BACK TO LIFE. BACK TO REALITY.

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Let’s kick off the week by taking a look at Motherhood Maternity’s latest campaign: Real Moms. Real Stories. Real Life. It may sound a little strange to say, “real moms”, because what is a fake mom? I’m talking no prosthetic bellies or models with kids they never met before. Our “models” are actually pregnant, the babies and kids belong to them, and we, as a company are influenced primarily by real women wearing our clothes.

To honor National Breastfeeding Month, we sat down with new families, friends, and co-workers – even a pregnant model (who has since given birth), to start a conversation on breastfeeding, pumping, and using formula.

These are their successes and struggles that begin and end with the boob.

I’ll start. The thing no one tells you is how connected your emotions are to nursing. Who knew breasts hold that much power? Okay, we all knew – but did you know that once your milk supply dwindles you feel tired – like first trimester, ran 9 miles, worked a double shift, haven’t slept in a week, hit by a train tired… Honestly, I think my body is trying to navigate its way back to before the baby was in the belly and it is on complete overdrive.

I also, selfishly (vainly), don’t want to gain weight. This is a topic that we all as smart, strong, worthy women try to glance right over. However, it is known that breastfeeding helps you lose weight or at the very least burn calories. I am ashamed to admit it, but I can already see myself stressing out about what I eat once my milk completely dries up. Being pregnant already is emotional, but the changes in your physical form can be shocking, even if you have done it before. I do not want to feel this way, but I do – and that’s okay.

I gained 60 pounds with my first daughter Val and did not lose it all by the time I was pregnant again with Roni. I did have Polyhydramnios the first time (excess of amniotic fluid) which caused some of the weight gain, but let’s be frank, it was the ice cream.

This past pregnancy I gained 40 pounds, but I have since lost 50, leaving me 10 above my pre-pregnant weight. I despise math, yet I can rattle these stats off effortlessly. This is where my underlying issues lie: My relationship with food and the numbers on the scale. I am working to work through caring so much. I have 2 daughters and I need to let it go. Give me some time and until then I will pump until I pump air. This is my truth.

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Throughout the month and starting this Thursday the women featured in the images on this post (that’s me rocking our new All Boobs Are Good Boobs tee) will be telling their stories through episodic videos. Make sure you check them out! We also interviewed two women for our sister store, A Pea in the Pod. These are their stories:

I met Narelle when her daughter Frankie was 4 months old and I was 8 months pregnant. She was in our studio shooting for a real moms wear-to-work campaign. She has 3 children and is currently nursing 2 at the same time! She said the last thing she wants to do is pump at the end of the day after nursing 2 babies. She told us, “Breastfeeding takes a lot out of you; it’s exhausting. And to sit there and be hooked up to a machine is… well I gave up on it at some point.” This is her truth.

Lauren is a friend of one of our copywriters; she has a toddler and is pregnant now! At first, she was shy and self-conscious about breastfeeding in public. But juggling the covers and the wraps and the shawls became an ordeal for her. So, she decided feeding her baby without covering up was more natural and best for her and her son. One day at work, she was in the bathroom pumping when an electrician walked in. She was mortified; he was mortified. She will never pump in a public place again. This is her truth.

Make sure you head over the Motherhood.com on Thursday to watch the full video featuring these fabulous women discussing Breastfeeding: The Good, The Bad & The Bizarre.

Oh, and tell us your stories @motherhoodmaternity #mymomtruths

‘Til next time!

Daina

WE’RE BACK: FOR REAL

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Motherhood’s blog is back and we’re keeping it real: Real Mothers, Real Stories, Real Life!

Hi, I’m Daina and I work for Motherhood® as an editor and copywriter. I also reside in the real hood of motherhood.

I have two daughters: Val is a little over 3 and Roni is fairly new at only 5 months.

I came back to work this summer after giving birth and have been doing that crazy balancing act of nursing in the morning, pumping at the office and trying not to cry about the reduction in my breast milk. [Editor’s Note: I’ve cried.]

At the moment I am an exclusive breastfeeding mom. I was able to get my first daughter to 7 months with nursing. I would pump at work, wake up in the middle of the night to pump [by hand so no one would wake up from that oh-so-soothing noise] and yet by 9 months I would produce a total of 3 ounces a day.

With the change in my hormones, the loss of my milk and the day-to-day life of being a person I never was before with responsibilities I didn’t even know existed… I was drowning, unfortunately not in breast milk.

You see, with Val, I felt it was my sole job to provide every last drop of breast milk. When she was born, she was not a peachy pink or even a plucky red. This kid was purply-blue. Having what the doctors thought was a seizure, she was immediately taken to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to be put on a cooling bed.

Now despite me watching the first 6 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, before Denny came back from the dead, I am not a true medical expert. But I believe the cold was to slow down any brain damage that may have happened when she didn’t get that first breath of life.

While I was left alone, my mind kind of went numb. The only thing I asked for was a pump, because I had to do something, anything.

It was not until day 5 that she was able to eat. She was being sustained with sugar water via a feeding tube through her belly button. I blame my now toddler’s need for fruit snacks and chocolate milk on her introduction to life. Jokes aside, she latched, and I was in awe. I was warned by the lactation specialist that she may not because she took a bottle and pacifier prior to a nipple. I think she was just starving. And despite her traumatic entrance into this world, she is a normal little girl. She remains a drama queen, but the apple doesn’t fall too far, ya know?

So, this time around I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t allow nursing and pumping to cause any heartbreak for me. But, at month 5 Ron hardly wants much to do with these boobs. I had an oversupply early on, so luckily, I have enough frozen bags to thaw for the babysitter and at night. I must put my pride aside and succumb to the adage that fed is best.

I still pump at work. What began as 3 times, quickly became 2, because meetings are scheduled, deadlines approach and work is due. Drinking water has taken the backburner to forgetfulness, and I am left with producing 4-6 ounces a day. I am refusing to set an alarm for 2 a.m. pumping, but lucky me my baby doesn’t sleep all the way through the night, so I feed her then. She isn’t as picky in those wee hours; bottle be damned.

The fact that the start of National Breastfeeding Month is not lost on me. I clearly support breastfeeding and pumping and understand the frustrations of feeling embarrassed when in public. In 2019 women should not feel that shame, but it still happens. Every time I am out, and my baby gets hungry I get that hot body, cold sweat hoping no one will notice me doing something so natural. But again, it happens.

If I am away from my baby, but need to pump to keep my supply up, I am frantically searching for a private room or bathroom stall with a plug as to not cause a scene. It’s rough. It’s still taboo and it shouldn’t be. I am fortunate to have access to nursing bras and nursing clothing, as well as a workplace that provides an actual pumping room. But, women all over the country are still in dark offices and repurposed supply closets.

The easiest and quickest thing we can do is be real about the struggles and successes that come with breastfeeding and pumping. This is National Breastfeeding Week and as a company we really wanted to get people’s truths about this topic.

I am attending a Global Big Latch On event in Philadelphia. We also sat down with 10 moms to talk about their experiences, including the good the bad and the ugly beautiful.

Whether you have been here before, or you are new to us and motherhood – welcome to this crazy new life of yours. Learn more by visiting us at motherhood.com.

With Understanding – Daina

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HOLIDAY WORK PARTIES

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This is for our corporate mamas, the ones who hold down the nine to fives and then some. The holiday work party comes but once a year. However, it doesn’t look the same for everyone, of course! There are the “parties” that happen on your lunch break, in the company kitchen with homemade cupcakes and sparkling cider when you are still #clockedin. That’s okay. Don’t feel blue; dress in blue.

We have the outfit you need to add some light and life: the tie waist maternity top with a gathered cuff design in teal blue. [This also comes in a burgundy floral print.] Add a black pair of maternity pants, or if your office leans on the casual side, a nice pair of black maternity jeans.

Is your work party #outofoffice? Okay, so this is your chance to dress up. The featured puff sleeve velvet maternity dress is the epitome of LBD, which can also stand for luxurious black dress. Put your bump on display, grab a mocktini and get ready for all the compliments. Your boss may even give you one. Unless, of course, you are the boss.

GLOWING GRAPHICS

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Finally, we have your maternity tees and sweatshirts that bring on the good cheer.

To start, the best-selling holiday graphics are back and better than ever. There are more sayings to choose from, so pick the one that speaks to you… literally!

Shop our shining shoot in order from left to right:

Snowflake Ornament Maternity Graphic Tee

Oy to the World Hanukkah Maternity Graphic Tee

Dear Santa I Can Explain Maternity Graphic Tee – this style also comes in plus sizes 1X-3X

We’re Trading in Our Silent Nights for a Bundle of Joy Maternity Graphic Tee

Tis the Season to be Pregnant Maternity Graphic Tee

Or, do you want something a little cozier to help bundle up the bump? Style out loud with maternity sweatshirts. Shop the styles with the links below.

Oh Deer I’m Pregnant! Maternity Graphic Sweatshirt – this style also comes in plus sizes 1X-3X

Guess Who’s Coming to Town Maternity Graphic Sweatshirt – this style also comes in plus sizes 1X-3X

No More Silent Nights Maternity Graphic Sweatshirt

Just make sure you order yours by December 14th or before to get in time for Christmas with standard ground shipping. And, also make sure to tag us @motherhoodmaternity with #thisisgoingtobefun #somuchtocelebrate and of course if it’s a Tuesday… #graphicteetuesday

SO MUCH (MORE) TO CELEBRATE

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Sometimes we forget just how incredible being pregnant is. The daily stressors of life get in the way of taking a much-needed moment to sit back and think about how wonderful you really are. You are creating life. What in the world can possibly be more astonishing than that? Whether this is your first time being pregnant, or you’re expecting a fifth child… the human body never ceases to amaze. At the end of the day, you are the reason to celebrate.

Everything may seem to get bigger when you are pregnant, from of course your belly, to your boobs, your butt… all body parts apparently starting with a B.  However, just like the Grinch himself, your heart grows too. It is said that your blood volume can increase by 30 to 50 percent when pregnant, helping your heart rate increase to pump more blood. So, with your bump and heart growing, it’s time to treat your closet to the same. Make your wardrobe grow with help from these celebratory maternity styles.

Shop our holiday shoot from left to right:

Guess Who’s Coming to Town Maternity Sweater and Over the Belly Fleece Maternity Leggings

Oh Deer I’m Pregnant Christmas Maternity Sweatshirt

White Side Ruched Maternity T-Shirt and the Fleece Maternity Leggings with CuddleDuds Sherpa Lined Red Snowflake Socks

Puff Sleeve Velvet Maternity Dress

Jessica Simpson Grey Tie Side Maternity Sweater and Jessica Simpson Skinny Ankle Destructed Maternity Jeans in Light Wash

Navy Fair Isle Maternity Sweater and Stretch Ankle Maternity Jeggings in Dark Wash

The Oh Deer I’m Pregnant Maternity Sweatshirt and the Fleece Maternity Leggings

Red Plaid Button Front Maternity Top and Side-Panel Denim Maternity Overalls

Black Floral Ruffled Lined Maternity Dress

Cherry Red Ruffle Sleeve Tie Detail Maternity Top and Shadow Hem Stretch Ankle Maternity Jeggings

Teal Tie Waist Maternity Top and Ponte Skinny Leg Maternity Ankle Pants

The Red Plaid Button Front Top and Super Stretch Skinny Maternity Jeans in Medium Wash

The White Side-Ruched Maternity T-Shirt and Straight Leg Destructed Ankle Maternity Jeans

Black and Grey Double Layer Maternity Hoodie and Cupro Maternity Pants (Coming soon!)

MORE EARLY STOCKING STUFFERS

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These stockings were certainly hung with care. We know that Christmas and Hanukkah are next month, but is it ever really too early to get ahead of the shopping game? We think not, which is why our early stocking stuffers suggestions are here for you NOW!

Our first early stocking stuffers post was all about little gifts for your little gift, aka the baby! And although we still love the Wubbanub, these stocking stuffers are really more for mama. To begin, we shall start at the bottom… and by that we mean your feet. Pregnancy makes you achy and a lot of times your swollen ankles need a break. Give your toes something cozy to slip into with our newest faux fur slide slippers (shown in blush pink and grey) or any of our hospital socks that feature sayings like, “If you can read this, I’m about to be a mom.”

Now work your way up and give your legs super soft maternity leggings, which pair so well with any of the graphic maternity tees and our holiday maternity sweaters. We’ve literally pinned two for you: the mama and baby polar bear sweater and the Santa Baby red sweater. Oh, and that red, green, gold-bowed gem our model is wearing? That’s our Christmas present bow maternity sweater. Because let’s be honest, you and your beautiful bump are the present!

Happy shopping. Stay tuned all month long for more posts featuring gift ideas.

THE BRA WISH LIST

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They are the foundations of fashion. They are your support system. They are the beautiful basics. They are the first layer of lovely. They are here to lift you up. Has the point been driven home yet? Bras may not always be at the top of your wish list, but we are here to help remind you that they should be!

We have brought you a shopping guide for baby, and now we bring you lingerie for days. To make this easier for you, see below to shop our top categories of maternity bras. Oh, and in case you didn’t realize: our maternity bras ARE nursing bras. Whether they feature clip-down straps, pullover fronts, or lift-up access… they were made to go maternity to eternity.

To learn more about our 6 most popular styles of support: full coverage, strapless, racerback, seamless, sleep and sport click here. To read even more about the best-selling, award-winning, 5-star rated seamless bra click here. And to shop all styles, see below.

