My Pregnancy Uniform: Aurora

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We are so pleased to introduce you to Aurora for our latest My Beauty Uniform Installment. Aurora is a model, blogger, and first time mama who resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. We just love her swoony style and have loved watching her pregnancy journey via her Instagram.

Read on as she discusses pregnancy through a refreshingly honest lens and why she thinks her little one may come out a mini Leslie Knope!


What is your daily beauty routine? What products do you use?

My routine is actually pretty basic, I prefer to let my “natural pregnancy glow” shine. 😉 In the mornings I just wash my face with water, and I use a Neutrogena moisturizer. The only makeup I wear on a daily basis is Anastasia Dip Brow, mascara, and a little bit of bronzer to define my cheek bones, now that my face is filling out!

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Do you have any beauty rituals you adopted since becoming pregnant?

Since becoming pregnant, I definitely pay more attention to the skin on my body that’s not on my face! I know that you can’t really prevent stretch marks topically (my midwife says eating a balanced diet is the key to avoiding stretch marks!), but I still moisturize my tummy almost every day. I use whatever is closest to me when I’m getting ready, honestly, so on any given day it can be any of the following products! Bath and Body works satsuma body butter, my Neutrogena moisturizer, or I recently got a stretch mark preventative oil in the mail that I’ve been trying.

What has been your go-to style during pregnancy? Describe your favorite outfit you’re wearing these days?

Leggings and a sweater, almost every day! Haha. I somehow have managed to still fit into all of my pre-pregnancy leggings, so I’ve avoided buying any maternity leggings. Now that I’ve got less than two months left I’m thinking it may be time to invest in some that fit over my belly, though!

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Are there any particular food or drinks you love to keep you feel good and glowing?

I constantly crave breakfast foods! I swear, this baby is going to come out a Leslie Knope! One of my absolute favorites, and I make my husband make it for me almost every morning, is toad-in-a-hole (toast with a hole cut out and an egg over easy cooked inside) with bacon and a cup of coffee. I’m sure I’ll never want to eat it again after my pregnancy, because it’s been my breakfast of choice for the past 3 months at least.

What wisdom do you hope to pass down to your little one?

I just hope that I’m able to instill self-love in my son, and show him to be a kind and respectful man, like his father.

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What advice would you give to other pregnant moms about feeling like themselves and enjoying this time?

Pregnancy is really hard, and I hate it when people pretend that it’s not! It’s not all pregnancy glow and cute little fluttery kicks. There’s a lot of puking and charlie horses in your butt while you’re sleeping and feeling like you can’t breathe when you sit down. So my advice is to try to cherish the time you have with your significant other before baby gets here, and no matter how insecure you feel about your growing body, take lots of pictures! Not only will you regret not having those photos eventually, but your kids are going to love seeing them someday! You’ll never be pregnant with this child ever again, so no matter how hard it is, document it.


Thank you, Aurora! We’re so grateful you shared your experience with us.

Want to learn more about Aurora? You can visit her website right here.

The 50 Most Popular Baby Names of 2016

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Choosing a baby name or have on ready for when baby arrives? We were curious what the most popular baby names of 2016 were. Especially with one on our team expecting her first, we have baby names on the brain over here.

We turned to the trusty folks at Baby Center who rank baby names by true popularity every year. Below you’ll find the top 50 names!

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Is your baby name on the list?

An Interview with Seraphine Maternity

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We were thrilled to chat with our friends at Seraphine, who’s maternity collection is one we just adore! Beyond maternity, they also offer nursing and baby clothing you will love.

Read on as Cecile Reinaud, Seraphine founder, tells us a bit about her company and mission!

Tell us a little about your company and its vision.

Seraphine is an international maternity fashion brand, helping style-conscious moms-to-be to stick to their signature look through pregnancy. I set up the company in 2002 with the aim of revolutionizing the maternity wear market. Since then, Seraphine has become an authority on all things maternity style and is known for dressing all the A-lister bumps – we’ve dressed everyone from Gwen Stefani, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Alba to The Duchess of Cambridge.

What’s your favorite holiday trend you’re seeing in pregnancy fashion this season?

Every woman needs a fail-safe LBD for the festive season, and I love all the glamorous options around at the moment. We have a fantastic Off The Shoulder Black Maternity Dress, which is perfect for parties and our Sparkly Maternity Cocktail Dress offers the perfect touch of glitz for the holidays. For something more casual I love our Berry Nursing & Maternity Tunic. You can glam it up for a night out or throw it on for a morning walk, it is a true maternity must-have.

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What go-to shoe choice would you suggest as having style with comfort?

For pregnancy you really can’t beat a pair of ballet flats. I’m very petite so usually live in my heels, but I suffered terrible back pain through pregnancy, so had to find something stylish to replace them. The ballerina style was perfect. They’re flat, so comfortable for all-day wear and stylish enough to wear to work and out to dinner.

Who’s your pregnancy style icon?

In my line of work I’ve had the pleasure to dress many glamorous expectant celebs – it’s one of the highlights of my job! In the past week alone we’ve dressed Marion Cotillard, former X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Sophie Hunter, Eva Amurri & Alexa Penavega and I’m always interested to see how each woman styles her Seraphine differently. Of course that makes it almost impossible to choose just one style icon! But I think The Duchess of Cambridge has to be at the top of my list – she looked elegant in Seraphine through both of her pregnancies, and even chose our signature Fuchsia Knot Front Maternity Dress for the first official pictures with Prince George.

What advice would you give an expect mom – be it fashion advice or otherwise – on how to feel her most confident during this time?

This is a question I’m often asked, and my answer is always the same: Stay true to your own style. When your body is changing so dramatically in such a short space of time, it can be easy to lose touch with your signature look. But just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel like your regular fabulous self. With the right maternity clothes and accessories you can enjoy a truly fashionable pregnancy. See more at www.seraphine.com