For those of us who are pregnant, this is one new year that won’t come with that pesky resolution to lose weight. That being said, we aren’t completely out of the woods. Exercise during pregnancy is not only helpful for maintaining a healthy pregnancy weight, it’s also great for managing stress and for strengthening. One of our favorite trainers, Tracy Anderson, recently released her latest fitness system: The Pregnancy Project. Featuring nine DVDs, this fitness regimen is tailored to the needs and constraints of each month of pregnancy. We may not look like Gwenyth Paltrow immediately after giving birth but regularly using this set is sure to help us feel a little more comfortable and a lot more confident.
Q: I am expecting my first child in March 2013 and I’m completely overwhelmed with how much maternity clothes are out there! I don’t want to buy too much and end up not using it so I’m looking for staples that I can wear now and maybe during the next pregnancy if we decide to have another child. What are your suggestions for must have maternity wear that will last the entire season?
A: The good news is that there are so many options for maternity wear these days but you’re right, it can be overwhelming. I suggest starting your shopping list with the items that you tend to wear everyday when you’re not pregnant. Do you need suits and dresses for work? Or do you need more casual wear like sweaters, jeans and nice tops? The other factor in making your maternity wear shopping list is to put comfort and function over fashion. Over the course of the nine months, you will continue to grow and this is especially true in your third trimester where many women prefer to forgo any clothing item (such as jeans) that cinches their growing tummy. Often times you can find styles like tunic tops and maxi dresses that aren’t maternity will still fit you and you can also wear through the “fourth trimester” as the baby weight begins to shed. The maternity wardrobe staples I recommend including skinny jeans with an elastic belly panel, a classic tunic shirt and wrap dress, have taken me from my first pregnancy to my third in timeless style and comfort and I truly hope they do the same for you.
After most surgical procedures, you come home to rest, recuperate and get pampered by your loved ones. After a c-section, on the other hand, it’s a whole different story. There’s another (helpless) person in the equation who needs even more care despite the fact that you’ve undergone major surgery. There’s no getting around the soreness and discomfort but both Czela Bellies and C-Panty are on your side. Very much like traditional panty styles, both brands include materials like silicone and padding that treat your incision and add a layer of protection between that area and clothing. You may not be able to take it easy but a post c-section panty may keep you comfortable during those first few months.
The same hormones that create that coveted “pregnancy glow” can actually backfire for some of us (myself included). Instead of a fresh, clear face, we wind up with blemishes, cystic acne and/or melasma. Worst of all, the usual skincare treatments are often considered iffy, if not completely unsafe, to use for these skin problems when you’re expecting. Developed by mothers with the guidance of dermatologists, OBGYNs and industry experts, Amalou Skin is one of the first and only “maternity-conscious” skincare lines. Without salicylic acid, retinoids, hydroquonine, benzoyl peroxide and other typical no-no chemicals and ingredients, the Amalou Skin line gently exfoliates, detoxifies, moisturizes and treats your skin safely before, during and after pregnancy. To read more about the line or to order, visit AmalouSkin.com.
A few weeks ago we told you about Citrus Lane, the monthly subscription service that delivers new parent care packages to your door. Because of the popularity of this model, the market is literally exploding with new, fun subscription service companies. Some of the coolest are tailored specifically for parents and kids. Perfect for upcoming cold, snowy days, Kiwi Crate is a service that delivers parent-designed, kid-tested kids’ craft and project-filled boxes right to your door for less than $20 per month. And for expecting and new moms, Bluum delivers project discovery boxes with 4 or 5 deluxe samples each month. Try the products, then order through the company’s online shop. You never know what specific projects and products will show up but that’s just half the fun.
Once you know you are pregnant, the thought of maternity clothes shopping practically pops to mind. For better or worse, though, most maternity apparel is not designed to fit during that awkward stage when your pre-pregnancy clothes are tight but before you have a noticeable bump. That’s one reason why products like the Belly Belt are so popular. Featuring the combination of a waistband belt and stretchy fabric panel, the Belly Belt is a smart buy for those of us looking to wear our regular pants and jeans well into the second trimester. And since you are likely to change sizes frequently, the Belly Belt Combo Pack comes with three panels and four belts.
You just found out you’re having a baby and are beyond thrilled to chronicle every moment of the baby’s growth in the womb — but how can you translate that to a scrapbook? Thanks to The Mommy Measure, moms-to-be everywhere are now able to capture precious growth moments on a measuring tape that measures your belly circumference. The kit comes with heart stickers to place on the measuring timeline the date and week that you measure yourself so that you can remember how big baby was at that moment in time. After the baby is born, you can also use it to measure and chronicle their height. Great for first time moms or to compare for second and third pregnancies!
The Mustela Bebe line has always been concerned with safety - it was tested by dermatologists, hypoallergenic, and alcohol free. However, the line was reformulated to be free of parabens, pthalates, and phenoxyethanol.
Also reformulated is the Mustela 9 Months collection, designed for the needs of expectant moms. The line includes such products as Stretch Marks Double Action, Instant Comfort Legs, Specific Support Bust, and Postpartum Body Restructuring Gel.
You have the diapers, wipes and onesies all lined up waiting for the arrival of your new baby but have you packed your hospital bag yet? Expecting moms are too busy getting everything ready for the baby that often you forget to pack the essential items that you’ll need to make your labor, delivery and recovery, pleasant and comfortable. Whether you’re having a C-section, being induced or waiting for the baby to arrive on its own timetable, have your bag packed and ready to go with these essentials. In addition to the items listed here, don’t forget your cameras, video cameras, cell phones, a book or magazine, and your favorite snacks for post-delivery!
For the hospital room, pack comfy socks and a robe (it’s cold in there): KN Karen Neuburger Polka Dot Lounge Socks, $15, at karenneuburger.com and Super Soft Long Robe, $49.50, at victoriassecret.com
Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Now it’s time to shop for the essentials that will keep you and baby comfortable during the next nine months. From pretty pajamas to a stylish water bottle, all of our essential picks will last you from pregnancy and beyond.
For all the extra time you’ll spending in bed: Moody Mamas Maternity Pajama Set, $98, at nordstrom.com
To stay hydrated: KOR ONE BPA-Free Hydration Vessel, $29.90, at amazon.com
To make you look and feel stylish: Paige Premium Denim Maternity Stretch Jeans, $202, at nordstrom.com
For snack time: Bellybar by NutraBella, $12, at giggle.com
To help you sleep comfortably: Body Pillow, $9.99, at target.com
To remember: The Pregnancy Journal, $13.57, at amazon.com
Nursing moms can finally enjoy a drink with everyone else thanks to Mamatini. An all natural, organic herbal infusion drink designed and approved by pediatricians, Mamatini is made with herbs like fenugreek and fennel that help stimulate the production of milk and help relieve baby’s colic symptoms. Recommended for nursing women and expectant moms of at least 36 weeks, the ginger-mint flavored drink also has essential vitamins A, B, C and D, folic acid, chamomile and ginger to help ease upset stomachs and promote a restful sleep for both mom and baby. Bottoms up!
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