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“Because I had such severe morning sickness for about half of both of my pregnancies, I actually lost weight at first,” said Ashley Roman, MD, MPH, a mom of two daughters, ages three years and six months, and a clinical assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City. “I was able to get away without wearing maternity clothes for most of my pregnancies.

“When I found that I could no longer zip up my pants, I purchased BellaBands, which are the best gift for any pregnant woman,” Dr. Roman said. “With a BellaBand, I could wear my regular pants, unbuttoned and unzipped, and the BellaBand would hold them up. Then I simply put one of my larger sweaters over them. I saved a whole lot of money on maternity clothes!”

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