SUMMER BUMP SHOT SERIES

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Let’s have a little refresher course on the bump shot! Last November we created a series all about capturing your best bump pic, starting with tips from a professional, our in-house photographer Bobby! Then, we helped with inspo on how to style your shoot, how to style yourself, and then how to bring it all to life. We decided to head to the studio to give the bump shot series a little summer makeover.

Using the same great tips, we suggest styling your shoot with natural light if possible, but if not, then get creative with props! Beach balls and glittery pool tubes certainly set the scene. There is no denying that the season is summer. Styling yourself is easy, because all of our maternity swimsuits are made to fit and flatter; they are ready to have their picture taken. The featured bathing suit is our polka dot halter two piece in navy and mint.

Are you finding out the gender this summer? The bump shot is always good for a reveal. We are in love with our selfie frame. With balloons and a matching pink maternity dress… it’s a girl AND it’s ready to be posted, liked, shared!

And for our final inspiration… when in doubt, add food! What rhymes with #preggo? Well, it isn’t waffle, but you catch our drift. Go with your cravings, then dress accordingly. Nothing is cuter than a graphic tee paired with maternity jean shorts. It’s #perfect!

Inspire us! Show us your summer bump shops. #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity

MOTHERHOOD GETS REAL ON MOTHERHOOD: SARA KAUFFMAN

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This week we are featuring our real mom Sara, who is one of our senior designers. We first met with her last fall when she was expecting her baby girl Rae. Now as a mom of two she tells us about the differences between her first and second pregnancies, how she likes to spend time with her newly expanded family, and why it really does take a village. Read on for some sound advice from Sara!

Motherhood: Tell us a little about your new baby!

Sara: Rae is amazing. She is the happiest and most easy-going baby. Her big brother is the center of her universe. When they are together, she just smiles and laughs at what every he is doing which is usually pretty silly.

 

Motherhood: How has life changed since adding another child into the mix?

Sara: It takes us a while to get out of the house daily and when we go on trips. We are a family that likes to be out of the house and go on little and big adventures. I usually forget a few things. It is all worth it when I see the way Rae and Nate look at the new places we take them.

 

Motherhood: What has been your favorite nursing piece?

Sara: Two items were my ultimate faves! One: I lived in Jessica Simpson Pull Over Side Slit Nursing Top during maternity leave. I hate when tops lift in the back when nursing, but the function on the JS top allowed great access to the front while staying put and down in the back. Two: I wore our Tummy Sleeve over all my pants for the first two months post-partum. I knew very little about shapewear after my first pregnancy. I learned more when I was on a panel to wear-test this very item. It really helped me start to get my waistline back and stabilize my post-maternity belly.

 

Motherhood: As a designer of our jeans, what styles have you kept in your new mom rotation?

Sara: I still wore my smock waist shorts and side panel denim for a while after I had Rae. The shorts were the most comfortable style during and after my pregnancy, and I still felt like I looked put together when I left the house. The side panel denim does not look overly maternity, so I felt like I could get away with them for a while until I got back into my regular jeans.

 

Motherhood: How has coming back from maternity leave been, especially with pumping?

Sara: I knew what to expect this time so it was a bit easier. It was still hard being away from baby at first, but I love designing and really like the people I work with, which is the bright side of it all.

 

Motherhood: What would you say the hardest thing about breastfeeding has been and what advice would you give to a woman considering nursing?

Sara: I could write/ talk about this for hours. Unlike my first child whom would not latch, took hours to eat and would not gain weight, Rae had been a whole world easier. She latched right away and is a fast eater. The hardest thing is finding the right balance for you, your baby and even your family. With Nate, I did my best to nurse him, but he was always supplemented with formula which let my husband help out more with the feedings. Rae got to be exclusively breastfeed or given pumped milk at day care until she was 7 months old. Breastfeeding her is faster than giving her a bottle and my husband gets to spend more time just hanging out with her. I found what was right fit for both kids and was very happy when we found our balance.

 

Motherhood: If you could have given yourself one piece of new mom advice, what would it have been?

Sara: Find your village. They say it takes a village and it does, especially when you are in the weeds of having a new born. You will need support. At night I had my family, but during the day I looked for groups and activities I could do with other mommies with new babies. I joined a nursing group which helped me work through any issues I was having that week with breastfeeding. I learned a lot from the mamas with older babies and got to help out the newbies. I also really enjoyed my time at baby music class and mommy and me yoga where I got sing and get active with Rae.

