Bringing a little bundle of joy into the world is so exciting, and with every change in your body you know your little one is growing. But there are some changes that can be hard to deal with, like having to buy new clothes and facing swimsuit season.
Not to worry, though, because it is possible to look cute and be comfortable in a maternity swimsuit with your baby bump. Here are our tips for what to wear swimming when pregnant.
1. GO UP ONE SIZE
At Lime Ricki, our suits can become a maternity swimsuit simply by ordering a size up from what you would normally wear. The suit will fit snugly and comfortably over your bump, ensuring you don’t have to be worried about it sliding up while you’re laying out. Learn more about how to find your swimsuit size and accurately compare with our sizing chart.
2. ORDER A SUIT WITH RUCHING OR SHIRRING
The gathers in the fabric will help slim you and enable the suit to fit you even better. Our wrap tankinis and one-pieces have shirring on the sides to create a comfortable and tailor-made garment that will look great on your body.
3. TRY OUT A PEPLUM
Peplums are wildly popular for maternity-wear, and that’s because they’re feminine and versatile. We have three different peplum styles this year, and any one of them will work with a baby bump. Plus, after delivery, you can keep wearing it with your post-baby body and it will cover the tummy perfectly.
4. GET A SUIT WITH EXTRA CHEST SUPPORT
Normally, you may not need to consider whether your swimsuit has wireless support or not, but if your breasts tend to expand and become heavy during pregnancy, you might need a little more structure. Combine a maternity swimsuit with underwire in a halter style suit, and you’ll have all the support you need.
5. PAIR WITH HIGH WAIST BOTTOMS
High waist bottoms will fit snugly over your growing belly and give you all the coverage and support you could need. We make them in so many different colors and prints, so you can mix and match to find the perfect suit for you. These are great for after-baby too.
6. KNOW YOUR BODY
Only you can truly know what kind of suit will work best for your body – do you need more support, bigger or smaller bottoms, or even a new suit at all? If it’s your second or third pregnancy, this will be an easier job, but if it’s your first, try a few suits until you find one that really works. We make returns and exchanges easy, so if you want to order a few different swimsuits or sizes, you can.
7. DON’T BE AFRAID TO WEAR A SWIMSUIT WHEN YOU’RE PREGNANT
With the miracle of life, carrying a baby brings a lot of changes with your body, but don’t let those things stop you from spending time at the pool. Build yourself up for the wonder that you are, and don’t let negative criticisms of yourself and the way your body temporarily looks destroy your happiness. As Bonnie from Life of Bon said, “I have to turn that part of my brain off because my body made a baby and continues to feed that baby and so I can’t be the least bit ashamed of something as stupid as my milky white legs. My body doesn’t deserve that kind of criticism from me.”
If you’re looking for the best maternity swimsuits that will work well for you and your baby bump, here are a few of our suggestions. Order one and try it out.
One-pieces (yes, really!):
Forest One-piece (this is a nursing friendly suit) and has ruching on the sides which allows for extra room for that cute baby bump
Red Gingham Knotted One-piece (the perfect suit for a baby bump)
Watercolor Cinch-neck Onepiece: has ruching for extra stretch and room + adjustable ties in the back
Classic One-piece: both stylish and functional for expecting mothers
You can also get a desktop background of Bonnie’s quote on our free downloads page.
How to Swim Safely When Pregnant
Now that you’ve found your perfect pregnancy swimsuit, let’s dive into some common concerns expecting mothers have about swimming when pregnant. You may need to make a few slight modifications, but there is no reason to miss out on all the fun. So show off that glowing skin and gorgeous new motherhood maternity swimwear.
Is swimming safe during pregnancy?
Yes! If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, or are beginning to swim as a new form of exercise, be sure to check with your doctor first. In most cases, swimming while pregnant is highly encouraged. The water helps to carry the extra weight, which can give your back and feet a much-needed rest, while still getting healthy exercise. Stop swimming immediately if you experience dizziness, increased heart rate, or anything out of the ordinary.
Can you jump into a pool while pregnant?
Jumping into a pool is not advisable, as the impact of your belly hitting the water could have negative effects.
How long can I swim during pregnancy?
This is something you’ll want to discuss with your doctor, but generally, if you are in fairly good shape, a 30 minute swim is appropriate during the first trimester. As you progress, you may want to shorten that time.
Is it safe to lay out in the sun while pregnant?
A little fun in the sun is great, but prolonged exposure to heat and UV rays can be damaging to both you and the baby. Be sure to always use sunscreen and try to find shade whenever possible. For a darker, sun-kissed look, try sunless tanning lotions during pregnancy.
Can you swim in Lakes/Oceans/Pools while pregnant?
It’s okay to swim in lakes and other water as long as it is not too cold. However, make sure you remain close to the shore, and never swim alone. You should also avoid unfamiliar places where you are not sure whether the water has been contaminated.
Best Maternity Swimsuits
Don’t forget to check out our swimsuit collection and find your new favorite maternity swimsuit from Lime Ricki.