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

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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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Bring On The Heat – New Jessica Simpson Summer Arrivals

Jessica has stated, “You want to wear clothes that are flattering to your baby bump; you want to show your bump off!” The newest arrivals from her namesake maternity collection will let you show off your best accessory proudly while looking flawless and on trend all season long!

The perfect summer bottom should be adaptable enough to pair with any top. These maternity shorts with Secret Fit Belly® are lightly-fringed on the ends, have 5-pockets & come in two colors: white & bleach-washed.  They are distinct enough to make the outfit pop, yet basic enough to go with everything from a summer sweatshirt to a basic tank.

Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Shorts

Do you want the perfect top to share the spotlight with those white shorts? Then, you need to check out this Jessica Simpson multi-striped shirt. The thin stripes in cool hued shades of blue provide a slimming effect.

Jessica Simpson Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity T Shirt

White is the shade of the season; a canvas for adding color & personal panache.  So break those silly rules & try white before Memorial Day! The high to low hem on this v-neck goes with shorts, leggings & even over bathing suits. You will love this summer staple so much that you may even consider wearing it after Labor Day!

Jessica Simpson Sleeveless V-neck High-low Hem Maternity Tank Top

From pants to swimsuits, this is just a sneak peek into the eye-catching collection. Check out the rest here & get to shopping!

Mother (to-be) Nature – Naturopathica Guest Blog

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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.

Just Add Water

Your head will be swimming trying to pick out just one of your favorite bathing suits and cover-ups that Motherhood Maternity offers. However, our goal is to have you swimming stylishly, no matter which pieces you choose!

Swimwear is more than just about beating the heat; it is about showcasing that baby belly with pride. We provide you multiple ways to do so. If you are a one-piece kind of gal, this faux-wrap stunner will make you look like the goddess of the sea… or the pool… or your backyard!swimmh

If you are a fan of flair, then Jessica Simpson understands girly-touches make the perfect pick-me-up. In bright and dark shades, check out this style.

We wonder… are you for baring your baby-belly? If so, Motherhood has just what you need. Mix and match separates to make a unique look of your own. Check out these bikini bottoms.

Do you like a little more coverage, but are tired of sacrificing swim style? Our tankinis add control and comfort, but never subtract fashion! Try these colorful and detail-oriented suits.

And finally, to get all bases covered… yes, Motherhood Maternity has any cover-up to complete your look. Dress up your bathing suit by checking out our wide variety of suit-toppers.

So go ahead and shop all our swimwear styles today!

Most Craved Monday

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Have you ever wanted that one piece that you can literally wear anytime and with anything? Jessica Simpson, style-maven and equally stylish mommy, has the answer to your desires with her empire waist maternity maxi dress.

If spring and summer could combine to create the perfect color palette, this dress would be the result. In soft hues of blue, the water-color design flows perfectly from the ribbed top to the tiered bottom.

Wear it with its matching spaghetti straps or remove them for a tube-top look. Tie the drawstring around your baby-bump or let it go loose for a casual accent to your growing belly. Add a cardigan, a denim coat, a scarf… even a leather jacket to toughen up the feminine fashion will work! Or… wear it alone and let the print speak for itself.

Add gladiator sandals, wedges, flip-flops or flats. Whatever shoes you choose, you will be in awe by its maximum length made for maximum fashion. These are just some reasons why this dress is our MOST CRAVED.

Get the look here and shop the entire Jessica Simpson Maternity collection today!

Four Things

Spring has finally sprung and with the warmer months ahead of us, it’s finally time to be outside and enjoy the sunshine in maxi dresses and bright colors.  Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet snack of seasonal fruits or in the mood to incorporate new colors into your makeup routine, we hope these four things can inspire you to enjoy the warm weather and get in the spirit of spring.

EAT: These yummy orange glazed blueberry scones are the perfect treat to bring to your next barbeque or to satisfy your sweet tooth!

WEAR: Maxi Dresses are not only cute, but they’re extremely comfortable too!  Our L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Sleeveless Maternity Maxi Dress is the perfect versatile staple for your spring wardrobe.

DO: Looking for a new way to mix up your makeup routine?  How about switching up your go-to red lip with a coral?  It’s the perfect way to transition your winter wardrobe into spring.  We love this peachy-warm tone seen here.

CREATE: What a better way to welcome yours or a friend’s new baby into the world than by making this adorable and inexpensive alphabet board?!  It’s a great accessory to hang in newborns’ rooms to help little ones learn their letters!

HONESTy: Earth Day’s Best Policy

A few months ago, The Honest Company co-founded by celebrity mom Jessica Alba made its debut at Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod.  The Honest Company is committed to making products without harming people or the planet. So, what could be a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by using sustainable, eco-friendly products that are safe for both you and your baby?! 

Earth Day is a day to remember just how important it is to treat Mother Earth well. Do the same for yourself! Celebrate today (and every day) by trying five of their naturally nourishing products made just for mom that can be found at A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity: Organic Belly BalmBody OilFace + Body Lotion,Organic Nipple Balm, and Shampoo + Body Wash.

View and shop our collection of Honest, available at both A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity!

The Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity® Collection to Launch in September!

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Wendy Bellissimo, the celebrated family lifestyle expert and designer. Known for her expertise in chic and sophisticated nursery décor and apparel that has garnered a loyal following of celebrity moms along with her established baby and children’s clothing collections, Wendy marks her first foray into maternity wear with The Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity® Collection. The clothing and accessories line, offering a relaxed, California vibe inspired by the place Wendy and her family call home, is set to launch September 2014 at Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity® stores nationwide.

Wendy’s signature boho-chic aesthetic and own wardrobe staples inform the collection which is designed to offer both comfort and style for moms-to-be. The collection features everyday, easy-wearing essentials like billowy maxi-dresses, layering tops, on-trend denim with double zipper front pockets, tribal-inspired sweaters, moto jackets and scarves. The pieces can be worn together for a head-to-toe look that is fresh and fashion forward or used as accent pieces that can be layered into both mom-to-be’s maternity and existing wardrobes.

Wendy Bellissimo has defined the idea that becoming a mom is an opportunity to enhance your own sense of style, not leave it behind. Stemming from her California family lifestyle, and built upon her traditional Connecticut roots, Wendy has cultivated a look that is a balance of chic, eclectic style with a certain sense of comfort and ease.This collection, created exclusively for Destination Maternity®, is a true extension of that spirit. Wendy weighs in on her unique design aesthetic: “In all of my designs, from home décor to clothing, I find a way to incorporate relaxed, approachable style elements without over-complicating a look.”

The 26-piece apparel and accessories collection will be available beginning September 2014 at Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity® stores and online at www.DestinationMaternity.com and www.motherhood.com.

Here is a sneak peek of the fabulous fashion to come:

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