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):
Cake designs and stocks one of the most comprehensive range of the maternity and nursing bras in the world. From seamless, contour, spacer, wire, non-wire, fuller figure, plunge, balcony, fuller coverage, sports & sleep bras, we’ve got your every need covered. It is extremely important to be wearing a nursing bra whilst breastfeeding to protect yourself from long term damage and to provide much needed comfort.
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.
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I wish I had had a pillow like this when I was pregnant but ordered it even though I'm not. It's great for side or back sleeping and keeps me from rolling over in my sleep. You can bundle it up and watch tv on the couch, fold it up and read in bed, amazing. It's a little troublesome making the bed but I don't care - now my daughter wants one so we are ordering another!

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best baby-shower gifts, a certain Google doc filled with baby essentials, and even the best pillows for side sleepers, here we’re looking into the best of both worlds: pregnancy and maternity pillows that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Real mom review: “The material was very soft, it's comfortable, the latch on the strap was easy to operate with one hand, and it has held up decently after almost 1.5 years of use. I have other nursing bras from places like Motherhood and Target, but still always choose my Cake bra. I bought another—I liked it so much. They also come in bigger sizes which is a big plus!” —Nicole C. via Facebook
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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. 
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