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May 2016

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

The pregnant mom? The breastfeeding mom? // What “type” of BLANQI mom are you?

If you’re like me, you’ve seen the different quiz’s on social media like, “What type of mom are you?” which helps you figure out if you’re more of a granola-hippie mom or the hot-mess-mom, haha. While I’m not sure how accurate they really are, I will say that I think of myself as more of a ‘hybrid-mom’, not really fitting just one mold of mama. I think that as mothers, we can each be a little bit of every type, and that our differences have a lot to do with the specific stage of motherhood we are experiencing, especially once we go beyond the pregnancy experience and into hardcore parenting.

I was recently asked by Erica at Murray & Finn how I would explain the benefits of our Postpartum/Nursing Highwaist Support Leggings to each of the different “types” of BLANQI mamas, and this is what I came up with!

I’m currently 10 months postpartum with my 4th baby, so I definitely was a #1, still feel very much #2+#3, never been a #4 (but never say never I suppose) and always a #5 (I’m a true believer in the fake-it-till-you-make-it mantra of working out! ha)

 

Which “type” of BLANQI mama are you right now?

1. The Pregnant Mom // Our Highwaist Support Leggings should be packed in your hospital bag. Seriously. Do not wait to buy them until after baby arrives, because you are missing out on the major impact these leggings have during those first 6 weeks of postpartum, what is thought of as the 4th Trimester. I wore them after delivering my 4th baby Lily and it was life-changing. I had just survived labor and wanted nothing but to be comfortable and feel pulled together. Jude, Nico and Violette were about to meet their new sister and I wanted to iPhone photograph every second of that special moment without feeling like I was going to look back at the photos and feel like a hot mess. These knocked both things off my list at the same time. No waistband is a lifesaver, as my belly takes some time to go down (as in 9 months postpartum more) and muffin top post-pregnancy is not flattering. They also are a must have for any scheduled, or surprise c sections, so think ahead. Anything that makes me feel more secure with hospital visitors, walking down the hall to grab ice, etc. is a no brainer. (Here is the TMI, so stop reading if you can’t deal. They help hold up the giant pads we have to wear after delivery, which as a hater of pads, this made me feel better about them slipping around and leakage. I know yuck, but it’s the truth)

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(If you are pregnant and are looking for our supportwear leggings specifically for during pregnancy, we also have a maternity support version with our patented built-in support that lifts your belly and eases pregnancy aches and pains. This is what has girls saying they “don’t do pregnancy without a BLANQI”…)

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2. The Breastfeeding Mom // These leggings are a game-changer. I personally can only handle wearing ‘nursing’ clothes for the first 4 weeks or so postpartum. That’s when I’m just trying to adjust to the whole milk surging into my breasts, leaking everywhere, holding a baby and trying not to cry from all the hormones. Haha. After I get into the flow of things, (I just crack myself up, lol) I just want to feel ‘normal’ again, so I tend to pull out my pre-pregnancy clothing and make what I have work. If I’m a real gluten for punishment, which I’ve been 4 times now, I attempt to test out if I fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans, which for 4 times straight has ended in failure. I do not recommend putting yourself through that torture. That’s why these leggings work. The highwaisted design of these leggings keeps things smooth and covering my jelly belly, so I can just lift up my loose-fitting tees and breastfeed inconspicuously. The rise is about 2″ higher than regular high waist leggings, which equals to about 4″ with the seamless stretch. That especially helps with having the curious siblings that want to know if there “is another baby is coming out” since I still look pregnant just after giving birth, thank you wise 5-year-old for those words of encouragement.

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3. The ‘Motherhood Is My Muse’ Mom // We tend to think, or maybe believe, that the post-partum stage ends at like what 6 weeks? 6 months? 18 months? I feel that once I was post-partum, my body was forever post-partum. I can remember crying after my first baby thinking that my body was not the same, but that I didn’t even remember what it used to look like, it was that bad. lol. Okay, maybe not as terrible as I’m making it seem, but nothing prepared me for just the changes that just getting older would have on my body. I feel these leggings help give some self-esteem back to those of us who have suffered the ‘scars’ of motherhood- stretch marks, c-section scars, gained weight, etc. When I wear them I feel snugged up in a way that balances out my love of chocolate chip cookies with my efforts to be pulled together on a daily basis.

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4. The Adoptive Mom // My friend Angela recently adopted her 5th child and traveled all the way to China to pick up her daughter, Rosie. You can read her story here. She wore these leggings 24 hours over to China and 24 hours of travel time back home, with a toddler. Traveling needs to be comfortable, and traveling with kids is anything but, so these leggings helped make at least the getting dressed in the morning part easier. In my experience, my friends who have adopted have often shared how just because they didn’t birth there babes, they didn’t need any less support than the experience than a birth mother would, it’s just different. That is how I feel about BLANQI supporting all mothers through motherhood. We all need support, it’s just about needing different kinds of support at different times in our life.

