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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!

Beauty, Fashion, Fashion Inspiration, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Maternity

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.

You can find me over at BalancedAmes.com for more posts or on Instagram: @ameskiefer.

Thanks for having me PinkBlush!

-Amy Kiefer

Fashion, Fashion Inspiration, Lifestyle, Maternity, What To Wear

Baby Moon Oasis

Picture this…  Flowly Maxis, floral head bands, sweet sundresses and a weekend just the two of you. We’re talking about the new trend in the world of expecting mothers, the baby moon. Besides the anticipation of meeting your new bundle of joy, mother-to-be’s are now heading to relaxing destinations in preparation for their new adventure into motherhood.

For the west coast mommas, we take you to a desert oasis like no other. A short ride down the I-10, where the name of the game is pampering, fabulous food and poolside lounging, you’ll find Palm Springs. My husband and I just love vacationing here.

Besides the numerous golf courses for him, relax your little bump by the countless pools with a delicious mock-tail in hand. After you’ve spent the day lounging about and you’ve worked up your appetite, ride into downtown for delicious bites at some of the locals favorite spots. My husband and I are total foodies so when we come to town we make sure to hit up our favorite spots. For Brunch there are two spot’s you must try! First would be Cheeky’s, a modern space for creative breakfast & lunch sandwiches, with bacon flights & specialty cinnamon rolls, your taste buds will be on another level. Our second favorite spot for brunch would be Pinocchio in the Desert, this lively stop with kitschy decor for familiar eats, including plentiful breakfast & sandwich options also provides an hourly music and dance show to entice your pallet and will leave you entertained and wanting to come back. For a late lunch or dinner also try Tinto, Lulu California Bistro, Bill’s pizza or Las Casuelas Terraza.

So what to pack? We are loving all things floral, flowy and bold for this oasis getaway. Here are some of our favorites that rate baby moon worthy! For a day of lounging and brunching our Blue Tie Dye Cold Shoulder Maternity Maxi Dress is your go-to choice! One of our favorite retro prints combined with a trendy cold shoulder style has us in love with this maternity maxi dress. A breezy side slit detail keeps you cool which is a must while in the desert. Pair this maxi with sandals and a long necklace for a boho inspired look.

For a day shopping in downtown try our Yellow Sleeveless Cross Back Maternity Dress.  Perfect for the day’s warm weather, a sleeveless cut and trendy cross back detail will effortlessly show off your bump while keeping you looking chic and on point. Dress this piece up with wedges and a statement necklace or keep it casual with sandals and a floral headband.

Last but not least, probably our top dress made perfectly for Palm Springs would be our Navy Pink Floral Wrap Maternity Maxi. With its bold print and “take me on a romantic date” attitude, this floral maternity maxi dress has all the right details to make you feel gorgeous from head to toe. Style this maxi dress with wedges and a layered necklace for a show stopping evening look. So your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, time for some pre-baby R+R. Enjoy!

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Not Your Mom’s Maternity Clothes!

For most, the word maternity could be less than appealing. We’re stuck in a world where maternity clothes were made with ruched sides and A-Line (mumu) silhouettes. Well, it’s safe to say the maternity clothes your mother wore are nothing like maternity wear for the modern & chic mother these days! I have friends that swear they would never wear maternity clothes, but then third trimester comes knocking on their closet door! Knock, Knock!! What’s an expecting mother to do? Why spend money on clothes you’ll only wear once? I don’t want to lose my style with frumpy and boring styles!  Not to worry, we’re here to de-myth misconceptions about maternity clothes!

Not only does PinkBlush design specifically with the expecting mother in mind but the functionality and convenience of our styles allow you to transition from pregnancy to motherhood without skipping a beat or breaking the bank! Recently I asked my girlfriend who is expecting her second child why she didn’t wear maternity clothes, her answer, “Maternity clothes can be expensive and they only last during pregnancy.” So here’s your Ah-Ha moment, one word, MAXIS! I’ve found that maxis can be your all-in-one, go-to for pregnancy. Not only can you wear them for maternity photos and baby showers, but once baby arrives they will keep you feeling gorgeous and provide convenience to nurse in! Bam!

Maternity clothing that you won’t just wear once but even after baby!

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Welcome to the Millennium where MOM is the new Black! Maternity clothing has taken the fashion scene by storm. From modern & chic designs to fabulous prints & bold colors, staying on trend is easier than ever now for moms. No longer are the days of a boring closet, take pride and strut that bump in midi dresses, boho maxis & even ditch those uncomfortable hospital gowns for a chic hospital robe. Oh the potential of a fashionable maternity style for any budget, say so long to your mother’s stereotypical maternity style and hello to your new Ah-mazing wardrobe!

 

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