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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345514475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345514479
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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


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.
 

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Customer Reviews

I loved this book as a fun read.
FridayCrowne
If you are feeling like you have the "pregnancy blues" definitely consider this book!
GirlyGirl
This book also makes a great gift for a newly pregnant friend.
Tina Stoken

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S-Clis on August 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
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 By kmh on August 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By helenitza on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
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 By GirlyGirl on 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 By DisplacedCityGirl on September 22, 2011
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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 By Gen Thiers on June 8, 2011
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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 By christine v on 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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By Brooke B on June 17, 2010
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I discovered I was pregnant about two months before my book tour (my book, No Place Like Home, just came out last week) and my first thought (after "Oh My God, I'm pregnant!") was, "Oh no will I be fat and barfing on my book tour?" Enter Amy Tara Koch. A mommy-blogger friend (Lee Rose, LA City Mom) gave me a copy of Amy's book. I devoured the book and spent Memorial Day weekend clearing out my closet -- packing away the skinny jeans, ordering a Bella band and stocking up on leggings. Amy's book is INVALUABLE for the stylish mom-to-be. I've been picking up everything I need at thrift shops (the large size second hand Marc Jacobs peasant sundress -- ten bucks, a score!) and from friends. Because of Koch's book, I have only had to buy the basics: one pair of pregnancy jeans, a Bella Band, two pair of leggings and a couple of little t-shirt dresses with empire waists.) I've embraced the chunky jewelry and platforms. And I hauled out my biggest bag. Amy's advice is STELLAR. Get this book, share it with your friends, and have fun getting dressed!
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