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A Little Love to Destination Maternity; the Mothership Turns 8!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Happy 8th birthday to Destination Maternity’s flagship store, in New York City. It’s the largest maternity apparel store in the world, and incidentally, a great resource for us at American Baby and Parents since our offices are not many blocks away! 

Destination Maternity houses both Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod under one roof. Motherhood, the less pricey of the two, is the only maternity source to win a place in our coveted American Baby Bests Award stories. (The poll for Best Maternity Clothes for 2014 doesn’t go up until April, but please vote for your favorite baby gear in the meantime! And enter to win $300!)

Destination Maternity operates hundreds of stores, so we’re betting there’s one near you, and there’s always the online site. Five top reasons to check in with them during your pregnancy:

1. Their sales associates are experts in all things maternity and nursing. That’s why I brought my sis-in-law to the store a year ago. She spelled out her very specific needs (conservative work dresses for a petite, curvy gal) and an employee became our personal shopper. PS It helped that we went first-thing on a weekday; that’s when you get the place more or less to yourself!

2. Preggos are nuts for the line’s Secret Fit Belly jeans. Even my sis-in-law, who went in saying she wasn’t going to bother with pants. She tried them on, and you could see the “ah-ha!” moment in her eyes. We’ve seen the same thing with models at American Baby photo shoots: Women who are trying to wear their old pants, unbuttoned, put on the Secret-Fit ones, and it’s like they’ve been liberated.

3. We know plenty of women need a special-occasion dress during their pregnancy–a baby-shower outfit if nothing else. There are a ton of dresses from Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod. Listen, I know there are also maternity-rental sites where you can “borrow” dressy clothes. But I still remember my pregnancies too clearly to totally get on board with renting. I was sweaty, I was clumsy, my sizing was weird…I needed to own my clothes, even the dressy ones. And for heaven’s sake, there are plenty of Motherhood dresses in the $40 range!

4.  Like some other big chains we know and love, they have designer collaborations that now include Jessica Simpson Maternity and The Honest Company  and, coming soon in March, L by Jennifer Love Hewitt. A Pea in the Pod also carries a bunch of designer brands including 7 for all Mankind, Rebecca Taylor, and Nanette Lepore.

5. Select locations have an Edamame Maternity Spa. And I can promise from personal experience that you don’t have to be pregnant to take advantage of the menu of services. So take your not-pregnancy friend with you!

And while we’re on the subject of looking and feeling great during pregnancy, get the lowdown on dying your hair and polishing your nails while you’re expecting by watching this!

Hair Dye and Nail Polish During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Hair Dye and Nail Polish During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Hair Dye and Nail Polish During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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15 Bikini Bumps: Who Bared Their Bellies At The Beach?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Bumpin’ and beautiful!

Proud of their pregnancy curves, celebrities love to bare their bumps in bikinis. Check out our gallery of high profile moms-to-be – including Megan Fox, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Bethenny Frankel – in two-piece swimsuits. bikini bumps

Read below and see some of our favorite bikini bumps.

Jaime King

Hart of Dixie star Jaime King bared her baby bump in a bikini via Instagram in July. “Backyard summer with baby and father,” the actress captioned the photo Thursday, referencing her filmmaker husband, Kyle Newman.

Since announcing her pregnancy in May, the first-time mom-to-be has been keeping fans updated via Twitter. “Our baby has the best name: The Untitled Newman-King Project,” she joked.

Jessica Simpson

While pregnant with her son Ace, Jessica Simpson tweeted a daring self portrait of her growing belly. “Bumpin’ and proud!” the blonde beauty wrote in December 2012.

In the revealing shot, the bare-faced Fashion Star mentor showed off her baby bump – and cleavage! – in a patterned bikini.

The singer-turned-entrepreneur was sharing on social media while vacationing in Hawaii. On Christmas Day, the fashion designer finally confirmed that she and fiancé Eric Johnson are expecting their second child by tweeting a photo of daughter Maxwell, then 8 months, sitting on the beach with “Big Sis” written in the sand.

Tori Spelling

When expecting her third child, Tori Spelling rocked her baby bump in a bikini on the beaches of Malibu in May 2011. Along with a white sarong, the reality TV starlet showed off her growing bump in a black bikini.

We were also able to sneak a peek at her new side tattoo with her wedding vows to hubby, Dean McDermott.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Just weeks before welcoming her second child, son Noah, Model mama Alessandra Ambrosio took to Twitter to share some pictures of her burgeoning belly on the beach and at her recent baby shower.

“So much fun at my little boy baby shower!!” she wrote. “Now just have to wait for him to arrive!!!” Proudly modeling her beautiful baby bump, Alessandra celebrated with friends and family in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Jessica Alba

While pregnant with daughter Haven, Jessica Alba showed off her growing baby bump in a bikini while holidaying in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in May 2011. Alongside her then 3-year-old daughter Honor, the Valentine’s Day star was expecting her second child with hubby Cash Warren.

