Fall Maternity Style: How to Stay Comfy & Warm

Maternity clothing that is functional, comfy, and also stylish can sometimes be hard to find. Here is a round-up of some fall favorites that are sure to keep you comfortable while staying on-trend this fall season.

Leggings

Leggings are less likely to stretch out with wear compared to denim, so won’t have to constantly be pulling them up. They are soft, stretchy, and with a high waistband a pregnant woman’s dream.  These maternity leggings from H&M are the perfect, affordable pair of classic black leggings you’ve needed this pregnancy.

H&M Leggings

Cardigans

One of the few articles of clothing from a pregnant women closet that she can continue to wear as-is is the cardigan. Open-front cardigans mean your stomach isn’t meant to be covered, so keep all of your regular cardigans in your closet because you’ll love being able to fit into something non-maternity during your third trimester. Pair this cute cardigan from Target with some leggings, boots, and a scarf and you’ve got the perfect comfy, on-trend fall outfit.

Target Cardigan

Boots

Shoes are my personal favorite thing to shop for because no matter what size I am, my shoe size stays the same. It’s a beautiful sentiment, right? If you’re pregnant this season, you’re extra lucky because wide-calf boots are in. Swollen ankles and calves can be covered and actually fit into a shoe because of this trend, and BONUS! You can keep wearing them after baby comes! I’m loving these wide-calf boots from Maurices, and they come in 3 different colors!

Maurices Boots

Blanket scarves

Has anyone else noticed that Walmart has really stepped up their clothing game lately? And with Walmart’s prices, I’m thrilled to see some super cute and trendy products I’d actually wear. This blanket scarf, for example, is the perfect fall accessory for pregnant women. It will keep you warm and give you some coverage, and that plaid is on-point for the fall season.

Walmart Blanket Scarf

Puffer jackets

First of all, I love this jacket because it’s fun to say “quilted puffer.” Second of all, I would wear this pregnant or not.  Black is always the right color choice, and the lightweight, quilted texture with the long length makes it the perfect transitional piece from fall into winter. You can snag this winner from Kohl’s.

Kohl’s Puffer Jacket

Joggers

Arguably better than the leggings trend is the new joggers trend. The loose legs, elastic waistband, and cuffed ankles make it the perfect lounge pants. I really love these soft jersey joggers from H&M with the under belly band.

H&M Joggers

Maxi dress

Another staple to dress up or down, a maxi dress (or several maxi dresses, why not?) is perfect for your fall maternity wardrobe. I am in love with the floral print on this long-sleeved maxi from Pink Blush Maternity. This navy vintage floral maxi from Pink Blush maternity can also be worn as a nursing dress, so it’s basically like buying two dresses for one.

Pink Blush Maternity Floral Dress

Pink Blush Maternity Navy Floral Dress

Cargo vests

The return of the cargo vest and jacket make fashion easily attainable for pregnant women.  I love the cinched waist on this olive cargo maternity vest from Pink Blush Maternity, but honestly, I usually wear my vests open so you could easily wear your regular cargo vests throughout your pregnancy and pull it off.

Pink Blush Maternity Cargo Vest

What are your must-have fall maternity pieces?

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Pregnancy Reveal Ideas – Summer Style!

The explosion of colors at sunset, the lush green meadows of grass, the soft sandy beaches, and the bright flower beds all make for beautiful photo opportunities during the summer. And if you’ve been waiting to reveal your pregnancy, why not take advantage of these unique summer backdrops to reveal your pregnancy – summer style! Here are some summer-inspired pregnancy reveal ideas.

Feet with baby sandals

A popular pregnancy reveal method is setting out a pair of baby shoes next to mom and dad’s shoes. Use this idea with a summer twist by buying baby flip-flops and setting them in the sand. You could also do this with baby swim flippers, or a baby swimsuit.

Don’t eat watermelon seeds

The old joke about eating watermelon seeds makes for a witty and cute pregnancy reveal, especially during the summer when bright red, juicy watermelon is abundant. Slice yourself a nice, ripe wedge of watermelon, take a big bite, and have someone snap a picture. Then add some simple text, like “Uh-oh, I must have eaten a watermelon seed. Baby watermelon coming November 2017!”

Expecting a little firecracker

There are a lot of cool pictures you can take of fireworks, so use the firework-happy holidays to announce your pregnancy. Hold a sparkler out in front and take a photo, with the caption something like, “expecting a little firecracker this September!” This could also be fun if you have other children. Have each of them hold a sparkler, then add the caption,” adding another little firecracker to the family this September!”

