Fashions available at Soul Interiors, downtown Bismarck. (Michelle Farnsworth)

Be Magazine's copy editor Cathryn Sprynzynatyk and baby-to-be. (Michelle Farnsworth)

Pregnant women have traditionally been taught to hide their pregnant bellies with demur fashions and oversized comfortable clothing. Well, the times they are a-changing. Today, maternity fashion is big business, and women no longer feel the need to hide their expanding waistline.

Maternity clothing is stylish and comfortable, which is a big relief for women who are expecting. If you were a style maven before having a baby, you can continue to maintain your style and enjoy your pregnancy.

Lynnie Meyer, Assistant Manager at Clothes Mentor in Bismarck, says women want maternity clothing, and it sells as fast as they can get it in the door.

"Maternity clothing fits better and is stylish. With ruching on the sides or bands, it's just more comfortable," Meyer said.

But what about those women that are lucky enough to be able to go a few sizes up in regular clothing and still coordinate a smashing ensemble? Those women are most women.

Leslie Eckert, Owner of Soul Interiors in Downtown Bismarck, does not carry specific maternity clothing lines, but she does carry all the latest trendy dresses that can flatter a pregnant woman's growing curves.

"Maxi dresses are great for pregnant women. We see a lot of them sell because they are in stretchy material that is comfortable," said Eckert.

Beautiful, bright colors and bold patterns illuminate the boutiques in Bismarck and Mandan. Anything goes from cute, flirty and fun to a more sophisticated, East Coast vibe. Whatever your flavor, pregnant women are taking more chances and showing off their bump, rather than hiding it.

Be Magazine copy editor, Cathryn Sprynczynatyk, is expecting her first child and in her last trimester of her pregnancy, has only purchased a few maternity bottoms.

"Right now, I find an empire waist to be the most flattering silhouette in the world," Sprynczynatyk said.

The mom-to-be had to concede her love for high heels and is sporting cute flats for the rest of the summer.

Accentuating your curves and fuller bust line is key to making every day fashions work for the pregnant body. Don't be afraid to accent them with more form fitting fashion. Wearing baggy sweatpants and an over-sized tee does nothing to flatter or make a woman feel good about herself. Put on that cute maxi with a fun stretchy belt and some sweet ballerina flats, sweep up your hair and flaunt that baby bump.

Michelle Farnsworth loves travel, writing, photography, daily devotions, gardening, making jewelry and finding old treasures. Her greatest accomplishment is her two sons, who bring life, love and laughter to her each day.