• New Mama Recipe: Crunchy BLT Chopped Salad

    A 30 minute recipe that will keep you satisfied.

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    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    As a new mama, you probably spent a lot of your time worrying about whether you should eat this or that. But now that baby’s here, guess what? It’s time to indulge a little. If bacon was at the top of your pregnancy cravings, here’s a recipe that will bring you joy. And all in under 30 minutes.

    Crunchy BLT Chopped Salad
    Serves 2

    5.5 ounces bacon thinly sliced
    ½ head of iceberg lettuce – cut in small chunks or thick strips
    20 large (or 40 medium) basil leaves (10 for dressing, 10 for salad)
    3 T Mayonnaise
    3 T Creme fraiche
    3 T Red wine vinegar
    1/8 – 1/4 t Sea salt – depending on saltiness of your bacon
    1/2 t Fresh ground black pepper
    2 Medium-large tomatoes – cut in strips
    1 Avocado – thinly sliced (if you’re an avocado lover, you can add more)
    *be careful with salt as the bacon is already salty

    -Cook your bacon until nice and golden brown and set aside on a paper towel, 2-4 minutes per side depending on thickness. The thin cut bacon works well here for timing as well as crunchiness.
    -While the bacon is cooking, roll together 10 of the basil leaves and roughly chop. Place in a small handheld Cuisinart mixer or small mixing bowl. Add creme fraiche, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt & pepper and mix well. If using a bowl mix with a whisk try to break up or bruise the basil so it incorporates well into the dressing. Set aside.
    -Slice your lettuce and place in the serving bowl. You want smaller strips or bite size chunks, not bigger leaves.
    -Roughly chiffonade or chop the other 10 basil leaves and mix in with the lettuce in the serving bowl.
    -Seed and slice the tomato and place on top of lettuce.
    -Thinly slice the avocado and place on top of the tomato.
    -Break up the bacon in bite size pieces and place on top of the avocado.
    -Finally, drizzle your dressing atop the salad and mix well before eating.
    Enjoy!

    This article is by Campbell Whitman, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week of July 20th, 2015

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    Why High-Tech Parenting Won't Destroy Your Kids (HuffPost): Access to tech can empower creativity; in such a tech-savvy world, limiting access or going completely tech-free may not be possible or the solution.

    Mother May I? (The New Yorker): The Free-Range Kids movement vs. a helicopter-parent era.

    10 Comics That Hilariously Sum Up Parenthood (HuffPost): The hilarious ups and downs of parenting by Fowl Language Comics - Part II.

    More Than Their Mothers, Young Women Plan Career Pauses (NYTimes): The Millennial approach

    #BumpDay: Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies by Fighting Big Coal's Mercury Pollution (HuffPost): Promoting #HealthyPregnancies #ToxinFree

    No Child Left Behind Gave Us One Indisputable Good Thing -and Congress Just Tried to Gut It (Slate): Giving an option of opting-out of required state assessments would decrease transparency in the school system.

  • Pregnancy-Safe Aromatherapy

     

    Whether it's finishing a project, stocking up on diapers, or redecorating a home, women today have a lot going on. Sometimes we have the luxury of escaping to a tropical paradise, and other times, all we can squeeze in is an impromptu, at-home, spa session. Luckily for us, certain natural and pleasant aromas have been proven to help improve cognition, mood, and overall health as well as relieve stress and nausea. With the exception of certain oils (such as jasmine, rose, safe and more), essential oils are safe for use during pregnancy when used sparingly and in a diluted concentration.


    Here are our top natural stress relieving scents that are safe for expecting mothers:

    1. Geranium

    Geranium’s gentle floral scent has been known to have soothing and relaxing effects on the body and to uplifting effects on mood. That's why we love our Citrus + Geranium Body Wash and Vanilla + Geranium Belly ButterIf you're feeling irritable or like you're in a never-ending cycle of work, then geraniums may just become your new best friend.

    2. Chamomile

    In addition to reducing stress, this sweet and fruity smelling flower has also helped some with insomnia and muscle tension. In fact, over the past 2000 years, Chamomile has been used to as a natural treatment for pregnancy nausea. Try applying chamomile straight to your skin or drinking it in tea!