Wireless Maternity/Nursing Bras

Sleep Maternity/Nursing Bras

Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bras

Full Coverage Maternity/Nursing Bras

Demi Maternity/Nursing Bras

Sport Maternity/Nursing Bras

Strapless Maternity/Nursing Bras

THANKFUL FOR THE SECRET FIT BELLY

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Remember when Joey Tribbiani wore Phoebe’s maternity pants on Thanksgiving because they had so much room to grow as he ate? That’s exactly what this post is tapping into! We are here to give our thanks to our favorite waistband, our exclusive and patented Secret Fit Belly® panel.

HERE ARE THE TOP 3 REASONS YOU’LL LOVE THE SECRET FIT BELLY®

  1. When expecting, you can expect to continue to wear the styles you love. The patented panel is featured not only on our maternity jeans, but on pants and leggings too.
  2. Its seamless construction is fabricated from Nylon/Spandex yarn providing a smooth fit. It also offers great recovery, stretching over your bump at every stage.
  3. Versatile elasticity gives you extra style mileage from your pants. It doesn’t slip, stays fitted, can be folded down or kept up for adjustable comfort that continues to work as your belly grows.

AND BONUS REASON:

It doesn’t constrict you when gobbling down the turkey, the cranberry sauce, the mashed potatoes, the corn, the string beans, the gravy, the sweet potatoes, and it doesn’t make you feel stuffed when eating the stuffing. Plus, it continues to be a sweet choice when piling the whipped cream on your pumpkin pie. That’s the not so secret secret of the belly band. Happy Thanksgiving Mamas!

 

 

CRAVINGS & CLOTHES

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Food definitely comes in and out of fashion. Kale had a couple of years, avocado toast seems to be the best thing since sliced bread, and microgreens are having a macro moment. And of course, there’s the pulse of social media making food so stylish that we like, share, and repost lunch like it’s runway ready. For us, we are dishing up [pun totally intended] cravings and clothing that are sweet, savory, salty and stylish. What are better pairings than these?

Sweet pomegranates are literally bursting with juicy flavor and color. The deep red seeds are a little tart, and totally stunning on camera. We love the way they look with shades of wine, mixed berries and dark reds. The super soft hacci knit maternity dress is one we love in any shade, but this burgundy/black number is trending right along with the autumn fruit. You’ll love it so much you may just want it in grey, teal or olive too.

Sweet is nice, but savory is downright satiating. Our navy maternity sweater is cozy, yes, but also striking. The rich blue is perfect for this time of year. We like our outfits with the ultimate food duo: chips and dip. We chose to shoot crunchy blue-corn tortilla chips with artichoke and spinach dip. Classy, crunchy, crave-worthy. Oh, and this sweater also comes in radicchio, you know the leafy vegetable in the shade of a pomegranate! Go ahead and snap a picture of you in blue. Stay salty Mama – it’s not always a bad thing!

We have your sweet, we have your salty, but let’s talk about crossover cravings: salty and sweet! Popcorn covered with chocolate is a pretty perfect pair. We shot it against our maternity maxi dress featuring a sweet dusty pink pleated skirt and a soft black top. The contrast actually creates a balance and therefore is representing salty and sweet, again a pretty perfect pairing. [Editor’s Note: This style is dropping next week, so head to your local store to get it before Thanksgiving or make it your holiday must when it’s shoppable online!]

What are you craving? How are you dressing? Tell us. We’re hungry to see more! @motherhoodmaternity #thisisgoingtobefun

WRAPPING UP COZY

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October started out a little too warm for our liking. The leaves didn’t know what to do and the bees were still buzzing. Of course, we are speaking from the East Coast, since our headquarters and distribution center are in New Jersey. However, as the weeks went on we went from endless summer to welcoming winter! It’s like fall didn’t, well, fall. Lately the chill has been strong, and our cozy campaign finally has come to life.

What we love most about the change in the seasons is the different activities that follow suit. Spring is amazing for the re-awaking of the earth. We love switching up clothing, the flowers blooming, and outdoor activities are back on the table. Summer is great for swimming and vacationing. Autumn is so fashion-forward and there is no shortage of apple to pumpkin picking adventures. But what we are doing now is bearing down for winter. And with winter comes cuddling. You’re going to need some outfits that help you get your snuggle on.

We of course recommend maternity sweaters, maternity leggings, the comfiest maternity sleepwear, our stretchy side-ruched maternity tees, a really good maternity sleep bra or the best-selling seamless bra… both which become nursing bras, and then nursing styles in general for our new mamas. The effortless outfits make having cabin fever more fun. And we’re totally okay with staying home in style!

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