After a 1997 miscarriage, Emma Thompson was reluctant to reveal her pregnancy with longtime love Greg Wise, 34. But last October the 41-year-old actress—who delivered daughter Gaia on Dec. 4—was exhibiting her belly in a skintight shift at a London movie premiere.
An embroidered Jessica Seinfeld, 29, showed off her five-month pregnancy at a charity awards dinner in New York City in June. Any time now, husband Jerry, 46, should be able to borrow a line from Seinfeld and invite friends to "come and see the baby."
For a boxing match in L.A. in June, Jada Pinkett Smith, 29—who expects baby No. 2 with husband Will Smith, 31, in November—"wanted a sexy outfit that would show off her back and buttocks," says Lutitia McKenzie, who custom-designed the beige leather ensemble.
"It's so totally amazing what happens to you!" said Catherine Zeta-Jones, 30—flaunting her full form (but not fiancé Michael Douglas, 55) at the March opening of a community center in Spain. On Aug. 8 the couple became parents to a son, Dylan.
At the Cannes Film Festival in May, Kristin Scott Thomas, 40, was five months pregnant with baby George. But Thomas, who is married to 41-year-old physician François Olivennes, shunned maternity clothes in favor of Chanel couture. "She's very slight, so even being pregnant, she's easy to fit," says Chanel spokeswoman Anne Fahey.
American Beauty Annette Bening, 42, wore a maternity tux to the March Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A.—just one month before delivering her fourth child, Ella, with husband Warren Beatty, 63. "She wanted to be and look comfortable," says designer Lauren Sara.
At Heathrow Airport last May en route to Amsterdam to finish filming Enigma, Kate Winslet, 24, had no desire to keep her pregnancy under wraps. "I'm quite small for five months," Winslet, who is married to assistant film director Jim Threapleton, 26, told the British press. "I was fully expecting to explode."
Kelly Preston, 37, bundled up in a William B. leather coat for the L.A. premiere of The Green Mile in December—but was at home with husband John Travolta, 46, in April when she gave birth to their second bundle of joy, Ella Bleu.
Vanessa Williams, 37, was nine months pregnant with her fourth child when she attended the April 13 opening night of Broadway's The Wild Party in a fitted French lace maternity dress by L'attesa. "It's about showing that belly off," says L'attesa co-owner and designer Heidi Weinstein. Less than three weeks later, Williams and her L.A. Laker husband, Rick Fox, 31, welcomed daughter Sasha.