    3. Citrus

    Citrus fruit essential oils are good for aromatherapy and anti-bacterial purposes. Especially during pregnancy, citrus fruit help fight nausea and fatigue by increasing energy and improving your mood. With so many benefits, we couldn't help but incorporate citrus in most of Nine Natural's’ haircare and bodycare product fragrances. Our Citrus + Mint Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner, and Citrus + Geranium Body Wash provide an uplifting shower experience when you’re feeling tired. Create an uplifting experience right in your shower!

    4. Sandalwood

    Extracted from the heartwood of the evergreen tree, sandalwood oil has a sweet and woodsy scent. Besides reducing anxiety, sandalwood has been known to help with insomnia and improve overall sleep quality. For sleepless nights during pregnancy, this scent can really come in handy!

    5. Peppermint

    Peppermint has a cool and distinctively fresh feel and scent. The minty fragrance is known to relieve nausea and fight fatigue. Topically, peppermint oil hydrates the skin by encouraging natural oil production. For an invigorating pick-me-up, we use peppermint oil in our Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner.

    With so many safe and effective ways to help us not only feel good but smell good, there's no excuse for not introducing one--or all!--of these golden aromas into your beauty and wellness repertoires. At Nine Naturals, we created unique, proprietary blends of 100% natural essential oil fragrances that not only smell amazing but are also beneficial to women during pregnancy. No need to head to the spa when your home shower is already steaming with mandarin and geraniums!

     

     

  • Fashion Find: Mitera Collection

    A chic collection of nursing dresses to ensure you have one less obstacle postpartum.

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    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    When Yoko Shimada gave birth to her son Hugo in 2010, she was in a state of euphoria as many of us new moms are. But, “there is another side of motherhood that no words can describe,” she remembers. “Nobody really tells you how truly challenging it can be. Sleeplessness, hormone-induced sweating, post-pregnancy excess weight and saggy stomach, postpartum hair loss, lack of time for any form of self-care like showering, putting on decent clothes and exercising.” Sound familiar?

    She struggled with breastfeeding, and when that got easier, she struggled with breastfeeding in public. And then she struggled with pumping when she went back to work as a global public health exec. She had to look professional, but also needed easy access to her breasts for pumping. Dresses were impossible. “I had to completely undress, or at the very least, undress from the waist up (if there was a zipper in the back) in order to pump. If someone were to walk in the door while I was pumping, I would look completely naked.”

    And so she dreamed up Mitera Collection, a beautiful, functional and practical line of versatile nursing- and pumping-friendly dresses. Three years and one more baby (Emmeline) later, it came to life. The inaugural collection launched this spring and includes 6 styles that range from casual to professional to party. It reflects the sensibility of an urban mom, who Shimada says, “is not just a mom, but a woman who wears many different hats.” Mitera is also committed to newborn and maternal health; a percentage of revenue will support organizations working in that space.

    Below, Shimada talks about the journey to launch Mitera, and how it’s helping solve at least one challenge we all face postpartum: what to wear.

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    Tell us about your own breastfeeding experience.
    Society expects and everything in the media tells you that you are supposed to be HAPPY to be a mom. But having done it twice now, it is not that simple. I admit that the first three to four months into my postpartum period was both the happiest and hardest time of my life. As a global health professional who specialized in maternal and child health, I knew the benefits of breastfeeding and I spent my career educating women in different parts of the world about the importance of breastfeeding and its benefits for both the baby and mom. But when it was my turn, I realized how hard it actually was. My nipples cracked and bled and they hurt for a good month and a half (with both kids!). Constant breastfeeding sessions every few hours = no sleep, no rest. Pumping sucked. Period. But after persevering through a few problems for the next two months, I was successfully breastfeeding and came to really enjoy it.

    How did that experience plant the seed for Mitera?
    Just when I had gotten used to the breastfeeding process, I encountered another problem – breastfeeding in public. On top of already feeling unattractive, I could not really wear clothes that made me feel somewhat normal. Instead, I was wearing ‘nursing’ friendly clothes where I could easily and ‘discreetly’ pop my breasts out for feeding my son or lift a shirt exposing my midriff, the most vulnerable part of my postpartum body to nurse. Both of my babies were extremely unhappy with the nursing cape that they constantly batted away, every time I tried to cover myself. When my son was 3 months old, we took him to Japan (my home country) to introduce him to his extended family. In addition to the stress of traveling internationally with my newborn son, it was also a struggle to feed, pump and store milk at the airport and in the economy seat of an airplane. It was messy and I felt uncomfortable, frustrated and miserable.

