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A Maternity Fashion Buying Guide

So you have just found out you’re pregnant – congratulations!

Now comes all of the planning for the next few hectic months ahead of you. You don’t just have to prepare everything for your new babe to come, you have to find clothes that will fit you throughout this momentous period of transition in your life.

You may not know where to start, though, so here’s a beginner’s guide to maternity fashion and how to buy the right pieces for you.

Wear what you have until you can’t

It is virtually impossible to predict how your body will change when you’re pregnant, so it’s a good idea not to go crazy and shop the minute you find out you are expecting. As a way to save some money and some extra stress, only go shopping for maternity clothes until you cannot fit in your old clothes anymore. Chances are, some of the pieces you have can be easily modified to be a bit more forgiving while you grow.

Don’t look at the sizes

Only buy what pieces really fit you properly and make you feel good! Your body will grow and change at different rates, so your clothing needs to be comfortable throughout your entire pregnancy. Don’t get caught up in maternity sizes, as they aren’t as accurate a descriptor as they claim to be. Try a few different sizes of jeans, tops, and outer layers to get a good baseline on what feels comfortable and go from there.

Keep your fashion sense

Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to change your fashion self. Gone are the days where pregnant mothers had to wear oversized and draped outfits that were not flattering. Nowadays, there are plenty of clothing options for you to pick from no matter your style. Plus, you don’t want to buy items you don’t feel confident in because, let’s be honest, they’ll just sit in your closet eventually anyway.

Purchase for after the pregnancy

Your body may not be able to bounce back as soon as you’d hope for after giving birth. Fortunately, maternity clothes are able to work during this transitional period, and can give you extra room and comfort while you’re working to get your body back on track. Items like maternity dresses and jeans, for example, are wonderful pieces that you can use long after the birth of your child.

Be prepared to invest in underwear

You most likely will have to invest in more underwear than any other category of clothing in your wardrobe. Be prepared to change your underwear structure every few months or so. For example, for the first three months of your pregnancy you should choose stretchy, breathable fabric for your bras as your breasts will swell a lot during this period. From three to eight months, look for a nursing bra with a thicker band to accommodate for your expanding rib cage and, for your last month or so of pregnancy, buy your bra cup size larger than usual and a smaller band size. This will be useful as your ribcage returns back to normal after giving birth.

Stock up on shoes with natural material

Shoes made of natural material, such as leather, cotton, or woven linen, will be a wonderful addition to your maternity wardrobe. These shoes are more likely to expand with your swollen feet and ankles and ensure you’re comfortable at every stage of pregnancy. Remember, you’ll be keeping all of those heels in your closet and only investing in flat shoes.

With these tips in mind, you can take the guesswork out of maternity fashion. So get out there and go shopping. It’s time to pamper yourself, mom!

Why Isabella Oliver is a Boss Maternity Brand {Video Review}

I’ve blogged about in the past how much I really like Isabella Oliver maternity here, here and here!

I am a fan  and have been for a while and so much so that I joined as an affiliate and brand ambassador. It’s also a popular brand among celebrities.

It’s having a big holiday sale of up to 50% OFF and FREE Shipping on orders over $149 so I decided to do a quick YouTube video to plug why particularly I love this fashionable brand of maternity clothing. 

If you Want to cop some of this brand’s stuff! Happy Shopping!

How to Dress Your Bump For Thanksgiving

If you are expecting this Thanksgiving and are toting around a sizeable bump, God knows you may  not looking forward to standing on your feet preparing a meal and hopefully, you have been invited to someone else’s home this year and/or your family is giving you a pass on cooking so you can just kick up  your feet and relax.

Check out this post on How to dress your bump and this other post on 5 things NOT to wear at Thanksgiving!

And finally, I think the quintessential outfit ought to be this look that lifestyle blogger Loren Hamilton of Wear and When pulled off when she was last expecting. Follow her pattern of styling and you won’t go wrong!

Start with a shirt in breathable fabric like jersey knit or cotton. Then layer a light cardigan or collared shirt over that and finally a denim, leather or cotton blazer.

For the bottom, go with a comfy pair of dressy leggings or denim maternity stretch jeans with a pair of red ballet flats. Carry a large clutch to hold your stuff and then work it! Stylish and comfy!

Have fun and good luck enduring the endless belly rubs and all the love!!!

