NURSING SOLUTIONS

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Being that our name is Motherhood Maternity, we want to continue to support you beyond delivery! Nursing and pumping moms need a place to shop, because the 4th trimester is very real. We know that getting “back to your pre-pregnancy size” isn’t as easy as Hollywood makes it look, and we also know that going back to work after maternity leave often means investing in a new wardrobe. We’ve listened to your needs and specifically designed a line to meet them.

First and foremost, our maternity bras are nursing bras, so you can continue to love the ones you bought during pregnancy into parenthood. Most of our bras feature the clip-down feature, but our beloved sleep styles have a pullover or lift-up style. Our 5-star, customer favorite, top-rated, award winning seamless bra has the clip down style and is perfect for sensitive postpartum breasts.

We have expanded past just our assortment of nursing camis, even though they are still one the most-loved pieces. We know our customers are hard-working women who need nursing styles that work just as hard as they do. From a pretty printed nursing dress, to sweaters and sweatshirts… we have updated the ways in which to gain easier access. Gone are the days of stripping down in a pumping room. With size-zippers, button down or up tops, lift overs, clips and pull downs… whatever way you find it best for breast, we have it.

Every top needs a bottom, so we encourage you to complete your new mom look with our postpartum pants from our exclusive BounceBack Collection. There are two types of compression panels to help ease you back into fitted clothing. Unlike girdles or tight belts, these panels are stretchy and help aid in stomach retention after birth. They provide a smooth and seamless finish under clothing without the pain of too tight pants. This is how we go past nursing solutions and into new mom solutions! Congratulations new moms and all moms-to-be.

DENIM DAY TO NIGHT

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You need a pair of maternity jeans that work as hard as you do, because who’s busier than a mama-to-be? Our denim is made to effortlessly work from day to night, keeping you comfortable and in style AM to PM. Follow along with our busy mama!

Wake up with an early morning walk for you or your favorite pet! They say to keep moving mama, and our featured pair of maternity jeans [the ankle jeggings in a dark wash] is sure to get you going. The cotton construction and superior stretch give them smooth support for your growing bump. They are complete with our patented panel, the Secret Fit Belly®, which leaves a seamless finish under any top, like our striped French terry maternity hoodie – perfect for those fall mornings.

Whether you clock in to the office or log in from your couch… jeans look polished with a maternity blouse that ties the look together. Add your own accessories for that professional touch.

Meeting friends or grabbing a bite with your S.O. after the job is done? Have no fear… these jeans are still here! Simply change out your work shirt with a bright flutter sleeve maternity top for a fun take on the night. Slip on some cute shoes, grab that bite to eat and feel amazing knowing that belly band will grow with you!

Work is over, dinner is done and the TV is calling for you. Binge your fave in your fave. The jegging feels as soft as a legging, and looks even cuter with a graphic sweatshirt maternity tee and fuzzy slippers for cozy toes. It’s okay if you fall to sleep in your jeans… we don’t judge! Want another pair of maternity jeans to take you morning to evening [or the next morning]? Find yours here!

 

JEANIOUS TIPS: HOW TO FIND YOUR FIT

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Denim. It’s the sartorial equivalent of a best friend—and the first thing to be relegated to the “pre-pregnancy” pile once you start showing. Enter the maternity jean. Finding a perfect pair is a daunting task. Will they feel restrictive? Can a pair that fits in month 5, still fit in month 9? Will they look like, eek, maternity jeans? Our responses, respectively: No, yes, and absolutely not! Allow us to break it down so you can be united with your denim soulmate.

CHOOSE YOUR WAISTBAND

Secret Fit Belly: Our trademarked soft and stretchy waistband can be pulled all the way over the bump or folded down to sit under it; its versatility and seamless finish makes it our most popular option. The panel is designed with incredible stretch and recover to accommodate all stages, so no worrying about whether that supportive fit at week 26 will still be supportive at week 40.

