do-you-speak-pregneseBy now it may have dawned you that pregnancy, and for that matter, maternity wear has a language all their own. To make it out the other end of pregnancy with your sanity intact, it is best to get a grasp of this new speak. To do that, the Due-wiki was birthed. This one-of-a-kind reference guide not only acts as an interpreter of current pregnancy-related words and phrases but also as a decoder of book-specific fashion terminology. However, the Due-wiki doesn’t stop there. It also describes a unique vernacular developed for the book called Pregnese. This language was created to help you better approximate and discuss pregnancy-related physical, mental or fashion conditions that until now have remained vaguely defined or unlabeled. Lean on the Due-wiki to bone-up on your Pregnese and to decode of your bumped new frontier.



– Baby Bump Tag-alongs

– Bulky Saddlebags: Extra pads of fat sitting on the outer area of the thigh just below low hip.

– Bumped Tire: A roll of fat that encircles and spills over the waistband “as if” wearing a spare tire around waist. This tag-along is exacerbated when wearing pants with a tight waistband.

– Pregnant Feet: Feet that flatten out during pregnancy expanding their length up to two sizes. This term could also refer to feet that widen due to pregnancy.

– Protruding Belly Nipple (a.k.a. The Third Nipple): An inverted belly button caused by internal pressure and strain put on the pregnant belly. A belly nipple usually reverts to back to normal after the birth of the baby.

– Super Boobs:  Large breasts that are ever expanding.

Belly Phasing: The process that tracks the gradually increase and decrease of the belly throughout pregnancy and segments it into four “belly phases.”

Belly Phases: Phases defined by general timing of pregnancy, belly girth and whether the belly is in the process of “waxing” or “waning.”

– Baby Thick: This waxing phase occurs from 0-4 months and produces a look and feel of general belly thickness yet the prego is not really “showing” yet.

– Mommy Pouched: A phase that occurs in postpartum when the belly is waning from pregnancy producing a belly that appears deflated and squishy.

– Ready-to-Pop: This tail end of pregnancy phase is framed between 7-9/10 months. During this waxing phase the belly is at its biggest.

– Tight & Tiny: That waxing time between 4-7 months when the bump is showing but it is still relatively small.

Belly Tube: A seamless spandex tube, popularized by the Bellaband, worn around the belly used for smoothing and extending the use of pre-pregnancy pants by allowing the pants to remain on while unbuttoned and/or unzipped.

Belly Wan: The process of the gradually declining or diminishing size of the belly. A time or phase of gradual decrease.

Belly Wax: A gradual increase in magnitude of belly girth.

Bump Bite:  When the size of your bump sneaks up and bites you in the closet rendering much of your regular-fit clothes un-wearable. A bite usually occurs as part of a growth spur during the Tight & Tiny phase.

Bump Slump: When the pressures of pregnancy create a fleeting sense of hopelessness.

Bump-Tolerant: Shoes and accessories that remain wearable no matter how big the pregnant belly gets.

Burdened Baby Brain: The inability to manage the numerous changes experienced during early pregnancy, resulting in mental overload.


Carrying Cute: A much-esteemed way to carry one’s pregnancy. To carry the baby bump directly out in front of the body with minimal weight gain elsewhere.   (Include in book DUE-WIKI?)

Compression Band: A firm, adjustable band worn around the belly and hips, popularized by the Belly Bandit, to provide compression suppression for the post pregnant body. The band is adjustable allowing the slimming effect to continue as the body gradually wanes. Bands should be worn daily, up to six weeks in to the Baby Pouched phase to provide the best results.

Core Body: The central area of the body between the shoulders and lower hip. The core body does not include the head, neck, arms, hands, legs or feet.

Co-worker Bumpwatch: Busybody co-workers on the “watch” for signs of a potential pregnancy with the hopes of outing the “watchee” before she is ready to confirm it to the team.

Crazy-pregnant-lady: A person exhibiting irrational behavior bought on by high levels of pregnancy hormones.


Dressed to the Nines: Dressing one’s best for every situation during the nine months of pregnancy.


Event Trifecta: Three major events occurring within a short period of time during pregnancy.

Ex-prego: A formerly pregnant person.


Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: The dressing dos and don’ts for pregnancy developed by fashion stylist Katie Rice Jones.

Fashion Limbo: The state of having nothing to wear due to transitioning from one life stage to another. Fashion limbo tends to occur between successional yet disparate life changes like from non-pregnancy to pregnancy or from college to working or from childless to motherhood.

Fashion Plate: A person who dresses in the latest fashions.

Fashionista: Someone who follows fashion but who is never a slave to trends. A woman with a well-honed personal style. A fashion industry insider.

Fattering Clothes: Clothing that present the illusion that one’s heavier than she actually is.

