Dresses did not follow a wearer's body shape until the Middle Ages. When western European dresses began to have seams, affluent pregnant women opened the seams to allow for growth. During the Baroque period (roughly 1600s through the 1700s) the Adrienne, a waistless pregnancy gown with many folds, was popular. At that time women wore men’s waistcoats. Some styles had laced vents in the back that allowed the wearer to adjust the girth of the coat as needed.[1] From the 1790s through the early 1820s a style well-suited for pregnancy, the Empire waist, was popular. The Empire, a style which has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust and a loosely gathered skirt, was made popular by Napoleon's first wife Empress Joséphine. Bibs could be added to permit breastfeeding. The 1960s saw a revival of the Empire waistline which lasted for a few years as a general fashion, but remained popular for many years as pregnancy wear.[1]
Now, it is time to begin delving into the factors that separate one pillow from the next. Pregnancy can be a stressful and messy time. You shouldn’t be surprised, if you wind up dropping your cup and soiling your pillow. With a regular pillow, this would be a major problem. However, you can likely salvage the pillow if it has a protective cover. A removable cover is definitely a necessity. With a removable cover, you’ll be able to keep your pillow in pristine condition very easily.
Maternity clothes around the world have been undergoing significant changes. In both Eastern and Western cultures, there is greater demand for fashionable maternity clothes. In Western cultures the influence of celebrity culture.+[6][7] means that pregnant women in the public eye are taking the lead in maternity fashion.[8] One such example is Demi Moore's 1991 Vanity Fair cover, which was one of the first instances of a magazine cover depicting an expectant mother.[9] As a result, pregnant women are no longer trying to hide or disguise their "baby bumps", instead choosing to wear garments which closely fit their new shape, often emphasising the bust and abdominal area. Fashion bloggers have caught on to the shift in perception and began to regularly discuss new styles and fabrics designed with the pregnant form in mind.[10] High-tech fabrics such as elastane are the material of choice for maternity wear in Western cultures as they allow garments to be form-fitting while allowing the abdominal area to expand as necessary.
Look and feel great as you enter motherhood in chic fashion that is fun and easy to wear throughout your pregnancy. Our selection of maternity clothes features everything from soft, cozy sweatshirts to elegant dresses and skirts. Explore casual basics like tanks, t-shirts, camis, and sweatpants with the classic, clean lines our brand is known for. Discover comfortable, easy sleepwear and loungewear, as well as undergarment essentials such as pullover bras and stretch underwear. Enjoy a great variety of stylish, sophisticated favorites including shift dresses, tunics, maxi skirts, shorts, trench coats, and skinny jeans. Plus, we offer multiple designs and colours so you're sure to find the cool mom look that works for you.
If you're looking for versatility, the Boppy pregnancy wedge is the way to go. It's compact, lightweight, and portable, but its firm design can be placed under the belly, lumbar, back, butt, or even between the legs for extra support in any position. The jersey cotton slipcover is both soft and stylish, and some reviewers even use it in the car or while sitting at their desk.
Many Maternity body pillows work great, but they’re somewhat tacky in terms of aesthetics. While you’ll definitely want comfort and relaxation, you do not want to create an eyesore. This is why you should consider investing in the Leachco Back ‘N Belly Chic Body Pillow. This pillow is absolutely stunning and will look amazing in any home. Of course, the attractiveness of the pillow is the only thing that sets it apart from its rivals. It also works exceptionally well and will provide you with the relaxation and pain relief that you desire.
“This pillow has given me the best sleep that I’ve had in a long time. I love the comforting feeling of being held and supported — it’s like spooning, but you don’t need another person. This is a pillow that, despite its size, I will take with me when I travel — don’t want to miss a single night of sleeping without it. I’ve also found that it has alleviated some of my chronic lower-back pain. Of all the different kinds of pillows I’ve tried over the years, this is definitely the ultimate in pillow comfort.”
Hip pain, heartburn, having to wake up every few hours to pee—getting a full eight hours of shuteye is challenging when you're pregnant, especially in the third trimester. "During pregnancy, most women will experience some insomnia," says Fahimeh Sasan, DO, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "Sometimes it's difficult finding a comfortable position, and sometimes it's for no reason at all."
