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  • Alyssa Milano Pregnant!

    Alyssa Milano and her handsome hubby Dave Bugliari just announced their pregnancy and we could not be more excited for the happy couple! Alyssa has always had a stylish fashion sense, and just a day after their big announcement she debuted her baby bump on the red carpet in a gorgeous knee-length dress. Designed in the empire waist style, the scoop neck top in solid black worked perfectly paired with the grey tweed skirt. This design is especially flattering as it accentuates the smallest part of one’s body directly underneath the bust while celebrating one’s belly bump. Although Alyssa rocked this look on the red carpet, it is extremely versatile and can be worn for a multitude of occasions.

    If you love Alyssa’s look as much as we do, there are several similar options available! The Cotton Empire Maternity Dress from Maternal America is a fabulous choice. The white scoop neck top in a tank style is paired with the black and white Scotch patterned skirt which hits at the knee. Paired with cute strappy sandals and a long necklace, it is perfect for brunch. For the office, throw a cute black cardigan over it and pair it with comfy flats for a business casual look. So flattering and comfy, you will look and feel your best!

    For a bit dressier look, try the Olian Striped Top Maternity Dress. Keeping the same two toned designed as Alyssa’s dress, it pairs a striped halter bow top against an empire waist solid black bottom. Fresh and funky, it looks fabulous paired with red heels and a cute clutch. Incredibly figure flattering, you are sure to look your best!

    We could not be happier for the expectant couple and we look forward to seeing what other fashionable and gorgeous looks Alyssa will wear!

  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are having a twins

    The incredibly talented singer, actress, and producer Mariah Carey and her comedian and actor husband Nick Cannon are due to give birth in less than two months! Recently announcing that they are expecting twins, we could not be happier for the beautiful couple. Mariah and Nick have long wanted to have children, so we are looking forward to seeing their gorgeous babies!

    Before officially announcing their pregnancy, Mariah was seen wearing many maxi dresses. Spotted in a rich brown dress paired with a soft sweater, she looked absolutely beautiful. Although maxi dresses work great as non-maternity dresses, they are a fabulous option for maternity. Very comfortable, they accentuate the smallest part of one’s body directly underneath the bust and flow perfectly over the rest of one’s body and curves. For a casual option, Japanese Weekend’s Maternity and Nursing Maxi Dress is a beautiful and versatile option. The V-neck creates an elongating look while its double layering provides easy and discreet nursing access. With a trendy tribal print, it is eye-catching and flattering. For an evening look in the same style, the Pleated Maxi Dress from Maternal America is perfect. We would love to see Mariah wearing this gorgeous gown. Its wide shoulder straps and V-neck create a sophisticated feel and the empire waist with pleating flows beautifully. Perfect for an evening out with Nick or a red carpet event, it is a stunning dress.

    Over the holidays, Mariah and Nick attended several formal events, giving us an opportunity to see some more of her lovely maternity style. When she sang for the President in December, Mariah chose a deep red dress. Its long sleeves were so elegant and the shape of it hugged her beautiful curves perfectly. Longer sleeves are very popular, as they are sophisticated while maintaining a subtle sexiness. The Beaded Diamond Dress from Maternal America has some of the same similar features as Mariah’s dress, such as longer sleeves, a beautiful V-neck, and a flattering empire waist. The beading at the bust is the focal point of this dress, which is very slimming along the sides. Perfect for an evening out, a longer sleeve dress is a stylish option. Congratulations to Mariah and Nick and we are looking forward to meeting their twins!

  • Gorgeous Pregnant Melissa Rycroft from Dancing with the Stars

    After following the gorgeous Melissa Rycroft on Dancing with the Stars and watching her career blossom, we were so excited to hear about her pregnancy with husband Tye Strickland in July. Several months later they found out the sex of their baby, announcing they would be welcoming a baby girl into their family! With her due date just around the corner now, (mid-February!) we have greatly enjoyed seeing her fashionable maternity style. From casual chic to red carpet fashion, Melissa always looks stylish yet comfortable.

    Throughout her pregnancy, Melissa’s casual style has been superb. Fashionable yet comfy, relaxing yet pulled together, she always looks great. In December, she and Tye posted a cute picture on their Facebook, showing her growing baby bump. A long sleeved striped tee paired with flared jeans created the perfect casual look. For a similar look try the ¾ Sleeve Striped Nursing Henley from 1 in the Oven. Super soft and cut with extra length for your baby belly, it is extremely comfortable. Maternal America’s Megan Blue Jeans complete the look. With a wide elastic waistband and flare cut bottoms, they are figure flattering. That same month, Melissa was spotted at LAX looking super cute and comfy in leggings, a long tank, and soft sweater. Flying can be stressful, so it is important to be as comfortable as possible. For a similar look, try the Essentials Everyday Cami from BellaBand. This ultra-soft cami is lush, seamless, and has a perfect crepe finish. Pair it with their Over Belly Maternity Leggings for head to toe comfort. To finish the look a beautiful, loose sweater is needed and the Hold Me Close Nursing Jacket from Japanese Weekend is perfect. Cut in a very flattering shape, this soft wrap will keep you looking your best while staying incredibly comfortable.

    From the airport to the red carpet, Melissa looked gorgeous at the Dancing with the Stars 200th episode event. In a loose, radiant blue cocktail dress, her figure was perfectly emphasized. The jeweled neckline added gorgeous detail, creating a simple elegance. With its deep blue color and intricate neckline, Maternal America’s Embellished Dress creates a very similar look. The empire waist design is incredibly figure flattering and the jewels around the neck are lush and beautiful. Pull your hair back into a low bun, and the perfect evening look has been made. From day to night, Melissa’s maternity style has wowed us. We so look forward to welcoming her and Tye’s baby girl!

  • Victoria Beckham Pregnant With Number 4!

    We are excited to hear that the fashionable Victoria Beckham and handsome hubby David Beckham are expecting their fourth child this summer. Congratulations to the happy family! With three boys already in the brood, Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz, we are all excited to see if another brother or a baby sister will be added to the mix.

    Victoria has been a style icon for years, trend setting throughout the globe. Now a well-known fashion designer, she is always right on point with her fashion choices. From elegant red carpet events to fashionable dinners out, she her style is always impeccable.

    Although most well-known for her more glamorous looks, as a mother of four young children Victoria needs some on the go casual outfits. Whether at the park or going to the movies, some quick comfy, yet stylish outfit choices are a must. I love the idea of Victoria in a simple tee and skinny jeans, as it is approachable yet fashionable. The Shade Maternity Baby Tee, in a lightweight cotton blend, is the perfect maternity t-shirt. Cut with a bit of extra length, it fits throughout one’s pregnancy. The Straight Leg Elly B Jeans from Olian Maternity scream Victoria to me. Their trendy grey color and skinny leg are super stylish, while their below the belly fit and stretch fabric are incredibly comfortable. Paired with strappy sandals or cute ballet flats, Victoria will be chic and gorgeous all day long.

    I hope that before their fourth child arrives Victoria and David will be able to take a babymoon and slip away on a beach vacation for a little well deserved relaxation. For the beach, 1 in the Oven’s Beach Maternity/Nursing Dress is the perfect option for Victoria’s latter months of pregnancy. Made of soft gauze fabric, the maxi dress accentuates the body in all the right places with its empire waist and adds a hint of sexiness with its button down bust. This dress will truly make Victoria look like a beach goddess and keep her visible as the fashion icon that she is. Congratulations again to the lovely family!

  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are expecting twins

    This from the Los Angeles Times.

    Mariah Carey is expecting twins, her husband confirmed on his "Rollin With Nick Cannon" radio show Thursday morning. But apparently the story was already out.

    "She shared with the president and the first lady that we are having twins," Cannon said. "I haven't even told my wife I was doing this, so I am probably going to get yelled at for not getting permission."

    The missus apparently couldn't keep mum when talking to to the first couple at the Sunday taping of "Christmas in Washington." Hey, when the first lady asks you a question, you tell her first, right?

    The special, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs Friday on TNT. Carey has said she's expecting "in the spring."

  • Pink Pregnancy Rumors

    This from CBSNews

    Speculation that singer Pink may be pregnant spread like wildfire after a TV personality posted the alleged baby news on her Twitter account.

    "Good Day L.A." co-host Jillian Barberie Reynolds congratulated the pop star and husband Carey Hart, tweeting: "Hey, Pink, I'm sooooo happy for you lady!!! Congrats on baby!!!" She also wrote: "Ps. You know your man whispered it to us at dinner. See I CAN keep a secret!!", according to People.

    After her message became the tweet heard around Hollywood, Reynolds posted another message, recanting.

    "So @pink hasn't confirmed. My bad!! Hubby says that I must have been tipsy that night cuz that's not what Carey said!! My complete apologies," she wrote.

    Rumors that the 31-year-old may be expecting first surfaced after paparazzi photos supposedly showed the singer sporting a baby bump.

    So has the outspoken pop-rock star responded to the baby rumors?

    Not yet. Reps have not respond to People's requests for comment, and Pink's own Twitter page hasn't fluttered a single tweet on the matter.

  • Hopkins Looks Into Fitness Guidelines For Pregnant Women

    This article by Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun

    Study to see how much exercise is healthy for mom, baby.

    Her Asics laced up and her water bottle at her side, Meredith Dobrosielski stepped onto the treadmill for a robust half-hour walk.

    For the Towson runner, this wasn't just any trip to the gym. The session took place in a lab at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. And each step offered information on the impact of exercise on her fetus. Dobrosielski is about 8 months pregnant.

    Doctors expect the information collected to fill in some gaps in the data on how much pounding is OK for a developing baby. Eventually, they hope to be able to develop personalized workout schedules for women in different states of fitness.

    "We do know that not only can exercise be done, it should be done," said Dr. Andrew J. Satin, professor and vice chairman of the department of gynecology and obstetrics for the Hopkins School of Medicine. "But the level of fitness should impact the individual's prescription."

    Not too long ago doctors used to tell all women not to exercise when they became pregnant, but that advice has changed, said Satin and Dr. Linda Szymanski, a fellow in maternal fetal medicine helping conduct the research. But there still is little data about what's too much for the elite athlete verses the couch potato and those in between. Satin said much is based on "opinion and common sense."

    They believe research is limited because doctors fear testing pregnant women. But nine months into the study, there have been no adverse reactions. As a precaution, the hospital's labor and delivery area is close by.

    About 60 women in their third trimester of pregnancy take turns on the treadmill. Some are regular runners and others are sedentary. Everyone takes a moderate walk, and the regular runners also run until they hit their peak capacity but don't linger there. Several measurements are taken over the sessions from fetal heart rate and blood flow to the womb to fetal movement and amniotic fluid levels. The fetuses are examined by ultrasound before and after treadmill work.

    Over time, the doctors plan to measure the impact on fetuses; partner with biomedical engineers to develop new ways to monitor the fetus, perhaps wirelessly during exercise; and collect long-term data on the pregnancy outcomes. The treadmill tests are the first step and some solid data should be available in a couple of months.

    Doctors and groups such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Pregnancy Association now give blanket advice to pregnant women to get 30 minutes of exercise a day.

    Potential benefits include improvement in general health and a decreased chance of gestational diabetes and hypertension, among others. Also, these groups say, that labor, delivery and recovery can be easier.

    But the advice is based on recommendations from government and groups such as the American College of Sports Medicine that non-pregnant people get such exercise. And it's filled with notes of caution for those who are just starting and those with certain conditions. The college suggests seeing a doctor first, starting slow and stopping when there's pain or bleeding — advice Satin doesn't dispute.

    He added that doctors do know driving up a heart rate and maintaining it there for too long can cut off blood flow to the fetus. Getting overheated and dehydrated are also problems. Joints also can become lax and balance may be off, so some exercises should be avoided, such as street biking late in pregnancy. Contact sports, horseback riding and downhill skiing also may cause injury from blows or falls.

    But he and others say not everyone has gotten the message that exercise is beneficial.