 

5. The Fit Mom // You live in black leggings. I get it, it’s my life too. I quickly scrolled through my Instagram page and noticed that I have one outfit staple, BLANQI leggings. I can put them on and literally go from preschool drop-off, into a BLANQI design meeting, then the grocery store (since I am the food fairy of our fridge) and finish up at one of my boy’s soccer/lacrosse practice’s without skipping a beat. Then on the weekend’s when I’m not just faking a workout, I put these on along with a crop t-shirt, my favorite Ferry Corsten album blasting on Pandora and actually get my sweat on. These are tight leggings that feel like a second skin. Thicker than a tight, but thinner than typical yoga pants, so they keep everything snug and secure, which is important when on a treadmill.

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So this so much why I believe in the power of these leggings. I wear them everyday and I’m okay with that, ha. If you want more information on these motherhood game changers, like what size you need to try them in, you can find that here.

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Not sure how to style them? Check out this past post from Sabina for more ways to wear these support leggings. 

xx, Valerie

 

 

 

Your health

10 amazing health benefits of coconut oil during pregnancy

Ladies, please meet your new bestie, coconut oil:  You’ve been drinking coconut water, you’ve been eating coconut chips, you’ve been slathering on coconut-infused moisturizers for years, but did you realize there’s another part of this incredible nut that may hold more benefits than all of the above combined?   In case that opening statement didn’t immediately sell you on the oil, keep reading to find out why coconut oil should become every pregnant (and not pregnant) woman’s bestie.  Below you will find 10 amazing health benefits of coconut oil during pregnancy

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Here’s why coconut works wonders and gets into BFF territory.

  1. It removes stretch marks.  Yes, it can make your skin feel nice, but a huge plus that many see is that does a superior job of minimizing these tears in the skin that show up on the hips, stomach and rear as a result of dramatic weight increase. Stretch marks are sometimes described as nature’s way of saying “sorry, we need to expand things a bit here, here, and here to eventually get this kid out of here.” Some veteran moms even call them “stripes” or “tiger scars” that they’ve worked hard to receive, and show them off proudly. As much as we take pride in these marks, we admittedly do what we can to minimize them.  According to EarlyCare.org, rubbing in coconut oil two to three times a day can reduce or maybe even mostly remove these marks.
  2. It’s a natural moisturizer. While the treatment of stretch marks deserves some attention, the oil can be handy for other spots on the body as well. The natural materials in the oil, including Vitamin E, can help psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema or general itchiness as your skin contours change. It has also been said to help reduce wrinkles and bags under eyelids, even better than some of those fancy and fancy-priced anti-aging creams. Since it’s semi-solid, coconut can also add some depth to your lips, like a thicker gloss.blanqi-blog-10 amazing health benefits of coconut oil during pregnancy
  3. Lots of lauric acid. If you’re not familiar with this ingredient, you will be soon, especially if you’re planning to breast feed. Among other healthy minerals and antioxidants, coconut oil contains an abundance of this type of natural fatty acid that is present in breast milk and has wonderful healing properties. Though you may just be at the beginning stages of your pregnancy, you can still start building up your reserves of this fatty acid now.
  4. Wonderful when eaten. Coconut is an antioxidant and when used raw, adds a super tasty & crunchy texture to your food. When used in its oil form, it stays more solid and doesn’t burn easily, unlike olive oil that can scorch quickly if things get too hot too fast. Foods needing oil, even popcorn, can also benefit from coconut oil. It has a wide variety of minerals, vitamins and proteins,  and is a plant-based medium chain fat that breaks down in the body and turns into energy, as opposed to animal-based proteins that take longer to break down.
  5. Great in drinks. Coconut milk can easily be drunk ‘straight’ or added to existing meals like cereal or coffee or as the base for your favorite shake. Its increased popularity means the milk can now be found at more stores and coffee shops, rather than obscure health and natural living establishments where it was found in the past.
  6. It helps your child. As nutrients pass from mom to the child in the womb, coconut oil can easily be absorbed into the child’s digestive system. The nutrients will provide energy for positive growth and development through the pregnancy.  Lauric and capric acids, whether from breastfeedng after birth, or absorption during pregnancy, offers some protections against bacteria as well.
  7. It smells great. If one of your happy places is a sandy beach, a spot at the lake or even poolside, you may associate the aroma of coconut-flavored suntan oil with good times. If so, it will be another reason to enjoy coconut oil. If it’s rubbed into your skin or even just your hands, you’ll smell it all day and feel amazing. If it’s used in your cooking, you can smell it in the kitchen and associate another positive smell of good food with it.
  8.  It helps smooth out natural processes. Constipation is common in pregnancy, caused by everything from changing hormones to a changing diet. But BellyBelly, an Australian pregnancy resource, included coconut oil in a list of recommended saturated fats that can prevent or alleviate constipation. As a little as a tablespoon of coconut oil once a day can boost your energy and keep you regular.
  9. A useful supplement. Coconut oil has anti-fungal properties, anti-viral properties, and has in other ways been shown to benefit the immune system. If you’re already taking supplements due to pregnancy, such as folic acid, just add one more to your daily mix.
  10. Morning sickness relief. Some parents say coconut is as useful as ginger in the early days of pregnancy for helping settle a jumpy stomach. At the same time, Mother and Baby says the smoothness of the oil can coat the esophagus that may be becoming irritated by acids from heartburn or upset stomachs.

