Top 10 Maternity Halloween Costumes

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There are two things I love in this world probably more than anything (not including family of course!), and when the two of them collide, I get pretty excited. The two things are beautiful pregnant bellies, and Halloween. So in celebration of all those who are expecting during this wonderful spooky holiday, I have compiled a list of my top ten favourite “with child” Halloween costumes.

10. Wrecking Ball

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Okay, this has got to be one of the easiest and funniest Halloween ideas for pregnant bellies. And now you’re singing “I came in like a wrecking ball…” in your head, aren’t you? You’re welcome.

9. Disco Ball

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This is great for maternity, but hell, I would wear this even not being pregnant! This is definitely how to be the life of the party, and I bet people will be telling you all night that you glow… are sparkle… or something cheesy like that. Anyways, if you want instructions on how to make this beauty, head on over to Instructables.

8. BB-8 (Baby 8)

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Any Star Wars fans? Well, we happen to have a couple in our house, so of course this is a hit with me. In fact, we recently acquired an actual BB-8 droid, and it can often be found getting its cute little head pawed off by our kitties. But man is it fun to watch roll around.

7. Death Star

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And of course there is the infamous Death Star. You can put the death star on a shirt like this photo, or you can even get it painted right on your beautiful belly. I think you can even get a large body tattoo for this, but maybe don’t quote me on it.

6. Thing 1 and 2

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Aside from the immediate issues I have with this costume (being that women are not things, and Thing 1 did not birth Thing 2), I think it’s pretty damn cute.

5. Baby peeking out of shirt

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Okay, this is just cute. I would likely wear this all the time, and not just on Halloween, but if you did yourself up all over, you could probably make this look like a mummy costume too. Either way, cute idea. You can find this shirt in a variety of colours on Etsy (go figure, of course you can).

4. Mummy (to be)

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Or you could go the DIY route and just straight up be a mummy. I would still vouch for scary though, and maybe cover the face and add some blood. But that is just me.

3. Beer Belly?

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Men spend years working on a beer belly, but for this “special” Halloween costume, you should only need to invest about 6+ months! Keepin’ it classy.

2. Nun

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Always a classic… the pregnant nun. So scandalous, and yet so hilarious if you are expecting. I always wanted to be a nun for Halloween when I was expecting, but I was never really far enough along to have a costume that utilized my belly.

  1. Alien!

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I can remember clearly watching “Alien” when I was a kid in the 80s, and being scared half to death when the alien baby came bursting out of John Hurt’s stomach. It has become such an iconic scene, and thus is my number 1 pick for maternity Halloween costumes. With a little creativity, you can actually make this costume pretty gory, but I decided to post the kid friendly version. ūüėČ

But wait!! I have a bonus favourite!

Pregnant Unicorn!

  

As a lover of unicorns, and someone who may or may not own several unicorn costumes (I do BTW), I love this. I love it a lot. 

I hope you enjoyed the costume ideas posted here, and if you have any unique costume ideas yourself, I would love to hear them! Happy Halloween!

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**ps. if any of these pictures are yours and you would like them taken down or given credit, please let me know. I posted credit where I could, but otherwise could not find the original source

Your Vibe will Attract Your Tribe

  It can be hard to find your tribe as a newly pregnant mother, or even just as a mother in general. We have our pre-pregnancy friends of course, and don’t undervalue them whatever you do, but a mama tribe can be invaluable.

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Have you heard the expression, “Your vibe attracts your tribe”? I can’t emphasize how true this statement actually is. Express yourself, share the things you love, seek out likeminded people… they will come to you. Or maybe you’ll find a group that falls in line with your philosophies along your quest. So this may be the time to think about what your parenting philosophies even are. How do you picture family life in your home? How do you want to raise your child? Then surround yourself with people who share your sentiments.

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I floundered in and out of parenting groups until I finally found my tribe while pregnant with my third baby in 2005. The difference was that I actively sought a group whose members were doing the things I wanted to with this new baby. This included babywearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, gentle discipline and natural birth. So a simple yahoo group search later, and I stumbled upon the group that is now known as the Attachment Parents’ Village Calgary. I found my tribe in that group, and later in the Babywearing Calgary group as well. In Lethbridge I had to work to build my tribe, and thus the Bridge City Slingers was born. Then even later, I found my tribe in my roller derby league. And now almost 10 years later, I still value all of those tribes, I coach junior roller derby, and I co-lead the babywearing group.

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I am not saying join those specific groups that became my tribe, but I am saying it is important to find a tribe that nourishes you. It is important to find a tribe that will lift you up when you are in need, and where you feel like a valuable member.

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My one caution is don’t join a mommies group, just because everyone is a mom. While that can be a great place to start, as you may find some people you connect with, don’t stay just for the sake of staying. If the only commonality you have in your tribe, is that you’re all mothers, that is not necessarily going to be the most fulfilling tribe.

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So go out there, be intentional, be honest, be authentic, and your vibe WILL attract your tribe.

