Gorgeous Spring flowers are all around us (and hopefully you, too), so celebrate this lovely season with floral maternity finds from Topshop, Seraphine, and more. Patterned pants from ASOS and Gap work are totally on trend and spirit-lifting, while cute tees and tops featuring large print roses or small print blooms will work now and throughout the Summer. Keep clicking to check out those fantastic flowered finds and more!
It's always important to dress to flatter your own body type, but perhaps no time is this more relevant than during pregnancy. While many celebs (Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson — to name a few) tend to opt for body-hugging pieces, the look's not for everyone.
Newer brands like HATCH Collection and Fourth Love specialize in a modern take on loose, roomy cuts that are meant to fit throughout, and even after your pregnancy. Check out our takes on five must-have maternity looks, with picks for those who like their clothes to be formfitting and those who prefer to go with the flow.
As a momista-of-four, there were still things that surprised me about each pregnancy and each new babe. There’s just so much to learn as a new mom. Even if you were one of those moms who read What to Expect When You’re Expecting cover to cover three times, chances are that you still fed into a few misconceptions and old wives' tales. So today I’m debunking a few of the biggest myths that new mamas encounter. Check them out and let me know which ones you used to believe . . .
Myth No. 1: You can predict the sex of the baby (without your doctor).
Each time that I was preggers, I had people tell me that if I was carrying low the baby was going to be a boy and that if I was carrying high it was a girl. Well, according to WhatToExpect.com, the height of your bump has nothing to do with the baby’s gender. Dying to find out the baby’s sex? It’s called an ultrasound! Otherwise, just sit tight and enjoy the guessing game. There are so few surprises in life.
Myth No. 2: You can determine the sex of the baby with sexual positions.
Lots of new mamas believe that not only can they predict their baby’s sex, but that they can take certain steps during conception to determine it. Well, I hate to break it to you, ladies, but according to Parents.com, the missionary position is not going to guarantee a girl and doggy style is not going to make your little one a boy. But I can promise you one thing — boy or girl, this little one is still going to be the light of your life.
Work it, mamas-to-be! For expectant mamas heading into the Summer season, swimwear selection is always top of mind. Fifty percent of POPSUGAR Moms readers showed off their burgeoning bellies in a bikini while pregnant — and they're not alone. Take a look at some of our favorite expectant celebs who also sported two-piece bathing suits while playing in the sun.
Nursing moms have a new reason to celebrate. In a surprising about-face, Walmart has gone from refusing to print a photo of mom Kayla Andre breastfeeding, to allowing her to host a nurse-in demonstration in its Alberta, Canada, store.
Earlier in May, Andre's husband headed to Walmart to print out a photo of his wife nursing their young son as a Mother's Day gift. To his chagrin, the store refused to print the breastfeeding image, saying it violated the mass chain's anti-nudity policy, the Huffington Post reports.
Andre was shocked and protested to local media that the image should have been printed, saying it's a natural occurrence — despite debates over breastfeeding in public. So she organized a "nurse-in" to be held in the store, to protest the store's decision in shaming her for breastfeeding.
Walmart quickly recognized the flaw in its action, however. It apologized and clarified the store's policy for employees so that they would know breastfeeding photos are acceptable. So Andre quickly turned her protests into praise, and re-dubbed her nurse-in as "a celebration of the fact that Walmart recognized its mistake."
Andre applauded the store for being "a reasonable company who listens to their customers," and noted the chain offered gift certificates for photo printing to nurse-in participants. "They have clarified their policy, and that is something to celebrate!" she says.
Would you protest or participate in a breastfeeding event at Walmart?
Traveling while breastfeeding doesn't have be an impossible combination. Though nursing while flying may be a bit tricky, mamas who must travel without their tots don't have to worry about lugging a pump with them when traveling to Chicago anymore. In what appears to be the first program of its kind, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and Medela launched the Nursing Mothers Amenity Program yesterday. For $30, participants in the program will receive a hospital-grade Symphony breastpump and a breastfeeding Accessory Starter Set, which includes Medela's Micro Steam Bags, Quick Clean Wipes, Pump and Save Bags, and disposable bra pads when they check into the hotel. The program also provides nursing moms with in-room refrigerators, microwaves, ice packs, cooler bags for transporting the milk, and staff trained to support nursing moms with services like FedExing milk back home.
Nursing moms isn't necessarily the first thing I thought of when I heard Hard Rock Hotel — images of Michael Jackson's leather jackets and autographed guitars were the first thing that came to mind — but it may be time to switch up my thinking. The Nursing Mothers Amenity Program, which will donate the proceeds of the fee to benefit local families with children in Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago through The Jackson Chance Foundation, may be the nursing working mom's new best friend! What do you think?
I got my tubes tied when I was 33 years old, right after the birth of my daughter. She was my third child, and even though I wasn't entirely sure that I was "done" with the whole baby-making thing, I knew that my husband and I couldn't handle any more.
I became pregnant the first time while I was on birth control. I did not know that antibiotics and birth control didn't like each other, and I unwittingly asked them to play nicely. They didn't; the antibiotics won, and I found myself in an ER in the middle of the night, writhing from the sharp pain of a kidney infection, and thinking that surely I was hallucinating when the nurse told me that I was six weeks along.
Discovering a great new maternity line is like finding a diamond in the rough. Fourth(Love) Maternity was founded by a mother of two who found herself limited by the options on the maternity market while pregnant with her second son. Fourth(Love) features a collection of simple, chic, and easy-to-wear pieces that are designed to flatter your form both during and after pregnancy. We love the layer-ability of many of the line's looks, and their wear all-year-round quality. Check out some of the highlights from Fourth(Love)'s Spring collection!
Packing for the hospital has never been easier, thanks to HATCH Collection and Gilt. While the idea of packing a bag of necessities for an unknown experience fills many mamas with fear, HATCH is introducing a collection of high-end birthing room essentials that reflect Ariane Goldman's belief that maternity clothes should be luxurious, comfortable, and unstructured.
The HATCH-to-Hospital box is filled with a supersoft knee-length nightgown, a gray jersey robe, a pair of gray cashmere socks, and a specially designed pair of Cosabella panty briefs so mom doesn't feel like she's sacrificing style her baby. Designed to be a grab-and-run box that eliminates the need to stew over what actually goes into a hospital bag. The box currently resides on HATCH Collection's site for $248, but on beginning on May 19 (and ending on May 22), it will appear on Gilt.com for $205 to celebrate Pregnancy Awareness Month.
Luxury does come at a price, but is this pregnancy wear simply over the top? Vote in the poll and tell us below!