If you already have one child (or more!), you can let everyone know that they’re going to be a big brother or sister by posing them with a sign, showing how excited you all are!

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Traffic Sign
Ready to tell the world?  What’s better than using a traffic sign!?

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Mailing The Announcement
This can be funny or serious, but this particular announcement is great!  This is an excellent way to tell friends and family who may be not live close by.

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Pumpkins
Are you finding out about your pregnancy in the fall? Then what can be a better way to announce that your little pumpkin is coming… than with a pumpkin!

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We are.. Prego!
Say it with food!  This “We are Prego” announcement is really creative and deliciously fun!

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Math
The equation is pretty simple!  This adorable picture + you = an amazing announcement!

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Ice Ice Baby
Just like the song from the 90s… this is a hilarious and classic way to tell the world!

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Get The Look: Alyssa Milano

One of our favorite TV actresses has us coveting her  simple, chic and flattering maternity style! Alyssa’s looks can be easily mimicked with some key pieces from A Pea in the Pod.

A Pea In The Pod Sleeveless Black Maternity Dress

Alyssa keeps it classic in a little black number that accentuates her bump. Our version, this sleeveless maternity dress with a scoop neck, is perfect for any occasion, whether it be a more formal party or an evening out with the girls. You can recreate the look also with two of our must-have pieces, like our adjustable maternity cami (which comes in 6 different colors!) & our Secret Fit Belly® high-to-low hem maternity skirt. Throw on a blazer and this look is perfect for taking you from the office to a dinner date after.

Seraphine Color Block Maternity Dress

Alyssa proves the colorblock trend is a pregnancy style must.  Try our colorblock maternity dresses! The black bottom part gives a slimming effect while a lighter-hued top draws the attention to your face and helps to play up your pregnancy glow. Try these similar Seraphine maternity dresses.

Spaghetti Strap Keyhole Detail Maternity Dress

Embrace summer by opting for bright colors. Alyssa radiates in this feminine frock that makes a statement. Our poppy spaghetti strap maternity dress with keyhole details features a drawstring belt for personal comfort to adjust as the baby grows and is perfect for a more casual waiting or a summer picnic!
Alyssa Milano provides style inspiration & we provide all the ways to GET THE LOOK at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

Five Ways To Wear the WILDFOX Maternity Tees From A Pea In The Pod

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Whether you’re a mom-to-be, or shopping for a friend who is expecting, the vintage-inspired Wildfox tees at A Pea in the Pod® are the perfect summer staples.  The exclusive collection will keep you cool from day to night with styles you can wear both during and after pregnancy.

Here are our five favorite ways to wear these ultra-soft cotton tees this summer:

  1. Throw on as a comfy cover-up over your bathing suit while you’re headed to the beach.
  2. Add a jean jacket or a blazer for a casual but polished look.
  3. Pair with a great pair of jeans while you’re shopping or running errands.  Try one of our best sellers like the AG Jeans Stella Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Jeans.
  4. Add some feminine flair with a flowy maternity skirt.
  5. Relax around the house and wear to bed! You can shop the collection’s exclusive styles, which are available for purchase in select stores and online!

Get Grilling!

Having a Father’s Day barbeque this weekend? Here’s an appetizer you can throw on the grill & feel good about eating. Delish.com gives you another way to prepare seasonal vegetables like red peppers & eggplant, plus some delicious feta cheese for a flavorful kick.

All you need is the following:

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 8 slice(s) eggplant, 1/2-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoon(s) olive oil, plus more, for grilling
  • 1 tablespoon(s) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper

 

If your grill is already hot from burgers & hot dogs, you are good to go. If not, then preheat the grill, coat your cut vegetables with olive oil, cook them until tender or you see some grill marks, & finally arrange on a platter. Then simply sprinkle them with 3 tablespoons olive oil, and red wine vinegar; add oregano and feta. Lastly, season to taste with salt and pepper.


It is no secret that vegetables are filled with valuable nutrition benefits for everyone, but especially for pregnant women! The grilling takes these vegetables to richer level. Grill, serve & enjoy!

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