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Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • 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.

    bravado tank

    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

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    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.

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