Now that you’ve reached the third trimester, you’re in the home stretch of your pregnancy! The third trimester of pregnancy can be physically challenging so it’s important to stay as comfortable as possible with your wardrobe as you prepare for baby’s arrival! Here are our top 3 must-have maternity summer styles for the third trimester!
Whether it’s your baby shower, a day of shopping, or going out for mocktails, wearing a dress is a perfect way to flatter your bump this summer. Maxi dresses are a summer staple and look effortlessly chic without risking your comfort. Try a bright maxi like the Spaghetti Strap Twist Front Maternity Maxi Dress in white to add to your mom-to-be glow. For your baby shower, stand out in a printed dress, like our Sleeveless Shift Dress Maternity Dress in paisley print.
Getting a good night sleep is so important and can be difficult during your last trimester. Make sure to stay relaxed by choosing sleepwear in lightweight fabrics. Our Baby Love Striped Maternity Sleep Shirt is a cute and comfy way to stay cool in the humid summer nights and allows for a whole lot of baby bump room! The Racerback Nursing 2 Piece Set can be worn throughout your pregnancy and beyond and is also functional for nursing.
- Hospital Needs
Packing your bag ahead of time can help you feel prepared. A nightgown and robe set like the Bump In The Night™ Decorative Trim Nursing Nightgown And Robe is a great essential for after the baby’s arrival. Make sure to have an unlined sleep bra, such as the Jessica Simpson Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra that is both comfortable and supportive. You can shop all these looks and more in store or online at DestinationMaternity.com!
Posted by destinationmaternity on July 29, 2014
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.
- Fashion tops
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.
- Maternity bras
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.
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!
Posted by destinationmaternity on July 22, 2014
You may be wondering what to wear during the beginning weeks and months of your pregnancy while staying comfortable and cool during the summer months. No need to fret; here are our top 3 must have summer styles for the new mom-to-be!
- Maternity Jeans
Pants are the first piece of clothing to feel snug. Invest in great fitting maternity jeans to keep you feeling comfortable right from the start! We suggest a jean with our patented Secret Fit Belly® which keeps your belly looking smooth and provides support throughout all stages of your pregnancy. Try our top rated maternity jeans, like the Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans and the 7 For All Mankind Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Jeans.
- Light-weight tanks and tees
Basic tees and tanks with side ruching are perfect to wear in the summer weather to show off your newest accessory: your bump! Whether you are wearing them with jeans, a maxi skirt, or under a blazer or jean jacket, you’ll love the comfort and versatility. We love the Reversible Side Ruched Maternity Tank Top , which comes in many colors and can be worn as either a v-neck or scoop neck. Our Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity T Shirt is a go-to summer basic for every occasion.
- Leggings and Yoga Pants
Whether you’re taking prenatal yoga, going for a run or running errands, leggings and yoga pants are perfect for when you are on the move and are maternity staples. The Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Cropped Maternity Yoga Leggings and the Under Belly Jersey Knit V Waist Slim Boot Maternity Yoga Pants are great options!
Build a bump-flattering wardrobe without sacrificing your personal style by shopping all these looks and more at Destination Maternity!
Posted by destinationmaternity on July 16, 2014
The summer grants many opportunities for outside parties & dining al fresco. People are also more apt to walk places, get some sun & explore nature. Dresses are easy outfits, because they are ready to throw on, go out & look completely put together. However, many dresses are too frilly, too restricting & actually just a little too dressy. Enter our sleeveless a-line dress, the one that will take you to that backyard party, to dinner under the stars, to a spontaneous walk to the farmer’s market on a Sunday afternoon.
This dress has a geometric print that makes people take notice without screaming, “Look at me!” The white with grey combo combines for effortless style. The spaghetti straps keep you cool & provide you with the ability to throw on a cardigan, scarf or little jacket when the sun goes down.
The length, which falls just above the knee, is the most versatile since you have the option to dress it up with heels, wedges & even platforms. But because it isn’t too short or too long, flats, sandals & flip flops give this a summery edge.
