In this post are pictures of maternity sewing patterns from the 1980's.
There was a time when maternity clothes were very pretty and feminine. Fabric from the blouses and dresses draped gracefully and did not reveal every detail of the "baby bump." Pregnant ladies would have been embarrassed to be seen in clinging tee shirts that showed the outline of their growing tummies! Maternity clothing is so different now, I think some women have just given up and are wearing the jeans and tee shirts, because they cannot find anything else.
Husbands would be inspired to compliment their wives and say they looked beautiful during the waiting period.
It was always recommended that clothing be of natural fibres and the garments not too tight, but today the pregnant ladies look a little uncomfortable in the clothing they have to wear.
Ladies did not cup their hands under their bellies to emphasize their size, which has been a trend in commercial photos recently. It is not that women were ashamed of their pregnancies, but that it was something private enough to cover in a way to be less obvious. With these kind of clothes, there was not the tendency for people to pat your stomach! I would say it is unlikely any woman would try to show extra weight around her middle by outlining it with tight clothing or her hands, even when not pregnant. However these days, no one seems to want to hide their bellies, pregnant or not. It should be a matter of modesty and not wanting some parts of your body to be unnecessarily noticeable.
In the commercialization of everything, no part of the body seems to be sacred enough to cover loosely. I liked these maternity patterns because they didn't bring too much focus on certain areas of the body.
On the subject of fabrics, I remember the cottons used to be substantially thicker and sturdy, Because of this, ladies clothing in general, not just maternity, created the appearance of slenderness. Stretch knits just are not very flattering and do not create a visual slenderness, nor give a feeling of dignity.
One thing that might help, is to remember that your children will see pictures of you when you were pregnant with them. Let them have some pictures of you wearing pretty maternity clothing.
Pretty maternity clothes makes you enjoy life during the pregnancy.
Below, from Jane,LLC are hospital gowns, but the design would be good maternity wear because it is pretty, fresh looking colors and fabrics, and modest. I recognize the Waverly fabrics and have made dresses from some of it. I would not put the ribbon around the top of the stomach. While the models present a pleasant look for pregnant women, no one would have cupped their hands around their belly like that or shown their body profile exactly.