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Layout 1Preggers by Therafirm Comfort Nursing Bras are featured in the 2018 September issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Convenient nursing and a seamless silhouette make the Preggers Comfort Nursing Bra a functional and comfortable option for mamas.  This super soft bra features an easy clip down design for discreet nursing. Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers benefits here!

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Preggers by Therafirm Comfort Nursing Bras are featured in the 2018 September issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Convenient nursing and a seamless silhouette make the Preggers Comfort Nursing Bra a functional and comfortable option for mamas.  This super soft bra features an easy clip down design for discreet nursing. Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers benefits here!

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Preggers by Therafirm Light Support Maternity Leggings are featured in the Fall 2018 Buyer’s Guide issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  As the crisp fall air settles in, you’ll want to be sure to have a pair (or five!) of Preggers Light Support Leggings.  Not only will your legs stay warm and your outfit be fashionable, but you’ll experience the amazing benefits of true gradient compression, which will help to reduce and prevent swelling and energize tired and achy legs!  Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers legwear benefits here!

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Preggers by Therafirm Maternity Support Bands are featured in the December 2018 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Preggers Maternity Support Bands provide an expectant mom with superior comfort and gentle support during pregnancy. The seamless garment is made from super stretchy fibers and expands during the varying stages of pregnancy. The supportive band helps ease back discomfort and provide active moms additional abdominal support.  Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers benefits here!

Are you a first time Preggers Mama?  If so, we have some advice for you!  Enjoy it!  Seriously, enjoy this Mother’s Day, because it is the only one that will be like this.  Sleep in.  Maybe you awake to breakfast in bed prepared by a doting husband.  Or, maybe you dress in a cute maternity dress and go to brunch with your family.  An afternoon pedicure.  Quiet time reading a book in the sunshine.

These all sound glorious!  Don’t get me wrong, any Mother’s Day is wonderful because it celebrates our most important job – being a Mom!  But, let’s face it, you’ll never have another Mother’s Day like this one.

For example:

Early Morning Snoozing

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Wake up gradually with the warm sun streaming through the window.  Hear the birds chirping and maybe the smell of breakfast cooking.

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Wake up to your pregnant belly hanging off the bed because your other children are occupying the space.  Someone is probably screaming.  Someone might have wet the bed.

Breakfast

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Your darling hubby has been up for an hour making you breakfast in bed.  You leisurely have breakfast together and talk about how wonderful it will be once the baby is here.

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You turned your back for just a moment and breakfast became a scene from a disaster movie.

 Afternoon Activity

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You spend the afternoon getting pampered at a salon.  Or maybe your husband even helps you with your pedicure.

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Here you are on the sidelines watching soccer game number three for the day.  Only two more to go.

Evening Wind Down Time

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You finish off the day with a relaxing bubble bath.  Candles burning.  Calming music in the background.  The scent of lavender floating in the air.

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This time you’re preparing the bath and trying to bathe kids without getting your own clothes wet.  Don’t get soap in your child’s eyes.  And actually it’s a bubble bath because the other child dumped a whole bottle of shampoo in the water.

In all fairness, the 1st Time Preggers Mama scenario is probably a little too perfect.  And even though the Veteran Preggers Mama spent the whole day busy with her kids, she probably wouldn’t change a second of it.  It’s why we’re mamas, right?!

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Preggers!

 

Pregnancy naturally can add a lot of stress to your everyday life.  For each person it’s different, but stresses can include anything from trying to make healthy decisions to worrying about the health of your baby.  Maybe you’re deciding if you’ll go back to work after the baby is born.  Or maybe it is selecting the right daycare.  Should you breast or bottle feed?  Which hospital is the right choice?  What makes a good pediatrician or car seat or crib?

You are truly turning your life upside down, so it’s easy to feel an increase of stress.  Most doctors say a little stress is okay, but that you should try to avoid chronic stress as it can have developmental effects on the baby.  Easier said than done, though, right?  How about a few ideas to help alleviate some of the stress.  Try one of these on for size!

 

