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Feeling Envious Of Today's Form-Fitting Maternity Clothes

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Savannah Guthrie and Dylan Dreyer are totally ruining pregnancy for the rest of us.

The "Today Show" personalities are both visibly pregnant and looking awesome. They show up to work five mornings a week — both seven months pregnant, looking radiant and put together.

During those nine months, there are many days when a pregnant woman simply doesn't care about her appearance. I kind of feel for Savannah and Dylan; they can't have those days. At that point in my pregnancies I had given up shaving my legs because I couldn't reach them.

I also stupidly decided to get a short haircut when I was pregnant with my second child. Ignoring advice warning expectant mothers to avoid drastic changes in our appearance that will work in tandem with our hormones and make us cry, I asked my hairdresser to make me look like Demi Moore in "Ghost." My round, freckled face and double chin didn't work so well with the above-the-ear do.

Because I was on bed rest during a portion of all of my pregnancies, makeup was something reserved for special occasions, like going to the OB/GYN's office or CVS. At least when I cried about my hair (and about Nicole Brown Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey) my mascara didn't run.

But aside from Savannah and Dylan's good hair and expertly applied makeup, it's their maternity clothes, which look so much better than ours did during the 1990s. While we attempted to hide the watermelons taking over our bodies, today's pregnant moms wear form-fitting tops and dresses that say "Yep, I'm pregnant. Check this out."

My go-to outfit was a second-hand patchwork romper that I wore every other day for three summers. I looked like a pregnant Holly Hobbie. Since many of my friends had kids around the same time, we all kept passing around the same worn-out maternity leggings and tired, flowy dresses with stupid bows.

Contrary to what you might think, not all TV news people make a ton of money. But even more significant, many of them choose and purchase their own clothes and do their own makeup. Given this, I think we should all high-five every woman who has regularly appeared on television while pregnant. Not having access to one's own stylist isn't what turned me away from becoming a TV news reporter, but learning that certainly didn't help.

What did turn me away from my short-lived dream of sitting behind an anchor desk was a journalism professor who told me after class one day, "You do realize that you'll be competing for jobs with beauty pageant winners, right?"

We regular-looking mothers of millennials wish nothing but the best for Savannah and Dylan, both due in December. (We are slightly jealous that they'll benefit from inventions such as on-demand kids' programming on Netflix and strollers with cup holders.) We wish for them babies who sleep through the night, partners who know when to say "Honey, why don't you go to bed?" and plenty of days to lie on the couch with their babies, watching other people look awesome.

Teresa M. Pelham is a writer living in Farmington and the author of the children's books "Roxy's Forever Home" and "Roxy and Her Annoying Little Brother, Stuey." For information or to schedule a school visit with her registered therapy dog, go to roxysforeverhome.com

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