MH Blog MerryRoundup 2017 v1

Sometimes while shopping in stores, checking out online, and even reading through your favorite company’s blog, you forget real people are behind the scenes. So, we want to take the time to show you some of our merry mom moments, as well as thank you for being a part of our lives and hope we are a part of yours! From our family to your family… Merry Christmas 🎄 Happy Holidays 🎁 Happy New Year 🎊

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MH Blog MerryMoms 2017 v1

We want to see how you celebrate EVERYTHING this season!



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MH BumpSeries Part3 Blog v1

Let your style be the guiding force behind the perfect photo shoot. Whether you are a morning, afternoon or night picture poster, there’s a look to help you capture the best bump shot. Nine months is a long time, and we love the idea of using your weekly bump shot to capture times of year, holidays or even just cozy nights in to reflect what where you are in your pregnancy in more ways than one. Above all, though, you’ll want to begin by choosing pieces that flatter you and photograph well. Luckily, we have some experience with this…

1.For Pre-Workday Pictures:

You got ready for your day, so you feel the urge to strike a pose. Go ahead and shop the perfect maternity sweater, like the Cozy Cable Cowl Neck in Oatmeal, and the comfiest leggings you’ll ever own. We love the sweater, especially and obviously for the cooler months. What really makes it a great choice for a bump shot is the waffle texture- which camouflages the bump without hiding it, the curve of the hem- which fully flatters growing bellies, and the cowl neck- which frames the face.

2. For Bedtime Bump Shots

You take beauty sleep seriously, so snapping before you hit the sack needs picture-perfect pajamas to match. Shop all our maternity (and nursing!) sleep styles, as well as the fair-isle print pair shown. We believe there is nothing cuter than a pair of PJs. Not only are they a comfortable outfit, they have a way of setting the scene. This set, in particular, pops on camera with the red Henley-neck. And, they are worth it, because you can take this picture at any point in your pregnancy, as well as after with baby. They have an underbelly waistband, plus are made for nursing. Win-win.

3. For Posting Before Hosting

You’re getting the girls together for a night in. You threw on some blush, the perfect Faux Wrap Maternity Top, and your best pair of blue jeans— now is the time to say cheese! The top is a great choice, because it is seasonless. With a lightweight material, 3/4th sleeves, and the choice of white, blue or grey… it’s a simple way to make a statement. The above-the-bump wrap belt doesn’t hurt either, especially for accentuating the whole reason you’re taking the picture! Shop all the newest maternity looks, to keep your weekly fashion fresh for the photos.

Check out our last post to see how to style your shoot, and to get tips from our photographer.  Plus, keep coming back for more ways to capture the best bump shot! Tag us in yours @motherhoodmaternity using #thisisgoingtobefun – See you there!


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1. Pick Your Props

a. Share your progress.
They say consistency is the key! Try incorporating the Pearhead Pregnancy Chalkboard into your photo shoots to help you keep track, and then of course, to post with your peeps.

b. Shake it up with accessories.
Adding your own personal touch, whether it be seasonal, fun or even wacky, will bring a sense of humor to your shoots. Pregnancy is a journey with a lot of emotions… capture them!

c. Show off your bump.
Belly stickers are the easiest way to showcase your bump’s growth. The Pearhead ones feature 17 stickers, starting at week 8 and going through to week 40!

2. Choose Your Background

a. Try interesting architecture.
Use archways and beautiful buildings to help outline and ultimately define your bump shot. It can act as a natural way to frame you!

b. Be inspired by nature.
No filter can replace or replicate natural lighting. Let the outdoors be your literal playground. Find the colors, textures and beauty that Mother Earth has given you.

c. Or, incorporate your neighborhood.
Have a plain white wall? Is your porch pretty? How about your cool colored door? You know they’re there for your entire pregnancy, so use them to your advantage… week after week!

For an extra tip, choose a dress in a solid color that you know will work well in all different settings, like the Rib Knit Maternity Dress in Burgundy shown.  Or do you, and shop all our maternity styles. Make sure you tag us in your bump shots with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity – Happy snapping!


MH BumpSeries Part1 Blog v1

Welcome to our Bump Shot Series!  There is no greater time in your life for change, an excuse to go shopping, and to take pictures of it all. Pregnancy photo shoots have been around for a while. (Remember Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair?) Today, they are so much more accessible due to phones and social media.  Every day we play around like amateur photographers, so put your own experience to good use capturing all those pregnancy milestones!

Over this week we are going give you tips and inspiration on how to style your shoot, how to style yourself and how to put it all together for making moments come to life on screen! As for today… we are kicking it off with advice from an actual professional, our in-house photographer Bobby Heinemann.

Bobby is the man behind pretty much all the images you see in our stores, on our site, as well as our sister site and their stores.  He goes on shoots, works with models, and is our photographer for social media, including this blog and 40WeeksofChic! He can make everything look amazing and happens to be one of the coolest guys we know. The Creative Department is in debt to Bobby for all the beautiful images he sends our way. When he speaks, especially about his craft, we listen! We hope that his words come in handy to you as well.  Keep coming back all week for more from our Bump Shot Series!


Memorial Day: eat, drink and be pregnant...

We took some simple recipes from our friends at Fit Pregnancy and Parents Magazine. Mini-meals made with nutritious (and tasty) foods can help fight queasy tummy, ease heartburn and minimize indigestion. Whip up and enjoy these little pregnancy pick-ons for that backyard BBQ, summer kick-off party, or even just a relaxing day at home.

Let’s start with something savory: Meze Platter with Roasted Pepper Dip

Servings: 4 Prep 5 mins Cook 15 mins Start to Finish 20 mins

For dip:
• 3 roasted or grilled red peppers, seeded and peeled
• 1/2 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 small clove garlic, minced
• Salt to taste

For meze platter:
• 2 6-inch pita breads (3 ounces each)
• Cooking spray
• 20 cherry tomatoes
• 16 kalamata olives
• 1/2 English cucumber (about 1/2 pound), peeled and cut into thin spears

Make It
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place dip ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Put in a covered, airtight container and refrigerate until needed. (Dip will keep for 3 days, refrigerated.)
2.Cut pita into triangles, place triangles on a cookie sheet in a single layer and mist with cooking spray. Bake until toasted and crisp, about 15 minutes.
3.To assemble each meze platter: Add 1/4 cup dip to a small bowl; place on a plate; arrange one-fourth of toasted pita triangles alongside 5 cherry tomatoes, 4 olives and 2 to 3 cucumber spears.

And finish with something sweet: Yogurt Covered Fruit

Parents suggests strawberries, but we think adding in blueberries and bananas would make for that Red, White and Blue kick the holiday calls for! (They even gave the nutrition facts in case you’re into knowing…)

Ingredients and Directions:
Dip 1 lb. strawberries into one 5-oz. container Greek yogurt. Place berries on a wax-paper lined baking sheet; freeze for 1 1/2 hours. Remove 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 58, Fat, total (g): , chol. (mg): 2, sat. fat (g): , carb. (g): 10, Monounsaturated fat (g): , Polyunsaturated fat (g): , Trans fatty acid (g): , fiber (g): 2, sugar (g): 7, pro. (g): 5, vit. A (IU): 15, vit. C (mg): 67, Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 30, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 15, Potassium (mg): 226, calcium (mg): 59, iron (mg): , Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Easter Essentials Our Four Faves

1. STYLE: graphic maternity tees make every look a little more bumped up… quite literally

2. SKIN: pregnancy changes you, inside & out, so we are serious about what we put on the largest organ of our body, especially one that is creating life!

3. BABY: this holiday, all you need is a lot of love & some little presents – take these pacis off your list by adding them to your basket, whether that be shopping or Easter basket of course!

4. FOOD: traditional Easter bread, because carbs are always on the cravings list…


TOTAL TIME:  Prep takes about 30 minutes + Baking takes 30 minutes

MAKES: roughly 20 servings


  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    (can make healthier with whole wheat flour or almond flour for an option containing less gluten)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
    (can substitute with cane sugar)
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk (can replace with another nut-based milk)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (can replace with coconut oil or ghee)
  • 2 eggs (medium to large sized)
  • 1/4 cup chopped, blanched almonds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract (optional)
  • 5 uncooked eggs, dyed


  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk (or a nut-based / soy option)


  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a large saucepan, heat milk and 2 tablespoons butter, right before it begins to boil. Then, add the dry ingredients; stir or beat rapidly with whisk for 2 minutes. Add eggs and mix them well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and until it has an elastic consistency, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased/ buttered bowl. Turn the dough over so both sides get greased. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, which takes about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and then turn it out on a lightly floured surface. Fold in the almonds and anise extract (if you chose to add them) until blended in evenly. Let the dough rest for another 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half. Shape the halves in to a 24-inch rope, or to as exact as that as you can get. Twist those two ropes together loosely and place them on a greased baking sheet. You want to make them into a ring shape on the sheet by closing the ends of the twisted roped together.
  • Melt what’s left of your butter and brush it over the shaped dough. Gently separate the twists on the ropes and place your dyed eggs in. Cover and let rise until it has doubled, which is about 40 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool your sweet bread on a wire rack.
  • To create the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency in a bowl. Drizzle it over the warm bread. Sprinkle with candies (we like the nonpareil kind, because it’s what our family is used to, but we aren’t bias to good old-fashioned sprinkles either!)


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Mom's lucky charm

Remember when you used to go out and celebrate this holiday, sometimes even on spring break? Don’t be green with envy; you can still have fun… and it all starts with a cute maternity tee.

Besides being a conversation starter, you can use this maternity top as a way to share the good news that you’re pregnant. “Mom’s Lucky Charm” says it all!

Maybe you are going out, not necessarily to a bar crawl, but you have your mocktini made and want a shirt that screams good times. Our “Kiss Me I’m Pregnant” maternity tee is the one you’ll need. It’s okay, everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day! Here’s to good luck and lots of love. ☘️

Mom’s Lucky Charm Maternity Tee

Kiss Me I’m Pregnant Maternity Tee

Outfit Ideas From Instagram’s Best Dressed #Momstobe

This week’s maternity style inspiration from expecting mom Kristie will have you ready to embrace the bump in the season’s hottest trends. Read along to recreate her look in these fall maternity essentials and for style tips for the season.


Photo: Instagram/ @blushingbasics

Wearing our Henley Maternity T Shirt, Kristie proves why the Henley is a seasonal favorite for the mom-to-be. A maternity henley is a comfortable choice that shows off your curves and can be dressed up or down. Kristie chose a classic navy and white striped version, but this must-have also comes in neutrals and prints too.

Layers easily transform any outfit and is a must during the fall. For the mom-to-be, layer with pieces that are light & breathable light lightweight sweaters and jackets. Kristie adds a puffer vest over her top for a preppy vibe.

Maternity jeans are a maternity must that work with any sweater, top or tunic.  With a bevy of new styles to choose from including fall favorites like skinny jeans, flares, and crops, you’ll feel fashionable and comfortable all season and pregnancy long.

Shop all our styles for fall here and make sure you share how you wear with the hashtag #thisisgoingtobefun. What are your favorite ways to show off the bump?


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