Let your hair down to frame the v-neck or throw your hair in a messy bun to showcase the back-interest keyhole design. This dress makes sure you look good coming or going.
You are constantly craving the look that works for every day & in every way. This dress is our MOST CRAVED & now your clothing crush!
Posted by destinationmaternity on June 9, 2014
Gender Reveal Parties are a sweet and special way to celebrate the arrival of your new little one to your friends and family. Are you looking for some cute ideas? How about a Gender Reveal extravaganza?! Are you planning your own celebration? Here’s what’s hot:
How about a “Waddle it Be” Party? You can have duck shaped cookies, banners, ask your guests to vote and more!
Balloons-in-a-box is another fun way to find out the sex of your baby! You can have your doctor write down the gender and bring it to your local grocery store or Party shop and ask them to put either pink or blue balloons in a box. Then, you can open the box in front of your friends and family to find out together!
On your invitations ask everyone to wear pink or blue, or provide gender specific accessories like these team pink or team blue pins. This is a fun way to get everyone as into it as you are!
Food is a great way for you to make your gender reveal party extra festive. Try these blue and pink chocolate covered strawberries. Have your doctor write down the gender and bring the envelope to your local bakery; have them seal up a box of these and then you can open them up in front of your guests!
Since you’re not sure if you’re having a baby boy or girl, why not wear a dress that represents both? You can try this strapless high-low hem maternity dress that is both blue and pink or this spaghetti strap cross back maternity dress, which comes in both blue AND pink.
Whatever you decide to do and wear, gender reveal parties are such a fun way to celebrate your little guy or girl coming into the world!
Posted by destinationmaternity on June 6, 2014
Ordering french fries to cure your craving the closest you have been getting to being “Paris-Chic”? Well, put down the fry & pick up French fashion à la Motherhood Maternity.
Parisian women have this ability to be both stylish & yet uncomplicated. Simple items like this BumpStart black cardigan can crisp up any t-shirt & jeans… voila you look European effortless!
Our Indigo Blue White Jeans with Secret Fit Belly® go with any striped, solid, polka dotted top you throw with it, plus the slimming legs & 5 pocket additions add flair that the French may call soigné.
Pregnancy poses a problem for plane-hopping, so if you can’t go to Paris, then stop by your local coffee shop or “café” wearing our Secret Fit Belly® tiered maternity skirt (in blue or white) & this scoop neck top, which comes in red or blue stripes. Layer it with the Jessica Simpson Maternity denim jacket & order your café au lait with Parisian pride.
If you want to take a less subtle approach & flaunt full-on French fashion this “la mesure d’aimer c’est d’aimer sans mesure” t-shirt is perfect. It translates to, “the measure of love is to love without measure.” Do you know what else you will “aimer”? This “Ooh La La” white & red striped tee, which will have you saying, “oui, oui- too cute!”
So, mademoiselle, throw on this infinity scarf– throw out the fries & hop aboard for a journey towards Paris-Chic, where your first stop for style is here!
Posted by destinationmaternity on May 20, 2014
[Sigh] Can you feel the sun on your skin? Can you smell the flowers? Can you taste the barbequed food? Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us! We hope that our May Four Things will help you celebrate the launch of summer and invigorate all your senses including your sense of style!
EAT: Bring these Chile-Lime Grilled Veggie Skewers to that backyard BBQ. The colors alone will draw you in, but the taste & nutritious value is what will make you take seconds (& possibly thirds!)
WEAR: Eyelet accents are a summer staple. The lightweight fabric of this top will keep you cool while the peplum shape will perfectly define your growing baby belly. Scoop it up in both blue and white.
DO: We have a style that will have you channeling our favorite royal mom in minutes! May is the #1 month for weddings so skip the salon & try this super easy up-do.
CREATE: Are you having a girl? These darling skirts will make any baby into a mini-fashionista AND they look as easy to make as they are cute.
