During pregnancy you might not be able to wear sky-high heels or stilettos but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on cute footwear. Here we have a guide for keeping your feet chic and comfy while pregnant.
- Keds As classic as they get. They come in every single color of the rainbow and every summery pattern you can dream of. They also come in several different styles—lace up, slip-ons, flats—so you can mix it up. This summer Kate Spade has teamed up with Keds to release a Kate Spade line of Keds’ footwear. We’d like to take a moment out and point our favorite: the navy and white striped Keds x Kate Spade New York Pointer.
- Espadrilles. Popularized by Toms, espadrilles are perfect for the summer because they’re a light, breathable kind of shoes you can wear them without socks. But watch out, although, these style of shoes are flat, so they’re comfortable to walk in, but unfortunately have little to low arch support. So keep that in mind when on the hunt for the perfect pregnancy shoe. If you’re in the mood for a splurge, Chanel has these uber chic fabric espadrilles.
- Wedges. When we say wedges, go for a more modest wedge with a teensy bit of height. High-heeled shoes are usually the safest bet for a pregnant mom because they increase the chances of accidentally rolling your ankle. But, if you’re in the mood for something a little more exciting than flats and sneakers we love wedges because they’re chunky and offer more foot support than normal heels. A perfect example of a good wedge is this one by Tory Burch.
- Sandals. The weather is perfect to break out the sandals. They come in a various assortment of size and styles and materials so you’ll have a lot of freedom with finding what you want. Just watch out for sandals that are too tight and too strappy as they may restrict the amount of blood flow in your feet. Here’s a pair by Modcloth we love.
he nail salon can be a wonderful respite during pregnancy – a foot massage to help your swollen feet and some extra care to your nails to make you feel a little bit more beautiful can feel like heaven. That’s why the last thing you want to be worrying about are toxins in your nail polish that can be absorbed into your body. Unfortunately, many nail polishes contain potentially harmful chemicals that you want to avoid exposure to – particularly while pregnant or breastfeeding.Also known as the “toxic trio” – formaldehyde, DBP, toluene – are used frequently in nail polish formulas. These chemicals have been linked to cancer and developmental disorders.
- Formaldehyde: Known as a carcinogen, it is also an irritant to the eyes, nose and throat, and can lead to skin irritation—an allergic rash called dermatitis. Formaldehyde is commonly used as an adhesive polymer that hardens nails and is a key ingredient in nail hardeners. Formaldehyde resin is found in nail polishes, making polish more tough and resilient. Take care when buying polish that boasts its longevity!
- DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate): This is a plasticizer used in nail polish to help prevent chips and cracks. According to a 2009 study, DBP is a suspected endocrine disrupter that has been linked to reproductive and developmental toxin and associated to feminizing effects in baby boys.
- Toluene: This is a solvent used to make the polish easier to apply and is the cause behind the “nail polish” smell we are all familiar with. Inhaling toluene can cause harm and short-term exposures may cause dizzyness, lightheadedness and drowsiness. Painting your nails in a well-ventilated area can mitigate the effects of toluene.
Not to fear – you don’t need to abandon your weekly mani/pedi sessions. Here are our tips for the nail salon:
- Bring your own “3-Free” nail polishes. Three-free nail polishes are free from the toxic trio, formaldehyde, DPB, and toluene, that we mentioned above. Our favorite lines are Priti, Zoya and Butter London.
- Make sure to go to well-ventilated salons. Finding a well-ventilated salon and going at less busy times during the day may help to mitigate inhalation of fumes. Also, more and more “green” salons that use safer products are sprouting up. They typically will have better ventilation and use non-toxic products. Look for one in your area.
- Consider buffing your nails over getting polish. It is great to give your nails some time to breathe if you regularly use polish. This will also minimize your exposures to chemicals.
Also, go to our Pinterest board for more nail polishes and nail art inspiration.
Sunny days, warm sand, and clear blue waters. It’s that time of year again to break out the bathing suit and hit the beaches. But for some, especially pregnant mothers, this might warrant a couple of concerns.
But no worries! There’s no reason you shouldn’t feel and look amazing at the beach this summer. So rest assured, we have a couple of tips to help you find the best maternity swimsuit.
- A larger swimsuit does not equate to a maternity swimsuit. Many pregnant women make the mistake of choosing a larger swimsuit, mistaking it for the equivalent of a swimsuit appropriate for pregnancy. Try to pick a swimsuit that fits and flatters your new and growing shape instead.
- Tankinis. Tankinis are the perfect compromise between the convenience a two-piece bikini provides and the cover of one-piece, if you don’t want to bare too much. If you decide to opt for a tankini, just make sure to pick one that’s fitted and not too billowy.
- Don’t be afraid to flaunt it. If you’re feeling bold, why not go ahead for a bikini? Don’t be afraid to flaunt what you’ve got. Plus, most bikinis are pretty budget friendly and won’t force you into the realm of pricey specially made maternity swimwear. Just make sure to pick a bikini with lots of support and bring along a sarong if you decide to cover up later on.
Check out our Pinterest for resort wear inspiration!
Annually, Americans throw away a whopping 100 billion plastic bags. According to a 2004 study by Worldwatch Institute, that’s the energy equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil. Most plastics bags end up in streams or other bodies of water where they clog up the waterways and cause long-term and life-threatening damage to the marine life. Virtually non-biodegradable, plastic bags will stay wherever they end up being dumped for nearly 1,000 before they start to “break down”. To put it simply, the usage of plastic bags is in no way beneficial to the environment or the future generations.
But being an environmentally conscious shopper means more than just avoiding the usage of plastics bags. Here, we share a couple of tips.
- Bring your own reusable bag. This has been a popular trend in the recent years. Shoppers have been bringing their own reusable bags to tote their groceries and purchases home instead of using the plastic bags given out at the store. Many stores themselves are now selling reusable bags and give out a small discount for customers who opt to use reusable bags instead of plastics bags. In the long run, using reusable shopping bags could be quite profitable, who knew?
- Avoid products that use a lot of packaging. For some products this can’t be avoided such as electronics and such but this tip is simple to apply to food. Try to buy fresh food. The fresher it is, the more likely it is to have less packaging. Because if you think about it, pre-packaged foods such as microwave dinners and snack bars most likely contain more artificial preservatives than fresh foods. Not a concrete rule but just something to keep in mind.
- Buy in bulk. This tip ties in with the one above. Buying in bulk cuts down on all the extra bells and whistles of conventional packaging. And if that’s not enough reason to buy in bulk, it’s an economical choice too!
- Support you local farmer’s market. This is a win-win situation for your local agricultural community and for environment. By buying local you’ll be supporting local farmers. Plus, the fruits and veggies found at farmer’s markets need not to travel cross-country before it arrives at your plate, helping prevent unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions.