HAPPY NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY!

Morning Sickness? Try the sweetest way to beat the nausea. Preggie Pop Drops

To celebrate the “holiday” we decided to dedicate a post to one of our best-selling, fan-favorite items… Preggie Pop Drops! Not only are they delicious, but they are MADE to help soothe that morning, aka all day, queasiness – without medication.

According to Three Lollies, the Pop Drop company, they were developed by healthcare professionals using essential oils. They say, “We use natural essences to flavor our Preggie Pops. For nausea caused by hypoglycemia, even the sugar and brown rice syrup in our pops can be effective. In fact, even the mode of delivery is therapeutic, as only a small amount is delivered to the stomach at a time.”  Side note: hypoglycemia is the fancy name for low blood sugar.

Essential oils have been used for centuries to combat everyday woes. Ginger has been said to curb nausea, just as mint has been known to help digestion. Of course, lavender is soothing and sour flavors like lemon and lime are claimed to create more saliva, which then coats the stomach and esophagus, easing the burn that sometimes causes nausea.

Why do we love them so much though? Because they are sweet, effective, gluten free, all natural and ready to be thrown in our purse or packed in our hospital bag. Those are just some of the reasons that this candy is so dandy! Why do you love them? Tell us @motherhoodmaternity.

TOPS & CROPS

summer cuts

It’s time for a mid-summer style shakeup. Shorts are cute and so are sundresses, but sometimes a gal just needs a good pair of white crops and a sleeveless with a little flutter.

What we love about the above look is the monochromatic finish. White on white is… dare we say it… white hot! Not only will it brighten up your mundane Monday, but makes for a glowing weekend too.

Now is the time to let your arms out while showing a little ankle; the balance of exposed skin is eye-catching, demure and yet slightly sexy. How do you style your crops and tops? Tell us using #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

Find all your summer (and pre-fall) cuts here.

 

BRAS: FOR NOW & NURSING

bras

Here at Motherhood, we really love you, our loyal customer! We always take your comments and concerns into account and are always looking out for you! For instance, did you know that ALL of our bras have nursing function built in? They might be your most practical pregnancy purchase yet! Stock up on the support you need now, then continue to wear them after baby is born. All moms can benefit from keeping these in their arsenal.

We realize that fit and comfort is key during your pregnancy, which is why we have sleep bras, sports bras, demi bras, seamless bras, t-shirt bras and more styles to smooth you, lift you and ease you through. The clip-down, pull-up and pull-over breastfeeding features are of course clutch for new moms who nurse or pump, but let’s be honest… your breasts may remain fuller during that “4th trimester” too. You are going to be grabbing for your “maternity” bras more than you realize for their comfort and roominess, to accommodate post-partum changes.

And the best news? They just happen to be on sale when you buy 3, get the 4th free! Find the four you love, then tell us how they are your support system using #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

THE NURSING ESSENTIALS EVENT

hello baby

As we welcome baby into the world, we welcome so much more. Let us help you transition from maternity to motherhood with the breastfeeding and mommy musts that ease you into your newest role. Save on the supportive styles with the buy 3, get the 4th free* Nursing Essentials Event, or buy 3 and get the 4th free on nursing bras.

Cozy up to soft sleepwear made with stretchy material and function for those middle of the night feedings.  Throw on one of our smooth robes for a put-together look when people come to visit the little one. Or, see what makes the Goddess Gown our best-selling sleep style.

Go out without worry in one of our nursing tops or nursing dresses, made with discrete openings for busy moms who won’t sacrifice their sense of fashion. Lotion up your overworked skin with comforting creams. Treat yourself to new mom gifts, or perhaps a little something for your little gift. All are included in the event!  Sleep, feed, save with help from this sale and then post your new mom faves with us @motherhoodmaternity using #thisisgoingtobefun – Congratulations!

*The Nursing Event lasts for a limited time in stores and online.

LOVE & LACE – SUMMER WEDDING STYLE

Bride or guest we have the dress

Are you saying “I do” or did you simply just RSVP “yes”?  Either way… we have your dress.

Summer weddings are heating up, and sometimes finding the perfect dress can be hard, especially while pregnant. You want to be comfortable, attractive, able to move. We love our lace hem maxi, because it’s lightweight, empire waist and as the name suggests, trimmed with lace. It’s striking.

Our customers have been asking for more wedding dresses, not only for guests, but for the leading lady- the bride! This particular style is made in white for your big day, as well as light pink and baby blue (which is not shown, but still shoppable!)

Airy, breathable and breathtaking… we cannot wait to see you in this dress. So, show us! Tag us in your pictures on our Instagram, using #thisisgoingtobefun and let us know if you’re the blushing bride or the best dressed guest. And shop all of our maternity dresses here.

THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL…

Nine months you're out

…but you can get emotional if your baby announcement takes place on a diamond and you’re hitting style out of the park in our “Nine Months You’re Out” tee! You can find this on the back of many of our MLB materni-tees.

Jennifer Broyles, fitness coach, mama and Motherhood customer shows us just how cute baseball can be. (Jennifer, we’re a FAN of yours too!)

Jennifer tells us, “Baby B is due December 10 and we have a few names picked out already. The names my husband likes are geared toward the Boston Red Sox and the few names I’ve chosen are based after the Chicago Cubs. We are huge baseball fans! When our teams played each other, it was a fun rivalry. We are planning on announcing if baby is a girl or boy with a fun baseball themed gender reveal party.”

We cannot wait to see whether Baby B is ready for baseball or softball, but more importantly, which team he or she will root for!

Follow us to keep up with our real-life customers, or send us your pics for a chance to be featured. We love to see our styles on beautiful moms like Jennifer. @MotherhoodMaternity

RED, WHITE & BUMP

baby you're a firework!

We like when things are themed. From décor to clothing, we give holidays their due.  4th of July is no exception! This year, you have a personal accessory that people are going to comment on regardless if you want them to or not; you may as well dress it up and let it speak for you. That’s why our “Baby you’re a firework!” tee has been gracing beautiful bumps on Insta and IRL.

We also have “Born in the USA” and “Made in America” graphics. To keep with the classic Americana colors, style your tee with our red crochet-detail super soft shorts, or go for full-on patriotic fashion with our navy star print pair. Both are French Terry and have the underbelly waist, which is a new mom favorite as well. You know what that means? Next summer’s outfit is already planned. Plus, Labor Day is right around the corner… if YOUR labor day doesn’t come first!

If you plan to wear one of our graphic maternity tees next week, make sure you tag us! @MotherhoodMaternity #GraphicTeeTuesday

THE COOL DOWN: PREGNANCY POPSICLES

#BeatTheHeat

For all recipes, you’ll need a popsicle mold, mixing bowls and measuring cups. (If you don’t have a mold, cups and sticks will do the trick, or make flavored ice cubes instead! Each recipe makes roughly 6 pops).

  1. COCONUT: The naturally sweet fruit is super hydrating and totes Lauric Acid, perfect for building immunity for you and that baby in your belly!

Mix one can (or two cups) of coconut milk with 3 tablespoons real maple syrup, 1 tablespoon vanilla abstract and 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes. Pour the mixture into the molds, cups or cube tray and let sit for four hours or overnight. Enjoy!

  1. PEACH: This summer favorite is rich in Iron, which is perfect for pregnancy, since many expecting women become iron-deficient, causing an even more tired (or anemic) mama!

This recipe is very easy! Take 4 ripe peaches, because the riper- the sweeter, blend them up in a food processor, squeeze in half a lemon, and 2 tablespoons sugar, or orange juice for a natural sweetness. Blend until even smoother. Pour in your mold of choice; let freeze for four hours or overnight.

  1. MANGO: Full of Vitamin B6, mangoes are amazing at providing both mommy and baby with brain-boosting effects, as well as the creation of healthy red blood cells.

Take 4 mangoes (make sure they are soft to the touch for ripeness and sweetness!) De-skin the fruits, cube the flesh and plop it into a blender or processor. Add 1 cup of almond or coconut milk and one cup of vanilla yogurt; you can use Greek for a tangier taste and a boost of protein. Once smooth, pour into the molds; freeze for four hours or overnight.

  1. STRAWBERRY & BANANA: Strawberries have the almighty Folic Acid, which pregnant women know is the queen of maternity vitamins! It helps to keep baby’s neurological and spinal cords working in the womb. Bananas are often loved for their Potassium, which helps increase energy and in the case of pregnancy, soothe sickness.

All you need are the two fruits to make the ice pops! Take about 12 large strawberries and one ripe banana. Blend, pour, freeze. The banana should be sweet enough to cure your sugar craving and the strawberries should provide enough liquid. If not, add a little orange juice to the mixture for a sweet and smooth kick. Freeze for a few hours or overnight.

  1. WATERMELON: Besides being hydrating, watermelon has what oranges usually take the credit for… lots of Vitamin C. It sometimes gets a bad rap for pregnancy, but when consumed naturally through fruits and veggies, the bright vitamin provides collagen production, which is the building block of bones and healthy skin.

Watermelons are obviously very liquidy on their own. As their name suggests, they are made of 92% water. That means, you can take a whole medium seedless watermelon, cut it in pieces, blend the flesh, and pour it in the freezer molds. Or, you have the option to thicken the mixture with fruits of your choice. Try a summer blend with kiwi or add a little lime. For a refreshing twist, throw in some fresh mint or go classy and swap in basil instead.  Freeze and eat!

SNEAK PEEK // JUNE MAILER

Summer Crush

Make your love affair with style last longer than just a summer fling. Our newest arrivals from Jessica Simpson for Motherhood Maternity feature an Americana-heavy palette. By styling blue with white and red pants now, then layering into cooler nights and early autumn, we bring you your new favorite fashions.

The picnic-print dress keeps you cool with flowing, lightweight material and a ruffle-layered top.  As the beachy winds come in, throw on a maternity cardi for even longer wear.

It’s easy to read between the lines of style with this striped swing tank. Shown with red pants for the 4th of July, it also pairs perfectly with jeans, and is great as a casual option with maternity leggings. The crisscross straps keep the classic tank modern.

We top off our style suggestions with the mixed print blouse.  Breezy fabric keeps long, hot days light and easy.  The multi-patterned design can be worn with any bottom, from shorts to pants.

To shop all our Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection, click here. Happy summer, happy shopping!

HELLO SWEETNESS

MH Friday Pie Day v1

Friday may just be the best day of the week, because it kicks off the weekend. It’s the precursor to Saturday (which actually may be the real best day of the week…) We digress though. Friday rhymes with pieday and we are going to make this a thing!

We love a berry pie, especially when it comes in all the colors of summer like red, white and blue. We are looking for something to satisfy your cravings. Enter this recipe, sweetly called The Miss America Pie from Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery.

What will you need?

For the crust:

  • 2 store-bought pie crusts
  • whole milk, for brushing

For the strawberry filling:

  • 2 quarts of strawberries, quartered
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the blueberry filling:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

What do you need to do?

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Begin by blind-baking the pie crust. Blind baking is important in making any pie because it involves baking the crust initially on its own, allowing for the final product to have a crispier bottom crust, not gooey and still uncooked). To blind bake, grease a glass pie plate and set down the bottom pie crust. Starting from the middle and working your way out, pat down the crust so it lies flat on the plate. Using your fingertips, ruffle the edges to make it look pretty.
  3. Use a fork to make 15-20 indentations in the bottom of the crust (this allows air to escape from the crust and prevents bubbles from forming). Now grease the inside of the crust and line it with a piece of aluminum foil.
  4. Next, pour in dried rice or beans to line the aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove aluminum and rice and allow the crust to cool slightly while you prepare your filling.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cornstarch, and salt.
  6. In a smaller bowl, combine the blueberries with sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt.
  7. Fold a piece of aluminum foil at a 90° angle to act as a barrier between your blueberries and strawberries. Pour the blueberries into the smaller wedge and the strawberries into the larger wedge. Carefully remove the aluminum and adjust the berries as needed.
  8. Brush the entire crust with whole milk, then bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before eating!
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