BAND TEES

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We are turning up the volume on our graphic maternity tees with bumped up band-inspired styles.

It’s hard not to rock out with our Mamacita maternity tee! Paired with distressed jeans, dark glasses and of course an electric guitar and instantly feel like a rock star! We love the way it’s familiar and yet new at the same time. Make it summer cool with a bathing suit underneath and cut-off maternity shorts.

The nineties are back, baby! We are all 😊 when rocking our New Mama maternity tee. Throw on some records, put on your headphones and enter a state of Nirvana! We paired ours with fringe-hemmed maternity jean shorts, but a pair of skinnies for a night out is like music to our ears.

We showed you ours, now show us your band-tee bumps with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

FIT TO PRINT

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We always say that we want to be your source for all things maternity, so we put our money where our mouth is and created an Info & Inspo tab on our website. Go to Motherhood.com, then look to the right on the top navigation… there she is: the tab that ends all tabs (when it comes to pregnancy styling, sizing and surmising!)

What to expect? There are the answers to your questions concerning what and when to buy for your maternity wardrobe, what makes us the experts in pregnancy fashion, and other burning inquiries about dressing the bump.

We feature and highlight our monthly Style Guide, Wear Now and After campaign, and the Five Fundamental fashions to help you get started with shopping for all your new curves. This is the one time in your life that redoing your closet is necessary; so, it’s all the fun without any of the guilt!

We included our Trimester Checklist to keep your shopping priorities easy and efficient, as well as the Maternity Fit Guide showcasing the fit and function of how our pieces work through all trimesters, even into motherhood. It includes different pant styles, tops, dresses, and how to do a bra fitting at home. (But remember, bra and bump fittings are always free in your store too!)

We completed our tab with hospital bag suggestions, and an entire section dedicated to all our new moms, including nursing mamas who need support and style for breastfeeding and pumping. This Info & Inspo section comes full circle by adding our Perks Page. Working with some of the finest family and parenting partners helps us in making sure we are here for you the best we can from the beginning of your journey, to post-baby, and then beyond!

As always, keep getting inspired and inspiring us @motherhoodmaternity – we love seeing you in our clothes! #thisisgoingtobefun

UNDERLINED WITH LACE

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You know the saying when you look good, you feel good? Lingerie is not always about being racy, instead, it should be more about being feminine, floral and lacy.  With comfortable, practical AND pretty underwear that overachieves, anything might just feel possible.

Sometimes the basics get overlooked, but we really have the prettiest pregnancy panties. From prints to lace trim, stripes to hearts, ones from Jessica Simpson for Motherhood® Maternity, polka dots and animal print… there’s a style you’ll want to start your day off wearing.

Don’t forget bras. Our maternity bras are nursing bras, so they last from now to new mom.  The gorgeous racerback sleep bra pulls down for nursing with a wrap front that offers light support.  However, there are so many styles: full coverage, demi, wireless, underwire, sports, strapless and plus size too! With our always-running buy three, get the fourth free savings, you can fill your drawers with something lacey, something solid, something sporty and something for every day. These are just some reasons why we love our lingerie.

RESOLUTIONS BY TRIMESTER

 

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FIRST
Chances are that first trimester exhaustion is just starting to hit, so now is the time to be good to yourself, relax and get serious about binge watching! Once baby comes, you may not have as much time to yourself, so enjoy it while you’ve got it. Whether it’s shows that make you laugh or cry or both, you’ll want to cozy on up on the couch… or in bed.

When watching Full House and Gilmore Girls marathons, get your big mug of decaf coffee out and pair it with the smoothest maternity leggings and an oversized maternity sweater for all those lessons from dad, and those fast talking, mother-daughter moments.

Maybe you haven’t been feeling so well (we recommend Preggie Pop Drops – you’ll thank us) and laughter is the best medicine, so try binging a comedy. Friends, Blackish, The Office… all are even funnier in a shirt that adds some humor, like one of our maternity graphic tees.