Fertile Friendly: Regular-fit clothing as well as shoes and accessories that can be worn throughout pregnancy.

Figure Fixers: A generic term for undergarment shape wear or a device (gizmo) worn to diminish, accentuate, alter or correct a body part or dressing issue.

Frumpnista: A pregnant woman who has lost touch with her personal style and hasn’t realized it. A person unawares her clothing is inappropriate for her current state of being thus producing a fashion-less, frumpy look.


Girth: The distance around the pregnant body.


Hooter Hider: Slang for a breastfeeding apron cover.

Humpty Dumpty Effect: An effect that occurs when tiny clothing inadvertently puts focus on the pregnant belly making it appear more pronounced. The major Humpty Dumpty clothing culprits are: mircomini skirts and dresses as well as cropped tops and jackets.


In-the-Buff Effect: This effect occurs when donning flesh-colored clothing that closely resembles one’s own skin-tone making her appear nude from a distance.





MamaMatrix: A visual aid that provides detail of a particular style category.

Maternity Wear Posers (a.k.a. Posers): Adaptable, regular-fit clothing that can accommodate the growing pregnant body.

Mom-dish:  A description of a hip, sassy look at that is practical enough to wear for mom duty yet sexy enough for date-night.

Mom-ish: The description of a dull, relaxed look that is worn for comfort and ease above anything else, like style.

Mommynista: A mom-to-be/mommy who expresses her inner beauty, sass and confidence with the help of her well-honed personal style.

Must-Dues: Essential maternity wear basics that have been tried, tested and approved by pregos for being the most adaptable, versatile, and flattering pieces to own.


Nothing-but-baby Chick: A woman who carries her pregnancy directly out in front and seemly doesn’t gain weight anywhere else.


Over-the-Shoulder-Boulder-Holder: An extremely large-sized bra.


Pants-Down Situation: A saying for finding one’s self in an embarrassing position or being caught in a situation one is not prepared for.

Personal Style Pregnant Pause: Due to the transformative nature of pregnancy and the uncertainly of what maternity fashion looks best on you, you take a break from expressing your personal style.

Pre-baby Shape Number Diagram: A chart containing the six non-pregnant core body shapes highlighting where each shape number appears the fullest, widest and narrowest.

Predictive Shopping: A shopping technique that advises purchasing certain maternity pieces before the body needs maternity styling. This technique uses predictive factors to create value and eradicate buying mistakes.

Pregnese: A pregnancy language developed by Katie Rice Jones.

Pregnant Prices: Needless price inflation or upcharge on maternity wear simply because manufactures believe they have a captive consumer.

Pregtastic Look: To pull off or produce a super fabulous fashion vibe while pregnant.

Primary Style Category: The most prominent of the style categories hanging in one’s closet. The type of style aesthetic that one likes to buy and wear most.




Shape Numbers:  The six numbers that correspond to the six non-pregnant core body shapes.

– #1: A core body shape with little indention at the waist; narrow upper and lower core; boyish.

– #0: A heavy core body shape devoid of waistline, ample bust, tummy and hips.

– #6 (a.k.a. pear shaped): A full lower core and narrow upper core; delicate shoulders, small waist, full hips.

– #9: A broad upper core and narrow lower core; broad shoulders and narrow hips.

– #3: A heavy yet shapely core; a full-bodied 8.

 – #8 (a.k.a. hourglass shaped): A proportionately balanced core with bust and hips measuring similarly, trim yet curvy; small waist, full bust and hips.

Situational Clothing: Clothing appropriate for a particular or specific occasion but has little wear-ability for other occasions, such as swimwear and evening gowns.

Sizing-up: A dressing technique where the wearer gradually buys larger sized regular-fit clothing to accommodate her developing body thereby avoiding maternity wear purchases.

Stuck-it-time:  Referring to a look or clothing that calls to mind a past era.

Style Categories: The six types of style categorized by distinctive design aesthetics and used to define and label the style of clothing one prefers.

– Modern: A look that can be drapey or minimalist by design.

– Contemporary: A style that is sophisticated, clean and urban by design.

– Classic: A way of dressing that is unisex and traditional by design.

– Retro: A look that can be fussy with yesteryear details and vintage-inspired by design.

– Romantic: A way of dressing that is beguiling and feminine by design.

 – Cultural: A personal style that is eclectic and ethnic by design. 

Styleline: A visual direction an item of clothing or accessory projects. The direction of a styleline is determined by color, pattern, cut, silhouette or bulk of clothing.

– Vertical Styleline: Clothing and accessories running in a North-South direction

– Horizontal Styleline: Clothing and accessories running in an East-West direction










 Whale Tail: A slang term for underwear visible above the waistline of pants. The frequency of occurrence depends on the style of pants and the type of underwear that are worn.

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