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TummyStyle Maternity & Nursing Clothes

Clothing for pregnant and nursing moms

  • Take a Babymoon!

    Congratulations! You are about to become a new mom! The pregnancy test has confirmed it. Maybe you are feeling queasy in that morning sickness kind of way or maybe you are starting to experience a serious baby bump and just can’t eat enough. Whatever the physical manifestations of your pregnancy are at this point, you are no doubt feeling excited, a little nervous and fidgety all at the same time.

    Along with the realization and planning of pregnancy and the whole idea of caring for another human being that will be totally dependent on you and, of course, simply adorable, your body is also undergoing radical changes inside and out. If it feels like an alien has taken up permanent residence in your body, you are completely right as your brain and body are experiencing a tremendous surge of hormones that makes everything that once seemed normal and rational is suddenly feels completely topsy-turvy and unpredictable. Often two opposing emotions and impulses co-exist without logical explanation. You can feel both fatigued and overcome with a nesting instinct all at the same time. Queasy and craving some weird food combination that would usually make you nauseous. You may feel the impulse to stay home while secretly pining to escape far away with your hubby, all at once. Not to worry, this is completely normal, just know you are feeling and behaving in a way that is not at all unusual for a woman expecting a baby, although not everyone admits it to their non-pregnant non-alien inhabited friends and family.

    During this crazy and exciting time, it is a good idea to plan at least one peaceful getaway with your significant other before the baby arrives. Much like your honeymoon after you got married, the babymoon is a fully recommended trip to take with your loved one before the baby arrives. Yes, emphasis is on before, because any trip you take after your baby arrives will be a different sort of vacation than the one you will take before. Also to note, not “before” as in your very last weeks of pregnancy as that baby may just decide to come earlier than planned as babies don’t always cooperate with your specific timetable.

    Any variety of a getaway trip qualifies for a babymoon. Whether you go on an extravagant beach vacation across the globe or explore an unfamiliar nook town around the corner over a long weekend at a cute B&B, it all qualifies. The important thing is that you plan it, get away, leave your work at home and enjoy some uninterrupted R&R with your hubby. Literally cast your cares, mute your phone and practice not looking at it for long periods of time. You may find you learn how to really mentally get away and unwind again.

    Whatever the location, a babymoon is a great time to bond with your hubby and your unborn baby. You can capture some beautiful relaxed pics of your baby bump that you can share with your future child someday and some fabulous couple pics to commemorate this special time in your lives.

    1 in the Oven Maternity Beach Cover up Dress 1 in the Oven Maternity Beach Cover up Dress

    If you are able to choose a seaside or even a poolside getaway, remember to pack a maternity swimsuit that actually fits and that you will feel beautiful and sexy in as you relax. It’s also a good idea to bring a maternity cover-up for those moments when you just want an extra layer that you can also easily peel off. Swimming some gentle laps in the pool or wading barefoot along the beach tide is a great way to unwind and focus on all the good in your life as you bottle this moment in time.

    Some couples choose this special time to pick a name or names for the baby and mentally process the exciting idea of a family of three (or four if you are expecting multiples). Maybe thinking of goals for the future and fun family vacations you can do as a family someday. Bring your journal and brainstorm! You can share these thoughts and memories again in the future and maybe you will want to do a yearly pilgrimage to your special babymoon place!

  • Fall Maternity Fashion

    Maternal America Font Tie Blouse Maternal America Font Tie Blouse

    It’s finally that time of year! Crisp air, the leaves are changing colors, the smell of pumpkin, and the days are getting shorter and shorter. The kids (if you have any) are back to school – Thank goodness! The whirlwind of summer activities are coming to an end. It’s that bittersweet time of year again; autumn!

    There is always something exciting about a new season, fall in particular. One can only take the summer heat for so long! Fall brings the opportunity for a blank slate and a calm, refreshed state of mind. However, this time of year can also be one of the busiest! Getting back into that normal routine is not always as effortless as it may seem. In the midst of back-to-school shopping, work appointments, and just about every other activity you could imagine, it is hard to find time for yourself, let alone time to shop for the new maternity wardrobe that the changing of the seasons demands.

    You pull out the tub of old, ill-fitting autumn apparel from years past. However this year you are pregnant and most of those styles that fit just fine last year are suddenly belly skimming or tight in the chest, but what other option do you have in such a time crunch? What you may not have realized before is that not only is the old tub out of style, nothing in it fits your changing shape!

