Mitalee Christman's Pregnancy Style

Name: Mitalee Christman

Neighborhood: Union Square, NYC

Occupation: Dermatology Resident

Baby's sex: It’s a boy!

How would you describe your pregnant style? During this pregnancy, I tried to buy as few clothes as possible. The cupcake and bow styles favored by most maternity stores just didn't appeal. I'm happiest in black! So, the only clothing I did not return was from Storq. They have great basics that flatter and are opaque, seamless and soft to touch. Their maternity/nursing bra, leggings and this dress got me through my whole pregnancy, and I plan to wear their kaftan home from the hospital.

One item of clothing I wish I purchased before I needed it was the Blanqi support tank. It was sold out when I needed it most for back and belly support — all musts for the third trimester! I supplemented these basics with the Le Tote Maternity rental box. The quality is variable, but it did the trick for season-and-work appropriate clothing that I don’t fancy clogging my closet once baby is here.

Being a dermatologist, another great maternity staple for me are compression hose. They take some time to pull on, especially as my bump grows, but they limit the leg swelling that can lead to lower leg uglies like varicose veins and spider veins. For me, they also lessen the lightheadedness that can come with hours of standing at work. My favorite brands were Solidea for over-bump maternity hose, Rejuva Health for knee high compression socks to wear with scrubs, and Therafirm knee high sheers to wear on the days I was running late and just needed to get out the door.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? The biggest challenge has been pulling on my compression hose each morning. And the ever-evolving bra size!

So far, what has surprised you most during this pregnancy? I didn't realize how much being pregnant would make me appreciate my own mother. All these dreams I have for my child, she had for me. All the heartburn, all the rolls and kicks, she felt from me! It’s wild that humanity has continued this way. Everything about this pregnancy feels so specific to me yet it is the most universal experience.

I didn't realize how much you could love a person you haven’t met yet. I get googly eyed looking at my ultrasound photos. I can’t wait to meet our little man! And, although I’d read about it in textbooks, I didn't realize the extent to which all my skin folds would darken. It’s a common finding in pregnancy in my skin type, and the hyperpigmentation is something I will have to work on once he is out!

What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? I was an avid reader as a child. My mom will tell you how I used to read aloud to our kindergarten class. So I'm looking forward to story time, but I really can't wait for the first time my little guy reads me a book! Plus, of course: late night cuddles. Every derm has to love skin-to-skin!

What's your top 5 registry essentials?

Kiinde breast milk storage twist gift set

Blessed nest nursing pillow

Uppababy Vista stroller

Solly Baby Wrap carrier

Jonathan Adler sensory gym

Mitalee is wearing:

Blanqi support tank

Storq dress

Everlane loafer

Coolibar hat

Photographer: Abbie W. Anderson

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Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.

This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

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