When I was around 24 weeks pregnant with twins, my belly was — well, let's just say it was formidable. I was sitting in my ob-gyn's waiting room when I encountered another mama-to-be, who was carrying one baby and was much smaller — far from the walking spectacle I'd already become. I complimented her on her dress and she said, "Thanks! It's not maternity. I just buy one size up." I almost laughed out loud at the quaint notion such a thing would work for my pregnant bod. It's a nice idea if you can make it happen, but it sure ain't for everyone during their vastly different experiences of pregnancy.
Apparently that's the same lesson Kim Kardashian learned after her first pregnancy with daughter North West.
Kim was widely criticized during her pregnancy for her fashion style — often ridiculed to the extent that even non-fans came to her defense in the face of relentless pregnant-body-shaming stories in the media.
Given that she's open about trying for baby number two with husband Kanye West, she's learned a thing or two that might serve her in the future. She added, "I don't know if I would necessarily do that this time around. I would wear...I don't think... well, at the end, I really needed maternity clothes."
I feel you, Kim. I needed them too, and I filled my closet with the likes of Old Navy staples, which I accessorized ad nauseum, and Rachel Pally and T Bags Los Angeles bright patterned maxi dresses for a dose of some of my pre-pregnancy individuality. But it's hard to feel like yourself when people gawk at you on the street if you take a fashion risk — or, if you're as big as I was while carrying multiples, even when you don't.
Kardashian, of course, knows quite a bit about being relentlessly in the spotlight. And ultimately, she had this to say about maternity fashion: "Pregnancy style is hard. I'm not gonna lie!"
You're not kidding, sister.
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