The original nursing bra is a timeless classic for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms. This go-to style, made from soft, breathable cotton, provides around-the-clock comfort. All Bravado Designs nursing bras have our proprietary, easy open and close, one-handed Bravado Designs 'b' nursing clips. In addition, the full drop away cup design allows for maximum skin-to-skin contact. A bra conversion kit is included so you can convert your nursing bra to a 'regular bra' once your nursing journey is complete. All Bravado Designs styles are tested and certified in accordance with oeko-tex standard 100 requirements, which ensures products are free from harmful substances.
One of the great things about the Oversized Total Body Pillow is the fact that it is available in various colors. When purchasing this pillow, you’ll be able to choose between white, gray, chocolate, burgundy, and ivory. This may not make the pillow any more comfortable than the others, but it will make your life a little easier. By choosing a color that satisfies your preferences and matches your home’s existing style, you’ll never have to worry about hiding the pillow in a closet.
“This pillow has been wonderful! My gosh, it is so huge that at first I thought it was too big. However, it has been perfect, especially since it is hard to lie on my side all night naturally. I’ve had it for two months now and it has held up great. I even have two dogs who walk over it and I worry they’ll rip it, but they haven’t. I would definitely recommend it to any pregnant mamas out there.”
Until this act was passed, many women were fired as a result of their pregnancies. Following the passage of this legislation women had more job security and government-protected maternity leave. At the same time as these laws were being passed, maternity fashions changed drastically. Many magazine articles began to discuss stylish mothers-to-be wearing figure hugging clothing that emphasized their growing waistline.[8]
This is an excellent choice for expectant mothers at any point in their pregnancy, as well as anyone else needing a supportive position for any sort of recovery that requires you to be positioned a certain way. Although the loft is higher, it does provide cradling support and gives well under pressure. The plush feel of the pillow cradles your body and allows you to relax without putting undue pressure on joints or strain on your back.
If you have a baby in a home that has stairs, sharp corners, breakable objects, potentially unstable furniture, or any other common household hazards, you need a baby gate to fence off unsafe areas. The Summer Infant Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate is our top choice because it opens easily, closes automatically, and adds safety with a touch of style.
This enormous U-shaped pillow is great for those looking for solid support in the later stages of pregnancy. The fuller length and shape-retaining hypoallergic bead filling mean it’s great for supporting your belly, spine and knees, relieving pressure and keeping you upright on your side.  It is also designed with a soothing lavender-fragranced inner lining that some testers found very relaxing. We found it an extremely comforting and comfortable style, although the size does make it a little anti-social if you’re sharing a bed. Partners should be prepared to squeeze rather than snuggle up.
One of the best things about the Babymoov Multiuse Ergonomic Maternity Pillow, is that it will carry you through from pregnancy to motherhood! Once you’re done cradling your bump or relieving back and hip pain, you can use this small, contoured pillow to help you nurse or just cuddle with your baby. Washable cover: yes. Filling: polystyrene microballs.
Real mom review: “I bought this bra because I had a number of cute maternity dresses that needed a strapless bra, and at 25 weeks I cannot bear to wear underwire anymore, but there is no way I can go braless. This bra is so comfortable, offers great coverage, and has decent enough lift where I don't feel like I look sloppy. I bought two, and I may buy more after the baby as well because I just love it that much.” —Sarah via Motherhood Maternity
The original nursing bra is a timeless classic for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms. This go-to style, made from soft, breathable cotton, provides around-the-clock comfort. All bravado designs nursing bras have our proprietary, easy open and close, one-handed bravado 'b' nursing clips. In addition, the full drop away cup design allows for maximum skin-to-skin contact. A bra conversion kit is included so you can convert your nursing bra to a 'regular bra' once your nursing journey is complete. All bravado styles are tested and certified in accordance with oeko-tex standard 100 requirements, which ensures products are free from harmful substances. 