    Mom Fashion - Mitera Collection

    What about your back-to-work experience?
    Four and a half months after Hugo was born, I went back to work. The lactation room in our building was located in a dark basement. After trying to pump there a couple of times, I started pumping in my office with a big sign on the door saying “DO NOT ENTER.” I pumped while checking emails. I pumped while eating lunch. I pumped while on conference calls. I pumped all the time.

    This is when I ran into yet another challenge – my wardrobe. Since my days were so busy with no option to stay late, I had to be ultra efficient while accommodating my pumping schedule. My attire had to be in line with the professional look of the World Bank, but also make it easy for me to quickly access my breasts for pumping.

    Out of necessity, I started sketching my ideas out for nursing dresses nice enough to wear to the office. Initially, I never really thought about making them. But, then I realized that I couldn’t find anything in the market that really worked for me. I found a patternmaker in Japan to make the prototypes and had a tiny factory in Kobe produce the first samples of my breastfeeding dresses. I wore them all myself out of necessity and also to test them. It was not long until other moms started noticing them and asking me where I got the dresses. So, I continued working on the design in the evenings after I put my son to bed, while holding down a fulltime job that required constant international travel. It took me another three years and one more baby to decide to develop my idea into a business.

    Tell me about the Mitera aesthetic.
    Contemporary, Sophisticated, Modern, Chic, Urban, Simple, Inspiring and Empowering. I designed all the dresses from the point of view of a woman who is a mother. Our dresses are designed to be first and foremost beautiful and then functional and practical. I want women to feel like they are done the minute they put on our dresses (as moms, we are always short on time, right?). All of our pieces are designed to be versatile – from day to night, brunch to dinner, playdate to cocktail, office to evening, and kids birthday parties to weddings.

    Mitera maternity dress

    How are they functional for breastfeeding and comfortable for postpartum?
    All of our dresses have the patent-pending hidden zipper system which allows for discreet feeding and pumping. Three out of the six dresses have what we call a modesty bra, which is a thin lining or a loose sports bra offering extra protection when the zippers are open. All of our dresses are machine-washable and several come with huge pockets for essential mom items like keys, pacifiers and toy cars. I know how messy mommying can get, so I envisioned those days when I might be nursing a baby while dealing with a toddler covered in Nutella or some other sticky substance! With our timelessly chic design, completely hidden zipper access and practical luxury afforded by details like pockets and washability, our pieces are meant to be worn through pregnancy, nursing and well beyond, through the joys and challenges of motherhood. I wanted to design dresses that women would want to wear even if they are not pregnant or nursing.

    What kind of fabrics do you use?
    We use only high quality durable and washable fabrics made in Japan. This has practical and ethical reasons. We searched high and low for luxurious yet durable and washable materials for our dresses. While it would be nice to wear a silk dress, it is not practical when you have small children and cost of dry cleaning could be prohibitive. I personally source fabrics from Japan and we know where our fabrics are manufactured and feel confident about their quality, as well as traceability.

    Why is wearing a nursing-specific item so important for a breastfeeding mom?
    Most dresses do not allow easy access for discreet breastfeeding. Most of the time actually, wearing a dress as a breastfeeding mom means taking it all off or becoming half-naked if there was a zipper in the back, in order to nurse. It is just not practical. There are great designs like the classic V-neck dresses or crow-neck dresses where you can access your breasts for feeding or pumping, but the problem is that these designs are fairly limited. I wanted to wear dresses to go to the office and needed something that was professional as well as elegant and something that allowed me to easily access my breasts for frequent pumping while I was on a conference call or typing an email. I could certainly not wear a deep V-neck with my protruding lactating boobs (lol!).

    Postpartum fashion - Mitera Collection

    What can we expect in future seasons from Mitera?
    We might be adding fun colors to add to the existing line and our second collection is in the works. We are thinking a jumpsuit, maybe a top and more! We also have plans to design nursing bras and accessories all with the same Mitera aesthetic.

    Tell us more about the mother-to-mother program.
    Because of my background in global public health, I have always been passionate about issues surrounding maternal and child health. When I became a mother myself, these issues became even more personal. Pregnancy and childbirths should be the one of the happiest times of a woman’s life, yet the reality in the most of the developing world is different.

