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Guest Blogger: Alyssa Britson

I call it: the closet crisis.

It’s that moment when you’re looking at endless outfits in horror…scanning through thousands of hangers holding styles that once were “so you,” but are now “so yesterday,” or worse, “so many years ago.”

For me, this happened a few months postpartum. I was standing in front of a sea of crop tops, slim fits, outdated patterns, and not-so-flattering necklines. I was still working on shedding all of my pregnancy pounds (a whole, whopping 60 of them), and I did not know if my post-baby body would ever return to my pre-baby body.

I had the mom-pouch. With all the weight I gained during my 42 weeks of pregnancy, I was left with a deflated bump and lots of excess skin to go with it. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been slacking on “correcting” it; I’m a stay-at-home mom, and I’m busy, really busy.

But the truth is: there’s more to it than that. The truth is: I haven’t made my body a priority because…

I’m proud of my mom-bod.

Sure, I’m still self-conscious sometimes, absolutely.
Sure, my skin is sagging underneath my clothes.
And yes, I find myself sucking in my postpartum pouch from time to time…

But this body is natural.
My body is an art of motherhood.
It is the beautiful aftermath of arguably the greatest miracle of life.
This body is the first home of my children.

Yet, as much as I feel proud of my body, I still have to be realistic; showing it off in an itty bitty crop top and short shorts is just not going to work. Period.

And just like that, I lost 1/4 of my closet. I thought maybe, eventually I could wear some of my outfits again, but even so, I needed a major wardrobe change, as both a mom and a woman.

I was looking for clothes that were:

  • chic and modern but affordable,
  • practical and versatile but still stylish and confident, and
  • modest and comfortable but not boring.

Most of all, I didn’t want to lose that feeling, that thought of: I look good as me and as a mom.

With that in mind, I noticed that I kept reaching for my maternity outfits those first few months. My maternity dresses, tops, and jeans came primarily from one place: an online maternity store called PinkBlush. It was the only store that had pregnancy attire that had all these things I was looking for and still made me feel pretty and put together, even when I was feeling run-down and a little self-conscious about the “new me.”

MaternityFINALMaternity shoot with Bennett in belly, a happy dad-to-be, and a 33-weeks-pregnant me, wearing a PinkBlush lace colorblock maternity maxi dress in blue. (Color pictured is no longer available.) Photos by Meredith-June Photography

So for several months, I continued to wear PinkBlush maternity. I loved that they were always introducing new styles, colors, and prints, so the possibilities were endless. I found their maternity dresses flattering, comfortable, unique, and versatile, working well both during pregnancy and post-baby. I especially recommend any of their maxi dresses: you cannot go wrong with a long dress when you’re hugely pregnant or anytime. I can honestly say their maxis got me through a 42-week pregnancy during the most brutally hot summer on record in North Carolina and carried me through to several months postpartum.

I also continued to wear several comfy and forgiving maternity tops from PinkBlush, such as this burgundy, airy top I wore for our newborn photoshoot. The shoot was just 6 days after an exhausting, 4-day-long labor, so having a flowy and flattering top that didn’t hug my postpartum belly too tightly was crucial. Their “flowy” tops in general are perfect for complimenting any and all body types, and they actually have a section dedicated to just flowy maternity tops. How fabulous is that?

newbornfinalAll of us as a family at just 6 days new; I’m wearing a PinkBlush flowy maternity top. Photos by Meredith-June Photography

But fast forward to today, and I have completely shed my baby weight (and then some).

My body has changed again, and though I do still have a bit of a mom-belly, I’ve set aside most of my maternity clothes until next time. But lucky for me (and all of you), my favorite online maternity shop also has women’s clothing!

PinkBlush’s women’s line makes me feel beautiful and comfortable as a mom, as a wife, and as a woman. It has become my go-to shop now that I’m approaching a very busy, fast-paced, adventurous, exciting, yet bittersweet chapter in motherhood:

My son is turning ONE.

In a few weeks, I’ll have a toddler.
He’s walking around our house.
He’s not a baby anymore.

It’s getting harder and harder to hold him, not only because he’s getting so big but because he wants to explore. His curiosity is overflowing, and here I am, trying to keep up. At this chapter of motherhood, I understand that it’s an adventure every day, and sometimes it’s easy to get lost, as a new mother, in the chaos. Sometimes, you lose yourself a bit.

