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.
Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale is here, which means there are markdowns all over the site on your favorite brands. You might not know what you're searching for just yet, but to help you navigate and sift through the seemingly endless products, we've rounded up our favorite discounted items to check out now through June 2. From deals on sturdy walking shoes for your little one to essential baby gear, tis the season to order shiny new items for the whole family right to your doorstep. Move quickly before they sell out!
Pregnancy can come with a lot of aches and pains — especially in the final months when the weight of your precious baby belly may become hard for your body to support. Belly bands and maternity belts work by lifting the belly and redistributing the weight on your stomach, pelvis, back, hips and spine more evenly. Your exhausted body will appreciate any one of these supportive and comfortable maternity bands, plus some can be worn all pregnancy long and may even double as postpartum belts. Scroll through our selection of helpful pregnancy products and accessories from Amazon, Target, Motherhood Maternity and more.
Take a hike! No, like literally, take a fun, family hike with your kid sporting these super cute, supportive hiking shoes. Durable and designed to provide stability while protecting little soles and ankles, these hiking shoes featured in our roundup are super stylish and made for energetic explorers all geared up and ready to scale new heights!
There are many ways to approach how to dress when you're expecting. Tackle maternity-wear without sacrificing style by dressing in these designer accessories from Farfetch. Keep your necessary maternity clothes to a minimum and wear these trendy additions to spice up your outfit—they can even be used after your little one arrives!
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.
Motherhood is beautiful, but the late nights and early mornings can be super rough on your skin and your psyche. While solid rest is the only way to combat the stress and mental exhaustion that comes from those sleepless nights, there are some quick fix solutions for your under eye area. If you're tired of hearing how tired you look, you'll definitely want to try these awesome products that help minimize the look of dark circles, dry skin and baggy eyes.
Ready for a night out with your partner? We can guess that's probably a yes! From beautiful wrap dresses and jumpsuits to chic leather leggings, allow us to help you find the perfect outfit while you make your plans.
As every breastfeeding mom quickly discovers, having a reliable bag handy to tote a breast pump and accessories is essential. For nursing mothers returning to work after maternity leave, carrying a pump is a must, and with these stylish options, mom can choose a fabulously functional bag to meet her every need. We've rounded up the best bags to transport your breast pump to and from home with ease and without the need to skimp on style.
You don't have to settle for slippers or questionable-looking sneakers to get comfortable footwear for pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause aches and pains through your whole body, plus swollen feet and joint pain from carrying around the added weight of your unborn baby. Look for shoes with sturdy construction, cushioned insoles, tons of traction and slip-on design to make dressing your feet while expecting easier than ever. Check out our roundup of the cutest and comfiest shoes for pregnant mamas from stores like Zappos, Clarks and Amazon.