Or all you need is a good cry. Don’t skip the drama, embrace it with old school Grey’s Anatomy episodes (Denny, we miss you!) Or, get into This Is Us, because what have you been waiting for?

SECOND
You are showing, but are you glowing? Take some time to yourself this trimester, because this is when everything happens. From your baby shower and gender reveal, to your babymoon, to itchy skin and backaches… there’s a lot to expect when expecting. So, calm down and breathe. Maybe, try a little yoga.

Our friends at Fit Pregnancy have an easy-to-follow yoga guide with moves accommodating women per trimester. To give you a taste of where to start, “Do the program in the order listed at least 3 times per week. On non-yoga days, include other activities such as walking or swimming. Choose the variation of each pose that’s most appropriate for you based on your fitness level, flexibility, strength, trimester and familiarity with yoga. Hold each pose for 5 smooth, controlled breaths. If any of the poses becomes uncomfortable, stop.”

If this is the year you’re going to be one fit mama-to-be or new mom, delve deeper and keep following us, because later this week and throughout the month we are collaborating with Amy Kiefer of Expecting and Empowered. Come back to check as she helps us workout while pregnant, after birth, and look good doing it with a little help from Motherhood Maternity!

Now that you’ve stretched it out wearing something from our maternity active collection, get ready to relax. Snuggle up in one of our maternity and nursing nightgown and robe sets, lather yourself with safe skincare and prepare to Netflix and chill. It’s okay, resolutions can roll over.

THIRD
This one is easy, uncomplicated, efficient. Shop our maternity sleepwear. Feel better knowing it’s also nursing sleepwear. Wear and love our sleepwear.

FOURTH
Hello new mama! We know tri means three, but the fourth trimester is real- welcome to it. Try our nursing styles and bras, post-pregnancy pants from our BounceBack Collection, and all of our nursing essentials, like balms, for making the transition smoother in more ways than one!

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 New Favorite Sleepwear

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For expecting and new moms, keeping comfortable while you sleep is especially important. Perfect during pregnancy and with a built in nursing function for after, a robe and gown sleep set makes for a cozy essential for the mom-to-be. Our best selling and super soft sleep gown is now available in even more prints.  Comfy pajama separates like a maternity sleep pant and cami, which also comes with a built in nursing function for convenience, are also great sleepwear options. Last but not least, a sleep bra helps retain your natural breast shape when side sleeping, tossing and turning. Not sure of your size? All of our stores offer complimentary bra fittings!

Don’t forget to pack these styles in your hospital bag! What are your tips for getting a good night’s sleep?

 

 

The Ultimate Bra Guide for Expecting and New Moms

BRA BLOG

When expecting, your bra size will most likely change throughout your pregnancy journey. This can happen as early as 6 weeks in, so when it does, it’s time to shop for bras! It’s better to buy bras at several different times during pregnancy, than it is to spend an entire pregnancy wearing bras that don’t fit. Unlike regular bras, which lack the necessary support and comfort, maternity bras are designed to accommodate your growing breasts and expanding rib cage. Here are the styles we recommend. No matter your preference, you’ll find the fit and support you need.

Full coverage bras offer support and lift. They also reduce strain on your back, shoulders and chest muscles.  Our Full Coverage Underwire Bra has padding for even more support with a touch of glamour in lace.

For a smooth and comfortable fit, we recommend a seamless bra. This style grows with your shape, relieves sensitivity and allows for extra room to stretch with expandable straps. Our Seamless Clip-Down Nursing Bra is a customer favorite and the clip-down nursing function provides simple nursing post-baby.  All of our nursing bras can also be worn as maternity bras; so embrace this style early on and wear right into motherhood!

Wireless bras act as a discrete base under clothing. As an added bonus, when worn regularly, they may help to limit stretch marks. Opt for an essential color like a nude wireless bra.

To help you snooze with ease, wear a sleep bra. Sleep bras retain your natural breast shape when side sleeping, tossing and turning. They also transition from maternity to new mom for mid-night breastfeeding.

Unsure of your size? All of our Motherhood Maternity stores offer free bra fittings. So, make sure to stop in to meet with one of our expert associates or check out our measuring guide to help with your fit at home; it also serves as a great reminder when it’s time to shop again!

 

Picks by Trimester For the Mom-To-Be

When a woman finds out she is expecting, the anticipation of a changing body and how to dress it is usually at the top of her mind. When it comes to dressing during pregnancy, comfort and style are key. We’ve put together our top trimester picks and are spilling our styling secrets to help you through each trimester and beyond.

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Shop our picks below and show us how you style the bump throughout your pregnancy journey with the hashtag #thisisgoingtobefun!

First Trimester: Tops & Tanks // BumpStart
Second Trimester: Bras // Maternity Jeans
Third Trimester: Dresses // Hospital Bag Essentials
Mommy Musts: BounceBack // Nursing Tops & Tanks

Your Perfect Maternity Pants

Introducing Your Perfect Pants! This timeless silhouette works from weekday to weekend, and even after baby arrives. Not only is this versatile pant stylish, it also provides comfort with our seamless and supportive Secret Fit Belly® panel.  Check out our video below all about this maternity must-have and shop the look, available in 4 solid colors and a print!

Second Trimester Maternity Must-haves

Whether it came swiftly or not, you are now in your 2nd trimester! Hopefully, the nausea and morning sickness is at bay and you’re getting down to business with planning for your baby’s impending arrival. That means everything from deciding on names, thinking about nursery decor, a baby registry, maternity leave, to even figuring out childcare. WOW, if you are anything like me, things are starting to get real! Since I love planning, I took the nesting stage to a whole new level. I started following BabyCenter’s Inside your Pregnancy emails religiously and I also REALLY started to show in my 2nd trimester.

Many of the transitional pieces I started with, like my Secret Fit Belly leggings and Tummy Tube, stayed in my maternity wardrobe arsenal at that point; others just had to go. I was DONE with my non-maternity jeans. I mean, as soon as you feel how super soft and comfy the Secret Fit Belly panel is … you’ll jump ship too.2nd Trimester Maternity Must-HavesHaving gone through it myself and from working with so many women and close friends with children or who are expecting, I have the perfect essential list of 2nd trimester must-haves broken down for you. (If you aren’t quite there yet, check out my 1st Trimester Maternity Must-Haves post here on the blog.)  PLUS I’ve linked up again with fashion blogger Brooke from Somewhere,Lately to get her take on some of the items she couldn’t live without in her 2nd trimester.

Along with Brooke, I agree that easy essential pieces, like the Secret Fit Belly jean, layering tees and everyday maternity sweaters, are a must once you are in your 2nd trimester. This is the time to fill your closets with a foundational wardrobe, as well as pieces that speak to your unique style. Brooke does a great job of doing exactly that! She chooses those quintessential pieces, but then adds in fun items too like a plaid shirt, fur vest or printed coat to complete her effortlessly-chic look.

Some other pieces that are versatile enough to take you through your whole pregnancy are a denim jacket, classic shirt and comfy lounge pants. An easy solid knit dress in a wrap or A-Line silhouette is also a must. A simple solid dress can easily be styled up or down and is comfortable to boot, so you can’t go wrong. If you are feeling overwhelmed and you need a place to start, my best suggestion is to begin with the right maternity bras and panties. And then, invest in an ultra-hydrating stretch mark cream or oil. Your body will thank you. -Olivia2nd Trimester Maternity Must-Haves

2nd Trimester Maternity Must-HavesMaternity Tunic //  Elastin Stretch Mark Cream //  Secret Fit Belly Jeans // Maternity Bra // Side Ruched Tee // Maternity Sweater // Maternity Panties

Olivia’s Edit – check out my First Trimester + Third Trimester must-haves!

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