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What Not to Wear When You Are Pregnant : Fashion Maternity Flops

What Not to Wear When You Are Pregnant : Fashion Maternity Flops

What Not to Wear When You Are Pregnant : Fashion Maternity Flops. The question that most women ask during pregnancy is "what can I wear when I am pregnant?". My answer is as long as you are confident that others will look at you with that "shame look", its ok, but when others are looking at you like you are an alien or weird then something is not right. When women are pregnant, they are beautiful yes, but they can still in fashion and style even though they are carrying a baby. Read my previous hub about what to wear when you are pregnant here -- What to Wear When You Are Pregnant : 5 Best Fashion Maternity Tips and I hope you fins it useful. I also wrote about Beautiful and Sexy Pregnant Celebrities In Style, but we are not celebrity, unless you are one, then you can wear the fashion style of celebrities. Mostly, it concerns with the comfort of being pregnant like for example, you cant definitely wear skinny jeans without the garter at the belly, maternity pants are preferred because of comfort that it gives the woman. Imagine being pregnant already, you need to be at ease and can perform ordinary task with ease, if you are not at ease with your clothes, you feel discomfort and irritable.

Brooke Burke -- even if you can carry this attire it is not fashionable for ordinary pregnant to wear what do ya think?

Brooke Burke -- even if you can carry this attire it is not fashionable for ordinary pregnant to wear what do ya think?

Even Brooke Burke, a TV personality and a dancer in the image below, I think she is not comfortable with what she is wearing even though she looks fantastic.

Too short or showing too much, Britney Spears

Too short or showing too much, Britney Spears

What Not to Wear When You Are Pregnant : Fashion Maternity Flops

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  • Wearing a hang t-shirtthat's shows your stomach and navel -- instead of a maternity blouse or shirt. I said in my last hub that it is best if a woman pregnant woman wear a tight maternity pants and the pair it with a loose maternity blouse or vice versa, but when you are wearing also like Brooke Burke above -- or you are wearing a hang tee that shows your navel and you are walking around at the store or anywhere, it does create discomfort to you and the people around you.
  • Wearing a tube blouse when you are pregnant is never comfortable to the pregnant woman and the baby

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  • Wearing too loose clothes that make you look like a tent or hanger ons - yes it looks comfortable but it doesn't actually accentuate your curves, well flaunt your body and style when you are pregnant, being loose and lousy doesn't boost morale or self confidence, especially when you have your moods or are grumpy, wearing a nice maternity outfit boosts your spirits.
  • Forcing to wear your old inappropriate underwear that are not fitting when you are not pregnant like t- back, thongs etc. It is simply uncomfortable and it might burst, then you will feel the more uncomfortable, I think one feels sexy when you are confident and wear the proper undergarments, bra, underwear, slip ons etc. This goes with wearing thongs, t-back or boy short, as it is really brings doscomfort and it is a bugger.

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  • Wearing short shorts plus a t shirt when one is outside the house and pregnant makes one look funnyand the discomfort it brings is not commensurate to the attention and curiosity you are getting.

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  • Wearing high heeled shoes which you walk like funny and uncomfortable and the danger of you falling over, A good one to one half inches of a shoe is still ok, but beyond that is already uncomfortable, and yes this depends on the stage of pregnancy you are in. There are also available good flat and trendy shoes for women, so why not choose it, besides your feet will swell a little bit when you are pregnant so just be sure that your shoes are really comfortable.

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  • Wearing a one piece maternity clothes above the knee and just below the woman's private parts (see Britney here) or underwear is not good to see. When one is pregnant, the tendency when you wear this type of clothes is that you look plump and round plus not only that, the wind may blow your clothes and we will know what we are going to see.

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  • Forcing to wear your old pants, Buy a maternity pants one which doesn't show your navel. Another pants to avoid is hip hop pants or low pants. This is obvious as the one who is looking at you might be scared that you're going to drop that pants

Some other maternity flops :

  • Don't wear your husbands or boyfriends shirt or forced your old clothes to fit in you
  • Buy maternity wear in different stages of pregnancy, clothes that fit you when you are three months pregnant is definitely not fitting anymore when you are five or nine months pregnant
  • Choose color with variations not always dull like black all the time
  • Being comfortable at all times is very important.



