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First Ever Nursing Leggings // “These are a postpartum dream ladies, swearsies.”

“We made our first big venture out of the house today and it was both kind of crazy AND not as bad as I thought it would be 😁 

I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m slowly getting the hang of this 3 kids thing… 

Oh, and it’s entirely embarrassing how much I’ve been

wearing  these BLANQI Highwaist Postpartum + Nursing Support Leggings since I had the babe 🙈…

(I’m talking legit every day) but they are a postpartum dream ladies, swearsies.”

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“Had our first outing today at 4 days old. 💕 Our kids have been with Grandma + Grandpa Allen once we got out of the hospital so they haven’t spent that much time with their new brother! We just picked them up though, so now the fun begins 😁 Wish us luck! #outnumbered #prayforus

BLANQI Girl // Morgan Allen 

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BLANQI invented the first ever nursing legging. We get asked all the time, “What exactly IS a nursing legging??” You’ve heard of nursing tanks, but these are the gamechangers. Think a higher than normal waist with knit-in core support, that won’t roll down, which make you feel smooth, secure and supported all day long. They are the only leggings that actually go up high enough to make you feel secure and confident after having a baby and they don’t slide down off of your stomach. They are perfect for everyday wear and make breastfeeding or pumping a whole lot easier.

Support tip: Just lift up shirt, breastfeed your babe (or pump!!) and your tummy stays covered. #gamechanger

Perfect for Postpartum // C-section Recovery // Easy Breastfeeding // Motherhood

These are the leggings that will give you life. How can something so simple be so life-changing? It’s because they are the true hybrid legging for the hybrid mom. They do double duty from baby’s day in to girl’s night out. Switch tops and you’re out the door.

(Since, let’s be honest, none of your girlfriend mamas showered either. 😉)

 

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6 BLANQI Approved Ways to Live in Leggings ∞

The holidays are HERE! When you already have a million things to do, getting dressed can feel like a chore. To help inspire your vibe, we’re rounding up our the best BLANQI Girl style. Check out looks from Kristina B, Sophia Johnson of Cultivate Motherhood, Made Over By Mandy, Anna Dille Cobbs and Lindsay White.

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Mandy of Made Over By Mandy in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings and a classic YSL cross body

We’re on board with Mandy‘s all rosegold everything approach to secure support style while living in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings. Shop our Black Friday event now to stock up on her style at 50% off before anyone else!

That mama-to-be-glow though on Lindsay White of lot801 in BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings

That mama-to-be-glow though on Lindsay White of lot801 in BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings

Lindsay is counting the days until the newest addition is here! BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings are perfectly balanced, breathable fabric – not too thick and not too thin, keeping mama-to-be in cool comfort.  Seamless for a smooth and fashionable fit and all with our patented built-in belly lift and support band. Unsure of your size? We’ve got you covered with our handy sizing guide.

Life is good when you're carefree like Kristina B. Security guaranteed in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings

Life is good when you’re carefree like Kristina B. Security guaranteed in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings

Stay cool, dry, and comfortable. High-performance yarns put in the work for you, wicking away moisture! 💦

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It’s holiday party season and Anna Dille Cobbs demonstrates how to style your BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings for the occasion

Anna is chic-of-the-week. Take her cue and start with your tried-and-true BLANQI Highwaist Support leggings and layer pastel picks with feminine details for maximum impact.

 

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Rebecca Swiss knows a thing or two about support style in BLANQI

Rebecca is a BLANQI girl through and through. Her Instagram is one of our fave’s. Give her a follow and she’ll inspire on the daily.

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If you look up BLANQI girl style in the dictionary, you’ll find Sophia Johnson of Cultivate Motherhood.

Steal her BLANQI Support Style in our Black Friday Pre-Access sale, on now!

