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!1Dresses: 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.2Comfy Sleepwear: 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.3Hospital Bag must-haves: 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.2ndtrimester2Statement 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.

2ndtrimester3Maternity 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.2ndtrimester1Luxe Loungwear: 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!

Jessica Simpson New 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!
Jessica Simpson Sleeveless V-neck High-low Hem Maternity Tank TopThe 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!From pants to swimsuits, this is just a sneak peek into the eye-catching collection. Jessica Simpson Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity T ShirtDo 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.White is the shade of the season; a canvas for adding color & personal panache.  So break those silly rules & try white before Memorial Day! Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity ShortsThe perfect summer bottom should be adaptable enough to pair with any top. These maternity shorts are available in two colors and go with everything!

Naturopathica Founder on Safe Skincare Solutions

Naturopathica founder, Barbara Close, enlightens us on how her products lead mommies-to-be & all women to naturally beautiful skin.BarbaraClose

From Barbara:

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. Sa

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!

[HONEST]y: 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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“Dress” Your Best this Spring!

dressesIt’s finally starting to feel like spring and we are ready to throw on some lovely dresses to brighten any occasion.  Long, short, flowing or straight- we’ve got the look to flatter your bump. These spring maternity dresses exude delicacy and femininity that will keep you fashionable for work, brunch, or Easter Sunday.  Just add the right pair of sunnies & killer wedges and you are ready to go!

 Shop our stylish selection of  maternity dresses at Destination Maternity.

What Will It Bee? Baby Shower

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Meet Jacky: Our Senior Online Marketing Manager! Jacky graciously allowed us to take a peek inside her super-adorable baby shower and told us a little bit about the process:

Tell us about your shower outfit! What did you love most about it?

I’m very petite, so I wanted to wear something fitted that showed off my baby bump. I loved this Laundry by Shelli Segal Dress right away because it was comfortable and stylish, which is very important to me at this point in my pregnancy. To add in a pop of color, I paired the dress with a bright statement necklace. I made sure to wear a maternity shaper underneath, which helped to give me a smooth, sleek look and also helped to relieve some back pain I’ve been experiencing.

Q: How did you decide on your location and theme? Who helped to plan the shower?

The town I live in is very rich in history, so I really wanted to take advantage of that. The shower was held at a charming, old hotel that was built in the 1700’s with beautiful antique features. Since my husband and I are keeping the gender of the baby a secret, the theme was “What Will it Bee?” My family coordinated everything around the theme from the honey jar favors to the bee hive shaped cake. My mother-in-law even baked all the sweet treats that also fit into the theme. It was truly perfect!

Q: What was the most memorable gift you received?

We received a lot of amazing and thoughtful gifts. One of the gifts that stood out to me is from my mother-in-law. She crocheted a replica of an alphabet picture that my husband had in his room as a baby; that was very special to me. Passing on these traditions are very important in building our family together.

 

British Brands We Love: Hudson Jeans

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Hudson Jeans are known for their their body-conscious fit, high quality craftsmanship and signature triangle flap back pocket with the iconic Union Jack logo. With a “London edge meets L.A. glam” aesthetic, Hudson Jeans have become a celebrity favorite as well as a must-have for moms-to-be. With the addition of our patented Secret Fit Belly®, expecting moms can wear the same great styles from Hudson that  they loved pre-pregnancy.

In honor of our British Invasion, a celebration of the best in British Style, Hudson Jeans Denim Specialists will be coming to select A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity stores to help moms to be find the perfect fit! Try on a pair of Hudson Jeans and decorate your own British-themed baby bodysuit! Join us at the following locations:

Destination Maternity, Madison Avenue: 28 E. 57th Street * New York, NY 10022

Saturday April 5, 2014, 12pm-5pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

Destination Maternity, Paramus: 35 Plaza *65 East Rte. 4 West * Paramus, NJ  07652

Friday April 4, 2014, 1pm-6pm

Find your perfect fit with a Hudson Jeans Denim Specialist and decorate a British-themed baby bodysuit for your little one.

*No purchase necessary. Limit one per customer.

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