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This hub entitled - What Not to Wear When You Are Pregnant : Fashion Maternity Flops discussed some fashion no nos for pregnant women like : wearing a hang t-shirt that's shows your stomach and navel -- instead of a maternity blouse or shirt.Wearing too loose clothes that make you looklike a tent or hanger - ons, forcing to wear your old inappropriate underwear that are not fitting when you are not pregnant like t- back, thongs etc., wearing short shorts plus a t shirt , wearing high heeled shoes which you walk like funny and uncomfortable and the danger of you falling over, wearing a one piece maternity clothes above the knee and just below the woman's private parts or underwear is not good to see and forcing to wear your old pants,

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SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on March 26, 2015:

It is funny how culture has changed so much regarding pregnant women. Back in the late 1800's it was rare to even find a pregnant woman in a photograph. Lucille Ball was the first woman to be pregnant on TV in the 1950's, but even then they did not use the word pregnancy. By the 1980's there were many pregnant moms on TV, but the attire was very limited. I remember looking at the catalogue when my mom was pregnant with my little sister, and how all the swimming suits were basically just loose cloth around the torso. Around 2000 things began to change, and women started wearing shirts showing off their stomachs when they were pregnant. The cultural shirt sort of surprised my mom because she was like fifteen years earlier they wanted women to hide their pregnancy behind really flouncy shirts, and now people wear super tight ones to show it off. I think the clothing suggestions you make are good ones. I do not want to return to the days where women have to wear super flouncy tops, and the pregnancy clothes are definitely cuter these days, but it is disconcerting to see women wearing tops a ten year old would probably not wear. But maybe that is just me. I do not feel comfortable wearing crop tops in public now, so do not see my feelings changing about that if I was pregnant.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 17, 2013:

is this a store near you?

jude on May 16, 2013:

Before I used to wear frumpy clothes and feel ugly. But ever since I found Morph maternity online and started wearing their maternity wear, I feel beautiful and so much more confident about my pregnant self.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on June 28, 2012:

Comfortable is good but to be honest I don't think designers will ever think about that. I do agree with you about wearing men's clothes, they are comfy - you can move freely.

Thanks for reading this hub and have a healthy pregnancy and delivery! :)

Pregnant guest on June 28, 2012:

There are capris, bermuda shorts, leggings, skirts and dresses... that's it. I wear men's swim trunks or mens sleep wear shorts for that comfortable -just above the knee look. Why don't they just have them for us preggos? I don't want to wear what everybody else wears... or should I say is told to wear.Hopefully some designer out there will read this and try that out.

Pregnant Guest on June 28, 2012:

Nobody makes any summertime clothing for us. I will have to design my own.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 12, 2012:

Thank you for appreciating this hub about fashion for pregnant women!!

scanthony from Derbyshire, UK on May 11, 2012:

Nice fashion! I love it!

Chrissy on December 14, 2011:

It's a nice article, but it makes me glad that I rarely leave home, according to this I'm probably laughed at when I do. This pregnancy I don't have any of my maternity clothes (they're in a different state) and I can't really go out and get new stuff. So I'm stuck with my jeans and t-shirts and whatever clothes I can make do with (basically anything that covers the baby bump still). In hopes of having a little money to spend on myself for the holiday season, I hope I found a similar (but opposite) article with things I can actually wear, on a tight budget and limited options. Maybe then I can leave home more often, more comfortably!

maria jose on October 15, 2011:

Nice article.You don't have to wear transparent and tight maternity clothes during pregnancy time because tight clothes are really harmful for pregnant women.Pregnant women has to wear only funky,loose and flexible clothes.

maria jose on October 11, 2011:

Nice.Pregnancy brings many changes to your body.Choosing clothes is very difficult during this time So firstly see what type of clothes you like then you have to go for the shopping of maternity clothes.You have to select only that clothes which are comfortable and flexible.

kipronor from Nairobi on October 08, 2011:

Most ladies want to maintain the status quo even when expecting, its better to look glamorous in maternity wear, than to hurt the baby or general health of the mother trying to fit in what you wore before pregnancy.

Ladies you can still dress the part and look gorgeous in that flowy dress or nice pants or low heeled shoe, its good for you future health.

Dacey on September 13, 2011:

I think small dresses should be avoided during pregnancy.Try to wear clothes that always covers our body.It should be comfortable not tight.Try to ear complete clothes .Jeans and micro minis should be avoided

yatzee917 on July 27, 2011:

wonderful post. It's about time someone addressed the elephant in the room. I am expecting my second child and could never imagine wearing those outfits! I want comfy but trendy, not awkward and (sometimes) trashy.

Runway from New York on May 31, 2011:

I totally agree with you, some of these outfits are terrible. Great hub!

Runway from New York on May 31, 2011:

I totally agree with you, some of these outfits are terrible. Great hub!

jayesh on May 30, 2011:


william.fischer29 on May 10, 2011:

Hahahah, this is great hub, thanks for sharing.

Emma from Houston TX on March 17, 2011:

Interesting and excellent article which is a must read for all lady hubbers.Yeah,you really made lots of point in here because i think that is high time our ladies the pregnant ones to be precise should always considers what they wear when pregnant.nice tips,thanks.

healthymiss from Las Vegas on February 25, 2011:

Good tips! When I was pregnant there were a lot of baby doll style tunics that fit over my belly but were still very trendy. I had a couple of maternity skirts and jeans with the comfy stretch waistband and lots of beautiful floaty blouses. Maternity clothes can be pretty buying key pieces that you need (like pants and skirts) and substituting baby doll cut tops and blouses can save you some $. Plus you can wear them after the baby is born and still be fashionable.

OmNaser from kuwait on November 20, 2010:

Covering up the belly is a better way to feel comfortable and to avoid people looking like they have never seen a pregnant women before.

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on November 04, 2010:

Well done PDK, my wife looked beautiful when she was pregnant and I swear after being pregnant her body is even more sexy than ever! Good pointers for those women that are having trouble adjusting!



Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on October 13, 2010:

Maternity styles have definitely changed just in the past 5-10 years since I had my kids. Today, you'll see big pregnant bellies at the swimming pool with moms to be wearing bikinis. Would never have dreamed of that myself...

hubpageswriter on October 12, 2010:

I may have no right to voice out in this hub, but I'd like to add that this topic is really good. I've seen some pregnant women out there and though I respect them for being pregnant and carrying a life within them, sometimes their clothes wear are not so comfortable to see. Like being too tight or sexy and it kinds of restrict certain movements from them. Those loose fitting and really comfortable looking clothes suit pregnant women the best and they can still look sexy in them. Hub up.;)

marikay101 on October 12, 2010:

I love this article cause some pregnant women do not know how to dress and you see them in the stores and they are showing a little to much. And im glad someone feels the same way i do very good article

Patsy on October 12, 2010:

Maternity clothes are so tough! You don't want to spend too much money, but you don't want to look shabby either. I've found that buying from Maternity resale shops is a great option. Let's face it, the longest any pre-mommy wears an outfit is 9 months. ;)

Aomos on October 12, 2010:

What a brillant article this is one that I just have to share with my daughter who is 5 and half months pregnant. Thanks. Ana

parkersarah8415 from USA on October 12, 2010:

The included photos are really cute. this was helpful.

Randy Simonato from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2010:

Definitely great pointers and surely they all make legitimate sense. Some women carry a bit different then other which gives them reason to believe that they can get away with some of the fashion statements they represent. Very good read as I admired my wife when she was pregnant with my daughter and found her to be very cuddly and cute in the process but she was very deiscrete with what she wore.

jollytan from Singapore on October 11, 2010:

exposing your belly...fashionable but there are too many consequences, i think. my mum taught me that if tummy is exposed to cold air, it might give me a tummy ache.

Runway from New York on October 11, 2010:

This is hilarious! You are so spot on.

wangdu781109 on October 11, 2010:


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giwrgos12 from San Diego on October 11, 2010:

I've bookmark this one!!

testboss from Chicago on October 11, 2010:

got a bookmarked

omcj1234 on October 02, 2010:

Gotta bookmark this hub...when and if...

hunter jazz on September 21, 2010:

Fitted figure skimming outfits/dresses/shirts look up to date and awesome on pregnant women assuming they are in shape otherwise.

Runway from New York on September 20, 2010:

Thanks for the great tips!

edmondpogi on September 19, 2010:

great hub!

