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Jan 18, 2022
Whether you’re that person charting your periods and taking prenatals a year in advance, or you just about fell over when you saw those two pink lines appear, you’ve probably got some questions. One of the first that comes to mind is: how do I have a healthy pregnancy?
It’s true that pregnancy can come with *a lot* of anxiety. You’ve never done this before. If you’re lucky enough to sleep through the night, that’s amazing. But for many of us, we’re up at 2 AM ruminating over a million “why ifs.”
What is the best prenatal vitamin? How much do I eat for two? Will my belly button ever pop back in? Is my face wash safe? Can I sleep on my back? Should I stop exercising now that I'm pregnant? Will I ever sleep again?
As soon as you answer one question, another arises. While we can’t promise you won’t consult Dr. Google every chance you get, we can help get you started on the right track. There are some evidence-based right and wrong ways to do this pregnancy thing, and fortunately most of them are low lift. Here are some key things you can do to stay healthy during pregnancy, according to the experts.
You might experience some pretty intense fatigue in the first trimester, then the second trimester balances things out with bursts of energy that keep you nesting into the wee hours. You might find yourself 24 weeks along, itching to paint the living room ceiling and replant your flower beds (yup, it happened). But then tiredness creeps back in and by the end of the third trimester, it looks a lot more like exhaustion.
Getting enough sleep is important right up until childbirth. A study published in the journal of Neurobiology of Stress showed that loss of sleep even in the final week of pregnancy can increase a mom’s stress level, hinder immune function of the placenta, and impact the level of kynurenic acid in your baby’s brain, which can disrupt neurodevelopment… yikes.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep, especially when the chance will soon disappear into thin air (just ask any new mama). And if pregnancy insomnia, aches, and pains are getting the best of ya, there are some amazing mama-safe products that actually work.
That notorious pregnancy glow is a *very* real thing. No bronzer necessary. You surprisingly have your heart to thank… your blood volume is boosted by up to 50 percent when you’re pregnant. That being said, not every expecting mama feels like Halle Berry. You might find your skin is oilier or dryer, and you can chalk that up to hormones like progesterone and estrogen. As a result, acne similar to your teenage years may rear its ugly head. These issues pose no risk to your baby, but the skincare products you use to treat them certainly can. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy like parabens, sulfates, retinoids, and more.
Some women may also experience melasma—aka the “mask of pregnancy.” It occurs when the melanin in your skin reacts with all that progesterone you’re producing. The result? Brown spots may appear on your face and body (fun fact: it’s the same reason why your areolas turn darker and you get that line trailing down your belly). The good news? Melasma also poses no risk and often fades post-delivery. If you want to stay on top of it though, Pipette’s pregnancy-safe brightening mask can help.
If you were active before pregnancy, it’s a good idea to keep it up as long as your provider says it’s safe. And if you weren’t—no judgement—just check in with your midwife or doctor first before jumping into a brand new routine.
As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to choose activities that have a low risk of falling or injury. Avoid planks, pushups, crunches, or any movement that puts extra pressure on the pelvic floor. And be especially mindful of your movements due to the release of a hormone called relaxin. It helps your tendons and joints expand… totally necessary for childbirth, but not so helpful when it comes to avoiding injury.
Increased blood flow to specific parts of the body has some pretty great perks: vibrant skin, lush locks, more pleasurable sex. On the flip side, as your uterus grows and places more pressure on the vena cava, circulation can slow. This leads to lower blood oxygen levels, poorer sleep, and yes, cankles. Regular exercise can help offset these side effects, and it doesn’t have to be too intense. Taking daily walks or hitting up that prenatal yoga class can do wonders. And if you don’t want to leave the house, here are some quick pregnancy-safe exercises you can try.
If you’ve never cared about your pelvic floor before, you might after pushing out a baby. Pelvic floor disorders involve more than incontinence and diastasis recti (aka ab separation). They can come with varied symptoms like constipation, hemorrhoids, and pain during intercourse. See why we want to prevent this?
What can you do to avoid pelvic floor damage during pregnancy? We’re glad you asked :) We already told you to nix the ab workouts, and you should also make use of our Pregnancy Support Belt to help relieve some of the pressure your uterus is putting on those organs down below.
Try to gain an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy at a steady rate. Be mindful when getting up from seated or lying down positions. Practice pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels and pelvic tilts. Last but not least, remember that your pelvic floor is more delicate during the postpartum months. Give yourself enough time to heal internally—even if you feel and look good externally—before jumping back into exercise or lifting more weight than your baby.
Does it seem impossible to empty your mind right now? Welcome to mamahood. If you’ve never meditated before, now would be a great time to try.
A study published in the journal of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology notes that mindfulness practices can help reduce anxiety, depression, and stress during pregnancy, which may continue to benefit you postpartum. While we know meditation is good for your mental health, that doesn’t make it any easier to find the time. Luckily, the Expectful App features meditations for every stage of pregnancy and has ones you can do in 5 mins or less.
Can’t get into meditation no matter how hard you try? You’re not alone. Some people can’t visualize with their eyes closed or fall asleep every time they try. The end goal is relaxation, but there’s no right way to get there. Try paying attention to the feeling of your feet on the ground as you walk, listening to your favorite music, taking a sitz bath, or even cleaning. It’s all about being in the moment and letting go of what you can’t control—something you’ll get to practice *a lot* when you become a parent :)
So is your babe. The food you ingest flavors their amniotic fluid, giving them an early start on developing their palate. If you aren’t consuming dense nutrition regularly, your body will pull from your nutrient stores to give babe what they need.
Battling morning sickness—which isn’t just in the mornings btw—can make following dietary guidelines a pretty brutal task. Roughly 70 percent of pregnant women struggle with some degree of “morning” sickness, making it super important to slip in nutrient-dense foods where you can.
If solids aren’t cutting it, sip on bone broth and teas that are packed with a boatload of nutrients, such as Rae’s Roots Expecting Mama Tea, which contains red raspberry leaf, ginger, and lemongrass. Earth Mama’s Morning Wellness Tea is another great option we love.
Anemia during pregnancy is a very real thing, but the thought of downing organic organ meats a few times a week might make you feel sick. Here’s our hack: sneak ‘em in by pureeing raw meats and freezing them in an ice cube tray. When you make chili, tacos, spaghetti—anything well-masked by sauces or ground meats—toss a few frozen cubes into the mix. You won't taste them, and you and babe will reap *all* the benefits.
Speaking of nutrients… who knew choosing a prenatal vitamin would be such a big deal? If you’ve looked online recently, you’ll find a version for everyone. Vegans are covered. Those with MTHFR gene mutations know where to find their methylfolate. And even the moms with severe morning sickness can find gummy and liquid versions they can stomach. How’s a girl supposed to choose? And which brand is the best?
Here’s our advice: focus less on the brand and more on the nutrition label. The FDA doesn’t approve supplements—and believe it or not, prenatal vitamins still fall under this category. Make sure you’re aware of the critical mineral components prenatal vitamins should include, and be sure to discuss your individual needs with your doctor.
You may need more than just one daily pill to maintain a healthy pregnancy. If you’re anemic, you might need an additional iron supplement, and most prenatal vitamins do not include DHA leading many moms to seek it out other ways such as in food sources or cod liver oil.
If you want to feel prepared for the months and years ahead, nothing will resolve your anxiety and Google-induced insomnia as much as knowing the facts. The more you understand what is happening inside your body and what to expect during all those prenatal appointments, the more at ease you will feel around the entire process.
If you’re someone who loves to control and micro-manage everything, this inclination might lead you to think you need to prep your body for labor. The truth is our bodies hold the wisdom—they’ve been managing to do this thing mostly on their own for centuries. So when you’re in tune with the natural experience your body is going through, you can sit back and enjoy the journey. There are always exceptions to the rule, but most of these nine months should run on autopilot, and your body merely needs your support.