Side-Panels: This is the most discreet option as durable side elastics are barely noticeable even if someone gets a glimpse of your waistband. Its subtlety makes it a favorite—especially for women who want to keep wearing them through the fourth trimester (to which we, of course, say “do it!”).

Under Belly Waistband: This soft waistband features a no-slip fit without an extra layer of fabric—ideal if you’re going to be wearing them in warmer months and post-partum.

CHOOSE YOUR CUT

Skinny: Our signature fit, beloved for its versatility. If you lived in skinny jeans before you became pregnant, these are about to become your standbys. Bonus: Choose from regular, petite or tall lengths.

Shop Stretch Skinny with Secret Fit Belly.
Shop Skinny with Side Panels.
Shop Skinny with Under Belly Band.

Stretch Straight: A classic cut that can be worn cuffed or not—your call. Totally timeless, this features a slim (but not skinny) leg.

Shop Stretch Straight with Secret Fit Belly.

Stretch Bootcut: This throwback-style is back in a big way, and we think it’s perfect for waking up pregnancy wardrobe.

Shop Stretch Bootcut with Secret Fit Belly.

Still unsure? Give a few a try.

FALL REFRESH

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Maxi Dress

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Chevron Stripe Sweater

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Maternity Overalls

 

The wait is over for the next season of style… we are all about the Fall Refresh, starting NOW! Before September sets in, we are already dreaming of sweater weather and denim days. Check out the new pieces that just arrived for autumn.

There is nothing quite like blue jeans, baby! And the best-selling maternity overalls are back in full force. Try a light maternity sweater underneath or tees with sleeves for the cool weather vibe we have been missing. Our graphic maternity tees are also getting the update, with longer sleeves, cozier sayings and new holiday themes. Go ahead and stick one under those overalls for double cuteness.

Last but not least, put away the sundresses and go the long haul with new maternity maxi dresses with deeper, richer, darker patterns. Are you shower ready? Make sure you shop for your day and find the maternity dress that is ready to be seen and snapped. Then, tag us in your pic. We love to see you in our fall fashions. @motherhoodmaternity #thisisgoingtobefun #fallinlovewithmotherhood

LABOR, DELIVERY & NURSING GOWN

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3-in-1 Gown

Make your hospital stay feel more like home and more like you. This super soft cotton modal and spandex labor, delivery and nursing gown is nothing like the standard issue version from the hospital. Think a little more luxury and lot more comfort.

The hospital bag must-have includes easy snap buttons in both the front and the back so doctors have access for administering epidurals as well as front fetal monitoring. There are side slits along the gown so that IVs can be placed comfortably without irritation from clothing.

Shoulder snaps allow quick access for skin to skin contact once the baby is born. And, it’s nursing friendly! It’s so comfortable and breathable, we know mamas will wear it while pregnant too. It’s a 3-in-1 perfect for your registry and hospital bag. [Plus, it comes in black!]

NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH

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August is National Breastfeeding Month! In 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee dedicated the entire month to shedding light on breastfeeding, and we couldn’t be more excited to join the conversation. At Motherhood, it’s important to us that we continue to support you, our customers, as you transition from mom-to-be to mama. We feel that our role is to help make breastfeeding easier from nursing bras to balms to camisoles to clothes specifically designed for easy access.

We are definitely known for our maternity clothing, but we have nursing styles with so many features that let our new moms continue to be themselves, whether going back to work and having to pump or navigating homelife as a nursing mom. We created a page dedicated to all things nursing. In fact, if you bought a maternity bra from us, the best part is that it is also made for breastfeeding. With clip down and pull over designs, your maternity bra easily transitions into a nursing bra.

We want to hear your stories and create a community here as well. All month long we will be posting real moms showing their nursing styles. We hope you share your new mom adventures with us, from funny to serious stories, to plain ol’ crazy ones! We know that the journey really begins when the baby is born. Make sure you use our hashtag #spilledmilk @motherhoodmaternity throughout August! Then, check back here for our nursing style guide, information and more.

Happy National Breastfeeding Month. Love, Motherhood!

