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):
The first thing that has to be noted about the PharMeDoc Pillow is the lifetime satisfaction guarantee. Anytime you invest your money into a product, you want to make sure that it is backed with a great warranty that the company will stand behind, and that is exactly what you get will this pillow. At anytime during owning this maternity body pillow if you feel unsatisfied all have to do in contact customer support and their will either replace or refund you for the pillow.
We love this well-priced pillow that’s designed to support you when you sleep on your side. It’s a similar shape to the JoJo Mama Bébé maternity pillow in that it snakes around to give both back, bump and knee support. It’s a great depth and density, which works well to keep you upright, though it doesn’t offer any lower leg support and taller testers found they still needed another pillow between their knees. The entire pillow and case are machine washable, which is very practical if you choose to use it as a feeding support too.
“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.”

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.


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.
Pregnant pillows can be rather expensive, especially for a young couple that is preparing for the birth of a baby. With this said, when you invest in the Queen Rose Pillow, you will be ensured to get your money’s worth. The pillow offers a wide array of uses, including body support during pregnancy, nursing, reading, and watching TV and for pain relief after birth. The pillow is perfect for an array of occasions and you do not even need to be pregnant to enjoy its unlimited benefits. 

Historically maternity clothing has not generally been considered a potentially profitable area for most major clothing manufacturers due to a belief that many women would not purchase clothes intended for only a few months of wearing.[17] Declining birth rates have also reduced sales.[4] However, with wide media interest in celebrity pregnancies beginning in the late 1990s, the maternity wear market grew 10% between 1998 and 2003.[6] It was also during this time that the term "pregnant chic" was developed in order for companies to market to pregnant women.[18] One clothing source said the demand for maternity clothes was growing because "Nowadays women are working during pregnancy, and travelling, and going to the gym, so their clothing needs are greater and more diverse."[19]
Pregnancy is an unforgettable experience for all women. Enjoy carrying your growing baby and let Gap’s selection of maternity bras & panties from GapMaternity support your changing body. Luxurious materials such as cotton and modal envelop you in softness that will keep you comfortable all day. Fabrics like spandex allow for stretchable wear, giving you a great fit. Choose from neutral tones like nude and white or add a pop of colour with our bold hues that include blue and purple. Additions such as a wide band under the bust, adjustable straps, and double linings ensure you get ample coverage and support. Intricate details like v-necklines and side shirring give each bra a beautiful, visual finish. Our panties sit below the waist for a non-constrictive feel.
The smaller size of this pillow is great for anyone not wanting the bulk of full length or whole body pillows, but who still needs effective support for night time comfort. Useful to any point in the pregnancy, the wedge is especially helpful through the later trimesters to help support the weight of the growing baby. This is also a great choice for travel as it is light and easily packable. 

Pregnancy clothes don't have to consist of your hubby's oversized T-shirts and baggy sweatpants. From supportive halter neck tankini swimsuits to super-cute polka-dotted wrap tops, you can find stylish maternity clothes online that are cut to fit throughout pregnancy and nursing, making them a long-lasting, value-conscious choice. Stay trendy yet comfy in the office with a floral printed tunic and supportive leggings, or wow your partner during date night in a sleek wrap dress.
We like the fact that this under-the-bump pair comes in a 30 leg, so are ideal for the vertically challenged. They are super-comfy and a flattering fit. The wide waist band is comfortable, however we did find there was some slipping down, so we’d suggest the added support of a maternity bump band (New Look does a good set of three). These also come in black. The cut is a bit more generous than the standard Leighs, so bear that in mind before you buy. 

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.

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.


Since your rest is crucial to not only your own health but to the baby, picking the sleep aids that can help you rest more comfortably is an important step to consider. There are many pregnancy pillow styles available for you to choose from, but due to how different each and everybody truly is, you should take the time to research which you feel would be best for you.

By their nature, maternity pillows aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing products. However, this super-soft grey marl pillow from Mamas and Papas is surprisingly attractive. Unlike many of the other more clinical looking pillows we tested, it won’t send you rushing to hide it away the minute you wake up.  A soft, simple and fuss-free design, it is a great length for supporting knees, ankles and your bump, while leaving you free to use your usual pillow for your head and neck. It is worth noting though that it doesn’t offer any lower back support.
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