  1. Eat Well – Don’t let the idea of it stress you out more, but eating well can truly help to alleviate some stress. The Boy Scouts have a motto that works well here: “Do your best!”  So, try to add healthy food to your diet, but don’t sweat it if you do eat some unhealthy items or if you don’t get all the good stuff you need.  Just do your best.  Omega-3 fatty acids can help you to reduce depression.  If you’re craving sweets, try some fresh fruit or make a fruit smoothie.  It’ll satisfy that sweet craving, as well as give you some important vitamins.Bagel w/ Fruit
  2. Exercise – When you’re lugging around that baby belly, it’s the last thing you want to do, right? Well, it can actually make you feel better and alleviate some stress.  Swimming is a really great choice, as it doesn’t put extra stress on your joints.  Plus, the weightlessness feels great!  And if you’re experiencing your third trimester during July and August, that cool water feels amazing.
  3. Watch a Funny Movie – You heard that right! Take an afternoon off and enjoy a good belly-laughing comedy!  Laughter is so good for the body and soul!  It releases your natural “feel-good” body chemicals – endorphins – which promote a sense of well-being and can temporarily relieve pain.  Laughter decreases stress hormones and it can increase immune cells and antibodies.  Write yourself a prescription for Funny Movie Night every week!
  4. Cut Back on the Unnecessary – We know how much you have a need to make everything perfect for your new arrival. That’s natural.  But, decide what must be done and what can wait.  There’s no need to give yourself extra stress by trying to complete things that will wait.  For example, it is okay to wait to put together the high chair – it will be several months before you need it anyway.  Or, the nursey pictures don’t have to be hung before baby gets here.  He or she won’t see them right away anyway.
  5. Have a Good Support Network – Ask a few friends or family members for help in completing tasks both before and after the baby arrives. They can help complete things that have become too difficult in your final months.  But, also talk to them about things you anticipate needing afterwards.  Knowing that you have a few trusted companions that you can rely on for things you need will help relieve some stress.
  6. Relax – Okay, what we really mean is try some relaxation techniques such as prenatal yoga or even meditation. Prenatal yoga can help you prepare your body for labor by stretching and toning muscles and regulating breathing.  Meditation is an easy way relieve some stress.  And it doesn’t take much time, either.  Just 10 minutes each day can help to control the day’s stresses, but it also decreases anxiety, improves cardiovascular health and helps you to achieve greater relaxation.yoga
  7. Sing or Play Music – It’s okay, you don’t have to be good at it. Singing and music helps to control cortisol (the stress hormone) levels.  So, sing to yourself, to your family or if you’re feeling brave plan a karaoke night with your partner and some friends!ID-100138497
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  8. Take a Childbirth Class – Nothing makes your feel better than being prepared. And the best way to be prepared for a new baby is to take childbirth classes to help you become familiar with what to expect.  Classes can help you practice breathing and relaxation techniques.  You can learn about pain management options and when it is appropriate to ask for what type of relief.  And, you can even learn about some of the basic things that might surprise you after birth or once you leave the hospital with your new little sweetheart.  Being prepared has a way of relieving a little bit of stress, too.

 

We hope that one of a few of these tips will help to relieve some of your pregnancy stresses.  Welcome to motherhood!

 

 

Hey Preggers Mamas!  It’s time for Valentine’s Day, which probably means it’s time to dress up your bump for a romantic night out with your Valentine.  And if this little bundle-to-be is your first baby, it may be awhile before you have this kind of alone time. (Veteran mamas know what I’m talking about!) So, you’ll want to pull out all the stops for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day babymoon date.

You’re probably up-to-date in the latest nursery trends and the coolest baby gadgets, but you might have fallen away from reading about what looks are gracing the faces of fashion these days.  We get you!  Being a mama, and even a mama-to-be, has a way redirecting your attention.  But, leave it to Preggers, to help you choose the perfect makeup style for your last Valentine’s Day before motherhood increases your family size.  We think these trends would look beautiful on our Preggers mamas!

Lips

According to Elle.com, gloss is back for lips!  Matte lips had been the trend over the past few years, but beautiful shine is the new look for 2017.  Make sure you have some new beautiful glossy shades, or add a clear gloss over your current colors.

Liners

The latest liners for 2017 don’t extend the full length of the eye lid.  Only the center part of the lid is lined leaving an unfinished look.  Fully-lined eye lids are so 2016!

Another liner trend for 2017 carries over from lips – shine! Use a liquid liner for a gleaming, shiny look.

Mascara

I think I must be a boring mama when it comes to makeup because I’ve never thought of using anything but black mascara.  But, elle.com suggests that 2017 is the year for burgundy.  The key to using this red hue on your lashes, though, is to use a dark enough burgundy color that it only shows when it catches the light.

Shadows

Again with the glossy. Harpers Bazaar says that along with glossy lips and liners, glossy eye shadows are being seen on the lids of this year’s fashionistas.  Several brands actually make glossy shadows, but Harpers suggests you can get the same effect by sweeping some clear lip gloss over your normal shadows. Better make sure you have plenty of that lip gloss this year!

Blush

Gone are the days of a subtle blush.  In 2017, blush is meant to be seen.  So, load up your brushes and apply, apply, apply!  Whether you opt for a more obvious look or you’re not ready to dive all the way in and hold to a little subtle blending, choose colors that defiantly show up and accent your cheeks.

Nails

And for your nails, try painting on metallic colors, furthering that “things that shine” trend.

Color Trends

Are you ready for this?  Welcome back to the 1980s with blue eye shadow and colorful shades of blush.  Did anyone else think those colors would never make a reappearance?

Glitter

Yep.  Glitter is still here, so layer up your eyes, lips, cheeks and nails in glitter dust.

And don’t forget to throw on some Preggers legwear on your way out the door.  You’ll want your legs feeling great for your night on the town!

Goodness!  I can’t wait to try a few of these 2017 trends.  It’s a huge upgrade from the lovely look of baby spitup. 😉  Happy Valentine’s Day, Preggers mamas!

**Fashion photos from the following sources: amuser; glamour; harpers bazaar; nicades; temptalia; glitterbugcosmetics; marieclaire; elle; makeupand beautyblog; pinterest; wikihow; gcastd; yves-saint-laurent; cuded; and jamienelson.