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Cup of Jo reader Niurka is expecting her second child in the spring (it’s a surprise!), and as her bump grows, she’s trying to figure out what to wear. So! We invited her to Hatch to play around with some clothes…

BEFORE:
Maternity Makeover

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When I was pregnant with Toby, and then Anton, I wore a lot of basics from Gap, Old Navy and Target, but I also splurged on a few beautiful pieces that made me feel pretty and glowing and not-so-bloated. For those, I turned to Hatch, the gorgeous maternity collection with clothes you can wear before, during and after pregnancy.

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First, Niurka tried on this red dress. “I love the color,” she said. “I felt instantly more beautiful when I wore this.”

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Here, Niurka wore a tweed sweater with faux leather leggings. “These leggings are my favorite!” she said. “It’s hard to find something edgy in maternity wear.” Plus, the sweater had such a pretty neckline; “it feels surprisingly sexy,” Niurka said. Ariane, the founder of Hatch, pointed out that as pregnant as you get, you still have nice collar bones!

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Then she tried the Highline Dress. “Most maternity pieces on the market are basics,” she said, “but this asymmetrical hem feels very fashion-forward.”

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Fourth, she wore pink overalls with a long-sleeved tee. “This is incredibly comfortable,” Niurka said. “I’ll wear these to run errands and chase around my toddler.”

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Finally, she wore a thick Cécile Sweater with sweet details, like an exaggerated cuff, wide neck and notch hem, along with the Isabel Pant. “The sweater feels amazing against my skin,” she said. “It’s really comfy wrapped around me. The pants feel like sweatpants, but they’re slim, so you can dress them up or down.”

While Niurka and I were chatting, she also shared six things she’s learned about pregnancy…

Cravings: Lucky Charms.
Helpful parenting book: Simplicity Parenting. There are so many things out there you can be tempted to buy, but that book was a reminder that you didn’t have to buy so much.
On choosing a name: We don’t agree on any! I’d love to have a French baby name, but my husband won’t sign off on any. We have to pick a name that sounds beautiful in both Spanish and English because I’m Dominican and he’s Colombian.
On sharing her baby news: We found out that I was pregnant at home, and my husband and I were celebrating but trying not to be too obvious about it because we didn’t want to tell Nora until I was further along. But she came over to sit next to me on the sofa and put her hand on my belly and said, “Mama, do you have a baby in your belly?” She just picked up on it. And I said, “Yes,” and she said, “I know.” I was so touched, I had tears in my eyes.
Advice for new mothers: Try not to take on everything by yourself, even if you’re feeling energized. So many mothers came before you, it’s nice to built a support network before you need it. Originally I was relying on so much of the literature and books, and I reached a point where I felt very isolated. Nothing beats someone touching your hand or stroking your back and telling you it’s going to be okay.

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Thank you so much, Hatch!

If you’re pregnant (or have been), what did you like to wear? Any pregnancy tips for Niurka or other mamas-to-be out there?

P.S. My pregnancy survival guide, and the funniest website for moms-to-be.

(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Hatch, the maternity collection we have loved for years. If you’re curious, here are Niurka’s shoes, from top: strapped oxfords: similar; nude healed booties: similar; contrast sandals: similar; brown wrap sandals: similar.)

  1. Honest Mama says...

    Niurka – you’d look lovely in any maternity clothes! That said, my husband spent $500 on 2 sets from Hatch – 1 for me and 1 for baby. I was *shocked* at how low quality all of the items was. The items were so cheaply made that it made me angry that my husband was scammed. They were absolutely no nicer than something you’d get at Walmart or Target – truly. Ladies, babies are expensive – DO NOT waste your money at Hatch. Their products aren’t nearly worth the ridiculous prices.

  2. Cat says...

    First, I absolutely LOVE your blog Joanna and my girlfriends and I talk about your wonderful posts all the time. :-) I did want to share with other readers my less than happy experience with Hatch. I’d been eyeing their lovely photos for quite some time, and when I entered my 2nd trimester, I splurged and spent $650 on 5 pieces.

    After wearing the pieces for a few week, here’s what I noted:
    * Construction is poor. There’s a hole in the seat of my leggings after just 5-6 wears, and the elastic in another pair of pants gets twisted up constantly no matter what I do.
    * The fabric is high maintenance. A cami hung on a hook for a couple of days left terrible wrinkles. Linen pants shrunk in the wash and shortened by 2 inches despite following the care instructions to a tee. And quite a few of my pieces were sheer. I love seamless nude thongs, but when it’s the only thing you can wear, it gets old!

    All that said, I do like the way the clothes look–they’re very flattering. But when I compare to the other pieces I love wearing (now in my 20th week!), I’m equally happy with how they look on me, and the value was SO much better.

    Just one person’s perspective to add to the mix. :-)

  3. I’ll second Iris Lingerie for everyone in Brooklyn. I’ve shopped there for years. You *can* go strapless!

  4. I adore all of these looks. I’m due in March with our fourth (baby is due right after my oldest turns five) and I just pulled all my old maternity clothes down from the attic and immediately put almost all of them in a pile to sell…They were never very interesting to begin with, but after five years’ use, I’m just really, really tired of empire waists and side ruching. :) With my last pregnancy, I made the most of everything non-maternity I had that would accommodate my belly (which fortunately never gets super large). That’s my plan this time around, too, though I’ve gotten a pair of maternity faux leather leggings to help things along.

  5. B says...

    So gorgeous! <3

  6. Christina says...

    I love this! What a beautiful mother, and really gorgeous clothes! I’m definitely a long way away from having a baby, but I hope I can be as stylish when the time comes!

  7. Blanca says...

    Loved it!! and she’s Dominican just like me, love your Blog Joanna, i follow you all the way from DR. Keep up the great work.

  8. Can you tell us where her shoes in the 3rd pic down are from (the brown flats with the strap)? Those are a dream!

  9. Hatch makes the most beautiful maternity clothing!

  10. Hatch does a beautiful job, but I feel that they have been featured numerous times on the blog. The maternity/nursing clothing scene is growing and there are numerous other players to consider, including Cloak Collection, which is is a new business that my friend launched. Might be worth noting other players, especially those that are cheaper.

  11. These photos are amazing! one hot mama!!!

  12. Molly says...

    She is stunning and the outfits are fabulous.

  13. LOVE her style— my baby is now 3 months… will definitely be looking towards Hatch if/when “the next one” is on the way.

    would love see Niurka featured on a Beauty Uniform post as well…
    and YES! post partum styling tips would be great!!! Everything I’ve seen online recommends a-line or trapeze style dresses. I’ve tried that. Four people have asked when I’m due. >>>>ugh<<<<

  14. nicole says...

    i depended heavily on asos when i got pregnant last year. their pieces are chic, comfy and easy on the credit card esp if you look for sale items! most of them go for usd 30-40 after discount.

  15. My first daughter is Nora too (age 3), and her baby sister is Greta (who is going to be 18 months this month!) You’re beautiful, Niurka!
    My advice to you is go easy on yourself. It was harder for me to go from 1 to 2 kids than it was just having the first. It’s not double the work, it’s quadruple. I am not saying this to scare you, but just to remind you that when it feels hard and overwhelming- it IS hard! For all of us! Two kids are awesome though- their friendship and love for eachother makes up for those hard first months with two. Happy mom=happy babies!

  16. Katie says...

    She is luminous! I’m so jealous of her amazing hair!

  17. Kelly says...

    She’s gorgeous! Any chance we could find out where are all her shoes are from? Xo

  18. Dori says...

    I love her hair! I would love to know where she gets her hair cut and what products she uses. Thank you!

  19. surbhi says...

    Niurka is just lovely! Such a beauty! Her ring is stunning! How about Alina for a baby name suggestion?

  20. bee says...

    I carried really small (like, embarrassingly tiny) and still loved hatch. i bought a few pieces — dresses, bateau sweater, leggings — which were my only maternity clothes apart from j crew jeans. i wore the leggings, which are nice and thick, a ton post-partum, too. other than that, i bought a few more generously cut sweaters and t-shirts one size up and wore my regular clothes (though I will caution, I didn’t realize it, but some things stretched out).

  21. Jeannie says...

    She is gorgeous!

  22. Katie says...

    Beautiful pieces and a beautiful lady!

    I am 31 weeks now and am wondering what to pack to wear at the hospital? I feel a little silly for overthinking it but these pictures are going to be looked at forever! Any recommendations?

  23. Katrina says...

    Is it possible for maternity clothes to give you baby fever?

  24. yael steren says...

    She looks gorgeous! I actually am a stylist (and blogger) and I love Hatch for maternity clothes! Great choice!! xo yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  25. She looks absolutely amazing and glowing! All of these outfits look so great on her! I hope that when my time comes to be a mom I look like that! The final picture is definitely my favorite though!

  26. KAJ says...

    Please do a beauty uniform on her. She’s gorgeous. I’d love to know how she fills in her brows. And I’d wear that red dress in a second and I’m definitely way past my pregnant days.

    • Janell says...

      Yes! Beauty uniform please! I’m pretty sure that’s just her natrual pregnancy glow but, hey, ya never know.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’re going to ask her! her beauty uniform would be great. and she’s such a cool, nice person, too.

    • Niurka says...

      Hi Kaj!
      Thank you very much. I give credit to my brows to monthly visits to Sania of Sania’s Brow Bar located at 48 W 20th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave) New York, NY. It’s definitely worth the trip if you ever find yourself in Manhattan. Their number is (212) 247-1129. Her angled, mechanical brow pencil is spectacular. It leaves a natural look and is incredibly easy to use: http://www.saniasbrowbar.com/product/angled-mechanical-brow-pencil/

  27. Mac says...

    Okay, Niurka is so beautiful! I loved the little story about her daughter. When I told my oldest the baby in my tummy was a girl, she said, “I know. My sister.” ❤️
    While pregnant and post partum, I like wearing leggings and oversized tops. Button-ups are great for breastfeeding! Easy boob access.

  28. Those are beautiful! During my pregnancy I wore only three brands: lululemon (the stuff I had before getting pregnant,) sonnet James, and anthropologie. Xoxo

  29. Jessica says...

    Yay! Can I just say I love love love Hatch Collection! I found out about them from an older blog post of yours Joanna and purchased a few items to wear while pregnant with my son. I had a high risk pregnancy and we didn’t want to tell people right away, and because it wasn’t my first pregnancy I started showing immediately. The beautiful clothes from Hatch allowed me the discretion I needed during those early months, were stunning in my second and third trimester, and are still favorites now that my son is five months old (I’m wearing the bateau top as I type this!). The quality is amazing, the fit is just perfect at any stage, and the styles are timeless. I am so excited to pass my items down to my daughter (who is four now) if she decides to have children when she grows up. But for now I can’t wait to use your 15% off code with a gift card I got for my birthday to score some of the items I’ve been eyeing in the fall/winter collection! Oh and one of my absolute favorites is the jersey dress….its stunning!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad to hear that!

  30. She’s absolutely gorgeous! Stunning outfit choices!

  31. Noemi Maldonado says...

    Gorgeous! so proud to be her mother! she is beautiful inside and out.

  32. Kristi says...

    She has the best hair! And looks lovely in all of those beautiful clothes.

  33. A says...

    She looks gorgeous! Beautiful mama! I could have used some of these pieces over the summer when I was mahoosively pregnant with my daughter.

    One concern: surely you’d have to wear the collarbone revealing one without a bra – but you can’t go bra-less when pregnant, right? Or at least I couldn’t. Any bra solutions / tips for pulling off this look?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Good question! She pulled the sweater off her shoulder, but you can also position it so it’s just a slightly wider neck (not quite a ballet neck), so I think your bra straps would be hidden. Also, honestly, I think it’s kind of cute to see a bra strap sometimes, a little flirty!

    • Niurka says...

      Hi A!
      I had on a very supportive strapless bra here by Le Mystere. The best bra fitter I’ve ever found is Iris Lingerie in Brooklyn. I go here for all my undergarment needs, and they’ve never let me down.

    • A says...

