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  • 8 Fruits for a Hot Summer Pregnancy

    These summer fruits help alleviate some of the most common pregnancy symptoms.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    As with many things in life, eating for two isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality — especially in the summer, when the heat makes you feel tired, lightheaded and swollen. The good news is, summer comes with an abundance of delicious, healthful fruits that can not only help you beat the heat, but also satisfy your sweet tooth. What’s more, did you know that some summer fruits can help relieve some of the least pleasant pregnancy symptoms?

    Whether you are suffering from insomnia, leg cramps, constipation or nausea, we have you covered. Here are 8 of the best fruits to eat during pregnancy in the summer.

    1. Watermelon, against dehydration.

    A true summer time staple, this melon is super hydrating. Your need for water increases throughout your pregnancy to keep both you and baby comfortable. It helps keep headaches and fatigue at bay and helps sustain your level of amniotic fluid.

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  • Pomegranate Ginger Holiday Mocktail

    The non-alcoholic drink that will make your friends wish they were pregnant.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    The holidays can be a hard time to be pregnant. With all the boozy holiday parties going on you can feel quite left out without something fun to sip! Instead of resigning yourself to water at your next fete, try this Pomegranate Ginger Mocktail. Not only is it delicious and festive but it’s loaded with antioxidants to keep you glowing into the new year (not that you need it, mama!) and ginger to help boost circulation. Cheers!

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  • Don’t Buy Maternity Clothes Just Yet

    5 tips to skip maternity clothing when you’re pregnant.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Thoughts of getting dressed while pregnant can feel daunting. A changing shape, a changing comfort level, and a changing budget can definitely impact the experience. But it doesn’t have to feel stressful, and there are tools to pregnancy style that will not only save you a headache but save you a buck too. While many maternity brands are designed to carry you through the three trimesters and beyond, strategic shopping in the non-maternity brand aisle may even give you that much more return. Here are five tips to keep in mind while making it all happen…

    1. Opt for flexible fabrics. Shop for pieces with give in the fabric so these items can expand and retract as your belly grows and shrinks post baby. We are loving this classic cashmere turtleneck dress from Rag & Bone and this wear-with-everything ribbed jersey maxi dress from H&M.

    2. Don’t forget some extra length. As your belly grows, your tops will inevitably creep up. So if you want to buy non-maternity tops during pregnancy, be sure to...

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  • Your Pregnancy Guide to The Gym

    10 machines you should and shouldn’t use at the gym when expecting.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Need a workout that will keep you active and fit throughout pregnancy? You may find that pregnancy and all the (not so) fun side effects that come with it slow you down. But lucky for you, that is no reason to put your gym membership on ice. You just have to approach your workouts, new or old, with caution.

    The gym may feel intimidating at first, but fear not, we’ve got the goods on the machines that are safe (and those that aren’t), plus the best classes, cardio and weight training for pregnant women. Here’s your pregnant woman guide to the gym.

    Treat with caution or don’t use.

    1. Abdominal Bench. As the name suggests, this bench, which is usually on an angle and works your abs, is target for your core. While you are pregnant, don’t push yourself too much. There are gentler ways to maintain some core strength.

    2. Bench press. Whenever you see guys lying on their backs and grunting trying to push out that barbell with several hundreds of pounds on it, keep walking. After the first trimester, lying on your back is strongly discouraged and you...

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  • The Squeaky Clean Cheat Sheet

    From bath time to mealtime and everything in between, we all want to keep baby as safe as possible. But with deceiving labels and so many products out on the market, sometimes it’s not so easy to decipher what’s really safe for baby.

    Thanks to our friends at Well Rounded NY for this cheat sheet to refer to whenever you're shopping for anything going near baby's skin. 

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  • How to Have a Mother Blessing

    And what happened when we experienced this pregnancy tradition first hand.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Not a day goes by at Well Rounded without some discussion of pregnancy, birth, babies and all the other lovely things that go alongside. And yet, when my co-founder Kaity and managing editor Charlene became pregnant (and due just a week apart!), I was at a loss of how to honor them.

    I had so many ideas, and yet none seemed to truly fit. Until I came across an Instagram post that literally stopped me in my tracks: a glowing pregnant woman, on the verge of welcoming her baby into the world, being celebrated by her mama community in the most sacred, honest and beautiful way. It was called a Mother Blessing.

    It was clear from the images that this was no dainty baby shower. There was song, prayer, affirmations, love and humor. Oh and flowers. So many flowers! What better way to transition a mom-to-be into motherhood, especially the second time around?

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