DIY BUMP COSTUMES

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Our Social Media Specialist got really crafty, literally, when she thought up and then executed these DIY costumes. She actually made them in our office using the items shown. With a little glue and a lot of love, we present to you:

THE DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY DISCO BALL
A tiny trip to the craft store was all our co-worker needed to create this costume. She chose the black version of the side-ruched tee, then placed the larger squares in the center and edged with the smaller to create a spherical shiny shape, perfect for the pregnancy costume that will amp up any party! We paired it with our black fold-over belly lightweight skirt, so you can dance the night away without breaking a sweat.

THE BUMPED UP GUM-BALL MACHINE
Using our basic white side-ruched maternity tee, our co-worker laid it on a flat surface and began to place the pompom balls down until they created a perfect circle. Then, she picked up each pompom, added some fabric glue, replaced it and voila— a gum-ball machine! We paired the top with our red Jessica Simpson crop maternity pants to complete the classic color combination.

THE HEART EYES EMOJI
This last one is for the minimalist mama-to-be who wants the compliment, but not the complication. This one really is as easy as 1, 2, 3: get felt, cut a circle and two heart eyes, fabric glue it on our black cold-shoulder maternity dress. Happy Halloween!

For additional pregnancy costume ideas and inspiration, check out our wicked good witch gender reveal post, and our Halloween graphic tees. And, head over to @motherhoodmaternity for even more scary good style!

TEES THE NEWS

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There are so many ways to have a gender reveal, from the cake, to a party— but sometimes you just need the right shirt for the right picture, and thus the right reveal!

We love Halloween, which is why this week we are bringing you all different ways to reveal the announcement of your pregnancy, as well as the sex of your baby. Keep a look out for tomorrow’s DIY bump-costume post, and check out yesterday’s wicked good reveal.

As for today, we are highlighting our best-selling graphic tees of the season. We’re Adding a Pumpkin to Our Patch is a shirt that we see our customers use to reveal their pregnancy all the time. In fact, both our Editor and Email Marketing Manager wore theirs to share the news! We wanted to expand on that idea by giving it a gender reveal twist. With a black pumpkin and a little blue one inside… baby is a boy!

Our Pumpkin Smuggler tee is new this year and has been an instant best-seller.  Make it into a full costume with a bandit mask and getaway bag—voila Halloween complete!

Are you revealing on social? Make sure you tag us when you do with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

 

A WICKED GOOD REVEAL

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We are at it again with the gender reveal ideas and inspo!  For Halloween, we of course wanted to incorporate costumes, and we have ones where the bump is on full display, so stay tuned. But, to begin, we decided to showcase that Halloween can be simple, stylish and still a little spooky. With help from our surplice neckline black maxi, a spider and her web, we created inspiration for mamas who are going social with the good news. Hats off to us, right? [Get it…]

Our Social Media Team crafted the words out of pipe-cleaners and wrapped them with fake cobwebs. By adding a grey background, dark filter, and a creepy crawler, the shot pretty much took itself! The idea began as a possible gender reveal party invitation, like we did for our apple post. However, we didn’t want to limit it to just that. This image lends itself to Instagram, where people can make their own guesses, or even as a card made for family and friends. Stay tuned to our Instagram to see the reveal later this week.

How do you plan on sharing the sex of your baby? Will you be going Halloween themed? We showed you ours, now show us yours with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

DENIM FOR EVERY-BODY

Shop all denim.

FIVE FUNDAMENTALS: WEEKEND

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For our last five fundamental style, we had to go with weekend wear! Everyone is working for the weekend, right? We have shown you occasion looks, date night, work, and lounge. Our final beauty and her bump are proving that Saturday is for the mamas!

Who: Jennifer Cho, Senior Designer

What: trimester are you in?  2nd trimester! We already have a son who is 2 and a ½. I can see myself wearing this look to the park with him.

Wear: Side-Ruched Maternity Dress

Side-Ruched Maternity Tee

Denim Maternity Jacket

When: I like tees with leggings normally, and have seen a lot of people tying the tees above the bump on Instagram. I think it’s really cute… I may just try it now!

Why: A dress is a great full outfit from early on, all the way through the end.  I think our jeans are a necessity from the very beginning, especially since my body seemed to change a lot quicker during my second pregnancy. I plan on nursing, so I will be purchasing our clip-down bras and camis. I already own some of the pull-down tanks, since I can wear them now and then after too.

YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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The cooler months are ironically all about getting warmer. There are so many fall festivals and harvests to enjoy, but sometimes a mama just wants to stay inside, kick her feet up, and watch a good movie under a blanket.

Drinking a warm cup of herbal tea will definitely help soothe the soul…not to mention a sick tummy. The American Pregnancy Association suggests red raspberry, peppermint leaf, ginger root, dandelion, nettle and chamomile teas for calming morning sickness and relaxing hard-working bodies. Anna Naturals, available on our sister site APeainthePod.com, also offers teas specifically catered for the mama-to-be!

