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  • 2 Studies Present New Data On Effects Of Alcohol During Pregnancy

     

    These new studies have recently been reported.

    Scientific data continue to indicate that higher intake of alcohol during pregnancy adversely affects the fetus, and could lead to very severe developmental or other problems in the child. However, most recent publications show little or no effects of occasional or light drinking by the mother during pregnancy. The studies also demonstrate how socio-economic, education, and other lifestyle factors of the mother may have large effects on the health of the fetus and child; these must be considered when evaluating the potential effects of alcohol during pregnancy.

    A very large population-based observational study from the UK found that at the age of 5 years, the children of women who reported light (no more than 1-2 units of alcohol per week or per occasion) drinking did not show any evidence of impairment on testing for behavioral and emotional problems or cognitive ability. There was a tendency for the male children of women reporting "heavy/binge" drinking during pregnancy (7 or more units per week or 6 or more units per occasion) to have poorer behavioural scores, but the effects were less clear among female offspring.

    A second study, published in Pediatrics, based on a population in Western Australia examined the associations between dose, pattern, and timing of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and birth defects and found similar results, that there was no association between low or moderate prenatal alcohol exposure and birth defects.

    Data from a randomly selected, population-based cohort of non- indigenous women who gave birth to a live infant in Western Australia (WA) between 1995 and 1997 (4714 participants) were linked to WA Midwives Notification System and WA Birth Defects Registry data. Information about maternal alcohol consumption was collected 3 months after birth for the 3 month period before pregnancy and for each trimester separately.

    Low alcohol consumption was defined as less then 7 standard drinks (10g) a week, and no more than 2 drinks on any one day. Women who consumed more than 70g per week were classified as heavy drinkers and women consuming more than 140g were classified as very heavy drinkers.

    Overall, current scientific data indicate that while drinking during pregnancy should not be encouraged, there is little evidence to suggest that an occasional drink or light drinking by the mother is associated with harm. Heavy drinking, however, is associated with serious developmental defects in the fetus.

  • Alicia Keys Show Off Her Pregnant Belly and Maternity Style

    The gorgeous and talented Grammy award winning artist Alicia Keys is expecting her first child with handsome hubby Swizz Beatz this December! Her impeccable and unique style is always exciting to see, whether she is on the red carpet or out and about town. For the past few months we have been keeping a close eye on her pregnancy fashion. From her Mediterranean wedding to jet setting at the airport, her clothing choices have been stunning. As her due date nears, we look forward to seeing even more stylish options to show off her growing baby bump!

    In June of this year, Alicia and her hubby (fiancé at the time!) flew to South Africa to watch the World Cup. I am always on the lookout for great airport and traveling outfits, and so I was very excited to see her comfy chunky sweater paired with a cute v-neck tee. Traveling is all about achieving a high level of comfort while maintaining a cute and relaxed style. Like Alicia, pairing a cozy sweater with a lightweight t-shirt is a great option because it allows one to add or remove layers as temperatures in airports and planes change. For a similar look try the Maternity Baby Tee from Shade Maternity. Made of a lightweight cotton and spandex blend, it is super soft and stretchy. Cut extra along to allow room for your baby bump to grow, it is available in a variety of beautiful colors. When paired with a great knit sweater, such as the Cozy Sweater from Juliet Dream, a comfy yet stylish look is created. To finish off this casual look, a great pair of jeans is a good choice. Maternal America’s Megan Blue Jean is a very popular option, as it features a flattering boot cut style and a stylish stretchy waist band. With a cute casual look like this, you will be a comfy and stylish jetsetter!

    If your traveling destination of choice is tropical, you will definitely need a gorgeous swimsuit to wear. On their tropical getaway this year to the Mediterranean, Alicia sported a super sexy bikini.

    The solid print with gold hardware was a beautiful option for her, as hardware and embellishments are a hot trend this season. For a similar option try the Maternity Bikini from Prego. Coming in both black and brown, the center of the bust is accented by a plastic oval which is both stylish and flattering. The padded halter top is adjustable which is a great option as it allows the swimsuit to be adjusted as your belly bump grows. As Alicia demonstrates, bikinis are both sexy and functional.