THE COLORS YOU CRAVE

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Your favorite maternity and nursing seamless bra is here to fill your life with color.

In classic black or chambray blue.

The seamless comes in least one shade of gray

Ready to stretch and smooth all day.

Or choose classic white

To help you nurse all night.

Perhaps nude is the perfect shade,

with plus & full sizes, it’s like the seamless is tailor made.

No matter what you choose, the seamless will be your #1

for pregnancy, pumping, feeding – #thisisgoingtobefun!”

SEAMLESS LOVE

It’s clear that people cannot stop talking about our seamless bra. That’s why it is continuously top-rated and best-selling! Just last week, it was even featured on CNN Headline News Weekend Express with Lynn Smith! Author, Style Expert and Mother of four, Jené Luciani, discusses the necessity of starting with the perfect foundation garment, aka that first layer of support!

Nursing mom, Dana, looks amazing wearing our seamless maternity/nursing bra underneath her clothes. There is no bulging, just a flattering shape and complete comfort. Jene says our bra is great for smoothing under clothing without the sometimes painful underwire. We love the way that new moms can continue to wear their seamless bra from pregnancy. It’s a game changer for so many women. See the video here. [Hint, hint: fast-forward to 3 minutes and 23 seconds to see the seamless style make news!]

HELLO, I AM THE SEAMLESS BRA

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Hey there! So nice to meet you. I am the seamless clip-down bra!

I know we just met but I have to tell you, I’m a fan favorite!

I have over 500 5-star reviews and…

Some would say I am award winning.

Wait, did I mention that I was voted best maternity bra by What to Expect?

And, what’s underneath really does count, because I am SUPER soft. Ask anyone.

I definitely have a colorful personality, from blues to pinks and more.

But sometimes I am basic too; though I am not opposed to going nude!

I can hit the bed or gym. Stretching is my workout of choice.

I also have a built-in sling that knows its place and stays there while you pump.

Oh, and I’m totally in this for the long haul; from pregnancy to motherhood.

Once you’re a mama, I clip down (with one hand!) to help you breastfeed or pump.

I am not a one size fits all, but I do have many sizes to fit all!

My standard sizing is for A-C cups.

Not to be full of myself, but I do come in full-bust sizes as well, for D-G cups.

I have extended bands for plus sizes too.

I am a people pleaser after all. [Really, check out those reviews!]

So, let me help make this a seamless pregnancy and motherhood for you!

Want to know more about me?

Head over to our Info & Inspo Seamless bra page for all of my colors, sizes, nursing function, and more reasons to love me.

MOTHERHOOD GETS REAL ON MOTHERHOOD: SISTERS JAMIE & KRISTIN

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Last year right before Thanksgiving we met up with two sisters who were both having their first children within the next few months. Due a month apart, Jamie and Kristin came shopping with us to discuss dressing for work and home. They also walked us through their family holiday plans and staying stylish through the winter season. Well, they are back for summer!

We got the chance to meet up with the ladies and their babies to talk about life as new moms, new aunts and styling new post-baby bodies. [Let’s just say that BounceBack was a big hit!] Only a year and a half apart themselves, they have become even closer after having their babies together. We felt there was no better way to celebrate National Best Friends Day than with these two sisters and their besties in the making!

Motherhood: The last time we saw you ladies the holidays were approaching. You both had winter babies. How was it navigating through new motherhood in those first months?

Jamie: Having a newborn is scary! The first few weeks are all about figuring out what baby likes, dislikes, and what is bothering him. Now that the weather is warm and he is getting bigger, it’s getting easier and a lot more fun!

Kristin: It was hard! The flu was so bad this year and you want to show off the new babies but keep them safe as well. I asked that everyone follow my three rules: please do not come if you aren’t feeling well, please wash your hands, and please do not kiss the baby!!!

 

Motherhood: What maternity clothes did you keep in your wardrobe for nursing/pumping/getting back to pre-pregnancy size?

Jamie: My mother-in-law stayed with us and got all of my maternity clothes together and put them in storage for me. I am wearing the BounceBack jeans, but I purchased them after the baby was born. I do miss wearing my cute maternity dresses, and I sort of miss the bump!