      Ha, well, my maternity bras were about as sexy as parachutes! But good point – if you invested in something a little less industrial, a flirty bra strap could certainly work.

      Thanks for replying Jo, and for your blog, which I love reading every day x

  34. Amy says...

    I. Love. Everything. Wow.

  35. Sam says...

    I had a February baby so it was mostly tunic sweaters and leggings for me. I stocked up at the same stores — Target, Old Navy & Gap. I was very comfortable!

  36. Beautiful post. Maternity clothes can be daunting – it’s so nice to have a few special pieces.

  37. Kelley says...

    Yep, Niurka would look good in a paper sack. I love this post!

  38. Loved this post!!! What a gorgeous woman, and I really loved the story about how her daughter knew her mom was pregnant!

  39. Her hair is gorgeous! From one curly haired girl to another, I would love to know what products she uses and how she styles it! Please share!

    • esperanzab says...

      I have a similar hair, I want to know too what products she uses!!! Thanks!

    • becca says...

      me toooo! <3

  40. I’m not pregnant, but want aaaalllll of these clothes for myself.

    Also, I second the comments requesting a beauty uniform post on her!

    – Laura // GirlWhoWrites.com

  41. She is absolutely stunning. You can tell she’s radiating!

  42. Amanda says...

    i am almost 16 weeks pregnant for the first time. so far, all of my tops still fit me, but my pre-pregnancy pants no longer button. for the past 2 weeks i have been wearing my pants to work with a gumband holding them together. i just ordered one of those belly band things, so if that works i can hopefully make the pants i already own last for a while. i bought a few pieces of new clothing, but none of them are designated maternity. i just tried to find things that look like they could work for a while, like elastic waist pants, for example. unfortunately, all of my friends who i might be able to borrow from either had summer babies or they are pregnant again! if money were no object, i would love some of the hatch pieces.

    • I did the same ting– used a hairband to make my non-maternity jeans last longer, and then a belly band. It worked, but when I finally did pick up a good pair of maternity pants, and some dresses and tops, I just felt so much better, like I was exactly the size I was supposed to be, not too big and having to make adjustments on everything, ya know? But! I do know it can be expensive to have to go out and get a whole new wardrobe.

      Here’s what I did to be able to afford maternity clothes: 1-Borrow from a friend. 2-Target! I got a gorgeous maternity maxi here that made me feel like a goddess and was soooo comfy. 3-Thredup. You have to sift through some less-than-desirable items, but there’s a lot of good stuff there in good condition.

      And sorry for writing a book here, but OMG– Niukra has some pretty hair! I know everyone has aleady said this, but I’ll say it too: beauty uniform, please!

  43. Samantha says...

    This are some of the most beautiful pictures that have ever been posted on Cup of Jo! Niurka is so gorgeous, her hair is amazing, and she’s Dominican! Sorry, but it’s always exciting, coming from a tiny country, to see a fellow Dominican slaying it :’) Ditto on the Beauty Uniform! My best friend already wants to know what she uses on her curls.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Awesome! We are definitely going to do a beauty uniform with her, she is full of tips.

  44. I’m pregnant right now (26 weeks!) with my first baby and I have been intrigued by the Hatch Collection, but would be so interested to see what their pieces look like in a non-styled photo. Would I just look sloppy, if I wasn’t standing at the right angle with a hand under my belly to show some shape? I’ve scored some great stuff from GAP Maternity (always so many sales!) and I’m living in H&M’s MAMA line skinnies. Now that it’s finally getting colder here in Colorado, I think I need to pick up some more sweaters…probably I’ll be in oversize sweaters and skinnies all winter!

    • Joy says...

      From my experience with Hatch, I’d say size down! Don’t size up just because you’re pregnant, they already accommodate for that. The clothes are stylish and a different take on maternity fashion, certainly. But note that anything you buy with your Cup of Jo promo is FINAL SALE and CAN NOT BE RETURNED! I learned this the hard way…

    • Christy says...

      Congrats from a fellow Coloradan! My little one is 5 months old and we’re enjoying this phase so much! Lots of smiles and laughter. Best wishes to you and your {growing} family.

