Seven weirdest maternity products

Oh, the Internet. If you can dream it, you can probably find it. Here are some of the oddest, and downright creepiest, maternity products out there.

Crowning Baby Flower Necklace

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I know what you’re thinking, and you’re wrong. It’s not a pretty flower. In fact, it’s a pendant celebrating the moment a baby’s head bursts through a vagina.

The handmade item is “strung on hand dyed, hand-spun Scottish wool” and apparently “perfect for a birthing mama.”

Find it on Etsy for $15.58.

Baby Fetus Soap

Oddest Maternity Products  fetus baby soapWhy oh why. Here’s another handmade novelty from Etsy for $5.60: a fetus encased in a clear embryonic soap sac. Can you just imagine that baby watching you while you brush your teeth? Yughhh.

I Heart My Placenta Teddy Bear

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Hey, I love my placenta as much as the next woman — but, how is this a thing?

These teddies come in three colors, and can be found on CafePress, currently on sale (no surprise) for $19.99.

 

Fimo Embryo in a Bronze Chestnut Husk with Brass Rod in Soap Stone

weirdest maternity products baby sculptureThis one has a long title, but it’s basically a baby lollipop…stuck in a rock. Technically, it’s beautifully crafted. But with a $233.07 price tag on Etsy,  it goes from strange to extravagantly oddball.

Fetus in a Jar Necklace

Oddest Maternity Products Fetus Necklace     Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh…..

Oddest Maternity Products Fetus in a Jar Necklace

…..Even the octopus is like, “What the hell?”

 

 

 

 

Kickbee

Oddest Maternity Products Tweeting Belly BandThis one will be tough to explain to grandpa. The Kickbee is a wearable band that alerts Twitter whenever your baby kicks. It automatically alerts the whole world with short messages like, “I kicked Mommy!” and even sends texts to mobile phones.

In other words, it’s the quickest way to lose friends & gain enemies.

Origami Skin Maternity Dress

Oddest Maternity Products  skin origami dressThis dress by Marisol Rodriguez is inspired by Japanese origami & the frustration all expectant moms have as their bellies grow out of regular clothes. Designed with folds that expand as your baby grows, the dress is marketed as the ultimate maternity dress. Weird, or genius? You tell us!

Which of these odd maternity products weirded you out the most? Is there any you actually like? Share below!

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How to prevent oily skin during pregnancy

There’s a fine line between a healthy pregnancy glow and pregnancy acne — and that line is usually a slippery, icky oily one. Whether you’re battling a couple blemishes or at war with a full oil slick, we’ve got the deets on how to get your pregnancy skin under control.

Pregnancy & oily skin: What’s the deal?

As usual, blame it on your out of whack hormones. Extra hormones in your body cause oil glands to go into overdrive, which can cause breakouts.

The good news, however, is breakouts tend to be more mild than those from your adolescent nightmares and the duration is a lot shorter! The extra oil simply means tweaking your skincare regimen.

Prevent oily skin during pregnancy

1) Cleanser

Dermatologists agree those suffering with oily skin should keep a strict cleansing routine. Choose a gentle cleanser to wash your face morning and night. If your smeller is sensitive, choose a mildly scented or fragrance-free formula. Stay away from harsh soaps that may aggravate skin, and avoid washing your face more than twice a day to prevent dryness.

Many with oily skin have paradoxically turned to the Oil Cleansing Method, which uses oil to break down dirt, oil and grime on their faces.

For OCM, we recommend:

ocm-oil-cleansing-method-stretch-mark-oilThe Spoiled Mama’s Bump Gloss Stretch Mark Oil (starting at $21): The stretch mark oil is formulated with more than 10 natural and essential oils that will cleanse and nourish your skin. Toxin-free, organic and safe for pregnant Moms and babes. Perfect for preventing stretch marks & can be used for perineal massages as well!

2) Toner

When shopping for a toner for oily skin, choose an alcohol-free toner loaded with antioxidants. The right toner will help heal skin, prime it for other products and clear away excess residue your cleanser didn’t pick up.

For oily skin during pregnancy, we recommend:

oil-oily-skin-toner-alcohol-freeThe Spoiled Mama’s Bump Gloss Calm Toner ($16): The alcohol-free toner contains black willowbark, a naturally occurring salicylic acid to fight oily skin and pregnancy acne. The astringent gently tones without stripping or irritating sensitive skin. Perfect for all skin types & featured in our Glow maternity skin care collection.

 3) Moisturizer

Choose a lightweight moisturizer to prevent clogging pores. The perfect cream should provide hydration and skin-nourishing elements like alpha hydroxy acids that renew damaged skin and help healthy new cells flourish.

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The Spoiled Mama’s Bump Dew-Luxe Moisturizer ($36): The pregnancy safe skin care lotion gives you a healthy glow with alpha hydroxy acids (5%). The toxin-free formula accelerates cell turnover, keeps skin hydrated and helps fight melasma, the mask of pregnancy. Lightweight and toxin-free!

 

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How has your skin changed during pregnancy? How have you dealt with the changes? Share below!

