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My maternity photo shoot was definitely one of the highlights of my pregnancy! With so much going on both mentally and physically it was nice to get back into my element. My photos were shot by Stephanie Richer of Stephanie Richer Photography. When Stephanie told me her vision for the shoot, I knew we were on the same page. We both envisioned a more high-end editorial shoot. The pictures were everything I anticipated and more. 

Stephanie did an amazing job capturing each image. She has a special way of creating a fun and energetic atmosphere. She understands the concept of light and used cool techniques to capture the perfect image. She also shot our breathtaking engagement pictures.

My make up was done by Kristen ‘KC’ Coleman. She provides both hair and make-up services, however we just did make-up. She did an awesome job! We didn’t even have a consultation. She went in really soft and natural which I really appreciated because I don’t wear make-up on a regular basis. I absolutely love a subtle beat!

The dress I chose to wear is a black form fitting Betsey & Adam gown with embellishment around the neck and arms. It’s not a maternity dress, however, it fits comfortably on my bump.  I wore my black Christian Louboutins to compliment such a regal gown.

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Throughout my pregnancy I have worn clothes that are not only comfortable, but also breathable. I prefer longer tops with more of a loose fit. I wear leggings 99.9% of the time and the other very small percentage I wear my maternity jeggings or joggers. Since my belly is getting bigger it is harder to get my shoes on and off. I have been searching for a pair of comfortable mule shoes with no avail. I told my husband starting in March, I will officially be done with closed toe shoes other than working out and also inclement weather. I am so ready for some Spring weather!

I ordered this layered dress almost two years ago. Initially, I wasn’t particularly crazy about the fit and considered returning it. I am so happy I didn’t because this dress makes a super cute maternity outfit. I paired the dress with leggings and thigh high boots.

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My husband and I make a conscious effort to eat healthy. Not saying we don’t enjoy our fair share of snacks and treats, but that is few and far between. These days I am eating for my son. I want to provide him with all of the beneficial nutrients to grow big and strong.

I was on FaceTime with my mom while I was eating my breakfast one day. She asked what I was eating and I told her everything on my bagel and the benefits. She said you should post a blog about healthy foods to eat while pregnant (thanks for the idea mom).

I am actually not a bagel eater, however my husband made this one morning and I have been eating it every since. Let me just preference by saying I do not like eggs or avocados individually, however, together with the other toppings this is the best bagel I have ever had. On this bagel, I made scrambled eggs, added avocado, cheese, and turkey bacon. On the side I have fresh blueberries and to wash everything down, I had ice cold Almond Milk. Check out the benefits below.

Organic Bagel- The Epic Everything brand has a high protein and omega-3 content. Omega-3 has a positive effect on visual and cognitive development of my son.

Organic Eggs- Eggs are a good source of protein and good for my little mans brain development. *Superfood

Avocado- Avocados are strongly recommended during pregnancy because of the various vitamins and minerals. This unassuming fruit contains essential nutrients such as folate and potassium. *Superfood

Cheese- Mild Cheddar for added texture and taste.

Turkey bacon- I prefer turkey bacon over pork bacon because it is leaner and it tastes better.

Blueberries- Blueberries are considered brain food also assist with immune development during pregnancy. They are high in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and antioxidants. *Superfood

Almond Milk- I prefer almond milk over cows milk because I am able to digest it better. This milk is rich in protein: This helps in the healthy development of my son’s muscle mass.

*Superfoods provide greater health benefits then most other foods.

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I felt so many different emotions during my First Trimester. I was not prepared for the morning sickness, the food aversions, my hormones wouldn’t let me be great, I felt weak and tired, I just wanted to curl up and go to sleep. During week seven, I actually had flu like symptoms. It is rare that I get sick. During that week I was hot and cold, nothing satisfied my tastes buds, I could only eat chicken noodle soup and drink orange juice. I love water and I try drinking a gallon a day, however, during week seven it took everything in me to drink a sip of water. My husband and I do not speak of week seven. Around week thirteen I finally started to feel okay… not great, but a lot better. 

  1. As soon as I found out I was expecting I purchased natural prenatal vitamins. I later switched to a different brand to include DHA (per my doctor).

  2. It was important for me to have a pregnancy journal to document my experiences on this journey. There is so much that goes on both mentally and physically, I thought it would be a great idea to keep track of each stage of my pregnancy.

  3. A cushioned toilet seat was a necessity for me! My husband found a great seat on Amazon and it is so comfy.

  4. I never left the house without my GinGin’s. They helped so much with nausea. GinGin’s are ginger candies that really help to settle the stomach.

  5. My belly constantly itched towards the end of my first trimester. I bought Aloe Vera Gel from Whole Foods to help soothe my skin.

  6. I also ordered Mother’s Special Blend from Amazon. I love this oil because it can be used before, during, and after pregnancy and it is all natural.

  7. I carried my water bottle with me everywhere. It was important for me to stay hydrated during my early stages of pregnancy. I liked the water bottles with the measurements on the sides to keep track of my water intake.

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