    While it’s fun to find new things you don’t want to over invest in a fall maternity wardrobe that you could quickly outgrow and maybe never wear again. However there is a fun solution that will not blow your budget: get some great basics that you can mix & match and layer and one or two fun prints to spice it up.

    One of the most versatile clothing staples you can own is a quality tank top. While it seems simple, the right one can carry you far beyond summer. A tank top that you feel comfortable and confident in is the perfect touch to any outfit. One of our favorite tanks at TummyStyle is the Bravado! Nursing Bra Tank.

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    In fall, simply add a blazer and statement necklace for a classic, put together look – great for the office! On your more casual days, pair it with a cozy cardigan or sweater and you’re set.

    This tank serves a dual purpose. It comes with a supportive nursing bra that you can wear after you have the baby and it is longer and stretchy enough to take you through a good portion of your pregnancy. The molded seamless bra that is built into this tank is supportive enough for exercising with adjustable straps. While the subtle nursing clips make it perfect for breastfeeding, the stretchy but shape-retaining fabric makes it easily wearable during pregnancy. You will be reaching for this adaptable top long after your baby ditches diapers. This tank comes in a variety of colors and it’s a reasonable price, so grab a couple and wear them layered in the cooler weather and along in the warmer months after you have your baby.

    MA Belly Support Leggings

    Next, you don’t need to part from your beloved spring and summer dresses quite yet! With the right accessories and outfit, you can make a summer dress your fun pop of color and great transitional wear for fall! Something you probably already have in your closet: leggings! Adding a fun summer dress with a classic pair of black legging, a wrap cardigan, and pair of fashionable boots creates a simply stunning ensemble!


    Everly Grey Sicily DressTry it out with the Everly Grey Sicily  Maternity Dress with the Maternal America Belly Support Maternity Leggings. As the name implies, these belly support leggings do provide much needed belly support as your pregnancy progresses and can be worn over your postpartum belly after you have your baby. Leggings are a super comfortable alternative to maternity jeans and pants and are so comfortable you can even exercise and do your prenatal yoga in them. Dress them up or down and you are good to go!

    Last I would suggest a nice basic wrap cardigan in a few neutral colors and a black. Wrap cardigans are a good solution for your changing shape and can add a easy to remove versatile layer for when you need to bundle a bit more outdoors or peel off a layer when you heat up indoors. They are also perfect for nursing and a make a great nursing cover for you little one if you are in a public place.

  • Pregnancy Pancakes!

    pancakes2We nicknamed these healthy pancakes "Pregnancy Pancakes" because not only will they satisfy your pancakes cravings (anytime of the day), but they are actually good for you! As you know pregnancy is a time when we want to take better care of ourselves and eat responsibly but we also crave those emotional comfort foods with greater intensity then ever. These pancakes give you the most bang-for-your-buck of any pancake recipe out there! With about 5 ingredients, anybody can master these flapjacks and be fueled through their morning.

    Pancakes1If you make a batch over the weekend, you can reheat leftovers (if there any!) and have them on weekday mornings -- definitely motivation to get out of your cozy bed and start your day! They’re also special and delicious enough to treat friends or family, and fast enough to surprise someone with a breakfast in bed.

    Buckwheat or teff flour is listed in the recipe, but you could also experiment with using amaranth flour, spelt, whole wheat or just about any other whole grain flour! Keep in mind that you may have to adjust the amount of almond milk you add.

    The strawberry jam is a healthier version than your typical sugar spread. It’s made of fresh or frozen strawberries, chia and maple syrup or coconut sugar. The chia thickens it and adds serious nutritional punch. Chia has been gaining popularity in the health food world. What’s all the hype?


    A one ounce serving of chia contains:

    • 11 grams of fiber
    • 4 grams of protein
    • 5 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids
    • 18% RDA calcium
    • 27% RDA phosphorus
    • 30% magnesium
    • 30% magnesium
    • also small amounts of zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2
    • high in antioxidants

    Because of its thickening and absorption qualities, chia can be used to replace eggs in baked goods and helps keep you fuller longer.

