PREGNANT TO PARENT PAJAMAS

The thing we like about our pajamas, you know besides the unbelievable softness, stretch and comfort, is that they can be used way past the bump stage and right into feeding or cuddling your new baby stage. We call our maternity sleepwear, nursing sleepwear, because we know that pregnancy really lasts “four trimesters.” As contradictory as that sounds, those first three months are an extension of pregnancy… just with a living, breathing being.

Our newest sleepwear is perfect to show you while rounding out our Week of Sleep. These maternity pajama pants and nursing nightgown are both featured in our fresh floral print. We paired the bottoms with the “I Love You More Than Sleep” maternity and nursing sleep shirt and topped our best-selling nightgown with our light pink nursing robe.

All pieces are seasonally transitional, trimester transitional, as well as interchangeable with each other. We hope you are sleeping like an actual BUMP on a log, but if not, we then hope this past week has given you some tips, styles and products to consider for making every night a good night. So, here’s to happy days and restful nights!

Floral Maternity Sleep Pants

Bump in the Night Nursing Nightgown

I Love You More Than Sleep Maternity Nursing Sleep Top

Bump in the Night Tie Front Nursing Robe

LET IN THE LIGHT

Now is the time of year when we spring ahead by adjusting our clocks. You may lose an hour of sleep (check out our Snoogle post and look for our maternity sleepwear post to ensure you get some good ZZZs regardless), but the sun stays out longer and goes down later.

Therefore, we are bringing you some styles filled with bright colors, transitional sleeves and lighter fabrics to make you get out and about, while letting your glow be the true source of light.

You can shop the maternity top featured OR shop all our new light-loving maternity styles now that spring has almost, unofficially, practically sprung; just click here. Remember to check back for our next post completing the Week of Sleep!

Striped Cross Front Maternity Shirt

WELCOME TO YOUR WEEK OF SLEEP

The Snoogle - one pillow that takes the place of five. Multi-positional so you get a perfect night's sleep

Have you met the Snoogle yet? It may look like your ordinary body pillow, but let us break this down for you. It’s the MOTHER of all maternity pillows. Take it from me, an actual person, the pillow is worth it.

I recently had a baby and when I was pregnant I received my Snoogle from my husband who wanted to treat me with a gift; that night was the first night in MONTHS that I had gotten any sleep at all! From then on I used it every night. Then, after I gave birth, I decided to nurse my daughter. I did have the Boppy pillow, which I also love, but the Snoogle is softer and can be manipulated, curved and propped both behind your back and your stomach. Thus, it became my go-to for nursing too. For the next few months I continued to use the Snoogle post-partum for sleep, because my body was healing. (It’s easy to clean, because of the removable covers.) I cannot speak for those who have had a C-section, but I can imagine it also affording some support for those recovering from the surgery.

It really is a great investment! If you don’t want to take my word for it, then take some other real expecting women’s words of wisdom (over 200 reviews!)  Here’s to kicking off our Week of Sleep with dreamy items and dreamier savings. See below!

So, if you are reading this blog from Friday, March 102017 through Sunday, March 12, 2017 we are running a special: $20 off the Snoogle Total Body Pillow! Text MHSNOOGLE to 40679 to receive a special coupon* to be used in stores.

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SHOW YOUR BUMP SOME LOVE

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What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? At some point it may have meant dinner out, dancing and maybe a glass of wine. So what about this year? You’re pregnant, which means it’s alright to use that beautiful bump as a reason to order in, snuggle on the couch and sip a little ginger tea. It isn’t about sacrificing; it’s about indulging.

What is there not to love about maternity sleepwear that is made extra soft for your hardworking body? In shades of blush, rose and cranberry, it’s like making a cocktail of pretty pregnancy pajamas. Ask for a massage and use belly balms, oils and butters carefully crafted from expecting skincare. It is all about giving the bump a little extra TLC.

