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Sep 2, 2020
Sweepstakes Official Rules #LaborDayGiveaway
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.
- Eligibility: The Ingrid & Isabel Labor Day Prize Pack Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to anyone who is 18 as of the date of entry. The Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the U.S. and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Ingrid & Isabel (the “Sponsor”) their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
- Agreement to Rules: By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of Ingrid & Isabel, as final and binding as it relates to the content. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
- Sweepstakes Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on or about 9/3/20 and ending 9/7/20. All online entries must be received by 11:59 PM PST.
How to Enter: To enter the Labor Day Giveaway Prize Pack all participants should:
- Like @IngridandIsabel’s 9/3 Instagram post:
- Comment + tag two unique Instagram accounts
- Follow Ingrid & Isabel’s Instagram account: @ingridandisabel
The entry must fulfill all sweepstakes requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are not complete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Ingrid & Isabel. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Ingrid & Isabel.
- Prizes: Winner will receive One (1) Mama hospital Bag, One (1) Babe Hospital Bag, One (1) Fold Down legging, One (1) Natori Bliss Perfection Racerback Bra, One (1) Limited edition hospital gown + One (1) $250 Ingrid & Isabel Gift Card. Total Prize Pack Valued at: $500
The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Sponsor. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Sponsor’s discretion. The prize is non-transferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Ingrid & Isabel to use the winner’s name, likeness, and entry, and subsequent photos featuring the prize items for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
- Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
- Winner selection and notification: Winners of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing under the supervision of Ingrid & Isabel. Winners will be notified via Instagram (DM) within five business (5) days following the winner selection. Ingrid & Isabel shall have no liability for a winner’s failure to respond. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 72 hours from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and releases as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.
The receipt by winner of the prize offered in this Sweepstakes is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal and state laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY ANY WINNER (AT SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN SUCH WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.
- Rights Granted by you: By entering this contest you understand that Ingrid & Isabel, anyone acting on behalf of Ingrid & Isabel, or its respective licensees, successors and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review, or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter in perpetuity and throughout the World, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner’s name/handle, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Sweepstakes, and biographical information as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation.
- Terms: Ingrid & Isabel reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should (in its sole discretion) a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In such a case, Ingrid & Isabel may select the recipients from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Ingrid & Isabel. Ingrid & Isabel reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. Ingrid & Isabel has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Sweepstakes, to void entries for any reason, including, but not limited to; multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by sweepstakes rules; or the use of bots, macros or scripts or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Ingrid & Isabel reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.
- Limitation of Liability: By entering you agree to release and hold harmless Ingrid & Isabel and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from (i) such entrant’s participation in the sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof, (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.
- Disputes: THIS SWEEPSTAKE IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE U.S. AND CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, the participant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in California having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will the participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
- Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is Ingrid & Isabel 1902 Van Ness Ave 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94109
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Aug 14, 2020
Ask A Lactation Consultant: Preparing to Breastfeed
PREPARING TO BREASTFEED: There is absolutely nothing you need to do to prepare for breastfeeding before your baby is born. However, here are some things you might want to take care of before your baby arrives.
Inform your obstetrician or midwife of your plans to breastfeed.
This will help to ensure minimal separation from your baby after the birth. If you’ve had previous breast surgery of any type (implants, reduction, biopsy), let your obstetrician or midwife know and contact a lactation consultant before baby arrives.
Find a pediatrician who is supportive of and knowledgeable about breastfeeding.
This will help to ensure you get the support you and your baby need throughout your breastfeeding journey.
Decide where you will birth your baby.
Many moms deliver in a hospital, but more and more are delivering at a birth center or in their own homes. If you are planning to deliver in a hospital, ask them ahead of time about their rooming-in policy and whether they offer in-hospital and postpartum breastfeeding support.
Check with your insurance company regarding lactation visits and pump purchases.
Many insurance companies cover lactation support and pump rentals or purchases, but it’s a good idea to call yours ahead of time and ask about the particular plan’s coverage. Also, ask about the different pump options so you can research them ahead of time.
Do some research on local lactation consultants.
The most knowledgeable and experienced lactation consultants have earned the degree of IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). You can find referrals for local lactation consultants through your hospital or birthing center, your obstetrician, your pediatrician, mom’s groups, and online at ILCA (www.ilca.org).
Attend a prenatal breastfeeding class/support group with your partner or a support person.
Prenatal breastfeeding classes are offered through local hospitals or childbirth education centers. If possible, attend a breastfeeding support group meeting, such as those offered by La Leche League (www.llli.org) while pregnant. There, you can witness other moms breastfeeding and learn from their experiences.
Join a local Mothers’/Parents’ club.
Search for clubs in your area and check out their websites ahead of time. You can often join a playgroup through the club for babies born around the same time as yours. Most playgroups have an online chat forum and weekly playdates at a member’s home or at a park.
Think ahead about visitors.
Give some thought ahead of time about when you will accept visitors once your baby has arrived. Communicate your desires to your loved ones before baby arrives, to set expectations. You will never get this precious time alone with your newborn again, so don’t feel shy about setting firm boundaries.
Breastfeeding Items for Your Delivery Bag
These are a few things you might consider bringing to the hospital/birth center to ease your initial breastfeeding experience, though none of these is required for initial breastfeeding success: breastfeeding pillow, nursing/sleep bras, nipple soothing cream, and breast pads.
Tracey Jedrzejek, MA, IBCLC
Private practice lactation consultant (www.traceylactation.com)
Author of “Latch Baby – Illustrated Guide to Breastfeeding Success”
Aug 12, 2020
Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Support the Belly® is Ingrid & Isabel’s philanthropic initiative to raise awareness and funding for global maternal health. We have joined forces with Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. They center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights and justice.
The BMMA values include "believing Black Mamas Matter, to Fight For Racial Justice, Demand Reproductive Justice, Recognize Intersectional Oppression, Demand Government Accountability and Policy Change, Foster Collaboration, Respect Community Knowledge and Leadership and Lead with Love + Generosity."
We as a company are still learning about what it means to live with privilege and unlearning the behaviors that have contributed to the oppression of those who aren't white, especially black people. The only way to amplify the voices of those oppressed is to take action and donate! If you want to contribute to this amazing organization, we will match your donation (up to $10,000).
[pullquote quote="We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy."]
Aug 12, 2020
The Super Hero Project + PJs with a Smile
Ingrid & Isabel is proud to partner with PJs with a Smile, a super special charity that is near and dear to our hearts. Every year on Giving Tuesday, for every piece of clothing purchased that day, Ingrid & Isabel donates one piece of clothing directly
to PJs with a Smile.
WHO THEY ARE, AND WHAT THEY DO
PJs with a Smile launched just this year, and is already in 10-15 hospitals in the tri-state area (serving 600+ new moms and rapidly growing each and every day). The charity aims to comfort and care for mom throughout her postpartum journey, once she leaves baby in the NICU post birth.
Since mothers leaving the NICU can’t go home with baby in hand, PJs with a Smile helps them leave the hospital with “something” to provide comfort- namely, a pair of fresh pjs, flowers, and even a hand written card with postpartum depression/anxiety hotline numbers, as well as personal numbers of mothers who have gone through the NICU experience.
PJs with a Smile is such an incredible initiative that is truly “all for mom.” Most nonprofits focus on health of baby during and after pregnancy, and PJs with a Smile is truly a unique nonprofit that offers love, support, and guidance for mom throughout her postpartum journey.
For more information on PJs with a Smile/The SuperHero Project, CLICK HERE.
Jul 31, 2020
Ask an OB: Pregnancy During COVID
image via @enginakyurt
We spoke with Dr. Karianne Silverman at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MAMAS Please note: information on COVID-19 is changing daily. The below is a Q & A that took place on 5/20. Our team is working to provide the most up to date information as it becomes available.
1) What can I do to protect myself while I am pregnant?
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) alongside The Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine (SMFM) continue to advise all pregnant women to follow the CDC guidance in preventing infection with COVID-19 by taking precautions to minimize exposure to the virus. These things are well known to most and include regular hand washing and social distancing in accordance with your local government advisories.
Continuity of prenatal care and communication with their OB/GYN, midwife or other maternity care professional is essential at this time. Many pregnant women have other health conditions or comorbidities that make them at risk for severe illness resulting from COVID-19. So, consulting about any one person’s personal risk with their healthcare provider is important.
2) Am I more at risk and/or is my baby more at risk?
It’s important to remember that current guidance from the CDC regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy is based on limited data. However, at this point, it does NOT appear that pregnancy alone puts women at higher risk from severe illness resulting from COVID-19 infection. This is in direct contrast to what we know about other respiratory illnesses such as Influenza or other Coronaviral infections such as SARS-CoV in which pregnancy by itself DOES appear to confer a more severe illness on women. This explains the hesitancy of most healthcare providers to dismiss pregnancy as a risk factor for COVID-19 infection.
Currently, it is unclear if COVID-19 can cross through the placenta and infect the fetus in utero. This mode of transmission- from mother to fetus while in utero is called vertical transmission. In limited studies of infants born to mothers infected with COVID-19, none of the infants tested positive for the virus which suggests that vertical transmission does not occur with COVID-19 unlike other viral illnesses in our recent past such as ZIKA.
“rest and hydration are very important!”
HEALTH UPDATE: Current guidance from the CDC regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy is based on limited data, and the CDC is collaborating partners to better understand COVID-19 during pregnancy. Up until last week, the CDC guidance was that pregnant women are not at an increased risk for severe illness resulting from COVID-19 infection. The CDC has updated their guidance that pregnant women with COVID-19 are at increased risk than non-pregnant women, but much remains unknown. Each pregnancy is different, so consulting about any one person’s personal risk with their healthcare provider is important. Stay safe, Mamas. We are with you.
3) What will happen to me or my baby if I do contract COVID-19?
If you contract COVID-19 and are still pregnant and remote from your due date, you should contact your OB/GYN or obstetric health care provider. If testing is available in your area, you should be tested if your symptoms are compatible with those of COVID-19. Remember, not all upper respiratory illnesses (“URIs”) are COVID-19. Influenza is still prevalent this time of year in certain parts of the country, so your healthcare provider may wish you to be tested for Influenza as well. There is an antiviral that is active against Influenza called Tamiflu that is safe and recommended for pregnant women who are Influenza positive. Make sure to talk to your OB/GYN about this.
If you are well enough to stay home during the infection as many pregnant women are, you should distance yourself from other members of your family to decrease their chances of getting infected. You should use Tylenol as a fever reducer and to decrease body aches if it is safe for you to take that mediation. You can use some cough suppressants and nasal decongestants as well but it’s best to talk to your OB/GYN before starting any of these medications. Also, rest and hydration are very important. If your symptoms worsen, contact your healthcare provider right away for further guidance.
4) Should I leave home to go to my doctor’s appointments? Should I opt for online appointments if offered?
There has been some guidance on spacing out in office visits for low-risk pregnant populations in an effort to decrease transmission of the virus. If you qualify to have your visits spaced out, I encourage you to do so. Some pregnancies are at risk for various illnesses and/or complications and shouldn’t be spaced out as the risk of not being seen by a provider outweighs the benefits of spaced out visits. If offered, an audio or video visit is a great way to reach your provider, get reassurance and have questions answered.
5) My OB/GYN is spacing my appointments- how do I know if my baby is safe? Any alternatives?
In between visits, there are a few things you can do. Making sure you feel the baby move at various times during the day is an important way to know that the baby is getting the oxygen and nutrients he or she needs to be healthy. There are various definitions of what constitutes normal fetal movement, but one is between 5-10 movements over 1-2 hours Check with your OB/GYN for what they think the correct number and time are. Doing this daily is a great way to be reassured that your baby is doing well. Another consideration would be to obtain a blood pressure device over the counter. Some insurances do cover these devices, so make sure to ask your provider. Measuring a blood pressure 1-2 times per week is another good way to make sure you are staying free of common pregnancy complications. Log these readings to share at your next visit. Check with your OB/GYN about this to see if you are a good candidate for doing this at home and what readings should be communicated to them.
6) Can I exercise outdoors if I maintain social distancing?
The short answer is yes. This is not the time to start a new exercise plan, train for an event or lose weight, of course. It is merely a time to maintain some fitness, enjoy fresh air and stay healthy. Being outdoors is a great way to maintain social distancing and is important for us all to engage in. Make sure to stay hydrated and eat healthy while engaging in exercise during pregnancy.
Approaching your due date, and want to learn more? Get your questions about delivery answered over on part one of Ask an OB: Labor During Covid.
Mar 24, 2020
5 Self-Care Rituals for Pregnancy Support
Here’s a reminder for all you pregnant mamas-to-be: Even though it seems normal life has been put on hold for the whole world, you are also creating life, and managing extra stress and uncertainty over health concerns that didn’t exist just a few weeks ago. That deserves not only a round of applause, but also some serious self-care. The first step toward taking some dedicated downtime is giving yourself permission to view it not as a luxury, but as a necessity. Luckily there are so many different ways to take care of your physical and mental well-being, you can create nourishing rituals whether you’re feeling overwhelmed (napping isn’t just for kids!) or need a stimulating outlet (Hello Pinterest!), even if it’s just for half an hour (a warm bath to the rescue). Self-care looks different for everyone, so take this list and run with it, adding your own practices as you go.
It doesn’t matter what your self-care looks like, only that you do it!
Take a Bath.
If submerging yourself in water sounds nice, but getting into a pool in a bathing suit doesn’t, turn your bathroom into a little oasis. Taking regular baths (of course, this only works if you have a tub) can be an incredibly nourishing practice, especially if you drop your favorite bath bomb in the water or add a relaxing essential oil, light some candles, and crank your playlist of choice.
Find a Project
Occupy your day with that book you’ve been meaning to read, or that hobby you wanted to learn (looking at you, knitting needles that have been gathering dust). Bring some of your Pinterest boards of baby nurseries to life. Just make time for doing things that make you happy. Plus! keeping your hands + mind busy will help fight off some boredom. If you want to spend your time relaxing with some Netflix on the couch, that’s ok too!
Have a Movie Night
There’s nothing like snacking on a big bag of popcorn and streaming a rom-com, or a season of your fav series for an evening (or afternoon!) that feels luxurious and affordable. Quiet nights to yourself will probably be few and far between after baby arrives, so enjoy yourself now, and throw in some Junior Mints while you’re at it.
Have a Spa Day
An hour of your time can give you a week’s worth of feel-good. Plus the pampering is priceless. Splurge on a beauty item or two. Little things can go a long way when you’re at this point in your pregnancy, and sometimes a nice new makeup or beauty product can give you the glam boost you need. An at-home mani is one of the quickest and easiest ways to feel polished (pun intended!) and put together. Maybe it’s a special bath bomb (see above!), a heavenly face mask, or a new shade of lipstick that will give you an extra boost of confidence during that big Zoom meeting.
Take a Break From the News
Staying informed is important, but so is your mental health. Seek out reliable and accurate information, but constant stories from media outlets and social media about the current global climate can be overwhelming. It’s ok to take a step back. Fun idea: Host a Zoom call with your fellow Mamas. Seeing all their faces is sure to boost your mood & warm your heart.
Feb 4, 2020
How to Happy: 5 Ways to Have a Joyful Pregnancy
The Mind-Body Connection.
It is strong, it is real, and it is not to be ignored.
And pregnancy anxiety? Well…that’s very real. Sometimes it feels so big that it can start to rule your everyday life. We both know that you have much bigger things to focus on at the moment (like growing a tiny human). So- read on for a few bits of advice on how to maintain a happy, joyful mind while pregnant.
(Promise, they are easy and you can implement them no matter what trimester you are in atm . . .)
5 Ways to Keep Pregnancy Anxiety at Bay:
#1 Put Your Phone Down
(That’s so powerful, we’re going to say it again). PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE. Dr. Google never went to Med School. If something is truly worrying you, always consult your Doc.
#2 Make Room For Grace
If you aren’t feeling your best, take a break. Didn’t eat 100% organic this week? Baby will be just fine. Make room for grace and you’ll be surprised at how much lighter you feel.
#3 Mantra Practice, “I am perfectly imperfect.”
Repeat this mantra as soon as you feel anxiety creep in. Say it first thing in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
#4 Practice a Simple Meditation to Get Centered.
Studies show that meditation can even help with morning sickness. Above all, it will help you get grounded and practice gratitude.
#5 Move Your Body
Jump, swim, walk, or jog. Any way you move your body is a win and will help calm your mind.
Jan 30, 2020
The Little Black Dress Edit
Introducing: Our Favorite LBD's. We've assorted some of our favorite dresses for all your Little Black Dress occasions. So "What Will I Wear?" Is One Less Thing You Have to Stress About. Timeless Staples for Any Occasion on Your Calendar
Kimono Maternity Maxi Dress
Mamas love the soft, figure-flattering fabric and comfortable design of this maternity maxi dress. It features a classic empire waist that lets you rock your bump proudly with built-in pleating for flattery at all stages of pregnancy and postpartum. Ideal for those situations where you want to dress up for special occasions but aren’t quite sure what will fit when, this maxi dress accommodates.
Click here to Shop the Kimono Maternity Maxi Dress
Off The Shoulder Maternity Maxi Dress
The versatile and stylish maternity maxi dress is made with ultra-soft fabric that drapes just right, keeping you comfortable and confident as your belly grows. It features a flirty ruffle top and a boho-inspired off-the-shoulder neckline, making it a great dressing solution throughout pregnancy and postpartum. A great special-occasion all-in-one dress.
Click here to Shop the Off The Shoulder Maternity Maxi Dress
Lace Bell Sleeve Maternity Swing Dress
You’ll feel lovelier than ever when you wear this lace bell sleeve maternity dress. This sweet style features stretch floral lace and a soft lining underneath. The flowy-feeling swing dress with sleeves that flare out at the end has a feminine and fashionable look. The simple yet elegant style is a perfect pick for weddings, baby showers, maternity photoshoots and other special occasions.
Click here to Shop the Lace Bell Sleeve Maternity Swing Dress
Ponte Bell Sleeve Dress
Whether you’re in the office, at a wedding or on the town, this ponte maternity dress keeps you looking sophisticated and feeling comfortable. Style runs big – we recommend sizing down.
Click here to Shop the Ponte Bell Sleeve Dress