prenatal –> postnatal

Jenny Greenstein

If ya’ll followed along when I was pregnant, you would have found me frequently discussing prenatal shopping strategies and how to make cost-effective investments. One of my key tips is/was buying dresses that flex with a changing shape and fit during pregnancy and beyond. Here I am putting my own advice into practice, wearing a style I wore beginning at 6 months pregnant (shown here and in the video attached here!), and now wearing it styled as a skirt 6 months postpartum. I wore a ton of non-maternity clothes during my pregnancy, but I kept in mind styles that would go the distance. Getting creative with your wardrobe is critical and creating a capsule collection to get you through this journey (which goes well past birth) is the ultimate goal. This involves careful curation and setting yourself up for success. While I realize from personal experience and from working with my prenatal clients that much of your closet won’t fit for some time (like your jeans), there are many that will. If you are looking for some support in making this all happen, check out my prenatal package, and reach out at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com so I can help you get there.

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yss x bumps & babes collaboration

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It’s no secret that I have enjoyed documenting my journey throughout this pregnancy. Be it through Style The Bump weekly posts, at-home photos to note belly progress or moments I’ve shared on instagram, I have in my possession once-in-a-lifetime content which has covered this experience. I knew early on that I wanted this for a few reasons: to share with my daughter and show her how she came to be in this world, to communicate and teach style tips along the way using myself as an example, and to embrace my femininity and the empowering road to motherhood. Pregnancy was a carefully constructed decision for Dina and I and once we conceived I knew I wanted to preserve as much as I could. That said, when Lori Berkowitz, NYC-based photographer reached out and asked to collaborate on a Bumps and Babes x YSS project, I was excited, open and eager to learn more. Slightly hesitant about stripping down for an intimate series of photos, I started to examine how I felt within my changing shape and came to the conclusion that I am more confident and empowered now than I’ve ever been. Extra weight and all. There is something about being pregnant that has helped me to embrace the naturalness of the human body and how beautiful it is. Especially while creating life. Is there anything more empowering than that? I have never felt stronger, more connected and rooted in my physical form. If there was ever a time to capture a moment, that moment is now.

So I agreed, and Lori and I had a photo session and simultaneously created the below video where I described what this experience has been like for me. It’s a whole new visual perspective of myself. And one that I will never be able to re-do. This babe and I are joined together for a limited time only, and while 9 months seems like a long stretch, this moment has moved fast. I am so grateful to have documented this journey and I will cherish these photos for the rest of my life.

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Click here to view the video if you are an e-mail subscriber! 

With all this said, Lori officially launches Bumps and Babes TODAY!  You can choose from her “Bump Love Package” which includes 6 private photo sessions of either your bump or babe (or both!), with 6 custom albums, prints, an online gallery and more! Or choose an individual session. Lori was an absolute joy to work with, and while her level of professionalism was on point, her soft and inviting nature kept me at ease in front of the lens. Be sure to head over to her site to check out the details and book your appointment now! As an add-on to the Bumps and Babes maternity session, my styling services are available as well. This is not included in the package, but contact me directly at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com for pricing details. I can be there to help you plan, get ready and ensure you not only look and feel you best, but show up as your full and authentic self. I can’t think of a better opportunity to be ‘naked’.

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 photos via lori berkowitz

new service: pre/post natal styling!

pre_post natal styling services

Hello friends and happy Wednesday. This week has been glorious so far in NYC and what feels like a heatwave in comparison to the winter we are hopefully leaving behind. I’m eager for even warmer days ahead for so many reasons. I know you are with me.

I have exciting news today for Your Soul Style with an announcement of a new styling service package for mamas and mamas-to-be! While I myself am journey’ing through the pregnancy experience I can relate to facing styling challenges. With each passing month as your body continues to change, you need to omit another few styles from the rotation and fill in with items that do, all the while not trying to break the bank AND simultaneously investing in pieces that will hopefully last postpartum as well. And then there is postnatal life, when you’re not exactly back to yourself, may be breastfeeding, want comfort only, have no time to shop and a ton of other new variables to consider. I’m an advocate of paying close attention to your personal style during all of these stages, but I do realize that it’s a lot to juggle which is why I put this service together. Let me help!

Below find the Pre/Post Natal Styling Package details. Consultations are FREE and can be done in person, skype/facetime or over the phone. Contact me at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com to book your appointment, of if you have any additional questions.

PRE/POST NATAL STYLING PACKAGE  ⇔  Finding clothes that work when your body is in flux can be challenging. But pregnancy is a time to radiate, starting from the inside out. With this package, I work with you during the prenatal or postpartum process (or both!), and guide you through each stage of pregnancy to establish styling behaviors that compliment your new shape and make you feel your most beautiful and authentic self. Motherhood is not a time to hang up your style hat, it’s another opportunity to embrace it. I work with all budgets no matter how big or small. The three part program includes: 

  • 1-hour Styling Evaluation to determine needs and goals
  • 2-hour Closet Consultation to teach you how to work with your existing wardrobe
  • 2-hour Shopping Trip to find the essential pieces

Total Package: $400

For additional a la carte services, click here.

