Author Shana

Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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Post-Partum / Nursing
Strategies to Avoid Looking Pregnant Once You’ve Given Birth (Plus an Exercise To Banish Post-Baby Belly)

It’s a common complaint: You are 6 weeks postpartum, and are proud of yourself for, (A) being out of the house and (B) having showered and applied makeup. As you are strutting happily along, babe in tow, you eventually run into some idiot who says, “So, when are you due?”
This situation happens to us all, and my previous coping strategy was to simply bury the incident deep in my brain, never to be thought of again. But then one of our readers left the following comment:
I have several tops like these [NOTE: she’s referring to the floaty tops featured in our Postpartum Belly Hiding Tops post] that I wore after giving birth in May, and I was so disappointed and embarrassed when people asked me if I was pregnant. I wanted to scream…hey, not everyone looks like Heidi Klum six weeks postpartum. But then I thought maybe it also had to do with the loose floaty tops I was wearing. Any suggestions for this problem? I’m pregnant again and want to AVOID this situation in the future!
Sigh. It’s best to face this situation head-on. So, is there anything we can do to avoid looking pregnant after we’ve given birth?
The short answer is: No. Not really. Our bodies just went through 9 months of crazy changes – it’s not going to be undone overnight. One O/B told me to think about it this way: It takes 9 months for your body to get that big, it’s probably going to take another 9 months for your body to go back to normal. At least. And as someone who got scary-big (click link then scroll down for a pic), I get it.
There are, however, a few strategies worth trying:

Winter Outfit Inspiration: Violet Boutique

Right about now, I’m starting to ache for Spring. Which means that I tend to view Denver’s eternally sunny skies optimistically: the sun is out, therefore it’s warm, right? No. Not by a long shot. Add to the mix the fact that magazines are filled with Spring fashion coverage, boutiques have winter items on super sale and window displays are showing the most fabulous little gauzy dresses, tops and sandals. BOOOOOOOO.
I could seriously use some fashion inspiration. So Molly and I asked a few boutique owners and a personal shopper at Nordstroms to put together some inspiring looks to help us get through the winter. First up? Stacy McElhany, mom of Emerson and owner of Violet Boutique, Denver.

Date Night & Dressin' Up
What We’re Reading This Week: Size 12 Skinny Jean Recommendation from Fashion For The Economically Challenged

Over the last year or so, there has been much discussion on Ain’t No Mom Jeans about the value of skinny jeans. I would dare say that many of you are under the assumption that skinny jeans should only be worn by size 2 gals. While I’ve always disagreed (I think skinny jeans can be flattering on a range of body types/sizes)….well, for many of you, the love wasn’t there.
But a picture is worth a thousand words, no? And no one can dispute that FashionAddict looks great in her skinnies.

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