    It was a big change in 2008 when physical guidelines were published for Americans, including pregnant women, said James Pivarnik, who works with the sports medicine college and is professor kinesiology and epidemiology and director of the Center for Physical Activity and Health at Michigan State University.

    He said the guidelines do indicate "that the elite runner can continue doing what she is doing for a bit, provided her health care provider is in the loop, and that she has no warning signs or other issues." But he said "boutique" recommendations are hard with so many possible circumstances.

    "Pretty much the aerobic recs are the same as for anyone," he said.

    Pivarnik agreed more research is needed, such as Satin's. He's now looking at how much weight lifting is good for pregnant women.

    Szymanski said the incomplete data has only confused the message. "[Pregnant] women express frustration because a number of doctors give different advice. Some still tell them not to exercise, especially if they haven't been exercising."

    Outdated information and myths perpetuated by the Internet still mean many women who had been exercising — up to a quarter by some accounts — stop because they fear they will harm their babies, the doctors said.

    Satin said it's actually a really good time to suggest starting an exercise program. Women are more apt to take care of themselves when they are pregnant. They'll quit smoking, eat better and exercise for the sake of the developing baby and then carry over the good habits, he said.

    As long as jogging is comfortable, runners can keep at it. Stationary bikes and running in a pool also are good exercises, Satin said. And walking is safe for nearly everyone. The fetuses are not "flipping and flopping," he said. In fact, the entire uterus is moving with the exercise motion, buoying the fetus.

    Satin said his interest in pregnant athletes grew out of his work with women in the military who wanted to stay physically fit. He was formerly a professor and chair of the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in the obstetrics and gynecology department. Szymanski also is an exercise physiologist and collegiate athlete.

    Dobrosielski, who is about to have her second child, said she decided to participate in the study because she wanted to help other women. She's been running "forever" and played field hockey in high school and college. An ankle injury stopped her from running after 4 months, but everyday she runs in a pool, or does yoga, lifts weights or rides a stationary bike.

    She knows she won't lose as much of her fitness and will be able to return to running, even racing, quickly. Others should be able to find out what's good for them, she said.

    "It's a special population and there's so little time for study," she said of pregnant women. "I felt comfortable exercising and I knew when I needed to stop. I think it's important for all women to exercise and maybe this research will convince them to do that."

    Exercising while pregnant

    Several medical organizations recommend 30 minutes of exercising a day for pregnant women.

    •If you're just beginning or have a condition, consult your doctor. Start slow and stop if you have pain or bleeding.

    •Don't get overheated, stay hydrated and take breaks.

    •Your joints may be lax and your balance off, particularly in later months, so avoid unstable ground or consider a stationary bike or running in a pool.

    •No contact sports, but some weight training is OK. Avoid lying on your back after the first trimester.

  • Swim Your Way To A Healthy Pregnancy

    Whether you were an exercise buff, weekend warrior or more of a couch potato before you were pregnant, swimming is one exercise that almost anyone can do without injury when expecting.

    Swimming provides you with a buoyancy and weightlessness that is welcome to most pregnant women. Especially when past the halfway mark of 20 weeks, you begin to feel the lethargy of those extra pounds and awkwardness of a growing belly. It is also a great way to relax and stretch out those ligaments and tendons that have been working overtime during pregnancy.

    Best Exercise for Warm Weather

    One of the best benefits of swimming during the hot summer months is that it really does cool you down. Overheating is a big risk for pregnant women especially when exercising outside as the temperature begins to sour in the summertime. Women who are pregnant already have a naturally higher internal basal temperature which is one of the early indicators of pregnancy. The cool water of a swimming pool helps to prevent overheating while exercising. However, it is important to remain hydrated even when you are in the pool as your body is working out and expending. It is also important to listen to your body and ease into exercise and take frequent breaks. Your pregnant body will tire quicker and your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute.

