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Name: Alicia Weihl Neighborhood: BoCoCa Occupation: Physique 57 Director of Talent and Programming, Instructor, and creator of the Physique Prenatal workout video Baby’s Sex: It’s a girl! How would you describe your pregnant style? Since I spend my days in the studio at Physique 57, I basically live in workout gear. I’m very lucky since I can just roll my leggings down under my bump as the weeks pass. I always have fun overdressing my workout attire, so during pregnancy I just buy dresses and sweaters in bigger sizes and then accessorize with more substantial earrings, bracelets, and boots to balance things out. Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? Most women seem to find that they carry very differently with a boy and a girl, but I haven’t physically noticed much of a difference in comparison to when I was pregnant with my son two years ago. I am fortunate to have a great group of friends and colleagues who pass around their maternity clothes. I have a handful of well cut Lululemon tops that have literally been sported by six women since I wore them last round, and now they have returned to my closet! So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? Both this pregnancy and last I have been surprised by how strong I can continue to feel even when my bump is growing every day. I have been addicted to Physique 57 classes ever since I was introduced to the technique and started teaching there in 2008. I always take at least 3-4 classes per week on top of teaching and training, but I find that I crave that “me” time even more when pregnant. Last pregnancy my water broke at the beginning of a class! I was a few weeks early and it was so subtle that I thought that it couldn’t be, so I stayed through the thigh and seat work to get my fix before calling my doctor. What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump? With the exception of a few pairs of maternity jeans for the weekends, I always scout out non-maternity pieces that are bump-friendly. Free People and BCBG have a lot of flowy tops and dresses that work perfectly during pregnancy and that I can continue to wear after. What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? I’m very excited that my baby is due closer to spring this time as I love taking strolls with friends through Brooklyn Bridge Park. My son also made his Physique 57 debut at 2 weeks and accompanied me to several training classes weekly throughout my maternity leave. He loved the upbeat music and the attention from all of the pretty girls, and I was able to restore balance to my body and get my endorphin rush. Definitely to be repeated! Alicia is wearing: Au Lait Tank Madison Rose maternity jeans (similar style) Vera Wang boots Catherine Canino bracelet Join Alicia (and Physique 57 Master Trainer Holly Hendricks!) at Physique 57’s prenatal workshops this weekend! Get details and register here. Photographed by Desiree Walters Photography in a Soho townhouse, courtesy of Katherine Salyi / Nest Seekers.

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Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

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