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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.

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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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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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