As with any pillow, a natural fiber and low thread count are what will help you keep good breathability and air flow through the night. Most covers are a cotton or cotton blend, is washable, and will easily pull onto the pillow even if it’s an odd shape. Occasionally the full body pillow covers can present a challenge when taking it off and putting on, and how they are constructed can help determine the effort required. Long zippers are usually the most helpful as they expose more of the pillow itself. But other types may only have a folded over flap that requires you to fold the cover back on the pillow.
When it comes to the best maternity bras and the best nursing bras, there are endless options. You’ve got everyday nursing bras, sleep nursing bras, nursing bras with molded cups, pumping bras and extra-supportive nursing bras specifically made for women with larger busts. Yes, the cup runneth over with choices, but how do you know which one is right for you? Read on for the best nursing bras and the best maternity bras, plus shopping tips from The Bump’s go-to nursing and style experts, so you can find the perfect fit.
Isabella Oliver is another London-based label designing for women during and after pregnancy, and although on the pricier side of maternity clothes, these are worth it for our money. They fit below the bump and the waistband was the only under-the-bump one our tester tried that gave enough support without needing an additional bump band. The relaxed style makes for a refreshing alternative to all the skinny jeans out there. 
The Victorian era roughly covers the years of Queen Victoria's reign to her death in 1901. Women spent a lot of time in the state of pregnancy, giving birth to an average of eight children with five making it through infancy.[2] Queen Victoria herself had nine. Pregnancy was considered a private matter not to be discussed in "polite" conversation. A garment called a "wrapper" worn by women at home before they dressed for the day was well-suited for pregnancy as well since it wrapped around and could be worn loosely or more form-fitting as needed. At that time women were used to wearing corsets and maternity corsets with laces for adjustment were available.[3][4]
Those nasty allergies can intensify your pregnancy frustrations. One of the best things about the KHOMO Maternity Pillow is the fact that it is stuffed with hypoallergenic materials. The hypoallergenic cotton offers several benefits. First and foremost, the material will help to diminish your allergy symptoms. Simultaneously, the filling delivers the optimum amount of cuddliness.
“Really helpful for my back. I was having a lot of trouble sleeping from about week 20 and on, but this pillow really helped me find a comfortable way to sleep. Now, at 32 weeks, I am extremely glad I found this! It is small enough to travel with and doesn’t disrupt sleeping with another person in the bed. My husband actually really likes it because the edge of the pillow provides some back support for him, too! It’s also very easy to clean and to just take the pillows out of the case and throw the case in the wash. Some other reviews mentioned it not having enough room in between the pillows, which I can see, but after a day or two of sleeping with it, the case stretches a little (like any fabric does) and it gets roomier.”
Absolutely love this pillow. It is very supportive, comfortable and helps me with my pain during sleep. I have a lower slipped vertebrae, degenerative disk disease & osteoporosis in my back which causes extreme discomfort during sleep & I am unable to walk most mornings. It takes up a lot of room in our queen sized bed but it's helping me manage my pain when I sleep, when I wake up I am actually able to move and walk, so it's worth it. My sister in-law wants to buy it as well after I showed it to her.

