Q&A With Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez of top pregnancy blog, Well Rounded NY

Last week, we sat down with Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, founders of Well Rounded NY! Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded NY curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city. We are excited to have Well Rounded NY as a content partner on the Nine Naturals blog. You can peruse our site and theirs for the best advice in having a hip and healthy pregnancy.

What inspired you to create Well Rounded NY?
Dinner! Well, not exactly, but we had a bunch of dinner conversations while pregnant which led us to discover that there wasn’t a pregnancy resource that we felt spoke to us as NYC women — a place where we could go and really relate to the style, voice or aesthetic. So we created it.

In your own words, what defines the Well-Rounded NY Mom & Mom-to-be?
The Well Rounded NY mom and mom-to-be is smart, hip, has an individual sense of style and a thirst for knowledge.

How have your respective backgrounds as editors helped shape Well Rounded NY?
The biggest way our magazine backgrounds have shaped us is we really try and look at every story from every angle. While you’ll definitely find personal pieces from us and our writers, we make sure each story is balanced by another mama’s story with another perspective.

Well Rounded NY covers so many great topics for the savvy Mom-to-be, from food to fashion and everything in between. What are some of your favorite posts or articles?
K: Definitely the personal reflections pieces and anything food-related!
J: I love our Bump Envy posts which show off personal style of real pregnant women. I am so inspired by the way women in the city rock their pregnancies proudly. Every lady is different and they all look so beautiful.

What’s the best advice you can give for a Mom or Mom-to-be that lives in NY & also not in NY?
K: The city is as baby-friendly as you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to take your baby out to eat, a yoga class (baby and me, of course), to a museum or even *gasp* a bar. Being a mom is tough so do what makes you happy (within reasonable parameters) and your baby will follow in suit.
J: There are so many great mom communities here in the city — get on a listserv or join an expecting or new mama group asap. These mommies will support you, offer great advice and give you a sense of comraderie when you feel like nobody else can relate. My advice for any mommy, city-living or not, is to trust your instincts about what works for you and your baby. Everyone has an opinion, but the most important one is yours.

Are there plans to launch into other cities?
Yes, we’d love to branch out to different cities! For the time being we like to say that we approach the site from a “NY state of mind” so any mom from any city is encouraged to visit our site. We’ve covered moms everywhere from SF to London to Little Rock!

With the Valentine’s Day fast approaching, what’s on your wish list this Holiday Season?
K: I’m not too much of a Valentine’s girl but flowers are ALWAYS appreciated!
J: I’m a sucker for hearts. Socks, undies, jewelry, a Comme des Garcons x J Crew tee…(hint, hint, Andrew!).

And lastly, what are your favorite Nine Naturals products?
K: I love that Nine Naturals does a travel set! Perfect for mama’s on the go.
J: The Belly Butter. My pregnancy may be over, but that’s no reason to stop treating my belly with love.