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    June, Alicia attended the BET awards where she absolutely rocked the stage during her performance! Beforehand on the red carpet she was equally as amazing in a white full length gown with a gorgeous embellished gold neckline. With statement necklaces being so popular this season, an embellished neckline is great option. It is stylish and stunning, and creates a beautiful frame for your face. The Embellished Dress from Maternal America is a striking option for an evening out or any upcoming holiday parties. The beautifully beaded neckline is the focal point for this super flattering and comfortable dress, which is sure to be a huge hit! If you are looking for a gown, the new Gold Band Maxi Dress is a gorgeous option. Also from Maternal America, the gold straps at the neck and bust line draw the eyes upwards and creates an eye-catching look. Pair it with gold heels and some great bangles, and you have a red carpet worthy look!

    Whether rushing through airports, relaxing at the beach, or rocking the red carpet, Alicia Keys truly has a stylish yet comfortable pregnancy fashion. As her due date nears, we look forward to seeing her beautiful baby and her other gorgeous pregnancy looks!

  • Nursing Pajamas Are Great Gift Idea For The Mom To Be

    If you have a friend of family member that is expecting, there is no better gift than a pair of maternity and nursing pajamas. This is a gift that your expectant mom is sure to wear both before and after she has her baby. Often moms get overlooked in baby showers and find the baby has 20 adorable sleepers and outfits while the moms are stuck with their husbands tee shirts and baggy sweatpants for lounge and sleepwear. You can be sure that once she has her baby she will have next to no time or inspiration to go shopping for something cute to sleep in and wear about the house. Do her a favor and find something comfortable and flattering she can wear to welcome her newcomer into the family and enjoy for some time to come.

    Japanese Weekend makes some of the most comfortable lounge maternity pajamas on the market today. Their cross over style pajama comes in both 3/4 and cap sleeves with matching under the belly elastic pajama pants that are sure to fit comfortably throughout pregnancy and postpartum. If maternity nighties are more her style, then check out their nursing nightgown that is also cross over style for easy nursing access and the same soft cotton spandex blend which will stretch comfortably throughout pregnancy without stretching out of shape. All of these styles come in soft pink, sky, black, periwinkle and sometimes hot pink and cute patterns.

    Another great maternity sleepwear gift idea is to pair a robe with a maternity nightgown or pajama set. Majamas' Lace Sleep Set has a beautiful ensemble with an empire waist accented with stretchy lace and a sleeveless cross over design on the maternity nightie coupled with a coordinating front tie robe with lace trim. It is super flattering, feminine and tasteful. Any new mom would feel like a million bucks in this stylish duo which can be worn during pregnancy and postpartum for nursing. The cross over top also gives a good amount of comfortable bust support which is great for nursing moms lounging about the house.

    Bellabumbum Maternity is known for their sexy and feminine maternity loungewear and sleepwear sets. They have an adorable nursing chemise with adjustable straps that comes in baby pink and blue dots with a matching robe set. They also have this same chemise style in a soft organic baby ribbed bamboo in both pool and blush colors. Check out their yummy kimono robe with lace accents that comes in cream/lilac, black/pearl and soft pink/pearl colors. This maternity wrap robe is a great adjustable style for pregnancy and provides easy nursing access.

    If you are looking for a gift set for both the new mom and baby, then check out one of Olian's sure fire maternity sleepwear sets. All of the Olian Maternity 3, 4 and 5 piece sleepwear sets come with a matching baby sleeper. They have a variety of maternity nightie and maternity pajama sets to choose from. This season they have a new beautiful print 4 piece nursing pajama set in soft lemon with a matching baby sleeper as well as a 5 piece set in striped silver with pink accents. The baby matching baby sleeper and hat is soft stripes as well. Both of these sets include a corresponding print robe and the baby sleeper in a unisex color and design. The matching robe sleepwear sets are an excellent selection for the expectant mom to take to the hospital. All Olian Maternity Sleepwear sets are made for both pregnancy and postpartum wear after the baby with nursing access in the tops.

