What to Wear in your Third Trimester: Summer Edition!

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!

  1. Dresses

1 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.

  1. Sleepwear

2 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.

  1. Hospital Needs

3 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!

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

2ndtrimester2

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

 

2ndtrimester3

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

2ndtrimester1

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!

What to Wear in your First Trimester: Summer Edition!

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!

  1. Maternity Jeans

JEANSTWO

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.

 

  1. Light-weight tanks and tees

TOPTWO

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.

  1. Leggings and Yoga Pants

 

leggingsTWO

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!

 

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!

Casual Cravings

Sleeveless A-line Maternity Dress

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!

Oh boy!! … Or Girl!!


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:

Themes:

How about a “Waddle it Be” Party?  You can have duck shaped cookies, banners, ask your guests to vote and more!

waddleitbe

Balloons:

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!

balloons

Teams:

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!

team blue and pink

Food

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!

strawberries

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.

dresses

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!

Trends We Love: American In Paris

AmericanInParis

 

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!

Four Things

MOSTCRAVED

[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.

 

Get The Look: Ciara

From chilling out to an evening out, Ciara’s pregnancy attire is a great example of how women do not need to lose their individuality or fashion-sense with a baby on board. Ciara proves that her maternity style-choices are edgy, elegant & luckily attainable by you! We have all the pieces you need to get her look!

A white shirt dress is a fundamental fashion piece. Ciara achieves the easygoing look by pairing it with adorable colored sneakers. Her dress features buttons, ¾ sleeves & a v-neck… so does our Isabella Oliver look-a-like.

Isabella Oliver Elbow Sleeve Belted Maternity Shirt Dress

Ciara stuns in this feminine and elegant maxi. Our Isabella Oliver dress also comes in a simple shade, as to not take away from its sophisticated charm. Ciara wears her hair in lose waves & adds strappy heels. Show up & show off in our version of an evening-wear maxi.

Isabella Oliver Long Sleeve Embellished Maternity Dress

Ciara turns even the simplest tank top into a fashion moment. She accessorizes hers with a beanie hat & long necklace. Try our sleeveless tank top. Pair with your own favorite accessories and you are ready to go!

Sleeveless Scoop Neck Maternity Tank Top

Ciara tops her Isabella Oliver sleeveless, cross front maxi dress off with a little white jacket & sneakers. Master her look of casual meets chic with our version of this dress!

Isabella Oliver Sleeveless Cross Front Maternity Dress

Make sure you stay true to yourself as Ciara has done throughout her pregnancy. And remember… it is easy to GET THE LOOK.

Mother (to-be) Nature – Naturopathica Guest Blog

BarbaraClose

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:

Addressing Hyperpigmentation:

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.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,475 other followers

%d bloggers like this: