Tag: pregnancy

Terralina lets you be good to your skin, mamas. And mamas-to-be.

The first time I saw that little pink plus sign, my life changed. Not only because I was going to bring a human being into the world, but also because I knew that the skin care section of my medicine cabinet had become a mine field. No salicylic acid. No parabens. No retinoids. Add all those caveats in with the “no brie” dictum and I was ready to cry into my organic ice cream. [see the giveaway after the jump!] The two women who founded Terralina felt that way, too, and that’s why they  created a line of skincare...

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Saving your home pregnancy test – Don’t just admit it, flaunt it.

Bronzing baby shoes is so 1900’s. The real keepsake is that little plastic doohicky (or twelve) that you peed on and then stared at for ten minutes with your jaw on the floor. Sure, the plus sign or smiley face or digital proclamation of PREGNANT faded long ago. But the memories you made in that bathroom live on forever. So you will not believe what e.p.t. is doing about it. Right now, e.p.t is actually institutionalizing the used pee stick, with a Remember the Moment You Knew Keepsake Case to store the pregnancy test that changed your world. It’s...

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The book for him that’s really for you

I’m not a dad, I’m not expecting, and I usually find pregnancy humor about as funny as postpartum hemorrhoids. But I’m happy to admit that Dad’s Pregnant, Too! by advice columnist and author Harlan Cohen was a pleasant surprise. Why? He tells men things that pregnant women are too hormonally and physically exhausted to communicate, such as Don’t touch the pregnant boobs unless specifically invited and Never follow “I’m tired” with “Me too,” unless you want to be an AA–his term for Accidental A$$hole, something the new dad will definitely learn a lot about. The book’s focus is on...

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Web Coolness – Cupcakes, travel tips and gearing up for Father’s Day

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. In time for graduation season, the Pioneer Woman rounds up some killer cupcake recipes from around the web. Shown here: Almond Cupcakes with Ultimate Vanilla Buttercream Icing. Drool. Smart packing tips for families from Traveling Mom Grace from design*sponge starts a blog/PR/design consulting service. So smart! Find some cool children’s design inspiration from the new international blog, Pirouette. This lovely post about a playdate for special needs kids by Amy Storch at the Stir won us over. Fun summer travel idea from...

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Does a nursing bra equal bliss? Relatively speaking, yes.

We, like everyone else in the world, have long been fans of Bravado! bras and their well-priced, comfortable nursing bras. But with the launch of their new Bliss Maternity Bra, I think they definitely upped the ante. I’m a huge fan of soft-cup nursing bras, mostly because they offer fantastic coverage under t-shirts and other tighter fitting clothes, and never scream, “Hey, I’m wearing a nursing bra and a breast pad!” to the world.  But Bravado has added a few extra touches making this a little different than the typical soft-cup nursing bras out there–like the wider shoulder and...

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Happy birthday, bras!

The good old over the shoulder boulder holder is turning a whopping 100 today, and to thank her (is it a she? he? it?) for her amazing support (ahem) throughout the years, we thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite nursing bras for you expectant and nursing mamas. Now, it’s not just regular bras that have come a long way, baby. Nursing bras are definitely not what they used to be. In fact, with gorgeous bras like the ones from Cake lingerie bras (pictured) it’s hard to tell that they’re made for breastfeeding...

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Babymoons go trendy

Doesn’t it seem like all the hip hotels cater to the barely-legal, barely-dressed, reality-stars-in-the-making crowd? Well, it’s nice to see one of the super cool hotel chains doing a little sumthin’, sumthin’ for the grown ups now. Specifically, grown-up women who are about to become mothers. W Hotels just introduced their Baby Me babymoon package in time for Mother’s Day last week, but lasting all year long. Even if you’ve traded in your string bikini for a skirted pregnancy bathing suit, you can still kick back by the pool and read your complimentary copy of Bump it Up, by...

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The perfect little black (and white) maternity dress

Back when I was pregnant with my kids (you know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), “nursing dress” was synonymous with “giant chest flaps on something shapeless and ugly.” Sad but true. So you’ll have to pardon me for feeling like you pregnant and nursing mamas today have it easy when there are options like this striped jersey dress from Polarn O. Pyret that we just came across I mean, forget that it’s totally versatile and on trend, and the soft jersey will work through the summer and well into fall with the addition of leggings; forget that the...

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web coolness

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. In honor of Earth Month, 10 easy steps for going green at home, from Parent Dish. Tips for cleaning your home with green cleansers, via Stroller Traffic. Our favorites: The natural cleaning products from Better Life. The winners of Make and Takes’ Recycled Art Challenge, shown. So much inspiration! On MOMformation, a rant on maternity wear. (psst, look through our maternitywear archives for some better options.) Time Out NY/Kids interviews the Real Housewives’ Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen on parenting –...

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This one is for the mamas to be who need a night out on the town

While we don’t tend to cover a lot of local events, we’ve got so many NYC readers (holla!) that we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you new moms and mamas-to-be about this one: Our friends at Big City Moms and The Bump are hosting a huge honking Biggest Baby Shower Ever that is not to be missed. There will be tons of food, insane gift bags and freebies from 55 seriously cool companies, eco-tips for new moms from Dr. Greene, great advice from the Bump’s Carly Roney, and we’d imagine, lots of glowing women in cute empire-waist dresses....