    So surprise the mom-to-be with a gift that she can wear and enjoy while caring for her baby. She will remember you for it and gets lots of use out of a maternity and nursing sleepwear set that is easy to fit and wonderful to wear!

  • Maternal America Summer Maternity Clothes

    With the official start of summer just behind us, the weather is heating up and it is time to get our summer wardrobe out of storage. From shorts to dresses and tanks to tunics, the warm weather brings with it many amazing clothing possibilities. For women who are currently pregnant, however, their wardrobe will be a little different than last year's. Lucky for you, summer maternity clothes are both plentiful and stylish. Gorgeous beach dresses, cute tanks, and great shorts are available, designed with your changing baby body in mind. One brand which has truly mastered the fashionable design and functional execution of summer maternity clothing is Maternal America, a leading maternity brand. Combining the latest trends with classic designs, Maternal America's summer collection is stunning. Choose a few key pieces which can be mixed and matched to create gorgeous outfits and you will look and feel great.

    For those hot summer days when one is running errands around town or relaxing on the weekend, there is nothing more perfect than those perfect shorts and a cute tank. This look is classic and timeless while still being refreshing. I love pairing a solid tank, in either the classic white or a more vibrant deep hue, with a cute pair of denim shorts. When one is pregnant, finding a tank that is cut a bit longer in front is key, as it will be comfortable and is designed with your growing belly in mind. Maternal America's Ribbed Cotton Tank does this perfectly. With a scoop neck and fine ribbing, it is super cute. The soft fabric will not irritate your skin and it will keep you cool in the warm weather. Pair this cute tank with a great pair of denim shorts, such as Maternal America's Megan Denim Shorts. Aside from the super comfortable stretch waist band (perfect for your changing body), these shorts are virtually undetectable as being maternity clothing! The slightly faded jean enhances the feeling of these shorts, cut in the trendy bermuda style. Pair this outfit with cute gladiator sandals or a great pair of espadrilles, and you have your go to weekend outfit!

    A sundress is must have option for the summer months, and Maternal America designs cute and breezy dresses perfectly. One gorgeous option is their Ombre Cotton Dress. The multi layered tiered design brings this season's hot stripe trend in a cute and flattering way. Lightweight cotton is cool and comfortable, ensuring that you will feel great even on the hottest summer days. Whether you choose to wear this dress to your baby shower or a brunch with friends, you will feel comfortable and look stunning. Another cute option for a great sundress is the Garment Dyed Maternity Dress. Simply adorable, this dress is lightweight and super comfortable. A gentle scoop neck frames your face and stylish pockets and a tiered hem add great detailing. Summer dresses are great as they are easy, one piece options which are instantly stylish. Maternal America's selection is both vast and stylish!

    A final summer essential is the lightweight, short sleeve, summer gop. A breezy top is fashionable and versatile, as it can work with a skirt, capris, or shorts. It also can be dressed up or down with the addition of jewelry. One super cute option is Maternal America's Crochet Top. A fun colorful pattern is combined with a gorgeous crochet neckline. It looks great with jeans or black or white capris, and is perfect for anything from a day at the park to a dinner out. I love it paired with some gold bangles and capri jeans! The Diamond Tank Top is another great option, as it is work appropriate while also being great for an evening out. The deep v-neck, coming together at a diamond shaped centerpiece, is incredibly flattering. The fabric flows gently over your skin and stretches throughout your pregnancy. Maternal America's summer tops fashionable, flattering, and comfortable! They are so cute you will want to wear them long after your baby is born.

    Overall, Maternal America's summer collection brings color, patterns, and great designs into play. You will feel and look great in whatever you choose to wear. Getting a few versatile pieces for your wardrobe is a great idea, many of which can be worn after pregnancy!