    Each year around the world, 2.9 million newborns needlessly die within their first month and an additional 2.6 are stillborn. One million babies die the same day they are born. Furthermore, approximately 290,000 mothers die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Over 90% of the deaths occur in the developing world, and 90% of them are preventable. While great strides have been made in reducing global child mortality, newborns now account for 44 percent of all childhood deaths. That is why we decided to focus on newborn health.

    With our Mother to Mother program, our intention is to help bring innovation to affect social change – in this case, to improve maternal and newborn health. Our focus is to identify innovators and market disruptors who are working to improve maternal and newborn health and partner with them in our program.

    Our first partner will be D-Rev, a San Francisco based non-profit product development company dedicated to improving access to world class medical technologies for the population living on $4 a day. We chose to partner with them because 1) they focus in particular on newborn health through their device called ‘Brilliance’ to treat neonatal jaundice, 2) they are innovative in how they aim to achieve their goal of radically improving accessibility to health technologies that can save and improve people’s lives, 3) all of their products are designed to scale on the market, not through donations or subsidies, 4) they are committed to transparency which is important to us in terms of showing our customers where our donation goes.

    Mitera white dress

    This article is by Jessica Pallay, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week of July 13th, 2015

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    A Wearable Tech Startup is Attempting to Fix a Problem the US Could Face as Early as 2020 (Business Insider): Introducing young generations, especially young girls, to tech through customizable-by-code accessories.

    Dedicated Dad Goes Viral After Dressing as a Minion to Take Son to Minions Movie (HuffPost): Because we all need a little dress-up in our lives.

    Moms of Twins Uses Hilarious Signs to Shut Down Strangers Who Ask Intrusive Questions (HuffPost): When strangers ask you intrusive questions...

    Prenatal Blood Tests Could Detect Cancer in Mothers (WSJ): These noninvasive tests used to find genetic flaws in a fetus can also detect undiagnosed cancer in mothers.

    Baby Overjoyed After Trying on Glasses For the First Time (Yahoo): A whole new world to explore, with the help of one pint-sized pair of glasses

    No More Pump & Dump: IBM Plans To Ship Employee's Breast Milk Home (Fortune): A new company perk catered towards the needs of new moms

    The Independent Mothers of Iceland (The New Yorker): Being a single mother in the "most feminist country in the world."

    Babies' Poop Faces Captured in Glorious Slow Motion in Award-Winning Pampers Ad (Adweek): Some glorious potty humor to end the week!

  • 5 Summer Beauty Fixes

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    When your body is changing during pregnancy, the hot summer months can bring a whole new crop of summer beauty problems, such as sunburn, dry hair, sweat and more. Luckily, there are many all-natural and pregnancy-safe beauty fixes for your summer beauty woes. Here's our list:

    Summer Beauty Problem: Sunburn

    Prevent sunburns from happening in the first place by using an all natural sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and follow sun safety practices. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and after water activities or excessive sweating. For damaged skin, apply aloe vera or natural body balm. Nine Naturals Body Balm is made with Mongongo Oil, which has traditionally been used to protect against the harsh desert climates.

    Summer Beauty Problem: Chlorine Dry Hair

    To bring back shine, use an all-natural deep conditioner, such as Nine Naturals Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner or coconut oil to tame tresses. Rinse out with cool water to avoid further heat damage. Try leaving either in overnight for extra lustrous hair!

    Summer Beauty Problem: Sweat

    To keep cool and prevent sweat, wear loose clothing in airy fabrics. Don't be afraid to sweat though, as it allows your body to naturally release toxins, but combat body odor by using a pregnancy safe deodorant, like Nine Natural's.

    Summer Beauty Problem: Dry, Itchy Skin

    Skin can get very dry in the summer heat, especially during pregnancy. Today, 80% of lotions sold in the U.S. contain alcohol–not what sensitive, itchy skin needs. Try our Moisturizing Body Cream and Regenerative Belly Butter for itchy bellies and our Natural Belly Oil made with coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and tamanu seed oil to stay hydrated long after a shower. And don't forget to drink plenty of water!

    Summer Beauty Problem: Breakouts

    Excess hormones from pregnancy and extra sweat from hot summer months can lead to the perfect acne-causing combination. To manage acne naturally, wash face twice daily with a gentle, all-natural facial cleanser. Use natural skincare products and makeup that is free of harsh chemicals such as dimethicone and fragrance, which can clog pores or cause irritation. Change your pillowcase often to prevent bacteria buildup on the fabric of your pillowcase.


    Let these beauty fixes enhance your summer with healthy lustrous hair and radiant glowing skin. Now you can be free of the usual summer stresses and the ever-lurking chemicals that can keep you from achieving your summer beauty and wellness goals.

  • How to Sleep Better During Pregnancy

    3 tips for getting better quality sleep during pregnancy and beyond, TCM-style.

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    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Sleep–what an indulgence it has become for all of you mamas. I am merely a mom to be, and I am beginning to realize already that growing a baby, even one that’s still marinating in the belly, can be a real challenge to our precious sleep patterns. But, knowing what I know about the importance of sleep, and how it affects us spiritually, I am trying my best to get as much rest as I possibly can.

    As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I have the luxury of practicing a medicine that is not only technical and solution-oriented but also beautifully spiritual. And, sleep is one of those aspects of life that is not only insanely important and restorative but also very telling and diagnostic from a TCM perspective.

    In TCM, we see sleep as a representation of our spirit. By this I mean, our spirit—the part of us that interacts with the world all day long, mentally and emotionally—affects and is affected by our sleep. As the beautiful analogy in TCM explains, our spirit rests in our hearts at night. If our spirit isn’t finding rest, then our bodies are not being replenished and restored and our spirit—our emotional state—will suffer. In TCM, we see the heart as being a warm and cozy bed, which should be inviting to the spirit so that it can sleep and restore each night while we sleep.

    However, if the heart is encumbered by stress or negative emotions it becomes rigid and inhospitable and we will therefore experience restless, fitful and unfulfilling sleep. To quote a TCM theory:

    “Prolonged emotional strain and unresolved emotional issues impact the heart. When a person is overwhelmed with worry, resentment, craving or other intense emotions, the heart has no room for the spirit. The spirit flies away and the radiance of present awareness no linger illuminates the person’s life.”

    So what does all this mean? Of course, life happens, and sleep can become limited in supply. However, even if we aren’t getting as much sleep as we once did, we should still work towards having peaceful and restorative sleep. We should still be aware of the hospitality of our hearts. This entails finding a way to clear your heart of negative emotion and worry so that you can entice your spirit to rest in your heart and thereby sleep—even if for less time than you’d like—in a way that replenishes not only your energy but your spirit.

    Here are my top three recommendations for creating a more hospitable and peaceful heart:

    1. Meditate. I know, I know—who has time for meditation?! I hear you. Believe me. And, I don’t even have a kid running around just yet. But… you can try to steal a few minutes each day for some deep, cleansing, spirit settling breathing. Even if it’s only a 3-5 minutes. Set the alarm on your phone (or download a meditation app like Headspace) and sneak away into a quiet space (even a bathroom stall works!) and breathe. Clear your mind, let go of pent up emotions, feel your body and just be.

    2. Express. By this I mean: don’t hold stuff in. Let it out. Even if only in an email or a letter you write to yourself. Express your emotions. Holding things in only leads to a more rigid heart and a restless spirit. Express don’t repress—your peace hinges upon it.

    3. Be Kind To You. Yes, first and foremost, be nice to the most important person in your life—YOU! Especially as mothers—or moms-to-be—we need to practice self love and kindness if only as a way to demonstrate to our children how imperative it is to love yourself first and foremost. Take time each day—a few seconds—to say something nice and kind to YOU. And tune into that judgmental voice in your head and challenge it. For every not so nice thing you say to yourself, respond with something softer and more loving. When I am in my head, being hard on myself, I’ll often remind myself, “Aimee you are doing the best you can do right now and I love you.” Try it, it feels so good!

    Your heart longs to be warm, soft, open, loving and hospitable. It yearns to be free of emotional constraint and negativity. Support your health, your emotional state and your sleep by freeing yourself of worry and stress. Instead, shift your focus to all the good that surrounds you, and you will experience more restful and restorative sleep.

    This article is by Aimee Raupp, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

  • Things We've Read: Week of July 6th, 2015

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    Are You Washing Your Hair Wrong? (Refinery29): A new way to get better hair days all the time.

    Do You Trust A Robot With Your Baby? (Washington Post): When robots could start solving all our most stressful problems, including installing infant car seats correctly.

    Women's US Team Brings Home Their Third World Cup Trophy #SheBelieves (She Finds): There's nothing you can't do if you #believe! #SheBelieves

    Murphy's Law for Parents of 3-Year-Olds (HuffPost): Mischief managed.