Natalie of the popular blog At Home with Natalie and her crew
Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

At Home With Natalie 💁🏻| A BLANQI Style Story

Natalie wears BLANQI

Natalie wears BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings as part of a self-proclaimed uniform

We admit, grab-and-go is often our strategy as we get dressed in the morning. Therefore, we’re strong proponents of uniform dressing. It’s an easy philosophy: stack your closet with your most tried-and-true essentials and switch up accessories to solidify your vibe for the day. Natalie of At Home with Natalie demonstrates.

BLANQI Co-Founder, Valerie Darragh with sister Natalie, both in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings

BLANQI Co-Founder, Valerie Darragh with sister Natalie, both in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings

Smart style runs in the family. Sisters Valerie and Natalie both put their spin on BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings and keep them on heavy rotation to support their busy entrepreneurial mama lifestyles. Amongst chasing work emails and eight little ones between the two of them, they know a thing or two about multitasking.

Kid tested, Natalie approved. Natalie stays on-the-go in BLANQI Highwaisted Support Leggings

Kid tested, Natalie approved. Natalie stays on-the-go in BLANQI Highwaisted Support Leggings

“Comfy but cute is my wardrobe theme these days! These are staple items in my wardrobe and… you guys NEED them!!”

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Keep it classic and stay supported in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings

Steal Natalie’s BLANQI Support Style now, with exclusive Pre-Access to our BLANQI Black Friday Sale. Our leggings are 50% OFF, but only for a limited time. Stock up, stay supported, and join the gang of BLANQI Girls who know what support style is all about.

Click the link toSHOP NOW, before it’s too late: SHOP BLANQI BLACK FRIDAY

Melissa Cole of Ella Brooks Blog is a BLANQI Girl on the daily
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That effortless thing. Melissa Cole stays supported in our Highwaist Support Legggings.

That effortless thing. Melissa Cole stays supported in our Highwaist Support Legggings.

We’re all about fall. 🍂 Melissa Cole of Ella Brooks Blog stays cozy and confident on the daily in our BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings layered with the perfect white tank and a little lace detail.

“I came across BLANQI leggings when I was pregnant and they became my saving grace.”

 

Baby Jude steals the show and BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings stay no-show!

Baby Jude steals the show and BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings stay no-show!

Her babe, Jude is cleary her best accessory (that smile, though!). He keeps her on the move and our highwaist support keeps her cool under pressure.

“I ended up with at least two or three pairs and wore them basically everyday during and after my pregnancy.”

Secure comfort from all angles. Steal her style before anyone else in our Annual Black Friday Pre-Access Sale!

Secure comfort from all angles. Never see-through and never out of style, our premium yarns make all the difference.

 

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9 BLANQI Girl-Approved Ways to Style Highwaist and Maternity Support Leggings

We forever inspired by how you’re styling your BLANQI leggings on Instagram, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite looks from the likes of @mommy.diary, @blackwhiteandbrunette, @irinabond, @whatlolalikes, @bahlbabies, and @athomewithnatalie.

"This fall I'm especially loving this highwaist support leggings from @blanqigirls that keeps my postpartum tummy tight. Pair this with my current favorite #MotherhoodIsMyMuse tee." - Angela Kim, mommydiary.com

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“This fall I’m especially loving these highwaist support leggings from BLANQI that keeps my postpartum tummy tight. Pair this with my current favorite #MotherhoodIsMyMuse tee.” – Angela Kim, mommydiary.com

Maddie of Black, White and Brunette keeps it chill and casual in BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings and monochrome Nike's.

Maddie, @blackwhiteandbrunette

Maddie of Black, White and Brunette keeps it chill and casual in BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings and monochrome Nike’s.

Irina Bond starts with a secure foundation in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings, paired with a classic denim jacket and the ultimate little black Chanel bag.

Lola knows a thing about Instagram walls and ultimate support in our BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings paired with our Maternity Belly Support Tank.

A classic moto jacket makes a statement when paired with BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings and statement shades.

