Month: April 2014

"Maternity Monday"

Hi Everyone!

With baby getting bigger, its inevitable that tummy gets bigger also. I usually don’t shop at maternity only stores (unless there is a sale) lol. I simply buy regular clothing items a couple of sizes bigger than normal and I make sure the tops are long enough, the bottoms are stretchy enough and the dresses are wide enough. I’m all about being comfy-cute during pregnancy and I also want to make sure that I can wear them again post baby 😉  If this still sounds strange to you, let me show you some examples:

Example #1

Dress: Ross
Size: Large

Pre-Pregnancy I would purchase this dress in a medium.
Although this dress is a large, it will still be a cute wear post baby. If it is a little big, dresses like these always look cute with a thin belt tied around your midsection to give it shape. This dress will be very accessible post baby especially while breastfeeding because the top of the dress has an elastic-like band that easily pulls down for breastfeeding availability. It’s always a good thing to be mindful of what you wear post baby especially if you plan to breastfeed.

Example #2

Top: Forever 21
Size:Extra Large
Tights: Forever21
Size: Large
Pre-Pregnancy, I would have purchased the top in a Medium/Large, and
the leggings in a Large.

I’ve worn leggings almost every day during this pregnancy. In my eyes, you can’t go wrong with leggings or yoga pants! 😉 Even though they are sizes larger, they can all still be worn post baby, especially since your body feels more comfy in loose clothes after baby.

Example #3

Dress: Thrifted

Size: Large
Shoes: Forever21
Pre-Pregancy, I would have purchased this dress in a size Large also.

The stretchy material of this dress makes it comfortable and flattering to wear during pregnancy. I love prints and the polka dots were right on point with my mood for that day. I wore this outfit to a good friend of mine’s wedding and I was comfortable enough to have danced, mingle and have a great time!

These are just some examples of how I maternity shop. My style is comfy-cute. I don’t believe in being uncomfortable to look good while pregnant. If I’m uncomfortable (pregnant or not) I will look & feel like a total mess. Don’t get me wrong, stores like Motherhood Maternity, etc, have cute Maternity wear, but I just simply believe in my friend Aisha’s blog statement:
 “..it’s not the price tag that makes the outfit, its the person!”-Aisha @ Hadewa.Blogspot.com
Xoxo
-Ofure
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Preggo Tips: "Fatigue 101"

Hey Loves!
My honest excuse for not blogging in 3 weeks is this…
 

 

Yep, the least I can do is be honest with my readers. This prego Mama is tired as heck! I’m approaching the end of my third trimester and I’m still as busy as ever. A lot of people say, “oh you make it look easy…” Sometimes, I don’t know whether to take that as a compliment or not because although I am a busy body, I’m definitely not trying be superwoman! Lol

As my pregnancy draws to a close, I’d like to share some of the things that help me fight pregnancy fatigue.

 
 
Yes, pregnancy gets exhausting at times. The word “fatigue” is just an understatement. I must say, pregnancy with my second child is a lot easier..simply because I now KNOW what to expect…and what to do. Here are some tips that help me when I’m at that tipping point of exhaustion:
 
1) Go to bed earlier than usual.
Pregnant woman sleeping
 
2) Use pillows/or maternity pillows, for comfort while resting. 



3) Don’t go to bed tense, usually a warm shower (or good back massage) will make your night’s sleep more comfy.

 

4) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Drink water throughout the day! Dehydration is a factor in exhaustion.

 

 
5) Reduce stress. This is the time to be more focused on you, your baby (babies) & growing family. Anything out of that circle should not be a stressor. 

 

6) Excercise: what helps me fight my fatigue is the treadmill! I just keep a steady speed of 2.5-3.5. I play around with the inclines also. After an hour, I have so much energy!

 

7) Eat often. Resist skipping meals, opt for small snacks instead. With or without diabetes, its imprtant to keep your blood sugar at a normal level during pregnancy.

 

7) Make smarter eating choices. Sure I indulge in cravings here and there, but for my main meals, i make sure to bake instead of fry, use brown instead of white, etc… & I add lots of fruits/veggies which definitely puts some “pep in your step/waddle” 😉

 

8) Listen to your body, if you are tired, rest.

 

9) Dont book activities or take care of chores that arent essential.

 

10) Take those prenatals! 

 

 
..I hope this helps! 
 
Xoxo-Ofure