Trust me, I’ve been there. I lost myself for awhile. It’s easy to lose yourself in the whirlwind of changing poopy diapers, drowning in piles of laundry, preventing disastrous playrooms, surviving nap strikes, or in my current situation, chasing a fumbly but fast almost-toddler.

I looked like a train wreck a lot of days, but I eventually realized just how important it is to become balanced: as yourself and as a mother.

Yes, you are both. Embrace both. Here’s what I mean…

reddresscollageMy handsome boy and me, wearing this fun PinkBlush red floral dress. Photos by Meredith-June Photography

You can still rock the red dress. Maybe its style has changed a bit from those of your past; maybe it’s not as revealing; maybe it’s not as form-fitting, but it’s still that red dress with a “wow” factor that’s subtle, modest, fun and even a little flirtatious.

I can’t tell you the last time I wore red, let alone a red dress. It’s such a bold, “look at me” color, but with this modest, high neckline (which is my absolute favorite neckline, by the way) and this flattering length, I feel honestly radiant. Red plus floral would typically scare me away, but just because I’m a mom now doesn’t mean I won’t take a risk on the red dress. This risk was a fun reward.

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You can totally be comfortable and pretty in pink. It’s funny because I’ve always claimed pink is my least favorite color; yet, I wore a bright pink ballgown to my junior prom; my closet is full of pink in different shades; and my eye was drawn to it with this hi-low dress with sleeves. I guess it makes sense: there’s something special about a woman wearing pink. It definitely instills confidence and femininity.

This dress has become one of my go-tos on weekdays or weekends, and for good reasons. It kind of has it all. It has that comfy, t-shirt-like top with sleeves. It hugs just slightly in the chest area, so it’s not too tight but not too loose or baggy. But then its got a more sassy bottom, showing a little leg in the front but keeping you well covered in back.

It’s a little sassy and a little sweet.

The comfortability balanced with a bit of an edge makes it pair perfectly with casual stroller walks around the park or date nights with or without your kiddos in tow. An outfit’s versatility is crucial to a mother’s style, and no matter what I’m doing on any given day, this dress always makes me feel pretty.

Last but definitely not least:

You can be a mom and be sexy. There’s nothing better than a trusty, subtly sexy maxi dress. Long dresses win me over a lot these days because I just think they’re classy and the most comfortable. I feel most confident when I’m mostly covered up but I can still show off my figure, and this maxi does just that. Unfortunately, I snagged the last olive maxi dress in this exact style, but there are tons of similar maxi styles on the PinkBlush site. Don’t panic!

greendress2I’m obsessed with every Pinkblush maxi dress I own, and I have several. Shop for your favorite maxi style here.

I feel like I can throw this on and dress it up or dress it down, whatever the occasion may be. Really, that is the beauty of any of the PinkBlush maxi dresses: they’re very much made for casual, hair’s a mess, chasing-your-kids-around days, but if you throw on a necklace, get pretty, and slip on some wedges, it’s good-to-go for dates and nights out with friends.

It’s truly amazing how an outfit can change the mood of a woman. Even on days I feel like a wreck, I don’t have to look like one. Motherhood can be a crazy and chaotic journey that changes your body and your soul. You might have a fashion freakout. You might lose sight of the woman you “used to be.” But you can find your way back; you can find ways to become balanced; and you can be stylish before babies, during pregnancy, and after becoming a mom. You just can’t forget that motherhood is an exquisite blessing: wear it proudly.

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Packing For the Perfect Staycation

Going Somewhere?

Planning the perfect staycation or a weekend away before baby comes? Let us help you pack your suitcase with these easy head-to-toe looks that will help you travel in style

The Essentials

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Tees & Tanks:

Dont leave home with several soft, comfortable t-shirts that you can wear literally with anything! Especially when the last thing you want to be is uncomfortable tees & tanks can be your saving grace.

Destination Dresses:

From floral sundresses to flowy maxis these maxis are our favorite, most packable dresses to take you to day to night.

Flirty and Fun Must-Haves

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Shorts:

She wears short shorts! Um if you can pull it off, you go girl. For the rest of us here are our must-haves that will have your bottom half covered.

Flowy tops: 

Take these ideal tops with you wherever your day takes you. From a casual day enjoying the sights to date night at a local hot spot, these tops are breezy and beautiful!

The Finishing Touches

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Sun Hats

The perfect accessory to keep you out of the heat. Try adding a maxi dress and sandals for a complete chic getaway look.

