"Most women know they will gain weight," said Moritz. "It's part of pregnancy. The problem is the amount of weight gain can be very reasonable and still safe. You don't need to eat for two, but 1.2."
Doctors say women need to eat an extra 200 to 300 calories per day during the last six months of pregnancy, which means to an average of 1,900 to 2,500 calories per day. Women who are underweight or overweight may need different amounts, so it's important for a woman to talk with her doctor about a diet plan.
"The most important thing is not to gain too much weight," said Streicher. "Women that gain an appropriate amount of weight generally feel good, look good, have a healthier pregnancy and quickly lose the weight."
And, when a women does gain a healthy amount of weight, she is generally able to wear clothes that go along with her usual style, albeit a size larger or one that makes room for her growing baby.
"Pregnancy is not a disease, and women should be able to dress how they want and look fabulous," said Streicher. "Of course, it's a matter of taste what looks fabulous."
So, to all those pregnant women out there who can't imagine surrendering style to a baby bump, there's the green light. If you're willing to deal with some discomfort in those heels, doctors say carry on with your fabulous and fashionable self.