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Mushroom, Kale, & White Bean Pizza (Vegan)

Mushroom, Kale, & White Bean Pizza

It’s pizza Friday over here in our house, my fave day of the week! Anyone else share this tradition? It’s something I just recently started up because I’ve been craving pizza like crazy during my pregnancy, but I think it may just stick around. There was a time when I avoided pizza like the plague, but I love it so much and life’s too short, so it’s back in my life in regular rotation again. I choose to mostly make it myself now though because, for one, it’s actually pretty simple, and two, I like to have control over the ingredients that go into it. Otherwise I wind up feeling stuffed, bloated, and lethargic.

Being pizza Friday AND Super Bowl weekend, I figured today was the perfect time to share a pizza recipe I’ve been loving lately. I think it would be great to serve as a meal or snack during the big game! And it’s really not that much more effort than ordering in, I promise. What makes this recipe super simple is using pre-made dough and pizza sauce. You could make your own of course, but in the interest of keeping this as quick and easy as possible, I went with store bought. Whole Foods makes great frozen dough with healthy ingredients (my favorite is the multi-grain but whole wheat is great too), as well as basic organic sauce. In terms of toppings, this recipe includes one of my favorite combos–mushrooms, kale, and white beans. You may think beans are a strange choice for pizza, but they add a nice flavor, not to mention a bit of protein and fiber! I think this is delicious without cheese, but if you feel so inclined, feel free to add it to the mix.

I’ve found that the key to achieving a crispy crust is cooking the veggies really well before putting them on the pizza. Mushrooms, in particular, have a lot of water, so if they’re not thoroughly cooked before the pizza is baked, they can make things kind of soggy. One other tip. I highly recommend oiling the pizza pan a bit before adding the dough. This isn’t mentioned on the package, but when I made it for the first time without adding any oil, the entire crust stuck to the pan horribly and it was a complete disaster of a meal. Just ask my husband! Fortunately, spraying some oil completely solved the problem for me and I haven’t had any issues with sticking since.

If you’re a pizza lover like I am, I encourage you to try making it yourself sometime. I bet you’ll never go back to takeout!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms (any variety; I used baby bella)
  • 3 cups chopped and destemmed kale (I used bagged, pre-washed kale from Whole Foods)
  • 1/3 cup no salt added white (cannellini) beans
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • A pinch of garlic powder
  • 1 Whole Foods brand organic pizza dough (16 oz; find it in the frozen section)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup pizza sauce

Directions

  1. Defrost the pizza dough. I suggest putting it in the fridge the night before you want to use it.  About an hour or so before you’re ready to bake it, leave the dough out on the counter so that it gets to room temperature.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a pizza pan with olive oil.
  3. Saute mushrooms in a skillet until cooked through and all the water has evaporated off. Set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, saute the kale until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Rinse and drain the beans, put them in a small bowl, and add a drizzle of oil and pinch of garlic powder. Mix and set aside.
  6. Stretch and shape the dough how you want it and place it on the pizza pan
  7. Spread the sauce over the dough evenly, leaving about ½ inch from the edge clear. I listed 1/2 cup to 3/4 of a cup because some people like more sauce. Whatever floats your boat!
  8. Add the veggies and beans.
  9. Bake the pizza for about 15-20 minutes, until the crust is crisp.

Mushroom, Kale, & White Bean Pizza

Life

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

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As I shared in a recent life update, David and I bought our first home last fall. Prior to buying, we lived in rentals, mostly in New York City, and knew basically nothing about the home buying process. It was a steep learning curve to say the least! While I’m certainly no expert now, I learned a few things along the way and wanted to share my top tips for people who are in the same boat and house hunting for the first time. Buying can be overwhelming and scary, but if you wind up in a place you love, it can also be one of the best decisions you’ll make. I hope the following tips help make the process a little smoother!

1. Know how much you can afford: I mean know how much you can really and truly afford comfortably. This may seem obvious, but what a lender will qualify you for mortgage wise and what you can actually afford to spend on a mortgage each month minus all your other expenses are two very different things. When lenders determine how much you qualify for, they look at your gross pay as well as existing loans and debts. This is a very misleading picture of your finances. It doesn’t factor in how much you contribute (or plan on contributing) to your 401K or what other kinds of deductions you may have due to taxes, health care, etc.  It also doesn’t take into account your other “discretionary” monthly costs, like how much you typically spend on groceries, gas, a gym membership, and other recurring expenses. And if you have young kids, you can’t forget about the cost of childcare! Where we live, daycare is SO expensive. It’s essentially the equivalent of another mortgage. When it came time for us to figure out what we could actually spend, I created an itemized excel spreadsheet listing out all of our costs or anticipated costs so that we really knew where we stood. At the end of the day, what we actually had left over to spend on a mortgage was significantly lower than what we could have technically qualified for.  

2. Determine your priorities and what you’re willing to compromise (or not) on: If you’re buying a home with a partner, you may have differing views about what’s important. This was true in my case. For example, one thing that’s really big for me is walkability, but my husband doesn’t care as much about this. Regardless of whether you have the same priorities, you should spend time talking about and even writing down what’s important to you so that you begin your search on the same page. I recommend marking each item as “essential” or “nice to have,” so that you don’t majorly limit your options. And be realistic about it. You’re most likely not going to find a place in your budget that has every single thing you want (if you do then lucky you!), so be reasonable about compromising on some of your wish list. Do you really need four bathrooms? Or can you get by fine with three? Only you can decide what’s ultimately going to be a deal breaker, but you want to go into your search having thought long and hard about it. Having a list ready will also help when it comes time to working with a realtor because you’ll already have your must-haves prepared.

3. Find a realtor you really trust: Speaking of working with a realtor, don’t go with just anyone. Buying a home is one of the biggest, if not the biggest investment you’ll make, so who you choose to work with to find the home of your dreams is important. You have to fully trust that your realtor has your best interests in mind. Referrals from family and friends are great, or you can do some research online, read client testimonials, or even ask a moms group on Facebook to find someone you think you’d mesh with. If you happen to be house hunting in the Lower Fairfield County section of Connecticut, I couldn’t recommend our realtor, Suzette Kraus, more highly!

4. Don’t act on emotion alone: I’m generally a very pragmatic, practical person, but even I can get caught up in the emotion of how a house feels and throw my rational side out the door. This happened at one of the first houses we looked at. I had a feeling from the listing that I was going to really like it and I was right. I actually loved it in person. It was an old colonial-style home with a white picket fence, a wrap-around porch, and amazing curb appeal. Everything about it just oozed charm. It felt so homey and cozy and, despite lacking a number of things on our wish list, it totally won me over after our first visit. I couldn’t get the house out of my mind, so we went back to see it a second time and we were this close to putting in an offer. My husband was supportive if it was the house I really wanted, but I decided to sleep on it.

Ultimately I came to my senses and realized that we would be compromising on way too many things (and important things at that) if we were to get this house, charming as it was. For one, it was old. There are old houses and then there are old houses, and this one fell into the latter category. It was built in the 1800s! That’s part of why it felt so historic and charming, and truthfully the bones of the house are probably much better than more modern homes. But, there would definitely be a lot of maintenance on a house that old, no matter how well it was originally built, and that’s not something we were prepared for. Secondly, there was very little closet space throughout the house. Two of the three bedrooms didn’t have closets at all, and being quite small to begin with, there wasn’t much room to add them. With all of our stuff, I don’t know how I ever thought that would work for us! The house also didn’t have central air, which was something I really wanted, and it had a pool, which is something I really didn’t want. And because of the pool, there was basically no yard to speak of at all, another big downside. Lastly, it was in a neighborhood that had very few sidewalks, was essentially non-walkable, and was a bit of a hike from the downtown. I would have felt isolated and miserable. Reading over this now, I can’t believe how close we came to making an offer, but there was just something about the house that made me think I had to have it despite its flaws! The moral of the story is, don’t get caught up in emotions to the extent that you overlook the practical.

5. Start your search early: If it’s possible, I recommend starting to look at houses months before you actually want to buy. It’s so helpful to see a bunch of places early on so that by the time you’re ready to actually buy, you have a good sense of what a good deal is vs. a bad one. At the start of our search, some of the homes we saw in our price point left us a bit disheartened. We weren’t sure we were going to find something that we liked enough that fit within our budget. By the time our current home hit the market, we knew the minute we walked in the door that we had to act. Based on all the other homes we looked at before, we knew we weren’t going to find anything more perfect for us for the price. I don’t think I would have had such confidence in the decision if I hadn’t seen a bunch of other places first.