Staying healthy during pregnancy starts with nourishing your body with a variety of nutrient-rich foods and maintaining a steady weight gain. Don’t forget your prenatal vitamins and try to exercise regularly even if it’s just firing up a podcast and going on a walk. Weave in meditation or other mindfulness techniques throughout the day, and don’t stress about things that are out of your control. Your mental health translates to your physical health, and a healthy mama makes for a healthy babe. Lean on your friends, family, and practitioners for support, and if you’re ever looking for additional resources, guidance, or product recs, we got you.
Jan 12, 2022
By Peri Hughes, Pre & Postnatal Exercise Expert, Founder of PH Method
Let’s face it: mom life is hectic. Throw in working from home, and it can feel like an uphill struggle to find time to work out. We all know the physical benefits of maintaining a consistent exercise routine, but doing it regularly is also a huge mood booster with more and more studies highlighting the immense mental health benefits. If you’re a new mom, you know how important it is to do something just for you, and moving your body also helps maintain a healthy pregnancy before your baby is born.
Just because movement is super beneficial for you and your life right now doesn’t mean it’s easy or convenient—but the good thing is every bit counts! Since I know you’ve already got your hands full, here are some tips I give my pre/postnatal clients to help them squeeze it in…ones I picked up from my own journey as a mama of two.
Sprinkle in bite-sized movement breaks throughout your day
When it comes to working out, it doesn’t need to be all or nothing. In fact, doing something—even if it’s for less than 5 minutes—is far more beneficial to your overall health than doing nothing at all.
Here are a few of my favorite “Exercise Snacks.” Try incorporating them throughout your daily activities to give your body and mind a refresh.
1. Countertop Push Ups: Every time you head to the kitchen to refill your water bottle, perform a set ~ Repeat 8-10x
2. Plank To Downward Dog: WFH? Break up your Zoom meetings and give your spine some TLC with this energizing flow ~ Repeat 6-8x
3. Lunge To Chair: Cooking dinner? Try this flow while you’re waiting on the water to boil for the ultimate thigh burn ~ Repeat 8-10x on each side.
Set some boundaries around your precious “me time”
Time management is key when you’re a busy mama. You’ll want to schedule in your workouts like you plan your kids’ playdates or doctor's appointments. Put them in your calendar as a weekly reminder to make working out a priority.
We often underestimate the time it takes us to do things—and that's when tasks like working out fall further and further down the list. Be realistic and hold yourself accountable when blocking off time to move (e.g., how long do you *really* need to get ready? how much recovery time should you have before jumping into your next activity?). Remind your family that you’re off limits during this time—aka no distractions. These are small steps that can go a long way in keeping you on track and consistent with your weekly commitments to yourself.
There’s so much to choose from—from Peloton to at-home Barre classes
One silver lining from the pandemic and the transition to WFH life has been the incredible rise of digital workout content. You can enjoy a whole host of fantastic classes from experienced instructors while your baby’s sleeping or your kids are playing in the next room.
On demand workouts were practically made for busy moms…from quick 10 to 30-minute burns to the ability to hit pause when your little one calls out for a snack. Here are some of my favorites for pregnant/postpartum moms:
• PH Method: Of course, I love this workout since I created it! With hundreds of classes you can take from anywhere (barre, mom and baby, postpartum recovery, and more…), my signature prenatal class “Train Like a Mother” was designed to help you feel strong throughout pregnancy while preparing the body for labor. Sign up for a 7-day free trial!
• Luna Mother Collective: I love to unwind with their on demand yoga classes and guided meditations, but they also offer a whole host of workshops, parenting resources and workouts catered to the new and expectant mother.• Fit Pregnancy Club: Their mission is that you should never have to modify a workout because you’re expecting, and I loved taking their strength-building classes from the comfort of my home when I was pregnant with my son, Sebby.
It’s important as parents to model the behavior we want to see in our kids
Peri’s son, Sebby, getting in on the fun
Taking care of our bodies and dedicating time to move regularly is showing our children that we value working out for both our physical and mental health. We’re modeling exercise as a celebration of what our bodies can do, rather than punishment.
Invite your kids to join in when you are working out. Get creative and tell a story around the moves you’re doing or turn it into a game. Yoga is a great form of exercise you can easily translate and make appropriate for kids. Calling out positions like ‘Tree Pose’ and ‘Aeroplane’ and having your kids follow along makes exercise fun for the whole family!
To elevate your experience and make you *want* to show up and work out
It can be as simple as lighting a candle to fill your workout space with a scent you love or changing into some workout clothes that make you feel amazing. When you’re pregnant or newly postpartum, it becomes even more important to choose activewear that’s comfortable, breathable, and easy to move in. Look for fabrics that feel soft against your newly sensitive skin and styles that support your growing bump like Ingrid+Isabel’s Crossover Panel Leggings.
The same goes for post-workout…perhaps you give yourself some extra time to stretch or foam roll your tired body, or refuel and treat yourself to a delicious snack or post-class coffee. It’s all about creating that environment that gets you excited about working out, one that you’ll choose to replicate over and over again.
Whether you’re preparing for baby’s arrival, still planning your life around 3-hour increments, or juggling an infant and a toddler, you’re probably busier than you’ve ever been. But the truth is, movement is medicine and as a sleep-deprived mom, it’s something you can totally benefit from. It’s all about figuring out a system that works for you and making it a priority. Remember it’s not all or nothing, mama…you got this.
Peri Hughes is a former dancer, master barre instructor, and certified pre/postnatal exercise specialist. Her experience with her first pregnancy moved her to launch PH Method, an evidence-based workout designed to support women on their journey from fertility to pregnancy and motherhood. Her efficient and pregnancy-safe classes help women prepare mentally and physically for the changes these big life transitions can bring. You can work out with Peri live in San Francisco or online anytime via her on demand workouts. For more information, visit phmethod.com
Jan 3, 2022 | What To Wear
You know that feeling after finishing a *really* good workout? There’s nothing better… plus that post-sweat-sesh glow is for real. And whether you live for a morning jog or that neighborhood yoga studio is your om away from home, the truth is that working out doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to stop just because you’re pregnant.
There are SO many reasons why making time to move your body during pregnancy is super important. We’re talking benefits like better sleep, a brighter mood, and improved energy levels. Need another reason? Working out consistently can help you recover more quickly after babe arrives… enough said. Even a daily walk can have a serious impact, with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommending 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week (that’s about 30 minutes, 5 days a week). Throw on your AirPods, fire up a podcast, and get moving. It might even turn into your favorite part of the day.
When it comes to staying active throughout pregnancy and beyond, a good workout wardrobe is key. As your bump grows and the rest of your body expands to make room, even those super stretchy leggings you once lived in will start squeezing you in all the wrong places. That’s where the best maternity activewear comes in. Comfortable, supportive, and designed to move with you, the right workout clothing really makes all the difference.
Lucky for you, active essentials are our specialty. We designed and patented pretty much the Rolls Royce of belly panels to keep your bump and back gently supported as you work out. After all, it’s one of the few things that you do for YOU, and you deserve to feel your best while doing it. So go ahead, schedule some gym time or book that prenatal class you’ve been eyeing… we’re sharing the best of the best clothing for your next workout.
A good legging or jogger is an activewear staple, and it’s even more important when you’re carrying all that extra weight around. You’ll want one that’s breathable, supportive, and can adapt to your growing bump so you don’t have to keep investing in a new pair. Here are three of our faves, with the first two featuring our beloved Crossover Panel®. Read on to see what makes it so good…
If you’re looking for a classic black legging with serious support, we’ve got just the thing. It’s topped with our Crossover Panel that supports the low back as your belly grows (bonus: it keeps you cool thanks to its low back design). And with moisture-wicking, four-way stretch fabric, there’s no more slipping, yanking, or chafing. It stays up whether you’re moving into your next yoga pose or heading out for a light run, and can be worn two ways to adapt as you do (with the panel folded down or up supporting the belly). It also features a zipper detail at the ankle for some studio-to-street versatility. Trust us: it’s the legging you need for pregnancy and beyond.