Name in the sand

If the beach calls your name each summer, use it as an opportunity to take a special pregnancy reveal photo in the sand. Write your baby’s name in due date, or even just something like, “Baby [last name] coming October 2017.” You can do a lot with this idea, like standing in the background with your partner kissing, with the focus on the words in the sand. Another cute idea is to extend this photo opportunity into an annual photo, taking a similar picture each year with your baby as he/she grows.

Outdoor balloon photoshoot

Bright, colorful balloons against a vivid blue sky with puffy white clouds is a very picturesque summer scene. Consider taking maternity photos incorporating bright balloons outside to announce your pregnancy. You can write on the balloons, or simply hold them while touching your belly. Adding other children, perhaps with each holding a balloon, and then a balloon tied to something floating next to the children to indicate another baby being added to the family, is an adorable idea.

Empty beach chair

Set up your beach chairs on the beach, and get a head start on your baby’s summer gear by buying a child-sized beach chair and setting it up next to yours. Take a photo with the caption, “Another [last name] beach bum coming October 2017,” or something to that effect.

Baby Bike

Family bike rides are a favorite family past time for many families during the summer, so get your baby involved while you’re still pregnancy starting with your pregnancy announcement. Buy a small tricycle, bike, or scooter and tie it to the back of yours. Strike a cute pose on your bike, and use this to announce your upcoming arrival.

Message in a bottle

Another fun beach idea is to place an ultrasound photo in a nice glass bottle with a cork, creating a “message in a bottle,” scene. Lay it in the sand with the ultrasound visible, and write your due-date in the sand in front of the bottle.

Disney-inspired

There’s nothing like the magic of Disneyland during summer vacation, so give baby a taste of the magic before his/her arrival by staging a disney-inspired pregnancy reveal. You can buy adult-sized mickey ears, and place baby-sized ears next to them. If you’re able, you could even take the photo at Disneyland or Disney World next to a Disney princess or prince, ask them to pose by pointing at your stomach or something to that effect, and add a caption that says something like, “Our own princess will arrive in September 2017.”

Did you announce your pregnancy during the summer? What other summer-inspired pregnancy reveals do you love?

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Yes, You Do Have Maternal Instincts

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I am one of those moms that had to learn how to have a maternal instinct. I have three kids: a 5-year old, a 2.5-year old, and a 3-month old. Love came naturally to me. With each baby, I had an overwhelming sense of gratitude and love for them. But, particularly with my first, once they were home some things just did not come naturally. And now with my third where things HAVE come naturally, it makes me wish I could talk to my first-time mom self and reassure her about a lot of things.

With my first baby, I had a very difficult time nursing him. Before he was born, and especially after with all the nurses at the hospital, I kept being reminded just how important breast milk is. But, my son wouldn’t latch. He just wouldn’t. So, the lactation nurse who helped me recommended I get a pump. My husband went and bought a pump that day. And for 3 months on, I pumped. Every 2 hours. I was exhausted. But, the nurse who I thought was an expert, didn’t provide any further info about how to keep trying to get him to latch. It wasn’t until my sister gave me a nipple-shield to try and use that it actually worked. My baby latched! I was so thrilled. From that day forward, we worked on latching even more without the nipple shield. I ended up nursing him for 12 months.

So- when nurses tell you one thing, but you don’t whole-heartedly agree with what they suggest, try something else.

With that said, when we took our 5-day old baby into his Pediatrician for a check-up, he was crying the entire way there. When we got there, his doctor looked at me and said- how is the feeding going? I said, “Okay. He doesn’t latch, but I have been pumping and giving him what I have.” (My milk hadn’t yet come in at that point.) As the baby continued to cry, he looked at me and said, “Well, where’s your breast-milk to give to him now? He is hungry.” As I realized what he was saying, I said, “I don’t have anything.” He looked at me with big eyes and said, “Can I give him formula?” Without hesitation, as I knew my baby was hungry, I said, “Yes.” My baby boy drank that bottle so fast. And, at the same time, my guilt overwhelmed me so fast. I can’t believe I didn’t realize my baby was hungry!

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My fun, sustainable, toddler-friendly workout routine

Exercise hasn’t been the easiest this pregnancy and I haven’t been too consistent with it, but this week I finally adopted a more regular and sustainable routine. As a fitness professional I know and firmly believe in the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, but haven’t been practicing what I preach. After dealing with intense cravings and more pain, I realized I’d better step up my game and take charge of my health.

Here are the criteria that must be met in order for me to maintain a regular exercise regimen:

  • It must not require special equipment
  • It must be doable with a toddler running around
  • It must be possible regardless of weather or time of day
  • I must be able to do it from home

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