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Keeping Fit and Feeling Fab During Pregnancy

In Fitness, Maternity chic, Supermoms on April 30, 2013 at 1:06 am
Hi I’m Amy from Absolute Amy.  I’m a wife and mum to a gorgeous 2 year old daughter with another baby on the way, living in sunny Perth, Western Australia.  I love coffee and cupcakes and I adore fashion and style.  I’m also passionate about health and well-being and today I’m talking about how to stay fit and feel fabulous during your pregnancy.  If you do have a baby on the way – congratulations! This is one of the most wonderful and beautiful times of your life and I hope this post helps you on your pregnancy journey.
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 With my daughter Ava – 16 weeks pregnant
 Absolute Amy 217 weeks pregnant
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 21 weeks pregnant with my daughter Ava

A health professional once told me that in an ideal world, you should be at your fittest when you fall pregnant as you are about to complete a baby growing marathon and after having my first child two years ago, I couldn’t agree more.

I’m not suggesting that in preparation to have a baby you should be spending hours in the gym or running 5 miles each day, but it is a good idea to be paying attention to your health and well-being in whatever form of exercise suits your lifestyle best – walking, yoga, Zumba, the gym, Pilates – some form of exercise is better than nothing!
For me, I’ve never been a massive fan of exercise, but in the middle of last year I discovered my kind of exercise – clinical Pilates. If you don’t know much about Pilates, it’s a controlled and precise form of exercise which involves a wide range of exercises and stretches, focusing on toning and sculpting your body while strengthening your core. It’s perfect for anyone who has an injury as clinical Pilates classes are run by an Exercise Physiologist who can ensure movements are being done correctly.
 Absolute Amy 4Squats on the TRX at Pilates
 Absolute Amy 5On the reformer at Pilates
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 17 weeks pregnant on the trapeze at Pilates
I also enjoy walking and getting fresh air.  We live close to some local stores, and if I need to run errands I’ll put my daughter in the pram and we’ll go for a walk together.  This way we both get out of the house, get some fresh air and I get some gentle exercise. It’s only takes me about 30 minutes, and it’ a fantastic way to stay fit while getting a few jobs done.
It’s also really important to eat eat fresh and healthy food while you’re pregnant, after all – you’re nourishing a tiny person growing inside you and giving them the very best possible start in life!  Like many pregnant women, my appetite has increased dramatically during my pregnancy, and my cravings are for sweet, sugary things like cakes and cookies.  I try to limit this as much as possible by doing the following;
  • If you don’t have it in the house, you can’t eat it! I intentionally don’t buy cookies and cakes because if they’re in the house, there’s a good chance I’ll eat them.  So leave them out of your shopping cart and fill it with fresh fruit, veggies, cereals, lean meats and low fat yogurt instead.
  • Fill up a fruit bowl at the beginning of each week and have it on your kitchen counter or on your work desk.  You’re more likely to snack on food if you can see it, so put any naughty food out of sight and reach for a piece of fruit instead.  Apples, pears, bananas and berries are the best fruit to eat as they are high in vitamins and fiber and not too high in sugar
  • Don’t skip breakfast! A lot of people make the mistake of not eating breakfast and as a result become so hungry by mid morning that they reach for the first thing they can get, which is often high in sugar.  Instead, opt for a low GI breakfast of porridge topped with blueberries or eggs on toast.
  • Don’t drink your calories! Cut out all sugary drinks and drink water or green tea instead. If you prefer flavored water, fill up a jug with water and add orange or lemon slices, or even some cucumber and mint.  If you like fizzy drinks, stock your fridge with sparkling water, it’s so refreshing and it’s good for you!
  • Carry snacks with you at all times. I get really hungry very quickly, so it’s best for me if I always have some snacks on hand. Bananas are a great option as they already have their very own packaging and I also carry muesli bars which are low in sugar, crackers and little packets of almonds with me.
  • Everything in moderation – including moderation! If you enjoy chocolate or cookies or ice cream, then allow yourself one small slice or a few squares or a small bowl each evening.  This way you have a special treat to look forward to every day and don’t feel like you’re missing out, but you avoid overindulging.
I recently had a healthy eating series on my blog Absolute Amy, you can take a look at healthy breakfastlunchdinner and snack ideas, just click on the links.
And finally, it’s so important to have time for YOU when you’re pregnant.  This can be tricky if you already have other children, but it’s really important for your mental health to have some time out.  Whether that’s going for a quick 10 minute walk around the block to breathe and think, running a big bubble bath (but only with warm water – a hot bath isn’t advisable for pregnant woman) or catching up with friends for coffee or dinner, make sure you take time out for you.
Good luck on your pregnancy journey lovely ladies.  Relax and enjoy this truly incredible time in your life.


