But now there is no shortage of stylish clothes for expectant mums to dress their bumps with.
Although some women worry about spending too much on a maternity wardrobe - especially when they are buying for a new member of the family - by selecting a few key pieces at reasonable prices there is no need to be concerned about breaking the bank.
The online retailer ASOS is a good place to start. The quality and range of their maternity garments are some of the best around.
From cute tea dresses and fashionable parkas to glamorous evening-wear there is something for every style.
High street stores have also gone to town with maternity wear in recent years.
Stores including Dorothy Perkins and Topshop have a particularly good selection for women looking to add some key pieces to their pregnancy wardrobe.
Look out for loose tops with classic prints, such as stripes or spots.
There is a distinct vintage feel in some of the best maternity collections, which is great for creating an individual look.
Thanks to the stunning ranges, some of the clothes are so gorgeous that you might even wish you could wear them when the baby is born.
FLOWER PRINT TEA DRESS, £30, Dorothy Perkins An easy day dress never goes out of fashion - and the vintage pattern makes this one particularly timeless. www.dorothyperkins.com
PRINT TROUSERS, £25, Dorothy Perkins Looking to inject some on-trend fashion into your pregnancy wardrobe without sacrificing on comfort? Try some loose trousers in a summery print. www.dorothyperkins.com
MATERNITY SKATER DRESS WITH PETER PAN COLLAR, £30, ASOS Another winner from ASOS...the vintage look collar and dark navy colour makes this dress a winner on every level. www.asos.com
MATERNITY BLUE PAISLEY PRINT CONTRAST HEM DRESS, £19.99, New Look Summer is on the way so why not invest in this sleeveless Paisley print number? Team with a blazer to smarten it up. www.newlook.com
BLUE MIDI DRESS, £30, Next The midi dress is everywhere this season because it is so wearable.
Try this gorgeous blue marl style from Next for a pregnancy take on it. next.co.uk
MATERNITY MIXED STRIPE TEE, £20, Topshop When in doubt go for nautical stripes.
The mixed stripes add interest to this loose long-sleeved top. www.topshop.com
SCOTTISH designer Karen Mabon has just finished her new collection - and we love it.
One of our favourite pieces is the Beverly Hills Hotels scarf, £80. It would give your accessories wardrobe an unexpected twist.
The scarf is currently available from her online shop at www.karenmabon.com.
EVERYONE needs a kick start in the morning. And this Bergamot and Ginger Shower Gel by Arran Aromatics certainly does the trick.
Use this shower gel to stimulate circulation to revive, uplift and cleanse your skin.
REMEMBER, remember the sixth of November.
The day after Bonfire Night is the date that H&M's latest designer collaboration with Alexander Wang lands with a bang. The partnership marks the first time that an American designer has teamed up with the high street store.
"Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today," says Margareta van den Bosch, H&M's creative adviser.
The New York fashion designer's Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel for women and men. The full collection is available from November 6.
SCOTTISH women have the biggest busts in the nation, according to Debenhams.
Scots girls are, on average, a 34DD - two cup sizes bigger than their 34C English neighbours. Welsh women have the smallest average at 34B, while Irish ladies measured 34C.