    Low-impact and Easy to Do:

    Water exercises are very easy to do. You don’t have to sign up for a fancy class or need years of yoga training to be ready to do some simple water aerobics. Best of all water exercise is low-impact, so it is very hard to injure yourself as the water breaks the impact of a slip or fall. Even just walking back and forth across the length of the pool is a good water resistance exercise. If you are more ambitious, grab a kick board and kick a few laps or do a frog kick breaststroke. If you are up for a little more, swim a few laps. Just a half hour of swimming or water exercise a day will help tone up your muscles for supporting your baby, can reduced pregnancy-related swelling, lower blood pressure and give more lubrication to your joints and ligaments.

    Family Friendly Exercise:

    Best of all swimming is a fun exercise the whole family can enjoy. If you have other small children, swimming is a great way to engage with them when you are pregnant and more limited in your physical activity or exercise endeavors. Everybody loves the water and swimming is great way for you to cuddle, hold and actively play with young children who may normally be too heavy for you to lift and carry and while pregnant. It’s also a great time to improve swimming skills and water safety for early swimmers with you in the pool with them rather than watching from the bench. Just helping a little one to swim is water aerobics exercise in itself!

    Low Start-up Costs:

    In terms of equipment for water exercise, all you really only need is access to a pool and a comfortable maternity swimsuit. Prego Maternity has some excellent simple one piece maternity swimsuits such as the Empire Tank for $69 which gives excellent bust support and a great suit for real swimmers. For a lower cost check out Prego Maternity’s Texture Heart Swimsuit for $48 which is a great all around one piece suit for swimming or water aerobics.

    Be sure to get your doctor’s permission before embarking on a prenatal exercise program. There are some high-risk conditions that do rule our exercise during pregnancy. But, for most expecting women it is one of the best exercises you can do for your body and mind.

  • Great Fall Nursing Tops

    With Fall here, now is the perfect time to make a few choice additions to your maternity and nursing wardrobe before you go into "desperation shopping" mode. The fun way to shop is to take your time to thumb through some racks of fashion and try on a few things with a fruit smoothie in hand. You can also shop by your keyboard from an online maternity store with a good return policy (in case you need to exchange for size or fit) and find a few select items to take you through the coming months in style.

    Pregnancy is no different than non-pregnancy in terms of finding a great pair of jeans to take you through the cooler months, only this time it's maternity jeans. Denim in a few different washes as well as your standard back leggings and/or stretch pants (or jersey pants if you prefer) will take you a long ways on the bottom half. In terms of the upper body, make sure you invest in a few stylish essentials such as cap sleeves that can be layered, ¾ sleeves which can take you through Spring and a few choice cardigans and long sleeve tops.

    Fashionable maternity tops that double as nursing tops are a great way to get a lot more mileage from your investment. Japanese Weekend has an excellent selection of "During and After" tops than can take you from the office to the town in the evening. Check out Japanese Weekend's D&A Sash Tie Nursing top in Teal, a new color for this season. This easy to fit and easy to wear jersey top works great for all venues with a clean stylish look that can be dressed up or down.

    If you are looking for a little flair, then take a look at Olian's ¾ sleeve V-neck print top with front tie strings. This fun blue, grey and black colored pattern is a signature Olian print. This stylish print maternity top is also made for easy nursing access. You can dress it up with a skirt or office pants, or opt for a more casual hip look with denim.

    If you are in the market for a super comfortable long sleeve maternity and nursing top, take a look at Maternal America's long sleeve cotton maternity/nursing top. This pretty top is make with cross over nursing access and built in faux cami layer for discretion. The empire waist provides a flattering fit while the long sleeves and gentle ruching at the wrist add unique detail.

    Japanese Weekend's cap sleeve cross over maternity/nursing top is a great year-round selection that you can layer under a jacket or wear alone. This versatile top is super flattering and stretchy for pregnancy and beyond. It is designed to hug your curves and stretch across your belly for a fitted look when you are pregnant. Hidden nursing access allows full discretion. This cap sleeve in an array of solid colors is great with denim or dressed up with a skirt.

