Best Maternity Swimwear

Great bathing suits for when you're expecting a baby.

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Let me start this post 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.

I tried to find suits that were reasonably priced. There are some gorgeous suits that are well over a hundred bucks, but unless you’re going somewhere really special or having 12 children that will all be born in August, that may be getting a little pricey for ya, but sometimes we all love the splurge.

HERE’S WHAT I FOUND:

Women’s Two Piece Swimsuit from Target: I liked this one because it isn’t too tight around your belly. The two pieces give you a little more room so if you’re long waisted like me, you aren’t going to get that crotch grab. It also comes in D/DD size for this of you with bigger racks. Around $25

Halter Tankini Two Piece Swimsuit: I like the pattern on this because it breaks up the area without looking like Walt Disney vomited all over you. It’s a flattering cut and comes in around $90.

Tankini from Destination Maternity: These guys have a great selection of maternity swimwear. I like the nice colors of this one and how the chest looks more supportive. $45

Ruched Maternity Tankini: This one is starting crept up there at $88, but I thought it was such a beautiful suit that I added it in. If you’re going on holiday or spend a lot of time at the pool, it may be worth shelling out a little extra cabbage for a sharp suit like this.

Old Navy Maternity Halter: Ah, good ole Old Navy. You can almost always count on them for simple, clean inexpensive maternity clothes. I chose the black version, but this suit comes in a few colors and patterns. I’ve also included the bottoms as well but I suppose you skip them if you like your bum hanging out – hey, I don’t judge. Around  $53 for the set.

Plus Size Twist Front Tankini: If you think finding a half decent maternity swimsuit is tricky, try finding a nice plus size maternity swim suit. They are out there though! I like this one because it gives you good coverage without becoming a tent. About $45.

ASOS Maternity Suit: When I first saw this I was all “wow, 28 bucks!!!” Then I realized that it was in pounds which roughly translates to 8 billion dollars (okay, about $46) but it’s still such a pretty suit and I think it’s just “brilliant”.

Maternal America Jenni Tankini: Okay, this one is almost $100, but isn’t it pretty? Wouldn’t you feel like a bohemian princess with an aura of awesome in this thing? If price isn’t an issue or your have to go to a destination wedding where you’re dealing with a everyone-but-me-will-be-drinking-so-I’m-getting-a-nice-bathing-suit-dammit situation, then this site has some gorgeous suits.

Here’s another pretty little number from Target. It comes in at around $50 once you factor in the bottoms.

Maternity Rash Guard: I think rash guards are this best thing ever invented because they dry fast, aren’t too hot, and cover the spots you inevitably miss with sunscreen so you end up with a crazy ass burn between your shoulder blades. They look sporty too. Around $100 once you factor in the swim shorts.

If you’re looking for something a little more sporty there’s this one from Speedo.

What’s that, you say you have a big chest and need some support? Pfft, that never happens when you’re pregnant. At least that’s what you’d think if you’re tying to find one online. There are two sites I found: Bravissimo and Linda’s that carry suits for us girls with the guns, and bikinis and tankinis look to be your best best. The suit above goes up to a J cup.

Forever Sexy Victoria Secret: As I mentioned right off the top, there’s no reason why you can’t wear a regular bikini when you’re pregnant. I found this one on Victoria Secret because it looked like it had pretty good knocker coverage (I was also trying to find a shot where it didn’t look like the poor model was pulling a muscle while she posed) but if you’re a skinny mini with a bump, hey, you may as well.


So there you have it. Tons of great ways to look great when you’re expecting!

Oh, and while you’re out there looking all hot and sexy in your swimsuit, don’t forget your sunscreen. Pregnancy has enough comfort challenges so don’t add a tidy sunburn to it (sage advice coming from a redhead). As I mentioned in my tanning post, there’s nothing dangerous about tanning while pregnant, but your skin can do some kooky things while you’re hormones are cranking up the production of melanin, and that can cause uneven skin pigment (or pregnancy mask) with sun exposure.

And for those of you that think you’re too big to be seen in a bathing suit or bikini? Just remember there’s an 80-year old fat man with grey back hair sporting a speedo on a beach somewhere not giving a fiddly fart about what people think because he’s enjoying the sun. Soak it up, Baby. Soak it up!

