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Shop Wendy Bellissimo’s New Maternity Line!

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Pregnant women, rejoice! Wendy Bellissimo does more than curate amazing nurseries–she’s also bringing her flair for design to Destination Maternity, with a clothing and accessories line that just launched this week.

Wendy’s California-inspired, affordable pieces will be on sale at Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores, and online. Fall always feels more fun when flannel shirts, loose sweaters, and tribal prints are involved, and Wendy’s collection offers just those options!

Check out these looks:

Flannel doesn’t have to feel masculine. The lace back of this $44 top adds a sweet, unexpected touch. 

Finally, a top that focuses on exposing your arms, not your tummy! The funky print of this $38 V-neck makes it great for day or night. 

Wondering what to wear to your baby shower? This $48 maxi dress is a great pick.

Which pieces are your faves? If you’re just beginning to build your maternity wardrobe, make sure you stock up on these must-haves:

5 Maternity Must-Haves
5 Maternity Must-Haves
5 Maternity Must-Haves

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What to Take for Pregnancy Pains

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

* By Sarah Lyon and Jessica Hartshorn

We hear from pregnant moms that when they walk into a drugstore, they’re not sure what’s safe and what’s not.

Obviously the number-one rule is to call your obstetrician’s office and get their okay before taking anything, even your regular pain medication. They’re going to know the latest recommendations, and be more reliable than any website. (Even ours!)

Another tip is to look for brands that cater specifically to pregnant women. Healthy Mama, for instance, is a line of seven FDA-approved products that address ailments including heartburn, aches and pains, and constipation, all deemed A-OK for pregnant and nursing women. “We put all the safest remedies under one brand umbrella, and they’re the safest solutions with the right formulations and dosages,” Healthy Mama founder Rachel Katz-Gallat said. Their most popular product is the “Boost-It-Up” caffeine-free energy drink (Olivia Wilde is a fan!), which also works to reduce morning sickness.

Earth Mama Angel Baby is mainly a line of pregnancy and postpartum skincare, but they also have teas for nausea and heartburn, and lots of advice on herbal remedies for problems such as swollen feet or a painful bottom (carrying a baby puts a lot of extra pressure there!).

In order to find some of these pregnancy-specific brands, you may want to look at a Whole Foods store or a Vitamin Shoppe, someplace where there are trained salespeople who can guide you. A salesperson can’t take the place of your doctor, but can give you suggestions that you can go back to your doctor and ask about. Their lines tend to be more natural, and also more focused; we found an entire “Mother & Children’s Health” section at a Vitamin Shoppe, which is not something you’re likely to find in your typical broad drugstore.

That said, if your local drugstore is all you have the time and energy for, the pharmacist on duty can be a good source of information as well. Feel better soon!

Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Copy Met Gala Looks…for Maternity!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Sure, celebs including Selena Gomez, Giselle Bundchen, and Emma Stone looked stunning at last night’s Met Gala, but most of us can’t afford to copy their style–let alone squeeze a bump into a designer gown (unless we’re Lake Bell!). However, with a little creative license, pregnant fashionistas can work to replicate these gorgeous looks. If you have a cocktail party on the calendar, read on, and click on any of the maternity pictures to buy a dress!

Just because you have a bump doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle like Chrissy Teigen! Don this metallic number and you’re sure to turn heads.

To blend in with the black and white crew (aka Cara Delevingne and Stella McCartney), try out this piece.

Rock black lace like Giselle Bundchen with this sexy number.

Go floral like Karolina Kurkova. It’s easy to copy her color scheme with this blue, flowy dress.

 Do something a little bit different and get funky like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

In this knee-length number, you can still look red-hot like Selena Gomez.

 Maybe Amber Heard’s lacy gown will inspire you to don this dress.

 Save the crop top for another day–but you can still rock pink like Emma Stone.

Click on any of the maternity dresses above to go to our shop, or just check out all our maternity dresses.

Not ready to let the world know you’re pregnant? Here are some outfit tips for those looking to hide a bump!

Hide a First-Trimester Bump
Hide a First-Trimester Bump
Hide a First-Trimester Bump

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How to Raise Healthy Eaters

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Kids and VegetablesWe all want to raise nutrition-smart kids, but where do you begin? Does a kindergartner need to know the difference between organic and processed foods? Aren’t babies just supposed to have breastmilk? And what about toddlers? Can we get them to do anything?

The good news is parents don’t need to go it alone in the quest for a healthier lifestyle. Local programs like The New York Foundling in New York City can help provide nutritional guidance.

“At The New York Foundling we empower our families by educating them on easy ways to incorporate healthy eating and the importance of nutrition,” said Bethany Lampland, COO, The New York Foundling. “We believe this is the most important step in enabling smart choices for years to come.”

To celebrate Nutritional Awareness Month, The New York Foundling’s Carlye Waxman, RD, CDN offers her tips on how and when to introduce healthy nutrition at different stages of a child’s life. And if you’re making feeding mistakes, don’t worry. There are easy fixes.

Prenatal: During pregnancy babies need vitamins, minerals and nutrients to develop properly. Get enough calcium by having 4 servings of dairy per day. Easy ways to do this – start your day with a yogurt (non-Greek has more calcium), have skim or low-fat milk as a snack, add cheese in your sandwich and have low-fat ice cream for dessert.

Babies: When your baby is around 6 months old, he or she can have more variety than just formula or breast milk. Introduce yogurt and cheese for necessary fat and calcium. Vegetables are important at this stage as well, not just for the nutrients they provide, but to encourage children eat their vegetables in the future. Be sure to introduce only one new food every few days to check for allergic reactions or intolerances.

Toddlers: Trying new foods may be a challenge if your toddler is choosy. Don’t force a new food if your child won’t accept it, but do try several times and don’t give up. Your child is also following your example, so eating healthy foods yourself will help him learn without even knowing it.

Kindergarten: This is the time to start involving your child in meal planning. Take her to the grocery store and ask her which vegetable she wants with dinner (present her with two or three options so she don’t get too confused). Serve foods that the rest of the family is eating as much as possible so they can learn by example. Don’t use desserts as a tool for children to eat their vegetables at this stage, or they may start to think of vegetables as bad or boring and simply a means to get to the real “delicious” foods after.

Tweens: The old adage is true: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It can influence test scores and help increase learning throughout the day. If you’re on-the-go a simple breakfast can include a slice of whole grain toast, low-fat milk with cereal and a banana. For mornings that you can prepare foods, try making oatmeal with low-fat milk. Buy plain uncooked oats and sweeten them yourself with natural sweeteners such as fruit and honey.

Kids of All Ages:  Routinely have dinners at home as a family. Dinners together provide a balance of home-cooked nutrients, and serve as a time to talk about the day, the food or the meal prepared. Aim to include three things in your meal: a lean protein, a whole grain starch and a plethora of vegetables. Children will learn what constitutes a balanced, filling meal and take that knowledge with them as they grow up.

Take a look at our Food & Recipe Guide for healthy (and delicious!) recipe ideas.

How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids

Image: Happy Kid with vegetables and fruits sitting at the table via ShutterStock

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the third in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our Parents.com fans. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them. 

THE DESTINATIONDolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach, California

On the rugged coast midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this all-suite property offers full kitchens in every room and a pool that overlooks the Pacific and its heavenly sunsets. Take a day trip to sightsee in Big Sur or take a tour of the famous Hearst Castle from your homebase at Dolphin Bay.

BOOK IT! Daily rates start at about $395; you can check your travel dates online at TheDolphinBay.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! The resort created a Babymoon Special for us that includes a one-bedroom oceanfront suite, a 75-minute prenatal massage, and $100 restaurant credit at Lido at Dolphin Bay.  The package price is $600 a night or $1,000 for two nights. This offer is good through December 2014, excluding holiday periods and weekends in June, July and August. Other restrictions may apply. Call 800-516-0112 for full detail or go here to book this deal

Keep fit and have fun all 40 weeks of your pregnancy; watch this video for a bit of motivation!

Pregnancy Workouts: How to Stay Motivated
Pregnancy Workouts: How to Stay Motivated
Pregnancy Workouts: How to Stay Motivated

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Rosie to the Rescue!: Special Ask-the-Psychics Edition

Friday, March 7th, 2014

While putting together our April issue (on newsstands March 11), the editors at Parents couldn’t wait to get the scoop on the newest addition to Rosie Pope’s family. Rosie’s official due date was not until March 12, so we asked two clairvoyants to predict baby number 4′s birth details for us. Here’s what they predicted:

 

Update! Our beloved Parents contributor gave birth March 6, just before 5 a.m., to Bridget Monroe Pope. After a long labor, the little one weighed in at 7 lbs., 12 oz.

So how did our psychics do?

Both correctly predicted that Rosie would have a girl. Cheri chose the right range for little Bridget’s weight and Sunfairy Chrissy’s “feeling” that March 6 would be her birthday was dead-on. Cheri also correctly called the time window, although the baby was not born at home. As Rosie recovers in the hospital, she is beaming over her family’s new arrival: “She is a mini J.R.!,” Rosie says, marveling at the resemblance between little Bridget and her eldest big brother.

Congratulations to Rosie, her husband, Daron, and the entire Pope clan!

Are you expecting? Check out Rosie’s Style Tips for Mom-to-Be in the video player below or find Parents’ picks for top maternity gear here.

