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Maternity Fashion From Maternal America

There are so many designers for maternity clothing, that it can often be difficult to know where to start looking. One designer that stands out is Maternal America. They are known for fresh and current maternity clothing designs, as well as having clothing that is functional and comfortable. For the warmer months, there are several must-have items for one’s maternity clothing wardrobe, and Maternal America has great options.

Every expectant mother needs the perfect summer maternity dress that is versatile, comfortable, and makes one feel amazing. The Maternal America Paisley Tie Maternity Dress is a stunning option that can be dressed down or up, giving it great versatility. It features a navy blue scoop neck bodice made out of super soft and light-weight material. Cap sleeves provide a flattering and versatile look. The skirt is a beautiful paisley print in orange, blue, and purple. Its design is unique and eye-catching. The bodice ends directly underneath the bust so that an empire waist design is created, which is very figure flattering. One can wear this dress to one’s baby shower, a birthday, an evening on the town, or simply out to lunch with one’s family. For a more casual look, pair it with nude or navy flat sandals. For a dressier look, try a great pair of navy or nude wedges, a few bracelets, and some stud earrings.

Another must-have item for expectant mothers is the perfect maternity top. Maternity tops can be mixed and matched with a variety of bottoms, from jeans to shorts to skirts. A beautiful choice is the Maternal America Maternity Halter Top. It has a modern and slightly tribal print in a mix of burnt orange, black, and white. The oval type pattern is the perfect size and creates a V-type of shape that is incredibly figure flattering. The unique neckline is a bit higher but shows off one’s shoulders, and a cute tie is at the front. It has a nice and flattering flow to it. For a casual look, pair it with jeans and flip flops. For a day at the office, pair it with a black maternity pencil skirt and black ballet flats. For that special evening out, it can be paired with white, black, or dark blue slim cut jeans, a great pair of wedges, and some gorgeous gold jewelry.

MA-P702_1For pants, a summer necessity is a great white pair of jeans. White is refreshing and stylish. Many women are adverse to white as they fear it will not be flattering. However, it is actually the cut of the pants, not the color, which creates the perfect flattering shape. The Maternal America Cigarette Maternity Jeans in white are a great choice. The slim cut of the leg is actually very slimming, and balances the looser look of a maternity top very well. Pair these jeans with any color. They can also be worn with flip flops, ballet flats, heels, or any type of shoe one prefers! Their versatility, flattering cut, and refreshing style make them the perfect addition to one’s maternity wardrobe.

A final must-have for one’s warm weather maternity closet is the perfect maternity swimsuit. One gorgeous option is the Maternal America Eva Maternity Swimwear. This tankini features a halter style top with adjustable ties for the perfect fit. The top is a white and navy striped pattern, creating a nautical feel. Light padding at the bust creates a smooth look. The bikini bottoms are a solid navy to compliment the top perfectly, and side-ties allow them to be adjusted for one’s utmost comfort. This maternity swimsuit is perfect for the beach or pool!

Maternal America has a variety of clothing options that are all stylish and comfortable. From dresses to swimwear, there is something for everyone.

Floral Maternity Swimwear

No matter what year it is or what the styles are this season, one style of swimwear that never goes out of fashion is that with a floral print. Floral prints exude the feeling of summer and have a certain brightness to them. For maternity swimwear, there are a multitude of floral printed options available. From bikinis to tankinis to one-pieces, there is something for everyone to choose from.

For any mother to be who wants to show off her gorgeous baby bump, a maternity bikini is a must! The Betsy Bikini from Prego Maternity Swimwear is the perfect floral option. This bikini features a halter top that is adjustable, ensuring the perfect fit. It ties at the bust with an oval ring and small bow, adding a great unique detail. The top is black with a pink rose design over it. The bow at the bust is in a contrasting cheetah print which adds a fun and trendy touch. The bottoms are in the same gorgeous floral print fabric, and have the same cheetah print at the waist. Wear the waist band rolled up or down for whatever is most comfortable, and know that the stretchy fabric ensures comfort. With its beautiful floral print and fun cheetah detailing, this is a great maternity swimwear option.