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A classic moto jacket makes a statement when paired with BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings and statement shades.

Elexis Lyn

Elexis Lyn, @bahlbabies

Elexis Lyn stays all smiles in BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings and her best accessory, her little one.

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Comfort is Queen when you’re going from workout to playdate and everywhere in between. Stay strong and secure in BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings and a pair of bright white kicks.

Natalie keeps it classic in an oversized oxford, BLANQI Highwaist Support Leggings, and a classic cap-toe ballet flat.

 

Morgan Hutchinson of Shop Buru gives us her best unicorn in BLANQI Maternity Support Leggings
Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

BLANQI Best Of: Halloween Edition 🎃

Long after the sugar highs and mini masked meltdowns have faded, our happiest Halloween memories stay with us, and we loved seeing your creative costumed style. Here’s a round-up of our favorite BLANQI-clad crusaders who have more than enough imagination and a perfect dash of creative comfort.

Shop BURU's Morgan Hutchinson takes a chic and comfortable approach

@shopburu takes a chic and comfortable approach in our Maternity Belly Support Leggings

@pvega takes a bite out of crime and pregnancy discomfort

@pvega takes a bite out of crime and pregnancy discomfort

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@lindseyloo912 is a cat (duh) that knows a thing or two about all-day-comfort

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Motherhood is the muse of nursing Sugar Skull, @keilalleist

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@shopburu, back at it again committing carbicide without compromising comfort or support for her bump

 

Always share your BLANQI love with us on Instagram with #BLANQI and #MotherhoodIsMyMuse!

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Motherhood Is My Muse // BLANQI Girls + Friends Giveaway

Sabina and I are so excited to share this Motherhood Is My Muse Giveaway with you that features some our favorite brand friends of BLANQI. A true friend is someone who makes your life better, and these brands are just that. Motherhood is equally amazing and exhausting, and we need all the support we can get at times! I couldn’t get through some days without the support of my best friend Sabina- and the same could be said for these products in this giveaway!!

Lily is my little side-kick. She would be permanently attached to my hip if I caved in, so the DockaTot has been a lifesaver. She snuggles right up and it’s easy to nurse her to sleep in it. It’s great for traveling (I clip the end of it on the back of our carryon luggage), so she can nap really wherever, whenever.

A certain brand of diapers- that will remain nameless- was picked up by my husband on that weekly trip to the store after realizing at say, 10pm that we had just used the last diaper. (You would think after 4 kids we would have that diaper inventory thing down, but it never fails that we run out at the worst timing.) After using this nameless brand of diapers, I discovered Lily had all these little gel crystals on her bum. Mom panic kicked in. I started researching every diaper company available and discovered Parasol Co.

They are thinner, softer and SAFE diapers. The fashion stylist in me loves the commissioned designs peaking out from under Lily’s dresses (no need for a diaper cover to cover-up the licensed characters) and I like supporting a brand that is run by a busy mom of three. AND this is the no-brainer….they deliver. I can order them online easier than a pizza. You pick out your delivery frequency, choose the size and a pattern…and presto.. diapers arrive at your front door, no midnight hubby run required.

At BLANQI we are all about support. Our line of high-tech style and built-in support styles were designed with real life and real bodies in mind- for before pregnancy, during and forever after. We were inspired by motherhood and how it has influenced our own life, that we designed our Motherhood Is My Muse tunic tee to spread that support with all mothers living that life with us.

I wear it all the time with skinny jeans and our Postpartum + Nursing Highwaist Support Leggings, especially when I know I’m going to have to breastfeed Lily, because it’s loose enough to pull up and nurse easy out in public. But, when I want to elevate my mom style to comfortable and chic, I am obsessed with the tee and tulle skirt look. My 3yo Violette think it’s fun to see me look “fancy”, which is something I want them to have as a memory of their mother as well- that mom doesn’t always have a messy top knot and sneakers on, haha. This peach skirt is from Garderobe, all handmade and so fancyyyy!!!