Pink

While pregnant with her daughter Willow, Pink rocked a mini baby bump in a black bikini on the beaches of Los Angeles in November 2010. The Grammy Award-winning singer and her husband Carey Hart confirmed pregnancy reports shortly after this photo was taken.

Bethenny Frankel

Just three weeks before Bethenny Frankel welcomed her first child Bryn, the reality TV starlet wore a bikini while honeymooning with her then hubby Jason Hoppy in St. Barths, France in April, 2010.

The now estranged couple had just wed on March 28 in New York City and Bethenny went into labor early, welcoming their daughter on May 8.

Megan Fox

Though Transformers star Megan Fox and her handsome husband, Brian Austin Green, kept mum on their pregnancy news, the brunette beauty debuted her burgeoning baby bump in a bikini during a romantic Hawaiian getaway in June 2012.

The photos showed Brian caressing his bride’s bare baby bump as they took in the beautiful view from their private terrace. The couple were celebrating more than just the baby on the way – they were vacationing in Hawaii, where they tied the knot, to mark their second anniversary.

Alicia Keys

After getting married on the French island of Corsica on July 31, 2010, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz were photographed honeymooning in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France a few days later. The Grammy Award-winning singer had a baby on board and rocked her bump in a white bikini aboard the luxurious yacht.

On October 14, Alicia gave birth to the couple’s son, Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean, in New York City. Egypt is Alicia’s first child, while Swizz has three other kids from previous relationships.

Kendra Wilkinson

After getting hitched on June 27, 2009 at the Playboy Mansion, Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett were pictured on the beach during their honeymoon a few weeks later. The reality TV starlet was sporting a mini baby bump on the sandy beaches of St. Lucia.

On December 11, 2009 Kendra and Hank welcomed their first child, Hank Baskett IV.

Kim Kardashian

New mom Kim Kardashian bumped it up in a bikini during her recent vacation to Greece.

While seven months pregnant with daughter North, the reality star proudly bared her burgeoning belly in a series of trendy two-pieces while soaking up the sun on the island of Mykonos, where she and her famous family spent several days in April 2013.

Minnie Driver

At 9 months pregnant, actress Minnie Driver was spotted strolling with her pregnant sister. The Good Will Hunting actress rocked a bikini on the shores of Malibu on August 25, 2008.

The Academy Award-nominated actress welcomed her first child a few days later on September 5, a boy named Henry Story.

Camila Alves

Matthew McConaughey and his crew spent Labor Day, 2009 at the beach. The hunky actor’s pregnant then girlfriend, Camila Alves, and their adorable boy Levi, then 14 months, were seen walking the shores of Malibu.

At 5 months pregnant, Camila showed off her growing baby bump in a long summer skirt and bikini top. The Brazilian beauty gave birth to the couple’s second child, daughter Vida, a few months later on January 3, 2010. They have since been married and welcomed another child, son Livingston.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

During a December 2012 babymoon, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum were photographed enjoying the sand and surf in St. Barts, France. The actress bared her growing baby bump in a bikini, while her shirtless hubby enjoyed some snorkeling.

The day before, we spotted the expectant parents taking a romantic stroll along the beach.

The handsome couple have since welcomed their first child, daughter Everly, on May 31, 2013.

Gisele Bündchen

Weeks before welcoming daughter VivianGisele Bündchen rocked her bare baby bump in Miami Beach, Fla. in November 2012. Looking simply radiant in a leopard print bikini, a straw hat and aviator shades, the Brazilian beauty caught some rays with a pal at the beach.

The supermodel and her husband, Tom Brady, are also parents to son Benjamin, 3. The hunky quarterback also has a 5-year-old son, Jack, with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.

Who rocked their bikini bump the best?

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Pregnant Celebrities Showcase Hollywood’s Maternity Trends

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop

It’s a Hollywood baby boom. And what better way to celebrate high-profile baby bumps than with funky fashions?!

From Kate Middleton’s pretty trends, to Kim Kardashian’s bold statements, to Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s feminine chic fashions, let’s take a look at the top maternity styles from 10 pregnant celebrities.

Kate Middleton
We’ve only caught a few glimpses of Kate Middleton‘s maternity style — but so far, we approve! After leaving the hospital in December, Kate looked chic in a navy coat accessorized with a light blue scarf while holding a bouquet of yellow roses. And last month, we caught our first glimpse of her barely there belly in a gray Max Mara wrap dress. All eyes will be on the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, in the following months as her baby bump continues to grow.

Kristen Bell
From Hollywood glam, to skinny jeans and scarves, to feminine floral dresses, Kristen Bell has dressed to impress during her first pregnancy. At the Golden Globe Awards in January, the House of Lies star, 32, radiated the red carpet in an embellished floor-length Jenny Packham gown.

Holly Madison
Mom-to-be Holly Madison has been hitting the Las Vegas circuit over the past few months. Embracing her growing belly in form fitting dresses, the Playboy model, 33, has been rocking her baby bump on the red carpet.