MOTHERHOOD GETS REAL ON MOTHERHOOD: ERIN DOWNING

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This story begins back in February 2017, when we got to throw our very first Gender Reveal party for an expecting mom in our corporate office. Erin was just finding out that she and her husband were having a baby boy. Pregnant and glowing, we threw them a sock monkey reveal party. Fast-forward to spring 2018, and this first-time mom has been back to work, raising baby Hudson [who is now almost 1!], and navigating the world as a working woman with a family. Erin is definitely the go-to girl for post-pregnancy style recs, as she is the one calling the shots! Read on to see how life has been for our Lead Merchandising Manager.

Motherhood: It’s been over a year since we threw you a gender reveal party. Obviously, you had your little boy. Tell us a little about him!

Erin: His name is Hudson, he’s 9 months old and the cutest little boy ever!  (Maybe I’m biased) He’s very active – crawling everywhere, pulling up to stand, walking might not be far off.  He loves animals, especially our cats and his nanny’s dog.  His favorite food is avocado.  He loves music and dancing.  Not a big fan of diaper changes or sleep!

Motherhood: How has life changed since becoming a new mom?

Erin: How hasn’t it?  I definitely get less sleep, I’m way busier, I spend a lot of time playing, and I have an adorable baby boy!  Priorities are the biggest change, I think. Life isn’t just about me and my husband anymore – it’s about Hudson and our family, but it’s been amazing and I’ve loved every minute (except maybe some of the sleepless nights.)

Motherhood: What has been your favorite nursing piece?

Erin: I never would have survived without our clip-down camis.  I have them in every color. I wore the seamless bras through my entire pregnancy as well – they are beyond comfortable.  BounceBack has also been a must for me.  I wear the tank and legging ALL the time.  Perfect for camouflaging any baby weight still sticking around!

Motherhood: As the Lead Merchant Manager of Motherhood®, what “maternity” styles have you kept in your closet and continue to wear?

Erin: I still wear my BumpStart and Secret Fit Belly® leggings, plus now of course my BounceBack ones that I bought after having the baby.  Also, my French Terry shorts, I fully intend to wear all summer and I lived in them before I had Hudson.  They are underbelly and are still great without a bump.  My baby shower dress was Rachel Pally from A Pea in the Pod. [Editor’s Note: This is Motherhood’s sister brand.] I actually just wore it on vacation in Mexico.  I had done my own little before and after!

Motherhood: You have since come back to work. Any suggestions on the styles you like for pumping at work?

Erin: I highly recommend our seamless bras and clip down camis.  They go under everything and are so easy to use.  I also think our dress assortment is so amazing. I wear a lot of dresses and it’s difficult because if you pump in a regular dress, you basically have to get naked in the pump room.

Motherhood: Where has been the weirdest place you’ve nursed or pumped?

Erin: Oh, man!  The strangest was probably the dressing room floor at Bloomingdales in Soho (NYC).  I had to go shopping for work for the day and had to carry the pump around with me and figure out where to pump. There is an amazing app I discovered called “Moms Pump Here” – it helps you find places you can nurse or pump based on your location.  I’ve also pumped on multiple airplanes.  And also, I had a wedding to attend 3 weeks after I had Hudson. We didn’t offer any special occasion dresses yet, so I had to strip down to pump in a friends hotel room at the wedding venue. I so wish we sold the black lace nursing dress I wore in the photoshoot then; it would have made my life so much easier and it’s so flattering on!

Motherhood: We’re getting real on motherhood. What has been the hardest part about being a new mom?

Erin: At first, breastfeeding was actually the hardest part.  It didn’t come as naturally as I thought it would; Hudson had a tongue tie that had to be corrected, I felt like I was permanently attached to the breast pump, and it was tough.  Being a new mom can be really overwhelming and emotional, but with the help of supportive mom friends, family, and an amazing lactation consultant we got there.  I can’t stress the importance of support enough – it truly does take a village! I think now it’s just the lack of sleep and the never-ending to-do lists (both at work and at home) that are the hardest parts… but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

MOTHERHOOD GETS REAL ON MOTHERHOOD

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May doesn’t just bring us flowers, it’s also the month that lets us celebrate our favorite holiday: Mother’s Day! Instead of limiting our love for moms to just Sunday, May 13th, we are dedicating the entire month of May to strong and beautiful ladies. So, to honor the women that keep us going, we are highlighting our real moms like you all month long.