 

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Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

Working Out While Pregnant – 10 Dos and Don’ts Before Hitting the Pavement

So you’ve got a bun in the oven and are wondering about working out while pregnant. You can still keep in shape by running during your pregnancy … even if it’s a different shape!

First, let’s take a minute to talk about the perks of a fit pregnancy. Not only does it make you feel better and help you gear up for labor, it brings a raft of other benefits as well, such as:

  • Lower risk of gestational diabetes
  • Stronger core, helpful in speeding up labor
  • More energy
  • Reduced back pain and constipation
  • A healthier baby

Having said that, there are still a few factors you need to take into consideration before hitting the pavement. Below, we’ll talk five DOS and five DON’TS when it comes to an active pregnancy. That way, you can feel your best and keep your growing babe hearty without compromising your health or safety. Let’s do this.

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  1. Consult Your Doctor

As with everything else in pregnancy, you should consult your doctor, midwife or health provider. They’ll be able to tell you whether an exercise is safe not only for pregnant women in general, but for your pregnancy in particular. There may be special risk factors associated with your baby, and you should always take those into account before starting or continuing an exercise regimen.

Note that even if your doctor tells you that you can do something such as run, that doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea. If something is painful, uncomfortable, unpleasant or simply doesn’t feel right, stop right away until you’ve seen your medical provider.

  1. Get Proper Nutrition

It’s crucial that you get proper nutrition while working out, because exercise can be especially depleting during pregnancy. This means eating healthy, well-rounded meals and taking prenatal vitamins to supplement your diet. Always eat plenty of protein right after you run, as well as an hour or two before you work out.

  1. Support Your Body with Supportwear

Never forget to wear supportive shoes when running; your feet are dealing with enough right now. Also, wear a support tank that keeps your growing belly and breasts in place. Check out the BLANQI Maternity Belly Support Tanktop which offers tons of support, and was suggested by Women’s Running as a great replacement to uncomfortable, chafing support belts made of Velcro and plastic. It’s patented built-in support eases the pains and strains of pregnancy, so totally worth the investment- you’ll wear it everyday.

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  1. Stay Hydrated

Getting enough water is crucial in pregnancy, because the baby uses so much. Dehydration can lead to poor outcomes for you and the little one, including neural tube defects, premature pregnancy and low breast milk production later. Keep your system and the baby’s amniotic sac flushed by drinking lots of H2O.

  1. Pick a Flat Surface

Running on uneven surfaces increases your chance of a fall, which can hurt both you and the baby. Instead, choose flat surfaces such as tracks, sidewalks or gravel trails. Alternatively, you can choose low-impact alternatives such as water running (which studies have shown to be better for people with compromised joints or fast-paced walking.

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DON’T

  1. Don’t Start Running While Pregnant If You Didn’t Run Before

It’s very, very important that you don’t start running during pregnancy if you weren’t a runner before. Pregnancy brings many changes in your body, including a loosening of joints due to the hormone relaxin, and vigorous exercise to which you are unaccustomed can do more harm than good. Therefore, this is not the time to start a new regimen or train for that marathon you always dreamed of. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it ever; just don’t do it now.

  1. Don’t Try to Set a New Record

Like the above tip emphasizes, this isn’t the time to try something new or hit your most intense goals. Although it’s always important to listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself too hard – which can lead to injury – this is especially important in pregnancy. Your body already has to adjust to new demands on muscles, joints and bones in the form of extra weight. Don’t add extra impact as well.

You can, however, push yourself in other, safer ways. If you’re still craving movement, go for longer walks. If you want to engage in intense cardio more often, try high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on an elliptical. This allows you to get your sweat on without harming your joints. Again, though, get a doctor’s approval before jumping on.

