If you’re wondering what to do about the whole bathing suit situation, let me start by saying you don’t have to buy a bathing suit that is specifically maternity. If you aren’t that far along or you aren’t carrying that large, there’s no reason why you can’t wear a regular suit. However, don’t make the same mistake I made and assume that because a bathing suit stretches it will fit your pregnant body. You might have to be cut out of it with the jaws of life – imagine sea lion wearing a sausage casing – so know your limits.
If your old suit just isn’t gonna cut it this summer, we’ve rounded up a list of our favourite spots to snag one so you can hit the beach (or the kiddie pool) faster than you can say “I didn’t know it was humanly possible to sweat this much”.
The Best Places to Find Maternity Swimwear:
Let me be the first to say that the maternity suits at Target are so fun I might get pregnant just so I can wear one. Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but check them out and tell me I’m wrong. They’ve got a variety of styles in sizes from S to XL, including one pieces, bikinis, tankinis and more, and they come in a ton of super cute prints. Best of all, the prices are totally reasonable. Shop Target here.
Motherhood Maternity has several sweet suit options in sizes from S to XL. They even have styles for nursing, which means you don’t have to take your entire top off to feed your baby at the beach – score! As an added bonus, all of their suits are made of a UPF 50+ fabric that’ll protect that beautiful pregnancy skin of yours from the sun. Shop Motherhood Maternity here
If you’re looking for a maternity suit that’s cute and will leave you with enough spare change to buy a round of ice cream for everyone at the pool, Old Navy is a great bet. Not only does Old Navy have sales all the time, even their regular-priced swimwear can’t be beat. I’m in love with the high-waisted bottoms that can stretch over your belly for support, and the fact that their suits go from XS up to XXL. Shop Old Navy maternity swimwear here
Although GAP doesn’t have a huge selection of maternity swimwear, the pieces they do have are super flattering. Sizes range from XS to XL and come in a few basic prints or solid black. The regular prices are a little on the higher side, but you can often find sales, especially online, of up to 50% off. Shop the GAP here. (If you’re in Canada, go here.)
Nordstrom has some gorgeous maternity suits from a handful of different brands. Whether you’re looking for a bikini or something with more coverage, there’s a little bit of everything at Nordstrom. Prices on some of the suits here can climb over the $100 mark, but hey – sometimes it’s nice to treat yo’ self. Shop Nordstrom here.
ASOS has swimwear that you’ll want to keep wearing long after your baby bump has disappeared. Their styles and prints are fun and flattering and start at a US4 and go up to US14. They seem to be selling quickly, so check out their site before everything gets snatched up! Shop ASOS maternity swimwear here.
Cake Maternity has a small but mighty selection of one-piece maternity suits ranging in size from S to XL. Each swimsuit is made from material that’s chlorine resistant and has UPF50+ UV Protection and they have more selection than Speedo if you’re looking for something sporty. The underwire on selected tops helps to provide extra support for your pregnancy tatas. The prices are a little on the higher side, so keep your eyes peeled for sales.
Shop Cake Maternity here.
The only bummer about looking for maternity suits on Amazon is that regular swimwear and maternity swimwear are all jumbled together, meaning you might fall in love with a suit only to realize it’s not gonna accommodate your pregnant belly. With that said, there are lots of great maternity styles floating around on Amazon, with a bit of a spread in prices. If you’re in a rush to get in the pool, Amazon really can’t be beat in the shipping department (and you can sneak some pregnancy pool snacks in with your order – bonus!) Shop Amazon here.
Can I just say – when I clicked on Wal-Mart’s website, I wasn’t shocked to find that their maternity suits were totally budget friendly, but I was a little surprised at how damn cute they were. As a matter of fact, one of the suits I stumbled upon was identical to one I saw at Nordstrom, and at half the price (although the brand was different). Walmart also has tons of flow coverups and maxi dresses perfect for getting to and from the pool or the beach. Shop Walmart here.
Awesome styles? Check. Fun prints? Check. Sweet prices? Also check. Thyme hits the mark with all of their maternity suits which come in sizes ranging from XXS to XXL. They have a lot of mix and match tops and bottoms for their two-piece styles in addition to a couple of basic but beautiful one-piece picks. Shop Thyme Maternity here
First of all, props to Pink Blush for being the only shop on our list who not only offers swimsuit sizes up to 3X but offers them in the most beautiful styles OF ALL TIME. There isn’t a single suit on their site I wouldn’t want to wear every day of the damn week, and did I mention they’re totally affordable? Okay, I’ll stop gushing now. Shop Pink Blush maternity bathing suits here.
What’s your favorite place to shop for maternity swimwear?
Did yours make our list or did we miss it? Fill us in in the comments!