Still sorting out how to balance your new bun in the oven with an old workout routine? Well, the timing is perfect to put high-tech fitness trackers to the test to monitor safe prenatal exercises, heart rates and sleep patterns while staying healthy and fit for the next nine months (and beyond, of course!). New moms must keep moving for optimal well-being, suggests G. Thomas Ruiz, MD, OB/GYN Lead at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. "We encourage expectant women to engage in exercise or physical activity on a regular basis throughout their pregnancy," he advises. "Women who are physically active during pregnancy tend to have smaller babies, which most women who are pushing out a kid don't mind." But what about the anxieties of pregnant moms who fear the harmful effects of radiation from such devices? "There has never been a study to demonstrate that background radiation from a cell phone or a Bluetooth device has had a deleterious effect on the outcome of pregnancy," says Dr. Ruiz. "There has been no data to determine it. We do ultrasounds on a regular basis, which is sending sound energy to the baby so we can do diagnostic work, and that is at a much higher level of energy than a cell phone. It's never been shown to demonstrate harmful effects towards the baby or the pregnancy. So moms can use their trackers to their heart's content." So stay strong and count on, Mama! From Fitbit to Bellabeat, here are are our best picks to keep new moms stepping out in style.
Dressing after baby can be a little more difficult, especially if you plan to breastfeed. Don't get yourself in a twist—literally—trying to figure out how to nurse without stretching out everything you own or exposing yourself to the whole room. These pretty, practical nursing clothes are perfect for breastfeeding moms to wear to work, to play, to date nights and more.
You are probably on the hunt for the perfect gift for the most important woman in your life as Mother's Day is less than two weeks away. But where to start? If you're like most people you're likely stumped. Flowers are nice but they don't last, it's the same with chocolates. And if you can't afford a whirlwind trip or another extravagant gift, we've got you covered with meaningful gifts for mom that you can personalize to give them an extra special touch. Moms are proud of their families, and they love to show it. Why not give her a phone case with her child's picture on it? Or a planter that has a sweet message engraved? We especially the love the personalized scented candles! Here are 10 gifts for mom you didn't know you could personalize.
Finding the perfect pair of sophisticated sunglasses while protecting your eyes and staying on budget can feel impossible. But with this round-up of great women's sunglasses under $50, you can't go wrong. Check out our favorite picks from designers like Marc Jacobs, Quay Australia and Michael Kors.
You don't have to be a superstar to feel like one your whole pregnancy. Here are all the pieces you need to copy Jessica Alba's cute maternity outfit.
Comfortable, supportive leggings aren't just for pregnant moms—moms who just gave birth deserve soft, stretchy material that feels great to wear, too. Even better than average leggings, control-top leggings are designed for postpartum women. They have support and control panels that offer core stability, shaping and smoothing and coverage for areas that many women can feel self-conscious about post-baby. Check out these awesome postpartum leggings from Motherhood Maternity, Target, Amazon and more.
Pull out the beach towels and sunglasses, warm weather is finally here! For some pregnant women, finding something to wear to the pool or beach can tough, especially if you need more support or coverage than usual. From cute maternity bikinis to trendy one-piece suits, here is some of the best maternity swimwear out there from retailers like Amazon, Motherhood Maternity and more.
A changing body during pregnancy also means a changing wardrobe. Pregnant moms require more comfort, space and flexibility from their clothing—and while maternity sweatpants and giant T-shirts may cut it when you're off the clock, most jobs still expect you to look professional and pulled together. If you're looking for office-appropriate maternity clothes to wear during your pregnancy, check out these trendy and timeless options.
Much like the still-hot onesie trend favored by bump-free fashionistas for the past few years, maternity rompers and jumpsuits are all the rage with the mother-to-be set as well. Casual, elegant, sporty and most importantly — comfortable! — these all-in-one outfits are nothing but versatile and especially easy to wear. Check out this collection of maternity one-piece jumpsuits; there's something chic for every mama at every phase of her pregnancy.
Whether daylight savings time has the mom in your life feeling a little out of funk or she's just been meaning to catch up on sleep since entering motherhood, she deserves a little TLC. But if going to a spa doesn't fit into your schedule or budget, there are still plenty of luxe products and treatments to let you pamper yourself at home. From restorative moisturizing hair masks to indulgent, fragrant body oils, there's something for every mom to enjoy, from retailers like Amazon, Nordstrom and Crabtree & Evelyn.