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5 Qs with Jenny
Name: Jennifer Saranow Schultz Neighborhood: San Francisco, CA Occupation: Founder of HintMama.com Baby’s Sex: Boy How would you describe your pregnant style? Fashionably frugal. I’m nearly nine months into my second pregnancy, and I’ve barely bought any new maternity clothes this time around (with the exception of a basic black maternity skirt and two maternity tankinis from budget-friendly Old Navy). Instead of updating my wardrobe, I’m making use what’s in my closet. I wear the few maternity styles I bought last time around, when I made an effort to only buy maternity wear that I could also wear post-pregnancy, as well as the maternity hand-me-downs I was lucky enough to receive during my first pregnancy. You’ll also often find me wearing pre-pregnancy dresses that still fit over my bump. (I’m thankful that many of the non-maternity dresses I’ve bought in recent few years have been boxy, wrap, loose or empire-waist styles). For my day job, I simply throw a non-maternity blazer over my dress, and I complete my look with flats and one of my toddler-friendly, silicone necklaces (I have a whole collection of such pieces from Chewbeads and Teething Bling, since I have a 2-year-old daughter who loves to play with whatever jewelry I’m wearing). Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? Since I still have a month and a half to go, I’m worried that my bump may outgrow the options I have in my closet. Already, some of the hand-me down maternity tops I collected during my first pregnancy have become too small. However, I’m optimistic that my dress collection will get me through the remaining weeks. So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? How fast it’s going by the second time around. What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump? During my first pregnancy, I bought a couple pairs of comfy J. Brand maternity jeans once my hair-band trick for wearing my regular jeans during pregnancy no longer worked. I love that they help me look stylish during and after pregnancy. In fact, I wore them for months post-pregnancy last time around, and I plan to do the same after number two arrives. Also worth mentioning are two non-maternity cowl neck, empire waist dresses I bought a while back at boutique Curator in San Francisco. The classic, comfortable and flattering dresses are staples in both my pregnancy and non-pregancy wardrobes. What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? We lived in New York (on the Upper West Side) before we moved to San Francisco nearly six years ago. Earlier this year, we brought our daughter to New York for the first time and visited all of our old stomping grounds. She loved it (especially all the playgrounds in Central Park and elsewhere that I had never noticed pre-kid), and I’m looking forward to bringing number two to the Big Apple in a year or two. Jenny is wearing: Dress by Theory (similar style) Jacket by Banana Republic Necklace by Teething Bling Shoes by BCBGMaxazria Photo credit: Alexandria Washburn, Parenthoods

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Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

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