How to Dress Casually When Pregnant

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Dress casually when pregnant by wearing breathable fabrics, bright colors, pants with adjustable waistbands and low-heeled shoes. Wear layers of clothes when pregnant to avoid getting too hot or too cold, and consider advice from a certified nurse midwife and professor of nursing in this free video on pregnancy.

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Gone are the days when dressing in maternity fashions, meant looking like you were wearing an over sized tent. Today's maternity fashions are very fashionable, and make women feel like, feel and look very pretty, and accentuate their curves, that they've developed during pregnancy. Hi, I'm Michelle Collins, and I'm a Certified Nurse Midwife, and Professor of Midwifery, at Vanderbilt University. As you can see on our model Missy, she's wearing a shirt that's made of a very breathable cotton fabric. It hugs her curves in all the right places, and it moves with her, and allows her that freedom of movement, and the color is spectacular. It's no longer that you have to wear dark colors, and try to hide your pregnant belly, but accentuate it with beautiful colors, and curves. The jeans that she's wearing, sometimes they will come over the belly, and that can help support the pregnant belly, and other times the band will fall below the belly. Whatever the woman finds comfortable, is what she should wear. That's the key to dressing for maternity. Her shoes are flats, and any flats or shoes that a woman wears during pregnancy, should have a good base of support, so that she feels like she has good support, as she's walking and carrying the extra weight of pregnancy. Pregnant women have their own thermostat, that may be functioning much differently than everybody else in the room, so it's important for the pregnant woman to dress in layers, so that she can adjust to the temperature, as she's comfortable. Also, some types of maternity pants are adjustable at the waistband, making them easier for moms to wear, throughout their entire pregnancy, and even afterwards, if they'd like to. You don't have to go without wearing fancy shoes, when you're pregnant. You can find heels that are low, wide based, and can support a woman's center of gravity, without making her at risk for a fall, just like Missy is wearing.

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