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#NewYearNewMama Giveaway: Maternity shapewear + pregnancy skincare

Here at The Spoiled Mama, we believe  happiness means taking care of yourself — whether that’s hiking with your bestie or binge-watching the last season of “Breaking Bad” over a cup of organic pregnancy tea.

Whatever your idea of bliss is, I think we can all agree that happiness begins with loving the skin you’re in and thriving in your own body — no matter its shape, color or age. Whether you’re a new Mama of twins, trying for your first or welcoming your third, every woman deserves to feel fab-u-lous about herself.

And let’s be real, ladies –sometimes, feeling good requires a lil’ extra maintenance.

That’s why we’re so thrilled to present the #NewYearNewMama Giveaway! We’ve teamed up with intimate apparel company Leonisa to spoil one very lucky mom and help start her year off in style.

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Pregnancy skincare: Fade dark spots & brighten skin naturally

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Whether they’re age spots, acne scars or pregnancy melasma, hyperpigmentation of the face is a skin care issue many women dread.

If you’re like me, panic and confusion arises every time a new dark spot or blemish pops up: Is my mirror dirty? Is that dirt or makeup residue? Was this there yesterday? Ahhh!

While you can opt for expensive peels and visits to the dermatologist, there are gentle and effective ways to fade dark spots and brighten overall complexion. Especially during pregnancy — when up to 70% of women report experiencing “the mask of pregnancy”toxin-free maternity skincare is particularly important.

Natural skin brighteners to fade dark spots

The market is flooded with products that claim to whiten and brighten. Here are safe, toxin-free skin lighteners you want to scope out.

Skin brightening vitamins

Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that works to prevent further dark spots, while reducing discoloration you may already have.

Vitamin A increases the rate of cell turnover to help shed damaged, scarred skin.

Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, has antiflammatory properties. It helps repair sun damage and increases the rate of cellular reproduction.

We recommend: The Spoiled Mama’s Rehab Serum for Pregnancy Blemishes

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With a small molecular structure, this pregnancy acne serum uses vitamin A to penetrate problem areas and reveal new, healthy skin at a speedy rate. Rehab, a best-selling part of our Glow maternity skin care collection, is an effective treatment for chloasma ("the mask of pregnancy"), sun spots, blemish scars and wrinkles.

Skin brightening herbs

Licorice is a natural anti-inflammatory that has shown significant skin brightening results. The plant inhibits pigmentation, according to the National Center for Biotechnology, and helps protect against harmful UV rays and reduce skin sensitivity.

Kojic acid is another natural skin brightener that can be found in mushrooms or as a by-product in rice fermentation. It especially targets melanin caused by UVB radiation.

We recommend: The Spoiled Mama’s Lucid Serum for Melasma (Mask of Pregnancy)

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This powerful serum uses licorice and fruit acids and kojic acid to help you bid farewell to dark spots. Meanwhile hyaluronic acid hydrates and helps skin look youthful. With regular use, this lightening serum for the mask of pregnancy helps suppress uneven pigmentation and lighten your skin to new levels of luminosity.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Sometimes known as fruit acids, alpha hydroxy acids penetrate skin to encourage the shedding of old, damaged skin. This improves skin texture and reveals new, healthy skin.

Even those with sensitive skin can benefit from weekly or biweekly use of AHAs. Two common types of AHAs can be found on the market:

Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and acts as an exfoliant and natural skin brightener.

Lactic acid is made from sour or fermented milk, and is particularly good for people with sensitive skin.

Both glycolic acid and lactic acid have a small molecular size that allows penetration of the top layers of skin.

We recommend: The Spoiled Mama’s Dew-Luxe Moisturizer for Melasma (Mask of Pregnancy)

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Rich in alpha hydroxy acids, this pregnancy cream is the perfect moisturizer to help you in the battle to fade dark spots, blemishes and chloasma ("the mask of pregnancy"). Wonderful for sensitive and/or sun damaged skin.

Buyer beware: toxic skin whiteners

Hydroquinone is a popular ingredient found in skin lightening products is a big no-no, especially if you’re pregnant. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, hydroquinone may increase skin cancer risks due to UV exposure. In some case, hydroquinone may actually cause darkening of the skin — eek!

It has been banned in Europe since 2001 and the FDA has proposed banning it in the US.

Mercury is a dangerous metal that can destroy your kidneys and nervous system. Since 1976 in Europe and 1990 in the U.S., mercury has been banned in skin whitening formulas. Despite its dangers, it’s a cheap and effective whitening ingredient that can be found in many bootleg products.

Have you experienced “the mask of pregnancy” or any type of skin discoloration? What treatments have you tried? Share below!

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Holiday hours + last-minute pregnancy gifts

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Wishing the merriest of holidays to you and yours! Beginning today, Dec. 24 to Jan. 3, The Spoiled Mama family will be spending QT with our loved ones.

Though we’re out of the office, you can visit our online store 24/7 for all your pregnancy skincare needs! We’ll be back Jan. 5 to promptly process orders and answer emails.

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And for all you last-minute shoppers, our virtual Spoiled Mama gift certificate make the perfect pregnancy gifts!

Until next time, have a joyous and safe holiday season, and we’ll see you in 2015!

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