    Whole Grain Vegan Pancakes:

    ½ cup oat flour

    ½ cup buckwheat or teff flour

    1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    2 tablespoons apple sauce

    1 tbs coconut sugar


    Directions: Whisk the oat flour, buckwheat or teff flour, and baking powder in a medium bowl.

    Mix wet ingredients in a measuring cup and fold the two mixtures together.

    Heat a flat pan on medium-low heat.

    To test if the pan is the right temperature, sprinkle water on the pan. If nothing happens for a few seconds, it’s not hot enough. If it immediately sizzles and spits violently, it might be too hot.

    Try to get a temperature where water droplets sizzle mildly upon hitting the pan.

    Spray or rub with your choice of oil.

    Use a ⅓ cup measure to pour the batter, or make mini pancakes, big pancakes, hearts, mickey mouse or anything else fun!

    Blueberries and chocolate chips are also a fun addition.

    pancakes3Strawberry Chia Jam:

    2 cups whole fresh (make sure they’re properly ripe) or frozen strawberries.

    1 tbs chia seeds Sweetener to taste (coconut sugar or maple syrup).

    Defrost berries on low in a microwave or pot. If using fresh, you don’t need to do this step.

    Put in a blender until big chunks are gone (you may want to leave a few medium-size globs!).

    Transfer to bowl and mix in chia and sweetener.

    It will thicken in 25-20 minutes, and even more after it is refrigerated.

    pancakes4 Recommended Toppings: -coconut, almond or soy yogurt -nut butter (almond, peanut butter, pecan, walnut, or a blend!).

    If you have a food processor, the possibilities are endless. -fresh fruit - banana is highly recommended!

    Great paired with a more tart fruit like kiwi or raspberries. -maple syrup -and of course, the Strawberry Chia Jam!

    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2015, All Rights Reserved.

  • Chewy Vegan Granola Bars

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    You know that pregnancy craving you get sometimes after lunch, when you want a little something? Something sweet and satisfying, but not too heavy or super-filling? One of these bars is the perfect little something to satisfy cravings until dinner time.

    This recipe makes a huge batch (about 20-24 bars) so keep them in your refrigerator as a grab-n-go snack. No artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives.

    It’s important during your to make sure you are sufficiently fueled throughout the day to prevent overeating later. If you find that you consistently overeat during dinner or get the munchies at night, you may need to bump up your caloric intake earlier in the day. This means having a more hearty breakfast and lunch and adding in healthy snacks between meals so that you don’t come to a meal feeling ravenous.

    Vegan Granola Bars 1Choose snacks that sustain energy and digest slower, like whole grains and food with naturally occurring sugar. This is particularly important during pregnancy as many expecting moms are prone to gestational diabetes and are more sensitive to sugar in their diets.

    If you find that you are feeling starved when you sit down for a meal, try to eat slowly and mindfully. Eating slowly is not easy when you are super hungry and super pregnant! Some ways to make this easier is to take smaller bites - smaller than you might think. Also try putting down your fork or spoon in between bites.

    These bars certainly meet the criteria for an A+ snack. Here’s a rundown of the main elements:

    Dates: Filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and natural sugars (glucose and fructose) to give quick energy. One date alone has almost 2 grams of fiber, which promotes healthy digestion.

    Oats: Rich in minerals, B-complex vitamins, and amino acids to help your baby develop and stay healthy. This grain is slow-digesting, meaning it will keep you satisfied longer.

    Figs: Lots of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. One serving of figs contain about 50 times more polyphenol (a micronutrient used to fight cancer and other degenerative diseases).

    Bananas: We all know about the potassium, but bananas also contain good amounts of vitamin B-6, fiber, vitamin C, and magnesium. Bananas also contain high amounts of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin and helps to improve mood.

    Ingredients: (makes about 20 bars)

    3 cups oatmeal

    2 cup puffed cereal (I used puffed kamut)

    ½  cup chopped almonds

    ½ teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 tablespoon sesame seeds

    1 tablespoons poppy seeds

    1 cup medjool dates

    1 cup dried figs

    1/2 cup almond butter

    3 overripe bananas

    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

    Put all wet ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

    Fold the wet and dry mixes together until there are no dry spots.

    Press dough into 9 x 13 inch pan lined with parchment. Bake at 250 F for 50 minutes. Carefully flip bars onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 F until edges are golden (about 20-30 minutes). You can experiment with a higher temperature from the beginning, but this is just what I used. Cut into desired size and wrap in foil or parchment paper and store in the refrigerator.

