Let’s talk maternity style.
I am pregnant for the third time, and this is the first pregnancy I have actually purchased maternity clothing. (I think I purchased a pair of jeans with my last two pregnancies but never wore them because they didn’t fit right.) For the most part I just go up a few sizes in the women’s section, instead of purchasing pregnancy items.
I love to shop, but I’m pretty cheap when it comes to buying clothes for myself. I stick to places like Forever 21, H&M, and BooHoo. I rarely spend more than $30 on an item.
When it comes to shopping for clothes while pregnant I TRY to buy things that aren’t too “pregnant lady-ish”. I like to get things that will last me through nursing also. (All you Breastfeeding mama’s know that certain clothing items just don’t work with Breastfeeding.)
I did a BooHoo haul recently and posted my unboxing video. They have some really cute & affordable pieces that will still look cute even after pregnancy. You can watch it HERE
There are a few clothing items that are my go-to this pregnancy. You definitely want items that fit comfortably, but also compliment your growing body!
Maternity wardrobe must have pieces:
Cozy Jeans & Graphic Tees!
My absolute favorite pair of jeans this pregnancy are from H&M. They are so soft, stretchy and comfortable. And they actually fit! I wear these at least a couple times a week. CLICK HERE to check them out.
I could also wear comfy graphic tees all day, every day. I get a lot of my graphic tees from small shops. The one in the photo above is actually from Target though.
A few shops I’ve worn a lot recently are: Sweetees, The Bee & The Fox, Savage Seeds, and Fine & Dandy Pins.
Maxi dresses and maxi skirts are definitely go-to pregnancy pieces.This dress is from Forever 21 and it has pockets! The skirt is from my Boohoo haul, and I believe it has pockets as well. POCKETS, GUYS! Neither of these items are maternity items, but they fit perfectly and can be worn after pregnancy.
Get the dress HERE
Stripes are definitely one of my favorite patterns, ha! These looks are both cozy and cute. The top is from my Boohoo haul, and the dress is actually from Forever 21. While I do like loose and oversized graphic tees, sometimes it’s nice to show off that bump with clothes that are more fitted. Bodycon dresses can be a great pregnancy piece if you get one that is long enough and not too tight. Get the dress HERE
Tank tops are always a must for me. I have so many black tanks like this it’s not even funny. I almost always one of these on underneath whatever I’m wearing. These particular ones are actually for nursing as well! Get them HERE
When you’re pregnant AND chasing around two little people all day, comfort is KEY! But, for me, part of being comfortable is liking my outfit. So I have really tried to not “let myself go” and JUST wear leggings & t-shirts every day. It’s fun to dress up the bump a little when possible.
I’d love to know your favorite places to shop while pregnant!
I love subscription boxes, so when I hear about Bump Boxes, which is a subscription box for pregnant women, I knew I had to try it. This is my third and *most likely* last pregnancy, so I’m wanting to try anything and everything while I can!!
My box was filled with goodies that were specifically tailored to my due date.
I love that they offer 3, 6, and 9 month subscriptions so you know exactly how long you’ll be getting them.
Pretty much everything in my box would still be useable after pregnancy. My favorite thing about subscription boxes (besides that it’s basically a surprise for yourself every month) is the fact that I get to discover new products and brands . A couple things that came in this box were things I actually needed but just haven’t bought for myself. (Typical mom…always buying for everyone else, never for myself!)
Definitely check out bumpboxes.com if you are pregnant and want to treat yourself to some goodies every month!
Check out my unboxing video to see everything that came in my box!
If you looked in my pile of unfolded laundry you would see a big black pit. I would say about 85% of my wardrobe is black! 5% white…5% and 5% other neutral colors. This makes it easy to put outfits together (and I am SLIGHTLY color blind, which is also a factor). I am also a firm believer that comfort is key, BUT I think you can be comfortable and still look put together.
Here’s some outfit inspiration for mamas that want to look put together yet comfortable!
Some of my key pieces:
• Black Skinny Jeans – My new FAVORITE are the ones in these photos, which are from Old Navy, they have a stretchy waistband! A dream come true. CLICK HERE to shop
• GOOD black leggings – These look and feel nicer than the $7 Forever 21, but are just as comfortable, and they won’t rip after 2 washes CLICK HERE to shop
• Loose white tops – Not sure why but I just feel like a clean white shirt always looks nice, especially paired with black pants or shorts. HERE is one similar to the last photo
• Pencil skirt – I love love love pairing t-shirts with pencil skirts. They’re comfortable but look a little more dressed up, even when paired with converse.
