Tag: pregnancy

How Boppy is making it easier for pregnant mamas to get some zzz’s | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from The Boppy Company Finding a comfortable position when you’re pregnant — whether you’re sitting, laying down or sleeping — can be pretty challenging, which is why the new line of prenatal pillows from Boppy might just be the respite you moms-to-be are looking for. They’re all designed specifically for expectant moms to be used in bed, the couch, or wherever you’re trying to get comfortable. And the companion slipcovers help make cleaning a breeze. The uniquely-shaped Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow with a Jersey Slipcover and upcoming Boppy Bump and Back Support Pillow can be used sitting up or laying down to give your back and...

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Send some pampering to a mama-to-be with The Stork Bag subscription service

Finally escaping the morning sickness and extreme fatigue routine of the first trimester of my pregnancy has been a big reward in and of itself. And while I’m finding the second trimester and its nesting phase to be so much more enjoyable, it too brings its own challenges (hello, heartburn). So I was more than willing to sign up for a little pampering with The Stork Bag. The Stork Bag is a subscription service that delivers a bag full of goodies geared toward the specific needs of each stage of pregnancy, from the first trimester all the way to a post...

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8 fun, not over-the-top, pregnancy announcement ideas beyond waving the stick in the air

Yes, we know — announcing a pregnancy used to mean making a phone call to your parents, or maybe having a dinner if you wanted to go big. But now, so many couples are looking for creative ways to announce a pregnancy and, I get it. Especially as someone who’s now expecting for the first time. (Whoo!) I know how hard it was keeping the big secret under wraps for those long, long first 12 weeks — partly due to my own excitement, and partly due to the fact that I’ve never been known to turn down wine at a dinner party. (Dead giveaway.)...

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Sex after pregnancy: 5 tips from Rosie Pope to help you get back in the saddle again

Sex after pregnancy isn’t exactly the hottest topic ever, because when you’ve just had a baby, well, it’s probably the last thing on your mind. But, it’s definitely important for a relationship, and one that a lot of parents have a lot of questions about. So, on this week’s episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we welcomed our first guest, the amazing Rosie Pope, mom of four and the creative force behind the swanky Rosie Pope Maternity and Rosie Pope Baby. You probably recognize her from her Bravo show Pregnant in Heels, which made us all feel a little better...

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Friendships after kids: Smart tips and resources for making new mom (and dad) friends | Spawned Episode 30

Making new friends as adults is hard enough as it is, but it can be especially challenging when you have kids. And it’s not just making new friends, but also maintaining those old ones too. I  know first-hand that when you’ve already gone all those life changes that come with a new baby, it would be so nice if there was at least one thing that stayed the same. Sigh. When our Spawned podcast listener Shari emailed asking us to discuss the topic friendships after kids (thanks Shari!), we jumped at the chance, because both of us have, in some way, experienced difficulties in that department....

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We’re Pregnant by Todd Parr: A funny, free ebook for new moms that gives back to kids in need

If you’ve parented toddlers, you’re probably familiar with Todd Parr’s children’s books, and his distinctively child-like illustrations. Well, my interest was piqued when I found out about his free new ebook that happens to be for parents this time. Add the fact that they’re donating $1 to Project Night Night for every download up to $10,000: I’m sold. We’re Pregnant by Todd Parr is perfect for first-time parents who are experiencing all those ups and downs. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about an illustrated picture book written for me, but the story is actually very sweet. With a reassuring tone, Parr reminds us that, yes, it’s...

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Rental maternity clothes: the genius way to look good at holiday parties

Having three babies in the winter means I spent three Decembers struggling with whether or not I should invest in a maternity winter coat I would only wear for a month or two. Same with holiday party dresses. It was such a shame to buy clothing I knew would get such limited use. If only I’d had Borrow For Your Bump rental maternity clothes,  I’m pretty sure I would have been their best customer. Borrow for your Bump is like Rent the Runway for the pregnant set–genius for all the mamas who want to look amazing while pregnant without investing too heavily...

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A cute maternity nursing top that you might actually want to wear for your next night out

We’re always so excited to find nursing tops that are cute enough to wear beyond the confines of our bedroom. We’re also huge fans of double duty maternity/nursing tops, because who wants to invest in multiple tops that you’ll wear for such a limited amount of time? The new Taylor top from maternity label Loyal Hana looks no different than a cool top we’d wear anytime, not just a fabric vehicle that allows the boobs to escape as quickly as possible.   The Taylor top drapes in an effortlessly cool kind of way. Thanks to ultra-flattering combed cotton and discreet seams to hide the...

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Momosas brings all cheers without the alcohol

The long season of “eat, drink, and be merry” is almost upon us, so it’s time for you pregnant, breastfeeding, or abstaining-from-alcohol mamas to consider what you’ll be sipping from now until the ball drops on another year. Fortunately, there’s Momosas: Fun Alcohol-Free Drinks For Expecting Moms , a brand-new recipe book that is filled with over 130 interesting recipes for mocktails, blender drinks, and other concoctions. They’re so yummy, you won’t miss the alcohol at all. Especially the next morning. Despite the title and the cutesy drink names like Stork Choice, Rubber Ducky, and The Pacifier, Momosas is a smart, nicely designed book chock-full of gorgeous...

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10 awesome babymoon destinations, with the luxury vacation rentals to match

Neither of us ever went on a babymoon or even looked at all the gorgeous, luxury babymoon destinations out there. It seemed silly at the time. It seemed indulgent. And yo, we were too busy on message boards asking about lamaze breathing to actually plan one. But if we had to do it all over again? We’d be all, sign me up! We’re going on a babymoon! And now, knowing what we know now about travel deals, we probably wouldn’t be looking at hotels, but at the world’s beset rental properties which offer outrageous amenities at really terrific prices. So...