Sometimes a capri is just what you need, and this pair has all the benefits of our Active Legging with a cute cropped leg. Perfect for shorter mamas or when you’re looking for a little less leg coverage, this capri features the same beloved Crossover Panel to support your belly as it grows. And with our 4-way stretch fabric, you won’t find it riding up or slipping down. Super comfy, flattering, and designed to move with you through pregnancy and postpartum. For working out, thinking about working out, or just hanging out, she’s versatile just like her long-legged sister. And since we’re all about options, we also made a bike short and 7/8 version.
We call this jogger “ultimate” for a reason—it’s designed to do it all. Thanks to the softest, most versatile performance fabric, it provides all-day wear that easily transitions from workouts to errands. Topped off with a convertible belly panel that you can wear over or under, it’s the everyday piece you need for every stage of pregnancy plus postpartum, too. And in case you’re a sweatsuit kinda gal, we also made a matching pullover.
When your body is growing and changing by the day, an oversize tee won’t quite give you the support you need (and deserve!). The right workout top should be breathable, comfy, and bump-supporting. Luckily, we have more than a few options for you.
Going for a brisk walk or joining an outdoor workout class? This long sleeve tee was made for getting outside. It’s got everything you could want and need with moisture-wicking to keep you dry, a fitted silhouette, plus thumb holes at the cuffs to keep everything in place. We’re in love with the recycled stretch nylon fabric that’s got subtle ribbing for a textured look with plenty of stretch. Bonus: it’s OEKO-TEX® certified too (that means it’s been proven safe for you and babe).
This sleeveless version is perfect for those sweaty indoor workouts. It’s got the same textured ribbing and side ruching for a fitted look with great support. Plus the sustainable stretch fabric is moisture-wicking to keep you dry as you move. Might as well get one of each, in every color too!
For lower intensity workouts, a top that’s light, flowy, and breathable is the move. This one has it all, making it the perfect piece for prenatal yoga, barre, a walk, whatever. It’s constructed from a beyond soft and lightweight fabric with a criss-cross back detail. Oh, and it also features side slits so you stay comfy no matter which trimester you’re in. Black, white, striped, or tie-dyed by hand in Los Angeles, there’s no shortage of cute options. Chances are you’ll want to wear her even if your agenda doesn’t include working out…
Ask any of your nursing friends, tops with easy access are essential… and it’s surprisingly hard to find a workout top. That’s why we made this tank for easing back into movement while breastfeeding, and we also spent months getting the fit just right so you can wear it pregnant too. Breathable, bump-friendly, with a lot of bang for your buck, the double layered nursing design makes it a no brainer.
A supportive maternity sports bra is a MUST for any active mama, especially as your body starts producing milk and things start getting *real* heavy up there. It’s common to go up at least a cup size or two while you’re pregnant and nursing, and this is where really good support comes in.
Luckily, we have a whole bra shop of options, but for workouts you’re gonna want something full coverage, stretchy, supportive, and above all, comfortable. You should also avoid underwire styles while working out, and a sports bra with nursing access is a huge plus if you want a best of both worlds kinda thing… yep, we got that too.
We’ve been through pregnancy and postpartum a few times over, so we thought of everything when creating this medium-impact sports bra. It’s the comfy-yet-supportive unicorn of nursing bras in a stretchy, seamless rib fabric with removable padded cups. Plus with one-handed clips, feeding has *never* been easier. It’s a winner all around.
It’s officially chilly season, and that means maternity workout jackets and pullovers are a must for keeping warm. Of course, you could always wear your tried and true zip up, but it doesn’t really help if you can’t zip it allll the way up. Because babe wants some warmth too, we got a couple options for you…
This is the comfy pullover we made to go with our Ultimate Fold Down Jogger, but it really is a game-changing addition to any workout outfit. You can wear it before and after babe, with easy nursing access thanks to the functional half zip. Made of the same soft and versatile performance fabric, it’s got side rib panels to accommodate your growing bump and provides just the right amount of warmth for cooler temps.
Two words: Meghan Markle. Yes, she wore this sleek zip up out and about like a boss, but she also could have worn it to the gym and worked out like royalty. Like any good performance piece, it’s made from moisture-wicking and antimicrobial fabric, but it’s also got a convenient side zip so you can customize the fit as your belly grows. And because every mom needs a place to stash her stuff, zip pockets for the win.
Movement really is medicine—especially when you’re pregnant or *finally* coming out of that postpartum fog. A brisk walk, some restorative yoga, light stretching at home… it all helps contribute to a happy, healthy pregnancy and after. As a busy mom, you might not have a full hour to commit to working out, but every bit of time you take for you can make allll the difference.
And since you never know when you’ll be able to squeeze in your next workout, we’re all about styles that flex from active to everyday, that balance you and your nursing needs. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate all that your powerful body can do.
Nov 12, 2021 | GIFT GUIDE
Congratulations, future baby mama on your little bundle of joy! Pregnancy is a beautiful, powerful, incredible journey, and being a mom is a heck of a job. And if you’ve been there before, you know…despite the nausea, swollen feet, and can-never-get-comfy sleep positions, this is the time to take advantage of some R+R before joining the 3am club.
Whether you’re the future godmama, best friend, husband, partner, or co-worker, you’re probably wondering what kind of gift to get your favorite expecting lady friend. And while some mamas are on it, registry and all, here’s what they always seem to leave off the list: gifts for themselves (mama registry, anyone?).
Luckily, we did the heavy lifting for ya and promise not to make too much of a dent in your wallet *wink.* These options would also be great if you were making a holiday gift basket, or if you wanted to get her that gift you’ve been eyeing on her registry plus a little something something just for her.So sit back, relax, and browse through this list we put together of 15 amazing gifts for the pregnant mamas in your life. Go ahead and add your favorites to your bag while you’re at it. Your holiday shopping starts now.
Let’s start with some of our favorite MVPs to support her and her growing bump.
It’s hard to know what she *really* needs during pregnancy… but that’s what we’re here for, friend! This handy set of three best-sellers will help her transition easily in and out of her pre-preggo wardrobe (thank ya very much, Bellaband). Plus it includes our fan favorite seamless cami and stretch-with-you leggings that are uber-comfy and layer-friendly. Each is sold separately, but you can save $15 when you bundle all three together. This is what we like to call a no-brainer.
Motherhood is a full-on, 24/7 job, and it doesn’t matter what kind of mama you are: we *all* need our do-nothing time to regroup and recoup. Cue the comfy underpinnings...This lounge-worthy favorite is made out of softer-than-soft sustainable modal fabric (fun fact: it uses 20 percent less water than cotton!). And sure, she’d never dream about wearing a bra to bed pre-pregnancy, but times are a-changin’. The comfortable bottom band gives her growing breasts the support they need for a restful night’s sleep. Now that’s a holiday gift any expecting mom can get behind! Pair with the matching Mama Boyshort to gift her the full set.
This is our favorite “bow and go” skincare set for the lazy gifter (guilty as charged)... but in this case, easy peasy does not mean basic. Formulated with Pipette’s hero skincare ingredient squalane, this gift set of body wash, body lotion, and belly butter (plus an amazing exfoliating brush!), lets her *really* indulge in some me-time moments with good-for-her-skin ingredients. Even if she never cared about clean ingredients before, chances are she does now… and Pipette’s known for its plant-based, non-toxic performers. They also make a set for babe...such sweet and easy gifts for the whole fam! Consider your holiday gifting done.
Now this is a gift she probably doesn’t know she needs yet, but when her breasts grow from C to DDD in just a matter of months, trust us she’ll be thanking ya! At Ingrid+Isabel, we’re all about conserving what’s good and already working for you… and that means incorporating little hacks here and there to keep on wearing your pre-pregnancy clothes. These handy little bra extenders should be in every pregnant mama’s toolkit to keep her favorite bras on rotation. Two more inches of room? Yes please. Plus, it’s only $8 for six extenders (two nude, two black, and two white)... we know a nice little holiday gift add-on when we see one!
