If the thought of any bathing suit sends shivers down your spine, you're probably not too thrilled at the prospect of a maternity bathing suit. And yet, swimming is a great form of not only exercise but comfort in pregnancy. It can help alleviate problems with swelling, problems with breech babies, as well as pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) or high blood pressure. Not only that but, swimming feels great when you're pregnant, it helps take the weight off your body. Here are some tips to help you not only keep your cool, but look great too!
- When are you due?
Depending on when you're due, you may not even need a new bathing suit during your pregnancy. Remember bathing suits are pretty elastic, even in the belly. Try your old one on before you invest in a maternity swim suit.
- Bare Belly
If your old swim suit is a bit tight in the belly, look for your old bikini. Bikini styles are popular, even if you are pregnant as belly baring is in fashion. Consider buying a regular two piece, rather than a maternity bathing suit, though those types are also available as a two piece.
Skirts are great ways to hide bulging bellies, even if they are meant to bulge at this point in your life. Some skirts are meant to just be decorative, while others will come as far down as midthigh.
- Two Piece
It's not just about bikinis any more! A two piece suit can be a bikini, or a tankini. But it is made of two separate pieces of cloth, some with the belly hanging out others with the belly completely covered. The top piece can be a tighter fit or it can be a more dress or skirt like top. These are very popular.
You can also get a bathing suit that converts from a maternity bathing suit to be a nursing bathing suit. These are handy particularly if you're due in early swim season, so you can get the most out of your new bathing suit.