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  1. Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs

If anything seems wrong, that could mean it is, so don’t ignore it. Vaginal bleeding, dizziness, headaches or chest pains shouldn’t be taken lightly. Instead, stop immediately and consult your healthcare provider. Do not begin any form of exercise again until you have been cleared by your doctor, midwife or other provider, because it might not be safe for you or the baby.

  1. Don’t Overheat

Getting too hot can lead to neural tube defects, which can in turn result in major birth defects. Avoid this by staying hydrated and staying out of the sun on hot summer days. Exercise gently, so that you don’t get too hot, and take cool showers afterwards.

 

  1. Don’t Be Hard On Yourself!

The last and most important tip is don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that you’re growing a life and that’s a really tough, demanding, important job. It is, moreover, a job that doesn’t last very long, so it’s worth doing it right while it’s happening. The best way to avoid beating yourself up is to refuse to focus on what you used to be able to do, and instead focus on what you can do now. Atta girl.

Running while pregnant is a great way to stay in shape and ensure you and your baby are the healthiest you can be. Just make sure that you’re prepared for the load you’re putting on your body, and you’ll be fine. Ready … set … go!

 

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Check out the complete range of BLANQI Supportwear styles with built-in support for a fit pregnancy!

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The skinny on my skin – pregnancy and postpartum skin care guide // guest post

The Skinny on My Skin

By Jen Adams, Guest Blogger & Lifestyle Instagrammer

“She’s got that glow!” was not one of the things I heard when pregnant. (Chuckle, chuckle!) I’m ok with that though because why? Well, Friends, my lack of radiance helped motivate me to learn how to truly care for my skin. Yay! The whole gamut of acne, melasma (the infamous mask of pregnancy), dry skin patches, milia, cystic nodules and all had me at a loss. Naturally, I consulted Google for all my skin care needs and of course found a zillion articles promising to be my quick fix. It was just a wee bit overwhelming. However, if I could hug Google I would because it ultimately introduced me to my most amazing skin guru, Jennifer Jungkunz. I have learned a lot from her and my gratitude runs more than skin deep! I know that everyone’s body is different; however, for whatever it’s worth, I am happy to dish on what has helped me in the event it can help you too! I’ll lay out my personal “recipe” for skin happiness here in four categories: exercise, diet, professional treatments and at home care.

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Exercise

I LOVE exercising! This has worked to my advantage because I’m a foodie…and because my skin needs it. When we exercise, tiny arteries in the skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface. Since blood carries oxygen and nutrients, this process helps repair damage and flush away waste. The mere act of sweating opens up our pores to let the sweat pass through, creating a passage for impurities to leave too. To prevent the impurities from getting trapped, wash your skin immediately after your fitness routine and put on clean clothes. I definitely find that if I don’t rinse off and change out of my gym clothes pronto, I break out! Don’t make my same mistakes dear ones! I’m rooting for you and your healthy skin!!

Diet

Before pregnancy, I discovered I had developed some food allergies. Long story short, I eat gluten free always, paleo sometimes and as clean and organic as possible. Wild salmon, chicken, turkey, tons of veggies, nuts, cheese, brown rice, quinoa and chocolate make up the majority of me- since they say you are what you eat! Haha! It’s no secret that food impacts our health and our skin. Jen helped me to identify that I should cut back on some of my cheese intake, since its consumption seems correlated to my cystic acne. I don’t know if you struggle with cystic acne, but if you do, I feel your pain! Literally. I know how much they hurt! I’ve never kept a food journal, but it might be worthwhile if you’re trying to detect correlations between your meals and your skin!

