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There are so many ways to have a gender reveal, from the cake, to a party— but sometimes you just need the right shirt for the right picture, and thus the right reveal!

We love Halloween, which is why this week we are bringing you all different ways to reveal the announcement of your pregnancy, as well as the sex of your baby. Keep a look out for tomorrow’s DIY bump-costume post, and check out yesterday’s wicked good reveal.

As for today, we are highlighting our best-selling graphic tees of the season. We’re Adding a Pumpkin to Our Patch is a shirt that we see our customers use to reveal their pregnancy all the time. In fact, both our Editor and Email Marketing Manager wore theirs to share the news! We wanted to expand on that idea by giving it a gender reveal twist. With a black pumpkin and a little blue one inside… baby is a boy!

Our Pumpkin Smuggler tee is new this year and has been an instant best-seller.  Make it into a full costume with a bandit mask and getaway bag—voila Halloween complete!

Are you revealing on social? Make sure you tag us when you do with #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity.

 

#BUMPDAY

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Bump Day is an opportunity to use the power of social media to raise awareness about the global need for maternal health care. Healthy futures start with healthy beginnings, which is why we’re celebrating #BumpDay.

How can you help raise awareness?

  1. Share your baby bump photos online
  2. Use #BumpDay
  3. Tag
    1. Twitter: @IMC_Worldwide @WhatToExpect
    2. Facebook: @InternationalMedicalCorps @WhatToExpectWhenYoureExpecting
    3. Instagram: @InternationalMedicalCorps @WhatToExpect

MOCKTAIL MONDAY: PREGGY PUNCH

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We are wrapping up our Mocktail Mondays with a bang, well a punch- PREGGY PUNCH! Our friends at PopSugar are helping us out again with this Fizzy Blueberry Basil Punch recipe, originally created on Cooking for Keeps. The bump deserves something a little bubbly; treat the craving with a drink that not only brings in antioxidants, but memories of sitting around and sipping on something sweet. When it’s good for you and tastes good too, it’s a win-win and our pick for the final Mocktail Monday. Enjoy!

Gather your girls over for this drink, because the recipe is ready to serve 6 to 8 people!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. blueberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup basil
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1 liter club soda

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the blueberries, basil, water and sugar to a medium saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Push the mixture through a sieve and into a pitcher. Add lime juice, then chill in the fridge until cool, about 45 minutes.
  3. Add club soda right before serving.
  4. Garnish with extra blueberries, lime or basil.

Match your mocktail in our ruffled one shoulder maternity top and lightweight white maternity shorts! Share your mommy mocktails with us using #thisisgoingtobefun @motherhoodmaternity. Thank you for following our Mocktail Mondays and look out for more of our social series!

THE COOL DOWN: PREGNANCY POPSICLES

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For all recipes, you’ll need a popsicle mold, mixing bowls and measuring cups. (If you don’t have a mold, cups and sticks will do the trick, or make flavored ice cubes instead! Each recipe makes roughly 6 pops).

  1. COCONUT: The naturally sweet fruit is super hydrating and totes Lauric Acid, perfect for building immunity for you and that baby in your belly!

Mix one can (or two cups) of coconut milk with 3 tablespoons real maple syrup, 1 tablespoon vanilla abstract and 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes. Pour the mixture into the molds, cups or cube tray and let sit for four hours or overnight. Enjoy!

  1. PEACH: This summer favorite is rich in Iron, which is perfect for pregnancy, since many expecting women become iron-deficient, causing an even more tired (or anemic) mama!

This recipe is very easy! Take 4 ripe peaches, because the riper- the sweeter, blend them up in a food processor, squeeze in half a lemon, and 2 tablespoons sugar, or orange juice for a natural sweetness. Blend until even smoother. Pour in your mold of choice; let freeze for four hours or overnight.

  1. MANGO: Full of Vitamin B6, mangoes are amazing at providing both mommy and baby with brain-boosting effects, as well as the creation of healthy red blood cells.

Take 4 mangoes (make sure they are soft to the touch for ripeness and sweetness!) De-skin the fruits, cube the flesh and plop it into a blender or processor. Add 1 cup of almond or coconut milk and one cup of vanilla yogurt; you can use Greek for a tangier taste and a boost of protein. Once smooth, pour into the molds; freeze for four hours or overnight.

  1. STRAWBERRY & BANANA: Strawberries have the almighty Folic Acid, which pregnant women know is the queen of maternity vitamins! It helps to keep baby’s neurological and spinal cords working in the womb. Bananas are often loved for their Potassium, which helps increase energy and in the case of pregnancy, soothe sickness.

All you need are the two fruits to make the ice pops! Take about 12 large strawberries and one ripe banana. Blend, pour, freeze. The banana should be sweet enough to cure your sugar craving and the strawberries should provide enough liquid. If not, add a little orange juice to the mixture for a sweet and smooth kick. Freeze for a few hours or overnight.

  1. WATERMELON: Besides being hydrating, watermelon has what oranges usually take the credit for… lots of Vitamin C. It sometimes gets a bad rap for pregnancy, but when consumed naturally through fruits and veggies, the bright vitamin provides collagen production, which is the building block of bones and healthy skin.

Watermelons are obviously very liquidy on their own. As their name suggests, they are made of 92% water. That means, you can take a whole medium seedless watermelon, cut it in pieces, blend the flesh, and pour it in the freezer molds. Or, you have the option to thicken the mixture with fruits of your choice. Try a summer blend with kiwi or add a little lime. For a refreshing twist, throw in some fresh mint or go classy and swap in basil instead.  Freeze and eat!

HELLO SWEETNESS

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Friday may just be the best day of the week, because it kicks off the weekend. It’s the precursor to Saturday (which actually may be the real best day of the week…) We digress though. Friday rhymes with pieday and we are going to make this a thing!

We love a berry pie, especially when it comes in all the colors of summer like red, white and blue. We are looking for something to satisfy your cravings. Enter this recipe, sweetly called The Miss America Pie from Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery.

What will you need?

For the crust:

  • 2 store-bought pie crusts
  • whole milk, for brushing

For the strawberry filling:

  • 2 quarts of strawberries, quartered
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the blueberry filling:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

What do you need to do?

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Begin by blind-baking the pie crust. Blind baking is important in making any pie because it involves baking the crust initially on its own, allowing for the final product to have a crispier bottom crust, not gooey and still uncooked). To blind bake, grease a glass pie plate and set down the bottom pie crust. Starting from the middle and working your way out, pat down the crust so it lies flat on the plate. Using your fingertips, ruffle the edges to make it look pretty.
  3. Use a fork to make 15-20 indentations in the bottom of the crust (this allows air to escape from the crust and prevents bubbles from forming). Now grease the inside of the crust and line it with a piece of aluminum foil.
  4. Next, pour in dried rice or beans to line the aluminum foil. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove aluminum and rice and allow the crust to cool slightly while you prepare your filling.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cornstarch, and salt.
  6. In a smaller bowl, combine the blueberries with sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt.
  7. Fold a piece of aluminum foil at a 90° angle to act as a barrier between your blueberries and strawberries. Pour the blueberries into the smaller wedge and the strawberries into the larger wedge. Carefully remove the aluminum and adjust the berries as needed.
  8. Brush the entire crust with whole milk, then bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before eating!

Rachel Zoe On Her Perfect Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, we are asking some of the moms we love to share how they’d like to celebrate. First up: designer, editor and mom of two Rachel Zoe. Read along for her perfect day (and outfit) and don’t forget to head online to shop her exclusive maternity collection!

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Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

Mother’s Day is definitely one of my favorite holidays— I love any excuse for family time and basking in the love of my boys. A perfect Mother’s Day for me would be waking up to morning snuggles, followed by a family brunch, a walk on the beach, or a leisurely stroll to the park or farmers’ market.

This Elbow Sleeve Paisley Print dress is the perfect dress for Mother’s Day. The flowing caftan style is the perfect silhouette to make you feel dressed up for the occasion but appropriately casual for any daytime activity. Simply throw your hair in a top knot, pair with a great pair of strappy sandals and you’re instantly ready to spend the day being showered with love. Whether you’re taking a family walk, enjoying a lunch or dinner out, or simply savoring your family time at home, achieve that effortless take on glamour while you enjoy every precious moment of the day.

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

All Dressed Up: The Dresses You’ll Wear Now and All Summer Long

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The weather is heating up which means we’ve got dresses on the brain! Cute and comfy, dresses are a favorite for the expecting mom and a perfect way to stay cool in the heat. Whether you’re shopping for your baby shower, a casual day dress, dinner party or special occasion, our dresses deliver style for the mom-to-be. Shop all our dresses including the season’s hottest dress trends like lace, stripes, florals and maxis. Wear them now and all summer long, (then transition them into fall too!) Make sure to show us how you dress the bump with the hashtag #thisisgoingtobefun!

Sleeveless Pleated Maternity Dress // Sleeveless Belted Maternity Dress // Spaghetti Strap Tiered Maternity Maxi Dress // Cap Sleeve Ruffle Front Maternity Dress

Outfit Ideas from Instagram’s Best Dressed #MomsToBe

Planning ahead for warmer temps? Today’s outfit inspiration has us ready for sunny weather by styling up a maternity must-have that matches the season: shorts!  We’re breaking down why you should recreate this outfit worn by expecting mom and blogger, Marissa of Simply Mars, so you’re ready to take on the heat in style!

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Photo: Instagram / @marssaunders

Beating the heat can be challenging when you’re expecting, so shorts are a great bottom alternative when temps begin to rise. Go with a classic jean short or a soft printed style like Marissa did in our floral A-line maternity shorts.

A favorite for expecting moms, maternity tees are so versatile and pair perfectly with a printed bottom. Marissa chose the classic black style with a flattering V-neck.  In case you missed it, check out our post on styling this maternity essential here!

Finally, finish off the look with a statement watch, neutral bag and trendy wedges that help elongate those legs!

What are you favorite ways to style the bump this season? Make sure to show us your style with the hashtag #thisisgoingtobefun!

A Wish List for Your First Mother’s Day

This may be the very first time you get to celebrate this special day, so we’ve put together a wish list of outfits and gifts just for you! Treat yourself or pass to someone who may need a hint!

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With the weather warming up, a dress is a great way to show off the bump AND help you stay cool. The Spaghetti Strap Tiered Maternity Maxi Dress or the Sleeveless Belted Maternity Dress are both breezy and flattering options for your Mother’s Day celebration, as well as all spring long.

Spring means it’s time to lighten and brighten up your wardrobe; detailed tops and colorful crops allow you to add some hue-variation into your wardrobe.

Looking for a way to give back? For every Jessica Simpson Maternity Moon & Stars T-Shirt sold, $5 will go to the GOOD+ Foundation in support of a total donation of $25,000 from Motherhood Maternity®. For more information and to find out what a tee can do, check out this blog post.

A sleep set is perfect during pregnancy and is a hospital bag essential. The Bump In The Night™ Empire Waist Nursing Nightgown and Robe is a comfortable choice that comes in pink, navy and mint.
In soothing aromas like lavender vanilla and milk & honey, the Body Boost by basq’s Bump Love Kit is perfect for a little at-home pampering!

As always, a gift card allows you (or another special mom-to-be in your life) to pick out some goodies anytime!

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? Make sure to stop by one of our stores and click here to see how we are celebrating YOU all month long!

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?

 

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