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5 Qs with Jessica

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5 Qs with Jessica

Jessica Pallay

Park Slope, Brooklyn

Co-Founder of Well Rounded NY

Pregnancy #2

How do you approach pregnant style?

Maternity wear can be limiting for a NYC gal, since the largest brands in this space have to speak to a really broad audience. I try to stay true to my own sense of style, and that often means buying non-maternity brands in larger sizes and styling them in ways that are flattering for the bump. I do believe in investing in some really great maternity basics, though -- a great pair of jeans or awesome black cigarette pants are worth the price to make you feel confident and comfortable at a time when your body feels so out of whack.

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Have you had any challenges learning how to dress this new pregnant body of yours or has it been easier than you expected?

My first pregnancy was during warm weather, so I was able to wear a lot of oversized sundresses or maxis. It’s been much more challenging to find interesting maternity winter wear. There are very few items I’ve been able to reuse, even though my body is essentially the same size and shape it was the last time around.

What are your favorite maternity fashion pieces?

During pregnancy #1, Forever 21 had a maternity line, so I bought about 10 pairs of jeans for $13 each! After two pregnancies, they’re all about to fall apart, so if there’s a number #3 in my future, I’ll be devastated that Forever 21 discontinued the line. I also love a basic black stretchy dress that can be styled and layered in a million different ways, and a really luxe Vince wrap sweater that looks great with every outfit.

So far what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

How tiring it is to be pregnant when you have to chase a toddler around. My body already feels beat up and I haven’t even had this baby yet!

Do you have any fears of having a baby in the city?

I can’t imagine living anywhere else. This is the absolute best place to have young kids - the stimulation is non-stop! And the sense of camaraderie from other pregnant women and mommies makes me feel so lucky to be a part of this community.

Any advice for NYC women when it comes to pregnancy fashion?

Just go for it! Pregnancy -- and motherhood -- is all about being able to let go of control, embrace the unexpected, and try new things. Don’t have a yoga-pants-every-day pregnancy; when you look good, you feel good.

Note: Our dear Jessica gave birth to a healthy 7 lb 4 ounce girl on May 4th. This Q & A was conducted a few weeks beforehand. Congrats Jess!!!

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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

$159.99

Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

$29.99

Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

$29.99

Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

$9.99

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

$14.99

Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

$24.99

Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

$8.99

Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

$7.99


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