Posted by destinationmaternity on May 17, 2014
Barbara Close Founder/CEO of Naturopathica
Naturopathica founder, Barbara Close, enlightens us on how her products lead mommies-to-be & all women to naturally beautiful skin. Check out her products in A Pea in the Pod & at our Edamame Spas!
Naturopathica has been the trusted destination for 100% skin-loving, high performance products and services since I founded our Healing Arts Center & Spa in 1995. That’s because every ingredient in my formulas works in harmony with the skin’s natural processes and never causes irritation, so skin can focus on looking younger and feeling healthier.
As a clinical esthetician, I’ve seen that many women are dismayed to discover that their skin changes drastically during pregnancy and new conditions emerge, such as hyperpigmentation. My goal is it to create safe skin care solutions with products that deliver real results. Here is my recommendation for this concern:
According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, up to 70 percent of pregnant women develop melisma, or hyperpigmentation due to increased hormone levels. Many of the treatments for this condition involve harsh, irritating topical solutions such as bleaching creams that are not only unsafe during pregnancy, but also may lead to premature aging.
The Naturopathica Vitamin C15 Wrinkle Repair Serum addresses hyperpigmentation safely and effectively with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, a pure and potent antioxidant that helps reduce redness, fade dark spots and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In clinical trials, the Vitamin C15 Wrinkle Repair Serum showed significant and continuous improvement in the appearance of skin radiance, smoothness, firmness and fine lines and wrinkles.
Try this & other Naturopathica products to see personal results and enter now through Friday, 5/16 to win a gift set of Naturopathica favorites in partnership with A Pea in the Pod (over $300 value). This curated assortment of Naturopathica 100% skin-loving favorites is safe and efficacious for use during and post-pregnancy.
Posted by destinationmaternity on May 13, 2014
Did this long winter and rainy spring leave you feeling rough around the edges? Motherhood Maternity knows just the item that will perk you up and show you how some rough edges and hard pieces make a recipe for the coolest swimsuit for the hottest season.
Jessica Simpson’s Maternity Tankini features a hardware-detail and a top outlined with pink embellishment. Its blue and white multi-print is reminiscent of waves crashing along the shore and receding back into the water, hopefully taking your winter worries with them.
It is difficult not to crave this tankini, which is the perfect suit for comfort and fashion. Tie the pink strings around your neck to complete your look and prepare yourself for relaxation, pool time, the beach or anything under the [very missed] sun. Shop this look and our entire collection to start summer style today!
Posted by destinationmaternity on May 5, 2014
This summer give your skin an instant boost with a little gentle exfoliation. Light skin polishing acts as a voice telling the skin to begin a natural rebuilding process that forms collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep skin strong and flexible. Sloughing off dead skin cells jump-starts cellular turnover, pushing damage up and out for stronger, suppler skin needed for the big stretch and rebound during pregnancy. It’s the best natural trick to keeping skin resilient and healthy.
Think before you buff, because what you use does matter! At skin care line basq, we love sugar! This is one sweet treat your body will love. Salt dehydrates skin, as does caffeine, which is often found in scrubs, but they leave the skin feeling tight for the wrong reasons. Sugar is perfect! The rich natural glycolic acids in sugar help release dry, top skin to trigger turnover and damage repair. Our basq Citrus Sugar Polish is loaded with shea and jojoba butters plus omega rich grapeseed and rosehip oils.
Smooth away the dry, dull surface layer in the warmth of the shower and your skin will be ready to drink in rich omegas, vitamins and nutrients that fuel the renewal process. You’ll love how silky smooth it feels and you’ll be surprised at how healthy your skin looks! The process of an exfoliating massage in the shower can help with water retention, common during and post-pregnancy. basq’s fresh orange neroli aroma is perfectly blended for an energy boost for mind and body.
For smart skin this summer try this little exfoliation massage once or twice a week. It’s the one step you can add to your routine that is guaranteed to make an instant glow and long-term difference!
Shop for basq Sugar Polish and the rest of the collection for basq skincare here!
Posted by destinationmaternity on April 30, 2014