What to Wear When You’re Expecting – 1942

Thursday, oct. 22, 1942

Being in “the family way” was a fashion statement as well as a physical Lucille Ballcondition. Maternity clothes were designed to be comfortable but also to hide the pregnancy from the time the “baby bump” showed until delivery. But don’t look for advertisements of maternity clothes in the newspaper. That would be indelicate. You could find them in stores or you could buy patterns and sew your own.

It’s easy to make fun of the boxy tops women wore – this image of  Lucille Ball says it all. The huge bows, large patterns,  and other decorations made pregnant women look like stand-ins for the infants they would soon bear. But the clothes were roomy and didn’t contribute to the competition and pressure on pregnant women today to have no more than a baby bump and be slim as a model an hour after giving birth.

No letters today.

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