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Maternal America’s Strapless Maternity Dress

I love having dresses in my wardrobe because you don’t have to spend time mixing and matching separates. Just slip on one piece and you’re ready to walk out the door. Wherever you’re going, Maternal America has dresses that fit your lifestyle. The Maternal America Strapless Maternity Dress is great for a night out on the town. The wrap-around print with fuchsia, magenta, and tangerine stands out sharply against the black bottom of the dress. Complete the look with a pair of heels.

Japanese Weekend’s Button Sleeve Maternity/Nursing Dress

Japanese Weekend is really at the forefront of integrating functionality and fashion in maternity wear. “Maternity” is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind when you see a Japanese Weekend dress. This Japanese Weekend Button Sleeve Maternity/Nursing Dress combines a flowing design with a flattering shape. The brown band lifts up so you can look stylish and nurse discreetly. It has button detailing on the sleeve and an elastic trimmed neckline that can be worn off the shoulder. This dress is fun to wear and great for any summer event.

Maternal America’s Asymmetric Ruffle Dress

Another great dress for spring and summer is the Maternal America Asymeretric Ruffle Dress. The fabric has a cheerful floral pattern and light cotton-like feel. This dress features a faux one shoulder neckline design, with bra-friendly straps. The empire waist with elastic fitting below the bust is easy to wear for all stages of your pregnancy. Throw on a cardigan and wear this dress to a party or baby shower.

Ivanka Trump is Pregnant!

Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is pregnant! Known for her appearances on her father’s show The Apprentice, she is the second oldest of Trump’s five children. Trump’s son Donald Jr. and his wife Vanessa have two kids: Kai 3, and Donald Trump III, age 1. Ivanka is expecting her first child with husband Jared Kushner, whom she married in 2009. She shared the news on her Twitter page in January, writing “I’m pregnant!” and “Jared and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Ivanka has her own line of jewelry and a new shoe and handbag line. Pregnant Ivanka was recently promoting her shoe line at a mall wearing a slimming black outfit. At 6 months, it is almost impossible to notice her baby bump! As a business woman, Ivanka often has a “professional look” even while pregnant.

If you want to capture this career mom style, go for classic pieces like Ivanka. She was seen wearing a flattering maternity top, a simple black knee-length skirt, and a pair of flats (how comfortable!). A babydoll style maxi length dress is another good silhouette for mom’s to be.

At a more formal event, Ivanka Trump was photographed wearing an empire waist black dress with metallic details. The Maternal America Gold Band Maxi Dress is very similar, so you too can dress like an heiress!

The Olian Maternity Black & White Maternity Dress

One of the most essential items in any woman’s wardrobe is the little black dress. The Olian Maternity Black & White Dress is a great way of doing the classic with a little flair. As a shift dress, it is always in style. It is the perfect go-to option for your little black (and white) dress. Depending on how you accessorize, it can go from work to evening (or day) dress-up. The color black is slimming and will accentuate all the positives to your new figure.

Kate Hudson on “Baby Moon” in Mexico!

Pregnant Kate Hudson, 31, and father of her baby, Matthew Bellamy, 32, have been enjoying time together on a “baby moon” in Mexico. It has become popular for celebrities to spend this last ‘hurrah’ vacationing before the baby arrives. This is Kate’s second child (and first with Bellamy). Kate Hudson caught a lot of attention at a resort in Cabo this March wearing a skimpy bikini with a scarf wrap. Tagging along on the beach was Kate’s son, Ryder age 7, and ex-husband Chris Robinson. A friend of the family said “Kate is happy for Ryder to finally have a brother or sister.”

If you are lucky enough to spend some time soaking up the sun before the big day, being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t have cute swimwear. If you want to bare your baby bump like Kate, the Japanese Weekend Bikini with Sarong Set is a great option to be the envy of everyone at the beach or pool, if they’re pregnant or not! The sarong wrap makes a flirty skirt that can be tied for the perfect fit.

If you prefer a little more coverage, I recommend a tankini in a colorful print that accentuates your body in the right places. The Jenni Tankini from Maternal America is a great choice.

 

Kate was also seen draping her belly in a cool and comfortable gauzy maxi beach dress. The Beach Maternity Nursing Dress from 1 in the Oven is a similar look that captures this celebrity’s style.

Olian Maternity Cap Sleeve V-Neck Tie Maternity Dress

One of the hottest looks, not only in maternity fashion, but for all women is the wrap dress. The wrap dress works so well in maternity because it is both figure flattering and easy to adjust to fit you perfectly throughout your pregnancy. The Cap Sleeve V-Neck Tie Maternity Dress from Olian Maternity is a great example of this style. It is so versatile it can be worn during and after pregnancy. The fabric is stretchy and comfortable and the cap sleeves will make your arms appear slimmer. Jewel tones like this fuchsia are very popular among celebrities, and for good reason as they look great against any skin color. Dresses from Olian Maternity are super versatile because they can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Baby Carseat Recommendations

Parents are constantly given advice on how to care for their children, but the recent recommendations for car seats should not be overlooked. This is because forward-facing kids are far more likely to die (1). The long standing belief that children should ride in a rear-facing seat until they are 1 has been extended to 2 years, or longer, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These new policy statements were issued on March 21st, 2011 and are based primarily on a 2007 University of Virginia study. The study found children under 2 are 75% less likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries in a crash if they are facing the rear (4). Toddlers have relatively large heads and small necks, in which the bones are structurally immature. If a child is forward facing, his or her neck can fly forward during a crash which can cause spinal cord injuries (3).

Parents should be aware that with each transition they make, from rear-facing to forward-facing, to booster seats, they are making the ride less safe for their child. It is better not to risk it and delay the switch as long as possible. Parents are often reluctant to keep their child rear facing, as they believe the child’s legs will be bent during the ride, they will have nothing stimulating to look at, or just be unhappy facing backwards (2). But if the child doesn’t know any differently, they will think it’s just the way it is. In this position, 2 year- olds are not more likely to break their legs in a crash and they are not necessarily any less comfortable.

Luckily, adhering to the recommendations is becoming easier for parents, as “most car seat makers have increased the amount of weight the seats can hold” (3). Ten years ago rear facing car seats only accommodated children up to 22 pounds. Today, nearly half or rear- facing seats hold 30 pounds.

Sources:
1. Chicago Tribune
2. Examiner
3. MSNBC
4. NY Times