If a bikini shows a bit more skin than one is comfortable with, a tankini is an excellent choice. It provides the same feeling as a bikini in that it is a two-piece as well, but adds coverage over one’s baby bump. A stunning new option is the Rose Tie Halter, also from Prego Maternity Swimwear. The halter style top has adjustable straps that tie behind the neck and a flattering and slimming V-neck. The fabric has a white base with purple and blue roses overlaid on it with black leaves as well. For a very flattering look, two black seems run vertically over one’s belly, which elongates and slims one’s body. Solid black bottoms pull the look together. For comfort and style in one, this is a fabulous choice.

A variation on the floral theme comes from Bikini Thief in the form of their Red St. Barts Tankini. This solid red two-piece features an embroidered floral design diagonally across one’s baby bump. This detail is truly unique and makes this maternity swimsuit a must have. The top has adjustable tank straps and a slight sweetheart neck design. Matching bikini bottoms fit comfortably beneath one’s belly, and the stretchy fabric works well throughout one’s pregnancy. It is also available in black with contrasting floral embroidery.

A one piece is a great option for expectant mothers who do not want to show as much skin or who might be a more active swimmer. One option with a stunning floral print is the Blossom Empire Tank from Prego Maternity. It features a dainty floral print in shades of blue, red, and orange. The small size of the print is flattering and stylish. Great bust support is provided through adjustable tank straps as well as a hook back bra. Padded bra cups create a smooth look and the empire waist design creates a slimming figure. This maternity swimwear option is a great choice for the active swimmer. With its pretty print and bold colors, it exudes feelings of summer.

For those busy days when one leaves the pool and heads directly to one’s next stop, a good cover-up is a must. The Convertible Dress/Skirt can be worn as a dress or skirt, making it incredibly versatile. Beautiful and breezy, the ruching at the bust creates an empire waist look when worn as a dress. As a skirt, the ruching fits comfortably on one’s belly. So easy and comfortable to wear, one can put it on directly after leaving the beach or pool. No matter one’s style preference, there is something for everyone!

Congratulations To Pregnant Actress Morena Baccarin

Congratulations to Actress Morena Baccarin, 33 and her husband director/writer Austi Chick who are expecting their first child together. Baccarin and Chick wed in November 2011.

Baccarin, who plays Jessica Brody on Homeland, the hit Showtime series, is currently in production for the show’s third season.

Baccarin recently was named one of PEOPLE’s 2013 Most Beautiful. She said recently, however, that she was very low-maintenance on her beauty regime and wears no makeup.

“When I’m not working I’m definitely a no makeup girl. The most I ever do is a little tinted moisturizer and a little mascara and blush.”

This -no-nonsense beauty routine will come in handy one Baccarrin becomes a new mom!

We wish her and her husband all the best!

White Maternity Bermuda Shorts For Summer

If you haven’t got any yet, then check out the Olian White Bermuda Maternity Shorts for summer. These maternity shorts feature a wide elastic waistband with belt loops that fits under your bump, a zip fly and double buttons. The shorts are super elastic and hit just at the knee which is very versatile for dressing up or down. They have pockets in the front and back and go with just about any summer top in your maternity wardrobe. The best part is that these Bermuda shorts do not look like maternity shorts; you can even wear them postpartum. You will live in these shorts for the warm weather ahead!

Beat The Heat In Maternal America’s Faux Wrap Nursing Dress!

It is the perfect flirty and flowing summer maternity or nursing dress that can be worn casual with sandals or dressed up with a wedge or heels.

This style features an empire waist with a faux elastic wrap that will never “fall” out of place. The top cross over design allows for easy and discreet nursing access with a built in demi-cami. The skirt portion is an overlapping design that easily drapes over your baby bump and allows an equally flattering flowing look if you are nursing and no longer pregnant.

This pretty Faux Wrap Nursing Dress from Maternal America comes in hot sangria or black.

Joyce Brothers Passes Away But Leaves Behind A Legacy For Women

We at TummyStyle were sad to hear of the passing of Joyce Brothers, popular TV and radio personality as well as women’s advocate who died Monday of respiratory failure in New York City. She was 85.