Amy xxxx


You can follow Amy’s pregnancy journey on her blog Absolute Amy, say hi to her on Facebook or follow her on TwitterInstagram or Pinterest.
** DON’T FORGET to enter our Isabella Oliver Giveaway for a chance to win one of their most popular items, the Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress!

Isabella Oliver Giveaway

In Giveaway, Maternity chic, Outfits on April 29, 2013 at 12:34 am

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Hello ladies! Mother’s Day is just around the corner! So we thought this would be the perfect time for a giveaway from one of our favorite brands. We’ve teamed up with Isabella Oliver to treat you to one of their most popular items! The lucky winner will receive the Isabella Oliver Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress in their preferred size and color. This contest is open to all residents of the UK, US, EU, and CAN. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative.

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!. Pick your favorite color of the Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress, and share it on Instagram. 

Tag @karenzaro #mychicbump #isabellaoliver. (If you have a private account, please let us know)

2. Share link of the giveaway on your Facebook wall.

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2. Leave a comment below.

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Contest ends Monday, May 6th at Midnight. Winner will be announced the following day.

Best of luck, ladies!


** To find out if you won the Recherché mint statement necklace and exciting news for all Mychicbump readers, click here.

Maternity Style Inspiration: Baby Blues

In Maternity chic, Outfits on April 23, 2013 at 12:50 am
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hatch dinner party dress
isabella oliver blue belt
classic pave link bracelet
Valentino Garavani Leather Pumps
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Recherché Jewelry Giveaway (CLOSED)

In Giveaway, Outfits on April 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

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Blazer: Forever21, similar style here  |   Top: Similar style here   |   Skirt: Banana Republic    |    Necklace: Recherché   |   Shoes: Similar style here

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Ours was filled with family outings, an award banquet with the hubby and Naomi’s hair adventure (See Instagram @Karenzaro for pics). And to start this week off right, we are collaborating with Always Recherché Jewelry today to give away this gorgeous mint statement necklace!



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Contest ends Friday,  April 26th at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced the following Monday.

** And the winner is …

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Congratulations, Vanesa! To know where to send your prize, please send me an email to

Karen at Mychicbump dot com

Thank you everyone for participating! And now the exciting news ….

Recherché has kindly offered an exclusive 20% discount for all Mychicbump readers using code “CHIC.”

A big thanks to Recherché again for teaming up with us and for creating this fabulous code for all our loyal readers!

And for a good morning laugh … here is the new Evian ad, guaranteed to have you smiling today!

Win Your Dream Nursery Makeover

In Giveaway on April 19, 2013 at 12:24 am

Boy, do I have some exciting news for you!! After months of preparation and hard work, the BIG REVEAL is finally here! Mom’s Best Network is launching their newest addition, Destination Nursery, where every month one lucky mom will get to win a dream package (worth over $10,000) to give her little one the perfect nursery space! After being the home for baby for 9 months, can you imagine having a beautiful space like this ready for them!

 The winner of their first dream nursery make over will be given all of these items to help them get started:


1-4. Pouf, Mirror, Curtains, and Origami light, from Serena & Lily

5. Caravan Crib from Kalon

6. Glider/Rocker from Best Chairs

7. Custom Wall Decals from Pop and Lolli  designed by Joanna from Waterfall Creative

8. Frames and Wooden letters from Twelve Timbers

9. Dana Console/Changer from Young America

10. Capel Rug from Gatehouse

11. Koo roo Animal Bank

12. Mattress and Changing Pad from Nook Sleep

13. Wooden Zebra Rocker from Cool Kids Company

14. Wooden toy camera from Twig Creative

15. Let them be little print from Maypole

Will you be their next destination?  Click here to Enter contest.