Professional Treatments

I’m all for taking your health into your hands and doing the best with what you have. I’m also all for consulting help when it’s needed! I used to think of facials as a mere luxury, but that perception of mine has long been changed. Yes, booking a facial can be done merely for the relaxation and pampering alone. However, I book mine out of necessity. Finding an esthetician who properly evaluates and treats my skin has been THE biggest and most successful part of my skin “recipe”. Hands down. Each time I go in for an appointment, Jen tailors the treatment to my skin, so treatments vary depending on skin status due to hormones, environment, stress…you name it! She knows exactly how to properly extract, help prevent further inflammation and scarring, soothe, resurface, smooth, hydrate, and heal. She also referred me to the products that work best for me. The cosmetic industry is saturated. This can make things a tad confusing. So, I’m going to share with you the products that have truly made a difference for me, and that are safe to use while pregnant or nursing!! My top two go-to skin care lines are: Yonka and PCA Skin.

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Yonka Emulsion Pure: This is by far my favorite and most reliable skin solution!! It works wonders on those painful, cystic acne nodules and it works best when you feel one just starting to develop. I tear pieces off of a cotton facial pad and soak it with the Emulsion Pure. Then, I place it directly on the problem area of skin. Let’s be honest, a face full of cotton patches isn’t always the most practical throughout the day, so I often do this at night right before bed and sleep with it all on! You can also use this Emulsion Pure to wipe over areas that have recently been extracted to help prevent further inflammation.

Yonka Gurarana Scrub: This is the only scrub I use, and I use it as directed by my esthetician. Depending on the state of my skin, I may use it only once a week, or several times a week. A professional who can evaluate your skin will be able to recommend ideal usage for you (provided they think this is a good product for you)!

Yokna Gommage 303: This is a clarify gel that can be applied as a quick mask and then gently washed off with a wash cloth. Sometimes when my skin is going through an extra thirsty phase and seems to break out with my usual moisturizers, I use this Gommage as an overnight mask, which really helps hydrate my face!

Yonka Creme 15: When my skin seems to need a light moisturizer, this is it! It helps to purify and replenish!

Yonka Creme 93: When my skin needs a little more intensive hydration, this moisturizer does the trick!

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PCA Skin ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum: This little bottle rescues my fine lines!! I use this serum around my eyes, my smile lines, and on my forehead. It helps fill in those little wrinkles! For me, it makes such a big difference! I apply this every time after washing my face and before putting on my war paint (aka make-up…my grandma got me into saying this).

PCA Skin Peptide Lip Therapy: Did I mention that I’m also prone to eczema? Yup, around my eyes and lips. It used to get so bad that my skin would crack and bleed. Finding a moisturizer that didn’t make me want to scratch at my lips and that would last throughout the day was a challenge. Insert this lip treasure here!! I wear it under lipstick, lip gloss and most often by itself!

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser: Quality products don’t need to come with an expensive price tag. I get this cleanser at the local drug store! For me that’s CVS!

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Sunscreen: I don’t have a specific sunscreen I recommend, but I emphasize this as a part of our daily skin care routine! I use the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Crème, which has an SPF of 30.

After trying a plethora of products, these are the ones that truly help heal and maintain the health of my skin. Should these not be the ones that work best for you, I encourage you to not give up hope! But also don’t give into hype…lots of products promise to help. Before shelling out your hard earned money, you can do your own research to read up on reviews, ingredient lists, etc. Consulting a skin care expert will help guide you to what your skin likes best! Jen had lots of samples for me to use to make sure they worked for me before I actually made the purchases!

At Home Care

I’ve learned that my at home skin routine in between facial appointments is imperative! If I don’t follow through, I usually end up with more breakouts and loss of hydration, which Jen ends up needing to address at the next appointment! I have been prescribed to wash my face every night before bed with my CeraVe face wash and then apply the appropriate solutions. In the morning, I usually just splash water on my face. A little personal side note, my most favorite eye makeup remover is organic coconut oil. Before I wash my face at the end of the day, I remove my eye makeup with this au natural, tropical nutrient. I scoop out a little bit of coconut oil on a Q-tip and apply all over my eye makeup. I gently use my finger to help work the oil through my lashes and use a dry facial pad to softly wipe away the gooey mix. Sometimes I need to do a couple rounds of this, depending on how much make up I’m wearing and how dark the colors are. I’ve never had a break out from using coconut oil this way, just in case you’re wondering!