Born Joyce Diane Bauer in New York, Brothers earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia. Joyce Brothers was a pioneer in television advice shows. She started her famous show as a pop psychologist in the 1950s and went on to enjoy a long career as a syndicated columnist, appearing in Good Housekeeping for four decades, an author and a film and television personality. She was a guest on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” almost 100 times.

Interestingly, Brother’s career as a TV and media personality and author came about unexpectantly. She had quit her teaching positions at Columbia University and Hunter College while her husband was still in medical school to care for their newborn. She believed her child’s optimal development depended on her primary care giving. However, due to their low income and financial distress in New York City on her husband’s residency salary, Brothers needed to find away to make some money.

As Brothers like to tell it, her multimedia career evolved “because we were hungry.” In order to earn some quick cash Brothers decided to try and become a contestant on a television quiz show. The show was called “The $64,000 Question” and quizzed contestants on their specific areas of expertise. In preparing for the show, Brothers memorized 20 volumes of a boxing encyclopedia. With this knowledge on boxing she went on to win the top prize, only the second person on the show to do this.

Even more amazingly Brothers entered the show a second time as a contestant and also answered each question correctly on boxing to win again and become one of the biggest winners in the history of television quiz shows. These wins made her an overnight celebrity and opened doors for her to appear on many talk shows and co-host the “Sports Showcast.”

A few years later Brothers was offered a position with NBC for on air advice on all sorts of taboo topics for the times, including marriage, love life, sex, and child rearing (yes, this was taboo at times) ,as well as menopause, impotence and sexual enjoyment. This advice show was so successful it became nationally telecast and usually broadcast in the late hours.

She also gave advice on numerous call-in radio programs, sometimes going live on air with advice. One cannot help but imagine that the sit-com Frazier would not been invented much less a hit without Brothers as a real pioneer in this venue. Countless television and radio personalities have followed in her footsteps to become celebrities today. Among them, Dr. Drew Pinsky, television personality and medical advice expert, offered his condolences,

“Knew nothing about her history on the $64,000 question, but I did know Joyce Brothers,” he wrote on Twitter. “She was a pioneer and very knowledgeable.”

Importantly Brothers was an advocate for women. In the 1970s she was credited for changing textbooks to remove a sexist bias. She argued that nonsexist cultures tended to be less warlike.

She wrote numerous advice books, including “Ten Days To A Successful Memory” (1964), “Positive Plus: The Practical Plan for Liking Yourself Better” (1995) and “Widowed” (1992).

Brothers is an example of someone who was not only caught in the winds of change with pregnancy and being a new mom to a newborn but as a relatable woman who had to make tough career and family choices. In her case she choose to leave behind a career only to find her family needed her financial support which ultimately led her to a better and more diverse career that suited her flexibility, experience and passions.

Brother’s life shows us that we should not place labels or restrictions on ourselves and our abilities, even after we “settle down” into motherhood and maybe feel our professional or creative lives are put on hold forever as we change diapers and multitask. She shows us that a woman in the 1950s could become an expert on men’s boxing and host a sports channel, something that has unheard of in her time. She could also pioneer Television advice shows and talk radio about the unexpected and real life taboo subjects that people are really interested in. She was a woman who was not only able to give to her child and her family as the needs arose but to also give the gift of herself , her advice, opinions and knowledge to the world that wanted to receive it. Women like Brothers are inspirational to us all as we admire her legacy.

Maternal America Convertible Maternity Dress Can Be Worn 3 Ways!

This summer season’s must-have pick is Maternal America’s Convertible Maternity Dress/Skirt. This beautiful tiered ruffled dress can be worn as a strapless maternity dress, an cool casual skirt or a swimsuit coverup at the beach or poolside. You can literally wear it anywhere and anyway and look amazing in it.

The elastic smocking is perfect for maternity as it will hug your curves in a flattering way and stay in place over your expanding belly or over your expanding bust. Worn as a maternity dress, the pretty smocking creates an empire waist silhouette that allows plenty of room to drape over your baby bump. The fabric is 100% cotton which breathes well in the warm weather and feels soft against your skin.

