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You Look Swell

Our guide to maternity in the city

maternity guide!

Everyone loves a pregnant woman. (Proof: Stranger patting your belly on the el.)

Make it a swell 40 weeks with the help of these maternity services.

Stay in tip-top shape as you round out with You Grow Girl Fitness (sessions start at $100 per hour). Personal trainer Jen Dixon guides moms-to-be through stretches, cardio, and strength-training exercises in their homes, outside, or at a gym. Follow up with her postpartum to transition back to your old, nonjiggly self.

Bum Bul Bee Photo + Films creates short films documenting life before and after baby ($750). Shutterbug Ashbey Riley comes to you to capture HD video, then syncs the footage to music to create a vignette available on DVD and for online sharing.

Safety comes first, so set your protective eyes on classes from Chicago CPR ($35 per person). In a small group, you’ll learn to handle infant choking and pick up tips on SIDS prevention, poison control, and car seat safety.

Baby will need a wardrobe. Go easy on your budget and the environment with a subscription to Good Karma Clothing for Kids ($20-$45 per month). The local service delivers bundles of gently worn clothes to your door (brands commonly include Janie and Jack, Tea Collection, and BabyGap). When they’re outgrown, return them for a new batch.

It’s just the bump you need.

Photo: John Lund / Sam Diephuis / Getty Images 

this week in chicago!

BUY
Thumb & Pinky Clothing
What:
Dress the kids for sunshiney days in the locally designed line of tunics, skirts, shirts, vests, and more.
Why: Fun Marimekko and African wax print fabrics are perfect for vacay.
When: The temperature hits 70 degrees (again!).
Where: Online at etsy.com.

EXPLORE
MythBusters: the Explosive Exhibition
What: Make like one of the Discovery Channel gurus and uncover truths behind science’s popular myths at the hands-on exhibit.
Why: Find out if running in the rain will keep you drier than walking.
When: Thru Sept. 3.
Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., at 57th St. (773-684-1414). Children, $17; adults, $23.

HUNT
Soldier Field Spring Egg-Stravaganza
What:
Look for colored eggs and get down to a Radio Disney show.
Why: A candy grab for kids 10 and under.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-noon.
Where: 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., at McFetridge Dr. (312-235-7000). Admission is free.

LOCATIONS
5700 S Lake Shore Dr
@ 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637
773-684-1414
Soldier Field
1410 S Museum Campus Dr
@ McFetridge Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
312-235-7000
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