I think any mama will agree when we say: there’s nothing quite like the day you’re able to get yourself into a pair of jeans without an elastic waistband. Regardless of whether they’re your “pre-baby” size or not. MiH Jeans' founder and designer can testify. She’s on her fourth pregnancy. But maybe that's just the denim in her veins speaking. Lonsdale’s parents were part of the denim revolution in the 70s, which meant she had trunks of old jean stock at her disposal as a teen to test out her designer skills. No wonder she’s been able to grow her denim lifestyle brand into 500 stockists worldwide since launching in 2006. But as much as we’re obsessed with every piece in her denim line we wanted to find out from Chloe firsthand what it’s like being pregnant for the fourth time -- in London -- and how in the world she balances it all. Tell us about your maternity style. It is much the same as when I'm not pregnant! I live in our Oversize Shirts which transition brilliantly and usually keep me going right until the end. At around 6 months, I have to replace my jeans with our silk pants. I still try and wear the odd pair of heels – as long as it's not for too long. What's this pregnancy experience been like compared to your past three? They have all been the same luckily – I have been very blessed that my pregnancies have been quite straightforward as I work non-stop throughout. But now that I'm on my fourth, I am trying to take it a little easier. What's the biggest adjustment you think you'll have to make with a fourth? I don’t think I'll be able to find any one of my friends and family to look after all four if I am away for work or need a break with my husband. The logistics will certainly become a lot more complicated! How have you been prepping your other three children for the new baby's arrival? They are all still so young that they are blissfully unaware. They have never known anything else as I've had each baby a year apart – it is so normal for them to have another brother or sister. This is it though, I'm stopping at four! Will the baby have his/her own nursery or will he/she be sharing a room? How do you tackle that challenge? No the baby won’t be sharing a room but my two boys do, and I think it is a great idea for kids to share. It’s incredible how one can scream and the other stays fast asleep – it is much less of a challenge than you would think! What has been some nursery inspiration? The baby will be in an adorable little loft bedroom. I am giving it a garden room feeling using Farrow & Ball paints, soft sheepskin rugs and recovering some gorgeous old chairs in beautiful Svenskt Tenn leaf print fabric. What are some of your favorite 'Belly Friendly' brands? I tend to avoid maternity wear and buy clothes that I could still wear after pregnancy but have a more slouchy feeling. I live in our MiH Oversize Shirts (Cotton or Silk) and also Acne does great boxy oversized knits. How is being pregnant in London unlike being pregnant in other cities? London is a great city to be pregnant in. There is so much going on for expecting and new mums. The only frustrating thing is the weather – in winter you have to wear a lot more layers and think a little harder about how you are going to dress. It is not as easy when the climate is cold! What outfit are you dying to get back into post pregnancy? My normal jeans! What are some tips you can give first time moms for balancing children, work and life in general? It’s important that new mothers know it is ok to balance and not spend all their time with their children. It can be a very positive thing to go to work - the time I do spend with my kids is good quality and very focused on them. Keeping boundaries between work and home life is important but there is never a perfect balance. Whoever says that is lying!
Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)
Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.
This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.
This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.
What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.
This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!
Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.
If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.
Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."
This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.
Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.
This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!
Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.
It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.
With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.
Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.
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My belly has been through some things.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (yep, severe debilitating pregnancy-related vomiting), the pregnancies of each of my four kids, the 65 pounds of weight gain I have endured with each pregnancy, stretch marks, Occupational Therapy for pregnancy pelvic pain, unmedicated childbirth, and of course, postpartum recovery.
It's my personal opinion that this belly deserves some love. So starting with my second pregnancy, I've relied on Belly Bandit's postpartum belly bands (which I own in three sizes) to help support my core, reduce swelling, and begin to activate my midsection after nine months of being stretched to the max.
Here's why I love Belly Bandit:
Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone's list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising. That's because there are so many more unusual baby names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.
Expectant parents do not need to be told to move beyond Jennifer and Jason. Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.