Kl3mn on September 18, 2010:

Comfy comes first

HotRondo from USA on September 17, 2010:

Woman looks sexier with the big pregnant belly...Thanks for the info :)

BeyondExpectation on September 17, 2010:

The pregnant women should wear as they wish but it is good to think how comfy is the baby inside the womb.

It is a good hub and keep it up. Thanks.

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on September 12, 2010:

Honestly, part of me feels if you are comfortable in it, why not wear it. But I do know, that you don't look very classy, for instance in the showing too much, or too short dress. Although you do have a point with the whole high heel thing! Personally, I wouldn't want to show my pregnant tummy too everyone, and I think you should present yourself with some class. What you choose to wear pregnant or not, is a reflection of who you are. Do you want to portray yourself as... well... loose. People may be wondering if you know who the baby daddy is?

nicole.reilly from Austin, TX on September 12, 2010:

Well I guess being pregnant does not make an excuse from being outdated to the latest trends. I'll try these tips once I become pregnant. :) Nice hub!

everdaymommy on September 10, 2010:

I think those are good, general rules for all women to follow, pregnant or not! I never want to see your underwear, and I personally can go without seeing anyone's navel. Clothes should be flattering and appropriately tailored for the body type :)

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on September 10, 2010:

It's not that pregnant gals shouldn't wear certain things they like, in my opinion... they just shouldn't wear it out of the house? :)

I enjoyed this hub, Maita. Thx for sharing!

Free Baby Coupons on September 09, 2010:

Great hub. Your advice is perfectly right: no old trousers and no short. I saw many pregnant moms wearing high heals. I think it's really crazy. It's a dangerous!

Artoflegendindia on September 08, 2010:

Nice and very informative hub.Thank you for your opinion of this is a very common question and very simple answer of his should loose dress when you are a pregnant.don't wear tight dress.

TeamSTM from AnyWhere In The World on September 07, 2010:

This is a topic that most people and especially women need to know. I mean this was something that I never would have thought of; needless to say it's important for the Women, Husband and of course the Baby!

Thanks for sharing you HubPage, it is very useful!!

DKUMAR123 from JNR on September 06, 2010:


jeanie.stecher from Seattle on September 06, 2010:

Yes! I also do they same. And choose those kinds of dresses when I was pregnant.

jeanie.stecher from Seattle on August 17, 2010:

yeah right. During my pregnancy with my first baby I use to be a fashion statement mom. Wearing those comfortable dresses, and making sure that the baby is also comfortable. Well in fact I also share those ideas to my soon to be mom friends. Great post.

kingkhan78 on August 16, 2010:

pregnant fashion is very interesting article thanks for sharing

adonia from India on August 15, 2010:

nice hub..... keep it up....

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 13, 2010:

Thanks Maita. This hub was totally beautiful. You give us some useful tips about fashion. But it different like other fashion. Spacial clothes for pregnant woman. I'll bookmark this one and I'll show to my future wife. Vote this up.


hubpageswriter on August 13, 2010:

Nice hub. I've seen some ladies (no offense to all ladies out there) with pregnancy clothes which don't really look quite right on them. Either looking too tight or too sexy. Great hub here.

Springboard on August 12, 2010:

Hmmm. On just a few of know, there's something sexy (if I can say that) about a pregnant woman. But yes, you have mentioned some very, shall we just say, potentially bad ideas for what to wear. Great hub Maita, as always.

Fashion Conscious from CA on July 23, 2010:

Those are definitely practical tips. I love the pics they are entertaining at the same time. We all have preferences but it pays a lot if we heed tips like those mentioned in this article. Thanks for sharing and good job!

Dchosen_01 on July 22, 2010:


I think this is more of a ladies' hub, but sincerely speaking its a nice one. Keep up the good work.

Great hub

kwilbur2009 from Alexandria on June 25, 2010:

Good advice :) It was definitely hard when pregnant to find something suitable and appropriate. I didn't want to wear sweatpants all the time, so I spent more money than necessary, but at least I didn't look like a whore. It was also hard to find something comfortable. I remember one friend of mind wore sweatpants all the time, and just looked horrible!

valeriebelew from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on June 13, 2010:

Good advice, prettydarkhorse. I doubt even the celibrities wear these tummy showing styles around their own neighborhood. It would definitely get attention in Wal-mart. LOL. (: v

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 17, 2010:

tent like, comfortbale yes, that's very important 2patricias, Maita

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on May 17, 2010:

Both of us had our children a long time ago, and the fashion then was for tent-like maternity dresses. They were comfortable, but certainly not flattering.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 15, 2010:

thanks, Maita

angel4todd from louisiana on May 15, 2010:

wow i can't believe those women wore that.. maxim is disgusting anyway but wow. lol.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 15, 2010:

ok, thank you, Maita

dobo700 from Australia on May 15, 2010:

I think they all look fantastic!!!