Vacation Ready Sandals:

Make a statement with vibrant sandals and keep those summer vibes all the way down to your toes!

Sunglasses:

Chic looks you can wear for every outdoor occasion.

Go-Anywhere tote

This all-day every-day tote will hold all of you vacation essentials.

 

So now that you’re packed, it’s time to hit the road in style… And don’t forget, for more cute maternity clothes make sure you head to PinkBlushMaternity.com and shop this season’s bump worthy styles.

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Tips To Beat Morning Sickness

1st Trimester:  Tips to help ease the pain of morning sickness during pregnancy!

If only morning sickness was just related to the mornings and didn’t feel like the worse hangover you’ve ever had! Here’s a list of our favorite home remedies suggested by fellow moms to help cope with nausea during the early months of pregnancy!

  • Lemon Water- The natural calming effect of lemon is a great way to reduce nausea, squeeze a fresh lemon and mix the juice with a glass of water (You can also try sparkling water to help with your upset stomach). Drink it every morning to prevent nausea. You can also simply take a bite of fresh-cut lemon or chew lemon-flavored candy. Even smelling fresh lemon peels can ease morning sickness symptoms.
  • Ginger- Ginger root can give relief from nausea and vomiting. Sucking on a small piece of ginger or chewing a ginger candy can also give quick relief from nausea. I actually bought a jar of pickled ginger that you get when you eat sushi, I keep it in my fridge and when I feel sick I will nibble on a few pieces and it has really helped.
  • Crackers- Try keeping a few crackers by your bed and slowly eat a few before you get up in the morning.
  • Juice Boxes- Recently at my OBGYN appointment the ultra sound technician recommended keeping a Capri Sun or any type of juice box on your night stand and to drink it before you sit up each morning.  She swears by this after having 5 children, this will help get your sugar levels up and keep the nausea away.

What causes morning sickness? No one knows for sure, some say it is triggered by the increase of the pregnancy hormone HGC. However, not all pregnant women experience morning sickness. I have to admit that with my first pregnancy I never did and was one of those women who loved being pregnant. However this time around I have had the full morning sickness experience! These remedies have really provided me with some relief from the nausea.  And remember, although it’s uncomfortable, nausea is just a sign that all is going well with you and your baby, and that your baby is growing and developing just as it should! Share your favorite morning sickness remedies by emailing us at media@pinkblushmaternity.com.

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Style Tips for the Nursing Momma

Hi PinkBlush friends! I’m Lisa, mother of two little girls, Maven (2) and Sylvie (7 months). You can find me utilizing my passions and talents over at In Wild Hearts where I share all things related to motherhood, health, hospitality and style. I love, love, love sharing my experiences with others and so I’m excited to share some of my style tips to all you nursing mommas {or soon-to-be nursing mommas} out there!

Let’s face it. By this point, you have transitioned your wardrobe from hiding an early pregnancy to embracing your growing bump to featuring your beautiful bump to finding anything that fits, all the while trying to simultaneously focus on comfort and style. You think you’re in the clear once your little bundle of joy arrives, but wait! You’re now a nursing mother. You now need comfort, style and easy access.

Cue, In Wild Heart’s go-to wardrobe items for the nursing momma. These three tips have helped me re-organize my closet and provided ease of outfit selection even on my most demanding of days. These may seem simple, but you’d be surprised at how many items you go to grab in your closet that just.won’t.work. how you used to wear them.

 

TIP #1: Two piece outfits.

This may seem simple, but you’ll remember me when you go to grab that cute dress or romper in your closet and realize that it isn’t entirely feasible to wear. Think of this tip as always having a top and a bottom: a tank and jeans, a t-shirt and skirt or a summer sweater with shorts. While in these outfits, mommas can then easily lift their top layer without having to entirely undress to nurse (or pump!), a huge benefit while out-and-about or even just pumping on a break at work.

 

TIP #2: Dresses that fit loosely on top, preferably with long straps and stretchy fabric.

I wasn’t able to completely turn my wardrobe over into two-piece ensembles. And even if I could, I would likely get tired of wearing the same old, same old day after day. I do like to wear a lot of dresses. They are simple, easy, comfortable and make me feel put together even on days when I have zero time to get ready. Dresses, however, have their challenges; They aren’t all designed with the nursing mother in mind (high necklines, button or zipper up the back, etc.). I now seek out dresses that fit loosely on top, have long straps and/or stretchy fabric, so that pulling down for nursing access does not ruin the integrity of the dress. {You wouldn’t want to look like you had a stretched out neck on the top hemline!}

 

TIP #3: Camisoles.

