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  • Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

    We all know exercise is important for our health, mind, body and soul. Some of us enter pregnancy in tip top shape and in no mood to slow down while others have had more of a sedentary life, perhaps due to the type of they work do and simply being busy. We all know we should take time to exercise regularly, but if you haven’t been an exercise buff before you were pregnant, chances are you are not super inspired to start exercising once morning sickness and/or pregnancy weight gain and fatigue set in.

    Prego Maternity Empire Tank Maternity Swimsuit Prego Maternity Empire Tank Maternity Swimsuit

    The good news is that you don’t need to embark on exercise full throttle and begin extreme sports or sign up for marathons once you are expecting, but you can begin a gentle exercise regime that could do wonders for your health and energy. Pregnancy is a great time to try low impact sports such as swimming or water aerobics. Staying cool in the pool becomes a more attractive option as the weather heats up and with your basal body temperature naturally higher you are probably feeling even hotter than normal. The weightlessness of swimming and pool exercise can relieve achy joints and the back strains of a growing tummy. Even just a few easy laps in the pool if you are not a regular swimmer is a great way to start off. (BTW it’s a good idea to buy a maternity swimsuit if you plan to do any lap swimming. Don’t even try to squeeze into your pre-pregnancy swimsuit because it will not fit well and it’s not healthy for your body to be minimized or restricted while you are pregnant).

    Other low impact exercises include yoga and stretching. If you are doing yoga for the first time, then go slow and do not try a hot yoga class as they can crank the temperature up to as high as 106 degrees for 90 minutes which is not safe for pregnancy – your baby is cooking enough at your regular temperature as it is! Some gyms do offer a prenatal yoga class, so ask around for any local pregnancy exercise classes. Sometimes these specialty classes are advertised at your OBGYN office and of course you can google it for your zip code. Classes like these are fun as you get to meet other expecting women and you have the same body changes to work around and feel less self-conscious about exercising in a group class. You can laugh together while you stretch out the kinks and adjust yoga poses to your ever evolving pregnancy physique. These same women may end up being your stroller buddies and mom friends down the way after you have your baby.  (Do be careful to not do anything awkward or unusual that you are not comfortable with and take into consideration that your balance is altered with your shifting center of gravity).

    A new study showed that even light cardio (such as power walking) and hand weights in short bursts of up to five minutes about five times a day was even more beneficial than one long intensive daily routine and allowed for better recovery. Apparently this is a long held celebrity training secret that we just got in on! Simple five minute intervals up to five times a day can do wonders for lowering and regulating blood sugar which can climb during pregnancy and cause gestational diabetes. Regular light exercise can also lower blood pressure and resting heart rate which is also subject to rise during pregnancy.  Many women experience preeclampsia for the first time when pregnant due to the extra weight and physical stresses on their body as they progress in their pregnancy. Studies show that exercise can reduce the risk of developing complications such as preeclampsia and improve your overall circulation as well as reducing leg cramps, varicose veins and swollen ankles. Additionally, exercise helps strengthen back muscles that support your belly and helps alleviate aches and pains overall which is a huge benefit to your overall wellbeing and comfort.

    Although exercise can make you feel less energetic initially, if you stay consistent with it your body will adjust and you will eventually have more energy. Equally important, exercise will allow you to sleep better at night as your muscles will be more fatigued and that legitimate physical tired feeling will allow you to get to sleep faster. As a result of better rest you will feel sharper and more alert in the morning and less stressed so you can enjoy your day. It’s a complete 24 hour healthy loop cycle!

    Usually the first association many of us have to exercise is a means to sweat off extra pounds and rev up our metabolism so we can effectively lose weight without starving ourselves. While this is true and often a good goal for non-pregnant women, it is not the goal for pregnant women (although a slightly faster metabolism to help burn extra calories we are craving beyond the recommended weight gain is not a bad thing help keep weight gain in check). Pregnant women are supposed to gain weight and usually do so naturally without consciously trying to eat more. You definitely should not obsess over the scales while pregnant unless their doctor puts you on alert.  Weight gain during pregnancy is not always linear – you might lose weight in the first three months with morning sickness and food aversion and then find your belly has suddenly “popped” as well as your chest and appetite over the next four weeks in the second trimester. BTW expect a second “pop” in the last month of pregnancy, about the time you don’t think you can get any bigger, you do!

    One of the major ways exercise can provide an immediate benefit to everyone, but especially expecting women, is by increasing serotonin levels and balancing out mood swings. As we know hormones are in full swing when you are pregnant and often affecting everything from your diet and feelings of morning sickness to your self-image, mental outlook and emotions. By engaging in regular exercise you gain a sense of control over your body, emotions and positive emotional and mental outlook that may otherwise feel completely out of control. This sense of stability gives us a sense calm and balance which is priceless when you are experiencing daily physical and overall life changes at a breakneck speed.

    Achieving and maintaining a level of fitness during pregnancy also really aids in our postpartum recovery. The ability to stay within our healthy weight range during pregnancy and toning our muscles in the process with supervised light resistance training allows us to regain our energy much quicker postpartum and feel more like our pre-pregnancy selves. If you are tipping the scales with your pregnancy weight do not fear! Unless your doctor has prescribed bed rest or you have a high risk pregnancy then it’s not too late to start a low impact moderate exercise program from which you can continue to reap huge health benefits both during and after pregnancy.

    Do be sure to get your doctors sign off on any out of the ordinary exercise you plan to do during pregnancy (remember no horse riding, downhill skiing, bungee jumping, etc) and it’s recommended to run your exercise plans by your doctor in your prenatal visits, particularly if you have any elevated health risks. But, if you have the green light from your doctor, then get your blood pumping a bit and remember to hydrate!

  • Spring Maternity Trend -- Floral Prints

    As the weather heats up and Spring approaches it is time for a maternity wardrobe shift into lighter fabrics, lighter colors and spring themed prints. One print that never goes out of style for the Spring Season is florals. The floral design is a perfect addition to your ensemble whether worn as an addition or accessory to your outfit such as a shoe, purse or light scarf or as the main statement as in a gorgeous floor length maxi dress, florals are designed to bring a light hearted positive mood to all you represent.

    Maternal America Asymetric Ruffle Dress

    Pregnancy is the perfect time to experiment with fashion and prints that you might not normally wear in your everyday life. Florals patterns also happen to be in style and in full bloom this spring, just as you are in your pregnancy! Now is a great time to try out a fluttery floral blouse or Babydoll dress. Check out the beautiful maternity swimwear floral patterns that are a great way to add some flowers to your wardrobe.

     

    Here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting a floral print:

    1) Choosing the right size is most important when it comes to maternity clothes, especially when dealing with floral prints. A simple rule to remember is to keep the size of the print in proportion with the size of your body, allowing a little room to bloom when you are expecting. If you are petite, look for smaller flower sizes so that you will not look overpowered. If you are taller or have a larger build you can go larger on your floral prints and look great.

    Prego Maternity Betsy Swimwear

    2) When choosing to wear a floral print dress, top, or skirt, keep the accessories simple to keep the look balanced. A floral maternity maxi dress looks stunning when paired with simple sandals or espadrille and non flashy jewelry. You can pull your favorite color from the dress and find a great necklace, bracelet, or shoe in that color. If you choose to wear a colorful floral maternity top, pair it with a neutral bottom or vice versa. By keeping the pattern only on the clothing and accessorizing with complimentary colors, a polished sleek look is created.

     

    3) If you are really concerted about looking frumpy in florals or can't get Kim Kardashian's infamous Met Gala maternity dress out of your mind, then go for the more abstract paisley patterns. This also gives a fresh look for spring while sure to be modern and a far cry from your mother's curtains or your grandmother's wardrobe.


    Japanese Weekend Red Sun Maternity Dress4) Break it up with the flowers. You can make florals edgy by your shoe and jewelry choice and simply by pairing a floral top with a pair of solid leggings. A great pair of flats, a large ring in the shape of a flower, or a floral print scarf all make great additions to your maternity outfit if you want to go light with the flowers while giving a nod to the flowers.

    Most important is to follow your personal style. Choose a floral print that is truly you and that represents your personality. It can be a dainty abstract pastel floral pattern to a large statement floral maxi skirt with strong fuchsia colors and black contrast.

    Find and wear what makes you happy and have some fun with your maternity fashion this Spring!

  • Feature Product – The Betsy Maternity Bikini

    Prego Maternity SwimwearPregnancy is a fun time to experiment with fashion. Your body is changing, you are about to become a mother so you identity is about to be forever altered (in a good way!) So why not have some fun and enjoy that extra bit of cleavage as inspiration to try out some new styles you may not normally consider?