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Web Coolness: Big Apple news, DIY popsicle stick dolls, and how to start the school year off strong

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   What moms need to know about the new iPhone 6 (and the 6 plus. Yes, there are two). Smart advice for starting the school year off strong, especially if you have older kids. Ever wonder the best way to remove temporary tattoos? This adorable video from our friends at tatt.ly is perfect. Sometimes, just PB&J is good enough for the kids (or sun butter, if you’ve got nut allergies!). DIY popsicle stick dolls, perfect for little hands (at top) Powerful short documentary on the Great Boatlift Rescue on 9/11....

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Bundle Organics: Prenatal juice for pregnant moms and those babies-to-be

I’m big into fresh pressed juice and even love whipping up fresh juice recipes for kids. It’s too bad, though, that fresh juice is off limits during pregnancy when extra nutrients are always welcome, especially in a convenient sip that goes down easily. Bundle Organics, a new prenatal juice made for pregnant moms, is changing that with three packaged juices that are safe, delicious, and full of essential vitamins. Though never a replacement for fresh fruits and veggies, it’s hard to argue with a vitamin and mineral packed drink. The problem with fresh juice for pregnant women is that...

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HATCH Layers makes maternity basics comfy, chic and convenient. Yes, all at once.

Figuring out an outfit on a daily basis is not easy. Add pregnancy to the process and you can get a recipe for frustration as I can say from experience. Luckily HATCH, my favorite chic maternity brand, just introduced the HATCH Layers set, an easy formula for stylish dressing throughout your nine months and (way) beyond. The HATCH Layers concept is that you really only need three key pieces to build your pregnancy wardrobe: Tank top, long sleeve shirt and leggings. I concur! I lived in those three pieces during both of my pregnancies. Leggings and a tank can go under everything, and who doesn’t need a...

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Web Coolness: Pantone skin colors, the case for handwritten lists, and the one-ingredient ice cream everyone is buzzing about.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you enjoy it too.   Pantone skin colors. [via DesignMom] Good news for pregnant women over 33. Our editor Liz’s beautiful love letter to her daughter on her birthday. Get the tissues. Oh Joy’s video series on how to dress your bump and still look great. The perfect earrings for active summer days   The one-ingredient ice cream that’s taken the Internet by storm. The exploding spices video: Show your kids, they’ll love it. How NOT to prepare your kids for a big move. Would you use this way to keep...

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The best pregnancy calendar week by week, now in your inbox

One of the greatest resources on AlphaMom — a wonderful site full of great resources, published by friend of CMP Isabel Kallman — has to be the Zero to Forty pregnancy calendar, for wonderful week by week support and humor. It was originally written by Amy Storch of the blog Amalah while she was pregnant with her second son. Not only is it informative (though Amy is not a doctor, and she does not play one on TV), it’s also hilarious. Just try not to pee yourself, mamas. Now you can sign up for pregnancy calendar weekly newsletters delivered based on your due...

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Terrific organic skin care for babies, moms, and women who used to be babies.

If you smell something delicious that’s like a cross between a creamsicle, a vanilla candle, and springtime (in the best possible way), it’s probably me. That’s because I’ve been using the organic skin care products from Summer Sky Organics. Specifically the Mandarin Vanilla Mama Belly Oil. Not on my belly, as I’m not pregnant. But pretty much everywhere else. Just like the rest of the products from this mama-run, organic skin care company, the belly oil has a variety of uses for mamas, expecting mamas, babies, and women who have never even been near a baby in their lives, but just...

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Storq: Stylish maternity basics just got way easier to find, wear, and match.

My maternity basics during my two pregnancies pretty much consisted of black leggings (one pair I washed every other day), tees long enough to cover my belly and a couple of dresses with stretch. Everything else–blazers, button downs, hoodies–had been pulled from my existing wardrobe and layered on top–buttons open, of course. Operating under the same premise, that you can totally get by stylishly during those nine months with some very basic maternity clothes, is a chic new maternity collection called Storq. We’ve found a crop of new maternity collections targeting cool moms-to-be lately, but what makes Storq different...

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How to drop baby weight realistically? 8 tips and tricks from a mom who’s been there.

So many new moms want to know how to drop baby weight and having gone through it myself–four times–you could say I have a few tips to offer. I felt extremely fortunate that I had a fairly easy time dropping my baby weight after my first and second kids. But then I had my third and I found myself down only 10 of the 50 pounds I had gained three months after giving birth. Fourth trimester indeed. Add in the prospect of having to wear a strapless bridesmaids dress to a wedding and I was nervous–but more determined to...

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Sexy maternity lingerie for Valentine’s Day: Yes, you can go there. And you should.

Sexy maternity lingerie when you’re pregnant or nursing? I’m on board! When I was pregnant and nursing, I always felt a little bummed about Valentine’s Day; it was hard for me to feel really attractive when I ballooned up to the size of a Smart Car or was leaking breast milk. So I’m super excited for my new-mama friends who get to buy from lingerie designers who are making women feel sexy in beautiful, sweet and even a little racy maternity lingerie like the ones here. The maternity bra-and-panty sets from You! Lingerie (at top) are super hot — and affordable....

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To maternity and beyond: Fourth Love looks chic even after your 9 months are up.

The idea of a stylish maternity clothing line that still fits after your nine months are up is a relatively new thing. And a welcome one. While some creative (and super fit) moms can get away with buying their normal designer faves a few sizes up to compensate for their growing middle, it’s nice for the rest of us to find maternity clothes that actually grow–and un-grow–with your body. The new label Fourth Love enters this growing market (bad pun, I know) with a chic line that works on the way up and down. I’m skeptical at the thought of...

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