The infamous "Pregnancy Glow". Any women who has been pregnant knows how coveted that pregnancy glow compliment is! Even when you feel like a total wreck or have zero energy, remember it's okay: you are growing a human! I have been very lucky to have such an easy pregnancy so far, but even with that being said, it's been rough on my body and sleep schedule. Here are some great ways to get that glow back or keep it there until baby arrives.
This has been my biggest struggle during this pregnancy, because I'm the type of person that needs my 9-10 hours of shut eye. BUT with a kicking little firecracker in me, I've lost a lot of sleep. Whether you are pregnant or not, sleep is so vital to your health and well-being. Find ways to get comfortable at night whether that include a fan, sound machine, 7 pillows, or a sleeping mask! If your schedule allows, try taking a short nap during the day to regain some energy.
Confidence Boosting Clothes
I'll be the first to admit, my body changing took it's toll on me. I would slip on a shirt that wouldn't cover my belly, or attempt to zip up a dress that fit perfectly before and almost lose my mind. It was hard to come to terms that it's not just my belly expanding, but my whole body is undergoing changes. I have relied heavily on Pink Blush Maternity not only for comfortable, well-fitting clothes, but also for confidence. They have such gorgeous pieces that don't look over the top maternity and are so on point with fashion trends. This cute little number can be found here. My absolute favorite color is teal and I felt so confident and beautiful in this outfit- which is something I have been missing for a little bit!
If you were heavily in the gym before, or a couch potato, staying active is so important to maintain that glow! I have found great prenatal yoga and exercises on youtube that make me feel so rejuvenated and regain my energy. If you aren't already, incorporate walks or simple exercises to keep your limbs stretched, as well as baby ready!
I think this may be a no brainer for most, but it's something I have to remind myself of daily! I have noticed a huge difference when I have water throughout the day and it's one of the best things you can do for you and baby. It is especially important to stay hydrated in the last trimester, but you should have a goal of drinking about 10 glasses a day. While having water is encouraged, having things that contain plenty of water too can help with your intake. Not only will staying hydrated give you that pregnancy glow, but it can also help keep swelling at bay.
This has been a huge struggle, because this old wive's tale is so true. She is stealing all of my "beauty" and I have been having breakouts and blemishes since finding out I was pregnant. I know it's not true for all, but this has put a huge damper on my overall pregnancy glow! ha I have been having to take extra care of my skin, washing it more thoroughly, using moisturizer, and making sure to remove all of my makeup at night. Taking care of your skin is so vital, through pregnancy and not, so don't skimp on the face wash! I will be having a post soon on my favorite products so stay tuned!
Have you been told you have the pregnancy glow? I would love to hear how you are thriving through pregnancy, share your tips mamas! I hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. I am spending the weekend in Utah with family and we will also be having a baby shower which is super exciting.
This spring has been so revolutionary fashion wise! So many great trends, both old and new, have emerged and I'm all about it. I have been inspired by so many current trends: and these are styles you don't want to miss out on.
Cold Shoulder Tops
The cold shoulder trend is so fun and can be found in dresses, rompers, and tops. I love the look of the shoulder cut out and I found this adorable top that has some ruffle accents to it as well.
Pink Blush to the rescue, as always! I have been avoiding wearing shirts because I only have a select few that cover my belly and don't look like crop tops. It's been a struggle covering this beachball you guys (mamas understand!). I have seen the cold shoulder trend all over the internet and in public, and I wanted in on it.
This is a fun spring trend that can be easily transformed into any personal style.
You can shop this top here: Ivory Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top
Previously, dainty simple earrings were the must have, but statement earrings are making a huge comeback this spring! I love these tassel ones that provide an extra flair to any spring look, and also are super fun and eye catching! Adding a set of in-your-face earrings will turn some heads this season.
Bold colors and prints are back and I am so happy about it! Even with this being a trend and can be easily overwhelming, incorporating this style in a subtle way will go very far in your looks you put together! I have striped, colorful sandals that aren't overpowering and at the same time are very spring and cheerful.
Going hand in hand with dainty, small jewelry being the high demand, long necklaces will ensure you fit in this season! I love this one in particular because it ties in with my tassel earrings, but isn't too matchy. Adding a long necklace will draw the eye in and you'll be fashion forward: win win!