A gift to sleigh beanie season? We got two for ya. This set of matching chunky cable knit beanies will keep her and her little one’s heads nice and warm during the cold winter months. And practicalities aside, they’re both just so stinkin’ cute. ‘Lil babe with a giant pom pom on his head? Dying. And a bad hair day for mom? We don’t know her. #Twinning through all the seasons is our move.
Cozy, comfy, cool… this active pullover sweatshirt checks all the boxes and then some. It’s our favorite everyday essential for all the mamas out there who put the “m” in multitasking. Whether she’s lounging at home, running errands, or going on a run, this is the hoodie that’s up for anything. Best of all, it flexes from pregnancy to postpartum with a nursing-friendly half zip. Oh, and it’s made from recycled materials so Mother Earth approves too! Go all in and make it a set with the matching jogger pant. The future mama in your life will thank ya.
Pregnancy swelling is The. Worst. But these compression socks (along with lots of elevated feet time) will help her pull through. They’re medical grade with just the right amount of compression to help alleviate swelling, varicose veins, and promote healthy blood circulation. They’re also easy to put on and actually super cute… a huge compression sock win if ya ask us. We’ve been on the hunt for the best compression socks around, and these, gift givers, are it.
It’s officially chilly out, and all expecting moms deserve a cozy jacket that *actually* fits them (bumpin’ out in the cold = no bueno). This new-for-the-season sherpa is warm and weatherproof thanks to its genius 2-in-1 design. She can flip it inside out to stay warm and dry, with a waterproof outer shell and soft sherpa lining. Then it can be worn in reverse during dryer conditions for an on trend laid-back look. It’s that effortlessly cool closet staple that’s a fit for every trimester. Go ahead and add it to your cart already. #noregrets
Leggings and sweats probably aren’t in the trendy mama’s everyday rotation like the rest of us. But this pair of premium denim from Paige feels like the next best thing. With super-stretch fabric plus a comfy fit, they’ll take her through all nine months and still give her that elevated look she loves (see: straight leg silhouette). We love that the inset panels blend right into the under-the-belly waistband so she can even wear this pair with shorter tops. Basically it’s the anti-maternity maternity jean she didn’t even know she needed.
The gift of bling is always a good idea, and this dainty gold necklace easily sells itself. Especially for the expecting mama who likes a little bit of luxury in her life (*hint hint* hubs). We love that it’s 14k gold and handmade in California, with delicate “mama” script giving a low-key nod to her title. Pair it with a heartfelt note, and she’s guaranteed to shed happy tears. Now that’s how to holiday, fellas.
For overall mind and body wellness, we *really* believe in the power of skincare… especially during the time when a mama’s body is undergoing peak changes. And for as long as she’s still home to that tiny angel growing inside her, know that ingredients really do matter (they of course matter after too if you ask us!). This pregnancy belly oil is made with only the best botanicals to help her tackle dryness, tightness, itchiness, and stretch mark prevention. And in case that’s not gift-worthy enough for you, the formula’s got a blissful hint of rose and the glass bottle and gorgeous packaging is just waiting for a bow. Trust us on this one… her bump’s gonna love it. Read more about it here!
If you happen to sleep next to one, you know… 78 percent of pregnant women suffer from insomnia. But that’s exactly why 8 Sheep Organics came to be. Handcrafted by an expecting mama struggling to get shut eye, this 6-ingredient non-toxic sleepy lotion has helped thousands of moms fall (and more importantly stay) asleep. Powered by a pure magnesium blend, there’s even a version tailored for babies and toddlers, 3 months and up! You know what they say...the best gifts are the ones you get for yourself too.
We love this all-natural drink mix for the mama who misses her caffeine even more than wine (yes, she exists). It’s stimulant-free (aka safe for babe) and packed with plenty of vitamin B so it’s also a great choice for the mama who’s trying to conceive. It comes in convenient and travel-friendly packets that are naturally flavored for her watermelon fix. Plus the formula’s gluten-free and non-GMO. Don’t let her fool ya, growing a human is exhausting. We’re sure she’d appreciate a Premama boost.
A nice and longgg <100 degree bath is pregnancy wellness 101, and these magnesium-packed bath flakes are a no-brainer for any expecting mom. Containing 100% dead sea salt and nothing else, they are *made* for her moments of self-care. The high levels of magnesium can help relieve nausea, reduce stress, support sleep, and decrease muscle aches, which pregnancy is surely hitting her with plenty of right now! We love them for postpartum recovery too. The gift that keeps on giving!
‘Tis the season for her to sip on a warm cup of caffeine-free tea, and this organic blend turns the ritual into another moment of self-care for her (#cantstopwontstop). Formulated with red raspberry leaf...aka the woman’s herb...along with ginger and other body-boosting ingredients, it helps strengthen her immunity, fight nausea, and prepare her body for labor. Pair it with a personalized mug and you’ve got one *very* thoughtful gift on your hands. Easy peasy, amitrite?
For the mama-to-be on your nice list: you can’t go wrong with something cute and personal. Even though her ‘lil plus one’s currently along for the ride, chances are she’s still the same person who enjoys the same things. So if she’s a fashionista mama, wellness junkie, or your favorite gal to watch Netflix with, get her a gift that’s unique to her. The thoughtfulness is sure to melt her mama heart (and the pregnancy hormones help too!).
When in doubt, look for grow-with-you fits she can get more wear out of (e.g., pregnancy and postpartum-friendly). As for skincare and wellness, you can’t go wrong with keeping things simple (think clean ingredients that are pregnancy-safe). Throw a bunch of items together in a cute ‘lil basket and you’ve got the gift of pampering she’ll surely appreciate. And if you need even more inspiration, our holiday gift guide has ideas for every type of mom on your list.
Looking for gift ideas for a baby shower? Bookmark this page for year-round gifting. You can also bundle one or two things with a few of our new mama favorites for the perfect “it’s a mom!” gift.
Tell us which gift(s) you’re eyeing in the comments below. We’d love to know!
Motherhood is such a journey, and new mamas seriously deserve it all. You don’t know what you don’t know, and no matter how many books you read, it’s impossible to be prepared for what happens after babe arrives. From navigating all the changes that come with bringing a tiny human into the world (hellllloo team no sleep) to trying to create a new routine when routines feel impossible, those first few months can be SO hectic. Throw in post-birth recovery and breastfeeding and…. it’s a lot.
If there’s a new mom in your life and you’ve found yourself stumped in the holiday gifting department (ie: what to gift someone who’s literally trying to juggle it all), you’re not alone. Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge, but we’ve got ya covered. We know exactly what that time is like, which is why we put together a gift guide stacked with thoughtful gifts she’ll *actually* love.
A super cute nursing sweater she can wear from couch to grocery store? A postpartum bundle that’ll help her start to feel human again? These are just a few things on the list, because every new mama deserves a little something special (especially if that mama is YOU).
‘Tis the season to give mama what she really wants. We got her covered from nesting to nursing.
Two words: cozy AND functional. It’s a winning combination for the perfect gift and, when it comes to a postpartum wardrobe, absolutely key. Enter The Nest Dress: a wear-anywhere dream that’s so comfy, it’s like being wrapped in a robe all day. Whether she’s lounging on the couch with babe or hitting up the grocery store, she’ll feel good and look even better. Major bonus points for a V-neck that makes nursing anywhere easy. What more could you ask for?? This dress is a must-have.
What’s a nursing cover, an infinity scarf, a car seat cover, and a high chair cover all in one?? This multi-use cover from Copper Pearl. We’re obsessed, and we know she’ll be too. When the fabric is this good (soft, dreamy, and beyond durable), you know it’s something she’ll keep for years and years. Whether she’s taking babe to a checkup or breastfeeding on the go, this scarf provides the coverage they need to feel right at home. Not to mention, it makes the perfect sun slash don’t-touch-my-babe shade, and easily folds for storage in her purse or diaper bag. If you’re looking for that dream gift, this absolute mama must will have you thinking “nailed it!”