The Boppy Company name has become synonymous over the years with quality products for mom and baby to help make life both more comfortable and affordable. Sold by a variety of retailers, their many products are simple and easy to find, and although their pregnancy wedge may not look like much, it is a popular and incredibly versatile support that can get you to rest easier. The soft jersey cover is also easily removable for washing and is a neutral color to help match any decor.
If you have been looking for something different, or have yet to find a full length or total pillow that works for you, this may be a good choice to consider as it applies the many details that are popular for full body support without much of the added bulk. Although made for both back and belly support, it works best for those who focus on one or the other due to the shape of its supportive center.
The super cuddly Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow is able to support your aching back and growing belly—at the same time! Without having to reposition the pillow, this U-shaped pregnancy pillow will allow you to sleep on your back or shift easily from side to side, as well as keeping knees and head elevated for added comfort. Washable cover: yes. Filling: polyester.

There is absolutely nothing easy about being pregnant. You are probably always bloated, tired, and feeling overwhelmed with different emotions. However, when it comes to resting and sleeping, you should not have to toss and turn and suffer through the night. This should be the one time of the day that you get the proper rest you need, and now, you can with the Today’s Mom Cozy Comfort Pillow.
By the time the heartburn subsided, her belly had grown to such proportions that her days of stomach sleeping were done until after the birth. She had to adapt to side sleeping, a process which had us at first trying all manner of arranging the pillows we already head in the house, and which ultimately led to the purchase of several pregnancy pillows of varied size and design.
The features of a good nursing bra include, additional support for your fuller bust which can be approximately 35% heavier, side support to avoid flattening of the bust which can lead to ligament damage, non-restrictive, a wider set frame to avoid pressure on the milk ducts, cotton lining for comfort and breathability, six hooks and eyes for room to reduce as your rib cage contracts & one hand drop down clips for easy nursing.
“Five months pregnant and sleep was beginning to become difficult. My only regret is that I waited until I was pregnant to get one of these. It’s so comfortable, I wish I had one a long time ago. I was concerned about the fluffiness of the pillow; I saw several others where they were really flat. This pillow is definitely plush, and fluffy. I’m not used to sleeping in one spot; I usually wake up horizontal, even with my husband in the bed. He said it was a nice break for him ‘cause it kept me on my side of the bed. I’ll have to get used to that. Other than that, it made sleeping easier and very comfortable. We have a king-size bed and it doesn’t take up as much space as I thought it would. Husband said it didn’t bother him … keep in mind, it kept me in one spot, so he’s happy.”

"I needed to train myself to sleep on my side," writes one reviewer. "I’m pretty sure I’ve been through every preggers pillow on the market, and this is by far my favorite because it has been the most effective." The secret? Instead of fluff, the Babymoov is filled with microbeads which actually mold to your body to support your back and tummy. It can also be used as a headrest or lumbar pillow, and it's available in both gray and white.
With nearly 1,000 reviews posted on Amazon, the Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge enjoys a shining 4.7-star rating. One mother at the 30-week mark who used the pillow for much of her second trimester said it "provides the perfect support and" added that she loved "the compact size." Another appreciated that there was both a "firmer support" and a "super soft" side.
There is absolutely nothing easy about being pregnant. You are probably always bloated, tired, and feeling overwhelmed with different emotions. However, when it comes to resting and sleeping, you should not have to toss and turn and suffer through the night. This should be the one time of the day that you get the proper rest you need, and now, you can with the Today’s Mom Cozy Comfort Pillow.
While women were integrated into the U.S. military in 1948, they were automatically discharged if they became pregnant. However, in the late 1970s it was decided that in order to keep women in an all-volunteer armed forces the military needed to change its policy regarding pregnancy. Following complaints that pregnant women dressed in civilian clothing undermined moral, between 1978 and 1980 the armed forces began to issue military maternity outfits. Writing about her experience working on the Armed Forces History Collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, museum expert Bethanee Bemis wrote (in 2011):
“Really helpful for my back. I was having a lot of trouble sleeping from about week 20 and on, but this pillow really helped me find a comfortable way to sleep. Now, at 32 weeks, I am extremely glad I found this! It is small enough to travel with and doesn’t disrupt sleeping with another person in the bed. My husband actually really likes it because the edge of the pillow provides some back support for him, too! It’s also very easy to clean and to just take the pillows out of the case and throw the case in the wash. Some other reviews mentioned it not having enough room in between the pillows, which I can see, but after a day or two of sleeping with it, the case stretches a little (like any fabric does) and it gets roomier.”
“Five months pregnant and sleep was beginning to become difficult. My only regret is that I waited until I was pregnant to get one of these. It’s so comfortable, I wish I had one a long time ago. I was concerned about the fluffiness of the pillow; I saw several others where they were really flat. This pillow is definitely plush, and fluffy. I’m not used to sleeping in one spot; I usually wake up horizontal, even with my husband in the bed. He said it was a nice break for him ‘cause it kept me on my side of the bed. I’ll have to get used to that. Other than that, it made sleeping easier and very comfortable. We have a king-size bed and it doesn’t take up as much space as I thought it would. Husband said it didn’t bother him … keep in mind, it kept me in one spot, so he’s happy.”
Isabella Oliver is another London-based label designing for women during and after pregnancy, and although on the pricier side of maternity clothes, these are worth it for our money. They fit below the bump and the waistband was the only under-the-bump one our tester tried that gave enough support without needing an additional bump band. The relaxed style makes for a refreshing alternative to all the skinny jeans out there. 
Even when you’re not pregnant, you’ll agree that the firmness of your pillow is enormously important. Some people like sleeping on a pillow that is very soft. Others prefer a rock-solid pillow. Just remember that your preference can easily change once you’ve gotten pregnant. Experiment with regular pillows, until you find out what firmness level provides you with the most comfort. Also, it should be known that firmer pillows tend to offer more support. 