There is so much to love, so finishing the night off with glowing skin, a smooch from your honey and the feeling of your baby growing inside of you is the icing on the cake. Or… end the night with cake. Hey, you’re eating for two! Happy cravings and Happy Valentine’s Day. With Hugs & Kisses – Motherhood

All of Me Loves All of You Graphic Tee

Heart Print Maternity Sleep Pants

Heart Print Nursing Nightgown

Maternity & Nursing Robe

Skincare

Beat Stretch Marks With basq: Co-Founder Lauren Parisier Shares Her Skin Care Secrets

When it comes to stretch marks, the question on every expecting mom’s mind is: What works? We turned to skin care expert Lauren Parisier, who along with Kelli Kenny, co-founded basq NYC, an effective, beautiful skin care line to repair damage and revitalize skin. At Motherhood Maternity, we carry exclusive aromas of their Body Boost by basq products, pregnancy specific body butters and oils designed to prevent and repair stretch marks. We asked Lauren for the best tips and tricks to fight stretch marks and improve skin condition and her answer is simple: start with a sugar scrub. Below, Lauren spills on the top three reasons to add an exfoliating sugar scrub to your skincare routine to aid and diminish marks.

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Guest Editor: Lauren Parisier, Skin Care Expert & basq NYC Co-Founder

1 – FEELING ITCHY? That’s the sign of deeper damage that will show up a few months later as stretch marks.  Don’t Scratch!  Scratching only causes more damages to tender, over stretched skin.  Instead, try scrubbing. Our Body Boost Sugar Scrub gently sloughs away dry, dead skin for instant relief from itchy skin.

2 – FIGHT MARKS EARLY! Exfoliation triggers skin renewal.  As you slough, your skin goes into rebuild mode – building the Collagen and Elastin fibers that keep your skin stronger and more able stretch and rebound – instead of breaking and leaving stretch marks.  Our scrub, which comes in Lavender Vanilla and Milk & Honey aromas, nourishes as it smooths for deeper results.

3 – THE SECRET TO A BETTER BOUNCE BACK! Your body stretches all over during pregnancy and the skin on your legs, arms and backside can suffer from post-pregnancy sag.  A full body scrub twice a week helps your skin stay strong throughout the big stretch. Exfoliation pushes damage up and out for smoother skin texture, more even tone and saggy skin prevention.  Give your skin a head-to-toe boost and start early with the Body Boost Sugar Scrub. The payoff will be a better bounce back post-pregnancy!

You can shop all of our basq products here and this must-have sugar scrub here!

The views expressed on this post represent those of the author and not of Motherhood Maternity.

Jessica Alba’s Beach Bag Essentials

With summer winding down and the long Labor Day weekend approaching, we’re planning on soaking up that summer sun and heading to the beach before the season ends. To prepare, we turned to one of our favorite celebrity moms and co-founder of The Honest Company, Jessica Alba, for what she packs in her beach bag. Read along for more from this mom mogul!

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Guest Editor: Jessica Alba, Co-Founder of The Honest Company.

Bug Spray: I love our bug spray because it safely repels using organic essential oils (and made without DEET)! It smells so good and is super easy to use – a warm weather must.

Sunscreen: Gentle and effective. Done and done. My beach bag is already stuffed enough, so I go for products that the whole family can use. I’ll give my girls a snack or popsicle while I slather them with sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.

Lip Balm: Our organic lip balm is everything! They are perfect for everyday use, but especially great for summer when my lips get extra chapped. It utilizes Shea butter and aloe leaf extract and comes in three yummy flavors.

Hand Sanitizer Spray: My kids love this stuff – it’s so easy to use and smells great. The quick-drying formula helps kill germs and bacteria and the bottle is perfectly purse-sized.

Wipes : I call these “cheek to cheek” wipes because they work just as well on your own face as they do your baby’s bottom. They wipe down sticky fingers, clean up spills, easily remove makeup, and are great for keeping sandy feet out of the car! My beach tip: stick a travel pack in the ice chest for a quick and easy cooldown.

The views expressed on this post represent those of the author and not of Motherhood Maternity.

Hacking Into That Post-Baby Energy

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Photo courtesy of Elissa Goodman

Elissa Goodman is a holistic nutritionist  and lifestyle cleanse expert based in Los Angeles. She works privately with clients to develop personalized wellness programs that encourage true health from the inside out. For more information visit www.elissagoodman.com.

At 18 and 21, respectively, my baby girls are far from being babies but I don’t think I’ll ever forget what it feels like to have newborn children.  You’re ecstatic and scared; enamored and overwhelmed—  it’s a tornado and a rainbow all at once! Fear not, Supermom; you are now an energy source for two and I’ve got the recipes that’ll help you pack your day with punch and keep energy levels high. Plus, you won’t have to trade precious moments that could be spent sleeping, chopping away in the kitchen.