    Vegan Granola Bars 4Enjoy mindfully with tea or almond milk, or just by itself.

    Note: Experiment with different ratios and varieties of dried fruit, nuts, nut butter, and seeds. Customize it to what YOU like. Eating healthy is all about nourishing your body with foods that make YOU feel good.




    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2015, All Rights Reserved.




  • Vegan Mac & Cheeze - Good and Good for you!

    Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you can't indulge in some yummy comfort food! In fact carbs might be the only thing your body likes or craves in those early months of pregnancy! This Mac 'n Cheeze recipe is one you can enjoy guilt free as it's healthy, vegan and delicious! Make it ahead and have go to meals for days to come!mac and cheese 2


    Vegan Mac ‘n Cheeze (serves 4-6)

    10 ounces pasta

    1 cup peeled and diced potatoes

    ¼ cup peeled/diced carrots

    ⅓ cup chopped onion

    ¾ cup water (use liquid from pot of boiled veggies)

    ½ cup raw cashews soaked for at least 3 hours, or overnight

    ¼ cup almond milk

    3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes

    1 tablespoon lemon juice

    Salt to taste

    1 teaspoon miso

    ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

    ¼ teaspoon turmeric

    ¼-½  teaspoon smoked paprika

    Bring a pot of water to boil and add in the onions, potatoes, carrots. Boil for 10-15 minutes, or until soft.

    Rinse the soaked cashews with cold water. Set aside.

    Add all ingredients, including the boiled vegetables, to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.

    Nutrition Facts (per ½ cup scoop)

    calories: 192

    fat: 4 grams

    protein: 5 grams

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    During pregnancy, comforting food can be especially comforting. Many women crave comfort foods - dishes that can be overloaded lots of salt and fat. This classic, comforting macaroni and “cheeze” satisfies cravings and nourishes you and your baby. Made with cashews, veggies, and almond milk instead of cream or milk, it is definitely a smart and healthy choice. Instead of feeling heavy or sick, you will know that you have done your body (and your baby’s!) good.

    Miso is traditionally made from fermented soybeans, making it a better choice than regular salt. This is because fermented foods provide good bacteria to your gut flora. This strengthens our immune and digestive systems and introduce healthy bacteria to your baby a young age. Fermented foods also contain amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

    Not only is nutritional yeast used to get a great cheesy flavor, it is fortified with Vitamin B12, a nutrient essential for proper brain growth and function. It also helps with the formation of blood. Smoked paprika is another ingredient that helps give this sauce a deep umami flavor. Turmeric acts as a natural food coloring to create a golden color that everyone (especially kids) will love.

    Cashews are another superfood in this delish dish! One ounce of these contains:

    23% of your daily recommended amount of manganese

    31% of your daily recommended amount of copper

    20% of your daily recommended amount of magnesium

    One ounce of milk only contains:

    0% of your daily recommended amount of manganese

    1% of your daily recommended amount of copper

    7% of your daily recommended amount of magnesium

    Making this dish with cashews and almond milk eliminates the need for using dairy milk. Dairy products have been advertised as healthy and essential for decades. Walter Willett, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and head of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health reported that, “One of the main arguments for USDA recommendations is that drinking milk or equivalent dairy products will reduce the risk of fractures. But in fact there’s very little evidence that milk consumption is associated with reduced fractures.” The pros of dairy are that it contains calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. However, these nutrients are abundant in plant sources like leafy greens, fruit, vegetables, and nuts.

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  • Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Snacks

    Lemon Poppy Seed 1Breakfast? Snack? Desert? It’s all three! These delightful muffins will satisfy pregnancy cravings and support your prenatal health (and make your house smell heavenly!). Summer is leaving, but lemons are available year-round to make treats that remind you of those warm, sunny, laid-back summer days. The poppy seeds add texture and a little crunch while the quadruple citrus hit (extract, oil, zest, and juice) makes these muffins truly lemonicious!

    These are best right out of the oven (not pun intended!), but can also be stored in the refrigerator and saved to…

    -a crumble on top of vanilla ice cream

    -take as a small snack when on-the-go

    -re-heat and enjoy with coffee in the morning

    -add icing and serve as cupcakes (birthday parties, baby/bridal showers, thank-you gifts)

    These muffins are wholesome, delicate, perfectly sweet, a bit tart, and irresistible!

