In both the Islamic and Asian cultures, maternity wear is much less fitted, hemlines are longer and necklines higher.
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Report your issue Only associates can see this. In Chinese and Japanese cultures, there is a fear of radiation from devices such as computers and mobile phones, especially during pregnancy. Culturally in the US today, a few popular clothing brands have made everyday wear for pregnant women both fashionable and accessible.
As the body is changing shape and therefore levels of comfort, most maternity clothing is made with Lycra and elastic for stretch and growth.
For pants, the waistband is usually a thick layer of stretchy material that can be hidden by a shirt to give the pants a normal look. Depending on style and activity, tops often billow out to leave room for the belly and are made of varying cottons and elastic materials. While women were integrated into the U.
However, in the late s it was decided that in order to keep women in an all-volunteer armed forces the military needed to change its policy regarding pregnancy. Following complaints that pregnant women dressed in civilian clothing undermined moral, between and the armed forces began to issue military maternity outfits. The Air Force dress uniform features a blue smock top paired with a white blouse and blue skirt, and the Navy uniforms include a blue coat and slacks with a white blouse for dress and a working uniform with dungaree pants and a chambray shirt.
All three uniforms are from the s. Pregnancy fashions took a dramatic turn in the s with the introduction of tight-fitted maternity wear intended to emphasize rather than hide a pregnant woman's baby bump. Not coincidentally, this shift occurred during a time of major changes for women in America. This act protected women's jobs during pregnancy, giving women more freedom to show off their pregnancies.
Until this act was passed, many women were fired as a result of their pregnancies. Following the passage of this legislation women had more job security and government-protected maternity leave. At the same time as these laws were being passed, maternity fashions changed drastically.
Many magazine articles began to discuss stylish mothers-to-be wearing figure hugging clothing that emphasized their growing waistline. Historically maternity clothing has not generally been considered a potentially profitable area for most major clothing manufacturers due to a belief that many women would not purchase clothes intended for only a few months of wearing.
Maternity clothing is generally worn only during the second and third trimesters, and possibly for several weeks or months after the birth of the baby while a woman regains her pre-pregnancy size.
If a woman expects to be pregnant only once or twice, buying maternity clothing that will be worn only for about six months, can be considered expensive.
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