  • Nursing Tops You Deserve

    If you just had your baby you are no doubt unable to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes and not too excited about wearing your maternity clothes too much longer. Sure it's fun to look pregnant when you are pregnant, but who wants to be asked "when are you due" at 3 weeks postpartum? What's more, if you plan to nurse, the last thing you want to do is flash your postpartum belly to the world while trying to unhook a new nursing bra for your hungry baby. You deserve better than this for all the work you have been through in birthing and nurturing a newborn plus 9 months of pregnancy, so treat yourself to some fashionable but very useful nursing tops that make you feel pretty and make nursing on-the-go a much easier task.

    There's no need to wear a frumpy 2 fabric layer old-school nursing top in the middle of summer or ever. Now a-days there are a ton of cute and hip nursing top styles on the market that don't look a thing like a nursing top. Look for a neck style that flatters your face shape. This is a time to play up your neckline as well as your bust line while it is in full bloom. So pick a style that flatters your face and figure.

    Olian Maternity has some great new styles to choose from this summer such as their Round Neck Maternity/Nursing top. This pretty lipstick shape empire waist top can be worn for either maternity or postpartum for nursing. The back sash tie makes it easily adjustable to your shape and the front pleats do wonders to disguise a postpartum belly while not tenting out. Attention is drawn to the pretty neckline, cap sleeves and fitted ruching empire waist style while the belly area is completely camouflaged. Nursing access is under the empire waist which makes nursing a breeze without showing any skin.

    Another great look is the deep V-neck top with a faux pick-a-boo cami to make discreet nursing easy the fabric lightweight cool for hot summer months. Take a look at Maternal America's Combo Maternity/Nursing top which is cut extra long for style and comfort and could even be worn with leggings in early pregnancy and postpartum. The faux cami is a sailor stripe while the rest of the tunic is navy. The adjustable sash tie makes this style an easy fit for all stages of your body's metamorphosis through pregnancy and nursing. The mock cami provides nursing access from the deep V-neck without you missing a beat to your busy day or prolonging a baby's hungry cry.

    If your maternity leave is over and you are ready to head back to the office but don't have a suitable top to wear, much less one that looks good on and fits your changing shape, then check out Japanese Weekend's nursing tops which make for excellent transition wear to the office or out on the town in the evening. Their D&A (during and after) line of maternity/tops provide a lot of sophisticated styles in cool prints and solids. In particular, their D&A ¾ sleeves Sash Tie in pretty Teal is a great all-season look for any workplace. This top is a front cross-over empire waist design with a V-neck that hits high enough not to reveal cleavage while still flattering your shape. Nursing access can be made under the empire waist sash or above from the cross over front design. You can dress this top up or down for day or night.

    Another great choice for work by Japanese Weekend is the D&A cami which comes in a variety of colors. Similarly this cami works great during and after pregnancy and nursing access is from under the empire waist stretch band which provides an overlay of fabric across the bust. The cami also has a stylish bottom band which works great for both a blooming belly (by keeping the fabric from tenting out) and for postpartum wear as the pleats work to disguise a postpartum belly. You can layer this cami under a jacket or cardigan for a sharp professional look or wear alone with pants for a more casual look in the evening. Many women find this cami so useful and flattering that they stock up on it in a variety of colors.

    So whether you are a stay-at-home mom in need of better style or fit in your top selection or a professional on the go who's just had a baby, treat yourself to a few good transition wear tops to take you through the next several months in style and comfort.

  • Hospital Nursing Gowns

    When your contractions quicken and you grab your pre-packed bag and dash off to the hospital, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not the one size fits all hospital gown will be flattering, or at the very least, comfortable. When giving birth, you want to feel as comfortable as possible and not worry about any of the little things, such as whether or not your gown is covering you properly. One way to alleviate this stress is to bring your own hospital gown with you. This way, you are guaranteed comfort, style, and peace of mind on this incredible day. Two well-known maternity fashion designers, 1 in the Oven and Dear Johnnies, have created comfortable yet fashionable hospital gowns which are sure to make the birth of your child just a little bit easier.

