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 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.
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.
The Moonlight Slumber Comfort U Total Body Support Pillow ain’t cheap, but it will be heaven on your back during those achy months of pregnancy. This U-shaped pillow will help align your body and stop it from getting out of whack while you sleep, and may help alleviate symptoms of sciatica and other causes of lower back pain. Washable cover: yes. Filling: synthetic down.
The MVP of pregnancy pillows, this full-body contour pillow is one of the best-rated on Amazon, with an impressive 1,000 five-star reviews. Writes one reviewer, "I love it, and attribute all the little sleep that I got during pregnancy to having this pillow." It's 100% hypoallergenic with a soft yet high-density filling for maximum side sleeping support.
Pregnancy will make you HOT. You may love the look of that flannel pillow cover (often interchangeable with a cooler cover), but if you need the pillow through any type of warm season it may not be what you want later on. You also may not like the feel of a full body design due to possible heat retention. Take into account the entirety of your use of the pillow before making a final decision.