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Monday, June 24th, 2013
Nude photo shoots aren’t just for Playboy Bunnies anymore! More and more women are baring all while pregnant in boudoir-style photo shoots. And not just celebrities like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Mariah Carey (who were all inspired by Demi Moore)—regular pregnant women like you are taking nude pregnancy pictures.
Some take naked pictures to preserve how beautiful pregnancy is. You have that natural “pregnancy glow,” making your skin look fabulous, and oxytocin, the natural feel-good drug, is pumping through you, making you happy 24/7 (even when your body is aching, heaving, or any number of other bad stuff!). Your body, and life, are both going through one of the largest transformations you will ever undertake. Why not capture the moment, and celebrate it?
Others do these risqué shoots to feel sexy at a time when their self-esteems could use a much-needed boost. Yes, even your fattest of jeans are too small right now. Yes, you can’t even reach your shoe strings let alone stand the thought of wearing a G-string (granny panties, anyone?). But, no, that doesn’t mean you aren’t attractive! The proof is in the photographer’s proofs. Embrace your newfound curves, and capture a priceless keepsake for you and your honey.
Or not. While many women are lining up to get their nude pregnancy pictures taken, there are still a lot of ladies who think the whole idea is just plain obscene, or downright embarrassing for their future children—another pic that will end up on Awkward Family Photos, right? And getting all dolled up in between Braxton Hicks contractions and putting on nothing but a smile for the cameras (which supposedly add another 10 pounds) is the last thing on earth you’d want to do when you already don’t feel comfortable in your very-stretched skin.
So the question is: Are nude pregnancy pics cheap and trashy or sweet and classy? And only you can answer that question for yourself.
TELL US: Will you be stripping down for a nude pregnancy photo shoot? Why or why not?
Image of pregnant woman courtesy of Shutterstock.
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Friday, May 3rd, 2013
I remember vividly the day my favorite jeans stopped buttoning when I was about six or seven months pregnant. I even teared up (thanks hormones!). My response may have been overly dramatic, but a good fit, nice color, and pretty silhouette go a long way to making you feel like a million bucks.
When you’re pregnant, dressing can be a major fashion challenge even for the trendiest mom-to-be because your body is always changing, and you don’t know which clothes in your closet are going to fit from day to day. Suddenly, you’re dressing this body that seems totally foreign to you, and you have no idea what’s going to look good on it. Olivia Capone Myers, Design Director for A Pea in the Pod, to the rescue! Olivia’s pregnant herself, and due in about two weeks. So not only is she a fashion expert, but she knows firsthand how to flatter a woman’s new curves. Here are her six tips to dressing—and feeling—like the goddess you are.
DON’T MAKE YOUR OVERSIZED SWEATS YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT.“When you’re pregnant, being comfortable is key,” says Olivia. “I see so many women wear their sweatpants everywhere, or even worse, their husband’s clothes, because they fit and they’re comfortable. There are so many other alternatives! Leggings, jeans, dresses! Jersey knits are the best.”
DO EMBRACE YOUR BUMP.
“Sometimes women think that if they wear bigger clothes—like buying a size or two up in a regular [non-maternity] dress—they will be able to hide their bump,” says Olivia. “Instead, the stomach may fit, but everything else is baggy and it just makes you look larger. You’re better off buying a maternity dress that fits you everywhere—like this Isabella Oliver Vivian Print T-Shirt Dress—and that accentuates your tummy, and still shows off all of your best assets.”
LAYERING DOESN’T MAKE YOU LOOK LARGER—IF DONE THE RIGHT WAY.
“Scoop, boat and V-neck tops are all a good choice for pregnant women, because they help frame your face,” says Olivia. “I live in camisoles that I can throw something over.” The only rule: watch your proportions. A long tunic with skinny jeans will help elongate you.
DO INVEST IN A GOOD PAIR OF JEANS.
“If you only splurge on one item, make it a pair of designer jeans that make you feel fantastic,” says Olivia. “Jeans, like these 7 for All Mankind Secret Fit Belly 5-pocket jeans, can be dressed up and down, so you can wear them just about anywhere.”
DO WEAR PATTERNS AND STRIPES.
“Women worry that they can’t wear patterns or horizontal stripes anytime—especially when they’re pregnant,” says Olivia. “But as long as you have an all-over print without a lot of negative space, or you have a simple stripe, they really flatter a pregnant woman’s body.”
DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR.“The instinct for pregnant women is to dress in dark colors, like navy or black, because they think it makes them look slimmer,” says Olivia. “But color actually really flatters your body, especially if you have ruching details around your stomach,” like in this Isabella Oliver sleeveless maternity dress.
TELL US: What have been your go-to maternity pieces? Do you have any style tips to share with your fellow moms-to-be?
Images courtesy of A Pea in the Pod.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
At first when the person I worshipped as a pregnancy
goddess—Jessica Alba—admitted to Net-A-Porter that she wore “a double corset day and night for three months” after
her second daughter, Haven, was born (seemingly to disguise the baby weight), I was mad. Jessica’s disclaimer about her modern-day torture device: “It’s not for everyone.” I certainly hope not! Unrealistic “role models” just make it that much tougher on the rest of us (and our egos!).
Then when I stopped and really thought about it, it just made me sad for her. Why on earth would a woman do something so excruciatingly painful? The answer is obvious: Jessica has insecurities just like the rest of us.
Admit it: Once you started gaining the baby weight—even though the sane you knew that it was all for a good reason (hello, you’re nourishing a baby!)—you started to freak. Maybe not a lot, but at least a little. I know I did, and unfortunately I don’t think I’m alone on this one. On a daily basis, women put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, like the beyond-beautiful, mom-of-two, Jessica Alba.
That pressure somehow seems to multiply when we’re pregnant. We’re worried about whether we’ll be good moms, if we’re eating all of the right foods, not forgetting to take our vitamins, working out even when we’re having morning sickness morning, noon and night—and we want to look amazing while doing it. That’s a lot to live up to! And don’t forget we’re completely emotional thanks to our raging hormones, so our Debbie Self-Doubter is in full effect!
As a celebrity, Jessica Alba has even more pressure on her to bounce back from baby weight gain in a flash. Paparazzi are photographing her every move. Tabloids make snarky comments and circle stars’ cellulite on the covers of their magazines. And it’s not just on the superficial front—if she doesn’t lose the weight, her next job may be at risk. Imagine if your career success was just as dependent on your looks as your talent. You’d probably go to some extreme measures too. So we need to cut her some slack, and not jump onto our judgy high horses.
Ladies, let’s make a pact to stop torturing ourselves—and each other (come on, give Kim Kardashian a break!)—over baby weight gain. It took nine months to put on the pounds, so we can’t expect ourselves to magically lose it overnight. Pinky swear!
Tell us what you think: Are you surprised Jessica Alba would do something so extreme to look more fit post-pregnancy? Or have you done something equally-surprising to hide or lose the baby weight? Confess! Leave your comments below.
Image of Jessica Alba courtesy of Shutterstock.
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