    1 in the Oven designs hospital gowns which encompass the most important factors for a comfortable birth, ease and practicality, while maintaining a fashionable and flattering look. One important feature of their gowns is the fabric, something which one should always consider when looking for a gown. Made of 100% cotton, they are incredibly soft. The light-weight fabric makes them easy to move in and ensures that you will not feel bogged down and uncomfortable. With no tags and such soft fabric, your comfort is guaranteed. Having a nursing gown with accessible nursing access is very important, and 1 in the Oven's designs meet that requirement. Hidden slits in the front provide easy and discreet nursing access, ensuring that nursing your baby will be comfortable and hassle free. Covered by gentle pleats which also serve to create a figure flattering shape, the discreet nursing access is both practical and comfortable. Aside from the high level of comfort which these nursing gowns provide, they also are fashionable and flattering. With a scoop neck and hitting just above the knees, they create a breezy and easy cute look. Whether you choose the long or short sleeve option, you are sure to feel at ease when giving birth.

    Dear Johnnies is another brand which exclusively designs hospital gowns. This focus on one item has paid off, as their gowns are practical yet incredibly fashionable. Designed by a mother of three, Dear Johnnies hospital gowns meet all of a new mother's needs. They ensure that you will be comfortable and at ease while looking and feeling great. Made of 100% lightweight cotton, they are easy to move around in. These gowns are perfect for labor and after, and can be worn around the home as a nightgown in the weeks following your birth. Shoulders snap down for easy nursing access and provide easy medical access, something doctors will appreciate. Snaps down the back, decorated with beautiful ribbon, ensure that you will be completely covered and you will not have to worry about accidentally baring your backside, as is often the case with the standard hospital gowns. Aside from the comfort which these gowns offer, Dear Johnnies are incredibly fashionable. One of their most popular features is the cute patterns which the gowns come in. From pale yellow polka dots to a bright lime green mosaic design, there is a pattern for every woman. These designs, aside from being cute and trendy, brighten up the hospital room. In photos, you will feel confident and beautiful! Whatever design you choose, Dear Johnnies are comfortable, practical, and incredibly stylish.

    Whichever hospital gown you end up choosing, make sure you purchase the correct size. If you are ordering online and are unsure about the sizing, contact the store to find out how the sizing is done. One thing to keep in mind is that you want to be comfortable and not be constrained. With this in mind, if you are choosing between two sizes, buy the larger size. A bit of extra fabric will simply add to your comfort and ensure that you do not feel constricted. Overall, bringing your own hospital gown and erase some of the anxiety on this exciting day and will ensure that you are comfortable and feel great while at the hospital.

  • Maternity Swimwear Colors

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    Bright and bold colors are always fashionable during summertime, and this season is no exception. With hues ranging from turquoise to emerald green to deep red, the colors seen on the runway and in stores exemplify this trend. One great way to incorporate bold colors, if you are not used to wearing them or a bit uncertain about how to pull them off, is through your maternity swimwear choice. Maternity swimwear has evolved incredibly over the year, and now boasts some of the most fashionable and on trend swimwear styles out there. During pregnancy one wants to be comfortable, especially when being active at the pool or beach, but one also wants to feel beautiful and fashionable. Choosing a maternity swimsuit in a bold and beautiful hue will add style and shine, allowing you to look and feel your best!

    If pink is one of your favorite colors, there is no better way to wear it than on a swimsuit. Hot pink in particular is perfect for the summer, as it is fun and festive, and one gorgeous maternity swimsuit is the Nursing Swimwear Tankini from Belabumbum. This is hot pink suit is great for many reasons, including the fact that it can be used during and after pregnancy. It is so cute and fashionable, however, that one would never guess it is nursing swimwear! Adjustable straps allow it to be tailored exactly to your body, while the empire waist band is figure flattering and comfortable. With the hot pink contrasting with the light pink band, the perfect maternity swimsuit is created. Another option which incorporates a bold pink is the Hula Retro Halter from Prego, brand new for the 2010 season. The Hawaiian floral print top, in different shades of pink and brown, is fun and flirty. As comfortable as it is cute, an adjustable halter top provides excellent bust support and side-tie bottoms are easy to adjust to your changing shape. If pink is your color, this is a great option for the beach!

