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Pregnancy Spa “Hour”

3 beauty quickies perfect for pregnancy in NYC.

Pregnancy Spa “Hour”

The wear and tear of the daily grind can be enough to wear even the fiercest of us down. Add pregnancy and the holidays on top of that, and your physical and mental state can really take a beating. It’s nice to take a few moments to indulge in some quick beauty pick-me-ups to help revitalize our spirits when we’re at the end of our ropes. It doesn’t have to be overly expensive or fancy, just as long as it makes you feel good. And you don’t need to book a three hour massage (though if you can, go for it--that sounds freaking amazing!) to give yourself a breather from daily life and have a decent pamper. Your body and soul (and lil baby!) will thank you for it.

Here’s 3 spots where you can take a few moments for yourself, and you’ll come out feeling like a new woman.

  1. Pucker Makeup Studio.This full service makeup bar is the perfect pop-in to get your makeup done for a date-night or wedding, before a big meeting or a girls’ night, or just to feel better! They offer a full face of makeup for $60, but you can also choose to have only eye makeup or just skincare for less than that. They have a varied menu with add-ons that work for any budget and time-frame. Pucker offers a wide arrange of products, so you can specifically request natural and toxin-free (we spotted RMS! ) when you’re pregnant. The salon is a super comfortable, relaxed, and stress-free environment.

  1. Heyday. This facial studio is revolutionizing skincare. Located in Flatiron, they offer a 30 minute facial that you can extend with add-ons that are completely reasonably priced. That includes lasers, peels, scrubs— just about anything you can think of! All the products are natural, organic, and ethically made, including Naturopathica, Grown Alchemist, (which is Australian grade organic) and the Ormedic line from Image, which is gentle, organic, toxin-free and safe for your pregnancy. The peaceful and unpretentious salon comes equipped with the coolest chairs I’ve ever seen. They are completely adjustable so you can either lay flat, or as upright as you need, with five different movable parts to ensure maximum comfort depending on what stage of pregnancy you are at. This is a wonderful way to pamper your pregnancy skin that may be a bit hormonal and out of sorts, while also giving you a chance to relax and take care of yourself.

  1. Vive. This app makes it as easy as possible for you to get your blowouts. And I think we can all agree that there’s nothing better than having your hair professionally washed, am I right, ladies? When the stress of pregnancy is starting to make you feel tired and headachey, a good old fashioned shampoo can work wonders. Vive couldn’t be easier to use. You input your address into the app, along with when you want to get your blowout and they immediately schedule an appointment for you at the nearest salon. You’re charged monthly depending on the number of blowouts you want. Vive also ensures that all salons have a high standard of professionalism and use products that are high end, with an option to request products that are natural and safe for pregnancy -- my own experience at Joli Beauty Bar was absolute heaven.

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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Earth Mama: Effective, natural herbal care for mamas and babies

Founded and grown in her own garage in 2002, Earth Mama started as an operation of one, creating salves, tinctures, teas and soaps with homegrown herbs. With a deep desire to bring the healing powers of nature that have been relied on for thousands of years to as many mamas as possible, Melinda Olson's formulas quickly grew into Earth Mama Organics. Since then, the brand has remained committed to manufacturing clean, safe and effective herbal solutions for the entire journey of motherhood, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care, and even the loss of a baby.

Bravado Designs: Soothing sounds for a good night's sleep

With 28 years of serving pregnant and postpartum mamas under their belt, Bravado Designs is a true authority on the needs of changing bodies. It's true that we have them to thank for rescuing us from the uncomfortable and frumpy designs our own moms had to live with. Launched in Canada by two young mamas, they designed the first prototypes with extra leopard print fabric certain that a better bra was possible. Throughout the years they've maintained their commitment to ethical manufacturing while creating long-lasting products that truly work.

The Sill: Instagram-ready potted plants

We've long admired this female-founded brand and the brilliant mind behind it, Eliza Blank. (She even joined Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety on and episode of The Motherly Podcast!) The mission behind the business was simple: To make the process of bringing plants into your home as easy as possible, and as wonderful as the plant themselves. With their in-house, exclusively designed minimalist planters, the end result makes plant parenthood just a few clicks away.

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Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

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