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Thursday, November 28th, 2013
On Thanksgiving, when it’s natural to overeat (and eat and eat!), it seems only fitting to talk about wanting to look slimmer. I get it—pregnancy and ill-fitting maternity clothes can cause your self-esteem to take a major nosedive. Your butt is bigger than it’s ever been (and not in a good Kim Kardashian sort of way), your thighs are jigglier than Grandma’s Jell-O Surprise, and stretch marks are starting to pop up in places you never even imagined possible. What to do? Many women are turning to pregnancy shapewear to smooth, enhance and reshape their bodies to give them sexy hourglass figures (with a bump, of course).
But a piece in the Daily Mail has me questioning just how safe control underwear can be. While OB-GYN Dr. Mike Bowen says the nylon and Lycra shapers would likely have no effect on your unborn little one since he or she is “safely cocooned in your womb,” other experts brought up good points I never would have thought of: like how you could be constricting the blood flow to your baby, according to National Childbirth Trust adviser Elizabeth Duff, which can of course be dangerous because babies depend on their mom’s blood flow to bring oxygen to them.
If you’ve ever worn Spanx (and I will admit I have, and that I hated every single second of it), you know what a pain they are to get on and off. Well, that annoyance—according to Gail Johnson, a midwife and education advisor at England’s Royal College of Midwives—could deter you from going to the bathroom when you need to, which in turn could cause painful Urinary Tract Infections (something pregnant women are already prone to).
And like the old adage says, “Use it or lose it,” the built-in support from the shapers, when worn daily, can actually weaken muscles in the stomach and lower back, says London-based physiotheropist Sammy Margo, causing injuries to you once the baby is born and you’re constantly having to pick up your bundle of joy.
My few experiences with body shapers were miserable enough for me to never go back to them—and that was when I wasn’t pregnant. I can’t even imagine trying to hold it all in when your body is naturally trying to spread out and make room for your growing baby. I know the cliché is, “no pain, no gain,” but I’d take my comfy Adidas sweatpants over a tight-fitting body shaper any day! It’s important to feel beautiful, especially when you’re pregnant, but like my latest pregnancy muse, Drew Barrymore, said, “You’re not supposed to look perfect while you’re making babies—making babies is the perfection.” Wiser words were never spoken! Embrace those newfound curves, ladies. Don’t hide them!
Image of pregnant woman courtesy of Shutterstock.
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Monday, November 18th, 2013
As women, we’re hard enough on ourselves as it is. Being pregnant—when we should be in total bliss—can make it even harder. Instead of focusing on how amazing it is that we’re bringing a baby into this world, it’s easy to concentrate more on the little annoyances that come along with the baby, like having none of our favorite clothes fit anymore! Yes, your belly and your butt are now out to there. Big deal, says Drew Barrymore! “You’re not supposed to look perfect while you’re making babies—making babies is the perfection,” the oh-so-wise Drew told Women’s Health. “There’s just no such thing as perfection. So if you’re trying to get there, you’re just torturing yourself.”
Take it from Drew (whose pregnant with a sibling for 13-month-old daughter, Olive), and don’t beat yourself up when you’re having an ugly day (we all have them!). You may get pregnancy acne or the frizzies, feel bloated, or not know how to dress this new body of yours. When that happens, remind yourself that you’re a mom-to-be and that’s a very beautiful thing.
Actress and entrepreneur Drew wears many hats, but she feels that being a mom is her most important job ever. “Being a mom is first,” she says. “That’s now No. 1.” For many women, that’s how it is as soon as they find out their pregnant . But before he or she arrives, take time out for yourself and do some pampering—you’re worth it. The happier and healthier you are, the happier and healthier you’re baby on board will be. If a new haircut or new outfit is what it takes to make you feel better, go for it! It may seem a little superficial, but trust me (and Drew), self-esteem goes a long way to get you through your pregnancy!
TELL US: Do you have any self-esteem boosting tips for other moms-to-be?
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Friday, July 26th, 2013
With the joys of pregnancy also come the exhaustion, aches and pains. While it’s tempting to kick back on the couch and watch a whole Real Housewives marathon in one sitting, getting active is going to make you feel better, and it’s going to ensure a healthier pregnancy, and ultimately a healthier baby (which of course is the end goal!).
Pregnant yoga instructor, Extra Lifestyle Correspondent and wife to Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, is due with her first child, a daughter, at the end of the summer. Here, she shares her tips for a healthy pregnancy.
