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. Around $35
Halter Tankini Two Piece Swimsuit from Walmart: I like the pattern on this because it breaks up the area without looking like Walt Disney vomited all over you. The halter cut is nice to show off any pregnancy boobs you're rocking and you can't beat the price at $25.
Halter Tankini from Destination Maternity: These guys have a great selection of maternity swimwear. I like the bright colors and the flattering cut of this one. It's gotten really high ratings and it's on sale right now for $40.
Ruched Maternity Tankini: This one is starting to creep up there at $89.50, 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 $45 for the set.
Plus Size Baby Doll Maternity Swim Top: 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. The colors are fun but not seizure inducing. About $50 once you factor in the bottoms.
ASOS Maternity Suit: When I first saw this I was all "wow, 25 bucks!!!" Then I realized that it was in pounds which roughly translates to 8 billion dollars (okay, about $40) but it's still such a pretty suit and I think it's just "brilliant".
Maternal America Jenni Tankini: Okay, this one breaks my $100 rule, 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.
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 $85 once you factor in the swim shorts.
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.
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. If you're looking for something really inexpensive, there's this number from Forever 21 that's only $10 bucks too. If you can't rock it, I say go for it – I'm not jealous or anything.
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 you're 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. Aveeno is a good bet because I don't find it greasy, it comes in high spfs and it relies more on mineral ingredients than chemical ingredients, which is always a plus whether you're pregnant or not.
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!