Study: These are the Best & Worst US States to Have a Baby 

Americans pay the highest birthing costs in the world. Considering the fact that more people are born in September than any other month of the year,  personal-finance website WalletHub  released a report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby as well as accompanying videos.



To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.

Best States to Have a Baby Worst States to Have a Baby
1 Vermont 42 Nevada
2 Massachusetts 43 New Mexico
3 Minnesota 44 Arkansas
4 New Hampshire 45 Georgia
5 North Dakota 46 West Virginia
6 Connecticut 47 Oklahoma
7 Colorado 48 Louisiana
8 Nebraska 49 South Carolina
9 District of Columbia 50 Alabama
10 California 51 Mississippi



Best vs. Worst

  • Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost for early child care, $3,114, which is 4.9 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at $15,137.
  • Alaska has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 5.90 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 11.46 percent.
  • Vermont has the most obstetricians and gynecologists (per 100,000 residents), 22, which is 11 times more than in Oklahoma, the fewest at two.
  • California has the highest parental-leave policy score, 155, while 12 states, such as Arizona, Michigan and South Carolina, tied for the lowest at 0.



To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: 

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-have-a-baby/6513/



Lilly Ghalichi’s Maternity Style is ‘It’ Fashion Blogger Worthy

Since announcing her pregnancy last month, Shahs of Sunset Lilly Ghalichi has been a virtual fashion blogger showing off her maternity style.

So far, it is characterized by empire waist mini dresses accessorized simply with fly birkins, clutch purses and sexy pumps.

And her own line of faux lashes and her signature long black wavy locs of hair.

Love it! Work!

The entrepreneur and now she is having her first child with her husband  since 2017, Dara Mir.

Ghalichi announced the news on her Instagram.

“Baby (and Daddy’s lol) first makeup party!! 💄🎉 Thrilled to announce my husband and I are expecting our first child 👼” she captioned a photo of herself sitting on her husband’s lap.  “❤I have shared so many different stages of my life with you all, from starting my first business, to being on a television show, heartbreaks, finding my true love- and now, I get to share the most special chapter of all with you, motherhood🤰🏻#GhalichiGlam”

photos: Instagram

 

 

What Causes the Pregnancy Glow and Why Don’t I Have It?

You know that glow that people remark upon when you’re pregnant?  Well, it’s a real thing!  Board certified dermatologist and beauty expert, Dr. Anna Guanche says that in 90% of pregnant women the blood volume increases by 50% (increased blood flow), estrogen levels increase (estrogen makes the skin more youthful looking) and weight gain all combine to create a beautiful smooth glow.

 However, this isn’t the case for about 10% of pregnant women, they might have to deal with cystic acne breakouts.  Dr. Guanche says it can be treated with facials, mild peels and skin care regimens that don’t contain retinoids or salicylic acid. 

 Another side effect of pregnancy is that you might see growths appear that weren’t there before and existing ones may increase in size, this includes moles and skin tags.  The moles can become darker and melanoma risks are higher in pregnant women.  She recommends that they should be checked immediately and not wait until after the baby is born. 

 Dr. Guanche goes on to say that allergic rashes can occur more frequently during and after pregnancy, due to exposure to a “foreign body,” since the baby is genetically different.  This can activate the immune system for up to a year after delivery. 

Eventually, your body returns to pre-pregnancy state, and sadly the glow leaves, but also, any rashes, growths or other problems also disappear.

Chrissy Teigen’s Maternity Style is Victorian Feminine and Chic Casual

Like this Lavin dress she wore to a premier and this $13,000 embroidered Gucci gown the model wore while covering the latest edition of Marie Claire magazine!

Also, like this crimson feminine Costarellos dress with beautiful jewelry by Leticia Linton and EFFY, ring by Le Vian and Judith Leiber purse she wore to another event recently.

It’s all ornate but light at the same time. Love it!

She keeps it casual too!

Left in Saint Laurent Sunglasses, a bag by Aerin, Yeezys, a Givenchy bag and a grey Multi Alice+Olivia coat; Center in Victoria Beckham shades, Alexander Wang jacket, Sweater  by One X One TeaspoonGucci belt and Saint Laurent Booties and J Brand jeans, which she wore again, Right and paired with a Rta sweatshirt, Victoria Beckham  shades again and a Chanel Purse

Where to Buy Your Maternity Portrait Shoot Gown (SHOP)

If you are expecting and plan to have a formal maternity portrait session to commemorate your final months of pregnancy, you will also be thinking about what to wear.

