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Fashionable Alternatives for Moms-to-Be


The selection of fashionable clothes at maternity stores has improved over the years. But no single source of fashion is sure to fit every pregnant woman's style, size or budget.

A few places to look:

* Anna Cris--The Web site and catalog feature active wear, hosiery and petite, tall and plus-size jeans and khakis; most clothing available up to size 16 or 18. On the Web at Call (800) 281-2662 for catalog.

* A Pea in the Pod--The national chain offers an extensive selection of casual and career collections. Call (877) 273-2763 for store locations. Web site: or

* Babystyle--A new Web site that offers one-stop online shopping for maternity and infant clothes, nursery furnishings and infant development products. Launches in May at

* Belly Basics--Creator of the Pregnancy Survival Kit of stretch separates and features active wear and classic looks from petite to size 18. At or by mail order at (800) 496-6684

* Dan Howard--A chain of maternity outlet shops featuring Dan Howard-brand career, casual and sleepwear. Visit the outlet in Woodland Hills at 20929 Ventura Blvd., (818) 887-6317. Call (800) 966-6847 for other store locations.

* Liz Lange--Contemporary casual and career wear with classic styling and high-quality fabric. At or call toll-free (888) 616-5777.

* Mimi Maternity--The chain's multifaceted collection is available by calling (877) 646-4666 for store locations, or at

* Mom's the Word--Los Angeles-based chain of chic maternity clothes with locations in Santa Monica, (310) 451-9604; Studio City, (818) 760-7192; and San Francisco, (415) 441-8261.

* Motherhood Maternity--Its stores, mail-order catalog and Web site feature career, casual and sleepwear, and plus-sizes 1X, 2X and 3X. At or call (800)-466-6223.

* Motherwear--Catalog and Web site feature dresses, shirts and sweaters with special flaps and panels to aid nursing mothers. Also carries wide selection of nursing bras up to size H-cup; sport bras up to D cup. At For catalog, call (800) 950-2500.

* Naissance--A new contemporary fashion maternity store in Calabasas. 23818 Calabasas Road, (818) 223-9570; Web site to come at

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