  45. Katy says...

    The Storq Dress was hands down my favorite piece of maternity clothing. So comfy, versatile, and pretty!

  46. Mischu says...

    I loved wearing my husband’s button ups and a pair of leggings. The connection I felt was great…he even got into the spirit and would suggest which of his shirts I should wear.

  47. Em says...

    Niurka is beautiful! Love these picks!

  48. A beauty uniform from Niurka would be fun! She looks so radiant and happy!

    • Joselle Palacios says...

      I would love a beauty uniform with Niurka too. I have curly hair like hers and would love styling tips!

    • Lauren D says...

      Yes! yes a beauty uniform from Niurka would be awesome!

  49. Ann says...

    Wow, Niurka is a beautiful woman and mother! I love that story about her daughter sensing her pregnancy.

  50. Lenna says...

    Is it cool that I’m not expecting and I’m prepared to scoop up all of Hatch right now? I’m not even sure how that would work size-wise, but little has spoken to me more clearly than that Agyness Dress. Loving all these looks on a *quite* radiant Niurka!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      You can wear them when you’re not pregnant, too — I wear their swing coat all the time even though I first got it when I was pregnant with Toby five years ago!

  51. Theresa says...

    Gorgeous Mama!!!

    I wore lots of comfy clothes, leggings and tunic type stuff. I’m in my 40’s and wanted to be classy while pregnant and not feel too junior. I felt like I had a hard time finding fashionable clothing within my budget. I looked at Hatch, but too expensive! I also took hand me downs from my friends!

    I am Latina/Asian Indian and my husband is Jewish/European/Caucasian and we wanted our daughter to have a unique, worldly name. We chose Zara, her middle name is Grace..it fits her perfectly!

  52. Christine says...

    She is stunning! Honestly, Hatch should consider using her as a model for their line. Maybe a barter for some lovely maternity wear?

  53. Niurka looks luminous in the red dress! She looks pretty in all of them but the wine red dress is just lovely.

  54. Re-sales like Just Between Friends are my go-to places to get maternity wear! My friends and I also pass them back and forth, which is nice.

    This time around, I bought a few elastic-waist skirts that aren’t maternity- I can wear them now abd in the post-partum period, too, and not be depressed about still wearing maternity clothes months out :).

  55. Samantha says...

    I’m 12 weeks pregnant. I was already wearing them before, but I live in leggings, which is nice because I don’t have to go through the the My-Jeans-Don’t-Fit-Me phase. I love oversized sweaters and men’s button down shirts too.

  56. Danielle D. says...

    I’d love to read her beauty uniform too. I think my parents had the same frame of thinking when coming up with my name. My mom is Mexican and dad is from Panama. The French part of my name probably stuck out to my mom a little bit (middle name is Renee’). She’ll call me Daniela sometimes.

  57. Gabriela says...

    What a stunning woman, with such a beautiful smile! Being half French-Canadian and half Cuban, I definitely understand the struggle of trying to find names that sound lovely in multiple languages. I love the names Joaquin and Cristian in Spanish, but don’t like the way they sound in French or English :S The struggle is real ha!

  58. Sarah H. says...

    Love the red on her. Striking lady in a striking dress!

  59. Leah says...

    she’s stunning!

  60. Laura C says...

    Enhorabuena Niurka!
    She’s really gorgeous, now I’m thinking in my two pregnancies and I miss them… I had a winter pregnancy and a summer pregnancy, and I wore basic and boring t-shirts and sweaters. They weren’t as cool as the Cecile sweater.
    Nice post!
    xxx

  61. Millie says...

    “Simplicity Parenting” was a game changer for our family. Such a great read! (Also, I wish I had looked this amazing when pregnant! :))

  62. I have a sneaking suspicion that Niurka would look gorgeous in a potato sack (that smile! those curls!) but the Hatch clothes really are beautiful! The hubs and I are hoping/praying/trying to get pregnant, so I have no advice to offer, but I really would love to have a reason to purchase a piece from Hatch soon. (Especially that tweed sweater.)

  63. Sarah says...

    Niurka, you are stunning. Just radiant!