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is the easiest healthy staple to any kitchen. The word “chia” actually comes from the Mayan word for “strength.” Strength is what you need!

Mix one-part chia seeds to four-parts nut milk of your choice (I love almond or macadamia) and let sit overnight. Top with berries in the AM for a superfood boost to start your day on the right foot.

Matcha Green Tea Latte

For the times when it seems all you want to do is go back to bed, enjoy this matcha green tea latte at breakfast.

Lentil and Herb Butter Cups

Not only is this recipe super simple to make, it’s an easy one to make, store and eat all week long.

Figs with Macadamia Nut Cheese

This is my go-to party appetizer but it’s also an incredible energy-boosting snack. Figs provide the magnesium, B-vitamins and fiber that we love for energy, while macadamia nuts provide Vitamin A, iron and protein. The dish as a whole provides that sweet and salty sweet spot that will keep you from reaching for junkier snacks.

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.

Your Hospital Bag Packing List

Closing in on your due date? It is time to start packing your hospital bag! Here are our suggestions for new mom and baby essentials that will help you prepare, while making your hospital stay feel more like home

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Including soft and stretchy basics that you’ll wear before and after baby’s arrival is a great place to start. Base layers like camis, sleep bras and nursing pads will be your go-tos, especially if you plan to nurse after birth.  Bring pajamas you can relax and feel comfortable in, since sleeping after baby will be tough; plus, prepare for visitors by packing a cozy robe. Make sure your trusted skincare and bath-care makes it with you too.

You’re going to want a casual and practical outfit to head home in. We suggest your favorite pair of leggings that transition with you from maternity to motherhood and a pull-over top. Throw in a cute outfit for baby and a pacifier too!

You can shop all of our suggestions below. We’d love to hear what you’re planning to pack in your hospital bag. Share with us below and happy packing!

Nursing Camis // Unlined Nursing Sleep Bra // Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads // Lansinoh Lanolin Cream For Breastfeeding Mothers// Shampoo + Body Wash By The Honest Company // Bump In The Night Nursing Nightgown // Jessica Simpson Lace Trim Maternity Robe // Jessica Simpson 3/4 Sleeve Pull Over Wrap Nursing Top// Leggings // Wubbanub Pacifier // Happy Baby Bodysuit

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Spring Skincare Secrets From a Pro

It’s a new season, which means it’s time to add a few essentials to our beauty routine. Who better to tell us what to stock our purses (and diaper bags) with than our resident beauty expert Kristen?! Read along for her favorites.

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Guest Editor: Kristen Diamond, Beauty and Lingerie Buyer

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Butter London Nail Polish, because let’s face it, toes cannot be out unless they are properly polished!

The basq Skin Scrub is a must; now that a little more skin is showing, it needs to be at its best.

This basq oil isn’t super greasy and rubs in well, so it’s a great moisturizer. I like the lavender scent because it is so soothing.

The Honest Company Sanitizer Spray is a year-round must for me.

The Honest Company Sun Block stick gets our whole family ready for more outdoor time!

Body Boost by basq’s Bump Love Kit is a great gift for a mom-to-be. It’s her first time getting to celebrate Mother’s Day and this set is a great way to show her some love and encourage her to spend some time doing a little pampering.

You can shop all our beauty and skincare here. What are your favorite items for spring?

 

Make Your Hospital Stay Feel More Like Home

Closing in on your due date? It is time to start packing your hospital bag! Here are our suggestions for new mom and baby essentials that will help you prepare, while making your hospital stay feel more like home.

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Including soft and stretchy basics that you’ll wear before and after baby’s arrival is a great place to start. Base layers like camis, sleep bras and nursing pads will be your go-tos, especially if you plan to nurse after birth.  Bring pajamas you can relax and feel comfortable in, since sleeping after baby will be tough; plus, prepare for visitors by packing a cozy robe. Make sure your trusted skincare and bath-care makes it with you too.

You’re going to want a casual and practical outfit to head home in. We suggest your favorite pair of leggings that transition with you from maternity to motherhood and a pull-over top. Throw in a cute outfit for baby and a pacifier too!

You can shop all of our suggestions below. We’d love to hear what you’re planning to pack in your hospital bag. Share with us below and happy packing!

Nursing Camis // Sleep Bras // Nursing Pads // Sleep Sets // Robes // Nursing Tops// Leggings  // Skin Care // Wubbanub Pacifier // Baby Outfit

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