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A Berry Sweet and Filling Breakfast

In Fitness, Mom Appetit on April 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm



We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but as busy moms it’s still tough to squeeze it in.  But remember it will give you the energy you need to accomplish all the things you have to get done during the day, as well as give your baby many of the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong! Take advantage of new seasons and the new varieties of fresh fruits that come with them.

Did you know that berries are full of nutrients and antioxidants?  I am a true lover of blueberries, after all it is consider “super food” by doctors and nutritionist. I know what you’re thinking though, “I just don’t have time!” That’s why our BerrySweet parfait is so great for busy moms. It can be made the night before so when you wake up in the morning it’s all ready for you to eat.  Or, you can eat it is as a snack in between meals like I do 🙂

BerrySweet Parfait Layers

  • Almond Cranberry Granola
  • Greek Yogurt (Nonfat plain), mixed with blueberries
  • Almond Cranberry Granola
  • Strawberries
  • Greek Yogurt (Nonfat plain)




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Maternity Style: Spring Color Trends

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on April 15, 2013 at 3:28 am

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Yellow maternity collage

1. Asos Maternity Shift Dress    |    2. Ruth Crop Maternity Cardigan    |    3. HATCH The Tie Front Dress    |    4.  GAP  Maternity Jeans

Citrus Orange

Orange Maternity Collage

5. Sateen Cargo Maternity Pants    |    6. Eva Knit Maternity Cardigan    |    7. Coral Front Knot Dress    |    8. Olian Tie Front Maternity Top

Hues of Green

Green Maternity Collage

9. Double Scallop Top    |    10. Seraphine Maternity Maxi Knot Dress     |    11. Secret Fit Belly Maternity Pants     |    12. Asos Maternity Maxi Dress

Flower Power

Floral Prints Maternity Collage

13. Vivient Print Maternity Dress    |    14. GAP Floral Legging Skimmer Jeans     |    15. Silk Printed Tunic     |    16. Summer Bloom Print Maxi Dress

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Cobalt Blue Maternity Collage

17. The Everyday Maternity Blazer    |    18. The Ruched Maternity Wrap Dress    |    19. Asos Maternity Skinny Jeans    |    20. Gathered Detail Maternity Maxi Dress

** Click  HERE  to see if you won the Karen’s Closet Giveaway!

Thanks to all who entered!

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Mom Appetit – Green Goodness Breakfast

In Fitness, Mom Appetit on April 10, 2013 at 1:02 am


If you are always on the go like me, trust me, this easy green smoothie recipe will be your best friend during hectic mornings!  It’s a great source of nutrients with low calories. Great for getting back into shape after giving birth! Plus with all the iron in the Spinach, it can help you avoid Anemia, a common pregnancy issue that leads to fatigue and hair loss.  I didn’t think I would like spinach until getting diagnosed with Iron deficiency Anemia during my second pregnancy. But then it became a life saver.

What you’ll need:

2 Cups of baby spinach

1 Green apple

1 Pear

1 Cup of water

* Add a banana for an energy boost or a couple of strawberries to add natural sweetness to this healthy, easy-to-make smoothie.

It’s always fun to experiment with fresh green drinks.  There are so many recipes out there and we want to share some of our favorites so check often for more healthy recipes!  And if you have a recipe you’d like to share with us, send us an email at We’d love to hear from you!

Happy Wednesday!

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Karen’s Closet GIVEAWAY {Closed}

In Giveaway, Maternity chic, Outfits on April 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

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That’s right! One lucky Mychicbump reader will win an item of their choice from Karen’s fabulous Maternity closet!! You could win the Red Jeggings from the post that started it all, Simply Chic. Or the Silky blouse recently worn on our TV appearance, or perhaps our most versatile piece, Seraphine Maternity’s nursing cover.

** And the WINNER of the giveaway is ….

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Congrats Ana!

Email me your address at karen @ mychicbump dot com

or leave me a comment on Facebook

Thank you to all who entered! Keep following MyChicBump for more fabulous giveaways and styling tips!

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Dress to Distress: Quick Go-to Outfit for Busy Moms

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on April 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

As featured on Mom’s Best Network! Find outfit details under Floral Skinnies = Feeling Good Pregnancy Style

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Photos by Jessica Bishop, Byjessphotography  |  Model: Melanie Yeats

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