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The struggle is real, Beautifuls. I know the skin care challenges that can come with the physiological changes of motherhood! If you think your skin could benefit with a little help, I’m rooting for you throughout your epidermis adventures!!  Below is a little Q & A between Jen (my esthetician)  Her website is www.sdfacial.com

Cheers to you and getting your glow on! Even if that means helping it out along the way!! XOXO!

Q: What are some of the most common skin problems pregnant and nursing moms experience?

A: When a client is pregnant, nursing, and transitioning out of nursing there are many hormonal changes that happen within the body. Any time hormones are changing you can deal with pigmentation, sun sensitive, acne, dry, dull, and hypersensitive skin.

Q: What can be done to help prevent those problems?

A: One of the best preventions is to see your esthetician on a monthly basis to assess the skin changes you are experiencing. The hormones fluctuate so often that changes may need to be made monthly. If facials monthly are not an option I recommend seeing a professional in the beginning to get an idea of the best homecare routine to follow. Also, many products and treatments are not recommended during pregnancy. Speaking with your OBGYN will be vital in the beginning.

Q: What are the top skincare products you recommend that are safe to use while pregnant or nursing?

A: For pregnancy there are a few products that I see as vital. 1.) A quality antioxidant that is safe for pregnancy. 2.) A mineral based sunscreen. You do not want any chemical sunscreens on the skin. 3.) Acne products that have been screened and given the clear from your OBGYN. I like to use the Yonka skincare line for pregnant clients that are having breakout issues as they’re safe!

Q: If seeing an esthetician on a regular basis as possible, how frequent should the appointments been made?

A: Ideally I would recommend once a month for facials. Since the skin is supposed to turn over every 28 days, but as we age this process slows down significantly. A facial will allow the skin to rejuvenate at an appropriate interval.

Q: If there is one product that could be splurged on, what would you recommend for the mamas of the world and why?

A: I would splurge on a high quality Antioxidant. My favorite is the SkinCeuticals Phloretin. As an antioxidant it helps to treat free radicals. It is also known to decrease hyper pigmentation and increase cell turnover. Making it a great overall product no matter which skin condition a client is dealing with.

 

Jen Adams is a lifestyle enthusiast, passionate about designing the interior of her world and encouraging others! Her focus is on fashion and family filtered through a perspective of healthy living and abounding joy. She resides in southern California with her Prince Charming and two marvelous wee people, who keep her on her toes (as do her heels, hehe!).  Make yourself at home on Jen’s Instagram feed (@interiordesignerella) Message her anytime! She can’t wait to meet you. Cheers to designing and living out your happily ever after!

 

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Before Pregnancy, During and Forever After

10 Amazing Ways to Get Better Sleep During Pregnancy

Sleeping during pregnancy can be a bit of a challenge. Your body is a different shape almost every day, it seems, while your breathing, digestion and circulation all feel like a struggle. With back pain, shortness of breath and heartburn all wreaking havoc with your system, it can sometimes feel like you never sleep well at all. You deserve better. Here are 10 amazing tricks to help you turn that pattern around and start getting the better sleep you deserve during pregnancy.

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1. Try Different Sleep Positions

The truth is, it just isn’t possible to sleep the way you used to. If you’re a stomach sleeper, for instance, pregnancy may feel like a bit of a bummer. If you’re used to sleeping on your back, your belly will make it hard to breathe sooner rather than later. Instead of mourning this temporary loss of comfort, work with your new body by trying new positions. Sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs and another underneath your belly, if necessary. It’s even better to sleep on your left side, which increases blood flow to baby and placenta.

2. Support Your Belly with A Pregnancy Pillow

If sleeping with regular pillows just doesn’t cut it, you can also try a pregnancy pillow. They provide both back and belly support, and come in cute patterns and easy-to-use shapes. Place them in your bed, then fit your body around them. This will lessen back and joint pain during sleep and allow you to sleep more deeply.

