Loving Moments’ Legging Giveaway!

L401-LeggingsHere at Loving Moments we are all about the awesome benefits breastfeeding gives to mommies and babies. Breastfeeding is the ultimate nutrition because it supplies all the necessary nutrients for proper development, protects your baby against illness and disease, it fights against allergies and obesity, it’s easily digested, and breast milk caters to your baby’s specific needs through their saliva!

 

This week we are encouraging our audience to think again about the benefits breastfeeding can give to our little ones. With this special sweepstake, we are giving away maternity leggings to the first fifteen people to email us a breastfeeding fact! The first five will win an additional prize along with their leggings!

 

The rules of this giveaway are simple: please email us at avannoy@leadinglady.com with a breastfeeding fact, your pant size from M-2XL, your bra size, and mailing address. The breastfeeding fact must not be one listed above in the first paragraph, but something else that is interesting and not so well known. You must also list the source from where you found the fact. Our Loving Moments’ Legging Giveaway will only be available until Friday, October 31st!

 

Tips for Maternity Swimwear

Tips for Maternity SwimwearIf your pregnancy falls during the hot summer months you’re more than likely going to want a bathing suit in order to cool off, but if you’re like most women you might feel a little intimidated by how much your body has changed since last bikini season. Whether you’re in your first trimester or your last, showing off your baby bump is nothing to be ashamed of! There are millions of different types of swimwear to boost your confidence and to help you stay comfortable during your pregnancy. Today we are going to share a few awesome and beautiful styling tips for when you’re picking out your maternity swimsuit!

One Piece

A traditional one piece is great for those looking for a lot of coverage and modesty. A cute one piece can look great on any body type and there are hundreds of different styles to choose from. If you’re looking to accentuate your baby bump, but also want something that will make you look slimmer, a ruched or wrapped bathing suit will do just the thing! The texture from these two will hug your waist and create the perfect bump you’re looking for to show off that cute baby belly of yours while it also creates a slim and chic looking figure! Patterns and colors are great for any bathing suit, but you need to be careful with the one piece. Big poka dots and a thick stripe pattern may make you look bigger than what you really are. If you are going to a pool party or a BBQ this summer, and it’s bathing suit optional, try something fun and grab a one piece with some stylish straps. A few options are a halter top, spaghetti straps, one shoulder strap, or no straps at all!

Tankini

If you’re still looking for some coverage, but don’t mind showing off your cute bump, a tankini is the perfect option for you! What makes a tankini so great are the bottoms because while you’re stuck with your one piece you can change it up with your tankini! It’s fun to mix and match colors and patterns with clothing, but it’s even better with swimwear. Instead of a basic bikini bottom try out a ruffled bikini or boyshort to spice up your swimwear look. You can do the same with your top. Change it up! Ruched tankini tops work wonderful as well by slimming your shape and showing off your bump. You can also choose the level of modesty you want with your top. There are tons of chic full coverage tops to pick from or try a cute ruffled bikini cup top too.

Two Piece

A two piece bikini is super adorable on a pregnant woman! If you think you’re showing off too much, but still want to rock a two piece at the pool, try a fringe bikini. A fringe top is really cute and it will hang over the top of your belly to hide a little skin. Another option is to choose a sporty look by picking a bikini top with a racer back with either a full chest that will cover your entire chest and neck area, or a half chest top where only your breasts are covered. Full coverage tops are definitely styling this summer so if you’re looking for something less sporty and chic you will most certainly find what you are looking for! And don’t forget about your bottoms! The bottoms to your two piece can be just as fun as the bottoms to your tankini!

 

Whether you choose between a one piece bikini or a two piece the most important thing to remember is if you are comfortable or not. If you’re uncomfortable in a two piece don’t buy a two piece. Dress for your body and your comfort level! Finding the best option for you is your best bet for staying cool this summer!

 

 

 

Cute Maternity Styles for the Summer

Cute Maternity Styles for the SummerDuring pregnancy many women struggle with self-confidence as their bodies grow and their clothes begin shrink. Finding the right clothes to fit your figure that are both comfortable and cute can seem hard to find. Choosing the comfy route is not necessarily the wrong choice because after all, wearing clothes that fit you comfortably is extremely important during your pregnancy. Wearing tight and restricting clothing is definitely something to avoid. But if you’re sweats and yoga pants are always your go to outfits than there is no wonder why you feel uneasy in a pair of jeans and a tank top.

First things first, learn to love and show off your growing belly! That baby in there is definitely something to be excited about and dressing your baby bump can be fun! Put down the sweats and baggy clothes that make you look bigger than what you really are, and dress yourself to feel beautiful and confident! Have fun with your pregnancy and embrace your beautiful growing body while you try out some of our must-have outfits and accessories for your maternity this summer!