Even if you haven’t been a big fan of eating coconut, you might want to consider the wide variety of health benefits of this magical food during pregnancy – can’t stomach the flavor?  They make flavorless and odorless versions as well – but be aware that this oil has been refined, and while providing some health benefits, doesn’t pack the health punch that the virgin oil does.

Got any amazing coconut recipes?  We’d love to hear!  Leave a comment below

xx

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After, Ways To Wear

Ways to wear // Highwaist Postpartum Support leggings

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Who better to glam it up and show three different ways to wear our Highwaist Postpartum Support leggings than the Bond Girl herself, Irina of Bond Girl Glam.  We’ve featured her gorgeous maternity style before, and were thrilled to see her on-point postpartum look ( as to how she manages to remain so glam, that’s a whole other post in itself ;)).

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“I loved wearing BLANQI during my pregnancy (see here and here), and I specifically remember their maternity support tanks making me feel so much better as my belly grew.  They make for great maternity basics that get a lot of use on their own as well as under clothes.  Now I’m loving their postpartum support leggings, so the BLANQI love affair continues…[the leggings] have a longer panel that helps keep your midsection nice and smooth, avoiding the possibility of muffin top; and if your birth story was like mine, the highwaist style also helps keep a C-section scar comfortable during recovery.  As with their tanks, the leggings are seamless, which is one of things I love about the brand.  I feel like they put a lot of “tech” and research into their supportwear.”

3 Ways to Wear BLANQI Leggings | BondGirlGlam.com

Look 1 // Date Night.  Who said chic couldn’t be comfy?  As hectic and exhausting as motherhood gets at times, the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable, whether on a playdate or a real date.  Just slip on a blouse and blazer over your leggings for this subtly sexy look.

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Look 2 // Weekend Vibe.  Super easy to put together, versatile, and oh-so-stylish.  Hit up the farmers market & Starbucks, then head on over to the nearest park – kick off your shoes, stretch out on the picnic blanket and soak up the sun.

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Look 3 // Girls day out.  Layer your leggings with a statement tee and leather for a little spice, and leave all the sugar and nice to your little one 😉

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For more ways to style your BLANQI Highwaist Postpartum Support leggings, check out this post and this post .

Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

“Holy-game-changer” // Maternity Underbust Support tank

“My body responds to pregnancy like a grandma. My back aches because when my entire core is not strong, I’m a hot mess in that department. My knees hurt. My thighs grow big and I just generally don’t feel like myself. It’s all OK, because I know what my body is doing is good and wonderful. But it certainly helps to have articles of clothing that are A) Easy and Functional B) Ease the ache and pains.

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When I discovered the maternity supportwear at Blanqi I am pretty sure I did a little happy dance. Their stuff looked amazing, people raved about it, and I was dying to get my hands on some Belly Support Leggings. I was lucky enough to also try out the UnderBust Belly Support Tank and holy-game-changer.

Don’t freak out–but you’re gonna see my sports bra. I know, I know. I thought the under bust thing would be super weird and uncomfortable, but it is totally the opposite, in fact it lifts and perks the girls up in a way that’s actually quite flattering (when I’m wearing a normal bra). Obviously, you wear this little gem underneath your clothing…This sucker has a built in support band that helps my back issues significantly. I used this while we traveled the coast and walked all those miles, and I truly think it’s one of the reasons I survived”

We love hearing your experiences and how our supportwear has helped!  Leave a comment below – we’d love to hear your story!

Read more from Katie on her blog  Loves of Life 

Shop BLANQI:

Maternity Underbust Belly Support Tank (Featured in this article)
Maternity Belly Support Tanktop
Maternity Built-in Support BellyBand
Maternity Belly Support Leggings