How has your workout changed since becoming pregnant?
My cardio softened quite a bit. I still did some spinning and jogging at the beginning, but you have to be careful not to get your heart rate up too high because the baby can’t sweat. Later in my pregnancy, I started swimming more and I do yoga every day. As your belly gets bigger, you have to widen your stance in yoga. If you’re squatting down, you need to make more and more space so your growing belly has room to breathe.
Do you think yoga is something all pregnant women can benefit from?
Some women are on bed rest or have other health considerations, but if your doctor suggests you exercise, then yes, I believe that all pregnant women should do yoga. It’s incredible for hip, lower back and foot pain, restless leg syndrome, circulation, and just the whole body and mind in general. It can also help with the delivery. A strong core and flexibility can really help with labor.
Do you ever think some women focus too much on getting their body back even before they have the baby? What advice would you give women who are worried about their bodies not bouncing back?
My advice is don’t let your body run away from you when you’re pregnant—stay active. I know it’s frightening to not be so thin, especially being someone who’s been thin my entire life. But remember that you’re doing something that is beautiful. You are creating life. It’s your responsibility to take a step back from your vanity for those 40 weeks to do what’s right for your child. Many studies I’ve read have said that exercising (with your doctor’s approval) and not letting your body run away from you promotes the best possible pregnancy and the best health for your child.
Have you seen changes in your skin since you’ve become pregnant?
No, other than a blemish here and there. I think one of the reasons I haven’t really had any problems is because I started moisturizing my skin from day one. Once you become pregnant you think a lot more about your overall health and well-being— your skin included. Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash has been an incredible addition to my beauty regimen because it is gentle and has shea butter so it keeps the moisturizers on your skin even after the cleansers rinse away. So I never feel dry.
Pregnancy has its perks, but it can also bring on some not-so-attractive side effects (acne, hair loss, indigestion, etc). How do you manage to feel confident and sexy while pregnant?
I work out every day. Not only does that give you endorphins and adrenaline that carries you throughout the entire day, but it also promotes circulation. In an expanding body, staying active keeps everything at bay. During pregnancy your body is supposed to grow and you should embrace that womanly figure. In the end, taking good care of your body makes you feel good as well.
You always look great. What’s your best maternity style secret?
A Pea in the Pod has great jeans. But it’s important to also understand that you don’t have to wear maternity clothes. Most of my clothes aren’t. Recently, I learned that you can wear a skirt as a dress just by adding a belt. It’s the best thing ever!
What’s been the most surprising thing about pregnancy?
Feeling the baby kick! You know from the start that the baby’s going to kick, but when you really feel it, it is such a wonderful and bizarre feeling at the same time. It just makes you cry because you’re so happy. The second most surprising thing is not being able to remember anything. I had no idea about pregnancy brain!
The most exciting?
Getting to know your baby. I haven’t met her on the outside yet, but I feel like I know her so well. I’m at the point now when I’m really getting to interact with her and if I talk, I feel her respond.
There are a lot of medical tests and waiting for test results can be scary, but yoga helps me through that [stress] a lot.
What’s been the most fun for you to buy for the baby?
The gear! We were really excited to get our strollers. We have two: the Bugaboo Chameleon, which I’m really excited about. But I definitely need a tutorial on how to use it—there are so many levers! We also have a Graco stroller and car seat combo. The other thing that I wanted, right from the beginning, was the Mamaroo. My friend had one and her baby was the most content baby ever! It has a car mode, a wave mode, there’s music that plays, and so I immediately went out and bought it, although my husband pointed out that I was only four months pregnant at the time!
What’s the sweetest thing your husband has done for you since you’ve been pregnant?
I had one really crazy pregnancy moment when I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t eat dinner. Around 1 AM, I popped out of bed and said that I needed to eat right then! I had never done that before and I was almost in tears. Alec ran downstairs, but we didn’t have that much food in the house, so he brought up melon and almonds. He just watched me while I inhaled all of it, then went back to sleep.
Have you dropped any hints about a push present?
I didn’t know about push presents until someone explained it to me. Ultimately, my present is the baby. But knowing Alec, he’s very generous and he always spoils me. He’s a total sweetheart, but I’m not really big into presents. She’s the real present, so we’ll put a bow on her!
TELL US: How are you staying fit during your pregnancy?
Image of Hilaria Baldwin courtesy of Olay.
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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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