 

Dresses and Skirts

Dresses and skirts are always something fun to wear in the summer, and they are even better when you’re pregnant! Dresses and skirts allow you to breathe and they are not restricting and your legs are free. Especially during those hot and sticky summer months you might begin to notice you feel a little warmer now that you’re carrying. These fashion favorites will keep you cool and they will also fit and look super cute with your baby bump! Try to find dresses that have an empire waist band to accentuate your bump and show off your figure. Maxi dresses, maxi skirts, midi skirts, and t-shirt dresses are perfect picks for this summer.

Belts

Belts are great accessories to pair with loose dresses, skirts, tunics, and cardigans to give you a little shape and highlight your baby bump. They are also great when you’re trying to create that empire waist look like we talked about above.  Try tying together with a skirt above your belly or below your belly with a tight tee will add some extra flare to your wardrobe. Nothing is better than having fun with your clothes! Belts do more than show off your cute pregnant figure, but they can also be tied and layered to create that fashion pop you want in your everyday style. For the summer try an assortment of colors. Neutral colors are always great, but don’t be afraid to be bold and try different prints or fun pastel and neon colors too. You can wear these looks even after your pregnancy as well!

Vests

A vest is an awesome accessory that can be worn during any season and with almost every outfit. For the summer try something light like a plain jean vest. The simplicity of the jean vest will work great over a maxi dress or paired with a cute top and shorts. If you’re feeling a little more daring then try a vest that has a little color or texture. Fur vests were such a hit in the fall and winter, but who said they can’t be rocked on those cool summer days?

Kimonos/Shawls

Light and airy kimonos and shawls will be your favorite pick for summer. Both of these picks are great for layering tanks and tops under because they are flowy and comfortable. Stay away from shawls that are too thick because they will be too hot and heavy in the heat. Belts look great with these two, but if you’re looking for a comfort you won’t go wrong with throwing on one of these with a simple tee!

Leggings/JeggingsCute Maternity Styles for the Summer

Leggings and jeggings are comfortable and easy when you’re trying to pull something together fast. They can be worn with every single accessory above, and on those lazy days they will be an upgrade from your yoga pants and sweats. Comfort is your number one priority while you’re pregnant and matching any top with a pair of leggings will keep you cool while giving you the ability to move around the way you’d like. This summer try out the basic black leggings for a simple every day look or try something a little out of your comfort zone and have some fun with a tribal or animal print jegging! Try out our Loving Moments Maternity Leggings!

 

 

 

Benefits of Cabbage for Sore Breasts

Benefits of Cabbage for Sore BreastsCabbage is an extraordinary thing. Not only can you make delicious recipes from its leaves, but they can give you amazing health benefits. Cabbage has been used for years to treat a number of things including constipation, stomach ulcers, eczema, arthritis, and scurvy, a Vitamin C deficiency disease that many professionals recommend cabbage for because it contains more Vitamin C than oranges. Including cabbage into your everyday diet is one of the best things you can do for your body. It has been known to increase recovery from wounds and damaged tissues, regulate your nervous and digestive systems, and can even help you sustain a healthy weight. Cabbage is also an excellent remedy for women during their maternity to help with discomfort.

While you breastfeed you may experience a time where you will feel uncomfortable, or in pain, from your swollen, engorged breasts. This is a common factor in women who are breastfeeding. It can happen any time during your maternity, but it’s most common during the first few days or weeks and during the following days or weeks after you stop breastfeeding. Engorged breasts can be very painful. Once you have given birth your body begins to produce breast milk to feed your baby. For the first few days trailing your delivery, you will more than likely have difficulty breastfeeding, especially if it’s your first baby. Your baby may have trouble latching and you could go a few days without being able to feed with your breasts. Until you begin a normal breastfeeding schedule you may feel discomfort in your breasts as they fill with unused milk. This discomfort will only last as short while, usually one to two days. Breast pumping can help too.

Cabbage is a great solution for your sore breasts. The leaves have been used for hundreds of years to soothe and cool sore or sprained muscles. Many people use it for sprained ankles or as a substitute for prescribed drugs when they get their wisdom teeth taken out. Many specialists and herbalists believe cabbage is rich in antibiotics and has anti-irritant possessions. Cabbage, just like broccoli and brussel sprouts, contains sinigrin, a glucosinolate which is a natural component in many pungent plants such as mustard and horseradish. When a plant’s leaves or tissues are broken it releases the antioxidants including sinigrin and in return they can heal the problem area naturally and quicker.