    Now for the pregnancy and postpartum health benefits:

    Poppy seeds are high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that lowers LDL (the "bad cholesterol") and increases HDL (good cholesterol). The outer husk is a good source of fiber, which helps with healthy digestion and further reduces bad cholesterol.

    Poppy seeds are also high in pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, pyridoxine, folic acid, and niacin. These seeds also have good amounts of minerals such as iron, copper, calcium, potassium, zinc and magnesium. Copper is used in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a “co-factor” in many enzymes that regulate growth, development, and digestion. Potassium is a vital element of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure which is also a vital health check for expecting women, particularly in the latter stages of pregnancy.

    Lemon Poppy Seed 2Oat flour is the primary source of flour, along with some amaranth and corn meal. WebMD considers whole grains a pregnancy superfood and recommends including them as a staple in your diet. WebMD stated that, “Whole grains contain more fiber and trace nutrients than processed grains, such as white bread, white rice, and white flour.” The combination of whole grains and only 5 grams total of sugar guarantees you won’t be crashing after you eat these.

    Ingredients: (makes 9 medium muffins)

    ½ cup applesauce

    ¼ cup coconut oil

    ½ teaspoon lemon extract

    4 drops orange oil

    Juice and zest of 1 meyer lemon

    ¾ cup almond milk

    1 flax egg (1 tablespoons ground flax and 3 tablespoons warm water)

    ¼ cup maple syrup

    1 cup oat flour

    1-3 tablespoons poppy seeds (however many you like)

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    ⅓ cup amaranth flour

    ½ cup cornmeal

    ¼ teaspoon vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a muffin pan with muffin cups.

    Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Let soak while you prepare the other ingredients.

    Whisk the baking soda, amaranth flour, oat flour, cornmeal, poppy seeds and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

    In a small bowl, mix the applesauce, maple syrup, almond milk, lemon extract, lemon juice, lemon zest and orange oil. Melt the coconut oil and stir into the wet mix.

    Fold the wet and dry mixes together. Pour into muffin cups. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until golden and set.

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    Nutritional Facts: (per muffin)

    calories: 212

    protein: 4

    fat: 9

    sugar: 5

    carbs: 30

  • Roasted Chickpeas - A Pregnancy Superfood!

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    Over the years, there has been much research on the benefits of consuming chickpeas during pregnancy. This is what has been concluded thus far: It is common to gain weight during pregnancy. Chickpeas help to maintain a healthy weight by containing fiber, which helps keep you fuller longer.

    1. More importantly, they are good for your heart. Chickpeas have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, along with other legumes.
    2. These beans offer a steady boost of energy that doesn’t plummet later and leave you fatigued.
    3. During pregnancy, you are eating for two! This means you need more quality nourishment and junk food won’t cut it. Your body requires higher amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. A cup of chickpeas contains 12 grams of dietary fiber and 15 grams of protein.
    4. Chickpeas are a great source of iron and vitamin B6 which are essential for the growing fetus.
    5. Lots of people haven’t even heard of choline - but it’s found in chickpeas and is crucial for brain and nerve developments.
    6. One cup of chickpeas packs 65% of your daily manganese requirement during pregnancy. Manganese is also an essential nutrient for your unborn baby, aiding in skeletal development.
    7. Protein, antioxidants, vitamins - these are all widely talked about when nutrition comes up. Copper, zinc and selenium aren’t as well known, but these natural antioxidants protect babies from the damage caused by free radicals and help prevent many diseases.

    Found at: “8 Serious Effects of Chickpeas During Pregnancy.” MomJunction. http://www.momjunction.com/articles/serious-effects-of-chickpeas-during-pregnancy_0083594/

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    What You Need: (makes approximately 7 servings per 2 cans of garbanzos used)

    1-2 cans chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)


    1-2 large cookie sheets

    Parchment paper

    Medium mixing bowl/s

    1 clean dish towel

    Any desired spices, sugar, salt, and fun add-ins*


    Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F on convection. Rinse the garbanzo beans in a strainer. Pour them on to the dish towel and gently pat dry. Leave them on the towel to air-dry for 5-10 minutes. They should feel matte when you touch them.

    Once the beans have dried, pour them into a bowl. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil per 2 cans of beans and toss. Do not add the spices yet.