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 14, 2010:

thanks sord, maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 14, 2010:

thnak you ladyjane, Maita

rashid on May 12, 2010:

dont wear anything pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas

sord87 on May 07, 2010:

Women with belly looks more sexy,different 'flavour'which can be tasted within 9 months only!(smile)

ladyjane1 from Texas on May 06, 2010:

Great hub and I loved maternity clothes when I was pregnant and now they have the cutest clothes for pregnancy. I enjoyed your hub I thought you did a good job as always.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 03, 2010:

thanks herbi, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 03, 2010:

Thanks Ron, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on May 03, 2010:

Hi habee, thanks dear, yes they might fart and fart hehe, Maita

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

Why do they want to show off their bellies? I don't get it...

rprcarz50 on April 30, 2010:

Great work on this Hub. I will share the information with others . Nicely done again .

Thank you for doing the research and writing this Hub


As Always also a2z50

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on April 29, 2010:

Great information! Pregnant women are so beautiful! I hate to see them in big frumpy man clothes but in cute maternity clothes that look comfortable and pretty and don't completely hide that perfect belly. :) Fabulous hub as always!

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on April 29, 2010:

hi breakfastpop, Thanks for the encouraging comment, Maita

breakfastpop on April 29, 2010:

You are so right about this and I commend you fro having the courage for saying something.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on April 29, 2010:

Hi Mam Nellie, I have a feeling you were awesome and fantastic and have got lots of grace when you were pregnant, I can see that in your response mam and your smile even with your avatr here, Thank you so much, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on April 29, 2010:

Thank you cs, that's right, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on April 29, 2010:

Underradar, Bib overall is good, LOL< smile, I love you too, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on April 29, 2010:

Thank you Sage, you're right, any belly is beautiful, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on April 29, 2010:

Thank you hello, Maita

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 29, 2010:

I might be old fashioned but I also don't think showing the stomach makes you look good. Great hub, well done.

Sage Williams on April 29, 2010:

Great job as always, Maita. Although, I have to admit, I personally, love the look of a pregnant belly. All I see is life and a miracle just waiting to be born. In public is another story and as you said you must be comfortable with what you are wearing. Maternity fashions have come a long way.


Truth From Truth from Michigan on April 28, 2010:

Some great points. There are Lady's out there that should take your advice. Have a great night Maita.

Underradar from USA on April 28, 2010:

We love you Maita...maybe Quill should design something more comfy...lets see Bib Overalls...simple nice look and always in style.

Be Blessed

cs on April 28, 2010:

very interesting prettydarkhorse ! i like what you write and let me add i think the best way to look good while pregnant is not to be stubborn and try to squeeze urself in normal clothes..just buy a maternety dress and u will look the best!!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on April 28, 2010:

Before I was even pregnant I recall seeing a pregnant woman in a restaurant. She looked beautiful. Her outfit was neat and appropriate in a pretty maternity smock or blouse -- and worse it over a slim skirt. Her shoes, hair, makeup - the whole look was attractive and put-together. Styles have changed but the principles of looking good haven't. Pregnance is a time when a woman needs to look her best self and feel her best self. Whatever the styles are, that is always possible.

Bright colors & accessories closer to your face will draw attention to your face & your smile, not to the middle! haha - look at yourself in a full-length mirror before you leave your house.

Think about how other people will respond - whether they'll be embarrassed for you or is they will hardly think about your even being pregnant, you'll seem so at ease and appropriate.

If you simply apply a good self-checklist you won't have to be concerned about the exact outfit. And it's only for 9 months - soon you'll be able to wear the cute things!

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on April 28, 2010:

thank you Rev, Maita

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on April 28, 2010:

I think these are some good what not to wear suggestions for pregnant women. But, that just me, smile.

Forever His,

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