Remember maternity slacks and skirts that had a hole cut out for the belly? They were worn, of course, with a long, full maternity "smock." The stretchy panel eventually replaced the cut-out, but I had both types of maternity "bottoms" during my child-bearing years.
I was reminded of these outfits at a Christmas party where a guest who looked almost ready to deliver was dressed in a snug outfit that showed every inch of her baby bump. Speaking of which, "baby bump" has turned up on the list of words to be banished in 2012. Since 1977, personnel at Lake Superior State University have compiled a list of words and phrases that people find annoying, and "baby bump" was beat out only by "amazing."
"Baby bump" doesn't annoy me, although some of the celebrities sporting baby bumps do. In fact, I prefer "baby bump" to most pregnancy euphemisms, including old chestnuts like "bun in the oven." I definitely don't miss old-style maternity clothes, and I think it's cool that pregnancy doesn't have to be hidden any more.
Readers, have you noticed other differences between pregnancy then and now? What do you think of the changes? If you would leave a comment below, that would be amazing.
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