    MA-CARRIE_1Blue is a perfect color for swimwear, as it emulates the ocean or pool water. For those who love to wear shades of blue, there are some beautiful deep blue maternity swimsuits available this season. One stunning new design this season comes from Maternal America. The Carrie Tankini Swimsuit is designed in a rich royal blue, a color which looks beautiful on all skin tones. With its sweetheart neckline and halter top design, this swimsuit has a fun retro feel. Adjustable tie bottoms which fit below your belly make this maternity swimsuit perfect for all stages of your pregnancy. Cute yet comfy, this suit is a fun and functional option. Another beautiful blue tankini from Maternal America is Aqua Flutter Halterkini, in a gorgeous turquoise/aqua hue. The perfect hybrid between a bikini and a halterkini, this maternity swimsuit has sheer coverage over the belly while providing excellent support at the bust. Adjustable halter ties allow the suit to be tailored just for your body. From deep royal blue to a bright aqua hue, there are many bold shades of blue which are perfect for your maternity swimsuit.

    Maternal America COCO Maternity SwimsuitJewel tones are incredibly flattering, and shades of green are no exception. The Coco O-Ring Tankini in Glacier from Maternal America is an incredibly detailed and trendy swimsuit in a deep emerald green. Its brown bead embellished halter strap contrasts beautifully with the deep green. One of the best selling suits this season, function is not forgotten as an adjustable halter top and side-tie bottoms allow the suit to be tailored specifically for your body. From the pool to the beach to lounging in the hammock, this swimsuit is sure to make a statement. For another gorgeous green jewel toned maternity swimsuit, try the Jade Empire Tank from Prego. Its deep color is fun and an eye catcher. The emphasis at the empire waist is figure flattering, while the wide adjustable straps provide excellent support. These jewel tones are on trend yet also timeless.

    Overall, choosing a maternity suit that is comfortable, functional, and makes you feel great is incredibly important. Bold and bright colors, from hot pinks to deep greens, add fun and style to your wardrobe. Choose something in which you look and feel great and you will enjoy every minute in the outdoors.

  • Show Off Your Assets

    Whether pregnant or not, you always want to dress to play up your assets. When you are pregnant, you may gain new assets, like a bigger chest or a more voluptuous bottom. Now is the time to experiment with some new styles and show off your curves.

    Show Off Your Chest

    nursing tankiniWhen you are pregnant, your chest may "pop" long before your belly does. This is the time to play up your chest with flirty necklines and a little more cleavage. Experiment with sweetheart design dresses and tops with show off your shoulders and give a smooth foundation. Invest in a well fitted bra for a smooth sculpted look. Make sure you your bra cups, straps and underwires don't dig into your skin as you don't want to constrict breasts, just support.

    The kimono top style works very well for both maternity and postpartum for nursing. Pair this wide V neck style top with a pretty necklace and just a enough cleavage and you will be a showstopper. Collarbones are always sexy to show off as well. So, if you have defined collarbones, wear a scoop neck or bodice top without a necklace and some spotlight earrings. Avoid turtlenecks and high necklines that just add bulk. Shapeless tops that many pregnant women opt for make larger bust and a pregnant belly just look big overall and do not flatter your curves. Generally more fitted is more flattering than bulky shapeless designs that just adds weight.

    Flaunt Your Butt

    crop jeansIf you have a great butt, then play it up. Fitted jeans with cute seamed pockets add that bit of accentuation to your assets. However, jeans and pants with big flap back pockets actually increase the volume of your backside without defining your curves. Skirts or pants with contoured seams give a rounded smooth appearance to the bottom and de-emphasize the sides, particularly if want to play down your hips. Ruching designs in a dress or long fitted top that extends along the entire back to the bottom gives a voluptuous sexy look without adding volume or pounds. Cropped jackets that hit higher on your waist show off your bottom, especially when they are in a contrasting color to your pants. TIP: Thongs or seamless briefs are better undergarments when wearing snug pants or dresses and thinner fabrics.