If you live outside of the NYC area, virtual styling accommodations can be made. Head to the Styling Services page for details.

wrny: first trimester realities

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Before conceiving, I thought I’d be one of those earth-mother types who would instantly start radiating from the inside out. I’m sure you’ve heard about that pregnancy glow, right?? From what the media (and even more-so social media) depicts about pregnant women, I was under the impression (perhaps delusional?) that this would be me from the get-go. I had of course heard about the early cliche pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, etc., however the greater emphasis is always put on the glorified parts. At least for a typical person scrolling through their instagram feed (as I was pre-pregnancy). There isn’t much transparency into the ‘ugly’ side unless you seek out the information, so why would I expect anything different than what I saw in the highlights? My perspective included women holding gorgeous round bellies while giving their two-year old a smooch, celebrities in head-to-toe chic maternity ensembles (Blake Lively = flawless), beautiful baby showers, seamlessly crafted nurseries, and I’m not even going to get into all of the photos of pregnant yogis turned upside down and sideways in front of a beautiful ocean landscape with the sun perfectly setting on their bump. Naturally, I imagined my experience to look like a version of this, the world immediately opening up to send me love and light and instantly I’d feel connected to myself both spiritually and physically, miraculously becoming super woman, obviously! Yeah right! Maybe for some that actually happens. But for most women, the reality of the first trimester looks nothing like this at all. I mean not even a slight resemblance. While I am supremely grateful, excited and humbled by becoming a mama, it was very hard to embrace any of this in my first trimester.

I wish I had a write-up to read in the beginning when I felt like the only person in the world who was struggling, because it would have come in handy knowing that most women go through a similar experience. It was a very vulnerable (and sometimes lonely) time, especially during the first 12 weeks when living in the pregnancy closet. I’m the type of person who wears heart on sleeve, and likes to talk about EVERYTHING (this blog – case in point). Now that I’ve gotten through my first trimester, I wanted to put something together for all of you who are about to embark on the journey – a realistic lens to keep expectations in check, and a few words of wisdom so you know that I understand. I promise you are not alone! In a contributing piece for Well Rounded NY, I present you with 10 of the less glorified parts of pregnancy that you knew about, but never really expected to happen to you! Along with some advice on how to cope with it all!

Head over to Well Rounded NY to check out the piece…

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positive change: 14 weeks

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I consider myself a pretty balanced person and while I engage in healthy habits that include clean eating, mindfulness based practices like therapy and reading a plethora of books on mental and emotional health, I’m not perfect. I don’t exercise, I drink caffeine, I can easily fall down the rabbit hole of anxiety (and sometimes depression) and while meditation is something I’ve dabbled in before, I haven’t incorporated it into my life in a way where it’s become routine. With that being said, since becoming pregnant it’s triggered a strong desire to put more energy into the areas of my life where I felt things were lacking.

This is a time to be strong. Not only to prepare for birth, but to become a healthier person and prepare for motherhood in general. I don’t have children yet, but I do know that the demands of parenting are great and it take intense amounts of energy, patience and strength to stay in balance. I want nothing more then to be a woman who can endure the roller coaster ride of not only pregnancy, but motherhood as well. And with that, I’m making a commitment to get myself to an even steadier and healthier place.

I thought about all of this in my first trimester, but wasn’t able to incorporate any of these new practices. My barely there energy was used for the basics like eating, daily chores and work. And I wasn’t ready either. Now that things are shifting in week 14, I’m slowly beginning to make some change.

On Monday of this week, I started to meditate for ten minutes every morning using an application called Head Space. I’m going through the 10-day trial before committing to the yearly subscription, but so far so good. It has not been easy but I’m sticking with it because there has been so much information on mindfulness-based meditation that confirms its positive impact on your overall health and well-being. A recent study conducted by Harvard University has proven that meditation can actually rebuild the brains gray matter in 8-weeks! Baby boo definitely deserves this small sacrifice, don’t you think?

As far as activity goes, I’m beginning prenatal yoga as well. While I’m going down kicking and screaming, my friend Mika who specializes in prenatal yoga has offered to work with me weekly to help get my body strong and ready over the next 6 months. Another friend Corinne, founder of Birthing Mama Yoga has also sent on her Birthing Mama program which goes from week 14-42, and provides a weekly prenatal yoga video, developmental benchmarks, recipes/nutritional recommendations, self care practices and 6 audio recordings of guided meditations/relaxations. And there is a daily prenatal yoga class offered at Jivamukti which I will get to as well.

I don’t expect to become a super yogi, or a mindfulness-based meditation expert, but like with anything, if not now, then when? Whether you’re expecting a new babe, making change for the new year, or have just decided that you’re ready to embark on a spiritual and emotional journey to holistically heal from the inside out – any of these practices can be for you. I plan on taking baby steps – literally.

I will keep you posted on my progress, and if you have any tips for reducing stress, and increasing overall strength and wellness (be it physical or emotional), please send my way. I would love to hear your suggestions. I’m also looking for additional prenatal classes offered in the Union Square/West or East Village area (aside from Jivamukti) so if you know of any – please, do tell!

Wish me luck!

Have a fantastic and restful weekend.