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New Mom Essentials!

 

Welcome to motherhood and to the world of nursing. We’ve rounded up our top 5 new mom essentials because mommyhood can be overwhelming, but knowing what to wear once baby is here doesn’t have to be.

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Achieving A More Comfortable Night’s Sleep

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We already know that once you reach a certain point in pregnancy sleep becomes a challenge. So the last thing you want is sleepwear that adds to the discomfort. The following styles will provide you with comfort to provide a better night’s sleep, style to keep you feeling your best but will also give you the convenience of being able to nurse your baby. So say so long to the nights of hot flashes, itchy pajamas and unflattering styles.

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Our How To For Styling The Off Shoulder Trend!

Off-Shoulder tops and dresses are here to stay! These wardrobe must-haves are the perfect style to transition from summer to fall. Continue reading for style tips on how to wear fabulous off-shoulder looks!

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Style Option #1

The Off-Shoulder Maternity Dress: Another one of our favorite staples, the off-the-shoulder maternity dress is sure to keep you in style from season to season. An off-the-shoulder detail gives you an effortlessly feminine look which is already special on its own. Style with wedges and a choker necklace for trendy finish.

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Style Option #2

The Off-Shoulder Maternity Top: An off-shoulder top is everything you need to feel flirty and feminine.  Best paired with fitted jeans or a skirt this silhouette will keep you comfortable while still making you feel pretty. Style this maternity top with your favorite booties for a gorgeous fall look.

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Style Option #3

Playing with Options: Mix your off-shoulder tops with different bottoms like skirts, shorts or jeans to find the most flattering combination. Pair with strappy sandals for a more boho inspired feel or with flared denim maternity jeans for a 70’s look that’s right on trend this season! The possibilities are endless with this chic off shoulder style.

Shop our favorite off-shoulder styles now at PinkBlushMaternity.com!

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Our 2016 Maternity Fall Forecast!

We are so excited for fall, time to ditch those short shorts and flowy tops and stock up on layers upon layers and this season’s most wearable trends.

First up on the fall trend train are HOODIES, yes I said it! We welcome back this trend with open arms. From oversized hoodies to 90’s logos and we can’t forget our favorite floral prints, this trend is sure to make your wardrobe top 10 for fall and keep you comfy all season long!

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Looking to cross over your favorite boho styles into fall? Well go ahead with your bad self and stay on trend from one season to the next. Take your boho dresses from spring to fall by adding boots or heels and top with a chic faux fur jacket.

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Not only is it the world’s favorite fall drink, it’s also now the must wear color this season. Stay absolutely yummy in pumpkin spice! Perfect for any skin tone, this is one trend that is sure to catch on and quick! Other straight off the New York runway colors predicted to be a staple this fall are pink and yellow!

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Another 90’s trend we are happy to see back is the fabulous choker! Get ready to throw it back to your “whatever” and “as if” days when you throw on falls must-have accessory!

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For more maternity clothing trends for fall, head over to PinkBlushMaternity.com and check out our Fall Preview Collection available now for purchase!

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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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Hey Baby! What’s Your Name?

If you’re currently expecting, the right name is all you can think about. We’ve gathered a “Top 10” list of baby Girl/Boy names that are on trend for 2016!

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Top Girl Names

Emma

Olivia

Ava

Sophia

Isabella

Mia

Charlotte

Harper

Amelia

Abigail

Top Boy Names

Liam

Noah

Ethan

Mason

Lucas

Oliver

Aiden

Logan

James

Elijah

 

Choosing your baby’s name can be stressful and carry a lot of pressure as a name is one of the first things people learn about your child and will be a part of them for the rest of their life. These lists are sure to provide some help, luckily you have nine months to find the perfect name! To find maternity clothes for the nine months of chic ahead of you, visit PinkBlushMaternity.com and start styling your bump now!

Names sourced from: http://www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2016

 

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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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Baby Showers: Who, When, What to Wear & Your Registry

Baby’s on its way so it’s time to celebrate! In most countries, family and friends get together to shower the soon-to-be mother with presents to celebrate mother and child and welcome the women’s journey into motherhood. From showers for a first time mother, to a sprinkles party for a second time mother, a co-ed shower, or even a sip and see. These days anything goes.

First, determine who will plan the shower. It can be anyone from family, friends to a co-worker. Though you can host your own shower, it’s still considered unusual.  Generally either a sister, mother-in-law, or the guest of honor’s mother will host or co-host the event.

There has been much debate as to when the baby shower should be held. Rule of thumb says between when the mother to be is 6-8 months. Some say definitely later so that the pregnancy can be well along but others say the earlier the better to insure baby will not make an early appearance. Personally I had my baby shower when I was 6 months. I felt well enough to attend and I felt beautiful because I wasn’t super huge yet but everyone is different and you should make sure the date works best for the mother to be. Also, take in consideration if people need to travel, providing plenty of notice in advance for travel arrangements.

Once a date is set, the real planning will begin. The theme should delight the guest of honor and represent the style and taste of the expectant mother. There is no rule stating that the colors must be strictly pastel so go wild and have fun, all within reason of course. You want to make sure the mother to be will love her shower and enjoy herself at the same time. Pregnancy can be emotional and you want her to feel pampered and special during this important day.

Guest in attendance will range from family and friends of the expecting mother’s family to the family and friends of the soon to be father! Sometimes if decided, even the father and his friends will also attend the baby shower. You will want to make sure all of the expecting mother’s closest friends are also invited. Having her write a list and provide addresses for everyone she would like to see attend is always a great idea in order to insure no one is left out.

Now the fun part, when preparing for your shower you will accumulate a list of needs and wants for when baby has made their arrival. This is called your registry. From personal experience, I would recommend reaching out to friends and family who have had children and ask them what you will really need. I pinned and googled and found a number of items which I included in my list or was dead set on thinking I needed and in the end I didn’t use half of it. To insure you get what you really need for baby, asking other mothers will provide you with a list of the necessities. People will also send gigts you may have not necessarily registered for but you will come to realize you ended up needing! Registering with your partner can become a bonding experience making it more real that soon your party of two will be a party of three!

Last but not least, your dress! Its super important you feel beautiful and comfortable at the same time. You may choose to go with a solid dress or a bold print to compliment your theme. Whichever the case, if you’re looking for the perfect dress, PinkBlush Maternity has you covered. Shop our exclusive collection of Maternity Dresses specifically designed for Baby Showers!! This moment will be documented by tons of photos so make sure the dress you say yes to, is one you absolutely love and will love forever.

When you shower date finally arrives, relax and enjoy.  Have fun participating in baby themed games and fill up on delicious food and sweet treats. Remember to get tons of photos of all your guests and appoint a close friend or family member to write down gifts along with the name of the person who brought it so you may send out thank you cards. It’s always also a nice gesture to send your hosts a thank you card, small gift or flowers to thank them for planning what you will always remember as the perfect shower.

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To share your baby shower and the PinkBlush dress you choose, please email media@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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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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