    And Joanna, you are lit from within. Your lipstick is beautiful on you – will you please share the color?

    xoxo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you’re so sweet! it’s this one: http://amzn.to/1jaehsf

      only $6 and stays on forever, i wear it every day :)

  64. sarah says...

    I think that more blogger mommies should support shopping second hand when it comes to maternity clothing! If we encourage each other to shop at fast fashion places like Old Navy and Gap, we’re supporting a very awful industry of wasteful and harmful practices. Why not save money and the earth by buying second hand pregnancy clothing? Being pregnant is only temporary, and we probably shouldn’t buy a brand new poorly made dress that we’ll only wear for 9 months.

    • I completely agree, Sarah! A lot of my friends have shared maternity clothes with each other, and we have “clothing swap” parties once a year where we all bring our “donate-ables” and trade them while drinking wine. It’s really fun but unfortunately I am very short and petite and none of my friends are my size, so now that I’m pregnant I’ve had to resort to buying some maternity items new. I did find a pair of jeans at the thrift store and I’m sewing in some stretchy panels in the waistband, but other than that I haven’t had much luck at the thrift stores lately. But bravo to you for bringing this option up–I often dismay about the materialistic nature of so many of the blogs I love.

  65. Oh how I would have loved this during my pregnancy! All of these pieces are so beautiful. I just delivered my sweet baby girl two weeks ago, and I had no idea that postpartum clothes would be tougher than maternity gear! I don’t quite fit into my regular clothes yet. Hopefully only a few more weeks.

    http://www.velvetcrate.com

    • Heather says...

      Yes! Please do a post on what to wear postpartum! I ended up with diastasis recti from this pregnancy (twins) and I know it’s going to take months to heal, which means sporting this baby bump (and dealing with all the comments) for a while, yet. I have no idea what to wear that covers my belly but works for nursing.

  66. katrina says...

    I wore all my regular clothes during pregnancies, but more dresses and leggings then usual. I had 3 babies in three years, and I’m happy I never bought maternity clothes, because I found between pregnancy and breastfeeding, I was SO tired of those clothes, I was more motivated to ditch my “old rags” and invest in nicer things a few months after each baby. To each their own, of course, but just a thought for anyone thinking they “need” a maternity wardrobe. Having clothes that transition for each stage is a great idea.

  67. Beth says...

    I’m 14 weeks with my second baby, and I’ve been surprised by how much earlier I started showing compared to my first pregnancy. And of course, at this stage, I don’t really look pregnant, I just look like I’ve eaten 10 burritos for lunch ;-) So far I’ve been trying to stick with loose, flowing tops and stretchy pants.

  68. CATHERINE says...

    The highline dress is my favorite!

  69. she is gorgeous, and the clothes make her even more so!

  70. I’m 20 weeks pregnant and starting to outgrow my normal clothes now. It has been a little frustrating finding affordable and good-looking maternity clothes (whyyyyy are the styles almost always super ugly??), especially because I live in a rural area with very few brick-and-mortar shopping options. Hatch has beautiful options but they are just too expensive for me. I resorted to signing up for StitchFix, which is a mail-order service that sends you a box of clothes every month (or however often you want). Their personal stylists look at your Pinterest to get a sense of your style and then pick out items for you. Anything you don’t like you can mail back for free. I was totally skeptical that this would work for me, and granted I’ve only done it once so far, but I kept everything in the box because they sent me five things that fit me perfect, met my style aesthetic, and worked with my budget. Looking forward to my next box already!

  71. Gorgeous.

    • J says...

      I second this!!!

  72. laeti says...

    My husband and I are French, we live in Seattle, and we fantasize about living in Costa Rica, anyways: we ended up calling our Kids Oscar and Henri, just sharing baby name ideas for Niurka ;)

  73. I had a winter baby and was HUGE in late fall/winter so I was all about over sized tunics and leggings!

  74. Mary Jenkins says...

    Hot mama! She is beautiful! My favorite look is the red dress and also the joggers in the final photo. Those are the kind of pants I would wear every day for like four years. Thanks for the cute post!