Wearing camisoles under all of my shirts has been a comfort and a lifesaver to me. As I am always on-the-go, I’m often nursing in not-super-private locations, therefore I want to be protected and not allow for any indecent exposure! By having a camisole under my tops, I’m able to lift for baby access and have my body remain covered. I never feel as though I may expose my body to others in public. Camisoles are most often made of a giving materials, so stretching down has not ruined any of these in my experience. PinkBlush has some great cami options. The investment for this wardrobe staple is small in exchange for the return of comfort and protection!

 

That’s it! That’s all! It’s simple. And PinkBlush maternity clothing and women’s clothing makes it SO easy and affordable to select stylish post-partum options, or even just transition your maternity wear into the next chapter of your life. You’ll feel beautiful all the while being practical. The best of both worlds!

These days it’s so important for me to select clothing that can handle keeping up with my toddler while carrying or baby-wearing my littlest and have the ability to nurse on the fly. {Literally, anywhere we may be!} While I’ve invested in a good nursing cover, I always feel more confident and comfortable when I’m wearing the right pieces in my wardrobe. I’ve found I don’t have to sacrifice style, just tweak my wardrobe a little, to fit my nursing-mom life. Thanks PinkBlush trendy maternity clothes for making that easy to do! And special thanks to RJ Imagery for the lovely talent and beautiful photographs!

 

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For more inspiration along your motherhood journey, make sure to check out my blog or find me on Instagram @lisa.boettcher.

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Guest Blogger @amyepeters

Amy Peters, mom of two boys Avery 2.5 and Archer 6 months.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

My decision to breastfeed my babies was a bit of a no brainer, it’s free, no bottles to clean/sanitize, you don’t need space to prepare a bottle, and breast milk is the perfect temperature, the right balance of everything a baby needs, and it is ready in a moments notice.

I breastfed my first, Avery, until 16 months. It was bittersweet when our breastfeeding journey came to an end. Part of me was happy to get my body back but the bigger part of me was sad that this special time we we had together was going to change. No one else shared what we did during our nursing sessions. It makes my heart full when I think about our ups and downs of exclusively breastfeeding. From a boy who only wanted his mom to sooth or feed him, to sore nipples, to infections. And here I am joyfully doing it all over again with my 6 month old son Archer.

Every woman’s journey through breastfeeding is different and I can say that I thought the second time round was going to be easier. I was quite surprised one week in. Even as a second time mom, I felt sore nipples, engorged breasts and an extremely painful letdown. There was a voice in my head that said -‘it’s no wonder some moms give up or decide not to breastfeed.’ It really does not come easily for all us. I was determined and stubbron. Fortunately by around the time Archer was 2 weeks old, things seemed to regulate themselves. No more sore nipples, engorged breasts and that painful letdown had disappeared {thank goodness!} I can wholeheartedly say it wasn’t easy. Most days I consider myself to be a pretty tough chick but I really did have a hard couple weeks with those feedings.

For me I value and cherish my time spent breastfeeding. This is one thing that only I can provide to my babies. It’s so special. There is something so tender, loving, and venerable about breastfeeding. This bond I’ve shared with my boys is pretty incredible. Skin to skin, eye to eye, and lots of hand holding. These are the days I always want to remember.

 

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*Love Amy’s Nursing Robe? Find your print here! – PinkBlush*

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Sharing The News In New Ways!

Thanks to social media, milestones are now being shared more creatively and unique than ever. So of course announcing you’re expecting has become a fun way new moms excitedly plan to shout to the world that they are pregnant. From apps that include weekly graphics and cute sayings, to balloons announcing your baby’s gender to adorable sibling photos revealing they’ve received a promotion, the possibilities are endless on how you and your family can introduce your pregnancy to friends and family. These can be personal, creative or simple it’s completely up to you and your personal style! Share your announcements with us by using the hashtag #pinkblushmaternity! We can’t wait to see them.

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Couples are sharing with family and friends in the cutest ways, whether it’s your first or your fourth sharing you news will never get less exciting!

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Gender Reveal

Team Pink or Blue, which will it be? Finding the perfect Maternity dress for your general announcement is all a part of the perfect reveal! Your dress can say as much or as little but will allow you to look the part for your big news!