Back in September 2017 we did photo shoots and one-on-ones with some of our pregnant employees featuring our Five Fundamentals. We wanted to come full circle with their journey, because it doesn’t stop when baby arrives… it just begins! We welcomed them back into the studio, this time with their babies and all their new mom wisdom in tow.

From maternity leave to crazy nursing stories, we wanted our real moms to get real on motherhood. It’s not always pretty, but their babies further convinced us that it is pretty cute! Make sure you stay tuned all month long to meet our moms. And, as always, show us your mom-in-the-making and new mom looks @motherhoodmaternity #thisisgoingtobefun – we want to hear your stories, your advice, and of course see your babes. We’re ready for the good, the bad, the truth… come what MAY!

NEW TO NURSING

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NURSING STYLES
Our New Mom collection features nursing tops and dresses specifically made for you. With pull-down access, faux wrap tops, and lift-up layers… there’s a tank, cami, tee, blouse, or dress that will get you home from the hospital and back at work after maternity leave ends.

New moms also need all the sleep they can get without complicated nursing clothing or uncomfortable pieces. If you’ve been dreaming away in our maternity pajamas, then chances are you have a style that is already prepared for those mid-night feedings, featuring clip-down straps. Even our maternity sleep sets are made for new moms, with button-down fronts, stretchy V-necks, and underbelly pants that provide comfort for post-delivery bodies.  You can even repurpose your Snoogle as a nursing pillow!

NURSING BRAS
The question we always get is: “When should I buy nursing bras?” The truth is… from the first time you feel and see your breasts grow during pregnancy. Our maternity bras ARE nursing bras. All our maternity bras feature an accessible way to breastfeed or pump. Whether the straps are clip-down or the bra has a pull-over front, they all remain discreet and comfortable. Investing early on and finding the right fit will pay off for the rest of your trimesters, straight into motherhood and nursing.

NURSING ACCESSORIES
We carry a full range of nursing accessories to help you transition into motherhood. Try our nursing scarves and cover-ups for discreet breastfeeding to keep busy moms on the move. There are also nipple balms and nursing lotions to help soothe and smooth sore bodies. With nursing pads, a hands-free bra for efficient pumping, as well as diaper bags to throw everything in… we want to be your one-stop-shop for everything motherhood related. It is our name after all!

BOUNCEBACK COLLECTION
This postpartum line includes post-pregnancy leggings, denim and pants and features two different compression belly panels that aid in helping new moms rediscover their pre-pregnancy bellies, possibly even quicker than they would without them!

Unlike girdles and other full post-pregnancy support bands, the BOUNCEBACK panel is sewn directly on to the pants so there is no extra bulk, fuss, or discomfort. We offer two different styles: the Power Mesh Band, designed to sit lower on your waist and provide medium compression, and the Seamless Compression Tube, which has a higher rise and stronger compression. In addition to providing a seamless and smooth effect under clothing, they help hold in your post-pregnancy belly with light pressure, ensuring you feel in control and confident. They are an easy and effortless way for you to feel like yourself again. You aren’t just bouncing back, but rather bouncing forward to being the best new mom and new you!

TRIP TO THE TROPICS

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Take your baby shower on vacation with a tropical themed party! Think bright colors, sweet fruit drinks, and a lot of fun with family and friends. It’ll be a trip!

Start with the style star: a coral colored ruffled maternity dress with everything going for it. Like its name suggests, there’s the top ruffle cascading over the front and back, a high halter style neckline, exposed shoulders, plus a keyhole back design, all crafted from smooth and sleekly stretchy lightweight fabric. It’s summer in a dress.

Next, make sure the décor transports you and your guests. This is island time, where pineapples are everywhere, flamingos are abundant and beautiful plants sprout all over. We’re thinking palms, succulents, and lots of warm-weather fruit to add natural color to the event.

Finish with the food. Keep everything light, sweet, and color coded! Serve it all on the Meri Meri striped plates with scalloped gold edges. Pretty perfect, they come in pink and blue too! Don’t forget the cups, the napkins, the cupcake wrappers… even confetti poppers, because we’ve got them too!

