My Maternity Go To Fashion

So let's get real here...my maternity wardrobe isn't as glamorous as this appears. Most days it's a maternity tee and some stretchy pants or shorts. Basically if you catch me at home or out running errands -- I probably look a hot mess. 

But...

On occasion I do dress up and when I do, I love to stick to certain elements during pregnancy. My best friends for pregnancy are maxi dresses/skirts and flowy, gaucho style pants (or I just call them hippie pants) and for baby number 3 it was most definitely-- LEGGINGS with TUNICS. Can I get all of the praise hands on that one?

 I love a good fitted tee or or blouse to accent the bump, but I love a good flow to um...not accent my bottom half! But if I did wear leggings, which was a TON this pregnancy, I tried to stick with tunics and longer shirts to hide the rear (I'm a firm believer that's how leggings should be worn anyway). 

Maternity clothes shopping can be fun for some and not so fun for others. For my first born I was ecstatic to hit up the local Target and Destination Maternity to grab some things! I wasn't looking to spend a ton of money and I just wanted cute and practical things. Shopping online seemed crazy because I neeeedded to try it on and then higher priced boutiques just really aren't my thing; so I stuck to the common places. 

For baby number two I hardly purchased much because all of my pregnancies have been through the exact same seasons, so I was good with what I had. Then baby number three came along and I developed a slightly different mindset -- buy all of the things that I can wear now AND later. In other words, if it was a flowy top from say Gap, I could wear it for about six months of my pregnancy (and did) and then still have cute, new tops after the pregnancy. Same goes for leggings! I did this a bit in the beginning and tried to be functional. It worked great until the pounds packed on towards the end and I had to buy a few new maternity things or resort to my maternity wardrobe from the past. 

But let's talk about my maternity pictures for a second. I decided to try something new -- I shopped with Pinkblush maternity and ordered some things (not all pictured here) and LOVED it. I absolutely loved it and it all fit perfectly! Sure I would have loved to have tried the pieces on beforehand, but I didn't have to return anything and it all fit great. 

I was so pleased with my Pinkblush experience that I can't wait to shop there again. And no, this isn't a sponsored post. My first order included the gray cowl neck dress pictured here, a nursing/maternity maxi dress, a nursing/maternity wrap dress (featured soon) and a beautiful robe that I have been loving postpartum. Both the robe and cowl neck dress were on sale so in the end, my purchase was amazing cost wise. 

My other tip for this past pregnancy was to piece together old things and reuse them in new ways. That denim vest pictured below was a denim jacket from my sophomore year in high school that I just cut the sleeves off of! In other words, it's crazy old. But it's cute and I love it as an accent. 

Have fun accenting your bump. Dress it up or dress it down and stay comfy. Either way, embrace the bump and don't sweat the body changes. You'll never have an excuse to eat so much ever again. ;) 

My Maternity Fashion Tips:

  • Leggings with Tunics
  • Maxi Dresses
  • Maxi Skirts
  • Gaucho Style Pants (frequently found at Target)
  • Tight shirts for a bump accent but long enough to cover the bum
  • Reuse old pieces for accents
  • Accent with statement necklaces that don't interfere with the bump too much
  • Tie wrap dresses
  • Purchase dresses with nursing friendly tops to use postpartum in those early weeks (Pinkblush Maternity is great for this)
  • Purchase non maternity tops that are flowy and large enough to accommodate you for a few months and then you can still have postpartum

Sources: white maxi skirt Motherhood // Feather necklace Plunder // Girl's dresses Old Navy // Men's shirt Express // Cowl neck dress Pinkblush // Blue statement necklace Virgo Boutique // Pink shoes Qupid 

What are some of your favorite maternity must haves or fashion tips? Drop a comment below! 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

UpSpring Prenatal Vitamins (great for no nausea)

When it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding there is one thing we ALL need and that is a good, reliable brand of prenatal vitamins. There are so many out there on the market right now that it's hard to know which one is the best one, the tastiest one or the one to leave you feeling the least amount of nausea (that's what I need). Or better yet, the one with the most natural ingredients to keep baby safe. 

If you're in the market for some prenatal vitamins, I'd love to introduce UpSpring to you! This gummy vitamin is great for those who may suffer from morning sickness or who typically get sick from their vitamins (ME). I am here to tell you that these should NOT make you sick as they never made me feel sick. They are easy to chew and soft! The flavor I was sent was mango-peach which does happen to be two fruits that I am not typically a fan of, but overall the vitamin wasn't too bad taste wise. I love that it wasn't full of sugary crystals like my former prenatal vitamins. 

What I love is that this brand carries numerous mother and baby products - especially in the breastfeeding area! In fact, I have used their milk strips before to detect any alcohol levels after a glass or two of wine. Their products are amazing and all natural - which is always a plus to me. 

