What To Wear For Your Maternity Photo Shoot

Magic is what a woman experiences and feels when she’s expecting. Most women want to document their ever growing bump every step of the way because she knows she won’t stay pregnant forever. Well, you’ve got 9 months to show off your gorgeous bump in front of the camera but sometimes, you wonder what is appropriate and what is not when it comes to doing a maternity photo shoot. The type of clothing you choose to wear obviously depends on how far along you are, the theme and how you want the pictures to look. Without further ado, here are some cool ideas for your maternity photo shoots.

1.   Go Naked

I think seeing a naked woman with a beautiful baby bump is the most beautiful sight when done tastefully. Now I’ve seen some that were not well thought out and it looked, well…let’s just say tacky!

2.   A Fabulous Flowy Gown

Flowy gowns makes everything look and feel like a fairy tale. It’s beautiful, it’s chic and certainly puts a artsy feel to your shoot.

3.   Form Fitting Maxi Dresses

Tight fitted maxi dresses look so good on a preggo mama with a full round bump. This way, you get to showcase your bump and look stunning at the same time.

4.   A form Fitted Dress

Form fitted dresses not only puts a spotlight on your bump, it gives you a classy and edgy look.

5.   A Pair of Fab Jeans

It may sound odd but you can keep it simple and laid back with a pair of jeans and a cute shirt. This picture above goes on to show you that you don’t really need to go over and beyond to take a beautiful maternity photo.

6.   A Cute Skirt With A Sweater

Although a skirt may seem a little too professional for a maternity shoot, you can totally make it look chic and fresh with a cute top and a super cute jacket. Oh…you can’t forget to  accessorize with jewelry to make everything pop.

7.   Playful Dress

 

Being playful with your outfit gives your shoot a playful and youthful look. You can never go wrong with wearing something playful to lift up your spirits along with that of the entire shoot.

What did you wear for your maternity shoot? Did you keep it elegant and chic or did you go for cute and simple?

Can’t Drink? Check Out 7 Delicious Mocktails For Pregnant Moms

7 Delicous Mocktails for Pregnant Moms

Once in a while, all we want to do is put our swollen feet up on the table after a long day and sip a glass of alcoholic beverage to unwind. Well, when you are pregnant, that’s not really an option right? All you can do is stare at the champagne bottle and day dream about drinking it. Yeah…I know. Such a BUMMER but I’ve got news for you! Mojitos, magaritas and other tasty alcoholic beverage taste oh so good without any alcohol. Don’t believe me? Here are 7 delicious mocktails to help you get the edge off.

1.   Kiwi Mojito

No cucumber or rum needed for this delicious recipe. All you need…lime, kiwi and club soda for this fruity heavenly deliciousness! Yum!

kiwi mojito

2.   Mimosa

Pick out your favorite orange juice and swap out the champagne with sparkling cidar. Voila! You got yourself a virgin mimosa.

mimosa

 3.   Virgin red or white sangria

For red sangria, select the juice of your choice and use pomegranate or grape juice. For the white version, white grape or apple should do it. Now we all know sangria is super delicious with a bunch of different fruits inside. So select whatever fruits you want in it and let it sit in the fridge for a bit. BOOM! You got your cocktail…just without the alcholic kick! Enjoy!

sangria

4.   Bloody Mary

Okay, Bloody Mary is one of my all time favs and when you are preggers, you can still make it fun and well…delicious. Alright, you need…4 ounces of tomato juice, 1/2 an ounce of lemon juice, a pinch of hot sauce, pepper, celery salt and salt with 1/2 a teaspoon of worcestershire sauce. Oh and lots of ice! There…your virgin Blood Mary is served.

bloody mary

5.   Moscow Mule

So we all know the moscow mule is supposed to be drank with lots of vodka and gingle ale but I am going to have to ask you to slowly step away from the vodka and grab molasses to sub in for the vodka. This is a great source of iron! Just grab 1 teaspoon of molasses (not blackstrap) in hot water and just add one lime. Allow it to cool then top it up with ginger ale and garnish with mint.

molasses mule

6.   The Watermelon Mocktail On The Rocks

Oh-la-la! Who doesn’t love watermelon? This refreshing 10 minute mocktail will surely boost your immune system. All you need for this delish recipe is 1/2 a cup of watermelon (blended, shaken or muddled), 1/4 of grape juice, 1/4 of tonic water, 1 orange wedge and 1 watermelon wedge for garnish which is optional.

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7.   Mango Margarita

This drink is sure to keep nausea at bay! Pump up the volume in your taste buds with this morning sickness remedy. You need 1/4 cup of mango juice, 1/4 cup of grape juice, 1 teaspoon of grated ginger, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 2 strawberries or 4-6 raspberries and granola for garnish. Granola is optional choice.

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What are some favorite mocktails you enjoy?

10 Unexpected Things You’ll Love While Pregnant

Being pregnant is one of the most miraculous things that can ever happen to any woman. Yes! You will gain a little weight in unexpected places and you might get stuck sleeping on your side for a long while but don’t fret! There are some awesome perks that comes with being pregnant. Don’t believe me? I’ve compiled 12 unexpected things you’ll love while you are pregnant.

1. Your nesting instinct will go through the roof!

Da-Da-Da-Dummm!!! When you’re pregnant, you’ll feel like a happy bride with a wedding day fast approaching but this time, you’ll find yourself cleaning, prepping a room for your little one and you’ll be doing lots of shopping. You will find yourself constantly planning for the arrival of your bundle of joy.

2. Your “twin” girls will increase in size

Va-Va-Vroom!!! Thanks to the increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, Your breasts will increase in size as your baby grows inside you. Yep! That means your cleavage in that little black dress will look better than it’s ever looked before. Might as well enjoy it for the next 9 months right? LOL

3. Your will experience the “glow” phenomenon

We’ve all heard people say “Your are glowing!” Well mamas…it’s ain’t a lie! During pregnancy, hormonal changes causes your skin to stretch and it increases your blood volume which brings more blood to the skin, hence, giving you the pregnancy glow.

4. You get to eat more! 

Nom! Nom! Nom! You get to enjoy more calorie intake and for once, you won’t care if you gain a little bit of weight. Okay…slow it down now mama. Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you get to overeat but do enjoy eating more than you normally would and feel free to indulge every once in a while. After all, you are eating for two aren’t you?

5. Being pampered

Oh hell yeah! Being pampered is exactly what every woman wants and while preggers, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Even when you go out in public, complete strangers tend to cater to you. When you’re home, your hubby and friends will take care of you. Hell! Enjoy it while you can. After all, you’ll be sleep deprived after the baby is born, so milk every minute of being preggo!

6. Healthy hair and nails

Whoop! Whoop! Flaunt it while you got it! Increased hormones during pregnancy helps your hair grow. It actually gets thicker, fuller and it looks healthy. Your nails also gets longer and stronger too.

7.  You get to live in your maternity leggings

Leggings are the most comfortable things a pregnant woman can wear. From the time you open your eyes to the time you go to sleep at night, you can wear them all day and they are super duper comfy and the best part…no one will judge! Just buy some in different colors and you are good to go for the next nine months:-)

8. You will never feel alone

When you are preggers, you never have to be alone because you won’t ever be. You will always feel like you have someone with you. With your little one kicking, you will always feel like you have a side kick with ya! LITERALLY!!!

9. You will always have an excuse

Oh don’t worry about looking like you’ve lost your mind. You know those days you’ve said to yourself “Where did I park? I swear I just had my keys? Where are they?” No worries! You can always blame it on having “preggo brain.” Really! It happens! Pregnant women seem to be a little bit more forgetful.

10. Who cares if your clothes don’t fit right?

If your clothes don’t fit, don’t sweat it! I mean..hello??? You are preggo! You are allowed to have a few tight clothes because well…you will get bigger as your bundle of joy grows so don’t freak out! It’s all normal and healthy!

What were some things you absolutely loved while you were pregnant? Sound off in the comment box below.

7 Super Foods That Help You Lactate


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Did you know that nearly half of mothers around the globe stop breastfeeding way before they want to because of insufficient milk production? Yeah…that’s definitely a bummer!  I mean…it is a devastating fact that still plagues mothers everywhere. A mother’s priority is to make sure her child is adequately fed with her breast milk but what can she do to help boost her milk production you ask? Well, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 top super foods that will help any mama make more milk. Let’s go down the list shall we?

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Lactation Consultants: Do You Really Need Em’?

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We often hear the word “Lactation Consultant” but what do they really do and do you really need them? Lactation consultants are professional specialists who help teach breastfeeding moms how to properly breastfeed their baby. Usually, when a breastfeeding mom is having a hard time with her baby latching on properly or is experiencing pain while breastfeeding, a lactation consultant is able to help with such problems. They sure do come in handy as they help moms reach their breastfeeding goals and often times teach them how to properly store their milk, but the real question remains…do you really need them?

The answer is a big fat YES! Every mama who has consulted with a lactation practitioner have said it was well worth the money. Lactation consultants can be found in hospitals or can be privately requested. They can teach you anything and everything you need to know about breastfeeding. Whether it’s mouth care, getting you acclimated with a pumping schedule in order to maximize your milk production, they also school you on skin contact and how it helps with bonding and attachment between mother and baby.

Be sure to get a board certified Lactation Consultant to ensure that they have received a formal and clinical education in breastfeeding. This way, you’ll know you are getting top notch care for you and your baby.

Photo Cred: {boston.com} Lactation consultant Donna Norris with Nanci Gilmore and her baby, Noelle, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

 

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