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10 Flattering Maternity Swimsuits (Yes, Flattering!)

Posted by Ali | Friday May 27, 201111 comments

Everyone says that when you're pregnant you look beautiful and no one is judging your weight gain. I always thought so before, until it was me. But now that it is and I will be my largest in the summer, I'm feeling more bloaty and blobby than beautiful. The thought of wearing a swimsuit in public at this stage fills me with horror. 

Thankfully, after doing a little research I've found some pieces I think would not only be less embarrassing to wear, they might actually be flattering!

Motherhood Halter Maternity One Piece Swimsuit (C$39.98)
Though the bracelet pictured on the model finishes this look off perfectly, I will not be wearing jewelry to the beach and I doubt you will either. However, the gingham pattern is adorable and the checks are small enough that it has a minimizing effect.

Thyme Maternity Halter Bikini (C$69.00)
If you are comfortable baring your bump, this cute little number will provide support for both top and bottom.  No wardrobe malfunctions to worry about!

Joe Fresh Print Tankini Top (C$19.00) and Bottom (C$12.00)
This is not a maternity suit, but the stretchy material and length of these tops can work if you go up a size (or more). Or if you are carrying small, you may find you can still wear your normal size.

Maternity One Piece Halter Swimsuit (C$88.00)
Not only is black and white classic, if you have a small to medium bust you can still get away with skinnier straps during pregnancy. 

Motherhood Decorative Trim Maternity Tankini Swimsuit (C$34.98)
The paisley print looks really cute with a belly and the strap around the neck adds a hint of sexy.

Of course it's easy for the models to look amazing in these suits but you can't argue the cute factor, agreed?  The simplicity of the styles and the lack of unnecessary ruffles or ruching are a good way to go unless your aim is to draw attention to the extra cellulite and/or stretch marks that often accompany pregnancy.

Motherhood Beaded Detail Maternity Swim Top (C$34.98) and Bottom (C$24.98)
Black is still the best way to minimize weight gain. I think this would be great in another colour if you can find it, but you can't go wrong with basic black.

H&M Bandeau Bikini (C$29.95)
This is not a pregnancy swimsuit, but you can certainly pull it off if you are comfortable baring your belly. The top has cup support and the wider bottoms will make you feel less exposed than the itty-bitty bottoms that often go with bikinis. An added bonus is this is something you can wear again!

A Pea in the Pod Side Ruched Maternity Tankini (US$79.00)
Normally I advise against boob circles and side ties at the hips, but I think this one is the exception. The 'boob circle' or 'cleavage peephole' can look really bad if you have too much or too little up there. However if you have just the right amount it can be sexy. What makes the ties at the hips work here is that they aren't too thick and don't stick out at the sides. It's subtle and that's what you want.

A Pea in the Pod Twist Front Maternity Tankini Swimsuit (US$89.00)
The twist at the bust draws the eye upward, away from the hips and again, there are the polka dots but more subtle in soft grey.

Maternity Tankini Swimsuit (C$88.00)
For some reason a lot of maternity swimsuit manufacturers like to put pregnant women in polka dots. Not that we object, though this model is clearly not expecting, you know you'd look adorable in this!

Now all that's left is facing the dreaded changing room lighting. Don't be afraid, you can do it!

Which of these styles would you be most likely to wear?
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on May 27, 2011  Ali de Bold  STAFF said:

For the record, the one piece halter (black and white) and the twist front grey with polka dots are the ones I'm personally most interested in at the moment. I will definitely need something this summer!

on May 27, 2011  jskim07  50 said:

he patterns on these swimsuits look so pretty! I especially love the one on the " Motherhood Decorative Trim Maternity Tankini Swimsuit ". With everyone wearing black, or dark colours, one would really stand out with the green!

on May 27, 2011  TammyK  1,073 said:

I didn't even know they made maternity swimsuits! They all look great though and they are very flattering for the body. I like all the one piece swimsuits, especially the halter ones which I think they all are except for one.

on May 27, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:

It's tricky and so very much depends on each pregnant belly! I was always heavily pregnant in the summer (like 8/9 months).

I had a suit very similar to the 1-piece halter (black w/ white trim) except it had a bit of a skirt that brushed the hips. I thought it was as flattering as possible under the circumstances. I would never have considered a bikini-style 2-piece because my navel was popping forward, I had some minor stretchmarks and a dark line from my navel to my pubic bone ("linea nigra"), so it would have been very unflattering for that reason. I also had gained weight on my upper thighs, so having a bit of skirting helped camouflage that a little bit.

The tankinis are very cute though, and if I was pregnant again I would definitely consider them. If you think getting in and out of a 1-piece for a trip to the bathroom is inconvenient when you're not pregnant, try it when you're as big as a house - yeah, ain't happening.

My favourite of these styles is probably the Pea in the Pod cornflower blue tankini - pretty colour!

My advice to preggies out there is to be real about your body. Being 5/6 months pregnant looks and wears very differently than 8/9 months pregnant! I guarantee you will look at pics from this time of your life and wonder what possessed you to buy certain items, and a belly-baring bikini will probably top that list.

on May 27, 2011  takoda  28,648 said:

These swimsuits are all so cute!! I don’t think they even
made such a thing way back when I was having my babies. If you wanted to put a
swimsuit on, you just bought what they had only ten times bigger then you would
normally wear. I’m not so sure I would have had the courage to put one on even
if they did make them. I always felt fat and just the thought of wearing a
swimsuit again was the farthest thing from my mind. The bikini type I really
couldn’t see me putting on if I was expecting now. The one peace and the two
piece with the Tankini tops I could see me trying out, at least in my own back
yard. Nice finds Ali, it just goes to show you how far we have come over the

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