10 Spring Maternity Dresses You Need In Your Closet

Spring, flowers, warm weather and amazing photo shoot opportunities is coming. Are you ready? We’ve rounded up the most amazing Spring Maternity Dresses on the market right now. These dresses are great for every day wear or those special events you may be planning.

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Spring Maternity Dresses

Spring maternity dresses are usually flowing, floral or jewel tones. They can be long or short sleeve, depending on where you are in the country.

This 3/4 sleeve empire waist maternity dress is probably our favorite in this post because of its diverse use. Perfect for photo sessions or a day out, this maternity dress makes for a must-have.

See other color options and grab this dress here.

This gorgeous wrap maternity dress offers the comfort of a mid length dress while providing a comfortable, cool and beautiful alternative to a long maxi.

If you’re looking for an amazing floral fitted dress with ruched sides? Look no further. This dress will be comfortable for most of your pregnancy and look great too! Grab it here.

A dress you can wear your entire pregnancy and while breastfeeding seems practical to us! This beautiful jewel toned dress is going to make your spring maternity dress collection swoon worthy. Grab it here.

Spring Maternity Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are not only cool and comfortable while pregnant, they are also SO GORGEOUS. This floral dress is the perfect addition to any spring maternity closet. You can grab it here.

Spring Baby Shower Dress

Your baby shower dress is going to be one of the most photographed outfits you’ll wear during your pregnancy. We’ve rounded up some of the cutest spring baby shower maternity dresses on the market – ranging from complete baby casual to baby baboom!

This first dress is about as close to casual chic as you can get, with a simple sleeveless with ruched sides. The beautiful jewel tones with this dress and a few other options make it a must-have. Grab it here.

Ruffles, jewel tones – oh my! This beautiful gown is going to work for that shower and many other events during your pregnancy while photographing well for those big events and will look amazing on ANY skin tone. Available in multiple colors. Grab it here.

Spring Maternity Photoshoot Dress

If you’re looking for the ultimate spring maternity photoshoot dress, look no further than this cowl neck design. Make it dual purpose as your spring baby shower gown. Grab it here.

Not cool enough for long sleeve? This ruffle maternity dress is the perfect solution. Available in nearly a dozen beautiful colors, this dress will turn heads no matter what color you choose.

Did someone say chiffon? Yes, girl. Yes. We. Did. This gown. COME ON! Complete show stopper. This dress is going to make for epic maternity photographs. As a note, though, we want to say that the reviews on this dress suggest it’s ultra thin. You’re going to want to wear something under it and it may not be great for events, like baby showers – BUT – it photographs well. Something we all want for our keepsake maternity photos. Grab it here.

Spring maternity dresses don’t have to be a one-time wear. You can choose dresses that will work for photoshoots and major events. What we love most about the selection we have included here is that so many of them are versitile and can be worn throughout your pregnancy and beyond. If you’re being frugal during your pregnancy, this makes these inexpensive dresses a must-have.

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Pregnancy & Dads: Why Inclusivity Matters to Our Relationships

For decades, we’ve taken for granted husbands being in the room when their wives deliver. Many of us believe that dads’ presence is important to supporting moms during childbirth, and to affirming fathers’ central roles in their children’s lives.

Despite men’s now commonplace birth attendance, Michael Odent, a French obstetrician known as the first doc to invite dads into labor and delivery, did a 180 on his earlier stance. In an interview with the British press a few years ago, Odent claimed that women are happier, and healthier, when they give birth without male partners.

Why? Men’s presence constrains women’s willingness to let go and scream. Plus Odent, an avid proponent of natural childbirth, blames husbands’ inability to emotionally handle their wives’ labor pains for increased epidurals and caesareans.

From a Relationship Coach perspective, the core issue is less whether or not Odent is right, and more: What do couples want for their birth experience?
A study from Sweden claims that, while most men attended childbirth classes, some found their secondary status challenging. Their childbirth questions were ignored or redirected to moms and, the study found, dads lacked a forum for their own fears.

I can’t help but wonder about Odent’s claim of men’s impact on epidurals and C-sections, and whether, if true, it might be related to (most) men not being invited to express, or get support for, their fears concerning their spouses’ wellbeing during childbirth.

How can these issues, or some of them, be avoided?

Here are a few pre-birth tips:

  • It’s not just expecting moms who struggle with fear about birth, so take time before the due date for both of you to acknowledge that your fears aren’t just okay, they’re completely normal.
  • Go a step further and create a space to discuss those fears about birth and parenting. Think your spouse won’t chat with you about these issues? Then encourage him (or her) to speak to someone else, e.g., a friend, colleague, or Life Coach.
  • Expecting moms can ask childbirth instructors and members of their medical/birthing team to include expecting dads as much as possible, at various stages of the process, including pre-birth, e.g., at ultrasound appointments.

Ask The Tough Questions

Ask yourselves and each other birth-prep questions centered on your relationship (vs. the mechanics of childbirth). Even if you make up your answers, just asking the questions gives each other room to express best-case wishes and, hopefully, the ability to reference those wishes the real birth process turns out differently than planned.

Questions to ask…

If I were to imagine the best birth experience, in emotional terms (let’s just assume the physical goes great), what would I want my spouse to experience?
 
If I were to imagine the best birth experience for me, in emotional terms (assume the physical goes great), what would I want to experience?
 
Ideally, what role would I want my spouse to play in my experience?
 
Best-case scenario, how do we want to feel about each other during the birth process?
 
What can we do to create the atmosphere we both want for the birth process? (e.g., playing music we love, taping our favorite photos on the wall, etc.)
 
What do we want to remember about our relationship, if everything we want for ourselves, and each other, flies out the window during the birth process?
 
For couples who consider, or really want to consider, the birth of their child a team effort—with delivering moms clearly leading the charge!—finding ways to ensure spouses, too, are consciously integrated into the process and invited to share their feelings, especially before childbirth, is not only important to us individually, but also to our relationship together.