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Pineapple Chic Maternity

Pineapple Chic is a Canadian maternity brand that stands for fashionable maternity wear that let expecting women both look good and feel good. The dresses are made of jersey knits and Modals for supreme comfort and beauty, perfect for making Mom to be feel pretty as that bump grows and even after the baby is born.

Launched in the Spring of 2010, and created with the goal of making every mom to be feel chic without comprising on taste, quality or their budget. The also includes a convertible dress that can not only be worn multiple ways but can also be worn in side out making it a complete different color. Colors range from Aquas, white, beige, brown, and black.  Pineapple Chic is fantastic for any occasion and are sure to make you feel and look your best weather during the day, night or at a special event.
This is a press post that was provided by Pineapple Chic Maternity



Protect Against Everyday Radiation with Belly Armor

As parents we want to keep our children safe; safe from dangers that can and cannot see. Research shows that radiation may be harmful for children, even in utero. Lower engery radiation comes from regular everyday items like cellphones, laptops, televisions and power lines. Ionizing Radiation is much more harmful but not something we need to deal with on a daily basis.

Belly Armor is a new collection of maternity apparel and accessories like maternity belt made to protect your child against harmful everyday radiation. The Belly Blanket is a high quality baby-soft blanket that is meant to be draped over a child or over a pregnant belly while sitting or lying down. The Belly Tee is a lightweight and breathable cotton/spandex blend maternity tee with a layer of RadiaShield to protect your unborn baby.

RadiaShield® fabric is a woven fabric made of 82% silver fiber and is completely safe and non-allergenic. RadiaShield® fabric shields against everyday radiation by neutralizing incoming electromagnetic waves. The material isn’t any heavier than a regular light-weight cotton tee and doesn’t require special laundering techniques.

The health risks from electromagnetic radiation are driven by the amount of exposure and the intensity of exposure. Any reduction of either the amount or intensity of exposure to everyday radiation will reduce your health risk. It is impossible to completely eliminate radiation exposure, but by wearing Belly Armor products during periods of higher risk activities (while on cell phones or working at the computer) you can significantly reduce you and your baby’s risk. Even only 2 to 4 days a week will make a difference.

Belly Armor can be purchased at select maternity boutiques such as Metro Minis, Located in the Upper East Side, NYC and Nest Maternity, San Francisco, voted “2010 Best of the Bay Maternity Store” by Bay Area Parents Magazine. LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! readers can purchase Belly Armor products online with a 10% discount using code “lookwhatmom”, quick offer expires September 30th.
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Anne Geddes Board Book and Baby Bunny Plush Giveaway-CLOSED

The Anne Geddes Gift Shop has everything you need, from Newborn, Toddler and Maternity products, to Anne’s world renowned Books & Journals. Be sure to check out our great selection of beautiful Baby Clothing, Toddler Clothing, Plush Toys, Designer Bags, Greeting Cards, Maternity Clothing and more – a delightful assortment all adorned with Anne’s captivating imagery.

One of my favorite items from Anne Geddes is the plush toys. Their realistic expressions and sweet costumes make them a fun collectable for any age. Sabreena has several plush toys including a ladybug, bear and bunny. I own PURE , Anne’s 3rd coffee-table book; it was a gift from Rob when I was pregnant with Shaun. It’s been something that the kids enjoy leafing through and admiring the beautifully graphic images.

With Mother’s Day around the corner celebrate the mom or non-mom in your life with a unique gift of a journal, powerful print for the nursery or new shirt from the clothing collection. With so many things to choose from there is something for everyone for any occasion.

Win Anne Geddes new board books; Opposites, Animals and Words plus their best selling Baby Bunny Plush. Visit AnneGeddes.com and tell me your favorite image, leave me a link to it.

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Belly Ups help keep your pants on


What happens when you buy those fabulous looking and fitting low rise jeans but need to bend over to pick up a matchbox car or sippy cup.What do moms do when a new baby is on the way but the maternity pants just aren’t fitting right. Belly Ups are mini-suspenders that hold up your bottoms and are undetectable under clothing, totally comfortable, and not at all damaging to your favorite clothing, BELLY UPS are a “must have” for any woman.