6. Spend time in the neighborhood: In other words, act like a local! It’s not just the house you’re buying into, but also the neighborhood. Take some time to explore and get to know it. David and I walked Jackson around our street and even took him to play at the playground at our local elementary school. We ate at some neighborhood restaurants, checked out what grocery stores were nearby, and how far we would be from the train, the library, and other things that are important to us. Now that we’ve been living here for several months I can say that we are both so, so happy about our decision to live in an area that’s centrally located. Having the option to walk into town vs. having to get in a car and drive 15 minutes is amazing, and being so close to the train is a huge time saver for David in the morning. For me, it’s all about location!

I’m sure there’s something I’m leaving out, but these are the big considerations that come to mind when I think about our experience. If you have any additional tips about buying a home, be sure to let me know!

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Smokey Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus (Vegan, No Oil)

Smokey Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

There are certain foods that I can’t ever seem to buy enough of. Hummus is one of them.  We go through SO much hummus at my house and we always find ourselves running out before our next grocery run. I just find it to be so versatile. It’s great with veggies and crackers of course, but I also love it on a baked potato, on toast, as a sandwich spread–the list is endless! I could just load up on more at the store so that it lasts longer, but I’m trying really hard to stick to a specific grocery budget each week, and I don’t want to adjust it just to accommodate our apparent hummus obsession! I had a bad experience attempting to make hummus many years ago, and never really tried again since then…until this past weekend. I figured I may as well give it a shot because making my own is not only more economical, but also healthier. I’m pleased to report that I think this version is a winner!  

Although most of the hummus varieties I buy have oil in them, I wanted to try an oil-free recipe. I’m not opposed to oils, but I try to eat them in moderation. Since we tend to eat lots of hummus, I was really hoping to discover a recipe without oil that still has good flavor. Fortunately, I came up with one that I’ll definitely be making again! I started with a very basic Whole Foods recipe but modified the spices. I chose to saute the garlic instead of adding it in raw, because I like the cooked flavor better. And instead of using cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper, I decided to throw in smoked paprika. I also added in some sun-dried tomatoes, which, in all honesty, I think made the recipe. I tried the hummus before I added in the sun-dried tomatoes and something was missing flavor wise. I had a hunch that the saltiness of the sun-dried tomatoes would balance out the tartness from the lemon juice, and my hunch was right! It totally did the trick. The result was a smokey and peppery spread that I couldn’t stop eating.

Aside from having to pull out the food processor, which is admittedly something I try to avoid, this recipe couldn’t be easier. Let me know if you try it, and if you have any recommendations on homemade hummus recipes. I need a few to add to the rotation!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)

Directions

  1. Saute garlic in a little bit of olive oil for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic to the food processor and pulse it until it’s finely chopped.
  3. Add the chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, and a quarter cup of water. Pulse again until all the ingredients are blended.
  4. Add the paprika and sundried tomatoes and pulse until evenly blended and smooth.
  5. Transfer to a covered bowl or dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

*Adapted from Whole Foods’ Simple No-Oil Hummus

 

SMOKEY SUN-DRIED TOMATO HUMMUS

 

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Immune Boosting Soba Noodle Soup (Vegan)

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We’re sick with colds over here, AGAIN. That makes the second time in a month! I think we have daycare germs to thank for that. Normally a cold is no big deal, but when you’re pregnant and are so limited in what you can take to get relief, it can be pretty miserable. In my first pregnancy, I somehow didn’t get sick once, but so far in my second pregnancy, I’ve been sick a number of times and it’s not pleasant! I like to turn to natural remedies as much as possible even when I’m not expecting, but while pregnant, I don’t have much of a choice. Earlier in the week when I was feeling particularly lousy, I decided to make a batch of soup in an effort to relieve some of my congestion. There’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of homemade soup when you’re sick and stuffy! Although chicken soup gets all the glory, veggie-based soups are packed with immune-boosting ingredients to help get you well in a flash.

There’s nothing fancy about this veggie and soba noodle soup I’m sharing today, but sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. This soup contains onions, garlic, ginger, and turmeric, all warming ingredients that can help with immunity, plus carrots, kale and broccoli, which are loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients. It’s filling and satisfying without being heavy, and offers the comfort that comes with homemade soup.

One side note about garlic. I learned from my sister (who is a nutritionist) years ago that if you really want to get the most out of garlic when it comes to immunity, you need to eat it raw. I know this isn’t the most appetizing way to eat garlic, but there are ways to make it more palatable. After chopping a couple cloves into small pieces and letting it sit for about 15 minutes, which apparently boosts its healthy compounds, I like to mix it into some hummus and eat it on a few crackers. It’s pungent, for sure, but edible. Obviously when you’re already sick with something it’s not going to magically cure you, but if you eat some raw garlic at the first signs of illness, I think it can definitely help! I had some in addition to the cooked garlic in the soup for an extra boost. Bad-breath aside, it always seems to make me feel a little better. Anyway, I hope you’re managing to stay well this winter and if you decide to try this soup, be sure to let me know!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups yellow onion, chopped (about two medium onions)
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 8 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 8-oz. package soba noodles
  • 2 cups frozen chopped kale (I used Whole Foods’ Organic Blue Curled Kale)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli

Directions

  1. Add a couple tablespoons of vegetable broth to the bottom of a large pot to prevent sticking (or add a bit of olive oil) and toss in the chopped onions and garlic.
  2. Let the onions and garlic saute for a few minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally, and then add in the carrots, ginger, and turmeric. Continue cooking and stirring for about five more minutes and then add in the vegetable broth and tamari (or soy sauce).
  3. Bring broth to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let cook until the carrots are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. While the broth is cooking, prepare the soba noodles in a separate pot based on the package directions and set aside (I like to keep the broth and noodles separate so that the noodles don’t get mushy but you could cook the noodles in the soup if desired).
  5. Once the broth is about done, add in the frozen vegetables (kale, peas, and broccoli) and let cook for about 4-5 more minutes, until the vegetables are heated through.
  6. To serve, add soba noodles to the bowls and then top with broth.

*Adapted from Fork, Knife, Swoon’s Ginger Miso Soba Soup

 

Immune Boosting Soba Noodle Soup

Motherhood

How to Manage Pregnancy Anxiety

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Being pregnant is one of the most exciting, joyful, and magical experiences you can have in life. It’s difficult to even put into words, really. Building a life and feeling it develop and grow inside you is truly amazing. But let’s be real. Pregnancy can also be incredibly anxiety provoking, especially in the uncertain early weeks, and even more so if you’ve dealt with a pregnancy loss before. Plus, if you’re dealing with negative physical symptoms on top of anxiety, those first weeks and months can be particularly challenging.

Although I hadn’t dealt with a previous loss and was fortunate not to experience any morning sickness or other major symptoms beyond fatigue, I was incredibly anxious during the whole first trimester with Jackson. I didn’t really start to ease up and relax until well into the second trimester. I tend to be a worrier in general and pregnancy just amplified this for me.

For the first several weeks after I found out I was pregnant, I must have taken 20 pregnancy tests just to affirm my pregnancy, I kid you not (In case you’re wondering I bought the cheap sticks off of Amazon that come with a ton of tests in a pack). I kept them in a little Ziploc baggie in a drawer by the side of my bed. It was totally irrational, but for some reason seeing the positive result on the test made me feel better and assured me that the pregnancy was progressing, even though that’s not necessarily the case. At one point, when I was about 8 weeks or so along, I took a test right before running out the door for an appointment and it didn’t show up as positive. I was convinced that I was going to miscarry and spent the whole afternoon worrying about it. Again, this wasn’t rational because a test would still show positive even if I was on the brink of a miscarriage, but anxiety often isn’t rational. I took another test later that evening that was positive, and I realized that the negative test must have been defective. When I went to my next doctor’s appointment and told him what happened, he said, “You’re definitely pregnant. I think you can stop taking pregnancy tests now.” He totally thought I was nuts, and I don’t really blame him. I stopped taking tests after that but I still got nervous about every little twinge or sensation early on and wondered if it was a sign of something abnormal.

For others who may be experiencing similar feelings, I’ve compiled a list of things that either helped me manage my anxiety during my first pregnancy, or that, in hindsight, I wish I’d done or hadn’t done to keep the anxiety at bay.

1. Use your support system: Some people don’t like sharing news of their pregnancy with anyone but their significant other until they’re close to or into the second trimester and I understand why, but I recommend telling at least one person beyond your spouse who you feel comfortable talking about your experience with (and ideally who can provide helpful input). It will help to keep you sane. I told my mom as soon as I took the first test at 6 weeks, and probably talked to her about one thing or another related to pregnancy every other day for weeks. I also confided in a few very close friends who had been through pregnancy before and who could understand what I was dealing with. It was so, so helpful to have an ear (or three) to listen to my worries and help talk me off the ledge.

2. Don’t Google: Repeat after me: Stay. Off. Google. I know it’s easier said than done, but try! It’s so tempting to look up things you’re concerned about when all it takes is the click of a button but, more often than not, what you uncover on the Internet will paint a much bleaker picture than the reality. Forums are particularly bad about this! Many more people post about negative experiences they’ve had than positive, so reading through forums for answers about questions you may have tends to only increase whatever anxiety you may be feeling. Leave the medical questions for your doctor.  

3. Limit the pregnancy books: When I found out I was pregnant the first time, I couldn’t wait to run out and pick up a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Am I the only one? It felt like some kind of right of passage and I was excited to learn everything I could about pregnancy. What I discovered though was that, when it comes to things like pregnancy, too much knowledge can actually be a bad thing. In reading through What to Expect and other books, I learned about complications that I’d never even heard of, and although they are incredibly rare, I couldn’t help but worry about them. When I spoke to my doctor about books further along in the pregnancy, he actually said that he didn’t recommend What to Expect for that very reason. Who knew? One book I did find helpful, which one of the bloggers I follow, Julie, recommended, is The Panic Free Pregnancy. It’s written by a doctor and really puts risks and concerns into perspective. For fun updates about what’s happening with the baby and your changing body, I found apps to be informative without providing too much unnecessary detail.

4. Exercise: As with any type of anxiety, exercise can really help cut down on pregnancy-related anxiety. I tried to stay active as much as possible throughout most of my pregnancy and I definitely think it helped me to relax. I took a break from working out in the first trimester because I was just so tired, but I wish I’d kept up with a little something because this is the time when I needed it the most. Keep in mind that exercise can be going for a walk around the neighborhood. It doesn’t have to involve hardcore intervals at the gym.     

5. Keep busy: I was working full-time in my first pregnancy and I still managed to find time to obsess and stress about lots of things. I can only imagine how much worse it would have been if I had more free time on my hands! Whether you’re working or not, I recommend distracting yourself with activities and things you enjoy so that you’re not as inclined to go down the rabbit hole of worry. Of course you need to also take it easy and rest as much as possible, since the first trimester takes a lot out of you, but to the extent that you can, I suggest keeping busy.

Looking back, I wish I could have chilled out more and just enjoyed the first part of pregnancy. Although I was beyond excited, early on, the anxiety often overshadowed my joy.  Fortunately, my second pregnancy has been much different and much more relaxed. It’s like night and day! I learned a few things the first time around and it has allowed me to be a lot more laid back.

I hope my tips help anyone else dealing with early-pregnancy nerves, and I’d love to hear what strategies worked for others!

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Almond Butter Granola (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Almond Butter Granola

During my last Trader Joe’s run I discovered an almond butter granola and couldn’t resist picking it up. In all honesty, I may have liked it a little too much because it didn’t last more than two days in my house! Oops. There are certain things that I have a hard time eating in moderation (like chips) and apparently granola is one of them. Rather than buy it again, I decided to try my hand at making my own, healthier version, which I won’t be as tempted to inhale in a few sittings (or at least if I do, I won’t feel so bad about it!). The batch I whipped up uses a short list of very basic ingredients and is super tasty, but it’s free of the excess sugar and fat that’s common in traditional granolas.

