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18 photos that show how maternity fashion has changed over the years

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    Maternity
    fashion has changed drastically over the years.
  
  
    In the early 1900s, some maternity clothing options became available to women
    in middle and upper classes who could afford them.
  
  At first, maternity clothing was largely designed to conceal
  women's pregnancies, but, over time, pregnant women began to experiment
    with new styles like polyester baby-doll
    dresses.
  
  During the '80s and '90s, maternity clothing mirrored the
  popular styles of each decade, including athletic wear and
  low-rise jeans.
  
  Today, maternity fashion is heavily influenced by celebrities, from the elegant looks of
    Meghan Markle to the daring
    styles of Kim Kardashian West.
  
  
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  In the early 1900s, maternity clothing options became available
  to women in the middle and upper classes of society who could
  afford them. Since then, maternity fashion has come to play a
  part in many women's pregnancies.

  From the '20s to the '40s, maternity clothing was largely
  designed to conceal women's baby bumps and maintain a feminine
  silhouette. But, by the '50s and '60s, pregnant women began to
  embrace their changing bodies with the help of new styles.

  Today, maternity clothing differs from person to person, and is
  much more reflective of personal style. From the baby-doll
  dresses of the '60s to sheer ensembles worn by modern
  celebrities, here's how maternity fashion has changed over the
  years.


In the early 1900s, maternity clothing options became available to women in the middle and upper classes of society who could afford them. Since then, maternity fashion has come to play a part in many women's pregnancies.

From the '20s to the '40s, maternity clothing was largely designed to conceal women's baby bumps and maintain a feminine silhouette. But, by the '50s and '60s, pregnant women began to embrace their changing bodies with the help of new styles.

Today, maternity clothing differs from person to person, and is much more reflective of personal style. From the baby-doll dresses of the '60s to sheer ensembles worn by modern celebrities, here's how maternity fashion has changed over the years.

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