    A growing trend now going on a “Babymoon,” or vacation with your partner while you are expecting your baby. This is an excellent opportunity to bond as a couple before your little one arrives and catch that last bit of relaxed time with your spouse before you are on fulltime Mom and Dad duty. A Babymoon can be anywhere. It can be close by where you and your husband escape for a fun weekend or as exotic as a cruise vacation. Either way, it’s worth the time and investment and you will remember this special time together for years to come.

    If you are able, it’s fun to get away to a warmer climate or beach in the middle of winter. This gives you a chance to escape the winter blahs and break out a swimsuit and warm weather clothes. Many moms enjoy trying new styles in their maternity swimsuits when they are away from home where they feel less self-conscious. It’s a great opportunity time to show off your belly in a fun and festive maternity bikini. You can also bring a maternity cover-up to wear out to the beach or pool.

    If you want to really spice it up, try a tropical theme suit like The Betsy Bikini by Prego Maternity. The blend of cheetah print spots with a soft rose flower pattern make it one of a kind. The attractive keyhole halter top and stretch bikini bottoms feature a wide waistband that can be worn rolled up or down, perfect for your pregnancy belly for both style and comfort. Find some strappy sandals and the right accessories and you are ready for a fun day in the sun and the water!

  • The Magic of Maternity Swimwear

    One must-have item that every pregnant woman needs in her wardrobe this summer is a maternity swimsuit that she loves. The criteria for loving it is that you will actually wear it and maybe look forward to wearing it, and that it does in fact fit comfortably and can be worn in the water without coming off or showing through.

    Many expecting women think that they really don’t need a maternity swimsuit, but the truth of the matter is that you will be hotter than hot this summer as you are running on a pregnancy thermostat, which always runs hotter than your normal pre-pregnancy temperature with elevated levels of progesterone flooding your veins. The reason they say you have a “bun in the oven” is because you are in fact cooking and yes, you are the oven.

    There is probably a good chance most of us will be near water at least some point this summer and there is no more relaxing activity or safer exercise for a pregnant woman than going in the pool and actually swimming or even just wading around. Your baby is swimming inside you all the time, so why not join him and her with your own water aerobic workout, swim a lap or two or simply move around in the water and enjoy the buoyancy of a lighter belly at last. In fact it will probably be the only time where you actually feel both cool and weightless, and that in itself is reason to invest in a very nice maternity swimsuit.

    The other misconception pregnant women often have, and myself included for my first pregnancy, is that you don’t actually need a maternity swimsuit. This, my friends, is an 'ole wives tale because either they don’t remember how uncomfortable it was to wear a regular swimsuit while pregnant (including buying one size up which just makes you feel bad and still doesn’t fit just right) or they probably didn’t make maternity swimsuits when those “ole wives” were around anyway. Anyone who has tried to squeeze a second to third trimester body into their pre-pregnancy swimsuit knows that it just doesn’t work and is very uncomfortable. Plus, by the end of those nine months that swimsuit is pretty much shot anyway with spandex that does not spring back into place, ever.

    Maternity swimsuits are really the best invention since sliced bread. Once you try one on, in the right size, you will have a "Hallelujah" moment. Finally, at last, someone got it right! You are not fat and your body is not bigger with the same proportions, you just have completely enlarged Dolly Parton proportions that can often include not only the expected belly and chest parts but also the bottom, just to help balance out that center of gravity in the front no doubt. Plus your breast are extra sensitive, so don't even think about minimizing swimsuits nor does your tummy need any pressure. Be respectful of the bump and honor it, you do have a living being down there after all who is only getting bigger by the minute and needs to breate. Also the thought of restrictive clothing of any kind is both suffocating and nauseating to most pregnant women.

    Maternity swimwear, when done well, is genius. It can have you actually looking good in your swimsuit, maybe even sexy if you allow yourself to admit it. Plus it is made to stretch and stretch and stretch comfortably where needed without falling off in the pool or getting carried away in a tidal wave (not that you should be doing any aggressive wave jumping at this point!)  As a result you can actually save money by not having to buy a new ill-fitting non-maternity swimsuit every 2 weeks or show excessive cleavage or worry about wardrobe malfunctions while enjoying the club pool with mixed company or chasing a toddler in the baby pool.

    Good fitting, well made and deliciously styled maternity swimwear is your right, your privilege for being pregnant in the summer time. It's your reason to get in the pool and move those achy joints while looking good at the same time. Enjoy your pregnancy and your summer with the right maternity swimsuit!

