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Gender Neutral Shower with Surprise Reveal!

Dress: Light Blue Floral Sash Tie Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress

We are so excited to feature the lovely Juliana Avila on our blog today! She’s sharing her fabulous baby shower and telling us why her PinkBlush dress was the perfect choice for her special day!

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The theme of the shower was “Twinkle little Star” I wanted to keep it neutral since nobody knew the sex of the baby and we decided to do the reveal to our friends and family at the shower. I loved everything about this dress. It had both blue and pink in the print which was great for the reveal and also made me stand out against all the white and gold decorations and I love that it was super comfortable so I didn’t feel uncomfortable at the shower but my favorite part was all the compliments I got on it! Everybody had something to say about the dress and how perfect it was, it was seriously the perfect dress for the shower.  Juliana Avila @juliana_lovesglam

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The Big Reveal!

We are quickly approaching our 20 week mark and could not be more excited to finally learn the sex of baby #2! So naturally it’s time to search for the perfect dress to make the big announcement in. With so many beautiful options of maternity dresses it was hard to narrow down my top picks. Here’s my favorite four and why they would be perfect for your upcoming gender reveal!

#1: White Garden 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress

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Ok, I am loving this maxi for so many reasons. I love the even amount of both blue and pink within the floral accent which is perfect whether it ends up being a boy or girl. The wrap detailing will give any body shape a flattering fit and it’s perfect for transitioning once baby is here making it the perfect nursing dress!

#2: Basic White Chiffon Maternity Dress

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What I like about this dress is how simple it is. Perfect for warmer climates you will stay cool and comfy and look fabulous. With a tie detail it allows you to adjust the fit to make it more form fitting or flowy. Add a colored sash around the waste to make this a stunning option for your reveal. It can also be worn after baby too!

#3: Mint Green Floral Chiffon Maternity Dress

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Probably our most favorite maternity dress of all time here at PinkBlush, this dress is just timeless. From the flattering baby doll waste to the elegant floral design and feminine colors, you just can’t go wrong with this option for your announcement.

#4: Aqua Damask Bottom Maternity Maxi Dress

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This maternity dress just screams FUN! For the more outgoing mom-to-be the bright colors and damask design will surely make a statement! I am in love with the flattering cinched waist line and let me tell you, this dress is so comfortable. Fabulous option!

These are just a few dress options for a gender reveal to find more stunning choices head over to PinkBlushMaternity.com! Check back to see what dress I ended up going with and if baby #2 is a boy or girl! Share you gender reveal photos with us now at media@pinkblushmaternity.com!

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Am I Having A Boy Or Girl? Fun Ways To Tell!

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Wondering if your little bundle of joy will be a boy or girl? Here are some fun and wacky old wives’ tales said to be able to predict the sex of your baby!

  1. According to an old wives’ tale your baby’s heart rate can be used to predict the gender. Apparently, girls have faster heartbeats than boys. Above 140 ppm means you’re having a girl, and lower than 140 bpm means it’s a boy.
  2. Rumor has it that if you are carrying your baby high, it’s a girl. Carrying low? Stock up on blue.
  3. Legends say that if you are having a little girl, she’ll steal your beauty. So, if you’ve got acne and other not-so-pretty skin blemishes, you’ve got a little princess coming your way.
  4. Some say craving sweets indicates a baby girl is on the way, if salty and sour is on your crave list start breaking out the blue!
  5. Here is one of the most if not the most well-known wives ‘tales for gender predicting! Take your wedding ring and tie it to a string. Hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, a little guy’s in your future. If it goes back and forth, you’ve got a girl. (Caught in the act, I totally tried this! According to this, we’re expecting a baby girl! Stay tuned to find out!)
  6. They say if you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having. (Not sure how accurate this could be, with my son, I was constantly dreaming of giving birth to a boy and sure enough it was a boy. This pregnancy I have been waiting for a dream about what we’ll have and the other night I finally had a dream of a baby girl. I think when you dream of gender it’s your intuition telling you. We’ll see!)
  7. Show me your hands! When a pregnant woman is asked to show her hands, it’s a boy if she keeps her palms down and a girl if she shows her palms up.
  8. It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby.
  9. Ok, this one has got to be my favorite, if the dad-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy. (My husband recently began to work out again, which mean someone feels they have been putting on the pounds besides myself lol!)

We hope these wives’ tales provided a little insight but most of all fun! Share your prediction stories with us at media@pinkblushmaternity.com! And don’t forget, no matter the occasion, our maternity clothes deliver style for the mommy-to-be. Dress up your bump with PinkBlushMaternity.com!

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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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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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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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Cute and Quirky Gender Reveals

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Are you looking for a fun and easy way to reveal your baby’s gender this year? If so, we’ve got the perfect pin-worthy ideas for how to let all your loved ones know the news about your baby’s gender. The long wait to learn your baby’s gender should be celebrated, so why not make a fun photo op out of this special time in your life? These simple ideas are easy to replicate for a boy or a girl, and not to mention adorable! Check out some of the ideas we’ve come up with and see which one you like best:

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Gumball Fun

Gumballs are an easy and creative way to represent your baby’s gender. Once you’ve picked out pink and blue gumballs, you can place them in a jar and decorate them any way you like. We tied a bow on to each jar for a simple detail. You can set up your shoot with a blanket and pillows like we did for a casual atmosphere, or set the jars on top of a table with you standing in front of them. No matter how you want to set up your shoot, have fun with it! There is no right or wrong when it comes to shooting your gender reveal.

Take a couple of fun photos of you in different poses, from blowing bubbles to holding the gumballs in excitement. Once you’re ready to take the final photo for the reveal, simply hold up the gumball that will reveal your baby boy or girl.

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Silly String Madness

Lover of silly string? Then this gender reveal idea is perfect for you. This gender reveal requires the help of your friends or family, and is a great way to share the moment and fun with loved ones. Buy two cans of silly string: one that is pink, and one that is blue (for this shoot we used 4 cans). Have your friends stand on either side of you and when you’re ready, have them spray you with the blue or pink silly string to reveal your baby’s gender. While this shoot might look messy, it’s really very easy to cleanup as the silly string dries.

We hope these cute and quirky gender reveal ideas will inspire you to have fun and get creative with your baby’s gender reveal.