Sure, nursing is magical… but it can do a number on your nipples, with soreness being a super common problem for many new moms. There’s good news, though: relief is definitely possible, and we’re huge fans of these reusable nursing cups. They’re made of real silver and hand-crafted in Italy (bougie, we know). Plus they’ve got all the things she’s looking out for (we’re talking antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, AND anti-inflammatory). We love cups like these for sensitive skin since they effectively combat cracks without creams. All she has to do is slip them on between feedings for complete feel-good relief. Basically #magic. Sounds like a pretty good gift? We think so. Learn more about ‘em here.
Because the gift of feeling human again after you’ve just birthed one = priceless.
Those first few days home are such a whirlwind, and between caring for a brand-new babe and trying to make sense of so many physical and emotional changes, it can be hard to even know what day it is. The perfect gift for a mama who basically *just* welcomed babe is a little something-something that can help her feel human again, and this bundle has exactly what she needs. A soothing herbal sitz bath does wonders for swelling while a must-have peri bottle supports her healing, and soft and stretchy mesh undies accommodate her changing body. Anyone who’s given birth knows these are absolute postpartum ESSENTIALS.
This belly band is a total. game. changer. Like, for real. It’s all about comfortable support and features a multi-layer design that smooths and shapes beneath her clothing and loosens as her body adjusts to its new normal. No slipping and sliding here, this band has great compression and stays put through it alllll (from feeding to playing to cuddling) to give her the support she truly needs. This is a really good option for your holiday gifting, as she’s bound to love it… just ask our moms.
Holiday helpers for her sore nursing nips… aka the gifts that keep on givin'!
Just ask any mama: pregnancy and postpartum takes skin through it all. From irritation and dryness to cracked nipples, the struggle is real. And in the search for the right remedy, so many of the treatments out there say they’re “natural,” but are actually packed full of harmful ingredients that we’d never recommend. Good thing we made our own. Made with only five 100% organic, plant-based ingredients, this balm makes such a good gift because you can trust that it’s completely safe for mama and babe (no need to wash off before nursing!). Relief is on the way real quick, all she has to do is slather it on anywhere she needs a little extra nourishment. Pro tip: it also makes a great lip balm and cuticle treatment! Read all about it here.
Out of all of the things a new mom could use postpartum, a nursing bra is one of those can’t-live-without items. It’s like a water bottle by her bedside: essential. This one’s not only cute and comfy with adjustable straps, soft pull-aside cups, and a stretchy underband, but it’s also made with breathable cooling fabric. This means she’ll stay cool AND dry thanks to built-in cooling materials, active wicking, and rapid drying. Sound like a dream? It is. Not to mention it’s OEKO-TEX® certified, a super strict standard that ensures the fabric is free from harmful chemicals and completely safe to wear. The search for the perfect nursing bra ends here.
If she’s up feeding every three hours, she’s gonna need another nursing bra at the very least. This one from Bravado is so cute, it just might remind her of her fave pre-babe number. Made with Petal-Soft™ fabric, cozy modal lining, and feminine crossover styling, it’s got wear-all-day appeal with serious functionality. Plus with three sleek options to choose from (a blush pink, a statement black, and a cool watercolor design), you’re sure to find one she’ll love. So long, ugly nursing bras!
However much you know about breastfeeding before babe is born, it’s really a learn-as-you-go process. A lot of different challenges can pop up, from clogged ducts to issues with milk flow, all things she might not have anticipated. Thankfully, this lactation massager can be a major help, and it was created with the help of certified lactation consultants. Rechargable, shower-safe, and made from medical-grade silicone, this massager helps with everything from stimulating milk flow to relieving clogged ducts and engorgement while nursing or pumping. It’s also super easy-to-use and easy-to-transport, so she can spend more of her energy bonding with babe. For massage + heat (aka easier letdowns), try gifting La Vie’s warming pads.
The gift of R+R, and looking good doing it. Because every mama deserves a little lounge in her life...
Super soft fabric? Flattering fit? Check and check. Sweatpants are great and all, but this lounge set really takes the cake. Not only is it ridiculously comfy and made with one of the most sustainable fibers out there, it’s also incredibly versatile. Sleep in it, wear it to movie night on the couch, or layer it with a cardi for a day spent running errands… you really can’t go wrong. And with a shirred waistband, built-in cups, and easy clips for nursing, we thought of everything. Go ahead, give mama the gift of cozy.
What serves vacation vibes without the plane ticket and keeps mama lookin’ totally cute at the same time? This luxuriously soft robe. With those sleepless nights, she deserves to be pampered, and a robe is JUST the thing. This one is perfect for breastfeeding (talk about easy access for babe!), and looks great by itself, with her fave pair of PJs (or the lounge set above *hint hint*)… Chances are she’ll never want to take it off, and who could blame her? We’d like to feel like we’re at the spa all day, too.
Well, well, well….doesn’t this look cozy. New mamas deserve to feel cute too, and the only thing better than a soft cowl neck sweater is one that ALSO has the perfect crossover detail to make nursing and pumping easy. To us, this piece is perfect for that first time seeing friends or grabbing a coffee out after babe (ugh, the sweet taste of coffee shop espresso), and it easily transitions from pregnancy to postpartum and beyond. So good, your closet will thank you (and you’ll wish it was always sweater weather).
Don’t think we forgot mama’s tiny angel! These are a few of our favorite hospital-to-home gifts for babe.
There’s no moment quite as special as bringing babe home for the very first time, and she’ll want to pack something soft and simple in her hospital bag. This ethical set, made with 100% organic cotton and non-toxic dyes, is just the thing for her little one’s sensitive skin. The sweet footie, hat, and tiny mittens are sooo cute and perfect for the memorable trip from hospital to home, where they can start settling into their new chapter as a family. It also comes in pink + blue!
Every mama wants the best for her babe, especially when it comes to caring for their sensitive newborn skin. With clean ingredients she can really trust (her first moments home shouldn’t be spent worrying about what’s safe!) and no fragrance, these essentials have our highest seal of approval. Plus this kit has absolutely everything she needs, including a soft cotton wash cloth, shampoo and wash, oil, lotion, balm, and wipes -- all sustainable, dermatologist-tested, and loved by parents everywhere. This is exactly what skincare should be.
While we’re dishing out our favorite clean essentials for babe, we’ve gotta take a minute to mention this gentle bedtime lotion made by moms. If her bundle of joy is 3 months old or older, this lotion just might become one of her favorite products. 100% organic and crafted with some serious ingredient superstars like vitamin E, goat’s milk, and lavender essential oil, this formula helps little ones fall and stay asleep while easing growing pains and protecting against things like eczema and cradle cap. We’d say this is a gift both mama and babe can get behind.
The transition to motherhood is a big one and new moms honestly don’t get enough credit. However you spin it, bringing a babe into the world is a pretty life-altering experience packed with surprises around every corner. This holiday season, you shouldn’t have to spend time stressing about what to get the new mama in your life (or wondering if she’ll *actually* like whatever you’re getting her). Whether she’s JUST made it home from the hospital, or has passed those first 40 days, she’s guaranteed to love one of these thoughtful gifts. I mean, what mama wouldn’t appreciate something that helps her manage those sleepless nights or stay comfy while nursing? Nothing says “you’ve got this” more.
Want to make your holiday gift a little extra special? Consider adding a thoughtful hand-written note to show her you’re here for her as she navigates this new chapter. Or, bundle one or two with a few expecting mama faves and create a ‘lil gift basket for a pregnant friend.
Which gift(s) are you eyeing for the mamas in your life? Tell us in the comments below!
Nov 12, 2021 | What To Wear
This holiday, show off the greatest gift of all with our favorite festive and bump-friendly styles. For all the expecting mamas, we’ve curated a list of our most special pieces that make a statement without sacrificing comfort — and we’re not talking about mumus. Let’s face it, we all want to look and feel our best… and be obviously Insta-ready. #sorrynotsorry
From maxi dresses and jumpsuits to lustrous satin skirts, we’re giving you the gift of options, and taking the stress out of your seasonal wardrobe. Whether you’re hosting, attending, naughty, or nice, read on for our most-loved styles that will make you want to treat yourself — ‘tis the season after all.