What spring trend are you most excited for?! I have been loving shopping lately and can't wait to buy more clothes that not only are cute and on trend, but will also fit these next few months!
So I am basically smuggling a small watermelon at this point. I am 24 weeks (in normal people terms, 6 months) along and I am just getting bigger and bigger! I have been loving flowy, loose clothing for this pregnancy not only because it looks cute with the bump, but also for major comfort! We just had a doctor's appointment yesterday and she is weighing at a whopping one pound nine ounces. During our first anatomy scan, it was hard for the technician to see a few things so they had us do a redo... Which I'm totally okay with because that means we got to walk away with more pictures of baby girl and see her precious face!
I am loving every second of this pregnancy and I feel like my outfits are so much cuter now as crazy as that sounds. I adore the look of graphic tees paired with flowy, maxi skirts it has the perfect balance of care-free yet put togetherness I love. Also tying shirts up over the belly is a helpful way to show you are pregnant and not like you just ate a few too many slices of pizza. (Totally did, but now I have an excuse!)
Also, I never thought I would be able to find a romper fit this belly! I love rompers for the summertime and I'm so happy I found one that has plenty of room to grow. J and I had a date night to celebrate me finishing my Pharmacy Technician program. I love getting dressed up for our date nights together, and throwing on a printed romper is an easy way to look cute with minimal effort.
My current cravings are: water (yes, still iced cold!), applesauce, Cran Grape juice, milk, and chocolate. I've gained 15 pounds since getting pregnant, which totally makes sense because I'm so weak when it comes to eating! haha The nurse wasn't worried and said I am gaining a perfect amount, but still future Amy is cursing me now for all the sweets I'll have to work off.
Bracelets: Target, Kohls, and Macy's
Lipstick: Mac "Viva Glam Miley"
While I have been on a maternity clothing high, I also wanted to invest in some great summer pieces I can wear pregnant or not! I am loving the current fashion trends, and didn't want to miss out on snagging a few for this summer and the years to come!
My husband and I just started a new budget plan and part of that plan is we only get a certain amount a month to spend on clothing. I made an order on Tobi after falling in love with this dress and ended up adding a few other pieces to my cart (they will be featured soon!). Y'all, their website is so hard to resist and I stayed on budget! I love how youthful and on trend everything is, I tend to dress boring sometimes so I'm excited to add some spice to my closet.
I love this dress because I feel so comfy and it's been challenging lately to fit into my normal clothing with this bump! This past Sunday I almost lost it after not being able to fit into my dress for church, I literally almost had a Hulk moment. This shift dress has so much room in it and it doesn't lift up in the front which is a major plus in my book!
I'm not sure why, but I have been feeling very boho in these past few months, and I'll be honest I'm not complaining. It's probably mainly due to me getting hotter easier and not wanting restricting clothes. Flowy, floral pieces have been my jam! I was kind of down about being pregnant during the heat of summer, but now I'm excited because I have found some great pieces that I can implement and stay fashionable and cool.
You know when you stalk your mailman because you are ever so patiently waiting for your package to come in? Literally me. From the second I ordered this dress from Shop Pink Blush, I immediately went to my closet and started figuring out how I wanted to style it! Y'all know I am a huge Shop Pink Blush fan, especially with their maternity clothing! I am so happy to announce I was invited to be a style ambassador for them, which means a ton of cute looks will be coming your way.
Dress: Shop Pink Blush Maternity | Shoes: H&M | Purse: bought in New York City | Necklace: gift
I can't wait to wear this dress to church and it is surprisingly stretchy, so I know I'll get use out of it for the entire pregnancy! It makes my bump look so cute and I love that it accentuates it, without looking too tight and like I'm bursting in it. Their maternity dresses are always such great quality and the perfect length. And y'all... This color is unreal. I love the lavender color, it is so perfect for spring!
This weekend we will be working more on little one's nursery and I'm so excited! Last weekend we painted the walls so I'm excited to work on it more. We also are going to be attending a Rockies game which will be a lot of fun! I'm excited to be getting out more with the weather warming up and attend fun summer activities.
I have so many fun blog posts coming soon and I can't wait for them to be published! I have really enjoyed making motherhood and pregnancy related posts, but I have some amazing military related ones you don't want to miss.
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