How to Shop for Swimwear When You’re Expecting

May 14, 2018

How to Shop for Maternity Swimwear

Shopping for swimwear was never something that is fun for me. I’m always stuck between that conundrum of getting the cool shaped suit vs not wanting to get a funky tan line. Also you gotta think about whether how that suit’s gonna hold up after lunch (what? I like my poolside snacks). Add pregnancy to the list of suit requirements, and dayumn the search seems to be impossible. But no worries, I got a list of practical tips that will make shopping for maternity swimwear a cinch.

How to Shop for Maternity Swimwear
My outfit Combo: sunshine bikini from Live Love Bikini, denim long sleeve shirt from American Apparel, hat from Obey Clothing.

  • Want a one piece? Then you’ll have to buy a maternity specific swimwear. Swimsuit may seem to be made out of materials that’s stretchy enough to cover your baby bump. But trust me, it’s not. I’ve tested this with comical results as the top of the suit comes up just shy of my boobs. Yeah that would be a critical part of my body I want covered up LOL. So if you’re going for a one piece, you’re gonna have to shell out the dough for a maternity specialized swimsuit.
  • Want one that’ll last post-partum? Get a two piece. Or maybe you just don’t wan’t to spend the money buying a new suit? You might have a two piece bikini somewhere in your closet that’ll work out just fine. You’ll of course never know until you try it out.
  • Going for a two-piece? Make sure your belly is in the clear. You’re going to want to avoid anything high waisted (which is counter intuitive to how I usually shop for bikinis) and any top that comes too much down your torso.
  • Don’t forget your sizes have changed, and not just in the most obvious way. Like I’ve mentioned in my previous blog, it wasn’t just my belly that got bigger. My boobs got scary big and I had to order a large for the Live Love Bikini yellow two piece from above. I typically wear size small!
  • When in doubt, order two (or three) sizes online. In all likelihood, you will not be the same size as before. And you just never know how your body is going to change. Plus maternity sizing is so weird. It drives me nuts that it’s virtually impossible to find these items actually in the store so you can try them on. My solution? Order two or three sizes and return the ones that don’t fit.
  • You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on one. Especially if you’re planning on buying a one piece that you’re only going to wear during the pregnancy. ASOS, Old Navy, and Target has tons of options that won’t break the bank. Or if you’re planning on getting a bikini, you have even more affordable options (Rainbow and Live Love Bikini are two of them).

Also, don’t forget about the cover-ups. Aside from belly and chest, my tush definitely grew in size during the pregnancy. And although I’m pretty comfortable baring my belly, for some reason I feel like my booty needs a lil’ more coverage. Oh, and husband’s oversized chambray shirts totally counts as coverups too!

How to Shop for Maternity Swimwear

How to Shop for Maternity Swimwear
My outfit Combo: ruffled bikini top from Rainbow (find similar here), bikini bottom from Rainbow, straw boater hat from Nordstrom, cover up from Pia Rossini.

Need some more maternity swimsuit inspo? Here are some of my favorites:

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  • Kimberly Burke May 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

    You are the cutest! I had such a difficult time finding a bathing suit when I was pregnant! This is such a great post! The Vero Moda one is my fav!

  • Helena Marz May 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    You look super cute in your swimsuits and the white one is my fave especially I love the ruffle details❤️

  • Azanique May 16, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Old Navy has the best swimwear! I love all these picks :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  • Taylor Mobley May 16, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    You look SO CUTE pregnant in your swimsuits.

  • Kileen May 17, 2018 at 2:36 am

    You look so cute babe and I love this yellow swimsuit, so cute!

    cute & little

  • Kenzi || Life of a Sister May 17, 2018 at 7:45 am

    I love the swimsuit you’re wearing, it’s so cute! I love the ruffles on so many of the swimsuits, great list!

  • sharon wu May 17, 2018 at 10:20 am

    girl you are rocking those bikinis! so gorgeous! ruffle detailing bikinis are always flattering <3 x

  • Deborah May 17, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Great tips! I love the white swimsuit – it’s super cute!

  • Vanessa May 17, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    First of, congrats! You look amazing! I’m so happy for you!!!!!!! And this swimsuit is the cutest on YOU!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Whitney May 18, 2018 at 2:41 am

    that yellow suit looks amazing on you! You are such a cute mama-to-be!

  • Megan Elliott May 21, 2018 at 8:39 am

    You look perfect!! I LOVE that white suit. You’re nailing this maternity style thing, girl!

  • Ifeoluwa May 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    You look amazing with this swim wear pieces!

  • Denise Kokinis May 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Oh these tips are so good, totally showing this to my friend! I love that adorable ruffled suit on you! You are looking so fab poolside!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Iris Elle May 22, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I definitely wish I had seen this post when I somewhere warm! These are all such good options and they look beautiful on you!

    Iris Elle

  • kelly Fordon May 31, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Love the bikinis you chose, that yellow one is adorable and perfect for the summer season!

    Birdie Shoots

  • Tara Fuller May 31, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    you are gorgeous mama! rock that pretty bump!