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Some yummy facts on UpSpring Vitamins:

UpSpring, a mom-founded and mom-run company, has a mission to empower parents with confidence and to give them the freedom to enjoy motherhood even more. By finding innovative solutions to the everyday health and wellness challenges and frustrations facing mothers of a baby or young child, UpSpring provides “more fun, less worry.” Since 2005, UpSpring has made all-natural products based on true science that solve real problems.

UpSpring Prenatal+ is a complete multivitamin that also includes omega-3 DHA and choline (in the form of Alpha GPC), which are clinically shown to support fetal brain development.  Alpha GPC is a highly bioavailable form of choline and the only form that crosses the blood-brain barrier to nourish your baby’s growing brain.  It also helps to enhance DHA absorption.  This formula also contains the natural form of vitamin B9, folate, instead of synthetic folic acid. Enjoy three delicious mango-peach gummies every day plus one easy-to-swallow softgel. You get 100% of the daily value of 11 essential nutrients, plus brain-building omega-3 and Alpha GPC. Best of all, our gummy is easy on the stomach, so no tummy upsets!

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These vitamins are all natural, NON GMO and gluten free --  you won't find anything artificial in them; this is something that I love and respect about this company. If you are interested in learning more about these vitamins or purchasing some for yourself, make sure to check out this link and surf their site for more awesome mother and baby products! 

Thanks to UpSpring for sending these my way as they came right when my other vitamins ran out. Use a brand you can trust, use UpSpring! 

This review was made possible by iConnect and UpSpring.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

20 Practical Mother's Day Gifts (for the Crazy Mom)

1. The small chance that we may be able to use the bathroom by ourselves while scrolling through Instagram in peace without having someone trying to sit in our lap or eating the toilet paper. 

2. The very rare opportunity to have twelve hours of uninterrupted sleep (uninterrupted sleep does not mean that we hear the baby crying in the next room for twenty minutes). 

3. A basket of our favorite chocolates, cookies, cakes and wine with a note that says, "Your post baby body is beautiful no matter what size it is, enjoy."

4. Perky boobs (but not fake ones because um, I mean we still have to nurse with them). 

5. A day of having breakfast, lunch and dinner fixed for us and all the little rugrats, complete with full kitchen cleanup after. In other words, we don't want to lift a finger. 

6. For someone to magically do all of the laundry (this includes folding and putting it away) OR for a hamper big enough to hide it all. 

7. For a self mopping and vacuuming robot. I mean, they make them, so why we don't have one yet is mind boggling. 

8. The ability to get all dressed up to go somewhere complete with a hot shower, painted nails and brushed hair all done without having little ankle biters, toilet paper eaters and bathroom cabinet diggers around. 

9. Money for us to buy new clothes with strict orders not to buy the kids anything. Because if you just give us money, chances are that the little shits will get more than we do. 

10. A fancy dinner complete with wine and chocolate covered strawberries and the note from #3; and of course #8 has to happen beforehand as well, otherwise there will be NO fancy dinner. 

11. A solo trip to Starbucks where we can read for hours. Or scroll through our phone...same shit. 

12. A whole day to chillax on the sofa indulging in Lifetime movies (or The Kardashians) while pigging out on the basket from number 3. Oh and you have to find someone to watch the kids please. 

13. A car key hook and cell phone nook. Because #mombrain.

14. A mute button for excessive whining (okay that's just a dream). Ear plugs are fine. 

15. A trip to the salon to cut and style our hair without being questioned when it takes allll day (because chances are we hid somewhere to either nap or er, chill at Starbucks).

16. A new car because baby gear, strollers, car seats and the like take up more space than we dreamed. Soooooo yea...

17. A night to hang with the girlfriends, but make sure you plan it with their husbands too because otherwise, IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. Trying to plan a girl's night when we all have kids is like trying to shovel snow during a snowstorm. 

18. A solo trip to Target. The Target in the next city that's an hour away. 

19.  A relaxing spa day...nah, what I am saying. Just give us those twelve hours of sleep please and we will LOOK and FEEL like we had a freaking spa day. 

20. A card...from you...and a craft from the kids. Because even if the baby is one, you better look like sticking her hand on something for me to keep. 

Okay, so obviously we really love our kids and our role as Mom. It's the best damn job ever and we don't take a day for granted. One day we know we will truly miss the chaos, the messy mornings and the middle of the night cuddles. There is no denying that those moments are so special and sacred. 

But to get real, many of us could use a small "breather" for ourselves every now and then. Motherhood isn't easy and having many little humans running around to take care of takes a lot from us. We love unconditionally and mother as best as we can daily. 

If you are stumped on what to get your baby mama for Mother's Day, these ideas will recharge her, revive her and beat out any dozen of roses around. So save your money and get her a real gift that she will love (and needs)!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mamas around! It's right around the corner and we hope you get a wonderful day spent with those you love or spent alone to recharge! 

You deserve your special day! 

Thanks for all you do Mamas! 

 

 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos.