Pregnancy feels better when you just add water. And a dip in the ocean, pool or lake is all the more inviting when you can show off your new curves and beloved bump in a maternity bathing suit designed to do precisely that.
Forget any idea of frumpiness with these figure-flattering designs meant to make you feel resplendent in one of the most beautiful phases of life. Read on for the best maternity swimsuits to show you and your bump in your best light.
1. GINKANA Maternity Swimsuit
The flouncy top that falls just above the top of your bump and has a fun off-the-shoulder look is our favorite feature of the GINKANA Maternity Swimsuit. The thin shoulder straps are adjustable to ensure the perfect fit for this one-piece wonder with classic ruched sides. And you’ve got lots of options with patterns, too, ranging from polka dots and florals to our personal fave—palm leaves on blush pink that will make you feel like you’re somewhere in the Caribbean, even if you’re just frolicking in the neighborhood pool.
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2. CUPSHE Women’s Halter One-Piece Swimsuit
With a timeless look that Marilyn Monroe and all her curves would’ve rocked into the stratosphere, the CUPSHE Women’s Halter One-Piece Swimsuit is perfect for your first and even your second trimester, too. While not technically a maternity suit, it’s got lots of give and room to grow in the belly, torso and halter-design breast cups, and is destined to be a go-to in your first few months postpartum, too, as the suit is a favorite among nursing mothers, according to Amazon reviews).
3. MiYang Women’s Halter Maternity Tankini
We love a tankini for any stage of life—it’s the ultimate comfort bathing suit that you can jog in as easily and stylishly as wrangle toddlers, play Marco Polo or just channel your best cabana-cool look. And this halter maternity tankini by MiYang has perfectly ruched sides that expand with your growing bump. Adjustable side straps on the bikini bottom, as well as adjustable halter straps, make it easy to cinch and loosen when you need a little more support or some additional room to breathe. Patterned tops and solid color bottoms make for a flattering look that’s easy to mix and match, too.
4. Motherhood Ruched Two-Piece Maternity Tankini
For a different take on the tankini with wide-set straps and a bra-like closure at the back for extra support, check out this Ruched Two Piece Maternity Tankini by Motherhood. The stretchy nylon and spandex material expands as you grow with maximum comfort and good support. And if you’re planning to spend a lot of your pregnancy splashing around outside in the sun, you’ll especially love that the suit’s fabric is rated UPF 50+ to stave off those punishing UV rays. Choose from a delicate pink floral pattern or perfectly preppy black and white gingham.
5. Tempt Me Swimdress
Lightweight and breathable, but with good coverage that keeps your bump and upper thighs nicely shielded from the sun, the Tempt Me Swimdress is a great option for when you’re going for a little more coverage than a standard maternity swimsuit. The mesh skirt-like overlay feature of the suit makes it easy to conceal your growing bump, too, in case you want to keep your good news under wraps for a bit. And we love the padded shoulder straps and cups for both comfort and support.
6. GAP Maternity Ruffle V-Neck One-Piece Swimsuit
This sophisticated, yet simple ruffle V-neck one-piece maternity swimsuit by GAP could be considered the little black dress of baby-on-board bathing, it’s that adorable. And, we’re not going to lie, it’s pretty darn sexy, too. The look is in the sleek little details like the delicate ruffling at the plunging V-neck, the subtly molded cups that give just the lift you need and the sweet little tie detail at the back. Made from nylon and spandex, this maternity bathing suit has lots of give to grow with you and your baby, week by week, as your pregnancy unfolds.
7. Tempotrek One-Piece Maternity Swimsuit
Stripes that run vertically instead of horizontally flatter a growing baby belly. And there’s a certain spa-like aesthetic to this white suit with grey vertical stripes that makes us feel like we’re on vacation already. The wrap-like one-piece maternity swimsuit by Tempotrek has an adjustable tie at one side that lets you cinch the suit across your mid-section for a fit perfectly adjusted to your shape. Do note that the design works best for women with small to moderate-size busts.
8. Swimsuits for All Handkerchief Halter Two Piece Swimdress
We’re big fans of Swimsuits for All, a brand that shines the spotlight on plus-sized models and makes suits designed to fit the bodies of women of all shapes and sizes. And while this handkerchief halter two-piece swimdress isn’t expressly a maternity swimsuit, it certainly rises to the occasion of pregnancy with full coverage that grows with you thanks to the loose handkerchief hemline. Wire-free molded cups provide support with maximum comfort and the self-tie halter straps make it easy to adjust the fit as the weeks count down to your baby’s arrival.
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9. COCOSHIP Vintage Sailor Pin Up Swimsuit
The flared waist and pretty halter-style top make this sailor-inspired swimsuit by COCOSHIP a great option when you’re expecting, even if it’s not technically a maternity swimsuit. The suit’s lower portion has two layers, with boy shorts under a flared skirt that give your thighs and belly extra coverage. The top has a cute decorative tie at the cleavage and an adjustable tie at your neck. Together with the removable cups in the bra, the swimsuit’s intuitive features make it easy to adjust everything for your body type and as you and your baby grow.
10. Bhome Maternity Swimwear
This one-piece maternity swimsuit with ruffled off-the-shoulder design by Bhome is flattering through all stages of your pregnancy and comes in solid colors and a range of floral patterns that make it tempting to purchase more than one. The ruched sides are a subtle design feature that allow the suit to expand with your growing middle, and adjustable shoulder straps also help you nail the right fit. Tall women, in particular, like this swimsuit as the torso is on the longer side.
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Longtime travel writer and adventurer Terry Ward lives in Florida with her husband and young son and daughter. She’s constantly on the lookout for the next Scandinavia Airlines Kids Fly Free deal to save money on flights to Norway, her favorite place to visit both in the winter (Northern Lights!) and summer (Midnight Sun!). A travel writer since 2001 (read: long before the kids came along), she’s written for such publications as Endless Vacation Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and Scuba Diving Magazine, among many others. Find Terry on her website, Terry-Ward.com.
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