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Herself a rock star momma — wife of former blink-182 vocalist-bassist Mark Hoppus and mother of four-year-old Jack — Hoppus designs the maternity and children's line Childish Clothing, worn by the likes of Heidi Klum, Jennifer Garner and Gwyneth Paltrow, who supplied the book's forward. So she's pretty well-versed on the subject. And to that end, she gets down and dirty on some details, eschewing the old-fashioned notion of "what you don't know...." In one section, outlined in seemingly innocent pink dots, Hoppus discusses the why, how and when of Kegels or why cotton gussets on underthings are of the utmost importance.
"There are so many off-limit things," she says of other non-medically driven maternity lit. "All the other pregnancy books are so clean and so, 'Oh, everything's going to be fine.' Women need to be more honest with other women."
Hoppus mentions fellow music wife Vicki Iovine's full-disclosure tome, "The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy," as a good place to start (Iovine's husband, Jimmy, is the founder of Interscope Records). Where it leaves off, "Rock Star Momma" picks up on the fashion side. First off, invest in as many men's T-shirts as possible, Hoppus says. "You have to have wife-beaters — I hate to use that term," she says. The extra-long length covers up any sized belly. Then move on to a good tunic to layer, as well as any number of on-trend tent dresses. "If you can get five great pieces and mix and match them with your nonmaternity pieces, you're set." It helps, she notes, that a lot of non-maternity brands, like J Brand Jeans, are starting to dip into the market, while other labels — C&C and James Perse T-shirts and Juicy Couture sweats — lend themselves easily to it.