This maternity dress/skirt/cover-up piece is an excellent addition to your maternity wardrobe like the gift that keeps on giving. You can continue to wear it in the cooler fall weather as a long maternity skirt.

This item is currently available in Olive Green, Turquoise or Black. Roll over the image on the products page for model photos of each of the colors and styles in wearing this piece.

Dad Deliver’s Baby in Sam’s Club Parking Lot

If your husband or significant other ever rolls his eyes at attending yet another birthing class with you, then you might want to mention this newsworthy story to him.

In Sacramento the other day, Josephine Rosales went into labor while in a Sam’s Club parking lot. As this was the couple’s fifth child, it appears her husband, Fritz Rosales, had some idea what to do. However delivering at Sam’s was not the plan from the get-go.

While en route to the hospital while Josephine was in advanced labor, they needed to stop for gas (note to expecting couples: remember to always have enough gas in the tank in your final months of pregnancy). Then once they were on their way they had wait for a slow moving 90 something car train.

Fritz told CBS-Sacramento, “Then, just as soon as that train cleared the crossing, another train came along the same track. I was like, ‘Are you serious?’”

At this point the anxious couple realized they would never make it to the hospital in time. “The first thing that came to my mind was Sam’s Club,” Fritz said.

Fritz pulled into the Sam’s Club parking lot and dialed 911. He told the ambulance where they were and then proceeded to deliver his baby girl.

Fritz said he panicked at first as the baby wasn’t breathing but then as soon as she started crying, they know that everything would be OK. The baby, who they named Alexander, is confirmed to be healthy and the mom, Josephine, is also doing well.

Jessica Alba Credits Girdle For Post Baby Killer Abs

Jessica Alba, mother of two, recently revealed her secret to her amazing post baby body, a double corset day and night for three months following the births of each of her children!

“It was brutal; it’s not for everyone,” the 31 year old actress and mother of Honor and Haven admited. “It was sweaty, but worth it.”

Recent pictures of Jessica sporting a bikini shows that her sweaty tactic payed off as she displayed her lean killer abs.

A product that would probably have been a lot more comfortable for Jessica and achieved the same results is the Belly Bandit, as worn by Kourtney Kardashian following her pregnancies.

This product is also available in non-designer solid colors:

The Belly Bandit is an excellent product for shrinking your midsection while also appearing more trim and toned while worn under your clothes. It is adjustable and can be tightened as you get smaller and continue to lose weight.

Please note this product is not to be worn during pregnancy or immediately following a Cesarean. Please consult your doctor before wearing after pregnancy.

Kim Kardashian Wore Her “Maternity Clothes” The Best!

Ok, so we know Kim Kardashian has been getting a lot of flack for her maternity fashion choices. However, I must say, I am secretly becoming a bit of a fan. I am actually motivated to see what she wore to the latest event whether it be a striking off the runway black Prada dress to an intimate dinner date with Anna Wintour or her Riccardo Tisci designed floral print gown which she wore to the Givenchy Met Ball the following night (with built-in matching gloves).

Really, we do need some comic relief from Kate Middleton’s never misses and perfect pregnancy body perfection (although I am a huge fan of the Duchess and admire her picture perfect pregnancy and fashion choices). I am, however, more intrigued by Kardashian’s maternity fashion “hit” or supposed “misses” because, really, isn’t that what fashion is all about- not conforming, making a statement, showing your mood and style in the body you are currently living in?

I credit Kim Kardashian for making maternity fashion a lot more interesting, expressive, unexpected, sometimes humorous and controversial. I agree that pregnancy should be a time to embrace the bump however demurely or flamboyantly as we please. It’s a time to celebrate our bodies and the body forming in us. It is not a time to be ashamed of a few added pounds in places other than the bump, which for most of us is perfectly natural (unless you are the Duchess of Cambridge!)

With that said, I do have to laugh along with Robin William’s “who wore it best” taunt at Kim’s dress choice to the Met Gala and more of less accusation of her channeling his character as Mrs. Doubtfire in his 1990’s film. Kardashian’s dress is strangely reminiscent of that once upon a time comedy fashion display with the same busy head to toe floral pattern. However, without a doubt, Kim did wear it best, complete with the built-in flowered print gloves!