Belly Ups were created out of a need from then pregnant Laura Kronen. During her 2nd pregnancy the sagging, sliding pants reminded her of a thought she had during her 1st pregnancy. She then assembled her Belly Ups and wore them everyday. She researched other moms and found out she wasn’t the only one with this problem.

I was sent a pair of Belly Ups for review but knew my sister could use them during her last couple months of pregnancy. The nude color is great for a no-show look under white and light tees. Black and Black with Pink Hearts is also available for a more fun look. I do remember when I was pregnant with Shaun a particular pair of jeans would fall down. Belly ups weren’t available to me then so I opted to wear Rob’s regular suspenders under my clothes. The system worked but the peeked out if I wore a shirt that didn’t come all the way to myneck or the straps would fall off my shoulders so I was always adjusting. Belly Ups are a great solution to nuisance problem for pregnant moms and beyond.

Belly Ups are an inexpensive ($13) addition to your wardrobe and are available for purchase at local shoppes, online boutiques and Baby is a Star.

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HOTmilk Lingerie, a maternity and nursing collection

I think pregnant women are sexy and beautiful and deserve the same gorgeous clothing and accessories they wore before the belly pop. Those of us who have had the experience of shopping for maternity clothing and undergarments know the selections can be quite limited and boring.

HOTmilk Lingerie, the brand that reveals the sexy woman inside the loving mother, continues to push the boundaries of pregnancy and nursing lingerie with the release of a playful, provocative and sexy new video. HOTmilk Lingerie’s beautiful advertising imagery was once referred to as “soft porn”. This may leave you wondering what those critics will make of this saucy new commercial, by the world leader in sexy maternity lingerie! Either way, young mothers looking this sexy should definitely be banned.

I’m warning you, this is probably not safe for work or kids as it is a bit racy but it truly shows how pregnant women do not have to compromise to feel and look sensual and provocative.





Baby Shower Blog Party

I’m changing the date of the Baby Shower Blog Party. It is going to start Monday, July 27th instead. I added more prizes at the last minute so this will last 2 weeks (no weekends).

It’s Blog Party time again. This time it’s in special honor of my sister and sister-in-law who are both pregnant and both due in October and both having little girls. I’m beyond excited and have been looking all over the web for cool products and also teamed up with some cool mamas to get their advice on pregnancy related topics. These articles which include Cloth Diapering Basics and Handling Premature Labor can be found here at Preparing for Baby.

This blog party is full of cool reviews and giveaways like cloth diapers, nursing tools, stationery, diaper bags, bedding and so much more! It starts July 25th so come back and see all the fun goodies in store.

Grab the Baby Shower Blog Party Button and you’ll get an additional 3 entries into every giveaway I have listed for that week. Leave me a comment telling me where to find the button.





Belabumbum lingerie review and GIVEAWAY

It’s amazing how a piece of lingerie can uplift a women’s spirits, especially when it’s made to fit her body perfectly. Belabumbum (Portuguese for beautiful bottom) specializes in lingerie, lounge wear, maternity lingerie and maternity swimwear for women who crave style alongside necessity. College friends Heidi Rauch and Alyssa Weiss founded Belabumbum in 2001 using the inspiration of Heidi’s South American adventures. Using fabrics imported from Brazil and innovative cutting techniques they are able to produce collections that accentuate the female body in flattering ways. Incorporating the South American and Mediterranean cultures and love of color makes Belabumbum different from other lingerie producers. They know how to make women feel beautiful.

Belabumbum particularly stands out in maternity lingerie with fun and flirty designs. Finally, maternity lingerie that looks lovely! Belabumbum believes that women grow more beautiful during pregnancy, and we also believe that pregnancy can be so much fun. Belabumbum’s maternity line encourages women to feel pampered, sexy, womanly, and just plain cool during what is truly one of the most important times of a woman’s life– during and after pregnancy.


The best way to describe the Filigree Chemise I’ve been wearing is HEAVEN. The material is silky soft and moves like fluid, the lace design is sweet and the amethyst color is modern. It is super sexy without being risqué so I can wear it around the house and not worry about flashing my six year old son. I’m used to always adjusting and tugging to get the right coverage but I am pleasantly surprised that this nightie fits wonderfully. I was nervous about getting a size large, I didn’t think it would fit the size Ds but was I dead wrong. These pieces are designed for real women by real women.

The maternity collection is what really caught my eye at first. No more dowdy sleepwear for pregnant mamas. Be comfortable and still be CUTE in Bird’s Nest Nursing Babydoll and Pant set with a sweet mama bird looking over her nest of eggs. For the non-preggies you’ll love the bold exotic patterns of Indira and Mata Hari collections and their bold colors and unique details. Keep it green with Bamboo Basics with a racerback bra and thong or girlshort panties, made with organic, sustainable bamboo. Whatever your style or whatever the occasion Belabumbum is going to have that perfect ensemble to make you feel the best you have felt in a long time.

Win a chemise from Belebumbum here at LookWhatMomFound. Take a look around and tell me what other garments you think would be perfect for you and WHY. Would it be for a romantic evening with the hubby or for lazy Sunday mornings or midnight cuddling with that brand new baby.

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Attune Bars for Good Health

In my search for new products for my sisters I was turned on to Attune Bars. It’s a new “health” food then benefits not only pregnant woman but anyone. Our healthy digestive system is important for overall well-being. If we aren’t getting the nutrition we need from the food we eat then we aren’t going to thrive. Stress, medications, poor diet and other environmental factors generally put our health at risk. Attune bars help balance the good bacteria called probiotics by providing up to 5 times the amount of live active cultures than regular yogurt in the convienence of an on-the-go bar.

The probiotics story begins with intestinal bacteria, which are a community of good and bad bacteria that live in the digestive system. We all have naturally occurring bacterial communities in our digestive systems. They help:

  • Protect the body from harmful bacteria.
  • Exercise the immune system to ensure it is ready to react to harmful bacteria.
  • Strengthen the intestinal wall so it acts as a defensive barrier.
  • Digest fiber in the diet, so we can absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat.

These digestive bacteria are essential to overall wellbeing. Probiotics act as a helper to these friendly bacteria, and that help can keep the digestive system functioning well.


Attune probiotic chocolate bars, available in seven delicious chocolate flavors (such as Dark Chocolate, Mint Chocolate and Blueberry Vanilla), have 100 or fewer calories and contain three of the most clinically supported probiotic strains for digestive health and immunity (more important than ever) plus calcium and fiber. Attune probiotic wellness bars are a delicious way to enjoy the health benefits probiotics can provide. Each Attune wellness bar is packed with probiotics that help rebalance your digestive system, so your whole body can work better.

  • Attune probiotics are proven to survive in the digestive tract, where they can provide optimal health benefits.
  • The probiotics in Attune have been clinically tested to support a healthy digestive system and a strong immune system.*
  • Attune wellness bars also include prebiotics, which support healthy digestive function and work in harmony with probiotics.

Sabreena have tried a couple bars so far and they are pretty tasty. She enjoys the granola bars and I like the Almond Milk Chocolate best. Attune bars are an easy and delicious way to maintain a healthy balance of good and bad.




