Hot Maternity Fashions

In Hollywood, babies seem to be the hottest accessory. From Jill Scott to Kelis, these stars are embracing motherhood and looking good. We take a peek at some of the latest trends in maternity wear as seen on your favorite pregnant stars. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 08, 2009

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In Hollywood babies seem to be the hottest accessory. From Kimora Lee Simmons to Kelis, these celebs are embracing motherhood and looking good doing it. We take a peek at some of the latest trends in maternity wear as seen by your favorite fashionable moms-to-be. Get tips on how to stay stylish no matter what stage or size you’re in during your pregnancy.

By Qianna Smith & Lauren Blassingame

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Former “Martin” star Tisha Campbell-Martin, 40, is expecting her second child with husband and actor Duane Martin. The cute couple already has a son, Xen, 8, and are hoping for a baby girl.

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If you’re expecting a beautiful baby girl, why not overload on clothes in warm feminine colors like yellow, red and orange during your pregnancy that highlight and enhance your natural motherly glow. We love the pinched bodice of this Eddie Bauer dress which is sure to flatter your shape.

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Three-time Grammy winner Jill Scott announced this January that she is expecting her first child with fiancé drummer Lil’ John Roberts. “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” star found out she was pregnant while filming the show in Botswana, so it’s only natural that she is embracing prints infused with bright colors and African undertones.

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If you’re pregnant and have a curvaceous body like Jill Scott’s, we recommend wearing prints that are proportional to your body that will showcase your figure rather than conceal it.

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Kimora Lee Simmons is expecting her first child with boyfriend and actor Dijimon Hounsou and dished during Fashion Week New York that her that her pregnancy cravings have been pizza. Embrace the cravings and your extra curves like the “Life in the Fab Lane” star by choosing clothes in fabrics like Lycra, spandex and knits that give and expand with your body’s shape and size.

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If you know you want to have more than one child like Kimora, who is welcoming baby No. 3, investing in quality maternity wear in classic colors and season-less styles is a smart option. A few maternity clothing Web sites we recommend are, and, which all offer fashionable items at affordable prices.

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Are you ready for hip-hop’s next baby royalty? R&B singer Kelis, 29, and her husband, rapper Nas, 35, are preparing for their first child together. Many women think that when you’re pregnant you must forego your style for unfashionable frocks. Well, style rebel Kelis proves that’s not true! Brands like DKNY, Juicy Couture, Rock & Republic, Gap and Old Navy have ventured into maternity wear, creating designs that are far from frumpy.

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For style mavens like Kelis, your baby bump doesn’t have to interfere with your unique, personal style. Hip and trendy stores like Old Navy offer a wide range of comfortable maternity options that don’t skimp on fashion. Great baby boom investments are stylish stretch pants and leggings, which can be worn throughout the pregnancy and thereafter.

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The most important thing for a pregnant woman is not only looking good, but feeling good too. “Fitness goes hand in hand with eating right to maintain your physical health and well-being during pregnancy. Pregnant or not, physical fitness helps keep the heart, bones, and mind healthy,” according to, a federal government source for women’s health information.


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