  • Maternal America Eva Tankini - Product of the Week!

    With May officially here, swimsuit season is fast approaching or already here depending on where you live. Now is the time to shop for maternity swimwear that you can wear for the whole summer. There are so many flattering and fun styles out there, shopping for maternity swimwear is not a challenge like it used to be back in your mother’s day. The only confusing part is maybe deciding what style you like best!

    Maternal America Eva Tankini Maternal America Eva Tankini

    Pregnancy is a fun time to experiment with different styles you may not usually go. There is no right or wrong answer as long you choose a style you are comfortable wearing and that fits with a little stretch for your belly (and the rest of you) to grow as your pregnancy progresses. Now is the time to show off your curves! For many women that means have some cleavage for the first time!

    If you frequent the pool or the beach in the summer, it may be a good idea to get several suits. Tankinis and Halterkinis are a good choice for maternity as they are a two piece suit that allows your belly plenty of room to grow while not exposing your whole belly. They are also super flattering for many different body types and come in a variety of pretty prints and colors. Some can even be mixed and matched for a whole new look.

    A personal favorite maternity tankini is the Maternal America Eva. This pretty classic print suit is a navy and white striped halter tie top with matching solid navy bikini bottoms. This suit features a pretty cris-cross design across the lightly padded bust and adjustable string halter ties which can also tucked in or tied in back for a strapless style. The navy bikini bottoms also have adjustable side ties which give you a perfect fit throughout your pregnancy. This French Nautical theme print is a bestseller and perfect for a vacation get away or a casual pool gathering with friends.

    TummyStyle exclusively carries the Maternal America Eva swimsuit, so grab one today if the style is right for you!

  • TummyStyle’s 9th Anniversary!!

    Happy April’s Fool Day! Today we celebrate TummyStyle’s 9th Anniversary! On this day 9 years ago, my daughter Audrey was 4 months old and she accompanied me in her car seat to the County Office in Auburn, California where we officially filed our business license for TummyStyle. Although the site was not alive for another 6 months, it was the inception day of our business.

    I know April Fool’s Day is often a prankster and practical joke day, our business is not a joke and I view April Fool's Day as a good omen of things to come. I also view it as the official start of Spring and of new birth, which is fitting for this website which is dedicated to new mothers and new birth.

    Our mission from the beginning has been to support, inform, inspire and offer creative fashion pieces for expecting moms and new moms. As a nursing mother for each of my three children I understand how hard it can be to find fashionable nursing clothes that are both flattering and made to easily accommodate breastfeeding (without looking like it!). After not being able to find a nursing dress for my goddaughter’s baptism as I was also a new nursing mom to my own baby, I was inspired to start my own website where women could find fashionable nursing and maternity clothes without needing to leave their house. This idea soon expanded to encompass all aspects of maternity and nursing fashion including maternity swimwear and nursing pajamas and loungewear.

    Through our blog which we have maintained for over 4 years, we aspire to inform moms of the latest research on pregnancy, breastfeeding, nutrition, exercise, parenting issues as well as indulge in fun topics on maternity fashion and celebrity pregnancy. We know our site can’t be all things to all people, so we focus on our niche and hope you enjoy your stop here and maybe find a cute fashion piece or two to add to your maternity wardrobe.

    We thank all of our customers and supporters throughout the years who have visited our site and supported our business. We wish you health and happiness with your pregnancy, babies and life!

  • Shopping For Maternity Swimwear Tankinis

    Shopping for maternity swimwear can seem daunting to many women. However, by finding out what one likes beforehand the shopping process becomes easier. One popular option due to its comfort, function, and flattering style is the maternity tankini. A tankini is a two-piece swimsuit that covers one’s baby bump so that one has the feeling of a two-piece but with the coverage of a one-piece. Whether one is swimming or laying by the pool, a maternity tankini is a fabulous maternity swimwear option.

    An incredibly popular maternity tankini option is the Eva Maternity Swimwear from Maternal America. Its design and style make it an absolute must-have! The top has a flattering navy and white striped print and matching solid navy bottoms which gives a nautical feel. The top features a halter neck tie that is adjustable for the perfect fit and excellent bust support. Light padding creates a smooth look, and a unique crisscrossed design at the bust adds great detail. The solid navy bottoms have adjustable side-ties for the perfect fit and sit comfortably beneath one’s baby bump. Classic and timeless, this maternity tankini is the perfect swimwear option for lounging by the pool or enjoying a cruise.