For the best use to heal your sore breasts from engorgement purchase a head of green cabbage from your grocery store. Once you get home gently tear off the leaves, wash them, and place in your refrigerator so that they can cool. You don’t necessarily need to put them in the fridge, but cool objects do help with swelling. After they are cool enough you will want to take a rolling pin or some kind of device where you can crush the veins on the leaves. Once you’re done doing this to several leaves place them evenly around each breast so they are covered completely. For the best results leave your breasts covered for twenty to thirty minutes and repeat every four to six hours or until your breasts feel less engorged.

 

Although cabbage leaves have worked for most women to release their pain from their engorged breasts, it’s always important you speak to your lactation consultant or doctor before using anything you’re unsure about because it may be harmful to you if you are allergic. Cabbage, along with many other foods, always need to be washed and cleaned before they can be eaten or put on your body to prevent attaining Listeria.

 

 

 

Loving Moments’ Breastfeeding Must-Haves

You’re going to be a new mom and you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby. We love your decision, and we’re here to help! Here are a few items from our Loving Moment’s Nursing Collection we think will be essential for your breastfeeding wardrobe:

 

Loving Moments' Breastfeeding Must-Haves

Maternity to Nursing Sleep Bra

Style L316

Every mom needs a sleep/leisure bra. While you breastfeed your breasts will become engorged with your baby’s milk supply and sometimes this can create soreness and make you feel uncomfortable. Our Loving Moments Sleep Bra is perfect when you need to relax, while the cool, cotton fabric is soft against your sore breasts making you feel comfortable again. It’s also great because the cups and can be simply pulled aside for easy breastfeeding access. There is no fuss, and no matter if its day or night your hungry baby will be feed without any trouble!

 

Nursing Pads

Style L12

Nursing pads are always something you should have while you breastfeed. Because your breasts are producing milk you will sometimes have the occasional leaking. While you are at work or on the go nursing pads will ensure you do not leak throw your clothing and keep you comfortable and dry. Our Loving Moments Washable Nursing Pads are great because you wash them and reuse them more than a couple times. They are also made from extra soft cotton and are designed to conform to every breast size while fitting perfecting in every bra. Nursing pads will help protect your clothing, but make sure to avoid wearing wet pads for an extended amount of time, and when you wash them never used a liquid fabric softener because they will absorb it and may irritate your skin!

 

Great Nursing Tank

Style L317

Nursing Cami’s are great for when you’re ready to get out of the house and you have nothing to wear because your pre-baby clothing doesn’t exactly fit you quiet the same yet. They are also helpful for breastfeeding because they have nursing clasps that can easily be unhooked and hooked for access. Our Loving Moments Nursing Cami is soft and sweet and essential for all breastfeeding moms. With both convenient breastfeeding necessities our cami is cute and stylish and has a delicate lace neckline to add a bit of flare. It can be worn just like any other tank under your favorite sweaters, tunics, and alone during the warmer months. The empire waistline gives you the appropriate feminine look that is flattering and modest, but it’s also loose fitting and can hide your after-baby belly.

 

Active Nursing Bra

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While you might wait awhile to be active again you should still have your basic active, t-shirt bra for your busy new mom schedule. Every mom needs their basic every day bra they can just slip on and off and that looks great under a simple t-shirt. Our Loving Moments Active Wirefree Nursing Bra is just what you’re looking for. It’s simple, soft, made out of a breathable, cotton blend, and it’s perfect for low impact activities when you’re trying to get back to your pre-baby shape.

 

Nursing Cover

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Loving Moments' Breastfeeding Must-Haves

For public breastfeeding it’s essential to have a nursing cover to help you feel modest and unexposed. Being a new mom, breastfeeding in public may be something you are a little uneasy about. Don’t be! Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural thing every women should experience with their baby. While you’re running around, going out to dinner with family, or lounging around at the park you will feel comfortable knowing you have a nursing cover that will hide your nerves. Our Loving Moments Nursing Cover provides discreet, on-the-go privacy during breastfeeding and pumping. It’s breathable and light weight, but it will also keep you and your little one warm during the colder months. Our Nursing Cover comes in a bunch of cute and stylish prints, and it can even be worn as a fashion scarf too!

 

 

Checkout and download our free Leading Lady Breastfeeding Handbook to learn more about breastfeeding, nursing bras, and more! http://www.leadinglady.com/pdf/Brstfdbook_web.pdf

 

 

 

Pregnancy and Your Feet

Shoe lovers everywhere may want to avert their eyes! This will be tough to read…

Pregnancy is a time of wonderful, natural and slightly bizarre new experiences. Not only are expecting mothers undergoing peculiar cravings, out of control hormones, and growing bellies but, even stranger, growing feet! Soon enough those adorable little Louis Vuitton’s will be too tight to wear and cushiony, less attractive flats will take their place.

But my feet stopped growing years ago, you say. How could they possibly start to grow now?

Pregnancy and Your FeetWell, as most pregnant women come to realize, walking around with an extra 25-40 pounds can be hard on a woman’s legs and feet. The extra weight can lead to edema, a very ordinary condition in which the superfluous fluid your body retains will be collected in your tissue. Edema will cause your feet to swell and can make getting around difficult and, sometimes, even painful.

However, there is a second, more predominant reasoning behind the apparent growth of pregnancy feet. Relaxin, a hormone that loosens up your pelvis joints to make room for your baby, causes the bones in your feet to spread by loosening your ligaments. So despite what it may seem, don’t think of your feet as growing. Think of them as relaxing, by way of relaxin.

Most women will notice their shoes feeling tight around their second trimester, with a steady increase towards the end of their pregnancy. Although the swelling of your feet will most likely lessen around a month following delivery, the foot spreading of your loosened ligaments will not. The majority of women will usually go up a foot size and remain that way, so be prepared!

If you’re an adamant shoe lover, relax with the knowledge that at least you’ll have to buy a few pairs during your pregnancy. They may focus a little more on comfort rather than style, but with all that swelling the latter won’t seem to matter nearly as much as it used to. No matter what, do not simply squeeze into your old shoes. This can cause numerous issues, such as bunions and corns.

In the end, just remember that it may be best to hold off splurging on those designer heels until you’re done having children. Because no matter how gorgeous they appear on your feet right now, if you intend on having another baby, experienced moms will tell you: your feet will only continue to grow. So, honestly, maybe it’s best to just start focusing on all the adorable shoes you’re going to buy your little one instead!

Home Birth

Home BirthWhile not many individuals take the time to consider it, childbirth has not always been the safe and clean experience it has become. Throughout history, women have gone through strange, painful, and alarming procedures to safely deliver their children. These processes have greatly changed over the course of time and, in reality, it was not until the 1900s that the majority of women chose to birth their children in clinics.

This tradition continues today, where most expecting mothers choose a safe, sanitized hospital with an experienced staff to assist them. To many, this seems the only appropriate option. Why? Because it can be reassuring to know that a practiced, qualified medial team is there if you need them.

But despite this relatively new and popular custom, it is important to remember that as the years progress, our knowledge progresses with them. Our understanding of childbirth and the anatomy of the pregnant woman have only expanded, giving an increasing number of women another new option: a safe, well-planned home birth.

Exactly how it sounds , a home birth is the decision to go through labor and childbirth at home rather than the hospital. There are many risks and benefits associated with this option and we have gathered the following information to help you see if it might be right for you.

Benefits of a Home Birth

First and foremost, a home birth gives you the option of including those you love in the process. By surrounding yourself with family and friends, you will have numerous helpers, a familiar and comfortable environment, and constant support and encouragement. In addition, you will be able to wear your own comfy clothes, eat and drink, shower, walk around, watch television, read, etc. Basically: your house your rules!

Dissimilar from a hospital birth, a home birth will immediately provide you bonding through breastfeeding. This is an important necessity as it will not only help a new mother stop bleeding, but will transfer necessary disease-fighting antibodies from mother to baby.

Furthermore, although this is not always a first thought, a home birth can cost about 60% less than a hospital birth. This extra money can help you purchase all those diapers, baby clothes, baby books, and everything else you’ll need!

Risks of a Home Birth

No matter how carefully screened, planned, and prepared you are, anything can go wrong during childbirth; and while the risk of infant death has dropped dramatically over the years, it is still double the risk to give birth at home rather than at a hospital.

Potential problems can arise that require medical attention and both mother and child could be rushed from home to the hospital. Some of these problems are: labor is not progressing, placental abruption takes place, the umbilical cord prolapses, there is vaginal bleeding besides a bloody show, the placenta is not delivered, your baby is having trouble breathing, your baby shows abnormal signs of distress.

With such serious risks, the importance of an experienced midwife or doctor to assist you is more than a desire – it’s a necessity.

Home Birth Suggestions    

If you have decided that a home birth is right for you, there are a few steps to consider taking!

  1. Interview and choose experienced, qualified healthcare professionals to assist you through the process of your home birth. The midwives, nurse-midwives, or doctors that you speak with should all be certified and share the same philosophy on birth as your own.
  2. Consider hiring a doula (a trained labor assistant) for the big day!
  3. Create a birth plan in order to solve the following questions: where will you experience labor and delivery, will you use anything to cope with the pain, will you partake in a water birth, do you intend to breastfeed your baby immediately following delivery, what non-healthcare individuals will be assisting, and so on and so on. Discuss your plan with your chosen healthcare providers and make sure to ask what supplies you will need to have on hand. This could include anything from towels to a protective floor covering.
  4. It is essential to choose a pediatrician to examine your baby within 24 hours of their birth.
  5. Write out a backup plan just in case a transfer to the hospital becomes necessary.

With careful screening, preparation and execution, a home birth can be an amazing experience for an expecting mother. It is important to note, however, that home births are only ideal for those who have low-risk pregnancies that include the helpful involvement of a qualified midwife or doctor to assist them. Life-threatening issues can occur and, when that happens, the delay in medical care could put lives at serious risk. Properly understanding the benefits and risks of a home birth can help you decide if it truly is the right choice for you.

 

Breastfeeding Positions

Breastfeeding Positions If you’ve begun nursing, you have probably undergone a few frustrating arm positions to try and hold your little one in the most comfortable spot. And while there are a number of ways to safely hold your baby while breastfeeding, mothers must be aware of the strain they could potentially be putting on their child’s neck.

We have collected a few safe breastfeeding holds that allow your little one to nurse comfortably without turning his or her neck.

 

 

The Cradle

Place your baby’s head in the crook of your arm and support their back with your forearm and bottom with your hand. This allows your little one to lie sideways while facing you, with your breast directly in front of them.

 

The Football

Position your baby under your arm like a football and support their head with your hand and their body with your forearm. Like the cradle position, this allows them direct breast access.

 

Breastfeeding Positions The Side

One of the more relaxing positions, this allows you to lie down on your side with your baby facing you. Use pillows to prop up your head and shoulder and nurse comfortably with your baby resting by your side.

 

 

No matter what position you choose, remember to always stabilize your child’s head and neck and speak with your lactation specialist to learn to best course for you. Every mother is unique and specific actions may be recommended for you and your child.

 

Happy Nursing!

How to Produce More Breast Milk

If you’ve begun nursing you’ve probably occasionally had one of the breastfeeding mothers’ biggest concerns: is my baby getting enough milk?

It is important to remember that there are only a very small percent of mothers who cannot produce enough milk for their child and there are always steps to take to help produce more.

However, if you are feeling like your milk supply is a little low there are a few suggestions that could help you increase.

 

How to Produce More Breast Milk

  • Take care of yourself: Drink enough fluids and eat healthily. Never try dieting while you’re nursing, especially in the beginning when you are still forming your breast milk supply. You and your little one need you to stay healthy!

 

  • Nurse regularly, for as long as your baby will nurse: Nurse as frequently as possible and as often as your baby is hungry. The more you nurse, the better for you and your little one!

 

  • Offer your baby both of your breasts while feeding: ‘Switch nursing’ is incredibly helpful as it helps your baby to feed longer. When your child begins to slow down their suckling on your first breast, quickly switch them over to the second. Then switch again when their suckling begins to slow, until you have offered each breast twice.

 

  • Gently massage your breasts as you nurse: This helps the richer, high calorie milk let down more easily and stimulates breast milk flow.

 

In most normal cases a mother will always be able to produce enough milk for their hungry baby; but it is always helpful to be proactive and talk with a specialist to see what your options are if you are looking to increase your supply.

 

Make sure to talk with your lactation consultant to find the best course of action that is right for you. Every nursing mother is unique and specific recommendations or steps may be necessary.

Teething Symptoms

So your little one has started teething?

Teething SymptomsCongratulations! This is an exciting milestone in their young life so make sure you take as many adorable pictures as you can!

Despite the utter cuteness of teeth buds sprouting through, many parents worry about the uncomfortable symptoms their child may be experiencing. Some even believe teething causes physical illnesses such as fever and diarrhea, although this hasn’t been proven. If your child is ill, make sure you take them to their pediatrician immediately.

 

There are a few traditional symptoms you can expect to see when your child begins teething.

 

These include:

  • Biting
  • Drooling
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Declining food
  • Swelling, sensitive gums

 

To help with these irritating symptoms, parents can give their child something safe to chew on, such as a teething ring of even a cold washcloth. If your child seems to be in harmful discomfort, take them to their pediatrician and discuss further options.

 

Remember to set up regular appointments with your children’s doctor and discuss any questions you may have. Every child is unique and specific recommendations and steps may be recommended for their safety and health.