Preparing for Baby Series: Premature Labor

While I have 3 kids of my own there are alot of aspects of maternity and baby care that I know nothing about.
This post is available to hopefully give some information to mamas, soon-to-be mamas and even you dads out there.
Premature labor outside of occasional Braxton Hicks is one of those topics I know nothing about. I have a guest writer for this segment, Samantha Jo Campen.
“As a wife and a mother, Samantha lives with her joyful one year-old baby boy and her husband in the suburbs of Chicago. By day she works full-time in sales, and by night she continues her quest to pamper herself by exercising and indulging in beauty routines that transport her back to the sprightly age of 29. She enjoys lingering with floofy magazines that use personal pronouns in their titles, is focused on Green issues, and has never met a potato she didn’t like. Samantha can also be found toiling away on her personal blog, Back to Me

I’m a planner. So when we decided to get pregnant I knew that there was only so much I could prepare for and the rest would be out of my hands. It was hard, but I did learn to go with the flow. My pregnancy was uneventful and everything was right on the mark until I hit 30 weeks and 5 days. That’s when I went into labor.
The crazy thing was I wouldn’t have known I was in labor as early as I did if I hadn’t had a discussion with my other pregnant friend two days before. We were talking about Braxton-Hicks contractions and she mentioned that if I ever have more than four in an hour I should call my doctor. Well, on the morning of February 3rd 2008 I had four in 40 minutes and you better believe I called my doctor in a panic. That’s when he told me a few things I wasn’t aware of:
1). They are more common first thing in the morning because of dehydration and hunger. He wanted me to slam a lot of water and have something sugary for breakfast (I had a waffle with jam, orange juice and water).
2). A full bladder could cause contractions, so he wanted me to keep going to the bathroom. (Not a problem being 30 weeks pregnant I’ll tell you that!)
3). He of course wanted me laying on my left side so the baby would have as much un-restricted blood flow as possible (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/sleepingpositions.html). Done!
None of this helped and I kept contracting steadily for the rest of the morning. When I was down to every five minutes we went to the hospital at the advice of my doctor. He told us to expect to be there for a few hours, and I would be given an exam and hooked up to a fetal heart rate monitor. Once I got to the hospital they took a urine sample to check and see if I had a urinary tract infection. Apparently those cause contractions too–didn’t know that either! I remember waiting for the results thinking that if they were positive, this was going to be the most expensive UTI ever in the history of the world. It wasn’t, as I didn’t have one. I was in labor and no one knew why. I was then asked a battery of questions:
1). Had I fallen recently? No.
2). Did I drink or do drugs? Uh, NO.
3). Was I under any unmanageable stress recently? Not really any more than usual.
4). Had I lifted anything heavy in the past few days? Absolutely not.
5). Had any of my blood or urine tests throughout my pregnancy come back abnormal? No, everything was right down the middle boring and perfect.
6). Had I ever had high blood pressure in my pregnancy? No, in fact it was always shockingly low.
The nurses and doctors went on and on getting my entire history to figure out why I was in labor almost ten weeks early. I had dilated to almost 2 cm and that needed to stop. I asked the point of no return and the nurse told me 5 cm. The NICU doctor came up to discuss with us what would happen if they couldn’t stop my labor and our son was born. We were reassured that a 30 week preemie is much better off than a 26 week preemie, so we had that going for us. Their three main concerns were the baby breathing on his own, regulating his own body temperature, and sucking/swallowing on his own. Some 30 weekers could do those things and some couldn’t. If our son was born then he would be in NICU for a month or two. My husband got a tour of the NICU and was able to meet the nurses. I was in bed hooked up to monitors trying not to panic and given steroid shots to boost the baby’s lung development.
After being in the hospital for a week with a cocktail of drugs, I was sent home on bed rest until our son was born. There are a few different types of bed rest, depending on the severity of the symptoms. I was on partial bed rest meaning I was allowed to walk around for up to an hour a day. I could go from the bed to the sofa to the kitchen to the bathroom, rinse and repeat. I was told to avoid stressful situations, such as watching violent or suspenseful television shows and movies or listening to the news. Music had to be soothing. I couldn’t drive or go anywhere by myself (but really, where would I go?). Some women are on fully restricted bed rest where their feet can’t even touch the floor. I was grateful I was able to move around a bit. Getting the mail was seriously the highlight of my day!
Let me start out by saying that before I was pregnant if someone said I had to go on bed rest I would have been all over it. Laying around all day? I’M AWESOME AT THAT. I can rock a couch and my laptop like no one’s business. Bring it!

