A quick rundown of the celebrities who have had babies or announced they are expecting one this month: Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Miranda Kerr, Ivanka Trump, Hilary Duff, Alicia Silverstone, Selma Blair...

The list goes on and on.

Bring on the celebrity maternity style stories. But what should us ordinary mortals wear? There seems to be two schools of thought on maternity looks. There's the old-school approach that suggests you hide your bump, covering up in tent-like dresses and shapeless tops.


Then there's the newer method that relies on “the tighter the better” philosophy: going sexy‚ embracing the shape of your belly in skin-tight Lycra and wrap- dresses.

Fortunately there’s a middle ground between the two.

This year’s spring/summer trends are filled with floaty maxi skirts and dresses that allow you to be in fashion as your belly grows. High street brands have wised up to the sartorial dilemmas facing fashion-conscious expectant moms. So try Gap, Zara and ASOS for on-trend or timelessly chic basics.

Invest in decent maternity jeans, leggings and long vests and you’ll be able to adapt your current wardrobe. Be sure to include kaftans, maxi skirts and dresses, tunics and empire-line frocks that you’ll want to wear again post-pregnancy.

The coolest thing is that you can try looks you might not normally wear; you can get away with a tighter top if it reveals a baby, not a beer gut.

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