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Sweet Ol’ Second Trimester

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I cannot begin to compare how different my current pregnancy has been from when I was pregnant with my son, Graham. Has karma come back to get me because my first pregnancy was so easy and so enjoyable?? Thus far, this pregnancy has been anything but easy to say the least. First trimester for me was filled with horrible migraines, uncontrollable morning sickness and exhaustion that will defeat any idea you may have had in hopes of being productive that day. And did I mention I have a three year old toddler? Let me clarify, an active, on the go, toddler. So as you can see my first trimester was quite a difficult feat, but there is sun light at the end of the tunnel. We have finally made it to the second trimester and with that I have begun to find my balance once again. Sound the happy dance music!

Second trimester for most is when you’ll most enjoy your pregnancy. At this stage you are showing but not enough to where you’ve become to waddle and have lost sight of your toes. You can still wear your pre-pregnancy clothes but for me, I was wearing maternity clothes very early on. With this pregnancy I began showing almost immediately, which was good and bad. Good because I could wear maternity dresses every day which really kept my comfortable level on point but bad because here in Chicago it’s like 90 degrees and humid as heck and to cool off we generally will go to the lake and at this stage it’s like is she pregnant or just fat? Um I am pregnant people, now where’s my ice cream?!?

So now on to the good part about welcoming your second trimester! Let’s all say it together ENERGY, yes ladies, it does come back! I am still battling morning sickness but it’s so nice to wake up and feel somewhat normal. I can feel my train of thought start to straighten out and my list of to-do’s dwindle down as I am able to accomplish more and more each day. This is a huge success for a mom to be with a toddler. Another bonus, I am finally getting my appetite back! No longer are the days, well full days of being too nauseous to eat. I still start my morning with a juice before I get out of bed to ease the morning sickness but now I am able to fit in breakfast between my morning routine and by lunch it’s a go for grubbing! Now when I was pregnant with my son I had just lost 30lbs because my husband and I were married 4 months before we got pregnant so the total weight I gained with my son was only 20lbs. With this pregnancy I’ve started out already 20lbs heavier so this time around I have to be more mindful of making my meal options healthy and try and stay clear of sweet cravings. My OBGYN mentioned that generally you gain the same amount you did with the first but so far I have been weighting about the same not having gained or lost which I think is part to the morning sickness and just really not being able to eat. However, as with my first exercise was a part of my daily routine so I will be adding that soon, most likely during nap time as it may be challenging to work out with my son.  Do you have tips for working out while pregnant in your second trimester? We’d love to hear them, email them now to media@pinkblushmaterntiy.com!

(Fun side note: Cravings 1st Pregnancy vs 2nd:  With my son all I wanted was authentic bean and cheese burritos with lots of onions and hot wings! This pregnancy I am obsessed with sushi (cooked of course), crispy chicken strips and subway sandwiches. What are you craving?)

Sleep at this point has been manageable. I am a huge tummy sleeper so that’s been something I’ve had to adjust too. One thing that’s constant for me with pregnancy is that my feet get very achy by the end of the day and even if it’s super cold in our room my feet will be the one thing that will be on fire.  So that’s been annoying and uncomfortable. Looking forward to purchasing a pregnancy pillow very soon, last time I just bought a body pillow but this time around I think I ’am going to invest in an actual pregnancy pillow from either Snoogle or Boppy. My Boppy was a huge lifesaver for breastfeeding and will be on my baby list again!

Exciting things to look forward to in your second trimester has got to be finding out the baby’s gender hands down. What’s weird this time is that I am really torn down the middle as to if we are having a boy or girl. I just knew with our first but this time I really have no idea. Part of me feels it’s sort of a defense since we would really love a baby girl so I am not getting my hopes up and of course we would be blessed beyond belief to have either a girl or boy but you can dream right? At 14 weeks we still have about 6 more weeks until we find out the gender. Both of our families are so excited in hoping it will be a girl so we’ve decided to do a gender reveal to up the anticipation! This was not really a thing when we had our son but in the 3 years since gender reveals have become a huge moment shared! It’s actually exciting to know we will not find out until our entire family finds out as well, and it’s been fun pinning around for ideas of how to make the big announcement. And of course I will have to have a PinkBlush Maternity dress for the reveal so stay posted for what dress I picked and how we decided to share the news!

All in all, it’s crazy what your body can do when you are making a baby. It’s incredible and once you’ve past the sickness part, if you’re lucky, you will really begin to enjoy the journey. Remember embrace the glow and we’ll see you at our next update!

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Guest Blogger: Alyssa Britson

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Alyssa Britson, totally relatable, somewhat crunchy mom; wife; writer; and voice of the relativeredhead blog

Mooresville, North Carolina

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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.