Menu

Pregnant in San Francisco

Storq founder Courtney Klein shares 10 pregnancy-friendly spots.

Pregnant in San Francisco

While we’re kind of partial to NYC living, if we had to cheat on our city, we’d probably do it with San Francisco. It’s beautiful and smart and oh-so-stylish...kind of like Storq founder and generally cool San Francisco mama Courtney Klein.

The former New Yorker launched her maternity fashion line in San Francisco with just 4 belly-friendly basics in 2014, and his since expanded not only her offerings (check out Storq’s nursing-friendly caftan and tailored shirt) but also her family: daughter Nell just turned 2 and her second baby is due in a few weeks. Which makes her the perfect guide for our pregnancy tour of our West Coast crush. Here’s 10 of Courtney's best spots to recommend when you’re pregnant in San Francisco.

FEATURED VIDEO

1. Shopping for You:

General Store. You know that one stylish thing you put on with a little black (Storq) dress that makes it look like you tried? This store is packed full of those things.

2. Shopping for Baby:

Sprout San Francisco. From diapers to strollers to clothes, Sprout's a one-stop shop for everything baby. Bonus, they pride themselves on stocking organic and natural products.

3. Shopping for both of you:

Press: Works on Paper. Out-of-print titles to add some quirk to you nursery bookshelf and an A+ stationary offering for the many, many inevitable thank you cards in your future.

4. Eating:

Green Heart Foods. Awesome food that makes it easy to be a healthy eater. Pat yourself on the back after your meal.

5. Treating:

Neighbor Bakehouse. My go-to spot for a preggo sweet treat. The croissant is the best in the city (maybe country!), and they are just so nice.

6. Drinking:

Samovar Tea Lounge. Missing coffee? Samovar’s got your back with the most delicious caffeine-free rooibos chai.

7. Relaxing:

International Orange. The pillows there make their mom-to-be massage extra luxurious. And be sure to make time before or after your massage to enjoy the outdoor sun deck.

8. Contemplating:

Baker Beach. The super short trip from the parking lot to the beach makes this a particularly great option to get in some solid beach days at the tail end of pregnancy.

9. Exploring:

SFMoma. Newly opened. Gigantic. Perfect for a stroll when you need to walk that baby out.

10. Babymooning:

Mankas Lodge. At just an hour from the city, Mankas is the spot for all your local babymoon needs.

Photos by Sabrina Bot.

Courtney is wearing: Storq Tailored Shirt, APC Etroit Court Jeans, Belly Band Combo, Proenza Schouler Slip Ons, Vintage Bag

Nell is wearing: Old Navy Linen Dress, Cienta Sneakers

In This Article

    You will always be their safe space, mama

    You are their haven. Their harbor. Their sanctuary, their peace. You are comfort. Deep breaths. Hugs and back rubs. You're a resting place, a nightmare chaser, a healer. You are the calm within their storm. You are their mother.

    To your child, you are safety. You are security. You are where (out of anyone or any place), they can come undone. Where they can let it all out, let it all go. Where they meltdown, break down, scream, cry, push.

    Where they can say—"I AM NOT OKAY!"

    Where they can totally lose it. Without judgment or fear or shame.

    Because they know you'll listen. They know you'll hear them. That you will help piece the mess back together.

    Keep reading Show less
    Life

    This post is brought to you by Staples. While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

    One of the biggest changes in my household once my daughter started homeschooling was that, suddenly, everything and everyone in our home had to start pulling double duty. While I was used to wearing a lot of hats (mom, wife and WFH employee, to name a few), suddenly our dining room was also pulling shifts as a classroom. My laptop was also a virtual teacher. Our living room hutch was also a school supply closet.

    If I didn't want my home to be overrun with an abundance of clutter, I had to find products that could multitask. Here are 10 products that are saving this WFH + homeschooling mama right now.

    Stylish storage cabinet

    Whether I need a place to keep the printer or just want to keep crayons and colored pencils organized, this pretty cabinet provides a mixture of exposed and hidden storage without clashing with my living room decor.

    White board calendar + bulletin board

    With so much on our plates these days, I need a visual reminder of our daily schedule or I'll forget everything. This dry erase version makes it easy to keep track of Zoom meetings and virtual classes—and I also love using the corkboard to display my daughter's latest work from art class.

    Natural Recycled 3-Ring Binder

    From tracking our curriculum progress to organizing my family's paperwork, I can never have enough binders. Even better, this neutral version is pretty enough that I can display them on the bookshelf.

    Bamboo storage drawers

    The instant you start homeschooling, it can feel like you're suddenly drowning in papers, craft supplies and more. Fortunately, these simple bamboo drawers can be tucked into the cabinet or even displayed on top (seriously, they're that cute!) to keep what we need organized and close at hand.

    Laminated world map

    I love this dry-erase map for our geography lessons, but the real secret? It also makes a cute piece of wall decor for my work space.

    Rolling 7-drawer cabinet

    When you're doing it all from home, you sometimes have to roll with the punches—I strongly recommend getting an organizational system that rolls with you. On days when both my husband and I are working from home and I need to move my daughter's classes to another room, this 7-drawer cabinet makes it easy to bring the classroom with us.

    Letterboard

    From our first day of school photo to displaying favorite quotes to keep myself motivated, this 12"x18" letterboard is my favorite thing to display in our home.

    Expandable tablet stand

    Word to the wise: Get a pretty tablet stand you won't mind seeing out every day. (Because between virtual playdates, my daughter's screen time and my own personal use, this thing never gets put away.)

    Neutral pocket chart

    Between organizing my daughter's chore chart, displaying our weekly sight words and providing a fits-anywhere place to keep supplies on hand, this handy little pocket chart is a must-have for homeschooling families.

    Totable fabric bins

    My ultimate hack for getting my family to clean up after themselves? These fabric bins. I can use them to organize my desk, store my oldest's books and even keep a bin of toys on hand for the baby to play with while we do school. And when playtime is over, it's easy for everyone to simply put everything back in the bin and pop it in the cabinet.

    Looking for study solutions for older children? Hop over to Grown & Flown for their top picks for Back to School.

    Work + Money

    The important safety tip parents need to know about sleep + car seats

    Why you might want to plan for more pit stops on your next road trip.

    When we become parents we don't just have to learn how to take care of a baby, we also have to learn how, when and why to use all the different kinds of baby gear.

    Keep reading Show less
    News