• BOOTIES! – I feel like a cute pair of booties can bring a whole outfit together. One of my favorite places to shop for boots it Qupid
If I could fill my closet with those key items I would be set.
Moms can still look cute while being comfortable. Just remember to grab a good key piece that pulls the outfit together!
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When I was pregnant with my first child, Cash, I knew that I was going to breastfeed him. I didn’t even bother buying formula because I was set on exclusively breastfeeding. I did a ton of research, I got advice from a lot of moms, and I joined breastfeeding groups on Facebook. I thought I was prepared, and figured it’s natural, so it MUST come naturally. Right?
Boy, was I wrong! The first few days trying to nurse Cash were so discouraging. I wanted to give up. I did finally get the hang of it, and Cash ended up exclusively breastfeeding for 15 months! I am now nursing my daughter, Sawyer, and we are almost 11 months into our journey. I plan on nursing her for at least a few more months.
I’ve learned a lot in these last couple of years, and had some items that I found necessary for a successful & comfortable breastfeeding journey.
I wanted to share a five of my favorite breastfeeding must-haves with you guys today.
- A Nursing Cover
I am all for a woman nursing in public without a cover, if that’s what makes them comfortable. I, however, prefer to use a cover when I’m in public. Covers like this one have multiple uses. Besides covering your goods, it can also be used as a shopping cart cover, carseat cover, scarf, blanket, and spit up rag.
- A Nursing Pillow
A nursing pillow makes breastfeeding so much more comfortable for new moms. I remember being in the hospital, trying to nurse Cash, and really wishing I had one with me. As your baby gets a little older, this can also work as a good head rest for diaper changes, or as chest support for tummy time.
- Comfortable nursing bra + clothing
One really inconvenient thing about nursing is having to wear “nursing-friendly” attire. Most dresses won’t work, unless they’re really low-cut. (Think about it.) I’ve also had shirts that didn’t work because of belts/ties that went around the stomach area. Basically, stick to comfortable shirts that are easily lifted or lowered to nurse. I also recommend being prepared for the worst, such as leaking through your shirt! Make sure your bra is nursing-friendly as well! There’s a lot of good ones on Amazon to choose from.
- A good breast pump
Most insurance providers will actually help pay for a breast pump. I used the Madela Pump in Style Advance, and I have no complaints. I didn’t/don’t pump very often, but it’s definitely necessary for when you want to store some milk for your little, or if you feel like your need a little assistance in draining a full breast. (Oh, the joys of breastfeeding!)
Every nursing mama NEEDS support! There’s many times that you will feel discouraged, and having a support system is key to continuing your breastfeeding journey. I highly suggest joining some breastfeeding groups on Facebook. There’s also blogs and forums just for moms! I suggest checking out The Baby Cubby blog for, not only breastfeeding topics, but parenting topics in general.
Most of the items linked are to Baby Cubby. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you definitely should! The reason I love purchasing from them is because they always price match (even Amazon!), they only carry the BEST and safest gear, and you can get free shipping on all orders over $49. It doesn’t get much better than that!
There are a lot of other items that I could recommend, but these are just 5 of my personal necessities for breastfeeding. You’ll find what works (or what doesn’t work) best for you!
Enjoy the journey with your babe(s)!
So, I have loved making videos & editing since I was really young. There’s tons of embarrassing videos on a YouTube account I had from High School. It’s full of improv skits with my friends & I. I did all the editing and uploaded them, and still go back and watch them on occasion. I love being able to have those to look back on, it definitely makes me super nostalgic, and I am SO happy I can easily go and watch them whenever I want.
I recently stumbled upon some family “vloggers” on YouTube, and it really made me want to start a channel for my family. I mentioned it to my husband and he agreed to help me make it happen. Well, we tried a few times to get some good footage but it just kept getting put on the back burner. I finally motivated myself to get it done. Logan did most of the editing, I just added and took away a few things and then FINALLY hit the “UPLOAD” button. I am so excited to start this “vlogging” journey.
I love the fact that I will be able to look back on these over time, and my family that doesn’t get to see us often will still be able to watch my children grow.
Even if no one watches, I think the memories that these videos will hold will make it so worth it!
Here is our first video blog…don’t judge our amateur video/editing skills…we’re still learning! 😉