By now, in your search, I’m sure you’ve seen lots of other women who have shared their portrait photo sessions. You might have been wowed by how regal they looked and admired the fabulous flowy and very flattering gowns they wear.

Did you know that a lot of the seamstresses that make those amazing dresses can be found online on artisan marketplaces like Etsy, Bonanza and the like? Yup!

We curated some of the top ones we loved the best for you to scroll through and use for inspiration in case you’re thinking of starring in your own maternity photo session in the near or distant future.

Click the image to be taken to the shop directly to see more details about the garment or to purchase.

NYFW: We Re-imagined The 2017 Trends for Preginistas

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Another New York Fashion Week has just wrapped and we noticed tons of new trends for the upcoming seasons.

White shirt dresses, shoulder cutouts, banker pin stripes, the color yellow, khaki and sleeve slits reigned supreme. There were fold-over tops, cinched waists, trenchoats and even terry cloth robes spotted on the runways at some of the top designers.

Moms-to-be, women trying to conceive and those who are already heavily pregnant do not have to count themselves out on the trendy looks either. In this modern era, various lines and designers are being creative with releasing re-imagined and modified version of today’s hip trends. Alternatively, a preginista can incorporate a trend in her accessories or choice of color or print! They can have it their way.

Below is our pick of how to remix the White Shirt Dress trend, khaki, shoulder cut outs, pin stripes and yellow! Get inspired!

Here’s How to Boost Your Baby’s Brain with A Healthy Prenatal Lifestyle

Pregnant woman exercising at home

Pregnant woman exercising at home

Prenatal care is incredibly important to establish, when you are expecting– certain measures can either harm or help the development of your baby. Studies have shown that prenatal exercise is healthy for both you and the baby, as it boosts the fetal brain development. There are certain exercises and diets you should implement into your lifestyle, while pregnant, so you can enhance your child’s cognitive potential. Here is some information about fetal brain development and tips on how you can establish a healthy lifestyle that’s beneficial for your baby:

Brain Development Process

Fetal brain development is incremental over the nine months of pregnancy. Synapses activity begins and nerve cells form within the first trimester — healthy development of the brain could be impeded if the mother is exposed to chemicals like alcohol, tobacco, mercury, dioxin, pesticides and lead. Sensory organs and nerve development occurs in the second trimester, which requires a high intake of healthy fats from natural sources. Basic cognitive development comes into play in the third trimester.

Exercise

Exercise seems difficult when you’re carrying the extra weight, feel achy and are constantly tired. However, safe physical activity will help you gain more energy, improve your mood, reduce muscle pain and strengthen all parts of your body. The change in blood flow, stimulated by exercise, will have a positive effect on your child’s growth. The best exercises for expectant mothers are yoga and swimming, as they are low impact but still target important muscles and will increase the heart rate. For more information about exercise guidelines for pregnant and postpartum women, visit 24 Hour Fitness’ exercise guidelines on their website. About 30 minutes of moderate exercise is recommended for most pregnant women. But, make sure you have a conversation with your doctor before you implement any new exercise routines.

What To Eat

Nutrients are very important for a healthy pregnancy — you should have ample sources of vitamins and minerals that will support the growth of your baby. Choose natural food sources, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and non-hormonal, grass-fed meat. Make sure you include into your daily diet 27 milligrams of iron rich food, .4 mg of folic acid, 1200 mg of calcium rich food, 70 mg of Vitamin C, 250 micrograms of iodine and a healthy dose of Vitamin A. Foods that will provide you with these super-nutrients include avocados, citrus fruits, broccoli, figs, tomatoes, kiwis, beans, grapes, yams and carrots. You should also drink at least 12 glasses of water each day, as it is a major carrier between the nutrients you eat and the baby. Water also sustains the amniotic sack.

What Not To Eat

Stay away from processed foods, as many pre-packaged foods will contain difficult to interpret ingredients. You may accidentally ingest chemicals that are harmful for the baby through processed foods. Also make sure you steer clear of foods are likely to be contaminated, like tuna that could have been exposed to mercury and produce that has been treated with pesticides. It is best that you shop organic, so you know that your foods haven’t been chemically treated — make sure everything you purchase has a USDA Organic certification label, as many producers will label their items as organic, when they’re not.