Name: Marissa Zitka Abruzzo

Neighborhood: Bergen County, NJ

Occupation: President - Hip & Healthy Kids, LLC

Baby’s Sex: Girl!

How would you describe your pregnant style?

For me, it’s all about being comfortable and hip. I enjoy versatile pieces that I can mix and match as well as layer. I would rather spend my money on cool bump-friendly tanks and use non-maternity open-front flowy sweaters that I can wear post-pregnancy. Most of my upper body wardrobe is non-maternity, and just regular clothes one size up or in my size if it’s roomy in the belly area.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your pregnant body this time around?

This is my second pregnancy so I already had some clothes to play with, but they were circa 2010 so I had to make a few time relevant updates. During my first pregnancy, I was off doing presentations in Corporate America, so my wardrobe contained more business pieces. Now I have incorporated more skinny jeans and fun casual shirts.

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

I thought, having gone through pregnancy before, that this time would be easier. Well, this time I’ve had symptoms that I never had to contend with during my last pregnancy, all while chasing a toddler. Banking sleep ahead of this birth is not an option, and I have to be more diligent to make sure I’m getting the nutrition I need. As a Certified Health Counselor, it is important for me to have the emotional and physical nutrients I need to set this baby up for its best start in life. If I’m too tired to make it to the grocery store, I listen to my body, rest and have a solid healthy backup plan.

What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?

I have an assortment of labels in my closet, but some of my go-to items are from Label + thread, BCBG, Free People, Lucky Brand and Threads 4 Thought. Since I try to buy with post-pregnancy also in mind, I know a lot of these pieces won’t be subject to a storage container after the baby arrives, and I can continue to enjoy them.

What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

One of the greatest gifts I think we can pass on to our children is an appreciation for nature and the miracles in the world around us. We’ll definitely be touring the ‘burbs exploring nature centers, local farms and hiking trails. But I am also looking forward to taking the two little ones to the Museum of Natural History. I have fond memories learning about astronomy and prehistoric creatures, and gazing at the gorgeous rocks and minerals on display. It will be so fun to see my two children experience the amazement together.

Marissa is wearing:

BoUBoU Shawl (similar style)

Fade to Blue Denim

Enzo Angiolini Riding Boots

Photography by Desiree Walters Photography.

Shot on location at the Arlington Club.