From the morning parade to second servings of your favorite dish (hello, stuffing), these fall-forward dresses are as stylish as they are comfy… aka food coma-friendly. This season, we’re indulging in pumpkin pie, autumnal hues, and versatile silhouettes. So, go on — go all out.
We’re all about elevated neutrals this fall… and this golden brown maxi will not only enhance your glow, it’ll keep you cool and comfy in 100% cotton (hey, pregnancy hormones). Featuring a smocked bodice, flowy skirt, and puffed long sleeves, this stunning off-the-shoulder piece will have you feasting this year in comfort and style. Bump appetit!
We’re busting out the high neckline, smocked bodice combo (think vintage-y fashion, but make it cute). Stylish and sustainable with 100% TENCEL™ fibers, bring a pop of color to the dinner table with this dusty-blue midi dress. The pilgrims could never.
Designed with discreet twist-front nursing access, this moody and functional dress is our move for a hassle-free holiday. We love that the high neckline and long sleeves keep it warm, even when it’s cold as... Layered fabric is one of our favorite ways to make an outfit elevated — and in this case, it’s the secret to your brother-in-law not knowing you’re nursing.
Our favorite ways to dress the part this season? Play with texture, prints, and bust out the no-frill jumpsuit… and invest in pieces you can wear before *and* after babe. We love how layered fabric or a handy zipper can turn any outfit into a nursing staple. Style tip: channel your inner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and add a neutral-colored trench coat to these pieces for some extra warmth. So chic.
It’s officially mocktail season, and this statement-makin’ maxi is ready to get the party started. It’s light, festive, and twirl-friendly… all our favorite adjectives. Made from 100% recycled materials, it’s also turning trash into this year’s holiday treasure. Let the good times roll.
Nothing screams “holiday” like head-to-toe velvet. With an adjustable waist, this jumpsuit is stretchy enough for the bump and polished enough for dinner with the in-laws (good luck, by the way). Pair it with low heels for an elevated look, or throw on some sneakers for a more low-key vibe.
Designed with a nursing friendly snap-down front, this midnight blue jumpsuit is one of our fave picks for winter. Made from 100% cotton gauze, it’s both soft and breathable — aka you won’t be sweating bullets under that winter coat. The adjustable sash is the real holiday star here; tighten it up for a more defined look and adjust the sash as your belly (or your dinner plate) grows.
Keep it casual with this nursing friendly, zip-front jumpsuit. All black with just a touch of gold, consider this number your laid-back holiday staple. Functional enough for daytime grocery-runs and elevated enough for your evening agenda, a good jumpsuit like this one is an absolute essential.
A timeless classic that’s perfect for any holiday event? The little black dress, duh. Fitting for a holiday party or festive dinner date, you can’t go wrong with these elegant picks from us and our favorite brands. Dress ‘em up with statement jewelry, or down with your favorite winter boots. Read on for a few LBDs you can’t go wrong with this season.
Flirty, festive, and flattering as elf, this sleeveless LBD with a subtle slit brings the heat this winter. Designed with discreet side zippers for nursing accessibility, you’ll be living in this piece throughout and post-pregnancy. It’s great for every season to come, but the soft ribbed fabric makes it winter perfection.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday magic with butter-like EveryWear fabric: our softener-than-soft, breathable everyday fabric that resists wrinkling and fading. Sexy and snug, show off the bump with this sleek bodycon that’ll take you from day to night. Don’t blame us if this piece gets you knocked up again.
Another closet staple for your seasonal wardrobe? This structured tunic dress with a v classy V-neckline. Style this LBD with an ornamental necklace, sheer tights, and a coat to be winter-ready and chic as heck. Made from recycled polyester that helps keep plastic out of landfills, the EveryWear Tunic is a dress to get down with.
Ya know what makes back-to-office more bearable? A good outfit… and nothing screams profesh quite like a classic B+W print. Working mamas, we’ve got you covered with these work and office party-friendly looks that’ll have you illuminating the workplace with styles *almost* as merry as your prenatal glow. Sleigh queens, sleigh.
Add a little somethin’ to your office wardrobe this holiday season with muted florals and a feminine neckline featuring a cheeky keyhole detail. Thoughtfully designed with invisible zippers for easy nursing access, you’ll be living in this midi dress that’s fitting for all stages of winter and motherhood. Yes, she’s a multitasker just like you.
A shirt dress is essentially a socially-acceptable nightie, and we’re ALL about it. Lean into comfort this holiday season with this white-speckled number — wear it on its own, or with tights for warmth. Not to mention, the button-down design takes the stress out of nursing or pumping no matter where you are (hopefully it’s not your office closet).
Last but most certainly not least, we’re all about pairing an elevated and functional midi skirt with below-zero-friendly tops this winter. While dresses and jumpsuits are effortless maternity options, reach for a sleek skirt and a warm sweater when you’ve exhausted your one piece winter wonders. While you can’t have wine this holiday season, you can have a kickass outfit. #ohjoy
Feminine and classic, we’re all about a satin moment for the holiday season. Bump-flattering and inherently festive, this lustrous skirt is so cute that even your pre-pregnancy clothes are jealous. Read on to make your outfit complete.
Black, soft, stretchy, and versatile — need we say more? Pair this long sleeve with Ripe’s Lexie Satin Skirt for a full-on flattering and sophisticated look. Style tip: Add a statement necklace to the scoop neckline for some extra holiday glam.
All the warm and fuzzies of the holiday season, wrapped up in one cardigan. Quintessential for opening presents, sipping on cocoa, or getting you through morning sickness, this wool-blend piece is an absolute winter essential. Trust us — you’ll be living in this piece until the New Year (and probably then, too).
Whether you’re dressing to the nines or queuing up a Christmas movie marathon at home, we’ve curated all our holiday season must-haves to keep you cute and comfy all winter long. From tasteful jumpsuits and dresses to festive skirts and cardigans, we’re all about combining luxurious yet accessible style for expecting mamas year ‘round — and especially amongst the holiday madness. Consider this your sign to hit “purchase”, send the wish list, and get the ‘gram.
Share your favorite looks, or let us know which pieces you’re eyeing in the comments below!
Nov 10, 2021 | What To Wear
A silver lining of this new normal we’re all living in is how it has changed the workforce. Today working from home is no longer a nice-to-have option. It’s more often the norm and comes with a lot of perks. No traffic, less gas, home cooked meals, and the best part?
Way comfier clothes
But this doesn’t mean you should show up for your morning Zoom in sweats every single day. We want you to feel cute, comfy, and definitely not frumpy (sayonara, tent dress). So we made some great “above the keyboard” options...designer speak...to bridge your two worlds. Clothes that are stylish enough to wear out, yet comfortable enough to hang in all day long.
Lucky for you, you get to work while growing that little miracle from the comforts of your own home. And as you’re well aware, when you’ve already got a tiny babe sitting on our bladder all day, the last thing you need is constricting clothing. But don’t you worry, mama...we have just the solution.
Biz on the top, party on the bottom
Since your pre-pregnancy work clothes either don’t fit you, your new lifestyle, or both, let’s get to work finding you a new WFH lineup. And of course your sweatpants can stay (your bump needs breathing room after all!). Pair ‘em with one of our new favorite tops made with the Zoom mama in mind, and this killer combo will leave you loving the work-from-home life even more.
Let’s check out some of our new fall pieces that put a comfy-yet-profesh twist on your new normal.
Whether you’re expecting or just had a babe, this blouse needs to be on your work-from-home rotation. Wear it as a peplum with the buttons in back when you’re preggo, then sport it as a nursing top once you’ve given birth (hence “before + after” in the name...clever, right?).
That’s because this reversible style converts as your body changes. The buttons go from stylish ‘lil back feature to allowing quick and easy nursing access when you wear them in front. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re suckers for a functional detail, and you just can’t go wrong with buttons.
