The 'Kate effect' sees mums-to-be upping the glamour stakes

Kate Middleton's maternity fashion had us hooked from her very first outing after she and Prince William announced that they were expecting a baby.

Throughout the past few months, the Duchess of Cambridge has won praise for her pregnancy style, mixing up high street and high end and making an effortless transition from winter to summer style while keeping her bump looking fabulous.

As one of the most photographed people in the world, her impact on maternity style and fellow mums-to-be was to be expected.



Research has revealed that 80 per cent of women in the UK feel a pressure to dress well due to the fashionista royal's influence among other famous mums-to-be in the public eye including Kim Kardashian, who gave birth to baby North West two weeks ago.

It wasn't just her maternity style feats that have affected the nation. Nearly 60 per cent of mums are considering giving their baby 'a royal name' to mark the arrival of the future monarch.

The most popular royal names in the UK are William and Elizabeth, according to the survey conducted by Philips AVENT.

It isn't just the royals that are likely to use a traditional family name for their little one. The majority of the 1,000 women surveyed said that grandparents have the biggest influence over the name of a newborn baby.

See our month-by-month photo gallery of Kate's flourishing maternity style

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