    Put the beans on a cookie sheet lined with one piece of parchment paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes, rotating the pan at about 10 minutes. They are done when they are golden and crispy.

    Transfer to the bowl used for mixing and combine with spices/sugar/add-ins. Enjoy!

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    These are best right out of the oven when they are warm and crispy. As they cool, they get deliciously chewy.


    Herbs de Provence - a classic herbal taste (buy a blend or make your own - rosemary, fennel, thyme, basil, marjoram, lavender, parsley, oregano, tarragon, bay powder). Olive oil recommended.

    Sweet Smokey Barbeque - perfect for summer picnics and backyard barbeques. Use garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, pepper, and a bit of coconut sugar. Avocado oil recommended.

    Cinnamon Sugar - a kid (and parent!) favorite. A much healthier alternative than store-bought sugar cookies or cereal. Coconut oil and coconut sugar recommended.

    Salt ‘n Pepper - the quickest, easiest pick and still delicious and satisfying! Experiment with different salts (smoked, black, himalayan) and different colored peppercorns.

    Nutritional Facts (per ½ cup)

    calories: 142

    fat: 4 grams

    protein: 6 grams

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    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2015, All Rights Reserved.

  • Check out Bikini Thief's fantastic Maternity Swimsuits!

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    Bikini Thief if one of our favorite brands at TummyStyle. This swimwear line is worn by celebrities across the globe and is now made for maternity as well! Whitney Anderson, the owner/designer of Bikini Thief, comes from a family of fishermen and boat captains on the scenic island of Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod.

    With this beautiful beach backdrop and idealic childhood summers to draw from for inspiration she was woven together a creative and vibrant tapestry of colors and patterns that will take your mind to your favorite beach destination. Not only is the stretchy fabric designed to fit and flatter your curves during pregnancy but they can often be worn post pregnancy as well do not stretch out of shape.

    Some of the celebrities who have rocked Bikini Thief styles include:

    Super Model Kate Upton in the French striped sailor style with thin sideways stripes. Actress Kate Bosworth is a big Bikini Thief fan. She was spotted knee deep in the ocean in their Sayulita Suit which features a sweet black and white strip design in the sweetheart vintage bikini top paired with hipster bottoms.

    Megan Fox was spotted seaside in the Bikini Thief Zuma Style which sports solid back bottoms with a thin black and white stripe bikini top with ruffle detailing.

    Mixing and matching solid bottoms with pattern or contrasting solid tops is a great way to get more variety and mileage out of your maternity swimsuit collection and have fun with your maternity swimwear fashions. It’s always a good idea to buy some basic black and chocolate bottoms to mix and match.

    Also, as you advance in your pregnancy and potentially move to the next size, you may only need to swap out the bottoms for a bigger size as your chest size may be unchanged after the first trimester.

    Bikini Thief Pieces Dream

    My favorite maternity Bikini Thief styles include the romantic Pisces Dream. This two-piece maternity tankini is truly dreamy in both baby soft pink and baby blue varieties. This style features a sweetheart cut top with center gathering and adjustable striped bottoms with matching striped adjustable straps in the tankini top. Very cute and original! The bra is fully lined and offers good support and the top has adjustable ruching with side ties. You can have both the top and bottom as tig ht or as loose as needed as your body changes with pregnancy for a perfect fit. Bottoms are fully lined.

    Bikini Thief Saint Barts

    Another very popular style and personal favorite is the Bikini Thief St. Bart’s two-piece maternity tankini. This pretty Asian infused style comes in both bright coral with black detailing and black with contrasting coral embroidered flower design. Either way, the colors and floral pattern are stunning. Both color choices are made with design and gathered center top. The comfortable and supportive shelf bra is fully lined and sports wide criss-cross straps in the back. Adjustable buttons are at the back of each strap in the back so that you can confidently swim with support and comfort in this suit! The bikini brief bottoms are a solid color and are fully lined with full coverage in the back. This suit will be your go-to maternity swimsuit throughout your pregnancy.

    Pregnancy is great time to have fun with fashion and sporting a pretty maternity swimsuit at the pool or beach is a fantastic way to enjoy your pregnancy even more!