This top is our go-to WFH option for feeding and bouncing babe. No wardrobe change necessary: just unbutton, nurse, re-button, then turn your camera back on. We love it as a maternity top too. The low peplum silhouette’s designed to elongate your pregnant torso. Two birds, one stone…it’s a best of both worlds kinda thing.
If you were a fan of the sweetheart neckline pre-pregnancy, you’re going to love it even more now. It gets our vote as the most flattering neck out there since it perfectly frames that gorgeous face of yours and shows more than just a hint of collarbone. The sweetheart neckline is also ideal for the Zoom world since it’s a trend that’s necklace-friendly, and it also makes a statement on its own.
We love the longer length of this top to drape your growing bump, and the rich pop of fall-inspired color for the webcam. And of course, we added buttons to this gal too. They’re not only an elongating feature, they’re our favorite stylish-slash-sneaky way to turn any top into a nursing-friendly staple. Remember, it’s about working smarter not harder, ladies. We all have a lot on our plates.
Our EveryWear fabric does it again with this oh so lovely top that checks all the boxes for comfort and style, especially when you’re working from home. The square neck, collarbone-friendly style flatters above the keyboard, and it has a beautiful drape to allow room for your belly to grow. The fabric is so lightweight that it magically never looks bulky—so consider this top a flattering choice for your postpartum wardrobe too (during + after...two birds, one stone...noticing a pattern here?).
We love the smocked bodice that’s so on-trend right now and our favorite excuse to go braless (another WFH perk...). Add growing a human to your resume and look stylish while you’re at it when you choose versatile work-from-home pieces like these.
And now, it’s time to find you a bottom so you don’t become that guy in the Folgers commercial. Like we said before, sweatpants have their place in your work-from-home wardrobe but maybe not the ones you’ve been rocking every single day since the pandemic began. So if you’re willing to give those go-to sweats a break or at least add in another option to your WFH rotation, we got a few fan favorites we’d like to tell you about...
Every great Zoom wardrobe needs a pant with PJ-level comfort without looking like you rolled out of bed. Our Relaxed Lounge Pant gets the job done whether you’re pregnant or just back in the WFH action. Plus she’s black and wide-legged…so chic.
This is a new-ish style from us, but moms are already loving it thanks to the relaxed fit around the hips, perfect for when you’re working from home. Plus the foldover waistband is key. Wear it over your belly for extra coverage or folded down to give your bump some more room. There’s no right or wrong way…that’s the beauty of dressing for Zoom!
Style tip: pair it with the During + After Reversible Top for a profesh on the top, loose/flowy on the bottom look.
We applaud those ladies that can go their entire pregnancies in leggings. And now that WFH culture is making the dream more of a reality, we recommend snagging this oh so buttery soft and stretchy pair (and maybe picking up a backup too—one to wash, one to wear).
We love The Fold Down Legging for Zoom check-ins, preschool pickup, and everything in between. The high-rise panel gives you the option to wear it up or folded down so it works great for all stages of pregnancy and postpartum.
When you’re clicking from meeting to meeting, pair this legging with our new Button Front Sweetheart Top, and you get the best of both worlds. Who said moms can’t have it all?!
If leggings aren’t your thing and you’re looking for a cozier bottom, The Knit Jogger Pant is the one for you. This casual style sits below the belly and is the perfect laid-back option to take your WFH lifestyle through all stages of pregnancy and postpartum.
We love this pair for home office to errands, and throwing them on with our new EveryWear Smocked Top for an “I’ve got my sh*t together” look on Zoom. Best of all, you can rotate tops from day to day and keep this comfy knit jogger on repeat and no one on your screen will ever know (don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us).
When you’re working from home, all the fashion “rules” go out the window. So as long as you’re Zoom appropriate on top, you’re free to lean on comfort all the way for the bottom. And remember comfy doesn’t have to equal frumpy. Instead, it's a fashion meets function kinda thing for making the most out of your situation.
And because a lounge-worthy wardrobe doesn’t mean anything without comfy underpinnings, choose a wireless bra (we’ve got some great options for nursing) and pair with some soft undies (like this pair that has built-in cooling!).
Even if your pants are giving you all the PJ vibes and making you want to curl up at your desk all day, don’t forget to take breaks between calls to get up and walk around (so important when you’re growing a babe!). May we even suggest taking a stroll around the block to show off that new top? Another great WFH perk...
That’s the amazing thing about working from home when you’re pregnant or nursing—it’s just that much easier to take care of yourself and babe when you cut out the commute. From morning sickness to pumping schedules and everything in between, the journey isn’t always easy or glamorous. Having the option to turn your camera off and do what you need to do is a total mom win...so is staying in your sweats all day!
Are you a WFH mama? Tell us in the comments below!
Oct 20, 2021 | What To Wear
While travel may have taken a back seat over the past year, more families are itching for a change of scenery and that means it’s time to get a move on as long as it’s safe (we’re looking at you, Delta variant). Whether you’re making holiday travel plans or want to get that babymoon in before giving birth, comfort and convenience are always top priorities when you’re traveling while pregnant or nursing on-the-go.
We picked a few of our favorite travel essentials to pack in your mama carry-on. Many of these are good for you and Mother Earth since they’re made with planet-friendly recycled materials. Let’s take a look at eight style and wellness essentials we’re loving these days for upcoming adventures. Bon voyage, ma!
This brand-new tank checks all the boxes when it comes to comfy/cute clothes to wear when you’re traveling while pregnant. It’s a pull-aside nursing and layering top constructed in our signature recycled EveryWear fabric. So soft and lightweight, we love it for feeding on the fly while dealing with unexpected letdowns. Thanks a lot, hormones.
The sustainable stretch fabric is leak-absorbing and resists stains so it’s our pick for postpartum. The relaxed silhouette also fits a pregnant bump so you can sit in a car, plane, or train all day and still stay comfy. It’s the top that keeps on giving (versatility is kind of our thing).
If you’re going with the EveryWear Wrap Tank for your next trip, might as well make it a whole look and get the matching pants. Our new EveryWear Woven Pant has a soft elastic, pull-on waistband that makes sitting for long periods a little more comfortable (bonus: no digging means less feeling like you have to pee every sec!).
Best of all, this pant/top combo is made from the same recycled stretch woven material so both styles are travel-friendly and wrinkle-resistant.
“I love ironing on vacation!,” said no one ever. Having more time to do the things you want while staying comfy? Now that sounds like a vacation!
We love anytime you can get a two-fer from a wardrobe piece, especially if it provides easy access for feedings. The EveryWear Long Sleeve Wrap Tee definitely checks that box and it’s a great long sleeve option to wear when you’re traveling. Its nursing friendly magic lies in the wrapped V-neck silhouette. Just snap it closed between feedings and you’re good to go without fear of a wardrobe malfunction–traveling with babe is stressful enough!
Because it’s made from our signature recycled EveryWear fabric, you also don’t have to worry about stains showing. The stretch woven is moisture-wicking so despite the long sleeves, it’ll keep you cool when hormones bring the heat (or maybe that’s your screaming toddler...).
We love that it’s made from planet-friendly, recycled materials without compromising softness. It’s also OEKO-TEX® certified so that means every thread, stitch, and clasp have been found harmless to you and babe.
Swollen legs and feet = vacation buzzkill. And if you’re pregnant and booked a long-haul flight, chances are your doctor will recommend you wear compression socks. They’re medically designed to provide gradual pressure to the leg to help with circulation, especially during long periods of travel.
What we don’t make ourselves, we curate for our mamas–and we took our sweet time finding the perfect compression sock to wear during pregnancy. The search was finally over when we found these from Motif Medical. They need to be on your list of travel essentials because they do all the things like ease swelling and varicose veins, but they’re also super stretchy and easy to put on–a total compression sock win.
Getting sweaty and feeling gross down there is unfortunately a thing when you’re sitting for long periods. And even when you’re not–blame the pregnancy hormones!