    If you are looking for a more casual look in your maternity or nursing top and prefer a top with built in bust support, then Bravado's Nursing Bra Tank is an excellent choice. This tank top fits and supports like a bra with an extra layer for a stylish look and excellent fit. This tank's front ruching is flattering across the bust and it also has adjustable straps for a perfect fit. Fitted by bra size and made extra long to cover both a pregnant and postpartum belly. This top is excellent for warm weather with shorts or a skirt and layered in cooler weather. This nursing bra tank offers superior non-constricting support that you can even wear for exercise. Breathable cotton fabric makes it an excellent year round choice for before and after the baby.

    So take the stress out of shopping by starting early and investing in a few good essential maternity and nursing tops that can take you through your pregnancy and cooler weather this Fall.

  • Bella Band Understands The Pregnant Mother

    The Bella Band, a revolutionary and life-changing maternity invention, is an essential piece to every expectant mother's wardrobe. Practical, stylish, and incredibly comfortable, it is made by maternity fashion designer Ingrid & Isabel and has become a staple in the maternity fashion world. Along with the Bella Band, Ingrid & Isabel also design fashionable and functional maternity clothing staples, from cute tank tops to figure flattering sweat pants. Incorporating these essentials into your wardrobe will allow you to be comfortable and stylish throughout your pregnancy.

    The Bella Band was the first product offered by Ingrid & Isabel, and it is truly a necessary staple to one's maternity wardrobe. The seamless knit band is designed to be worn over the waist of one's pants both during and after pregnancy. During the early stages of pregnancy, when one's pre-pregnancy pants are starting to get too tight, slip this super comfy band over your unbuttoned pants or skirt. It will hold your pants up and allow you to continue wearing your favorite jeans! In mid-pregnancy, when your pre-pregnancy pants are simply not an option anymore but maternity clothing is still too loose, it can be used to give that little extra bit of hold needed to keep them nice and snug! Late in pregnancy, when even maternity pants seem a bit too tight, it will provide that extra hold needed to keep them from falling down. Finally, the Bella Band is a great transition piece post pregnancy as it will give you leeway to transition back to your pre-pregnancy clothing. With all these uses, the Bella Band truly gives you your money's worth, particularly since the same size band can be worn throughout your entire pregnancy. Available in a plethora of colors, including some gorgeous lace options, the Bella Band is an absolute essential to the expectant mother's wardrobe.

    There are certain staples which expectant mothers find incredibly helpful to incorporate into their wardrobes, and stretchy, long tank tops are one of these essentials. Great for layering or wearing on a warm day with jeans or shorts, tank tops are stylish and comfortable. Ingird & Isabel designs two fashionable and functional options, both of which are versatile and incredibly comfy. The Everyday Cami is a seamless-knit camisole which is extra-soft and stretches beautifully over your baby bump. The fabric has a crepe finish and will resist the dreaded pilling and fading that occurs with many other fabrics. Extra-long, the Everyday Cami covers your baby bump throughout all stages of your pregnancy and is a great post-partum transition piece. Ingrid & Isabel's other stylish tank top is the Essentials Ruched Tank. With the same seamless design and soft, stretchy fabric as the cami, the tank adds figure flattering ruching for your baby bump. Available in black, white, and navy blue, these essential tops make a great gift for any expectant mother, as she will be sure to get much use from them!

    Along with tank tops, stretch pants which are figure flattering are an essential that every expectant mother will want in her wardrobe. Ingrid & Isabel designs the Everywear Pant, a black stretchy pant which is flattering, stylish, comfortable, and versatile. This maternity pant is amazing, as it can be worn in a multitude of ways. Its wide waistband can be worn up and over the belly for full tummy coverage, folded to the waist for extra under the belly support, or folded all the way down over one's bum for a cute skirt-over-pants look! With its gentle boot cut, it is very flattering. The soft, stretchy fabric is super comfy, and the fabric's finish makes it easily dressed up or down. Perfect for everyday wear, the Everywear Pant is both stylish and comfy, ensuring you will look and feel great throughout your pregnancy.

    Ingrid & Isabel truly understands the expectant mother's needs and changing body, creating clothing which is both practical and flattering. From the amazing Bella Band to tanks and stretch pants, they have designed wonderful options for both during and after pregnancy. Your comfort is of utmost importance, and Ingrid & Isabel's designs accomplish this goal in a stylish and flattering way!

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