What You Missed: Tips by Trimester

Here’s what an indulgent evening during pregnancy looks like.

What You Missed: Tips by Trimester

When you’re counting down towards the big birth day, there’s not a whole lot of indulging going on. Which is a darn shame, because mama-to-be, you sure can use it, right? So we were thrilled to treat some of NYC’s pregnant ladies to some awesome expert advice, luxe prenatal pampering and healthy food and drinks at our latest Tips by Trimester event at Seraphine Maternity.

Seraphine’s Soho store provided the perfect backdrop (and shopping excuse!) for an informative and fun-filled evening of mingling, noteworthy tips, mocktails and facial massages.

Because there’s no shortage of questions when you’re a mama-to-be, guests got to hear from some of NYC’s foremost pregnancy experts. Stephanie Middleberg, registered dietitian and founder of Middleberg Nutrition, schooled women on what to eat to feel good during pregnancy. Dr. Charles Schaeffer, a psychologist with the Seleni Institute, addressed mental health during pregnancy and beyond. And Lindsay Bliss, doula and co-founder of Carriage House Birth (who had her beautiful baby Olympia in tow!), guided women on how to advocate for the birth of your dreams...or at least one you can be comfortable with.

In between speakers, guests glammed up in some of Seraphine’s totally Bump Enviable pregnancy fashions, then filled up on delicious snacks from Barley + Oats pregnancy and postpartum menu and belly-friendly drinks from Bump Water and Balance Water.

Since life with baby was inevitably on everyone’s minds, we were so excited to bring some of the best pregnancy and baby brands into the room. Mamas-to-be got up close and personal with products destined to make their lives easier during pregnancy and parenting, with sponsors including Artifact Uprising, Baby K’tan, Weleda, Bamboobies,, bedgear, Happy Family, Ubbi and Babynes.

The talented photographer behind Motherhood Storybooks also snapped some fun photos of our beautiful pregnant ladies in her Bump Envy photo booth, and Face Love Fitness helped our guests feel relaxed and reinvigorated with their amazing facial massages. Guests even fueled up their phones at Mommy Nearest’s charging station.

At the end of the evening, a handful of lucky attendees took home raffle prizes from our sponsors, and everyone received a gift bag filled with goodies from Expectful, Hanna Andersson, Instacart, Munchkin, Nine Naturals, Nutrimom and PROnatal Fitness.

We are so very thankful for our readers and everyone who supported us and stopped by. Hope to see you at our next event!

Photography by Motherhood Storybooks.

Products that solve your biggest breastfeeding challenges

Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.


Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.


Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.


Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.


boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.


Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.


Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.


Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.


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