    If You Love Your Arms

    Then play them up with ruffled cap sleeve tops or dresses or a racer-back tank with a sequined front that defines shoulders and plays up arms. Try a strapless or one shoulder dress to put the focus on your arms and shoulders. A choice necklace with a fancy neckline can always help draw attention to arms. Also, a dark color bottom with a lighter color top draws eyes upwards.

    Show Off Your Legs

    Just because you have a baby bump doesn't mean you have to hide your legs. In warmer weather don't be afraid to wear some short shorts or babydoll dresses. Avoid long and mid calf length skirts or loose pants and capris that hide legs and add bulk. Play up your legs with sheer, opaque or textured tights. Remember to moisturize legs or even try a light faux tanner to even out skin tone and add a hint of color.

    Pregnancy can be a fun time to experiment with different kinds of fashion and styles. As you body is constantly evolving each month, try to highlight a different asset as you shop for new maternity clothes. Look for clothes that have a lot of stretch to take you through the season as your belly grows. Remember that fitted is often more flattering and slimming than the undefined tented look our mothers were subject to during their pregnancies. Fashion should be fun, so enjoy your new curves!

  • Maternity Clothes For All Body Types

    When you are pregnant, suddenly your shape and size are changing daily. What looks used to work well and flatter your figure may suddenly look ridiculous or unflattering on your evolving frame. This can be particularly challenging around the Holiday Season or for more dress-up occasions when you really want to look your best and not let pregnancy get in the way. Here are some general guidelines to dressing when pregnant according to you shape.

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    When you are pregnant don't be afraid to show some skin. A pregnant body can be very sensual and you still have great assets. So don't be shy about showing off great legs or pretty arms, shoulders or going strapless. Be sure to define your shape the way your like it. You want some definition to you pregnant belly without going uncomfortably skin tight. Grecian can be flattering as it can drape over your curves to show off the gist of your belly without showing your belly button in detail. However, too big equates to baggy which only makes you look bigger. An empire waist looks that are more contained look great on almost any pregnant body type. Belting dresses beneath the bust can create this look. Deep shades like teal and plum that are popular this season are flattering on pregnant shapes, particularly if you are further along than busy patterns or metallics

    Busty

    Maternal America Flutter SkirtIf you are the busty type you are probably three times more busty when you are expecting. Your body has taken on new dimensions and everything you try on seems to be accentuated by your pronounced cleavage. A good look to try to de-emphasize the chest is a flirty dress in one shade. By sticking to one shade of color your figure becomes elongated and you look much leaner and slimmer.

    Also going with a more tailored or structured dress that gives you a clear silhouette, you better define your shape. For example, instead of going hippie chic, go with better bust support and strong vertical pleats. A hemmed and pleated knee length flirty dress with a structured chest and wide straps will do wonders for your figure. Finally, always look to support and lift. Forget strapless or backless dresses as you will never find the level of support you need. Always look for a dress or top with wide enough shoulder straps for a supportive bra.

    Hippy

    Maternal_America_Embellished_DressA skirt or dress with inverted pleats keeps hips looking narrower. An A-line skirt is also a good choice for camouflaging hips. Even just a flared hem de-emphasizes the hips. Again choose structure in defining your silhouette so you show off a small empire waist and don't get swallowed in something loose and baggy. Remember to show off your best assets, so if you have pretty shoulders, flaunt them with a sleeveless bodice dress, strapless or one shoulder style. Draw attention to your best body parts up high - look for a jeweled neckline or brighter colors around the face or neck. Even wearing some bling jewelry will keep the gaze upwards.

    Petite

    If you are petite and you don't want to tower in platform shoes or stilettos when you are pregnant, there are some other tricks to add some length to your frame. If you have great legs, then show them off. Go for shorter hems and sheerer hose to elongate your shape. Show off some skin somewhere- arms and necklines are a great place to start. Pleats and bubble hem can work well if its not overdone - you want to add some volume without looking like a powder puff. Accessorize smartly. A few well chosen pieces that don't weigh you down is all you need to add some height.