My one gripe with this pregnancy pillow is that while the cover easily comes off, it can be somewhat of a chore to put back on. With practice you will find the best way to replace the cover (a scrunching the cover technique worked best for me). It’s a shame Leachco didn’t incorporate a zipper into this pillow. Even with this small downside it is still easily the best U-shaped pregnancy pillow on the market.

Memory foam pregnancy pillows take the shape of your body as it presses against it. Once your weight is lifted of the pillow, the memory foam regains its original shape. Pregnancy pillows containing memory foam filling are generally quite firm. Since memory foam can cause heat to build up, some manufacturers shred it prior to using it in pregnancy pillow filling. The shredded memory foam still allows air to circulate inside it, helping reducing that hot feeling.


Hundreds of thousands of babies are born in Britain every year, which means there's a lot of pregnant mothers preparing to bring a new bundle of joy into their lives. Staying comfortable during these pregnancies is essential, and that's where body pillows come in. By conforming to the shape of the mum-to-be and providing them with extra comfort and padding, they can be a lifesaver during pregnancy.
Look and feel great as you enter motherhood in chic fashion that is fun and easy to wear throughout your pregnancy. Our selection of maternity clothes features everything from soft, cozy sweatshirts to elegant dresses and skirts. Explore casual basics like tanks, t-shirts, camis, and sweatpants with the classic, clean lines our brand is known for. Discover comfortable, easy sleepwear and loungewear, as well as undergarment essentials such as pullover bras and stretch underwear. Enjoy a great variety of stylish, sophisticated favorites including shift dresses, tunics, maxi skirts, shorts, trench coats, and skinny jeans. Plus, we offer multiple designs and colours so you're sure to find the cool mom look that works for you.

Pregnancy can be a very tumultuous time. During your pregnancy, you’re going to crave abnormal foods and you’ll also find it nearly impossible to get comfortable. The extra weight that you’re forced to carry will make it difficult to sleep, walk and perform most mundane tasks. The good news is that you do not need to suffer for the entire duration of your pregnancy. By investing in a good pregnancy pillow, you will be able to receive a little extra comfort, so you can nap during the day and sleep comfortably at night.
Pregnancy is a beautiful, magical time in a woman's life. But it sure isn't fun trying to get some rest when you have a veritable bowling ball where your tummy used to be. A good pregnancy pillow can help support a mother's growing belly and take the strain off her back and joints. The Queen Rose Pregnancy and Maternity Pillow is our top choice because it's supportive, soft, and affordably priced.
Prepare to be a blissed out by Boppy’s Total Body Pillow. Its C-shape cradles you from head to toe, even taking the place of your regular pillow. One end is for your head and neck; the other tucks between your legs to realign your hips as you sleep. This pregnancy body pillow by Boppy is among the best because it’s soft enough to fold into any position and comes in very handy during waking hours too; tuck one end behind you on the couch and use the other end us a lap desk, for instance. Both the Pima cotton slipcover and the inside pillow are machine washable.
The filling can occasionally be as varied as the pillow shapes itself. The most used filling is the polyfills that allow shaping, airflow, and easy washing; but also popular with many expecting mothers are memory foam or microbeads due to how well they conform to the shape of your body. Usually, the type of pillow determines the type of filling since each may be used in a different way. 

