Moms have a lot on their plates as they go through pregnancy. To help moms-to-be out, we enlisted some help from Lauren Deneroff. As the founder and executive consultant of Wife to Mom Consulting on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Lauren offers maternity consulting and baby planning with pre- and postnatal services for both new and expectant moms across the NY metro area. Here are some of her tips for what every expectant mama should have to make pregnancy just a little bit easier.
Designer Maternity Jeans – Jeans are a staple in an expectant mom’s wardrobe: dress them down on the weekends with a casual tee or dress them up for dinner out. No matter how you wear them, investing in a great skinny with a built-in belly band is a must.
Bump-flattering Swimwear – If you are expecting in the summer and plan to be on the beach, having a great bathing suit you feel confident in is important. You can wear a bikini and expose your bump, but if you feel more comfortable covering it, a tankini is a great way to go. Add some ruching for an extra flattering effect. Throw a cute tunic over top and you are ready for the beach.
Cute Flats – As much as we’d like to wear our stilettos while pregnant, heels are neither practical nor comfortable. Flats won’t give you the height, but they will complement an outfit and can add a pop of color. Choose a versatile pair you can wear day or night and your feet will surely thank you.
Basic Maternity Tees – All of your favorite tee brands like Michael Stars, Ella Moss, Vince, and Splendid now offer great maternity options. Find your favorite one and buy a bunch of different colors/prints. You can dress them up with a blazer and some accessories or just throw one on with a pair of jeans. Forget “outfits” when you are expecting: just mix and match your staple pieces to achieve an effortlessly chic look. If you want to save money, just buy the contemporary style in a bigger size.
A Nursing Bra – If you plan on breastfeeding, you will need a great nursing bra to bring to the hospital, however, you don’t have to wait for the baby to come to wear one. Nursing bras provide tremendous comfort and support when pregnancy increases your cup size.
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A Reliable Pregnancy Guide: A “What to Expect”-style book is always good to have on hand. There are so many side effects you encounter: the good (baby kicks), the bad (morning sickness) and the ugly (gums so bloody you look like Dracula after brushing). It is important to have a resource that you can rely on to keep you informed of the changes happening to your body.
A Monthly To-Do List – There are so many things happening during pregnancy that it is hard to keep track of them all. A comprehensive to-do list reminds you of important expectant benchmarks like prenatal appointments, baby shower planning, finding a pediatrician, etc. You can find great free ones online or for the tech-saavy mom there are apps for your phone.
Maternity Photographs – Pregnancy may seem never-ending when you are enormous and nauseated, but looking back you will probably miss it! Document your pregnancy with a maternity photo shoot. Bring out your inner goddess and do some dramatic black and whites of your bump that you can have well after your expectant days are over.
A Solid Support System – Some women are lucky to have family members or friends to help guide them on their pregnancy journey, but some of us may be the first of our group and have a ton of questions: Which stroller should I buy? Where can I take a great childbirth class? I was one of those, which led me to start my company, Wife to Mom Consulting. It is so important to have someone to help you prepare for birth and thereafter.
Momtrends was not paid for this post. Tips provided by Lauren Deneroff.