pregnant in dressOnce you are very visibly pregnant (as opposed to the "bump" you thought you had at ten weeks), deciding on what to wear can become a bit challenging. And once you do decide, keeping that look ... shall we say ... neat and tidy, can also prove to be as hard as getting a good night's sleep. Which is why I think the color black is hands down the best color a pregnant woman could wear.

Look again, shall we, at my lovely model, Catherine, who you may remember as the one who wore the fabulous "show off my belly" tight tunic and black slacks (black, again, see? Great color!). Here she is in the Seraphine Crochet Tunic Dress ($95) which is a dress Halle Berry wore during her pregnancy as well. (Fancy!) Gorgeous, isn't she? The dress, too. But I'm not here to fawn all over the blonde preggers, I'm here to tell you why black is THE BEST color for maternity clothes.

1. It's slimming. Okay, of course pregnant women don't need to look slim, in fact, they should look beautifully round and lovely. But as just about any pregnant woman will tell you, it sure feels nice to feel pretty when you are pregnant, though sometimes you are too nauseous, tired, bloated, insert your yucky feeling here, to feel that way. The color black is like a magic eraser on all of that. More proof.

2. Black is a multi-purpose color. Yeah, this one in particular costs $95 which is a lot and you can totally find others similar at a fraction of the cost -- like this Merona Long Sleeve Dress from Target for $29.99. But this dress ... you can wear with sandals for everyday, fancy shoes to a wedding (Catherine did!), or even cozy up with it on lazy weekends but only if you get it in cotton, which most maternity clothes are made with anyway. The comfortable ones anyway.

3. Black hides the stuff you spill on yourself more easily. Come on, it's not just me, right? Pregnancy makes you ... um ... a wee bit clumsy. Or in my case, more clumsy. And something weird happens when you eat that for like every third bite, a portion of that bite falls onto your clothes. I don't know why it happens, but it does, and the baby bump is there to catch the food, and if you are wearing black, it's much more easily hideable than say ... white, grey, green, or anything pastel.

What is your favorite color to wear when pregnant? Do you stay away from light colors because of that spill problem, too? Be honest.