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!
Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day Maternity Dress or Baby Shower Dress? Look no further than Maternal America’s Cut Out Yolk Maternity Dress, AKA “The Stork Dress.” This go-anywhere versatile and lightweight Spring-Summer Maternity Dress is a must-have for your warm weather maternity clothes wardrobe.
Although not immediately apparent, the navy red and white print is actually small storks that converge for a beautiful patterned look. The empire waist design is slimming and flattering on all expecting body types. The V-neck sleeveless style is cool for summer and can even be worn as a nursing dress with the elastic cross-over front design.
If ever there was a good-luck dress to be worn during pregnancy, this maternity dress from Maternal America is the one!
Halle Berry does not seem like an expecting mom of “advanced maternal age” at 46 as she is looking positively glowing with her growing baby bump. She has been recently promoting her film in Brazil in a number of figure-hugging outfits which show off her growing bump. She and fiancé Olivier Martinez will welcome a child, rumored to be a boy, later this year.
Halle looked gorgeous at the South American premiere of her film in a black cut-out maternity gown with spider web lace accented on the sides. Her film, a thriller with Brad Anderson and Abigail Breslin recently hit theatres.
“I feel fantastic. This has been the biggest surprise of my life to tell you the truth,” Halle told CNN a few weeks ago.
“I thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful.”
Berry’s next project will be the much anticipated sequel of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
We look forward to seeing more of Halle’s gorgeous maternity style!
New from Olian Maternity is the Sherbert Nursing Pajamas set. It comes in a wonderful solid raspberry sherbert color for the top. The cuffs and the sleeves and collar are trimmed with the same matching fabric as the bottoms.
The ankle length pant bottoms have a pink and purple paisley of varying sizes. What makes it so special is that the baby onesie matches the outfit perfectly. It will look really special when you are at the hospital to be seen a this mother and baby outfit.
The top unbottons to allow for easy access for nursing. Wear this fashionable outfit to bed . The cotton is super soft, comfortable and one to spend the night in.!
Swirling blue, green and yellow paisley patterns set this wonderful suit off in a very striking manner and highlighted by the black bikini bottoms. The Prego Maternity Swimwear Carnival Slim-Kini top comes with sewn in side panels for a more smooth and fitted look. The suit hugs your belly and creates a flattering effect.
The top has extra wide straps and tie in the back. It’s incredibly supportive and holds you well in place if you are especially busty. The top also comes with light padding for a smooth look.
The bikini bottoms sit below the belly and are extra comfortable. They provide good coverage on your behind to avoid any accidental plumber moments.
The Maternal America Josie Gumballs maternity swimwear takes a great style halter style and combines it with their mint and white gumball pattern. This great pattern helps to break up the shape of your belly and give you a slimming effect. The neckline plunges low to reveal a bit of cleavage but without be too naughty.
Wear this maternity bathing suit at the beach or down at the pool. Walk around the town in a coverup on the bottoms. The top looks like it could be just a regular normal shirt and a fashionalbe one at that. You’ll have people wondering where you bought your outfit.
Buy it now before they all run out!
New mama Shakira looks fabulous just months after giving birth to son, Milan. However the 36 year old first time mom recently revealed that dropping the pounds to be in shape to promote “The Voice” was extremely stressful and difficult.
“I know I had to come back here to do “The Voice” two months after I had delivered a baby. I didn’t have my four months of maternity like every woman on Earth has. I’m not trying to complain, but it’s been a process full of challenges.”
Shakira went on to add that the pressure to shed the weight for our generation is much more intense than it has been for previous generations of women. She said, “I think that our mothers and grandmothers weren’t under the pressure women of today are after delivering a baby. My dad says there’s nothing better than meat over the bones. So he likes my mom a little chubby. She was never under the pressure to have to get to her old weight – and she never did.”
I’m sure that the pressure as a rock star is even more intense than the pressure most women face. However the example we see in the media of super swelte new moms like Beyonce and Shakira just months after giving birth, can make us all feel a little inadequate. So, it’s a nice reality check to hear that it was extremely challenging for them as well, even with all the dieticians/chefs, personal trainers and nannies at their call.
Shakira was also very honest about the ups and downs of new motherhood to a newborn. She told US Weekly, “I didn’t expect babies to need so many diapers! Nobody told me they needed to be changed so often! I mean he’s a great, great, baby. He’s an easy one, I think. But nobody told me it would be this hard. It takes a lot of energy from you.”
I always admire a star that says it like it is! It also shows that she is putting in the effort as a new mom and not just token baby carrying on a shopping photo op excursion. Being a mom is hard work, but it is also so worth it!
There is nothing more trendy than the Maternal America Eva Maternity Swimwear this season. The French style navy stripes look like something right off the Paris runway. The thin navy stripes against the white background makes a real presence. Not only that, but the thin lines break up any edges and have a real slimming effect.
The bottoms are a navy that matches the navy stripes. The bottoms tie at the sides which allow for adjustability throughout the pregnancy. They sit just below the belly and are very comfortable.
The top can also work well as a strapless (as long as you aren’t too busty!). Just untie the halter string and make a bow on the front. The sides at the bust have a semi-stiff stays which do add in some more support.
Overall, this is one of the hottest and best selling maternity swimsuits of the season. Great styling and fashion to keep you looking great throughout your pregnancy!
The Mint Gumballs maternity swimwear by Maternal America combines two disparate fashion trends into one great maternity swimsuit.
The top is a an overlay of green and white gumballs with a navy in the empty space while the bottom is a classic navy and white stripes.
The top can be worn strapless (if you aren’t too busty) and has a navy striped halter tie that slips through a ring at the bust. The top also come with adjustable side ties for a snug fit all during your pregnancy.
The bottoms have adjustable side ties as well to grow with you as you progress along in your pregnancy.
It’s one of the many stylish maternity swimsuits by Maternal America this season!
We all know that foods Salmon that are packed with Omega 3s fatty Acids are a go-to for women of all ages. Salmon has the added benefit of mood stabilizing your hormones by boosting your serotonin levels in your brain which helps you to feel-good. Higher levels of this naturally occurring feel-good chemical can help ward off depression or baby blues. Salmon is easy to make and throw on a salad for a great and healthy left-over meal. Health experts recommend having salmon at least once a week for optimal benefits.
What you might not know is that high protein foods like eggs and spinach are really important for you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The Institute of Medicine recommends eating 425 mg of choline for all women, 450 mg if you are pregnant and 550 if you are breastfeeding. Both spinach and eggs with the yolk contain choline which is a nutrient that helps your baby’s brain develop.
Spinach has the added nutritional benefit of folate which helps prevent birth defects. The National Institute of Health recommends women eat 600 mcg of folate when pregnant and 500 mcg when nursing. One half cup of spinach, or similar green, provides about 130 mcg of folate, so about one-third of what you need. You can make up the difference by taking a supplement recommended by your doctor. However, just cooking a daily spinach omelet can give you and your baby the nutritional boost you need each morning.