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Pregnancy is one of the biggest things that could possibly happen in a couple’s or family’s life, so if you’re going to tell the world, why not do it in an adorable, silly or creative way!

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Well Here We Go…

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Knock, Knock… Just a second! Heart races, Knock, Knock… Almost done! Story of my life every time I try to use the restroom as my 2 year old son impatiently waits outside. However, this bathroom break was a bit different, as I walked out of the bathroom our little family’s life changed. My pregnancy test revealed we were expecting, SURPRISE!

I could barely stop crying long enough to facetime my husband, who was currently at work and now hiding in a bathroom stall as I turned the camera around to show a positive pregnancy test! With our son, I was able to wait long enough for him to come home but this time I just couldn’t contain myself, I had to tell him we’d been blessed with another baby!

It’s been almost three years since I was last pregnant and they say you forget about labor but to be honest I forgot how much the first trimester honestly sucks and I guess that is why at first I didn’t think I was pregnant. I remember feeling tired with my son and I had so much ache it was insane! But so far, I can barely keep my eyes open and when I say I feel bloated, let me clarify, I feel like a massive whale. I’ve also have been incredibly hungry, not naturally I thought I was PMSing, wrong!

So now that my nerves have calmed down, I’ve made my doctor’s appointment, which has been quite an adventure in itself, we recently relocated from California to Illinois and having to find a OBGYN out here is so different.  A lot of the practices out here will have you see multiple doctors as they want you to be familiar with each doctor in case your doctor is not on call at the time of your delivery. Which I get but me personally I really felt more comfortable when I knew my doctor that I saw my whole pregnancy was going to deliver my son, so we will see how that goes. When you first find out your expecting the doctor will wait until you are around your 8th week for your first appointment and ultra sound. So I cannot wait to see actually how far along we are and when our due date will be. My son was a summer baby and this time around baby #2 will most likely be a winter baby!

At this stage, even though I am still pretty early along, nothing is fitting like normal. Like I said previously, I am extremely bloated, I feel like I am already showing which is not the case but with this pregnancy I am ready to wear maternity clothes earlier on! So of course, I have already been making purchases from PinkBlush, my go to for everything maternity and beyond! Right now anything flowly to hide the bloating and sleeveless and light weight has been my go to since it’s so humid and hot here in Illinois. I am obsessed with our entire line of summer maternity dresses! I feel like this time around I will be able to dress cuter because I know exactly what works for me and what doesn’t and I know everything will also work for after baby as well! I am currently living in our Yellow Floral Fitted Maternity Dress, such a cute print for summer and I love how the rouche hides my bloated tummy and the length is perfect. Other first trimester must haves that I plan on purchasing soon are Our Basic Hi-Low Dresses and our Solid Cross Back Dresses, they are perfect for that is she or isn’t she stage, you know when you’re not showing yet but hey I am not fat, just pregnant phase!

Stay tuned for my next bump update, I truly feel pregnancy is such an incredible experience and cannot wait to share our journey with you. Follow and shop along as I share my trimester by trimester style tips and maternity favorites from PinkBlush! Remember you can still be stylish and trendy during pregnancy so glow on mamas!

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Second Time Style

On my blog, The Modern Tulip, I am all about showcasing you don’t have to sacrifice style just because you are a mom. BUT I do realize things do change a bit once you have kiddos to chase around. I have a 14 month old son and I am 6 months pregnant with a little girl. The way I dress my bump this time around is different… for sure. But have no fear if you are in a similar situation, you don’t have to hide behind a t-shirt and yoga pants. PinkBlush makes it easy to find practical, stylish clothing to dress your bump.

How Pregnancy Style Changes From your 1st Pregnancy to Your 2nd:

1. Comfort wins… always.

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This mama needs fabric to stretch and move in since my life is no longer all about casually strolling through Target, Starbucks in hand with my cute preggo belly. No, now I’m chasing a toddler and watching with caution that I don’t get the shopping cart too close to the aisle so he can easily rip everything right off. This mama needs room to move at a moments notice in her clothing. Case and point: I was just recently shopping at Kroger and somehow Maddox leaned into the cart from the top seat and grabbed a package of raspberries. He then proceeded to chuck that container of raspberries (with quite a good arm I might add) directly over my shoulder. The floor was a sea of red and so was my face. Being the kind-hearted person I am, I got on my hands and knees and began picking up the fruit off the floor dodging the looks from those around me pitying this poor pregnant woman on the grocery store floor.

