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Staten Island, NY Map. Destination Maternity Rockland Plz. Nanuet, NY Map. Maternity clothing is worn by women in some cultures as an adaptation to changes in body size during pregnancy. Dresses did not follow a wearer's body shape until the Middle Ages. When western European dresses began to have seams , affluent pregnant women opened the seams to allow for growth. During the Baroque period roughly s through the s the Adrienne , a waistless pregnancy gown with many folds, was popular.
Some styles had laced vents in the back that allowed the wearer to adjust the girth of the coat as needed. The Empire, a style which has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust and a loosely gathered skirt, was made popular by Napoleon's first wife Empress Joséphine. Bibs could be added to permit breastfeeding. The s saw a revival of the Empire waistline which lasted for a few years as a general fashion, but remained popular for many years as pregnancy wear.
The Victorian era roughly covers the years of Queen Victoria's reign to her death in Women spent a lot of time in the state of pregnancy, giving birth to an average of eight children with five making it through infancy. Pregnancy was considered a private matter not to be discussed in "polite" conversation. A garment called a "wrapper" worn by women at home before they dressed for the day was well-suited for pregnancy as well since it wrapped around and could be worn loosely or more form-fitting as needed.
At that time women were used to wearing corsets and maternity corsets with laces for adjustment were available. The first commercial ready-to-wear clothing for pregnant women was sold in the US by Lane Bryant , which opened in The next competitor, Page Boy, offered a patented skirt in In later years when stretch fabric became available it was used to fill in the window. Their clothing, usually a slim skirt with a wide smock top, became fashionable during the s, when celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor wore their clothes.
Slacks with adjustable waists became widely available in the s. Further developments in maternity clothing styles have meant that many maternity tops are also made to enable discreet nursing, extending the usable life of maternity clothes beyond just the period whilst pregnant. Maternity clothes around the world have been undergoing significant changes. In both Eastern and Western cultures, there is greater demand for fashionable maternity clothes.
In Western cultures the influence of celebrity culture. Fashion bloggers have caught on to the shift in perception and began to regularly discuss new styles and fabrics designed with the pregnant form in mind. Women in Eastern cultures, however, have maintained a much greater sense of modesty when it comes to maternity wear. In both the Islamic and Asian cultures, maternity wear is much less fitted, hemlines are longer and necklines higher.
Modern Islamic maternity wear uses fabrics with brighter colours and bolder prints. In Chinese and Japanese cultures, there is a fear of radiation from devices such as computers and mobile phones, especially during pregnancy. Culturally in the US today, a few popular clothing brands have made everyday wear for pregnant women both fashionable and accessible.
As the body is changing shape and therefore levels of comfort, most maternity clothing is made with Lycra and elastic for stretch and growth. For pants, the waistband is usually a thick layer of stretchy material that can be hidden by a shirt to give the pants a normal look. Depending on style and activity, tops often billow out to leave room for the belly and are made of varying cottons and elastic materials.
While women were integrated into the U. However, in the late s it was decided that in order to keep women in an all-volunteer armed forces the military needed to change its policy regarding pregnancy.
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