    A second gorgeous maternity tankini comes from Bikini Thief, renowned designer to many celebrities. Their Green Bamboo Montauk Tankini is a very popular choice that features a white and green bamboo print that is fresh and the perfect amount of print. The top is designed with a slight bit of ruching at the bust and a built in, fully lined bra. The adjustable tank straps provide bust support as well as allowing the swimsuit to be customized to one’s own shape. There is also ruching at the side of the top for a flattering shape. The matching bottoms have extra support at the belly and are fully lined for a very comfortable fit. Super soft fabric with great stretch makes this a comfortable and flattering option.

    Another great maternity tankini option is the Leopard Tie Maternity Halter from Prego Maternity. This gorgeous maternity swimwear option is all black with a leopard print tie underneath the bust for the always flattering empire-waist design. It has a scoop neck with adjustable halter ties for good bust support and light padding for a smooth shape. Matching stretchy bottoms are comfortable for swimming or lounging. The sophisticated look of the black swimsuit and the fun addition of the leopard print tie create the perfect maternity swimwear option.

    The Emma Maternity Tankini from Maternal America is also an absolutely beautiful maternity swimwear option. The turquoise fabric is fresh and stylish, as well as stretchy and comfortable. The tankini top has adjustable straps and a sweetheart design. A matching turquoise brooch at the center of the bust adds unique detail and a classy feel. Stretchy, side-tie bottoms sit comfortably beneath one’s baby bump. With its luxe color and design, this is the perfect tankini for that beach side vacation. So stylish, one will want to wear this maternity tankini long after one’s baby has been born.

    No matter which tankini one chooses, a maternity cover-up is a smart choice as it makes for an easy transition from the pool or beach to running errands or heading out for lunch. The Maternal America Convertible Dress/Skirt is the perfect choice, as it is both a dress for non-pool days and a cover-up for those days at the beach. Available in a pretty turquoise color, the soft and lightweight fabric is perfect for the warm summer months.

    Overall, a maternity tankini is a versatile, functional, and very fashionable choice for one’s maternity swimwear this season. Paired with a great cover-up, one can easily transition from swimming to running about town.

  • 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!

  • Bikini Thief Royal Purple Bamboo Montauk Tankini Maternity Bathing Suit

    If want to show your wild side without showing your whole pregnancy belly, then take a look at the Bikini Thief Purple Bamboo Montauk Tankini, a hot new style this summer season!

    This lively creative print motif features yellow stripes in the form of bamboo plants against a purple backdrop. The pattern and opposing colors create a vibrant tropical look. This unique striking pattern and color combo is truly one of a kind and show off your wild, fun and sexy side.

    Bikini Thief is known not only for their great colored prints but also for the amazing style and fit of their suits. They are one of the most comfortable, secure in the water and adjustable maternity swimwear fits.

    The tankini top is designed with built in bra, light pads for no show through and subtle ruching between the bust. The tankini shoulder straps are also adjustable. This detailing to fit and support allow for a smooth and flattering look that you can feel confident it without fear of maternity wardrobe malfunctions in or out of the water.

    The tankini sides are also fitted with ruching and adjustable ties on the side to fit comfortably over your growing belly bump.
    The matching print bikini bottoms have a comfortable support band that can be rolled up or down. They fit below the belly and are fully lined. These bottoms are designed especially for maternity and will stretch with you to fit your curves.

    Don’t let anyone steal this Bikini Thief treasure, it is really one of kind!

  • Prego Maternity Swimwear Rose Tie Halter

    New from Prego Maternity is this TummyStyle exclusive -- The Rose Tie Halter maternity swimsuit!

    This rose tie halter has a print adorned in cool and soothing pastel rose flowers in purple, teal-aqua gren, and lillac on a white base. The top is offest by black bikini bottoms.

    The top is a halter tie style with very wide straps that don't dig into the shoulders and provide excellent bust support. The wide elastic band under the bust combine with the padded bra work well to keep everything in place. It works well if you are a bit heavy on top.

    The top is designed to hug your belly with its three panels. The stiching is highlighted in a black thread to accent the design.

    The bottoms are bikini style and sit high under the belly. They are very comfortable and provide good coverage.

    This and other maternity swimsuits can only be found at TummyStyle.com!

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