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Clothes made for women. And not the perfect ones.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I went a little crazy with the maternity clothes. And although my husband raised a skeptical eyebrow and tut-tutted about me buying items that I would — he insisted — never wear again after pregnancy, I proved him wrong. For better or for worse. The problem is, so many of those maternity clothes that have such an accommodating cut aren’t the most fashionable of wardrobe items and really should be put on ebay or handed down to pregnant friends as soon as possible. Which is why I love Canadian fashion designer...

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Peter Piper picked a peck of Pregnancy Pack pickles

Pregnant? You may not want to read this. Really. You might want to just step away from your computer. Because I’m about to write about pickles. And you know that as soon as you read about pickles, particularly these delectable artisan pickles from Rick’s Picks, that you’re going to want them. Like, right now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Rick’s Picks makes at least thirteen varieties of shelf stable pickles with clever names like Bee N Beez (bread and butters) and Spears of Influence, all packed by hand and made with natural and local (to New York) ingredients....

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Maternity clothes that won’t cost you an arm and a cankle

For two pregnancies, my maternity wardrobe consisted of ill-fitting tees that never really covered my belly and dry clean only sweaters that I was afraid to wear. Things sure have changed. I’m smitten with Milan Maternity’s line; even their basics are beautifully made in the softest fabrics and the most beautiful colors. These are pieces that look like normal non-pregnant clothes, just with a little extra room in the belly, which means you don’t have to spend six months feeling like a fashion fail just because you’re growing a person inside you. In addition to the basics — tees...

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Presenting the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, 2010 edition!

Following in the footsteps of last year’s first ever Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, we’re so excited to do it again! Presenting (drumroll…) The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, 2010 Edition! We’ve meticulously selected more than one hundred of the coolest baby shower gifts in every price range, all to make that lucky mama-to-be go oooohhhh. More than 100 gifts — seriously, it was almost like giving birth ourselves. Most of our gift guide picks are from smaller boutiques and brands, indie designers and craftspeople, just to give baby shower shoppers searching for cool gift ideas some alternatives– or...

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Celebrity maternity clothes, on a real mom budget – Chiarakruza comes to Target

We’re always on the lookout for cool maternity wear, and we’ve got a good feeling about this: Celebrity favorite Chiarakruza is bringing their maternity line to Target! Starting February 15, you can get the look of a Hollywood mom-to-be — for a lot less. All while you’re picking up diapers and dinner. Excellent. The Chiarakruza for Target line consists of pieces that are fun and functional — tunics and jeans and flowy dresses — in prints and colors that will pep up even the most cankle-laden mama-to-be. We haven’t gotten to see the line first-hand, but the pictures are...

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Gift for a pregnant friend on bedrest? Reader Q&A

My friend is currently 26 weeks pregnant with her second daughter. Unfortunately, like her first pregnancy, she has been checked into the hospital for bed rest and will stay until the end of her pregnancy. Although she has books and crafts, the boredom and depression is starting to set in. I would like to send her a thoughtful gift to help her through this difficult time. Do you have some wonderful ideas?  -Dawn You are so awesome to help your friend through the next few months of waiting, Dawn. We hope some of our ideas will help her pass...

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Winter bump style

Oh I know how it is. You’ve got a May due date (or so), and while you swore you wouldn’t buy one more maternity piece, you hit January and your current wardrobe is causing actual mental anguish, you’re sick of the cold, you’re sick of feeling enormous, and ooh, lookie here..sales!  (Or maybe that was just me a couple years ago?) Fortunately this is a great time to get one or two more special pieces to power you through winter and early spring, ego intact. One of our favorite maternity designers, Isabella Oliver, is now doing up to 50%...

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Memorable Christmas gift for Daddy-to-be? Reader Q&A

My husband and I are having our first born, a girl, next year. I want to get him something Daddy related for Christmas this year that is sentimental but not cheesy. . . Any ideas? -E Congratulations! We love this question and there are so many great ways to celebrate your almost-parents status this Christmas. A Christmas keepsake will remind you of this special holiday together, and we love Paloma’s Nest custom holiday ornaments (shown above) for their simple elegance. For the custom text, we adore “3 is the magic number” which is reminiscent of one of our all-time-favorite...

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Maternity Spanx! At last, at last!

I can say, in all honestly, that there have been times when I would not have gone out out in public had I not been wearing my Spanx. That has everything to do with the way Spanx just makes everything feel so supported, both in the lift-and-smooth kind of way and in the this-helps-me-stand-up-straighter kind of way. Which is why it would have been so awesome to have had some kind of Spanx product to slip on when I was pregnant and my belly was all ponderous and swingy and out there. Because you know those maternity jeans with...

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Christian Siriano’s maternity line kind of makes me want to be pregnant

Confession: I was miserable in the last trimester of both of my pregnancies. Not because I was huge and couldn’t see my feet and had a person sitting on my bladder. No, I hated that I was compelled to wear really really boring maternity clothes every single day. Times have changed (thank goodness) and now mamas-to-be can pick up super cool maternity pieces designed by none other than Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. The appropriately named Fierce Mamas line consists of tops and dresses; all the pieces are hip, but we’re really loving the plaid tunic. Plaid is hot...

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