Maternity Blog by Belly Dance Maternity

  • True Life: 27 Weeks

    Preggers Maternity Tights

    Maternal America Cashmere DressPreggers ‘Cocoa’ Tights, Banana Republic Boots

    In cold months (so, all the time in Chicago this year) I am a sweater dress, tights and boots girl through and through. It’s an easy, comfortable look that has always been my fallback on those mornings when I’m particularly indecisive or sluggish. I was pretty bummed when my regular tights started to get uncomfortable – I didn’t know if a thick and durable pair of maternity tights existed. Enter Preggers. I’ll admit the word ‘compression’ scared me a bit, but once I put these on I was sold. They are so well-made and are just a perfect fit (I did size up to a medium). They have toe and heel reinforcements (never again put your tights on backwards!) and come all the way up to your bra line, but do not restrict your growing belly. I also never fiddle with them during the day, they stay right where they're supposed to all day long. I haven't had any issues with blood flow or swelling yet – perhaps these tights have something to do with it! I bought the sock version for a flight next week, but have already been wearing them as boot socks.

    I think great fitting accessories/hosiery/lingerie is one of the things we pregnant women tend to skimp on, thinking ‘why spend the money for only 9 months of wear?’ Trust me, you will not be disappointed in Preggers and will be digging them out of the hamper to wear day after day (who has time for laundry anyway??).

  • Trend Watch: To The Max-i

    All About Maxi's

    Maxi dresses are instant glamour, and a super easy way to look stylish and pulled together with just one piece. Check out all of our awesome options from SeraphineNomOlianTees by Tina and more!

  • Celebrity Style: Olivia Wilde

    olivia wilde

    NOM Navy Stripe Tate TeeSlacks And Co Denver JacketPaige Penelope Jimmy Jimmy Crop    Proenza Schouler PS1 BagNike Sky Hi Dunks

    At Belly Dance we believe that style and comfort must go hand in hand. That is why we adore Olivia Wilde’s comfy-chic approach to her maternity wardrobe.  If it’s her style you love, try items like this NOM Tate Stripe Top with a pair of Paige Penelope Jimmy Jimmy boyfriend cropped jeans. They are both great basics that you will be wearing all the time!  We love this outfit paired with fun colored sneakers, leather jacket and a neutral colored bag for a day of running errands or lunch with friends.

  • Trend Watch: Quilted Bags

    Quilted Bags

    clockwise from upper leftRebecca Minkoff Marissa Baby BagKate Spade Sedgewick Place Phoebe,Storksak Bobby Quilted Bag in CappuccinoChanel Classic Flap Bag

    It’s hard to find a bag more iconic than the Chanel Classic Flap Bag. We’re so excited to carry some equally classy diaper bags to keep our customers looking stylish with baby in tow. Stop into one of stores or visit our website to check out the new assortment of bags from Rebecca Minkoff and Storksak!

  • True Life: 25 Weeks

    Splendid Cardigan

    One of the most comfortable pieces I’ve purchased so far in this pregnancy is from the very company known for soft fabrics and ultimate comfort – Splendid. It’s one of the non-maternity brands we carry at Belly Dance and we love that we can continue to find great items that work well for both our pregnant and post-pregnancy customers. This double-layer thermal hoodie is cozy and warm with a long-sleeve tee underneath, but it will also serve me well in the warmer months (when my little one arrives) over a nursing tank. We carry it in black and grey in both of our stores, and it will be up on our website soon!

  • Belly Craves: Pink and Lilac


    With Valentine’s Day just one day away we can’t help buy covet all things pink and lilac. Try Princess Kate’s favorite Seraphine dress for a date night look or a casual “Galentines Day” brunch. Slip on our Michael Stars Elbow Sleeve Henley for knocking about town. It’s so comfy you’d wish you bought more than one and we have plenty colors to choose from! Last, try everyone's favorite thong in these fun colors.

    Don’t forget you still have time to receive a FREE Hanky Panky with your purchase of $150.00 or more with code: HEART through 2/16.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • True Life: 24 Weeks

    Free People Pull Over

    Free People Engineered Pullover in Charcoal (sold in our stores), Ingrid & Isabel Belly Leggings, J.Crew Factory boots


    These weeks sure are flying by. It’s hard to believe I’m nearing the third trimester, and that means almost to baby! There’s one clothing item that I’m wearing more and more as I continue to grow – the Ingrid & Isabel Belly Leggings. They are a great over-the-belly staple (yes, they come all the way up to your bra line!) that are sooo comfortable because they never fall down and don’t have a tag that could irritate itchy skin. Having the extra coverage over my belly has also been a lifesaver in this perpetually-below-freezing winter we’ve been having in Chicago. If you’re looking for a great pair of leggings, I highly recommend giving these a try!

  • Trend Watch: Stripes for Days

    Stripes blog

    1.Ripe Relaxed Slub Stripe Top 2.Olian Lucy Stripe Tunic  3.Olian Gina Dress 4.Ripe Stripe Print Veronica Top 5.Olian Mara Dress

    One trend we're happy to see stick around season after season is horizontal stripes. The preppy, nautical take on stripes is an enduring classic - Olian and Ripe have hit that nail on the head with the Gina dress (3) and the Veronica top (4). New spins on the trend are equally as adorable. Try slub stripes in bright colors from Ripe, drapey black and white stripes or colorblocked stripes, both from Olian. As for that myth that horizontal stripes make you look bigger - throw it out to sea.

  • Gift Guide: Be My Valentine

    Be My Valentine

    1.Belabumbum Lotus Lace Pink Nursing/Maternity Nightgown 2.Cat Bird Heart Stack Ring 3.Nom Kiki Heart Tee
    4.Lush Bath Bomb  5.Rebecca Minkoff Love NY Pouch  6. Pablo Neruda Love Poems 7. Diptyque Candle
    8.Chewbeads Ivory Hudson Necklace 9.Gift Box-One Hot Mama


    With Valentine's Day just a week away, we’ve complied a list of some of our favorite items for new moms or moms-to-be. From cute graphic tees to accessories, there’s something for you to spoil your special sweetheart this Valentine's Day!

  • True Life: 23 Weeks

    craving blog - juice 2

    Pregnancy and cravings go hand in hand - I've been asked countless times over the past few months if I'm craving anything weird or making my husband run out for ice cream and pickles in the middle of the night. Lucky for my husband, I haven't had any truly bizarre 'I gotta have it" moments (yet). I am, however, all about juice and fruit these days. I pretty much have to have orange juice and a banana first thing every single morning. I'm also practicing eating on the go with these squeezable apple sauces - they are so handy and delicious!

    How about you? Share any cravings you're having in our comments section! You can also read up on what a few experts have to say about cravings here.

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