Instagram live is easily the best thing to happen to the mere seconds new moms have to spare on social media. Add these eight courageous mamas to your must-read list.
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This was the message I sent my girlfriends: "I rarely tell you that you absolutely *need* something, but you NEED this dress"...I put it on last night and (even though it's a loose fit), it made me feel super confident and the double v back was just a hint of sass. It also has pockets...so #winning. I'm not kidding, its $58 of the best money you'll spend this Summer. Wear it with a bandeau, some layered jewelry and a summer tan and you'll feel like a new woman! Trust. Details: http://liketk.it/2rI7o #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKunder50
For a breathtaking glimpse into the life of a fashion-savvy mom from Charlotte, North Carolina, follow Mallory Fitzsimmons, mom to Landry, 4, and Lawson, 3 months. On her Live, she'll share what's on her mind along with recipes, fashion finds, motherhood musings, photos of her babies and pretty much everything in between.
"When I decided to put my heart into Instastories, I vowed to myself that I would remain vulnerable and honest, offering an unfiltered view of my life and motherhood and really letting people get to know my heart," she told Fit Pregnancy. She doesn't think of her audience as "followers;" she considers them "friends." "I try to keep conversation friendly, open and relatable on Instastories, sharing the ups and downs of this crazy season of life."
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Being the health nut that I am, I got in a fun stroller workout this morning with Everly! We used our new @bugaboostrollers Bee5. I've owned a thousand strollers and this one is one of my absolute favorites! The suspension on it and the buckling are my two favorite features. However I also love how the wheels swivel so when I'm doing certain moves during my stroller workout, the wheels move with me. The Bee5 comes in a ton of different color combinations to match your personal style-15 different colors to be exact! The Sky Blue is one of my favorites as I love this color and it can work for both my son and daughter. It also provides 50+ UPF protection while out and about on sunny days. The padding on the seating is comfy and Everly doesn't seem to mind hanging out in it for a while when she tags along on my workouts! If you're looking for a new stroller for your workout or just to have on hand for any occasion, check out @bugaboostrollers #bugaboo #ad
If your Instagram feed mainly consists of enviable bodies and fitness fanatics, add Sia Cooper to your watch list. She's a NASM certified trainer and creator of Strong Body Guide who works out practically anywhere—and on anything (we're serious, check out her feed and you'll see her stretching on her car!).
"I love Instagram live because it gives me a chance to engage with my audience at that exact moment, which I find really special," she told Fit Pregnancy. She tries her best to go live at least once a week, posting workouts or offering moms helpful tips. "My followers can expect live workouts and lots of Q&A style posts when I go live! They can jump in and get a free, quick workout or even catch a quick recipe."
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Happy Friday !!! It's going to be a quiet #fridaynight for us...What is everyone else up to? 💕💕💕💕 . . . . . #baby #babies #adorable #cute #babymodel #brandrep #kid #friday #children #igbabies #childrenphoto #toddler #instababy #infant #family #lablogger #internationalheels #mommyblogger #momblogger #lifestyleblog #lifestyleblogger #lifeofablogger #weho #lebenalsmama #instamama #lebenmitkindern #fridays #instamom #beverlyhills
Julia Goodman, mommy to 15-month-old Anastasia, posts fashion inspiration daily. She just launched her first business, an online women's fashion and accessory e-commerce store called "Julia Jolie Beverly Hills" and is documenting the beginnings of her empire on Insta live.
"It's a struggle sometimes between dedicating your time to your kids and starting a new business," Goodman told us. That's why her Instagram posts are simply her everyday life. "On Instagram story, I post a lot of our family adventures and funny everyday life events around family, parenting, yummy food, fashion and beauty."
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My workouts at this point are every few days. Big difference between baby #1 & #2 where I think I worked out every day until the end. It's not that I can't or don't want to but more that I'm trying to soak up the time with my boys until we throw a third in the mix. Plus we've been at the pool almost every day and being in a pool feels way better right now than the gym. Plus . . . I'm exhausted. #shocker . 🤰🏼🤰🏼🤰🏼 I try to do some stretches like these, especially on the days where I don't do a real workout. This is what I did this morning before I got dressed (and yes my shirt says what you think it says - you can find them at my friend Adam's company @venicefitco). I used the edge of my bathtub but you could use a chair, couch or table. Deep breaths through the stretches - just like you would for labor. First stretch is for your back & hamstrings. Second stretch is for the side body (lats & obliques). Make sure you do both sides. Third stretch is a chest and shoulder opener. Anyone have any questions, personal requests for stretches or other prenatal exercises? 🤰🏼🤰🏼🤰🏼 Remember to click the link in my bio (or go to http://PregnancyWorkoutEssentials.com) to get on the list to be notified when my new pregnancy workouts are released, or my #ExpectingMore prenatal and postnatal workouts are available at SaraHaley.com. . . . . #prenatalstretches #prenatal #prenatalexercises #prenatalexercise #prenatalworkout #prenatalworkouts #40weeks #40weekspregnant #pregnancystretches #fbetter #morningstretch #stretching #stretchexercises #backstretches #backpain #pregnantlife #pregnantyogi #prenatalyoga #inspirepregnancy @inspirepregnancy @pregnancyworkout
Sara Haley, mom to Landon, 6, Liam, 3 and baby #3 who is due in June, is a pre- and postnatal exercise specialist who posts almost every day of the week. "I try to jump on live whenever I can," she told Fit Pregnancy. "Some weeks that's a few times and others it may just be once—I'm a mom after all!"
