5 Qs with Hitha

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5 Qs with Hitha
Name: Hitha Palepu Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen Occupation: Co-Founder & COO of Bridge2Act | Founder of Hitha On The Go Baby’s Sex: A surprise! How would you describe your pregnant style? Classic, simple, and comfortable! Pregnancy has been the best time to develop a personal uniform, which has resulted in my wardrobe consisting of skinny pants, collared shirts, sweaters, t-shirts, and great blazers. I also have a newfound love of smoking slippers and over-the-knee boots! Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? I’ve been really lucky in that my weight gain has been exclusively in my belly, allowing me to wear a good amount of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe. I embraced the Bella Band and maternity pants early on, and was able to wear a lot of my existing shirts until my third trimester. I recommend splurging on a few pairs of maternity jeans and an oversized cashmere cardigan. I’ve also been wearing my husband’s sweaters and purchased a few men’s collared shirts from Uniqlo, which fit my third trimester bump perfectly! So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? How much I do enjoy it. I had a rough first trimester, but my second and third (so far) have been really great. I’ve felt really strong and energetic. Also, never needing an excuse to order spinach artichoke dip (which I craved even pre-pregnancy) is pretty awesome. I’ve also been surprised at the strong opinions our family has on names. This baby is the first grandchild for both my parents and in-laws (and the first great-grandchild on my husband’s side!), and everyone has something to say about the names we like. Note to self - do not reveal potential names with baby #2! What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump? Leatherette maternity jeans from Citizens of Humanity. I wear mine several times a week! What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? Lots of walks along the Hudson River and the High Line, visiting our favorite restaurants. I have several girlfriends who are also due with their first child this spring and summer, so I’m excited for playdates! Hitha is wearing: Citizens of Humanity leatherette maternity jeans Uniqlo men’s slim fit shirt MM LaFleur coat (not pictured) BaubleBar necklace Michael Kors watch Photographed by Desiree Walters Photography in a Soho townhouse, courtesy of Katherine Salyi / Nest Seekers.


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    Natural Recycled 3-Ring Binder

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    Rolling 7-drawer cabinet

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    Neutral pocket chart

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    Totable fabric bins

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