Show us how you’re trending tropical for your shower with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

GORGEOUS GARDEN GAL SHOWER

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Our April showers are still raining down on you with the newest theme: garden party! When we think spring, we think flowers, warm weather, and blue skies! We put it all together for a baby shower that is all about growing and glowing!

We love this belted chambray maternity shirt dress for this occasion. Not only is it classic, springy, and just downright cute… it is perfect for post-pregnancy too, easily adjustable with the belt, as well as nursing accessible with the buttons. The clean solid colored dress allows you to brighten up your look with fun shoes and accessories. If you’re having a boy, how perfect is this on its own? Expecting a girl? Little pink flats or sneaks have met their new best friend.

If you’re planning the party, let us take care of the plates and cups. We sell these adorable place settings from Meri Meri.  Need a center piece? How about a cute watering can filled with confetti and some gardening tools?! Need a thank you gift? Baby succulents work wonders as party favors.  This theme has so many roots. So, use this post as inspiration and let your creativity blossom and grow. Then, show us your garden party @motherhoodmaternity with #thisisgoingtobefun

 

A CITY GAL SHOWER FEATURING MIMI MATERNITY

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Our MiMi mama is cosmopolitan, a city dweller, a lover of street style and Instagram-worthy outfits. A shower themed to the Big Apple and all things classic New York seems like the perfect fit!

Dress up your party in décor that is black and white and red [apple] all over. And for the mama-to-be, there’s nothing more quintessential NYC than a little black dress. Our MiMi lace maternity dress is party perfection; it’s textured, off the shoulder, stretchy, soft and structured with a little ruffle. Feminine, comfortable, a bit flirty, everything to make you feel like the life of the party.

With New York landmarks, picture props and signs… it looks like all streets lead to a memorable shower. You don’t have to be a city slicker to get in on the fun and fashion. Which city and town do you [and your bump] represent?  Let us know with #MiMiMama #MiMiMaternity @MiMiMaternity.

THE GIFT GUIDE

 

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When it comes to baby showers, we love striking a balance in our gifting – something for baby, of course, but also a little something for the mama-to-be. We have created a lust-worthy list of items for both! The options are endless. Oh, and if you can’t decide… give the gift of choice with a seasonal and themed e-gift card or physical gift card too.

Let’s start with gifts for her: Safe, effective skincare made for bodies that are working hard seems like a necessary little luxury. We love brands like basq NYC, Bella B and Belli Beauty. They’ve got the body covered, literally from head to toe with stretch mark creams, tummy butters, and nipple balms for mama. Pair some skincare with a pajama set for an unexpected gift to make her feel pampered and pretty.

Gifts for baby range from adorable to practical: Both the WubbaNub and Pop Pacifier have our hearts. The first will surely be your baby’s new best friend with its friendly and cuddly stuffed animal attached while the Pop Pacifier will surely be yours! The nipple will fold inside the base, so that it never hits the ground, eliminating the constant sanitizing every time it falls to the floor.  And it’s 100% silicone is free from phthalates, lead, latex, bpa and pvc. You can shop all baby gifts here as well.

For a few “just because” gifts: Shop milestone markers like the blocks shown, as well as blankets and stickers so your mama-to-be can document every cute moment to come her way. Or prepare her for motherhood with any of our nursing items and accessories. If she doesn’t already have one, the Snoogle is a must for any mom-to-be hoping to get some beauty sleep before baby. And of course we love to gift diaper bags to ensure she’s got everything she needs for days out with baby. Happy shopping!

APRIL SHOWERS

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Okay, so not only is today Easter AND April Fool’s Day… it’s also the very first day of the month! April is all about SHOWERS, SHOWERS, SHOWERS. Throughout the month we are going to be giving major baby shower inspo, including themes, style suggestions, and Instagram-worthy snap shots. To kick off the April showers, we got all caught up in a floral frenzy. The perennial print is a forever favorite, but certainly appropriate for spring!

We’ve got the botanic beauty with a deep black floral maxi. And a dress to contrast that with light and bright blooms, our Empire Seam Maternity Maxi Dress for the garden party girl.

To top off a shower style, we have two pale and pretty prints: the halter maternity top with baby blue buds and the floral flutter sleeve maternity top.

Shop all these plus more forget me not flowered fashions and keep coming back for a month of showers, showers, showers! Tag us in your baby shower look with #thisisgoingotobefun @motherhoodmaternity!

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