Winter Outfit Ideas from Instagram’s Best Dressed #MomsToBe

Instagram’s most stylish expecting bloggers have made cold-weather maternity style look effortless! These mamas nailed winter layering, owned the maternity poncho and accessorized to perfection! We’re rounding up some of our favorite #OOTDs to give you a little extra style inspo for the season. Which is your favorite look? –Olivia

Photos from top to bottom, left to right: Instagram / @grublette.style, @allthingsstripes, @tickleurvanity, @city.peach, @discodaydream, @itsybitsyindulgences, @mariealamode, @the.modern.mom, @littleblondebook

Recreate their looks: Maternity Outerwear // Stripes // Maternity Leggings // Jessica Simpson Poncho // Winter Whites // Open Front Cardigans // Citizens of Humanity // Splendid // Maternity Vests // Secret Fit Belly® Jeans // Bump-Hugging Dresses // 7 For All Mankind // Plaid

In The Press July 2015

Summer 2015 has been extremely exciting for A Pea in the Pod! We announced our Fall campaign featuring Jaime King, who models our new Luxe Essentials Denim collection, and opened our first ever European shop in shop at the iconic Harrods. Check out some of these exciting mentions from the last month in case you missed them.

Jaime King, Brand Ambassador for A Pea in the Pod, featured on People.com / Model Mama: Jaime King, featured on Parents.com / A Pea in the Pod launches Harrods, featured on WWD.com / Against All Grain, featuring A Pea in the Pod denim short

Currently Craving // Rachel Zoe Collection, Bugaboo + More

bugaboo andy warhol banana collection - Google Search_2015-03-19_14-19-17J'ai commandé des vernis chez Dior !_2015-03-19_14-35-53IMG_6257RZ_Sum15_04_0541_RT-flt-300rz dressHere’s what I am currently craving right now: Bugaboo’s Andy Warhol Stroller Collection, which is a fashion-set favorite for new moms.// Pastel colors are in for Spring. Love this Dior baby blue nail polish. // Nude is big in cosmetics and footwear. Obsessed over these Aquazzura and Schutz heels!  // Anything from our new Rachel Zoe Collection PLUS these flare leg jeans from McGuire are a maternity must-have this summer. // This tile-print sheath from Rachel Zoe Collection is perfection, if you’re expecting or not this summer! -Olivia

5 Must Reads for Mom’s to Be

parentsdish.co.ukWe’ve got the skinny on the must read books for moms-to-be. Our office is filled with new and expecting moms so we took a poll to bring you an edited list of the best pregnancy reads from empowering to practical to humorous!

Totally Real: From the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris

This book gives it to you straight, filled with advice and stories from pregnant women, moms, doctors and midwives who have been through and seen it all! Light and funny, it feels like dishing over lunch with your girlfriends!

Completely Practical: What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

Everyone knows this book because well, it’s the classic #1 Best Selling pregnancy book and for good reason. Easy to read, easy to understand and full of relevant information, it’s on its 4th edition!

Empowering:  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin has over 30 years of experience as a midwife helping women give birth naturally. This book acts as an information guide for expectant mothers on establishing a mind-to- body connection before conceiving.

Keep Mom AND Baby Happy: The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp

Read this if you don’t read any other baby books! Dr. Harvey Karp teaches you about an “off-switch” for your baby’s crying. Need we say more?

Best for Breasfeeding: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman

A great guide for first-time mothers who plan on breastfeeding, the information is provided by internationally respected La Leche League, known for setting the standard for educating and empowering mothers who want to nurse.

 

Maternity Hacks You Need To Know

Maternity Hacks Maternity_HACKS_2-608x1034Between being preggers myself and working with so many mamas-to-be, I have quite a few insider secrets to share that will help you nail your maternity look and feel your best for nine months and beyond. Read on for some of my favorite “hacks” and essentials every expecting women needs to know!

When it comes to maternity essentials, a side-ruched tee, cardigan, Secret Fit Belly® jeans and leggings, and maxi dresses are your best friends and for good reason! Not only are they the foundation of a great maternity wardrobe, you’ll be able to wear them after baby, too. They can also easily be mixed and matched together for looks that get you through any season.

A tummy belt is another secret to help you in those first few weeks, when you may want to keep your baby bump a secret. The little piece of elastic and button helps you adjust your jeans for the right fit. Alternatively, a tummy tube or tummy sleeve can be worn low on your waist, over your pants to smooth and support your bump.

For a universal bra with tons of room to grow, look for a maternity sports bra. Of course you’ll want to work in your favorite maternity bra styles throughout your pregnancy, but if you’re looking for a versatile no fuss fit- try a sports bra and try it early.

Did you know that keeping hydrated is paramount when you are pregnant?  Staying hydrated also helps with nausea. For even better hydration and extra electrolytes, snack on pineapples. To beat nausea, pop some SweetTarts. Trust me, they do the job like all of these tips and tricks! Xoxo, Olivia

Chic This Week // The Jogger

Chic_Jogger_608x400Move over skinnies, Joggers are on the scene! The jogger is the perfect trend for expecting mamas who want the comfort of an easy silhouette. It can so easily be styled up with a jacket and heel or styled down with chic flats and a tee. Wear it before and after baby, too, for tons of wardrobe mileage! -Olivia

Bohemian Beauty // Wendy Bellissimo Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 edition of this Cali-cool collection comes in a chic neutral color palette. The breezy maxis and laid-back looks will get you excited for the warm weather, whether you are expecting or not! The Wendy Bellissimo maternity line is known for its relaxed vibe with lifestyle pieces that are just as perfect for before baby as they are for after baby! -OliviaWendy Bellissimo Maternity Wendy Bellissimo Maternity

Trending Baby Names for 2015

What is every little girl’s favorite movie? If you don’t know, here’s a hint… LET IT GO! Frozen’s Elsa and Anna are trending as baby names in 2015, as well as other Disney character favorites including Tiana, Giselle, Anastacia and Aurora.  The movie, The Fault in Our Stars, has earned both Gus and Hazel popular baby name status. Arya—calling all Game of Thrones fans– as well as its other spelling Aria, from Pretty Little Liars, and Piper, from Orange is the New Black, are TVinspired baby names. Other pop Culture influenced names give a nod to literature, like Harper; Harper Lee is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.trendingbabynames_608x1100Our favorite royals William and Kate have given us a new love of the name George, while their own monikers continue to be popular choices. No doubt if they have a girl and decide to pay homage to Diana, we will be seeing that name rise in popularity. In fact, the United Kingdom is proving to be quite a source for baby names in the US, with “Fiona, Flora, Fenella, Greer, Isla and Elspeth, and for the boys, Finlay, Angus, Duncan, Ewan and Lachlan” making their way across the ocean according to The Huffington Post.

Your favorite color might just make the perfect baby name as well! In addition to Hazel, Scarlet, Lavender, Indigo, Magenta, Lilac– the list goes on—could be the just the way to make a bold statement with your name choice. Names with an X at the end or in the middle are becoming popular like Lennox or Axel as well.  To round out our list of names, Titan, of Greek Mythology is strong, memorable and makes a Big Statement!

Congratulations and good luck! –Olivia

Top 3 Stretch Mark Creams

Stretch Mark Cream

Yay, you made it to the second trimester! Now is the time to ensure that you’re keeping your skin hydrated with safe and effective products, plus preventing stretch marks. I have a few favorites:

Basq Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter: packed with moisturizers and oils, this luxurious treatment prevents stretch marks and repairs skin. I still use this daily because I really love the scent!

Mustela Ultimate Hydration: I am a fan of avocado anything and this cream calls on avocado peptides to moisturize and soothe very dry skin. I actually used it on my whole body!

Honest Organic Belly Balm: It’s all about balms these days and this one really is “The Balm.” Completely odor free- a little goes a long way!

Whichever you choose, your skin is in for a treat! –Olivia

10K Giveaway

10kblogWe have reached 10k followers on our Motherhood Maternity Instagram account! Thanks for showing your support. To show our love, we are giving away a $200 Destination Maternity gift card to one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is follow the blog and comment on this post telling us how you’ll spend your gift! Xoxo- Olivia

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