    Tall

    If you are tall, then you have a lot of choices. Tall frames can get away with prints and patterns, horizontal stripes and all the usual hazards most women need to avoid can actually be more flattering when tall. Do make sure your clothing fits you well. Beware of cuts that tent out and make you appear bigger than you are or that miss your curves. Sleek and fitted always looks better no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy. Do be careful with super short hemlines and minis as they can make you look like a giant whose clothes got shrunk in the dryer. Otherwise, have fun with accessories as you can get away with more to wear as you have more space to fill!

    So whatever your shape, find some maternity clothes that fit and flatter your figure and make you feel as beautiful and sexy and as you truly are. Bottom line, if you feel great in the clothes you are in, then you will project that to those around you.

  • Plan Your Babymoon!

    Whether you are expecting your first child or your third, the anticipation leading up to the arrival of the newest member of your family can be a busy time, with preparations and adjustments in full swing. As a way to diffuse the stress and to spend some special one-on-one time with your partner, a new trend has recently taken off: the Babymoon! A Babymoon is a trip designed for expectant parents to relax and rejuvenate before the newest member of the family arrives. To eliminate the stress and bring you and your partner even closer together, a Babymoon is a great way to prepare for the birth of your child. Choosing the right Babymoon for you is important, and with a few quick tips you will be enjoying a relaxing vacation in no time!

    One Day Getaway

    The One Day Getaway Babymoon is a great option if you do not have a lot of free time, but still want to rejuvenate and relax with your partner. Although in all likelihood you will not be able to go to a tropical beach for the day, you can book a full day at a wonderful spa where you and your partner will be pampered. There are many upscale spas that specialize in pre-pregnancy treatments, such as special massages or belly facials. The maternity massages are relaxing and comfortable, as many spas use adjustable beds and add special cushions to ensure you are comfortable. These one day spa getaways are romantic as well, as they offer couples massages and treatments. Simply being able to relax and not worry about anything will bring you and your partner closer together.

    Extended Escape

    The Extended Escape Babymoon is perfect for those couples who have several free days that they can use to sneak off on a special vacation. When choosing where to go, it is important to choose what is most relaxing to you. Whether that is going to a tropical paradise where you can relax at the beach or finding a luxurious hotel in the middle of your favorite city, there are plenty of Babymoon options to suit every couple’s tastes. It is truly about bonding with your partner and rejuvenating yourselves in preparation for the birth of your child.

    There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your Babymoon destination. If you will be flying or travelling for longer distances, consult with your doctor beforehand and make sure that there is good medical care at whichever destination you choose. Also, try to plan your Babymoon during the second trimester of your pregnancy, as doctors have recommended the time between eighteen and twenty-four weeks as being the safest time to travel.

    Keep in mind is that while any relaxing trip as a couple is perfect for a Babymoon, many resorts offer packages designed specifically for an expectant couple. With pre-pregnancy massages for the expectant mother as well as spa services designed specifically for men, these resort package deals are a great option when looking for a Babymoon that will require little planning and truly provide relaxation.

    If you are going to a beach destination spot, or even one where there is an inviting pool where you will be lounging. Shop for your maternity swimsuit well in advance so you won’t be stressed out trying to find one at your vacation destination when you find your pre-pregnancy bikini no longer fits. Also, not all local maternity stores carry maternity swimwear. If you do order online, order well in advance so you have chance to try on your suit and make sure you like it in case you want to order a different color or size. You want your vacation to be as stress free as possible, so have your bag packed with all essentials well in advance!

    A Babymoon, whether one day or one week, is a great way to bond with your partner and prepare mentally and physically for the birth of your child. Such an exciting time in your life calls for celebration, and relaxing and pampering yourself with your spouse. From a spa visit to relaxing on the beach, there is the perfect Babymoon option for every couple. You will feel close, connected and refreshed, and ready for the newest addition to your family.

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