Rosie Pope's Style Tips for Mom-to-Be
Rosie Pope's Style Tips for Mom-to-Be
Rosie Pope's Style Tips for Mom-to-Be

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American Baby Babymoon Deal: W Hotels of New York City

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the first in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our Parents.com fans! For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them. 

THE DESTINATION: Any of the four W Hotel properties (Union Square, Times Square, Lexington Avenue, and Downtown) that serve New York City and specifically Manhattan.

Any of these hip hotels can serve as your springboard to the excitement of the Big Apple, whether you want to see a Broadway show, shop SoHo, dine in Tribeca, check out the view from the top of a skyscraper, or just people-watch in this amazing city.

BOOK IT! From about $380 to $500 per night; check your dates for any location at starwoodhotels.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL:  NYC Best of the Bump presented by Forty Weeks and W Hotels, New York Pregnancy-marketing experts at Forty Weeks have put together a package that gets you a room, late check-out so you can enjoy every moment of precious sleep while you still can, mocktails, a gift from Bliss Spa, a chemise and gift card from Belabumbum, and a Skip-Hop diaper bag. For your cravings, you’ll get a snack from Keep It Sweet and a gift card to Empire Biscuits. Plus, you’ll be fitted at NYC’s Yummy Mummy for a bra and tank by Bravado Designs and a Medela Accessory Pack. You’ll event get a $100 shopping credit from the Belly Dance maternity boutique, all for about the same cost as a regular night (which starts between about $350 and $500, depending on the property). Restrictions apply and this offer won’t be good forever, it’s just for March 21, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Call 877-946-8357 for full details and to book a Best of the Bump stay; if booking at whotelsnewyork.com, the code you want to use is BESTBUMP. Have fun!

 

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4 Maternity Looks for the Holidays

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

** guest-edited by Amy Tara Koch,  style expert and author of the pregnancy-style bible Bump It Up

To the pregnant woman, there’s one aspect of this season that triggers anxiety: shopping for dressy maternity clothes. From mid-November until January, women must step up their style to express the celebratory verve of the holidays. But with a watermelon in the belly, dressing for the parade of parties can be stressful.

Here’s the deal: you don’t need to invest in an entirely new wardrobe to create festive and flattering outfits. The secret is having key maternity basics (namely a great dress or tunic) that can be layered into holiday-worthy ensembles. Dramatic accessories are the difference between ho-hum and high wattage. By pairing a flattering silhouette with glammy statement jewelry, fashionable footwear and a great bag, you can pack away your holiday-dressing jitters. Here are four standout looks based on maternity fashion finds from our Parents.com shop.

ON THE EDGE 

This starts with one of the ASOS Maternity Swing Dresses on our site for between $26 and $80. Forever 21 accessories kick it up, including Sleek Long Fringe Earrings ($5.80) and a Paneled Clutch ($19.80). The stack of bracelets might be something you already own, or you can consider these from Baublebar for $52. Pull on booties instead of heels for the added edge. These Nine West Junia Booties are $139.

GRAPHIC GODDESS 

Here we begin with our store’s ASOS Maternity Midi Tulip Dress with Wrap Front for $62. It gets an instant cool factor with the  DKNY Jeans Chunky ZigZag Long Cardigan, a splurge at $91 but something you’ll use all winter and, because it’s not maternity, you can wear forever. The chain bracelet is $7.80 at Forever 21 and the Merona Satchel is $35 at Target. Add your own jewelry and booties or try this necklace is One by Dallas + Carlos for $98 and the Marana booties from DV by Dolce Vita for $129.

POISED & POLISHED 

This cheery look starts at our shop with A Pea in the Pod’s ¾ Sleeve Drape Front Maternity Dress for $60. Add a gold skinny belt like this $10 number from BDG. The $50 H&M Boucle Jacket, which isn’t maternity and will serve you after pregnancy, too, looks professional and gives you coverage if you’re self-concious about your shape. Add your own gold hoops (these are $25 Sequin NYC Studded Hoops from Nordsrom) and wedge pumps (these are $80 Calvin Klein pumps from DSW). The $144 Heather Belle & Co. wristlet is cool; Vegan Leather!

SHEER STYLE 

If you’re more comfy in pants, grab a dressy tunic like our shop’s Jessica Simpson for Destination Maternity Long Sleeve Lace Trim Maternity Tunic for $59 and put them over the AG Jeans Secret Belly Fit Corduroy Pants for $210 (worth it because you’ll wear those suckers twice a week for all nine months, trust us!). Forever 21 has the Rock & Roll Faux Leather Clutch for $21.80, and H&M has the $6 20 Pack of Bracelets and $8 ring. A scarf gives added color; it doesn’t have to be fancy but we do love this Yarnz Geo Eye Scarf for $145. Enzo Angiolini’s Zeric Riding Boots finish things off at $100.

For more pregnancy style tips follow Amy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Also browse our maternity store; we add new items every day!

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