Almond Butter Granola

Almond Butter Granola

I like to eat it sprinkled on top of almond yogurt with berries or even on its own with almond milk. As an aside, can I just say how obsessed I am with Kite Hill’s new Greek-style yogurt?! Have any of you tried it? I’ve never been big into yogurt, even before I decided to mostly ditch dairy, but I did enjoy Greek yogurt, and it’s something I sometimes miss. I was so excited to find Kite Hill’s dairy-free version at Whole Foods a couple weeks ago and it did not disappoint. I can’t get enough! I only buy the plain unsweetened kind because I don’t want the added sugar in the other varieties and prefer to add my own toppings, like granola! It is seriously delicious and if you’re a fan of Greek yogurt, I highly recommend giving it a try. Now, back to the granola….

Almond Butter Granola

Almond Butter Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until the oats are evenly coated.
  • Spread out mixture on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool completely. The granola will be a bit soft until it fully cools.

*Adapted from Elizabeth Rider’s Easy Healthy Homemade Granola

Let me know how you like to eat granola and whether you have any tried and true recipes!

 

Almond Butter Granola

Motherhood

Non-Maternity Clothes That Are Cute AND Bump-Friendly

When you’re pregnant, there are certain articles of clothing that you just can’t avoid buying in maternity styles (hello pants). For both of my pregnancies, I started wearing maternity jeans before the end of the first trimester because the waistbands of my normal skinnies got too uncomfortable. But as much as possible, I try to buy regular clothing that works with my growing bump because I hate dropping money on things I’ll only wear for a matter of months. Fortunately, there are lots of regular clothes these days that work for most, if not all of pregnancy. With tunics and flowy styles being so in, it’s a great time to be pregnant! For this post I rounded up a number of tops (and a pair of jeggings) that are cute, bump-friendly, and affordable. Since I live in Connecticut and it’s currently winter, I’m focusing on colder weather options, but many of these items can be worn well into spring. 

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1. BP. Side Slit Tee ($19): I picked up this tee at Nordstrom over Thanksgiving before I was showing much because I love its length and hi/low hem. I have a long torso and I’m always on the hunt for basic long tees that I can wear with leggings or skinny jeans. This one fits the bill!

2. Halogen Knit Poplin Mix Top ($41.40; currently 40% off!): I came across this top this week and I’m seriously considering adding it to my cart. I love the contrasting colors and billowy sleeves and the fact that it’s stylish but also seems super comfy.

3. LUSH Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic ($27.90; currently 33% off!): I actually bought this tunic after I had my first baby when I was still carrying around excess baby weight, and it’s now perfect for my growing baby bump. If you’re looking for something a little more formal to wear to work, I highly recommend this top. I may pick it up in more colors.

4. Free People Easy Goes It Denim Leggings ($58): I own these in two washes–rich blue and black–and I made it up until 20 weeks of pregnancy wearing them comfortably. Because they’re jeggings and have an elasticized waistband, they have a lot of give, way more so than any of my other jeans. And they don’t bag out! I lived in these long before I got pregnant and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to wear them this long during pregnancy.

5. Free People Lover Rib Split Back Pullover ($40.80; currently 40% off!): Another Free People pick I recently discovered.  Free People is a good bet during pregnancy in general because the brand features so many drapey styles, but I often find the pricing to be a bit outside of what I like to spend. Fortunately many of their items go on sale and this particular top is majorly discounted right now! The one I ordered, in pink, is currently sold out, but it’s still available in black in all sizes.

6. Old Navy Pintuck Lace-Yoke Swing Top ($28; currently 20% off!): The flowy silhouette of this shirt works great with skinny jeans when not pregnant, and it’s also loose enough to cover a growing baby bump stylishly.

7. Old Navy Lux Rib-Neck Tunic ($22.99): This is a great basic and versatile tee that can be dressed up or down.  

8. Sylvia Alexander Women’s Poncho Turtleneck ($34.99): I’m not sure how much longer ponchos will be in style, but you may as well take advantage of the trend while you can! It doesn’t get much more comfortable than wearing the equivalent of a blanket. I really like the color and design of this one in particular.

9. The Limited Lace-Up Shaker Stitch Tunic Top ($47.40; 40% off): I like that this tunic is a bit more form fitting but still long enough to accommodate a belly. And the lace-up sides add a chic touch.

If you’re pregnant and searching for comfortable and stylish clothing options, I hope this provided some inspiration! And let me know if you have any non-maternity faves of your own.