These Mommy to Be Wipes are our go-to solution for on-demand freshness when you’re traveling while pregnant. They help fight odor, balance pH, and make things feel a lot more comfortable down there until your next shower. #momlife
We love that they’re made from plant-derived ingredients (hey, coconut oil and cucumber!) that also reduce bad bacteria (shoutout to calendula!). And they are 100% safe for new and expecting moms. They’re great for traveling and otherwise. Do yourself a favor and add them to your cart now. You’ll thank us later.
No one tells you that the sleepless nights start long before babe arrives. The tossing, the turning, the aches, and the pains...it’s anything but sweet dreams. Add in not sleeping in your own bed while away, and you’ll wake up looking like a mombie.
This special-blended sleepy lotion will both calm and blow your mind. Slather it on before bedtime to help reduce anxiety and finally get a good night’s sleep. It also helps with leg cramps while traveling and reduces postpartum aches and pains. It’s a winner all-around.
Oh, and did we mention, the formula’s plant-derived? Go and get it now, mama.
When morning sickness starts to put a damper on that dream vacay, cue the pregnancy-safe lip balm. Just swipe it on in the AM–or whenever you feel a wave of nausea approaching to get some immediate relief.
It’s made from organic cocoa butter, ginger root, and lavender oil–a combo known to help calm an upset stomach, prevent nausea and vomiting. It’s also a really good lip balm in its own right thanks to the light scent and perfect portability. You never know when nausea can strike (spoiler: it’s not just the mornings).
Mother Mother, where have you been all of our lives?! Preggo, postpartum, or not, there are just those times when a shower is not going to happen. But as moms, we learn to improvise. Whip out a Mommy To Be Wipe, slap on some deodorant, and make sure you’ve got a good dry shampoo for those greasy roots.
We love this one from Mother Mother since it’s mama-made and totally natural. It’s a life-saver for when you can’t get all sudsy in the shower but still want to keep that hair feeling fresh. Just sprinkle some of the plant-powered formula onto your roots, rub it in, and watch the magic unfold. Arrowroot powder and kaolin clay absorb oil and boost volume, while pink grapefruit and bergamot essential oils give your second or third day hair that fresh-from-the-shower scent.
You don’t have to wait to travel to use it, either. It’s a great natural alternative to get that voluminous look without hairspray. After a few shakes, you’ll feel like a new woman. It’s the perfect solution for between washes.
Traveling while pregnant can be stressful. Maybe you’ve also got a toddler in tow (and we’re all still navigating COVID guidelines). You’re probably sweating right now thinking about that upcoming trip you just booked! But then think about the memories you’ll make as a new fam or as a party of two before babe arrives–these are the things you’ll hold onto. Put these travel essentials on your packing list, take a deep breath, and try to relax and enjoy yourself! After all, you’ve waited months (maybe even years) to get away.
Have another travel essential to add? Tell us in the comments below!
Sep 8, 2021 | Bellaband
Fun fact: women used to wear corsets during the majority of their pregnancy. Thankfully, things have gotten a lottt more flexible since the 1800s, and that includes the function of a belly band. Today it's all about comfort and support. A band can also help you rock your pre-pregnancy wardrobe without worry. It's all about options, ladies—and we have plenty to tell ya about.
First Thing's First: What’s a Belly Band?
Pregnancy belly bands are typically made of flexible fabric that provides gentle compression and support to the hips and lower back while also serving as a fashion hack to keep wearing your pre-pregnancy pants. Belly bands can be worn during pregnancy to help with pain, daily activities, and more. If you’re an active mama, this will help you workout more comfortably as well! You wouldn’t go for a run without a sports bra, right? They can also be worn after pregnancy to help everything, ya know, go back where it should.
Soooo not to toot our own horn, (toot toot!), but we actually created the first-ever belly band on the market! It all started in 2001, when our founder, Ingrid, was running late to a meeting. She was pregnant, her belly had just popped, and none of her pants fit. In a flash that was part inspiration and part desperation, she grabbed a tube top and pulled it over her unbuttoned pants. Not only did it keep them up, it also smoothed out the lines under her shirt. The Bellaband® was born! Twenty years later, this go-to staple continues to be loved by thousands of mamas.
But enough about us—this is about you! Why do you need a pregnancy belly band, you ask? The list would be shorter if you asked why you don’t need one. This magical maternity must-have makes us feel comfy, confident and super freakin’ cute because what’s not cute about creating a tiny miracle! No matter what stage of pregnancy you’re in, a belly band will become your new BFF. It hugs your body for comfort, compression, and confidence. There are a few different options for your specific needs we’d like to tell ya about! Our OG Bellaband is perfect for expecting mamas at any stage, but there’s also The Pregnancy Support Belt and the Afterband.
How Do I Choose a Belly Band?
When choosing a belly band, there are a few different factors to consider. Most importantly, what stage of pregnancy you’re in! This will determine what level of compression you need, and ultimately what your goals are. Whether you’re looking to combat discomfort, help your pre-pregnancy pants adjust or support your postpartum recovery—there's a band or belt for you.
The Bellaband is our holy grail maternity band designed to let you wear your pre-bump pants longer, then allow for a seamless postpartum recovery. It’s everything you’d want and need in a pregnancy band. The ultra-soft, seamless knit is suuuper stretchy but always recovers to its original shape after wearing! Plus it has extra length for complete belly coverage. The stay-put silicone strip along the bottom anchors the band seamlessly to your pants, so you don’t have to worry about it rolling up as you move throughout the day.
The Bellaband is the most versatile for all stages of pregnancy. When you’re newly pregnant, this can be one of the most awkward stages, before the belly has popped and most people don't even know you’re pregnant. Bring on the blousy tops and wear the Bellaband over unbuttoned or unzipped pre-pregnancy jeans, pants, skirts, shorts and more. Once you’re showing, it’s time to transition from regular clothes to maternity clothes (or borrow some from a friend!). If they’re a little too big for your current belly size, just pop on the Bellaband to hold them up. While you continue to grow, the Bellaband grows with you.
As your belly size peaks, the Bellaband works as a layering piece under shorter tops for added coverage and as extra support over ill-fitting maternity bottoms. The final stretch (literally) can be so uncomfortable. But you are almost there! Use the Bellaband for added support and an extra layer of coverage, as the tops you’ve been living in get even shorter to accommodate your ever-growing bump.
SHOP SUPPORT BELT
Next up we have The Pregnancy Support Belt which is a belly support band made out of double layer polyester and just the right amount of spandex so it won’t stretch out. It effortlessly molds to your body and cradles your bump at every stage of pregnancy. The fabric is layered and bonded together for extra durability, offering unparalleled support. It also has a unique-yet-simple velcro closure that fastens in the back for ultimate discretion and won’t show through even the most form fitting clothes! It’s also water and oil resistant—so no need to worry about any belly oils rubbing off.
Last up, the Afterband is designed specifically for your postpartum bounce-back. This mama-made shapewear features a multi-layer design that smooths and shapes beneath your clothing. As your postpartum journey progresses, the band will loosen while your body changes into its new normal. It offers gentle compression to help engage your core muscles and stay-put bands to prevent uncomfortable slipping and sliding as you feed, play, and cuddle your babe. Have extra sensitive skin? Layer it over a cami and get the same amazing benefits.
In conclusion, your bump is expanding, contracting, and going through a lot! No matter what stage you are in your journey, we are here for all your belly band needs. Whether your belly is showing and growing, or you’re on the road to recovery postpartum, we have a belly band for you. These closet staples provide comfort, compression, but most importantly—confidence. It’s so important to us that you feel comfortable and confident in your skin, especially after giving birth. You did the hard part, now let us make the rest easy for you.
If you’re still thinking “which pregnancy belly band is right for me?,” you really can’t go wrong with any of our faves mentioned above, especially our ride-or-die Bellaband (totally not biased). Made by mamas, for mamas. Leave a comment below and let us know what phase of your journey you’re in! We’d love to know. ❤️