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Bump It Up: Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement [Kindle Edition]

Amy Tara Koch
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The key to pregnancy chic? Creativity. Effort. And a commitment to pushing the sartorial envelope even when you’d rather crawl back under the sheets with a box of doughnuts. But don’t let “thigh” anxiety drive you to sneakers and plus-size velour tracksuits. It’s time to turn nine months of potential frump into mega maternity moxie.

In this witty and accessible pregnancy primer to all four trimesters, career fashionista and mother of two Amy Tara Koch offers easy ways for moms-to-be to pop out of the preggo pits and pull together dozens of jaw-dropping maternity ensembles—without breaking the bank. This timeless style manifesto features sketches from today’s most popular fashion designers, including Nicole Miller, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, and Isaac Mizrahi, as well as tips and tricks from Koch and her “A-list”—a roster of fashion editors, beauty gurus, and celebrity stylists. Packed full of clever quizzes, skin care secrets, and a handy glossary of terms that every pregnant woman needs to know, Bump It Up will have you putting on the glitz throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews


"Bump It Up—when she is carrying a child.  It celebrates her body by embracing it with love, style, and comfort." —Donna Karan

"Why, oh, why wasn’t Bump It Up around when I was pregnant?  It is zippy, humorous, and filled with practical tips that any woman can relate to.  It is the ultimate preggo style bible!" —Kate Spade

"Turn your pregnancy into a fashion Mardi Gras. Amy Tara Koch’s witty yet brilliantly realistic approach to pregnancy dressing is refreshing and spot-on." —Simon Doonan, creative director, Barneys New York

"Kick up your kitten heels and listen to my friend Amy Koch. Her fashion-forward pregnancy style tips are like getting a master’s degree in maternity."—Steven "Cojo" Cojocaru, fashion correspondent, Entertainment Tonight

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Amy Tara Koch is a Chicago-based freelance journalist and trend aficionado.  She contributes to Town & Country, The New York Times,  American Way, INC, Travel + Leisure, Daily Candy, The Huffington Post, and Child.  Koch has also served as style columnist for The Chicago Tribune, fashion and beauty editor for iVillage, and host for THE INC LIFE, an online trend program for INC magazine.  Koch is also the trend reporter for NBC (WMAQ-TV) and a style expert for Vogue and USA Today.

In addition to her media presence, Koch is a speaker and consultant whose clients include Macy’s, P&G, Unilever, Frederic Fekkai, Starbucks, Foote, Cone & Belding, and the McDonald’s Corporation.  

Koch has also held posts at Paper, Mademoiselle, and BCBG Max Azria and has handled celebrity relations, events and fashion marketing for luxury brands such as Allure, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bottega Veneta, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and Sony.

Koch lives in Chicago with her husband, Peter Gottlieb, and their daughters, Isabella and Brette.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3540 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (March 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8P1IS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE during pregnancy! August 9, 2010
By S-Clis
I love, love, LOVE this book! I am 7 months pregnant, and so many of the books I read are dry, daunting and just plain dreadful! Bump it Up is quite the opposite. It is filled not only with useful information but with fun fashion ideas and wit, as well! I have successfully avoided the "pregnancy frump" trap that so many others fall into because of the tips and tricks in this book...and for a fraction of the price! This would make a great gift when you first find out a friend/family member is pregnant - they will love it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Redundant August 20, 2011
By kmh
This book had a few decent tips, but they could have been summarized in a short blog entry or a brief list of "do's" and "don'ts." The book was extremely repetitive and too verbose under topic headlines. The author highlighted the same things over and over...wear black, empire waists, accessorize loudly, and invest in a few great staple pieces. There were even two separate nearly identical sections of the book dedicated to skin care. Entering my fourth month, I can't help but be frightened for some of the things to come with my body and this book sadly provided little assurance for me, as I already consider myself to be pretty fashionably savvy and creative about flattering my figure. Also, many of the suggested post partum treatments or products would become very costly and are overwhelming to me. I regret not finding this book at the library instead to put the $ to something more useful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and funny March 23, 2010
This is a must-have for the mom-to-be. There are tons of useful tips, like the must-have basics, plus it gives you advice on how to shop in your own closet (which is great if you're on a budget, like I was!). Repurposing older stuff was huge for me. (Forgive the pun.) Amy's writing style is fun and easy to read. I'd recommend this as a shower gift, especially for the first-time Mom. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo Helpful January 17, 2012
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I have to preface this by saying that I've only read the first section (first trimester) of the book so far. But I'm really happy I purchased this... I feel like so far I've been bombarded with only serious medical info about pregnancy, not to mention the not-so-fun side-effects and anxiety of the first trimester. I really needed something "fun" to read about pregnancy, a pick-me-up, and I had concerns about what to wear from here on out because my skinny jeans are already getting tight and I feel self-consious. After reading just the first section and previewing the others I'm already feeling much calmer about getting through the next 9 months feeling beautiful and not like a cow (hopefully). The author offers tons of practical tips for playing down the areas you want to hide and playing up your assets through each trimester. It's positive and upbeat, and she also offers lots of beauty tips as well. I was glad to realize that I'll actually be able to make a lot of the clothes I already own work for much of my pregnancy and I don't have to shop in the maternity section the whole time- she tells you what shapes and cuts to shop for in the "regular" stores. She also emphasizes that with just a few core maternity pieces purchased in the last trimester, you can save a lot of money and create many different looks. I'm actually a little excited to get dressed now and see how I adapt to the changes, wierd as that may sound. If you are feeling like you have the "pregnancy blues" definitely consider this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Determined to be a cute pregnant lady September 22, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I started shopping for maternity clothes a few weeks ago and I was distressed after seeing my options. There is only one maternity store close to my house and I am not happy with the quality. Itchy sweaters... who would buy that? Anyway I found this book and I already feel more stylish after a couple days. The book gives great advise about picking basics and accessorizing to make the outfits unique. It is such good advise and seeing the examples gives me ideas for post pregnancy. And the best thing is that I know it is working because I was told today that I'm a "cute pregnant lady". Goal accomplished thanks to this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! June 8, 2011
I absolutely love this book...Amy Tara Koch has taken a time period that often feels like the most miserable and unfashionable time in a woman's life and made it fun! I love the section on belts, scarves and jewelry. She helps you take the focus away from a big belly, which can become the focal point for many people. Her tips are practical and don't cost a lot...she can even show you an outfit from your husband's shirts. It's written in a fun and accessible manner...some sections are laugh out loud funny.

