Sienna Miller and Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to baby girls this weekend, Reese Witherspoon is seriously ready to pop, Adele is reportedly due in 2 months, Drew Barrymore and Anna Paquin are both coming along nicely, Claire Danes has announced she's pregnant with her first child...I have to admit that with the celebrity baby boom in full swing, all these pictures of new babies is starting to make me feel a little broody. SO, to take my mind off the cute bundles, I've decided to focus my attention elsewhere - the world of maternity fashion!

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If you're newly pregnant, your new shopping list might seem a little intimidating, not to mention overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be that way. Just because you're dressing for two doesn't mean you have to overhaul your entire wardrobe and completely change your style for the next 9 months (and then some). Pregnant or not, we all have different tastes and opinions when it comes to fashion; so don't feel pressured to all of a sudden differentiate from what YOU like.

After drilling my pregnant friends (of whom there seem to be an increasing amount) the same key message began to emerge - maternity wardrobes are built on affordable, practical staples. It's not surprising that the most commonly sought after items are pieces that can accommodate your changing shape whilst simultaneously flattering your new figure, such as adjustable trousers that can be worn post pregnancy too, and stretchy, wrap around dresses.

It's all well and good knowing about panelled trousers and wrap dresses, but how do you style them, and what about the rest of your wardrobe? Here are a few tips and sartorial solutions I've learned from my pregnant pals.

1. As always, investing in a decent bra is half the battle. Many of the mums and mums-to-be I spoke to recommended Lorna Drew nursing bras which expand with your breasts as they grow!

2. If you're a girly girl who loves dresses and patterns, opt for something floral. To quote one of my willing subjects, going floral is "a great way to not look like a whale!"

3. Maxi dresses, empire lines and A lines are your friends, but that doesn't mean you have to avoid clingy fabrics. If you're confident enough to wear a fitted dress, look for a natural fabric that won't itch sensitive skin.

4. Comfortable doesn't have to mean frumpy! If you're stuck for inspiration, look to friends you admire or celebrities you like for style ideas.

Stylishly Small Stomach

earlypregnancystyle.jpg Over bump leopard print leggings £12-£15 Next
Charcoal maternity vest £6 Topshop
Purple longline cardigan £17.99 New Look
Velodrome wedges £55 Office
Large metallic purse £24 Oliver Bonas
Chris Habana cross necklace £40 Urban Outfitters
Mama-Mio tummy rub oil £23 Seraphine


Beautiful Big Bump

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Amy nursing bra by Lorna Drew £29 From Here To Maternity
Grey wrap dress £25 Dorothy Perkins
Salmon ballet pumps £16 Topshop
Rose gold bracelet watch £40 ASOS
Power Mama Spanx £34 Spanx
Body and leg cooling spritz £4.99 Mothercare
Faux snake clutch bag £18.50 ASOS
Studded earrings, part of a set £4.99 New Look
No.7 moisture drench lipstick £10 Boots

Pretty Postpartum Pieces

postpartumoutfit.jpg Maternity jeans £38 Topshop
3/4 sleeve check shirt £18 Mothercare
White Converse trainers £41.99 Office
Faux leather changing bag £75 Seraphine
Astro sunglasses £16 Urban Outfitters
Nails in Late Show £5 Topshop
Gold leaf hair barette £4 Accessorize