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We always say that we want to be your source for all things maternity, so we put our money where our mouth is and created an Info & Inspo tab on our website. Go to Motherhood.com, then look to the right on the top navigation… there she is: the tab that ends all tabs (when it comes to pregnancy styling, sizing and surmising!)

What to expect? There are the answers to your questions concerning what and when to buy for your maternity wardrobe, what makes us the experts in pregnancy fashion, and other burning inquiries about dressing the bump.

We feature and highlight our monthly Style Guide, Wear Now and After campaign, and the Five Fundamental fashions to help you get started with shopping for all your new curves. This is the one time in your life that redoing your closet is necessary; so, it’s all the fun without any of the guilt!

We included our Trimester Checklist to keep your shopping priorities easy and efficient, as well as the Maternity Fit Guide showcasing the fit and function of how our pieces work through all trimesters, even into motherhood. It includes different pant styles, tops, dresses, and how to do a bra fitting at home. (But remember, bra and bump fittings are always free in your store too!)

We completed our tab with hospital bag suggestions, and an entire section dedicated to all our new moms, including nursing mamas who need support and style for breastfeeding and pumping. This Info & Inspo section comes full circle by adding our Perks Page. Working with some of the finest family and parenting partners helps us in making sure we are here for you the best we can from the beginning of your journey, to post-baby, and then beyond!

As always, keep getting inspired and inspiring us @motherhoodmaternity – we love seeing you in our clothes! #thisisgoingtobefun

CONCEAL OR REVEAL 

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We have smart cars and smart phones, and now we also have smart fashion. As a company, Motherhood® Maternity has been looking toward improving on even more ways to live up to our name!  We have been working with each other, as well as our customers to stylistically satisfy this unique time in women’s lives. Maternity may be these golden 40 weeks, but the changes that happen during pregnancy last much longer than nine months. We want to be a place that not only our moms-to-be look to for fashion and inspo, but our new moms too!

Women who nurse need clothing that take them not only through those few weeks after birth, but long after maternity leave ends and their everyday busy lives come back into play. Some mamas continue to nurse up to, and then past a year! It isn’t easy to sit in a pumping room pulling at too tight tops and necklines without any stretch. This is why our goal was to create nursing tops and even nursing dresses that seamlessly fit into a woman’s life, without them being glaringly obvious nursing clothing.

For instance, this featured fashion is our mock layer nursing dress with side access for easier nursing and pumping. You do not need to sacrifice your comfort or your style when out and about. You are already working so hard; let your clothing do something for you. The trends really take center stage: sweater top, ruffled sleeve and striped shirt dress bottom. This is just one of our nursing styles. Take a look and let us know if you love what you see with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

SPRING IS [ALMOST] IN THE AIR

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Now is the time to have a fresh take on trends that transition effortlessly from season to season.  Stripes are a classic staple.  This maternity top is a two-in-one for any occasion. Take it to brunch this spring, then to the beach this summer. With elbow sleeves, and a fit that grows with you, there must be a spot in your closet for it. (It also comes in pink and navy!)

Cold shoulders continue to be hot for spring, and we know this bold, bright cold shoulder maternity blouse is going to liven up summer. A little longer, a little lighter, and complete with tassels —- this is your jean’s best friend.

And now to the one piece wonder that keeps selling out, coming back, and continues to be in demand: the pregnancy overalls! The side panels are clutch for comfort, the destruction adds a little edge, and bonus… the whole style clips down for AFTER baby is born to make nursing that much more efficient. These are truly one and done, well, except for the shirt you choose for underneath. Any will do, but we love a graphic tee for some extra fun!

UNDERLINED WITH LACE

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You know the saying when you look good, you feel good? Lingerie is not always about being racy, instead, it should be more about being feminine, floral and lacy.  With comfortable, practical AND pretty underwear that overachieves, anything might just feel possible.

Sometimes the basics get overlooked, but we really have the prettiest pregnancy panties. From prints to lace trim, stripes to hearts, ones from Jessica Simpson for Motherhood® Maternity, polka dots and animal print… there’s a style you’ll want to start your day off wearing.

Don’t forget bras. Our maternity bras are nursing bras, so they last from now to new mom.  The gorgeous racerback sleep bra pulls down for nursing with a wrap front that offers light support.  However, there are so many styles: full coverage, demi, wireless, underwire, sports, strapless and plus size too! With our always-running buy three, get the fourth free savings, you can fill your drawers with something lacey, something solid, something sporty and something for every day. These are just some reasons why we love our lingerie.

GENDER REVEAL: MORE TO LOVE

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You know we LOVE gender reveal themes and holidays, so there was no way we were going to let Valentine’s Day slide!

Start with heart, or many hearts. From our “backdrop”, which is actually a table cloth, to punchy red decorations and a large box of chocolates, the color red took center stage.  We wanted this to be a simple execution with an impactful reveal.

By swapping out two of the chocolates with either pink or blue candy hearts, the surprise is then sweetly uncovered by lifting off the lid. This time of year, it is easy to find pink chocolate hearts, but if baby or babies are boys, we suggest buying blue foil, coloring your silver foil, or placing the chocolates in blue wrappers. One, two, three- done!

We also wanted to showcase that some mamas have even more to love if they’re expecting multiples! We tucked our “It’s Twins!” maternity t-shirt into the lid of the chocolates for a cute way to capture the news. This reveal can be done for one or even more than two babies! And the best part is that once you snap that Insta-worthy shot… you get to eat the chocolate! Enjoy, congrats, and happy Valentine’s Day!

THE ART OF HEART

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Cover the canvas that is your bump with maternity clothing and accessories that brighten up any Valentine’s Day.

What’s underneath counts, so start with the cutest pregnancy panties in our candy heart print. Maybe wear them under the matching nightgown or sleep separates! Make sure you lotion up the belly with safe, effective skincare- we can’t get enough from basq!

Then throw on a graphic top, or as we say materniTEE, that is easy to love. Go for gold with the Metallic Heart Maternity Sweatshirt or a t-shirt that speaks for you like the “Love Before First Sight” one; because, sometimes seeing isn’t always believing!

Finish it off with a backpack that is worthy of wearing without a baby! Yes, this vegan leather backpack from Skip Hop is actually a diaper bag, fully equipped with changing pad, space for bottles, diapers, cream and change of clothing, easy clean material and stroller straps! But in case you want the cutest bag clip, throw this heart shaped stroller hook into your new backpack for on-the-go. Just like that… you are a mommy-to-be masterpiece!

STEP OUT OF THE SHADOWS THIS GROUNDHOG DAY

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Forget putting your faith in a groundhog; although he is super cute, he barely gets it right! Instead, invest in a dress that wears well in winter, but styles right into spring. Step out of any shadow in a look that is both hot and cool and any season ready. Start with a really great dress, like this keyhole maternity one in olive floral.

Winterize It:
If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, then you should consider a layering piece. The egret colored open front maternity sweater is amazing at accentuating the bump with a tie belt, and it brings out the colors of the print on the dress.  Add some pregnancy friendly tights, high or ankle boots and get ready to brave the chill for six more weeks!

Spring It On:
So he didn’t burrow and hibernation season is coming to a close… make sure you accessorize accordingly. Take that same great dress, let down your hair, let our your legs, show a little toe. Now head to work, to brunch, or on the town in an outfit that’s ready to see the sun! Finish with light and bright earrings, and a clutch that balances the olive tone.  Happy Groundhog Day from Motherhood®!

MILESTONE MONDAY: BUMP + BABE

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Hello and welcome to #MilestoneMonday (share your pregnancy progress with us, then let us see how big baby is getting @motherhoodmaternity.)

Obviously we are known for our maternity and new mom clothing, but did you know that we sell bump shot accessories? We did a whole series on how to take and make the most Insta-worthy pics. In the pregnancy community, if you will, women reference the size of their baby and bump by fruit and veggie. We love that the Fruit Belly Stickers by Pearhead do the job for you. Just stick and snap! They include 17 stickers starting from week 8 through week 40. These are also perfect for announcing your pregnancy. If you’re less about the bump and more about the moment, our Pregnancy Chalkboard, also by Pearhead, lets you get creative. It comes with 6 pieces of colored chalk, so you can be as artsy as you want!

When the bump becomes baby, keep those posts coming. Your princess is going to need her monthly photoshoot with help from these crown and ring stickers. They peel off and can be put on baby’s outfit or next to her as she awaits her glamour shot. We also love the bowtie first year stickers for baby boy. They are felt and textured, ready for his debonair debut. Both sets of monthly stickers are from Pearhead as well. If you want more, we have holiday inspired stickers too!  Check them all out under Baby Gifts and New Mom Gifts. We cannot wait to see your pictures!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WORK (OUT) MOM PART V

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We are wrapping up our collaboration with Amy Kiefer of Expecting and Empowered this week!  From workouts to making mamahood work, she has been giving us and you a whole lot of information and inspiration. Being a clothing company, we at Motherhood® wanted to learn more about Amy’s fave fashions. As a mom, a nurse, a trainer and a woman who has been through two pregnancies in less than three years… she knows which pieces make maternity and motherhood comfy and stylish. See what she has to say below.

“I love the ease of the nursing camisole with the clip down feature. It is perfect for middle of the night nursing sessions. I’ve lived in it! I wear it as pajamas or for my days that I’m at home. I just throw a zip up over it and I’m all set.”
Clip Down Nursing Cami

“This is an easy staple! It’s so comfortable during pregnancy and it also transitioned so well into the postpartum phase. I found it to be very flattering after birth, covering my 4th trimester belly. I wear this everywhere and always.”
Zip Front Maternity Active Jacket

The following are Amy’s new maternity/ new mom musts from our latest collection of clothing!  The underbelly is one of our more current waistlines, and perfect for post-pregnancy.
Under Belly French Terry Straight Leg Maternity Lounge Pants

Plus, for a workout mama, the sweatshirt dress takes effortless chic to a whole new level. This is one of our favorites for spring too!
Super Soft Maternity Dress

GENDER REVEAL: WINTER *WONDER*LAND

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We are at it again with the newest Gender Reveal idea for you! Winter is an amazing time to get your friends together for a gathering close to home, full of warmth and love. We played back and forth with a Baby It’s Cold Outside theme and landed on WINTER WONDERLAND. With touches of nature, like wood and trees, mixed with white marshmallows, the theme practically shaped itself!

We created a hot cocoa bar using small jars with chalkboard labels so guests can sweeten up their cocoa however they want! Then, we bought blue and pink coating chocolate, heated that up and dipped our spoons in the melted candy. Once they were dry and the colored chocolate solidified, we took the spoons and dipped them in white chocolate, covering the revealing shade. We stuck the white chocolate covered spoons in the fridge to harden.  Before your party begins, or before the big reveal, allow your guests to take the spoons with either blue for boy, or pink for girl, and include them in finding out the sex! We used white hot chocolate, but hot milk works too! Once the chocolate layers begin to melt in the hot liquid, it will turn the color you originally covered the spoon with! As you can see… baby is a boy!

This sweet surprise is easy to prepare; all items can be bought from your local craft store. All you need are cups or mugs, cocoa, and some good friends. How are you revealing the news? Any winter themes of your own? Share them with us using #thisisgoingtotbefun @motherhoodmaternity!

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