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February 2016

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After, BLANQI girl

Lynzy – Postpartum Attitude & Juggling Motherhood as a Working Mom

“Nothing in this world could have prepared me for postpartum life. There are thousands of books, articles, and classes that try to prepare you, but experiencing it is the only way to truly know. I remember thinking SO many times, ‘WHY didn’t someone tell me about THIS?!’ The truth is, you’re sometimes better off finding out about some things as they happen, so that you aren’t anxious about every little detail. However, I have found that having a great “post-partum attitude” really helped me when we were pregnant with my second child.

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While pregnant with our first, I worried about absolutely everything. When it came time that my water broke, I was in sheer panic. How was I going to give BIRTH right now? I really questioned my ability and 18 hours of labor and 4.5 hours of pushing later, our first baby was born. I thought that part was difficult, but the healing aspect of birth was almost equivalent. For our second baby, I knew I had to have a different attitude going into it. I was much more relaxed and I planned less. I wanted to go with the flow for this birth. I wanted to listen to what my baby was telling me. This birth was so much shorter and a breeze compared to the first. Birth is hard no matter what, but your attitude will change everything. My post-partum experience was amazing. I was able to enjoy our baby and really indulge in the moments that mattered most, like her first smile and her first giggle.

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Your attitude is everything. Mentally preparing yourself for the birth and the post-partum period is important. Make sure you have a support system in place for once your baby arrives, so that you can take time for yourself. Take a warm bubble bath, take a long nap uninterrupted, or just go for a long walk to clear your mind. You need to take time for YOU. Having a baby is the most selfless thing a woman can do, but make sure that you never forget to take care of yourself as well. You will be a better mother because of it. I promise you.

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There are a few things that I have used during the post-partum period that really helped me gain my confidence back. My BLANQI leggings are one of these. These leggings are by far, the most comfortable, most flattering pants you can wear after having a baby. Their high waist band makes sure to pull everything back in and I love that the material compresses you in all the right places. I wear them pretty much every day (if you peek at my IG, you will see them… A LOT, but SHHH, don’t tell anyone).

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Being a busy working mom as a Physician Assistant in the ER, it’s important to have a pair of leggings that are easy to throw on and look presentable when I am at home with the kids. As far as the work/life balance? There is no secret to balancing life at home with the kids and also working outside of the home in a demanding job. The secret is to handle one day at a time and always have a positive attitude. Your attitude changes everything. For me, getting out and going to work gives me significant self-worth and a chance for me to put all those college years to good use. I really enjoy my job and I really love being able to help heal people. So at the end of the day, do what works for you and your family. You will get into the swing of things and it will be glorious.”

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Lynzy is a mother of two and the author behind the blog Sparkling Footseps, “… a little place on the inter webs that focuses on motherhood. Everything from personal style and the latest in kids fashion to breastfeeding tips.”  Be sure to stop by her blog to read more about her life as a working mama trying to juggle it all!

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

My #1 piece of postpartum clothing // Katie Did What

My name is Katie and I run the lifestyle blog Katie Did What. I just recently had a baby girl, and life has instantly become quite hectic, since I already have a 21 month old toddler who is crazy! 😉 Throughout my pregnancy, I LIVED in Blanqi maternity leggings, and now that I’m postpartum, I’m still getting wear out of them, and also the high waisted support leggings. The quality cannot be beat and the comfort is top notch, both of which are super important to me as I spend my days chasing after a toddler and taking care of an infant at the same time.

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I am a huge fan of black leggings, since they are not only slimming but also hide any stains or spit up and are super easy to spot clean. 😉 For a casual look, I love pairing my leggings with some comfy boots, a loose tee and a jacket on top.

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I love the high waist of these leggings, since I spend the majority of my days nursing my baby. It’s nice to be able to nurse her discreetly wherever we are and not have to worry about flashing any skin! Dress them up a little with a cute flowy top and some booties for an easy, comfortable and nursing-friendly outfit!

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Throughout my pregnancy, and now that I’m postpartum, my number one piece of clothing that I find myself reaching for the majority of my days are my BLANQI leggings. They go with everything and they’re just so comfortable, how could I not?! Plus, they suck everything in, which I appreciate as I’m adjusting to my new post-baby body. Every little bit helps! Leggings: they’re a lifestyle, people. And I have fully embraced them.

 

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

Resting bitch face – it’s real

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As long as we’ve been doing BLANQI, Valerie’s always given me a hard time about my RBF – resting bitch face.  We can’t film any videos without me looking like I want to murder someone when I’m not speaking – I can’t help it – it’s my thinking face!  In college people would tell me they were afraid to walk up to me because I looked so mean (I’m not at all! :):))  These days, however, my RBF isn’t necessarily due to deep thoughts – these days I think there’s another force behind it, causing my face to contort and wrinkle up… it’s exhaustion casued by motherhood and life.  I’m in no way saying that kids are mean little things creating permanent wrinkles on my forehead and greying my hair – I’m saying that parenthood is, well, the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  Combine that with life in general, and you’ve got a recipe for some serious RBF.  Early mornings, nagging at breakfast, hurrying out the door, hurrying to work, hurrying to carpool, separating fights in the car, nagging about homework, nagging about cleaning up, nagging about eating food, nagging about bathing, nagging about brushing teeth, nagging about finishing up the reading, nagging about not talking and going to bed, and late-night work.  And…then it starts all over again.  I’m of course leaving out all the wonderful, beautiful moments in-between the nagging, because those are not what cause the RBF.  Nor are the kids!  It’s the exhaustion.  Exhaustion from running around like a mad-woman all day.  Exhaustion from having to nag when that’s the last thing you want to have to do.  Exhaustion from work, from laundry, from cooking, from cleaning, from all of it.  So yes, it’s real, and yes, I have it.  And no, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I would rather have RBF every second of my life and have my beautiful children than to have a well-rested, glowing and happy face 😉

By the way – and this was a total coincidence! – CNN happened to publish a story on RBF the same day we posted our quote on Instagram.  Turns out, there’s actual science behind RBF:  “Good news, everyone! You can now wear your mildly discontented face with some validation.  The phenomenon known as “resting bitch face” is real, according to scientists. Better yet, there’s research available that could explain why some people are “throwing shade.”  Read the whole article on CNN

Can you relate?  Leave a comment below – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

xx Sabina

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BLANQI girl – Ella Brooks

Melissa is mom to Ella and Brooks, author of the life & style blog ellabrooks, and expecting baby number three.

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On her BLANQI maternity support leggings 👉 “Don’t be fooled guys… Most days I’m rocking sweats and slippers👌😁 & to all of my fellow preggo ladies- if there is a pair of leggings you absolutely need- these are them! Sooooooo comfy!” 💗💗 #gamechanger #supportwear #maternity #leggingsforlife

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Images – Melissa Cole