Walking into the offices of Hearst feels quite impressive—as you can imagine—fortunately, I met Joyann there to chat about her first pregnancy. She shared how she got her start in publishing, her thoughts on becoming a working mom, and of course if her pregnancy were a song it would definitely be Hot Child In The City!
Current state of mind:
I just entered my third trimester (this photo shoot happened in my second), and my sense of calm and waiting patiently has turned slightly more frenetic. With 10 weeks left, I have a lot I want to get done, but it also still feels like a long time to go. The hot summer months are also going to test my chill state of mind, but I plan to spend my weekends floating away the stress and heat in our salt water pool upstate!
I am trying to eat really balanced, lots of protein, veggies, good fats and tons of water but I am definitely eating more carbs than ever—but it feels right! My cravings are currently focused on baked goods—I am really, really enjoying my iced coffee and banana bread (whole wheat! with flax!) every morning. The days I eat more sugar I definitely feel more sluggish and bloated. You are what you eat—pregnant or not. Trying to maintain a sense of health these last 3 months will be difficult but key to my post-partum recovery and self-esteem.
Beauty and wellness routine:
I switched to mostly a 100% natural routine. I swear by the True Botanicals Calm line and am loving the Summer Fridays jet lag mask. I’ll still do a gentle glycolic peel here and there—and an organic spray tan for a big event is game-changing. Otherwise, my weekly routine includes: Epsom salt baths, lots of stretch mark oils, massage/acupuncture when I have time, and nightly meditative walking with my Goldendoodle Isla.
Exercise throughout pregnancy?
Yes, keeping it moving is key to managing your weight and maintaining your mental strength. I do weights and cardio twice a week with my amazing personal trainer Jessica Sims, plus private yoga with Lindsay Hilscher, and pre-natal pilates with Annie Venier.
On your body and boobs:
I think it’s important for children to see their moms happy and fulfilled outside of the home. This could come from career, sure, but it doesn’t have to. Volunteer work, passion projects, hobbies—they all help raise one’s sense of self. I love my job (more on that later), but I don’t want it to define me or my happiness.
On celebrating and supporting women:
Check that judgment at the door! How can we love each other if we can’t accept one another? Social media is definitely a place I think we need to be mindful of our role in supporting women, not just in the community we keep, but of our influence and use it uplift, not ostracize each and every woman that is finding her own way through this life.
How’d you get your start in publishing?
I’ve been working in women’s magazines since the beginning of my editorial journey, but ushering Harper’s Bazaar into the digital world will be the role that shaped my career and me as a leader. I’ve been there 8 years, watching the digital team grow from a team of one to a team of thirty talented editors! It has been an incredible journey of highs and lows that still manages to teach me and challenge me every day. Not only does Bazaar digital stand out among its peers as best in class, we get to work for a passionate and engaged audience that keeps us on our toes! I love what I do and feel really grateful to get to go to this job every day.
On taking maternity leave:
I have such an amazing team of talented, motivated, self-sufficient women (and two men!), I plan to leave the fate of all that we do in their capable hands. Everyone has a very defined role on our team (although their job description may read as many hats to anyone who hasn’t worked in the wild world of digital) and I hope to empower them to continue to achieve greatness, while keeping the machine running. I’ll be back soon enough.
Patience is a virtue. Accomplishments and milestones rarely pop up when you planned for them too, you have to embrace your own timeline—it was designed just for you, after all.
Tabling the baby books for a while for some frivolous summer fiction.