Pregnancy

My First Pregnancy

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Hi There!

Before too much time passes and my mind shifts to all things baby, I wanted to share a few things from my first pregnancy with our son, Tommy!

I will first say that I feel fortunate to have had a fairly easy first experience with pregnancy. Other than a week or two of mild morning sickness during weeks 7-9 and some serious acne (thank you hormones), I felt pretty great throughout and was able to continue exercising and maintain my normal work and life routines. That said, I won’t go as far to say that I wasn’t absolutely exhausted by the time the end of the third trimester rolled around but by that time there was light at the end of the tunnel!

 

COMFORT IS KEY!
When it came to maternity fashion, I prioritized comfort over all things! Since I work from home, I kept to a fairly simple maternity wardrobe of leggings and loose sweaters in the fall and winter months. I found that my Madewell cardigans which typically run large were perfect for my growing belly and I also sized up in my favorite Lululemon Wunder Under Tights & Crops and wore those throughout my entire pregnancy (I loved how they came up a bit higher but weren’t a complete full panel – they have also been amazing for the first couple of months after baby!) A few of my other favorite places to find maternity clothes were AsosTarget, Gap (their GapFittops were my favorite, so soft!) and Pea in the Pod.  

STARTING THE DAY OFF RIGHT
I’ve always loved breakfast and I honestly can’t remember a time that I have ever skipped the meal, but when I got pregnant my breakfast cravings went from grabbing something quick to…egg sandwiches; literally EVERY morning. I think that having a more substantial breakfast really helped me feel better throughout the day energy wise. I have Celiac Disease so grabbing a bagel on the go hasn’t really been an option for me for the past 10 or so years. Right around the time I found out I was pregnant, I discovered theseamazing gluten free everything bagel things and I’m pretty sure I’ve had at least one every day since! I got a set of these silicone egg ringsvoila, I was whipping up baked egg sandwiches in no time!

MY ROUTINE, SIMPLIFIED.
I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the rules of what you are and aren’t allowed to use. My best advice for the rules is to avoid google and just ask your doctor. There is so much information out there and sometimes it is hard to decipher what sources are valid but the nurses and doctors will be able to put your mind at ease with anything you aren’t sure of.

When it came to skincare products, I actually found that pregnancy helped me simplify my daily routine. I had been playing around with all kind of different brands of lotions and serums but I hadn’t found anything that I loved. Right around when I hit the 9-week mark my skin developed a mind of its own and I began getting cystic acne all over my face. As anyone who has experienced having bad breakouts can attest to, you become desperate for anything that could possibly work. Of course, many of these solutions are the same ones that are not allowed when you’re pregnant. I tried every natural remedy that I could find but to no avail. Eventually, I decided to take a step back and simplify my routine. I started using the Beauty Counter products and have been using them ever since. I can’t say for sure if it was the products themselves or the fact that my hormones had leveled out a bit mid-way through my second trimester but my skin began feeling like mine again and I loved that I was using a product line that I knew was safe for my skin but also for my little one growing inside me! I would highly recommend the charcoal cleansing bar, cleansing balm, and the rejuvenating night cream as my personal favorites thus far!  

…so there’s just a few of my personal takeaways from this time around. It is unbelievable how quickly you can forget those months and the crazy side effects of being pregnant when your little one finally arrives!

 

Xo

Kristen B.

 

Maternity Fashion

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Hello hello!  

I am so happy to be back and writing for the Bundle of Joy blog, this time about something that I am thinking a lot about these days.... maternity fashion!

Full disclosure - I am by no means an expert in this arena. As this is my first time dressing a bump I am still very much learning (and making some mistakes) as I go. But for the rest of you first timers out there, maybe you can learn a thing or two, or at least what not to do, from me :)

I’m now in my 18th week of pregnancy and am officially no longer able to wear my old pants. For a while I did the old hair tie around the button and through the loop of my jeans trick… it’s effective but... definitely not the most attractive option in the world. Thanks to a very sweet friend, I was upgraded to the “Instant Button” , which is essentially the same concept just using elastic made to look like the top of your jeans. Effective and attractive. These were a great solution for that awkward stage where you’re not quite big enough for maternity clothes, but your old clothes definitely aren’t comfortable anymore. My sister-in-law, who is also expecting, swears by the Belly Band. I have yet to purchase one for myself but hear only good, comfy things about it!

During the day I work as a floral designer so, fortunately, I am able to keep it pretty casual most of the time. This usually means sneakers, leggings and a loose tunic, which was basically my work wardrobe pre-pregnancy as well. The one thing I did invest in early on (out of necessity) was a new bra. I went up several sizes and even my old sports bras weren’t going to cut it, fit or comfort wise. I got two great bras from Uniqlo - no underwire but still totally supportive and very soft. Highly recommend!

Other stores I have purchased maternity clothing from so far include Old Navy (super affordable leggings and tank dresses), the Gap (I found a really pretty floral wrap dress there that I love!), H&M (I got a pair of white jeans that are super soft and fit well, I did NOT however realize how hot full panel pants make you so… I won’t be wearing them as far into the summer as I had hoped), and I also did a Stitch Fix box of maternity clothes. I didn’t keep everything, but I got a great striped dress and wrap cardigan that will double as a nursing cover so it was still a success in my book!

Now that it’s getting warmer, I’ve been wearing a ton more dresses. I love that they aren’t tight in the belly area at all (I do not miss my high waisted jeans!) and I’ve been able to wear a lot of dresses from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe as well, which I hope to do for as long as I can. I’m trying to mostly buy things I can wear both now and after delivery, so I forsee lots of loose and flowy maxi dresses in my future for this summer!

I think my biggest piece of advice so far would be to just go ahead and put your comfort above style. We had a few weddings to attend this Spring and I did not realize just how much of a toll the added weight would take on my feet in heels. Skip the heels, ladies! Unless (like me) you really want to wear them,  in which case go for it - just be sure to bring along bandaids. I was seriously blistered within MINUTES of leaving the hotel! Ouch!

Anyway, as I’m still very much learning and figuring out how to navigate bump style, I’d love to hear from other moms about what has worked for you. Where were your favorite places to find maternity clothes? What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a great week!

Xoxo