|Sarah Churchill, 1700, after Sir Godfrey Knelle (is she, or isn't she?)|
|Replica of 18th century maternity corset (http://yeoldefashion.tumblr.com)|
|Robe Volante, 1720, Kyoto Costume Institute|
|Natalia Alexeievna, by Alexander Roslin, 1775|
I am certain many a lady breathed (literally) a sigh of relief when 1800 brought about the temporary end of the corseted stays and the fashion became loose, flowing empire-waisted gowns, a comfortable style for ladies no matter their state of maternity (or lack, thereof.)
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|Portrait of María Luisa de Borbón y Vallabriga by Francisco Goya, 1800|