It's no news to any mom that life can be pretty unpredictable, so the biggest thing users can expect from Sara is a real life experience. "I'm a real mom going through real things and I don't have time to put on hair and makeup every day to visit with everyone on IG live, nor do I want to spend the time away from my kids trying to get the perfect IG picture...so I don't." Most of the time you'll see her jumping on live with her hair in a topknot and wearing her workout clothes. There might even be a little person who sneaks into the picture!
Natalie Alcala, founder of Fashion Mama and mom to two-year-old Diego, is a fashion fanatic who has an impeccable sense of style—for both mom and baby. At least once daily you can expect to see her post everything from regrams and event photos to blog feature promos and member spotlights.
"Instagram Live feels raw and void of high production value, so followers feel like they're right in your home (or in my case, office)," she told Fit Pregnancy. "Once a month we do this fun Instagram Live interview series called 'Mama Juice' where we interview an inspiring mom who's enjoying a juice or smoothie (or the occasional wine!)."
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Whoop whoop new recipe alert!!! 🎉 These grilled chicken breasts with jalapeño peach salsa are rocking my easy healthy eating, excited-for-summer, whole30 world. Ya GOTTA put this on your list of "must makes". The salsa is super mild (my toddler devoured it) but with an option to add some major heat. Check out it by clicking the link in my bio or head over to physicalkitchness.com
Chrissa Benson, mom to Brockston, 2½ , and Maddix, 9 months, is the fit, Paleo-friendly mom to follow. She's a ninja barre instructor and self-proclaimed meal plan ninja who posts, on average, about 10 to 20 stories per day, including some healthy meal tutorials and some funny mom life stuff. Most often you'll catch her cooking clean meals, working out with her kids and "trying not to lose her mind in the process," she told us. "My followers can expect to laugh with me when mom life is so chaotic that you're not sure if you should laugh or cry."
She also loves inspiring moms to stay fit and eat healthy so that they feel good from the inside out. She's also not afraid to show a more real side of life that the social media world can conceal. "There's no perfectly made up person on the other side of the screen (yes, I even hop on straight out of bed with zit cream still on my forehead). And, despite all the deep things we feel 'flawed' about, it's all just the trueness of a life in the trenches with little ones."
Few folks in NYC's mommy realm haven't heard of Bryce Gruber-Hermon. As the editor and CEO of TheLuxurySpot.com, a lifestyle site for moms, followers love Bryce's unfiltered, raw honesty that comes out on her Instagram Lives, which she tries to do 1 to 3 times a week. "I think the best ones are either funny or OMG-style," she told Fit Pregnancy. "I recently did a live feed of taking my oldest child on his first roller coaster. Tons of people said they were cracking up and totally related to all the horrified faces we both made."
Instagram live gives Bryce the chance to show the funnier, wittier side of her personality that static photos and short Instagram stories don't totally encapsulate. "These live videos are sort of like opening a doorway to real friendship, although sometimes my husband doesn't want to be my friend anymore when he sees I've posted his faux pas on a live feed!"
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✨ Missed my Monday Morning workout 😩 and not going to lie it's throwing off my day. Does anyone have good recommendations for workouts you can do at home? . ✨ http://liketk.it/2rFry #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKfit #runner #underarmour #UA #sportsbra #fitspo #fitmom #fitfam #fitness #fitnessblogger | 📸 @anastasiaserena
Kate Brennan is basically the Instagram mom next door—a beauty, fashion and fitness lover whose first passion is being mom to daughters Isabella, 3½, and Summer, 11 months. Her typical feed is a carefully curated string of makeup tutorials, product reviews, workout reviews and some family time.
"Instagram live allows me to show followers bits and pieces of my hectic life," she told Fit Pregnancy. "I just want to share my love of fitness with other moms because it's what motivates me, makes me feel good (and look good!)." Elle Woods from Legally Blonde explains it best, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy."