Pregnancy: Here's Lookin' at You, Baby (cont.)

The most obvious place to see the changes is in maternity fashions. Magazines like "Fit Pregnancy" show women in stylish spandex and midriff-baring shirts. Designer Liz Lange, a former "Vogue" editor, does booming business out of her Manhattan boutique and mail-order catalog, and credits the interest to better materials and the revolution in how women feel about pregnancy.

Form-fitting clothes are "so much more flattering," says Lange. "There's no reason to hide. Women are too involved in the fabric of our society to sit out for nine months and wear a tent dress. Now it's like, 'I'm pregnant, I'm here, I work, I have an active social life. I'm going to look great, feel great, as I would if I weren't pregnant.' "

Family and marriage counselor Theresa Couture of East Greenwich, R.I., echoes this sentiment. Sitting on one of the specially designed bikes used in a prenatal "spinning" class, dressed in black shorty-shorts, she's not the usual icon of pregnancy. "Initially, as I was developing, I would look at myself, and say 'Oh my gosh, who is that?' " recalls Couture, now in her third trimester. "But now I'm used to it because I've been showing so long. I think I look pretty good!"

"People still tend to see pregnant ladies as somebody who might need to stay home and rest and maybe even shouldn't be out there exercising," she continues. "I have people wanting to carry my file folders, and I'm like, 'Believe me, I can handle this.' "

Nearly 10 years after Demi dared to bare, this is the voice of the pregnant woman not afraid to show her belly to the world.

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