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5 Qs with Jennifer

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5 Qs with Jennifer

Name: Jennifer Weedon Palazzo

Neighborhood: Gramercy/Berkshires.

Occupation: Actor, Creator/Producer/Writer of MomCaveTV.com

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How would you describe your pregnant style?

For casual days, I love leggings and fitted tops that show off my bump with the coolest boots I can find. I want to still look like I have some connection to fashion! For more formal events, I love fitted dresses with a retro flair. My favorites are from PinUp Girl Clothing.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy?

My butt gets WIDE in pregnancy, so I need much larger bottoms than tops. I also found winter coats a challenge. None of mine would zip/button around my belly and it's such an expense to find a good, warm winter coat that you'll just be wearing for the short time of pregnancy.

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

This baby feels like a humongous monster compared to my first son. I felt movement months earlier and the intensity of the movements wake me up at night.

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

Dresses by PinUp Girl Clothing, H&M Jeans, and ASOS maternity online.

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

I can't wait to take her to see her first Broadway show.

Jennifer is wearing:

Dress: ASOS (Similar Style)

Photography by Karilyn Sanders Photography

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

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