This is why I wear flowy tops such as this one. For fear I will be found bent over in a store cleaning up after my toddler.

See the full look and details for this outfit here.

2. Versatility is a mothers dream.

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Being able to go from a play date to a date night without having to take the time to change clothes completely is a mothers dream. #timesaver. At least once a week I am running from a play date at the park to Maddox’s MiMi’s house to quickly drop him off and rush back to town to meet my husband after work for a date night. I try to always wear something on these particular days that I can swap a few accessories and go from day to night appropriately. This dress for example is fabulous! And it comes in 5 different colors. By styling it with a jean jacket and sandals I am making it look super casual. Once date night roles around I ditch the jacket and add a cute clutch plus swap the sandals for wedges and BAM – I’m ready for a night out! Oh and don’t forget your lipstick!

See the full look and details for this outfit here.

3. Durability.

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I need clothing that can handle #momlife. I have to dress practically to play in the dirt, crawl, chase my son, etc. What better than distressed denim? You can’t tell if there is wear and tear on your jeans and they are comfortable to move in. These jeans have become my favorite! I love the light wash and the way they cuff at the ankle. (They do roll down, but I typically wear mine with flats so I keep them rolled up). You’d never know they are maternity! I’ve always been a die hard fan of Pink Blush maternity jeans. They are the only jeans I will purchase because I’m that invested in them.

See the full look and details for this outfit here.

The way you dress definitely does change from one baby to the next, but it doesn’t mean you have to loose your style in the midst of it. There are practical, stylish and affordable pieces out there and if I’ve ever found a company that encompasses all of that it’s PinkBlush. I’ve never been disappointed.

If you are looking for more mom friendly outfits and style inspiration make sure to check out my blog or find me socially @themoderntulip!

 

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Keep It Simple: Your Real Essentials From a First Time Mom

Pregnancy can be a world of unknowns especially for a first time mother. I know for me it was. Sometimes to be prepared we over prepare, especially when it’s your first child. I had no idea how much my body would change as well as my style. I am here to share with you what worked for me and what styles I still wear now that my son is two.

Basic Tee’s

I was pregnant the majority of summer, so my go-to’s were basic tops. So easy to style with jeans, shorts or maxi skirts they were my saving grace. At times when getting dressed was the last thing I wanted to do, I would throw on a basic tee with cute wedges, add a statement necklace and evening chic here I came!

Leggings

To this day I still wear my PinkBlush maternity leggings! Probably the most comfortable thing I have ever owned, they allowed me to dress up or down at my own convenience. So transitional!

 

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Maxi Dresses

These will most definitely be your bestie while pregnant. They will never fail when everything else doesn’t fit. The reason I still wear my favorite maternity maxi dress is because it allows me to hide areas that make me feel insecure but also maximize my comfort and still feel beautiful. I have maxi’s that I wore while pregnant that transitioned with me while breastfeeding my son and even now three years later I still wear them.

 

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A Supportive bra

Key word SUPPORT, I was so taken aback at how much my bra cup changed while pregnant. I think as a first time mom you expect your body to change but it’s astonishing how much it does. Embrace the changes as your body is beautiful and the outcome is a beautiful healthy baby! My last essential that saved me was my supportive bra.  Comfortable, supportive, and soft. The perfect bra will help with soreness, back aches and sensitivity. I purchased one that was also was made for nursing so I wore it after baby too. Complete game changer!

 

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Believe me dressing while expecting can sometimes be overwhelming but if you purchase staple styles and utilize them throughout your pregnancy, staying stylish is easy to achieve. These essentials ended up being on constant rotation for me. So my advice: Keep it simple and work it, you preggonista!

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Featured Blogger

Introduction: Amy Kiefer is the blogger behind BalancedAmes. She started the blog as a way to share her passion for health, fitness, + balance. She is focused on empowering individuals to make healthier choices + live a balanced lifestyle. Her background as a fitness professional coupled with her current role as a full-time oncology nurse fuels her drive to promote the importance of preventative health. She is currently 37 weeks pregnant with her first baby.

Hello PinkBlush blog readers!

I’m Amy from BalancedAmes. I’m SO excited to share this post with you. Thanks to PinkBlush for having me + sending me some awesome clothes from their maternity active line to try! What I really loved about the tank tops is that they are LONG enough + the leggings are SO very comfortable!

