Pregnant in Portland

7 pregnancy-friendly destinations in this cool Northwest city.

Pregnant in Portland

Is it just us, or does it feel like everyone you know is suddenly moving to Portland? We can’t blame them; this beautiful Northwest city is easy to navigate, filled with friendly people, and a food-lover’s dream town. Which makes it pretty perfect for pregnancy. But don’t just take our word for it! Our pregnant friend Salina Clark, photo art director at the Portland-based Hanna Andersson, recently gave us the pregnancy-friendly tour of Portland. Here are 7 places you’ve got to hit if you’re pregnant in Portland.

  1. Eating: Salt & Straw is a local ice-cream shop known for their very unique flavors. I mean, tell me ‘dill pickle sorbet’ doesn’t sound mouth watering to any of you, other pregnant ladies out there?! The kids don’t complain either when I insist upon heading over there to fulfill a never-ending pregnancy craving. Worth the wait in line.
  2. Drinking: City Grill. If you are visiting Portland for the first time, you’ll notice the big pink building in the skyline. You can’t miss it. At the top of this skyscraper is City Grill. It’s a great spot for a mid-week (mock)tail date night complete with live music and incredible views. Another great spot –and a little more trendy- is Angel Face . A little romantic and a great spot to meet up with someone you love.
  3. Pampering: Loyly. Spa days are always a treat, but when you are pregnant they can be vital! Loyly is a great local spa. I am booking a “Refresh Facial” within the next month.
  4. Relaxating: Portland Rose Garden. I tend to let stress get to me a lot easier when I’m pregnant and am constantly looking for ways to bring down my anxiousness. I’m always inspired when I take a walk through the Portland Rose Garden. Over 10,000 gorgeous, fragrant roses mixed with stunning views of downtown Portland allow for a very relaxing afternoon, always bringing me a sense of necessary calm.
  5. People-Watching: Jamison Square. This cool spot features an interactive fountain – meaning you can play in the fountain! Perfect for the kids, but even better when you’re 7 months pregnant, and your feet are swollen, and you just need a good place to cool off… and people watch!
  6. Babymooning: Hotel Lucia. Because we couldn’t get away for a proper tropical ‘babymoon’ this time around, my husband and I recently decided to take a little ‘staycation’ and spent a romantic night away at the Hotel Lucia in downtown Portland. It’s a unique hotel in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District – prime location in the city.
  7. Shopping: The Pearl District. A great place for some retail therapy is the Pearl District of Portland. There you can find some amazing local artists and shops, and it’s also home to Hanna Andersson’s flagship store. Before I started working at Hanna, I was always impressed with their philosophy of “letting kids be kids” and their impeccable standard for quality. Now that I am immersed in the brand, I am even more in awe. That being said, I will be bringing my little one home from the hospital in a Hanna organic pima cotton sleeper. Hanna also launched their maternity line last fall (perfect timing for me!), and I have been living in the Hanna midi skirts this pregnancy. Not only do I love the Hanna quality, but I feel sexy and confident, and I happen to get a lot of compliments –especially when I wear the red and navy stripe one.

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.


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!


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.


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. 🙌


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.


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.


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.


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.


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

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