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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

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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.

International Bump Watch: Parisian Fashion Blogger Frédérique Harrell



So, I spent part of the morning IG stalking one of my fave fashion bloggers,  Frédérique Harrell who is expecting her first child and looking fabuliciois doing it.

The Parisian stylist lives in London with her husband of two years, Tom.

This is the first child for the couple due this November.

I love that she isn’t afraid to play with color, texture and patterns even while pregnant.

Frédérique colors outside of the lines! Here are some of my fave maternity looks she has shared with her 102K IG followers.

Simply Gorgeous!!!!!

A 60-year old Indiana Woman Welcomed Twins Yesterday

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When Claudette Cook of Indiana met her husband Ross at church 10 years ago, doctors told her that they would never have children because of her advanced age, but 10 years later at age 60, she is now a mom to twins.

Claudette and Ross got the go-ahead from an in vitro fertilization specialist last fall to start a family and a year later were successful and welcomed twin sons Isaac and Isaiah on Sunday, October 2.

“Isaac came out first, and Isaiah came out second,” Cook told the local news after she beat all the odds to welcome the fraternal twins.

“I cried. I was like, you know, you look at TV and you see other people in the delivery room and you’re like, oh my goodness. And, it was me. So, joy, it was so sweet,”  ABC News reported she said while holding her husband, Ross’s, hand. “Everything changed in that moment. Once they’re born, your life changes.”

The boys weighed 5 lbs each and arrived via C-Section. The couple gave credit to their tiny miracle to prayer.

“Doors started opening up, and BAM, here they are,” Cook said. “Age is but a number with God. Plus, I was healthy and in shape. I was like, yes, I know I can do this – I know I can. No matter how hard it was, He brought me through it all, so, awesome God.”

WFIE reports that it will be a couple of weeks before they can take their newborns home. The twins are healthy and their mother is doing just fine.

No doubt, this will and has been the subject of lots of water-cooler conversation today. Share your thoughts with us on social!

Bump Watch: The Weekend Maternity Casual Wear Edition

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Weekends are for casual wear and if you are a expecting celebrity, you can expect the papps to be there to capture every moment. And so it was for these four actresses who were featured in the media recently:

Olivia Wilde was looking super cute in overalls accessorized with a choker and cute leather tote bag in Hollywood. (In Style)

Teresa Palmer went with an off the shoulder Bohemian dress and sandals. (Daily Mail)

Natalie Portman opted for a floral top over comfy denim deans and sandals (In Style )

Katherine Heigl did a grey v-neck tea with cropped yoga pants  (In Style)

Learn: How to Select the Perfect Fit Bra for Each Stage of Your Pregnancy

 

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Finding the right bra can be a challenge for any woman. And there are loads of bra brands and lots of different styles to select from, depending on how they will be used: sports bras, lingerie, daily, formal events etc. There have been reports that have said the average woman owns over 16 different bras. Wowza!

When one is pregnant, she has additional issues related to engorged and growing breasts, breast milk leakage and nursing. Each stage of the pregnancy calls for a different type of bra. Our friends at Cake Maternity put together an infographic that breaks down the different bra types.

Check it out here and get informed:

 

 

 

VIRAL: City Hall Weddings, And Here’s One with a Pregnant Bride

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This month, a very simple and elegant courthouse wedding went viral. Since then, many future brides have been reconsidering all the exorbitant costs of an expensive wedding and reception. What is also catching their attention are all the other gorgeous courthouse and city hall elopment wedding photography sites like this one, this one and this one. 

We spotted a beautiful wedding, taken at the San Francisco City hall by photographer Margaret Mahoney. And what makes it stand out is that the bride Nicole is preggers in this photos with her groom Jesse.  The images are breathtaking and enticing. The City Hall encourages all future brides and grooms in the Bay area and beyond to consider having their nuptials there!

Enjoy these photos!

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Preginistas: Your Le Tote Designer Maternity Closet is HERE! (Subscription Box)

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Earlier this week, we blogged about how the subscription box biz model is making toy shopping easier for parents. Pregnant women and moms-to-be are in luck!

Le Tote, the clothing subscription box company that ships members unlimited number of apparel and accessories each month, is now in the maternity wear business.

For a fee of $69 monthly, you’ll get 5 new items (3 clothing and 2 accessories) recommended. You select which you want and then get them shipped to you to wear as long as you want. When you’re done ship it back.

It takes the effort, time and stress out of finding chic maternity and well styled maternity clothing. And, you get a chance to wear all of the high end brands you may not necessarily want to fork over hundreds of dollars to acquire for a limited period of time.



Also, if you’re a fashionista and are love to wear different styles without repeating, then what a wonderful way to show off a very robust wardrobe without getting broke in the process!

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Le Tote gets hundreds of brands and fresh styles each week.

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It’s a preginistas dream come true! Your Instagram page will be amaze-balls!

 

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With hundreds of brands and fresh styles arriving every week, you’ll love exploring new looks.  And you can get your first deliver for 50% off! Sweetness!

Maternity Capsule Collections Can Get your Thru Your Entire Pregnancy

Dressing a bump is fun, there’s no doubt. It’s a rare time when our proportions get flipped around and a bulging belly is something to show off rather than disguise.

But that full belly is actually a fairly short blip in the whole process — a process that presents new challenges for dressing with each phase. And don’t forget about after the birth and the possibility of months of nursing.

With that in mind, here are some pieces to get you through the early months, those big-belly days and beyond — when you need all the help you can get.

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6 iPhone Apps to Get You Thru Bedrest

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Nothing frees up your time like being told you have to stay on bed rest for the remainder of your pregnancy, and if you don’t have enough distractions you can quickly find yourself bored out of your mind. Of course you can play your favorite games like Words with Friends or Wheel of Fortune, but after a while even those will lose their luster, and you’ll need something else to occupy your hours.

Here are 6 iPhone applications that will help take up some time and answer any questions you may have regarding concerns about the baby that may pop into your head while you are lying in bed.  There’s an app for everything from saving for college to listening to the baby’s heartbeat:

1. CollegeSave This application allows you to do the calculations to determine how much per month you will need to save in order to pay for your child’s college tuition.  If you start early then you will have the advantage of compounding interest and you won’t have to put as much away each month versus starting when your child is 10.

2. Soundhound Ever been bored and start humming a song and wish you knew what the song was?  With this application you can hum a few bars and it will use its vast library of over a million tunes to identify the song.  Want to come up with a bunch of lullabies for your baby?  This application can help with that.

3. iPregnancy  Want to know what’s going on inside your body at this very moment?  iPregnancy tells you how big the baby should be, what’s going on physically with the baby, keeps track of appointments and has a great baby name function to help you figure out what you are going to name your little peanut when the time comes.

4. ZipList  You may be on bed rest, but the rest of the family still needs to eat.  Don’t feel like you have to rely on your partner to handle everything with this application.  Now you can look up recipes, create a grocery list, sort the items on the list by aisle in the store, and then text everything to someone else to run to the store for you.  If your family runs out of anything they can scan the barcode using this application and it will automatically be added to the list.

5. My Baby’s Beat With this application you can actually use the microphone on your iPhone to hear your baby’s heart beat and your own.  You can record the heart beat and e-mail it to

6. After Baby is born: BabyTimer  This application allows you to keep track of the number of wet and dirty diapers your baby has each day.  It also keeps track of feedings so that you can report all of this information back to your pediatrician.

Good luck moms!

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