 

 

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21 Comments

  • I actually have the ASOS suit (in pink) and i love it so much. It is flattering and helps that it fits those who may have a little bit bigger bust than others 🙂

  • For those looking for nursing/maternity swimsuits, try looking at Boob Design. It’s a Scandinavian company that uses very high quality materials and has solid style. I own several of their sweatshirt nursing tops (winter baby) and have friends who swear by their swimsuits. They’re a bit pricey but customer service is baller and again, the quality and functionality is great.

  • I just bought a non-maternity suit from J Crew, and it will work for my whole pregnancy. It’s a one piece with good bust support and ruching over the belly. They also have one pieces with underwires and DD cup sizing.

  • I live in Bermuda where we are all in bathing suits six months of the year. I’m currently on my third pregnancy and will be rocking my bikini again this year. Why not?! It’s the one time that I actually have rock hard abs (well, stomach!). I’m proud of that bump!

  • I’m surprised Mermaid Maternity isn’t on here. They have maternity board shorts, which I was excited about (very difficult to find), and lots of nice tops. Plus they are very responsive to customer communication – excellence service. I ordered a suit from them when I was pregnant last summer and would recommend them in a heartbeat!

  • I dead by Lands End swimwear. They make a "blouson" style that provides plenty of belly coverage. Plus the best part is sizing from petite to 28w, long length and, wait for it, up to DDD with an underwire! Not cheap, but look for sales. It’s well worth the $$$

  • Love the target one in the first picture. I bought that in black when target was in Canada and bought bottoms somewhere else that I liked. Inexpensive, simple and didn’t cost an arm and a leg for the one summer I was going to need it for!!

  • Ugh. I’m in my second pregnancy (due August) and my first was due in September, so I’m well aware of the trials and tribulations of finding a swimsuit and it is damn near impossible… especially if you have a rack. You found, like I did, that the only suits that had ANY kind of boob support or underwire were straight up bikinis, because the men who design maternity swimsuits (I’m convinced that no actual woman who has ever been pregnant has had a hand in designing maternity swimwear) think that if you have bangin’ boobs while you’re pregnant, you are also skinny and only showing right down in the front of your belly and you don’t have stretch marks and your belly hasn’t grown fur or one of those dark lines down the middle and doesn’t EVERYONE love to show off their entire body while they’re pregnant?? That’s what the guys who design this stuff think. I’m a curvy girl with a bit of heft to myself–pregnant or not pregnant. And my DDD boobs NEED some support. The very best post-partum suit I ever found was via Spanx…. adjustable straps, full on underwire what??? I’m just BEGGING them to start designing maternity swimwear. But it’s too late for this pregnancy. But every time 11:11 comes around on the clock, I wish that those smarty pants Spanx ladies will think of me and my boobs for once. Until then, I continue to have 90% of my boobs droop below the bust line seam on my Old Navy halters. I hate maternity swimwear. 🙁

  • I have the Old Navy one, and I like the style, but it’s a bit too small in the boobs (while quite loose in the belly in my 7th month). I can’t think of anything else that could possibly contain these giant melons of mine, so I kept it. It’s just not super comfortable. I ended up just wearing my pre-pregnancy bikini. It looks less weird not covering all of my mammary splendor.

  • Here’s what I don’t get. I have huge knockers. Pregnant, I have ginormous knockers. So why is it all these suits provide pretty much ZERO support for them? Isn’t the one time you’d think the suits account for giant boobs be when you’re pregnant? And btw, to be clear, I think support requires an underwire. Without that, you’re flying free. And no one needs to get hurt.

  • What about for sport swimming? I’m trying to take up swimming since I heard it’s a great exercise when pregnant.

  • I kept my VS bikini bottom and just bought a bigger top (my boobs went from A to C cup which was AMAZING and I figured everyone should see it!) in Old Navy for a few bucks. For that matter, I bough a bunch of tank tops in Old Navy (regular, not maternity) that still fit at 8 months pregnant.

  • So far I just plan on wearing a regular bikini. Might add a tank if I get uncomfortable, but I figure the belly would look better with some color to it anyway!

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