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In the Grey Heather Fitted Racerback Maternity Tank Top. Photo by Clare Mullins Photography

Exercise during pregnancy is a subject that I’m very passionate about. The benefits are numerous! Studies show it can make the pregnancy journey, labor, + delivery easier.

A common misconception is that women who are inactive before they were pregnant cannot start an exercise program. It is important to talk to your OB about this, but most would suggest that you do start! If you are thinking of becoming pregnant + you currently don’t exercise…I would say START NOW! Pregnancy will likely go smoother for you.

Let’s go through the benefits!

 

Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy

  • Maintaining or increasing cardiovascular fitness: You can increase your body’s endurance + stamina, + increase your energy levels. These are huge benefits for pregnancy, labor, + delivery.
  • Increase muscular endurance: I like to think of labor and delivery as an athletic event. You are going to need a lot of stamina and use the correct muscles with the correct force. The right pregnancy routine can help with this!
  • Increasing muscular strength: Strength training during pregnancy yields lots of benefits! Including decreasing your risk of ligament and joint injury (loosening effects of relaxin and progesterone are at work against you), preparing you for the tasks of being a mom (think: picking baby up, car seats, diaper bags, shopping bags, etc!), + it helps to take strain off your lower back + pelvic floor (important for you to minimize postural issues + remain as comfortable as possible). I can tell you from helping with my niece, those little babes get heavy fast + you have a lot to take with you when you’re leaving the house!
  • Improved posture: Not only with improved posture help you to look better, but also lessens the chance that you’ll have the common neck and back pregnancy pains. It also helps to make breathing easier (you’ll realize the importance of this in the 3rd trimester).
  • Improved support of pelvic organs: Yes, we’re going there. Exercise helps to improve and strengthen the pelvic floor which can help you to minimize or prevent urinary incontinence and bladder or uterine prolapse (eeks!). Very important point here ladies!
  • Decrease pregnancy discomforts: Exercise helps to keep the minor discomforts of pregnancy at bay. It has been proven to help decrease the occurrence of varicose veins, back pain, leg cramps, swelling, and constipation.
  • Improved body composition:  Women that exercise during pregnancy gain less weight + body fat compared to pregnant women that do not.
  • Improved confidence: Of course weight gain + a big belly come with growing a human. Exercise has been proven to increase a women’s confidence. Since I’m eating well (of course with a few treats here and there) and regularly exercising, I know that my little babe needs the weight I’m gaining.

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Confident in the PinkBlush Colorblock Maxi. In love with the neutral look!  Photo by Clare Mullins Photography

I don’t know about you, but all of those benefits make me want to hit the gym.

Not sure where to begin or what to do? Let’s go through some options:

Group training: Participating in a group class will not only provide you with exercise, but also a community of women that are also going through the experience of pregnancy. Mommas-to-be often find it to be an incredibly supportive environment. The classes should also be taught by someone that knows the proper modifications for every stage of pregnancy, so check that out before enrolling!

Personal training: I absolutely loved training pregnant women! It was so beautiful to see their journey + help build a strong foundation as they started to become more pregnant + headed toward labor + delivery. I would highly recommend finding someone that is certified in training pregnant women or at least has experience + knowledge of modifications. Personal training is great because you have one on one supervision + instruction.

Perinatal yoga: Another great form of group exercise for you! Yoga builds strength, flexibility, + overall well-being. Yoga can also be very beneficial in reducing low back pain + sciatica, which can be problems that plague pregnant women. Yoga focuses on teaching proper body alignment, which is SO important for everyday life + especially during pregnancy! I always leave class with a renewed perspective + yogi glow. I’ve also done online prenatal classes through Yoga International if you want to check that out!

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Photo by Clare Mullins Photography

Strength training: I’m a huge advocate of strength training + you read about the important benefits above! Even now, I’m doing a lot of the same lifts that I did pre-pregnancy. Squats, lunges, dead lifts, pull downs, rows, incline pushups, chest press, etc.

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Squatting in my PinkBlush tank top.

Cardiovascular training: Good old cardio! Great to do as you’re going to need endurance for the challenging task of childbirth. Perhaps you already have a favorite variety. As you move into the third trimester (maybe even before), you may find that lower impact forms are more comfortable. For example, you might stop running + start incline walking or biking.

 

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On a walk in my Pinkblush Grey Heathered Maternity Leggings + PinkBlush tank top.

I hope that you picked up a tip or two from this post! Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, comfortable, + stylish pregnancy.

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Thanks for having me PinkBlush!

-Amy Kiefer