12 Cute Non-Maternity Dresses That Also Work for Pregnancy

12 Stylish Non-Maternity Dresses That Also Work for Pregnancy, via Bubby and Bean
1. Pink City Dress, Free People  //  2. Textured Stripe Swing Dress, Loft  // 3. Amaya Dress, Anthropologie  //  4. Crochet Bell-Sleeve Frock Dress, Ecote //  5. Swingout Shirtdress, Madewell  // 6. Striped Maxi Tank Dress, J.Crew  //  7. Printed Dress, Zara  //  8. Striped Dress, H&M  //  9. Organic Chunky Cowl Kaftan Dress, Gaia Conceptions  // 10. Hungarian Dress, Tree of Life  //  11. Striped Shift Dress, Gap //  12. Gypsiana Maxi Dress, Spell Designs

Little did I know while pregnant with Essley in the summer 2013 that I’d be back in pregnancy clothing just two summers later. I say ‘pregnancy clothing’ rather than maternity because I only had two actual maternity items last time (a pair of jeans and a striped top that I rarely wore), and I’m fairly confident that the same will hold true this time around. Clothing labeled ‘maternity’ is expensive man, and for me, I found that regular clothing items in larger sizes and/or more generous cuts were generally more flattering anyway. I lived in oversized tunics and leggings last time, and although I’ve worn my fair share of this combo already this time too (it turns out that what they say about showing earlier after your first is 100% true, y’all), I’ve been aching for some pieces that are different from this uniform of mine – mainly some cute dresses. I’ve also been playing around with new ways to wear the dresses that I already own to work for my growing bump (and growing butt, and growing boobs). After doing some digging online for inspiration, I realized that there are a lot of really lovely dresses that would work just as well for us pregnant ladies as for those who aren’t pregnant. The dresses you see above are some of my favorites. #3 (the Amaya Dress) is majorly calling my name – and it’s a piece that I could wear well beyond pregnancy. Win-win.


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Weirmaraners are SO expressive. Just love this breed. So of course it was great to welcome Hector and his slaves for a stroll around Gorbio village.  In the main photo, Hector is tucked into a niche at the super Restaurant Beausejour in the village.

Hector’s owners are good friends who live in Marseille – a city I hope to visit one day.


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It’s president’s day but I’m in no mood for celebration.  
Oh it’s not because I’m not a patriot as I believe in values like freedom and equality – all of the things that we’ve fought for as a country. That I’ve walked for.
But we have a fight of a different kind now and we’ve been abandoned by our leaders.     
This blog is about the funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), this government’s, our government’s, decade long disregardment of, what the World Health Organization called the deadliest disease in 2010 and nothing else.   
Let’s take a look at the numbers.  They represent the total budget of NCI in billions of dollars.
2000 $ 3.3
2001 $ 3.8
2002 $ 4.2
2003 $ 4.6
2004 $ 4.7
2005 $ 4.8
2006 $ 4.8
2007 $ 4.8
2008 $ 4.8
2009 $ 5.0
2010 $ 5.1
2011 $ 5.1
2012 $ 5.1
2013 $ 4.8  
Let me give you some context.  This past fiscal year, the current administration earmarked $ 6.3 billion for Ebola virus research, a disease that affected, what, 1 or 2 people in the US and yet 1/2 of all men and 1/3 of women will be diagnosed with cancer. Nevermind the 2-4 million dogs that develop the same types of cancer every year. Why?
But I get it – it’s politically expedient. Ebola grabs headlines.  
On my first walk, I met with a few legislators and lobbyists and what they said was, ‘Great cause, just get a spokesperson and a celebrity around it and then we’ll listen.’ And so I walked the entire expanse of the West Coast in search of someone who would stand up. No one did.  
Even though celebrities talk about how devoted they are to animal causes.  
In my little world of walking 4k miles for this cause, you get tired of those that just talk and talk
which is why I’ve walked the walk. No one has the right to present themselves as a dog lover unless they stand up to the number one killer of dogs. Cancer.  
I return to DC in June without a celebrity or a spokesperson.   I am no longer a naif.  Having witnessed all of the death I have from cancer I will stand up and be heard.


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Cartoon2Nothing is quite as distressing for an owner as having a cat that urinates or defecates around the house instead of in its litterbox. As long suffering as some owners are, there’s a limit to the amount of time some of them can, or will, put up with living in a house that smells like a feline latrine.

Sad but true, “inappropriate” urination, as it is euphemistically called, is responsible for the annual relinquishment of many cats to shelters and pounds, which is often the equivalent of a death sentence. The tragedy is that the vast majority of problems of this nature are easily fixed if the cause is determined and appropriate measures are taken.

The Causes

• Medical Causes of Inappropriate Elimination
• Hormonal Causes
• House Soiling Problems (aka. Litterbox problems).

Although technically all elimination problems are “house soiling problems,” this term tends to be reserved for litterbox problems (i.e. conditions in which the cat simply chooses not to use the litter box for any one of a variety of reasons and selects an alternative location to eliminate urine, feces, or both).

Typically, the cat refuses to use its litter box for one or both functions and instead selects a quiet, carpet-clad spot behind a chair or “goes” on a throw rug. This behavior is not a problem for the cat, only the owner.

Reasons why cats dislike their litterbox facilities are as follows:

• Too few boxes
• Inappropriately positioned boxes (in a damp cellar, in a high traffic area of the home, next to a washing machine or dryer)
• Hooded box (many cats dislike hoods)
• Presence of box liners (some cats are intimidated by plastic liners)
• Plastic underlay (convenient for the owner but not by the cat)
• Box too dirty (not scooped often enough)
• Box too clean (cleaned with harsh smelling chemicals or perfumed soaps)
• Unappreciated (wrong) type of litter
• Litter pan not filled deep enough
• Animosity between cats in the house (competition/guarding of litter boxes)
• Difficulty getting into/out of the box. Especially likely in elderly, arthritic cats.


While inappropriate urination literally used to be a killer of a problem that vets found extremely difficult to treat, clinical knowledge has increased to the point where no cat need loose its life as a result of this state of affairs.

Medical problems can largely be addressed or contained. Litter box problems are easily fixed. Even the anxiety-based problems can now be treated thanks to modern medicine and a better understanding of their cause.

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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.


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