Rosie Pope, the Martha Stewart of maternity, helps navigate baby gear
As Rachel Ray is to cooking and Rachel Zoe is to style, Rosie Pope hopes to be to motherhood. And, as the overwhelmed faces on the moms-to-be at the New York Baby Show this past weekend seem to point out, the industry is asking for a guru.
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"I think that maybe she's a PR genius since that caused her a lot of attention, but really what I always tell my clients is stay true to your sense of style. Kim was very sensuous and her clothing was generally very tight and you could see her curves. But an upholstered turtleneck gown with matching gloves is really hard for anybody to pull off. She is a beautiful pregnant woman, though."Skip to next paragraph
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And the other high-profile mom-to-be, the former Kate Middleton?
"She is keeping to her sense of style, so very understated, very demure and classic and tailored. And what she's really showing, which I love, is that you don't have to just wear stretchy clothes when you're pregnant."
In addition to sellers of wearable baby carriers and a foundation looking for donations to fund kiddie yoga lessons for the underprivileged, the makers of modesty covers for nursing women were on hand at the show sponsored by New York Family magazine.
Pope said she used one called the Hooter Hider but made clear she casts no judgments on breast-feeding versus bottle feeding. She nursed her first, now 4, for about six months but said "it didn't work" for her second. When her third came along she decided as a busy working mom on a combination of pumping and formula.
"There's a lot of pressure to breast-feed and I think if you can do it, it's a wonderful thing, but it doesn't work for everybody," Pope said.
The star of Bravo's "Pregnant in Heels" reality series takes a similar approach to many maternity issues in her book, out last October with medical-related advice by one of New York City's foremost obstetrician-gynecologists, Amos Grunebaum, who was Pope's doctor as she navigated infertility treatment.
"So many of the books I find to be quite heavy and quite hard to figure out whether they're saying yes or no. It's always in the middle, the advice. I wanted to know what is right and what is wrong and then what is up to me. That's really important."
She professes zero tolerance for caffeine and alcohol during pregnancy, "but then I am much more open-minded when it comes to breast-feeding and when it comes to attachment parenting or sleeping. I really believe every family is very, very different and what's right for one person is not right for another."
In decades past, maternity advice was "this way or the highway," but so many options and so much readily available information today is a "blessing and a curse," Pope acknowledged. "If you can navigate your way through that you can really find a path that is wonderful for you."
Agnieszka Golasik of Brooklyn, an artist by way of Poland, wasn't looking to help expectant moms navigate so much as decorate. She'll turn your sonogram pregnancy image into a psychedelic portrait of your fetus through her company Your Baby to Be, at a starting price of $250.
"I was experimenting with these images for a series of small monotypes when I found out I was pregnant," Golasik said at the booth she shared with co-founder Margaret Blat. "This is a special time and new way to remember your baby."
The folks over at Cast in Time were of similar minds. They'll take a plaster cast of your naked and pregnant silhouette, from pubic bone to breasts, decorate it and frame it for hanging, at a minimum of $495.
Said the founder, who goes by Bindia: "Pregnant women are beautiful."
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