    The U.S. Navy Just Made An Incredible Update to Its Maternity Leave Policy (Huff Post): Slow progress, but it's getting there! Women serving in the Navy & Marine Corps will receive 18 weeks of maternity leave, 3x the previous policy.

    Pregnancy Test: Fiber Optics Might Make It Possible For Smartphones to Detect Pregnancy, Monitor Diabetes (Medical Daily): The power of the smartphone.

  • Dressed To The Nines: Pregnancy Fashion For Every Trimester

    Pregnancy is no obstacle to great style! It’s also the philosophy behind NINE IN THE MIRROR, a new online destination for expectant women and new mothers. Featuring a handpicked selection of non-maternity ready-to-wear looks from leading designers and expert editorial, it’s one to add to your bookmarks bar. Here is your guide to dressing for all nine months of expecting by the revolutionary site.

    THE FIRST TRIMESTER

    Every woman is different: you may not notice any visible sign of a rounded stomach until well after 12 weeks or you might start showing early, especially if this isn’t your first baby. An A-line silhouette is your answer to concealing the first hint of a bump. Look to a style that is cut for a loose fit in a structured fabric or a graphic print. For work or after-dark dressing we love Mary Katrantzou’s vibrant patterned shifts and Marni’s playfully patterned dresses. For more casual days partner relaxed boyfriend jeans with a classic striped top. Now is the time to invest in the expectant essentials that will see you through your pregnancy and beyond. Even if you haven’t made the news public knowledge, there is no reason why you can’t start shopping! Think maternity denim, nursing bras and an oversized tote that you can convert to a baby bag later on.

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    SHOP THE FIRST TRIMESTER EDIT: Marni Floral Printed Silk Dress / Hatch The Love Bateau Top / J Brand Boyfriend JeansClare V.Perforated Leather Tote

    THE SECOND TRIMESTER

    Now that you are officially showing it is time to embrace the bump and have fun styling your changing shape. Take inspiration from the latest trends with fashion-forward styles that elegantly show off your feminine new curves. Match Marni’s statement floral shirt with the label’s printed trousers for a directional daytime look. Valentino’s little lace dress will make a standout impression for an evening out. With your energy returning, now is the perfect time to celebrate pre-parenthood and escape for a babymoon – don’t leave without Marysia’s vintage-inspired bikini.

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    SHOP THE SECOND TRIMESTER EDIT: Marni Tulip Print Cotton Poplin Shirt / Marni Printed Cropped Trousers / Valentino Lace Tunic Dress / Marysia Classic Bikini Top / MarysiaTiki High Waisted Bikini Briefs

    THE THIRD TRIMESTER

    Comfort is key in your third trimester. This doesn’t mean you have to give up your sense of style. Make a flattering yet fashionable denim maxi dress your new expectant uniform or turn to tailoring for effortless polish. Team Joseph’s navy sleeveless blazer with Hatch’s forgiving elastic waist trousers. With your due date fast approaching it’s wise to think about what to pack in your hospital bag. On our list? Eberjey’s luxe sleep shirt and the label’s cosy fleece-lined robe. Let’s face it, while giving birth is far from glamorous, there’s no reason why you can’t wear chic PJs!

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    SHOP THE THIRD TRIMESTER EDIT: Joseph Heavy Cotton Linen Irving Jacket / Valentino
    Oversized Cape T-Shirt / Hatch The Indochine Pants / Joseph Patchwork DressEberjey
    Robe With Fleece Lining

  • Pregnancy Smoothie

    The co-founder of Love Grace Organics gives us a simple pregnancy smoothie recipe for optimal health.

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    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Mothers-to-be are some of the most important people on the planet. Creating the next generation is a big job, so it’s important to make sure nutrition is top quality, organic, and nutrient-dense.

    Here’s a great multifunctional smoothie recipe for pregnant women that’s simple to make. It delivers a bunch of important nutrients such as folic acid (via berries and leafy greens), omega 3’s (via flax and walnut), clean protein and minerals (via spirulina). Plenty of other vitamins abound, and it tastes great too!

    Drink to your health!

    1 Banana
    1 whole orange, peeled and seeds removed.
    2 leaves of kale, stem removed
    1 half cup wild blueberries
    1 tsp Flax seeds
    1 Small handful of walnuts
    1 tsp Spirulina
    1 cup spring water

    This article is by Jake Mabanta, co-founder of Love Grace Foods, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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