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5 Qs with Heather

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5 Qs with Heather

Name: Heather Tomoyasu

Neighborhood: Bay Ridge

Occupation: Associate NY Editor for Mommy Nearest, Blogger on US-Japan Fam, Owner of Miny Moe

Location: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Baby's sex: 2 girls!!

How would you describe your pregnant style?

This summer has been brutally hot for this preggo and I spend a majority of my days running after my toddler, so I tend to keep it very casual. Mostly fitted tank tops, jean shorts, flip flops, and when I need the extra boost, a fun statement necklace.

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

The third trimester of a twin pregnancy is quite challenging fashion-wise. By about 30 weeks I was already bigger than I was with my first child, and one by one my maternity shirts are getting too short to cover the bottom of my bump. Eeek! I refuse to go full on mumu style, so I’ve had to get creative. Empire waist dresses as shirts, that kind of thing.

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

Despite me and the twins being completely healthy so far (knock on wood), I’ve been surprised by how high risk our care providers have been treating us. In my first pregnancy, I think I had a total of three ultrasounds, but this time it’s a little bit intense! At 34 weeks I’ve already had 21 scans and they’re about to become weekly.

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

I have a couple of cute sleeveless shirts from Motherhood Maternity (same style in different colors) that are fitted, cool, and really comfy. They’ve been on heavy rotation for me since the second trimester and are some of the only shirts that are still long enough to cover my belly - hoorah!

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

I love love love the free classes at the Brooklyn libraries. I’ve been taking my son to the Bay Ridge and Fort Hamilton branch classes since he was only 3 months old, first Babies and Books and now Toddler Time. I can’t wait to introduce this tradition to my girls! It’s fun, educational, and a great way to meet other moms.

Heather is wearing:

Tank top: Liz Lange Target (Similar Style)

Skirt: Poof! (Similar Style)

Necklace: La Stella Mamma

Photography by Linda Farwell Photography

Penthouse courtesy of: Katherine Salyi / The Justin

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.


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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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