A must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is unreadable in black/white kindle June 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
i cant even read this book in my kindle, the author should at least check it is readable before selling it! And it costs more than the print version!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! September 5, 2010
By Mary
This book is a must have for any mom to be!! Its has all the fashion tips needed to keep stylish & sexy during pregnancy.
Its fun to read with all the visuals but at the same time was really helpful. I feel that I'm a fashionista myself but found so many other helpful tips that I actually used. Its easy to dress for comfort rather than style when you're pregnant but with the book I was able to do BOTH!! Comfort is really important so I was able to incorporate dressing for my changing body but keeping up with the trends & accessorizing!
I recently met the author, Amy Tara Koch, and she was just as stylish & chic as I imagined! She was recently interviewed on Fox News for Bump it Up for a style segment and I was lucky enough to be one of her pregnant models! It was so fun & got to be styled by Tara herself; it was so exciting!
In all respects this is a great book for you or any friends you have that are pregnant! There is no reason to loose your style just because you're pregnant!!

Mary (mom to 22 month old & due with baby #2 last friday!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless book. Really
Useless book. Really, even if you have no fashion sense, it will not help :) On the other hand, if you have any style, or know not to wear crocs ever, then you don't need this book... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Agata
5.0 out of 5 stars If you just found out you're pregnant, buy this first!
Maybe no one else could tell, but I felt my body changing at 2 month and this book helped me confirm that it's NORMAL, and what to wear to make me FEEL more CONFIDENT. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mar
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
I like this book 'cause is a good guide to shop for pregnancy clothes and look great, but it would be nice if it
had more pictures of style examples.
Published on March 16, 2013 by Dolores
2.0 out of 5 stars Wife Didn't Like
I personally didn't read this but I ordered it for my wife as soon as she got pregnant. It was returned almost immediately since it made her feel bad about being pregnant.
Published on December 1, 2012 by obstar
3.0 out of 5 stars decent advice
I have mixed feelings about the book: I liked the guidelines and the sketches, and would have liked more of these. Read more
Published on November 27, 2012 by wordings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this book when I was 6 months pregnant, I wish I had it in hands since my first month. Great book! Funny and have great tips for you during the whole pregnancy time. Read more
Published on November 6, 2012 by Cristine
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing but definitely geared towards the city gal
This is a very humorous and quick read that I found enjoyable - as for the fashion advice, I found it definitely geared towards city dwellers. Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by A. Leen
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing,helpful - not for weight-sensitive
Be careful if you feel sensitive about your weight normally - this book may not be the best choice. Includes comments that certain people cannot wear a style... Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by spt88432
5.0 out of 5 stars Bump It Up
All in all this was a vry good on the advice. Being a 1st time mom and loving fashion i was a little concerned about a maternity closet. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by Chocolate Coma
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Funny
With all of the wordy, fact-ridden pregnancy books out there that I have been reading for information (and I'm sure every body else is, as well), this book was a nice refreshing... Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by FridayCrowne
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