3. Eat Nutritious Foods

Eating well is one of the best ways to sleep well when you’re pregnant (and, honestly, all the time). Protein-rich foods like poultry, eggs, dairy and peanut butter contain tryptophan, which helps you fall and stay asleep. Leafy greens and iron-rich vegetables fill you up and give your body the nutrients it needs to feed your baby and keep your joints healthy and pain-free.  Need some additional tips?  Check out these great dos and don’ts of pregnancy nutrition by best-selling author Frances Largeman-Roth.

4. Don’t Lie Down Right After Eating

Unfortunately, while eating often makes pregnant women tired, it’s not a good idea to go right to sleep after a meal. If you do, you run the risk of getting acid reflux and having to urinate. Instead, give yourself time to digest for at least two hours before lying down. This will help your body process the food you’ve eaten, and will also prevent you from needing to get right back up. If you find you have to have a snack before bed, try eating something you know doesn’t lead to heartburn or peeing, like peanut butter or yogurt.

5. Get Lots of Low-Impact Exercise

Lots of exercise can wear you out and help you sleep so much better. Keep in mind that in pregnancy, though, your joints may feel like they’re every which-a-where due to the effects of relaxin, a hormone that loosens your body up in preparation for labor and delivery. That makes it important to get only low­-impact exercise, to avoid injury or strain, especially in the run-up to your due date. Try walking and yoga for sleep-inducing effects that won’t endanger your body.

6. Wear Supportive Clothing

Supportive clothing can make all the difference in how well you sleep. For instance, you might try the BLANQI maternity suppport collection, which offers support tanktops and belly bands to help you hold up that growing tummy. These garments stretch in multiple directions while offering comfortable, seamless support. Wear them during the day to alleviate pressure and prevent hip and back pain, which will help you sleep better at night. Or, if you like sleeping in supportwear, go ahead and keep it on at night as well.

7. Don’t Drink Fluids After a Certain Time

One of the most common complaints in pregnancy is “I have to pee, like, 10 times a night! It’s so annoying!” While you’re pregnant, the baby is pressing on your bladder, so unfortunately there’s only so much you can do to limit constant urination. However, if you want to pee less, give yourself a nightly cutoff. If you go to bed at 10, you might stop drinking at 8. Experiment with what works for you, and keep in mind that too much liquid can lead to heartburn as well as excessive urination.

8. Breathing/Relaxation Techniques

Sometimes pregnancy offers a healthy dose of anxiety, never fun when you’re trying to catch some shuteye. Breathing and relaxation techniques can help. Try inhaling to a count of four, waiting a beat, then exhaling to a count of six. You can also try counting sheep or imagining your childhood home or another “happy place” in as specific detail as possible.

9. Cultivate Serenity in the Bedroom

By now you’ve probably heard the advice that your bedroom should be used only for sex and sleeping. When you watch television, work on your laptop or otherwise engage with “waking” activities, you fail to teach your body that the bedroom is for sleep. Instead, remove electronics, bright lights (clocks, power strips) and devices from your bedroom. Cultivate a serene atmosphere that will help you fall asleep quickly and reliably.

10. Nap During the Day

Believe it or not, napping during the day is a very effective way to get better sleep during pregnancy. For one thing, you may simply need more sleep to survive, so napping is a great way to make up those necessary hours. For another, when you nap, you prevent your body from getting so exhausted you can’t fall asleep at night. It’s a cruel twist of physiology, but sometimes allowing yourself to become overtired leads to insomnia. Avoid that by snoozing where possible.

Sure, sleeping in pregnancy may never be as comfortable as sleeping without a little one inside you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t substantially improve the quality of your sleep. Try these tricks to make your nights more comfortable and more effective. It’s better for you and it’s better for baby, so don’t wait!