Maternity + Cocktail = Mocktail

It’s patio season. That time of the year when the bar blenders run on overdrive, beers are best served upside down in margaritas, and people shamelessly lick the edges of their cups like a deranged toddler. It’s not nearly as awesome when you’re expecting and you can’t order any drinks without putting “virgin” in front of it (which is a little ironic if you think about it).

There is no reason why you can’t enjoy some patio worthy, probably even better than the alcohol filled counterparts, sinfully delicious beverages. So don’t fret my dear mama goddesses, I have scoured the interwebs to find these guilt free summer drinks that are sure to please your tummies and your taste buds. 

1. Non-Alcoholic Sangria
recipe from the kitchyn

  

Serves 8
2 cups boiling water

2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser)

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup sugar

3 cups pomegranate juice

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 orange, sliced into thin rounds

1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds

1 lime, sliced into thin rounds

1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

3 cups carbonated water

Pour boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.
In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.

Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.

2. Cucumber and Lime Spritzer 
Recipe from Real Simple

  

Serves 4

2 12-ounce cans club soda

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 to 4 limes)

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

In a pitcher, combine the club soda, lime juice, and cucumber. Serve over ice.

3. Strawberry Cucumber Limeade
Recipe from A Beautiful Mess

  
serves 1 

fresh strawberry slices
fresh cucumber slices

2 fresh limes

fresh mint or basil leaves

sugar sprinkles for garnish

simple syrup 

club soda 

First, prepare your glass by adding sugar sprinkles to one side of the rim using a little brush of honey or simple syrup. In your glass, combine the juice of two limes, 1 tablespoon simple syrup, and ice. Stir and top off with club soda. Add cucumbers, strawberries, and mint for garnish. Enjoy! 
If you want to get extra fancy, add some cut-up strawberries and cucumbers to your simple syrup while it is simmering to infuse flavor. Be sure to strain out all the fresh ingredients before you use it. 

4. The Consolation Prize (a mocktail)
recipe from The Smitten Kitchen

  
serves 4

A handful of mint leaves

1 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons honey

3/4 cup coconut milk, well-shaken

Ice cubes

Seltzer, to taste

Lime wedges, sprigs of mint or sliced fresh pineapple for garnish

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle mint ‚ÄĒ no need to render it into small flecks, but if you break it up a little, more flavor will be released. Add pineapple, lime, honey, coconut milk and a few ice cubes and shake it well. Pour over ice cubes in glasses, finish with a splash of seltzer and garnishes. Close your eyes and pretend you‚Äôre somewhere tropical.

5. Mango Margarita 
Recipe from Fit Pregnancy

  
It gets its kick from ginger, which has been shown to calm queasiness and nausea.

Serves 1
1 lime wedge for garnish (optional)

Ground granola for garnish (optional)
4 to 6 raspberries (or 2 strawberries)

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon grated ginger

¬ľ cup mango juice

¬ľ cup grapefruit juice

Run the lime wedge around the rim of a glass. Dip the glass in the granola.

Muddle the raspberries or strawberries at the bottom of a glass, and pour in lime juice. Add grated ginger, mango juice, grapefruit juice and ice.

Stir to blend all flavors, and enjoy.

Keep a piece

While you’re pregnant it’s so easy to take everything for granted.¬† Your growing belling¬†can sometimes feel like¬†just that, a belly.¬† Your glowing self, although absolutely amazing, doesn’t always feel fantastic.¬† So what are you going to do to keep a little piece of your journey with you?¬† A piece of that time when you were expecting, a piece of a memory of your little bean in your tummy.¬† It’s such a sacred time to have your baby in your womb, how will you honor it?

Here are a few ideas.  You could:

1. Get prenatal photographs

 

 

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this photo is probably way to riskay for most people, so keep in mind that if you do decide to do prenatal photos, by all means, only do what is comfortable for you!!¬† By no means do you need to be half nude, but let’er buck if you want to.¬† These photos where taken at Heaven’s Edge in Chestermere.

РHere is a fantastic photo fully clothed.  Tanya is a local photographer here in Lethbridge, so if you need prenatal photos here in Lethbridge she is my personal pick.  You can check out more of her work here.

2. Have a belly cast made

3. Have an ultrasound done and keep your photo/video. 

Here in Lethbridge an ultrasound is pretty standard around 18 weeks.¬† Of course you can opt out, but if you don’t, keep those photos!

4. How about a belly painting?!¬† Don’t forget to take a photo

Those are really just a few ideas on ways to honor your journey, there are plenty of others that are just not coming to mind right now.¬† Even keeping a jounal or blog of how you’re feeling during your pregnancy and the milestones you reach¬†will bring you comfort in the future.¬†¬†

Life with a new baby can quickly wipe out the pregnancy memory, including those precious memories of baby kicks to the ribs.  Prenancy is an amazing journey, cherish it, and keep a piece to remember it.