This Snoogle pillow from Leachco is truly designed to provide the user with the maximum level of comfort possible. The pillow can be used in various ways to combat numerous problems. For instance, it can be positioned behind your back for support. You can also slip the pillow between your legs to better control your body temperature. If you’re having difficulty breathing, you can use the pillow to incline your neck and prop your head off of the mattress.

This Snoogle pillow from Leachco is truly designed to provide the user with the maximum level of comfort possible. The pillow can be used in various ways to combat numerous problems. For instance, it can be positioned behind your back for support. You can also slip the pillow between your legs to better control your body temperature. If you’re having difficulty breathing, you can use the pillow to incline your neck and prop your head off of the mattress.
Purchase our maternity wear as soon as comfort makes it a necessity. Some women find they need pregnancy clothes as soon as six weeks, while others may not need them until three months along or later. We offer our fashionable maternity clothes online so you can buy them when you need them without the hassle of going to a store. Style and wear Gap's cute maternity clothes just like you do your regular clothes. Dresses and skirts are a comfortable, versatile option that is easily dressed up or down. Choose your favourite wash and cut of denim to create any number of classic, effortless looks. Headed to a maternity photo shoot? Select a fun piece that flaunts your bump to really shine in the pictures.

Need a pregnancy body pillow you can snuggle while lying on your side? Meet the Snoogle pregnancy pillow. Its hook shape supports your back while one end goes under your head (giving you ample extra length to snuggle) and the other end tucks between your legs. There’s a simple, unadorned version, but for an additional $30 you can buy an extra pillowcase.
This unique design is symmetrical to allow for folding to create a lounging surface as well, but the wider, low loft also provides you with options to create a ‘nest’ like sleep experience for belly and back support- as well as a long, more body length pillow surface for head, neck, and leg support. The long zippered, washable, 100% cotton jersey cover is also soft and soothing which helps create a cooler night’s sleep.
A. While wearing the right nursing bra is no guarantee against mastitis, there are some things to avoid that could lead to its development. Underwires are notorious for causing clogged milk ducts, especially under the arm, as they put pressure on ducts and prevent milk from coming out. Once a duct gets clogged, it can become infected and lead to mastitis. Too much compression can also have the same effect.
The Dressy Dress:Not investing in a decent dress is definitely one of my pregnancy wardrobe regrets. With several nights out, my sister’s graduation and two weddings to attend I thought I could cleverly purchase a non-maternity dress in a floaty style, a size larger than my normal dress size. Obviously then I could wear it post-birth with a belt or even taken in if necessary. How WRONG I was. In reality I looked like a beached whale and it didn’t help that the dress was grey to boot. Even now I can’t look at it without grimacing slightly and I know that I really should just close the door on the whole chapter by giving it away.
Isabella Oliver is another London-based label designing for women during and after pregnancy, and although on the pricier side of maternity clothes, these are worth it for our money. They fit below the bump and the waistband was the only under-the-bump one our tester tried that gave enough support without needing an additional bump band. The relaxed style makes for a refreshing alternative to all the skinny jeans out there. 
In 2015 it was reported that maternity clothes is a $2.4 billion market in the U.S. According to a Forbes analysis, in 2014 a pregnant women spent around $480 on maternity wear.[20] This represents approximately one-sixth of all clothing sales each year.[4] The largest chains, belonging to Destination Maternity, control almost one-fifth of the American market.[4] Other brands are sold through discount stores, department stores, and boutiques.[4] <
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