Complete your comfort zone with a soft sweater, stretchy leggings, comfy socks, skin care, and your favorite snack. We are suckers for anything themed and seasonal, so we are sharing a recipe we found for Pumpkin Custard from our friends at Fit Pregnancy. Whip this up and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 cups reduced fat or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch salt

Make It

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and pumpkin. Whisk in the remaining ingredients.
  • Divide the custard mixture between 6 ramekins and place them in a roasting pan so they are not touching. Fill the roasting pan with enough very hot water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan with foil and carefully place it in the middle of the oven.
  • Bake the custards until they are set at the edges but still a little wobbly in the center when the pan is moved, about 35 minutes. Remove the foil and let the custards cool in the water. Cover and refrigerate before serving.

FIVE FUNDAMENTALS: LOUNGE

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Get ready to kick up your feet, settle down and sit pretty with comfy, cozy, lounge looks brought to you with our five fundamentals, modeled on our very own co-worker [and new mama!]

Who: Michelle Moran, Digital Marketing Manager

What: trimester are you in? The fourth trimester is real. I still find myself reaching for some of my comfiest maternity pieces.

Wear: Secret Fit Belly Ruched Maternity Leggings

Lace Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra in Pinot Noir

Kickin It Maternity Sweatshirt

When: The leggings and jeans I wear when running errands with my daughter, to not only feel comfortable, but also to be a little more put together.

Why: When I was pregnant I wore a lot of our five fundamental pieces. I like the jeans a lot and loved the black side-ruched dress. I would wear that one anywhere, like work or out with my husband. I was pleasantly surprised how much I used the nursing bras and camis pre-baby. I do nurse at home and pump at work, so my bras are still in rotation, as well as my tanks and camis.

FIVE FUNDAMENTALS: WORK

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We have used the five fundamentals to create a date night outfit, a gender reveal and a shower look! Using our very own Motherhood co-workers, our next beauty with a bump is our pregnant professional, showing us how to do the work week in style.

Who: Nicole Boucher, Senior Web Merchandiser

What: trimester are you in?  3rd! We are not finding out the gender, which I feel like is the most exciting part, even though people cannot believe we want to wait. I didn’t know the sex of any of my children! Stay tuned to see if baby is a boy or girl.

Wear: Indigo Blue Secret Fit Belly Dark Rinse Skinny Maternity Jeans

Elbow Sleeve Side-Ruched Maternity Tee in White

Tie Detail Maternity Sweater Cardigan in Gray

When: I love easy dresses because I have been pregnant all summer, but I wear leggings all the time, even to work.

Why: I think you should start wearing maternity jeans and pants, even if you think you don’t need to, because they’re just so much more comfortable! They’re stretchy, but also more flattering. I tend to wear basic colors, like black. It helps me extend my outfits for week or weekend with my girls.

FIVE FUNDAMENTALS: GENDER REVEAL

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Earlier this week we saw our gorgeous coworker Katie show us how to wear one of the five FUNdamentals for a special occasion, and we have another beauty and her bump wearing our other Gender Reveal dress. Read on to see how she styles the essentials.

Who: Sara Kauffman, Senior Designer of Denim and Jeans

What trimester are you in? I am in my 3rd trimester and due September 19th. My son’s middle name is Hudson, because I met my husband on the Hudson in NY, and my daughter’s middle name will be June, since that’s the month we met… sappy I know!

Wear: Gender Reveal Lace Maternity

When: I would wear it out to a wedding or a shower, even my own. I actually would have worn it for Easter, since I was looking for a dress this past spring!

Why: I just want to make good jeans, not just good maternity jeans. I strive to make all the pairs authentic. So, I am of course a jeans and t-shirt girl. My favorite pair is one with a side panel, because it looks a real jean, even after pregnancy. Plus, I was pregnant mainly in the warm months and the side panel doesn’t create a lot of heat on the belly. I’ve also got my eye on some of the patterned nursing tops; I love anything with a print!

 

FIVE FUNDAMENTALS: BABY SHOWER

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We’re back again with our second co-worker helping us show off how the five FUNdamentals look five different ways! This beauty and her bump are showing us an OCCASION LOOK, specifically Baby Shower.

Who: Katie Graf, Manager of Store Operations

What: trimester are you in? I am 38.5 weeks pregnant! This is my first time being pregnant and am expecting a girl. Her name will be Margaret Reed, but we’ll call her Maggie.

Wear: Printed Wrap Maternity Maxi Dress

When: I would totally wear this dress in my everyday life. I wish it was available when I had my shower! This dress, in particular, I could style for work or a wedding, depending on the shoe. I am all about versatility.

Why: I am a jean and tee girl for sure. I like the Secret Fit Belly ones the most because I like how the panel holds everything in. I really gravitate toward comfort over anything else. I love the tanks and tees with side-ruching; I wear them with leggings for when I work out.

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