And for a day or two it’s not so bad. But when you’re contracting and worried about the baby, plus you’re shaped like a whale and no matter what you can’t get comfortable, bed rest isn’t all that fun. Throw in heartburn and some major nesting hormones and you’ve got yourself one tough time. So here are some helpful tips to make it less miserable:

1). Accept help. If you’re like me, asking for help is hard. Watching someone clean your house while you lay on the couch is even harder. But it’s worth it and it makes a difference. You’re stuck inside the house so it might as well be clean and not annoy you. And trust me, your friends and family feel helpless and want to do something for you. Have them make friends with your vacuum.

2). Have a small routine. Washing my face, brushing my teeth, putting lotion on and combing my hair were vital to my survival. I needed to feel like my day was starting, as opposed to running as a stream with no real distinction from morning, noon and night.

3). If you hadn’t already, find a community online of other preggos due around the time you are. And if you can track down another mama on bed rest then that’s hitting the jack pot. Crazily enough I found a woman who was on bed rest the same time I was and we became fast friends–we still chat to this day. We hope our sons are able to meet each other one day and compare NICU stories! (And she and I will share a much needed drink).

4). Do mini-projects. I pre-addressed all of our thank you notes and birth announcements. I blogged like crazy. I had the best home mani/pedi that you could ever hope to see. Read those books you’ve been dying to get to. Have an 80’s movie marathon. Scrapbook. Knit. Keep busy mentally. Solitaire on your phone or computer will become your friend.

5). Remember what’s really important: a healthy you and a healthy baby. The cleaning and the nursery and the painting are all secondary. I had to remind myself that a few times, and that’s okay too.

In the end I was able to cook the little bugger for an extra month, and my son was born healthy and robust 5 weeks early on March 3rd 2008 and weighed in at a whopping 6 lbs 8.5 ounces. The nurses said that if I had gone full-term he would have been around 10-11 pounds. Yowzas. I guess things happen for a reason!




Ingrid and Isabel Bella Band review

Yes, you look Beautiful! I’m talking to you pregnant mamas out there right now. I remember how it felt to get dressed each morning when I was pregnant. Not knowing what would fit, what wouldn’t fit and how I was going to make it fit. I have 2 sisters going through the same issues today with expanding preggie bellies and shrinking pocket books with a growing list of baby gear to buy and upcoming expenses to plan for.

Ingrid and Isabel is the company behind the Bella Band. No more safety pins, rubber bands, exposed bellies or sloppy clothing with the Bella Band. This must have wardrobe accessory is not only going to make your clothing look better it’s going to make you feel better. Being neat and put together and knowing we look good each day gives us a little boost of confidence. The Bella Band is specially constructed of ultra-soft knit with spandex and nylon to give a smooth finish without the worry of unsightly seams and hems when folded over. Made to withstand multiple washings and resist piling there is now doubt this can be worn often, this saves money on expensive maternity clothing, wear your fave jeans as long as you can get them up and us the Bella Band to keep them where they should be.

The Bella Band isn’t the only wardrobe necessity Ingrid and Isabel has perfected. The Everyday Cami is just that, the perfect cami to wear with everything. The thing I noticed about the Everyday Cami is the full coverage you receive not only over the belly but over the boobs, no spillage or excessive cleavage. Along with the two fabulous products above you are also going to find other essentials like the Everyday Pant, Belly Leggings, and the Ruched Tank.

Ingrid and Isabel knew that I was hunting for great times for my sisters and sent them some great pieces along with a great magnet they both love that says Yes, You Look Beautiful! This is Kim in the black Everyday Cami and Melanie wearing a black Bella Band with still too big maternity pants.
Every woman needs a little encouragement each day but pregnant mamas might need it a little more often. Stick this magnet on the fridge, work desk, vanity mirror or your car dashboard. Smile a little when you read it because you know it’s true.

Purchase your own Ingrid and Isabel essentials and find out for yourself why they will become your got to pieces to throughout your pregnancy and beyond.