  • Banana Blueberry Breakfast Loaf

    Banana Blueberry 1Spring is upon us and summer is fast approaching! Get into the mood with this Banana Blueberry Breakfast Loaf. This bread is a perfect choice for a healthy breakfast treat during pregnancy or nursing. There is no added sugar or oil -- just healthy goodness. Top it with greek or soy yogurt, fresh fruit, and nut butter to jump-start your day.

    Use fresh blueberries if they are available locally and are a good price. If not, frozen works just fine. Frozen blueberries are sometimes cheaper and don’t turn all the batter purple. Also, frozen fruit, unlike some fresh fruit, is picked when it is fully ripe. This can maximize the nutritional benefit, instead of possibly stunting the development and natural ripening process (which is a common practice for large-scale farms). By buying frozen, it is possible to get more nutrients out of your fruit than buying under-ripe fresh fruit.

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    This bread has a base of ripe bananas, oat flour, and sorghum flour -- all sources of quality carbohydrates that keep you going through your day. EatingWell.com informed that:

    Researchers suspect that carbs promote the production of serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical. In a study from the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who followed a very low carbohydrate diet for a year—which allowed only 20 to 40 grams of carbs daily, about the amount in just 1⁄2 cup of rice plus one piece of bread—experienced more depression, anxiety and anger than those assigned to a low-fat, high-carb diet that focused on low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit and beans.

    So don’t be fooled by the low-carb diet fads. Glucose (sugar) is the source of fuel for humans. Carbohydrates are converted into usable fuel faster and easier than fat or protein is. Without proper fuel, we have no energy. Having a stable, constant source of energy is essential for us to feel our best.

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    According to The China Study, “a high-carbohydrate diet has been shown to reverse heart disease, reverse diabetes, and prevent a plethora of diseases.” This detailed and comprehensive book was written by T. Colin Campbell, an expert of human nutrition with over 40 years of research and a PhD.

    During pregnancy, your metabolism increases and but your energy can decrease with added weight and hormones. Blood pressure and blood sugar can also go up or down. This can lead to experiencing more fatigue. Whole fruits, vegetables, tubers, and grains (all edible plants, really) are the most nutrient dense and highest fiber foods we can eat. These are all good sources of carbohydrates and help keep blood sugar stable. Snacking on these high-carb foods will help fight fatigue throughout the day.

    Listen to your body when you are tired. Sometimes a nap helps, sometimes a bit of exercise rejuvenates you, and sometimes eating healthy snacks more often does the trick. As always, there is no magic formula or secret solution that works for everyone and the only way to feel improvement is through experimentation.

    Banana Blueberry 4

    Ingredients: (makes 8 pieces)

    3 overripe bananas

    1 tbs ground flax

    1 tsp vanilla

    1 cup sorghum

    ⅔ cup oat flour

    ½ tsp baking soda

    ½ tsp baking powder

    ½ tsp ginger

    ½ tsp cardamom

    ½ tsp allspice

    ¼ tsp cloves

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1 ⅓ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

    1 ⅓ cup almond milk

    Lightly grease an 8 inch by 8 inch pan with coconut, olive, or avocado oil. Pre heat your oven to 350 F on convection.

    Mash the bananas in a large bowl. It can be faster and easier to use a whisk.

    Add in the vanilla, ground flax and almond milk. Try to get all the chunks smooth. Set aside.

    In a medium bowl, whisk the sorghum flour, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cardamom, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon.

    Fold the dry mixture into the wet and add the blueberries.

    Pour batter into pan. Bake for approximately one hour, or until edges are golden.

    Nutrition Facts: (per serving)

    calories: 180

    protein: 4 grams

    carbs: 37 grams

    fat: 3 grams

    sugar: 8 grams

    All Original Content. Copyright Athena Byers 2015, All Rights Reserved.

  • Washing Guidelines for Maternity Clothes

    If you are like most people, doing the laundry is not your favorite pastime. You may notice that it tends to pile up more in the warm weather, when we are actually wearing less clothes, than the winter months. I think we are more active in the summer and with the warmer weather, more sweaty, causing us to wash the clothes more often. If you are pregnant, chances are that you are perspiring a bit more than normal as the weather heats up and your hamper is filling up faster with bigger clothes. The bad news is that this pile of laundry is just going to increase when your family increases (although who doesn’t love putting away cute baby clothes?) But the good news is that we may not need to laundry as often as we do which can conserve water, energy and our own time and energy.