Malin Akerman
From rocker chic, to maxi dresses and scarves, to red carpet radiant, Malin Akerman has been leading the way in top maternity trends this season. In November, the Rock of Ages actress, 32, wowed in an all-black ensemble while showcasing her barely there baby bump. As her belly has grown, she has embraced the curves with tight dresses and tops. Such a stunning mom-to-be!

Fergie
Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie announced her pregnancy news last month. And since then, all eyes have been on the singer-fashion designer, 37, as she dresses her lovely baby bump. From all black chic, to layers and scarves, to flowing and feminine, the Grammy Award-winning singer is mixing up the maternity trends during her first pregnancy.

Kim Kardashian
She’s received quite a lot of buzz about her maternity style so far! But what else would you expect from the 32-year-old reality star? She wowed in white on the red carpet, she raised eyebrows in high-waisted peplum pants, and she even wore a see-through blouse. We can’t wait to see how the mom-to-be continues to dress her growing baby bump.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Mom-to-be Jenna Dewan-Tatum has been dressing her growing belly in maxi dresses, skinny jeans and layers, and glam red carpet gowns. Always adding the perfect denim jacket or accessory, the Step Up star, 32, has been dressing to impress during her first pregnancy.

Jessica Simpson
During her second pregnancy, Jessica Simpson has looked radiant in black fitted outfits, partnered with chic jackets. From a pretty pink blazer, to modern military jackets, the singer-turned-fashion-designer, 32, is keeping things trendy as her baby bump grows.

Busy Philipps
Cougar Town star Busy Philipps has been looking chic in patterned maternity maxi dresses with flats and fitted red carpet gowns during her second pregnancy. Admitting this pregnancy has been “harder” than her first, the actress, 33, is opting for trendy yet comfortable maternity fashions this time around.

Amber Rose
Although she welcomed her first child “The Dash” last month, we’d be remiss not to mention the maternity fashions of Amber Rose. The model mom, 29, embraced her growing baby bump throughout her first pregnancy with form fitting dresses, polka dots, and caps.

Who has the best – and worst – maternity style?

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Celebrity Baby Scoop is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on Celebrity Baby Scoop.

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The Obsession with Kate Middleton — and Her Baby Bump

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

About 300 million people worldwide tuned in for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton–now formally Duchess of Cambridge–on April 2011 in London’s Westminster Abbey.

In September, news of Kate Middleton surfaced when Italian tabloid magazine Chi distastefully published photos  of Middleton sunbathing topless while on vacation in France.

In December, news of Middleton’s pregnancy broke, once again sparking interest in the couple’s relationship and the future heir to the throne–and it was only a matter of time until the paparazzi tried to obtain pictures of the Duchesses’ bump. Lo and behold, it was Chi  that managed to buy and publish photos of the couple–Middleton in a bikini exhibiting the tiniest of baby bumps!–on vacation on the Caribbean island of Mustique.

St. James’s Palace is not pleased, citing the publication “a clear breach of the couple’s right to privacy.”

While the couple were on a public beach, and while they are indeed very public figures, the paparazzi’s obsession with obtaining photos of the royal couple–especially of Middleton naked or exposed–is disrespectful. Middleton has managed to mostly keep a low profile, in part because of a diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum at the beginning of her pregnancy. But it really is a bummer that she can’t even enjoy a vacation without worrying about photos appearing in tabloids.

What are your thoughts? Is the paparazzi’s obsession with Kate Middleton–or any celebrity’s–baby bump photos totally creepy? Or should the couple expect such scrutiny for being major public figures?

Image: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attending The Epsom Derby, via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Kate Middleton Baby Bump Photos Published — Royal Family Is Not Pleased
The first photos of Kate Middleton’s bare baby bump have been published by the same Italian gossip magazine that printed pictures of the Duchess sunbathing topless in September, and according to Gawker, the royal family is irate. (via Time)

Texas Dad Accused of Murdering Drunk Driver Who Killed Kids
A Texas father, who watched a drunk driver strike and kill his two young sons, has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting the driver in the head moments after the accident. (via ABC News)

Helping Kids Through Mom’s Deployment
The Pentagon recently announced that women soon will be able to serve in virtually all combat roles. Subsequent reports seemed to create a flurry of confusion — were female soldiers to occupy new positions, or were they finally getting recognition for positions long occupied? (via Time)

Study: ADHD Symptoms Persist Despite Medication in 9 Out of 10 Kids
The current debate over ADHD medication focuses on whether the benefits — improved concentration, better behavior, better performance in school — outweigh the potential risks of medicating young children. Complicating all the abuse potential of ADHD drugs, with students using them off-label to get ahead in school and incidences of addiction, sometimes borne to tragic ends. (via The Atlantic)

Africa ‘Must Think Big for Its Children’
Africa has always been a continent of contrasts. And the latest findings from an amazing team of international researchers show that when it comes to providing our children with the best chances in life, Africa once more presents a very mixed picture. (via CNN)

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