Kristin: The go-to of course is leggings… also my shirts with the ruching on the sides. They help hide my mommy pouch!

 

Motherhood: Any funny stories about yourselves or each other that has happened since having the babies?

Jamie: One day I watched both the babies. What a workout! Gemma and Carter were sitting together and he started to eat her hand, thinking it was his. I got it on video and we all laugh about it.

Kristin: I tend to do weird things to my husband from lack of sleep. The other day I was patting his chest in my sleep and he asked me what I was doing and I told him I was putting the baby to sleep. When I realized what I was doing, we both laughed.

 

Motherhood: Kristin – have you been back to work yet? If so, what styles have you been wearing? And, Jamie, when you do go back in September, are there any maternity clothing you’re hanging on to?

Kristin: I am back already, and I love the black work pants that I got from the BounceBack line! They are a must-have in my weekly wardrobe. They feel like they have built in Spanx!

Jamie: I do enjoy a nice nursing bra, so I might keep this in my wardrobe, but I am really determined to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and wear my regular clothes. It’s so hard, you have a whole new body after baby!

 

Motherhood: You both walked out of the store either wearing and/or purchasing BounceBack jeans/pants. What about them made them that necessary purchase?

Jamie: After having a baby, you are so overjoyed, but you don’t feel like yourself. I loved my maternity pants and felt a little silly to continue to wear them, but I needed some extra support without squeezing myself into Spanx. This just adds a medium amount of support to help new moms be more confident.

Kristin: They made me look like I didn’t just have a baby 3 months prior. It is hard because you don’t look like yourself still with the extra weight from the baby; it was nice to at least feel like myself, and they did just that!

 

Motherhood: Let’s get real: how are the first few weeks and months after giving birth? Women are often afraid to ask and talk about it. Get candid with us, please!

Jamie: I am very open and honest with friends and family members who are pregnant or thinking about having their first child. I had a lot of complications late in my pregnancy, and it was frightening. After having Carter, I still had some complications for a few weeks. I needed to rely on my mom, husband, and other family members to help me while I was recovering. Women are expected to give birth and then just magically jump into this “mom” role. While we willingly and selflessly do it, we need to take care of ourselves. I am so lucky to be home with Carter for 5-6 months, and I do not take any day with him for granted. Being a mom is the hardest job in the world, but it is so worth it.

Kristin: It is really challenging. There is no instruction manual. You need to listen to your child and your instincts, but with this new little human and no sleep, that gets difficult. You definitely scream/curse once a week. I’m convinced if you don’t do that you are not normal!

 

Motherhood: And tell us a little about those bundles of joy…

Jamie: Carter James Lobban was born on 2/21/18 at 7lb 7 oz and 19 inches long. He is an extremely happy baby who takes a lot of naps (which helps mama get things done around the house.) He is finding his voice, his hands, and his feet, so it’s amazing to watch him start to interact with us and entertain himself. He has dimples from his father, and so far his eyes are extremely blue, getting these from his mom!

Kristin: My little girl is a typical girl = drama queen! She has the cutest fake cry when she wants attention and a personality bigger than herself. She wakes up with a big smile every morning and loves playing with her feet. She has made being a mommy very easy for me. (Aside from when she loses her $#!+ once a day!) I wish I could freeze her in this stage right now. My husband and I are really enjoying her. One of my favorite parts of the day is watching him and her interact; he has the cutest smile watching her smile!

 

Motherhood: If there is one thing you would tell your sister about how she is doing as a mom, what would it be?

Jamie: She’s the best mom. When I had Carter I was sort of lost. She helped me and taught me so much! She’s the younger sister, but she has this mom thing down!

Kristin: She is doing great… almost too great! She keeps everything together and stresses herself out to do so. Sometimes you just have to say screw it and take a nap! She is an amazing mommy and wife. Don’t be so hard on yourself J – that little guy has the best mommy in the world who will always love and protect him!

 

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