    So, just how often do we need to wash our clothes and what clothes warrant more frequent washing than others? As Americans we shower more than any other culture and we a wash our clothes more frequently. So, as a first rule of thumb we can assume that if we are mostly clean when we are wearing our clothes, and we are changing our clothes every day, then if they are not undergarments and we have not worn them to work out and they pass the smell test and general visual review test, then they are good to wear again.

    Maternity Underwear: The one piece of clothing we absolutely recommend you change and wash after one wearing is, of course, your underwear. If only for health and hygiene issues panties generally should be thrown in the laundry basket and changed every single day. The same goes for socks as our feet are known for their sweat and stink.

    Maternity and Nursing Bras: However, maternity bras and nursing bras may not need to be laundered daily. If you are working out or wearing a workout bra or nursing sports bra, then we can probably assume you worked up a sweat and yes, you should change and launder your bra. However, have not had a very active day, then you can go a couple of days before washing your bra.

    Nursing Pads: If you are nursing and wearing nursing pads under your bra for cushion and to help with leakage, make sure you do change those pads at least daily, but if the bra underneath is clean and did not get leaked on, you are probably good for another 2-3 wears Since bras do not generally come in direct contact with our underarms they actually do not need to be laundered as frequently as our close fitting tees and maternity tops. Also, it’s a good idea to rotate bras every day to give them a chance to recover. A 24 hour rest period as well as less frequent washing allows them to last longer. NOTE: Washing instructions on bras are very important. Most should be washed on the Delicate Gentle Cycle and it is generally a good idea to put these delicate in a washable mesh laundry bag so they do not get tangled up with other clothing in the washer and are more protected. Also, most nursing bras should be line dried. If you do put them in the dryer makes sure it is on the Cool Delicate Cycle.

    Maternity Camis/Nursing Tanks: Other intimate type clothing that is hugging your skin such as camis and nursing bra tanks can be worn 1-2 times depending on perspiration and smell test and how long you were wearing them. Again, these items should be treated delicately and washed on the Gentle Cycle and either line dried or tumbled dry on the Cool Delicate Cycle.

    Maternity Jeans: Denim is an incredibly durable fabric and usually looks better on us as it molds to our curves while wearing them. If you wash your demin too frequently then the heat and detergents can fade your jeans and make them look older more quickly. Maternity jeans in particular have a lot more spandex stretch to them than your regular prepregnancy jeans, so they are more sensitive to heat and detergent. Jeans can be worn up to five times before they need to be washed. When you do wash make sure the heat is not too high and you are better off opting for a more gentle cycle in the washer unless they are truly soiled. Also, be careful with drying as spandex can shrink if you overheat and over dry.

    Maternity Pants/Dress Slacks/Maternity Skirts: If you work indoors in an air conditioned environment, then you can usually wear these items 3-4 times before washing if you haven’t spilled anything on them. To stretch the days you can go between washings it is best to change out of them as soon as you get home and hang them up so the wrinkles fall out. Simply getting into the habit of taking off work clothes/nice days clothes at the end of the day at home and not lounging in them will extend their wear.

    Maternity Sweater, Jackets and Blazers: These are all second layer items that are not in direct contact with our skin and not clothes that we wear to work out in so naturally they require the least amount of cleaning. Make sure you check your fabric labels so that you dry clean or hand wash and line dry as directed. If there is no visible stains and the areas that are closer in contact to the skin such as the sleeve cuffs and collars are clean, then you are good to go 6-7 times. If you have a suit you wear frequently make sure that you get both the suit jacket and slacks cleaned together to prevent uneven fading.

    Maternity Sleepwear: Although you may shower nightly before changing into your maternity or nursing sleepwear, you still shed skin cells at night and you sweat in your sleep. Even if your sleepwear does not seem very dirty we still recommend washing it every 2-3 wearings. For items that are not super dirty but still need to be washed you might consider colder water and less detergent so that you are keeping your clothes clean but not wearing them out or overexposing your skin to chemicals.

    Hopefully the above recommendations are good news to reduce your laundry list and save you more energy for your house, family and self. Along the same lines we are getting more and more feedback from medical research that we really don’t need to be showering as much as we do. Less frequent showering leads to more hydrated skin and healthier hair. Overall less water usage and washing leads to an easier and less expensive way of life which is what we all want in life!

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