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Maternity Swimwear You'll Actually Want To Wear

Posted on April 08 2019

A babymoon is a great time to get away and enjoy some R&R with your partner pre-birth. Whether you are jetting somewhere hot or you're ready to hit the spa on your staycation in the British countryside, swimming is one of the best forms of exercise recommended by doctors during pregnancy. The biggest question when packing can be what swimwear styles will suit your bump and if you really can wear a bikini when pregnant. Pregnancy can be a challenging time in the wardrobe department as you get used to your new curves, but fear not, we asked our expectant co-founder and swimwear expert Lily Russo to road test all of our swimwear and share her tips on which styles are most flattering and most importantly comfortable for your bump...

1. RETRO FLORALS

"This swimsuit is really comfortable as the fabric is super soft. Being double lined means it provides a surprising amount of support too. The great thing is you can wear it both off-the-shoulder when sunbathing or up on the shoulder to provide better support at the bust. It has cute little ruffles which frame my hips too. For me, it's really important to wear something that is both functional during pregnancy but that also reflects my natural style." - Lily

Maternity Swimwear You Will Actually Want To Wear Clube Bossa

 Floral Semilly One Piece, £228, Clube Bossa (Lily wears a large)

2.  THE CROP TOP 

"A crop top is a very comfortable and flattering bikini shape during pregnancy as your larger bust will nicely fill out this sporty style. This version from Reina Olga is made of a woven glitter fabric so is really fun and feels of-the-moment whilst ticking all the comfort boxes in this stretchy fabric. The bikini bottoms are incredibly flattering too and have an amazing cut to hug your curves. Don't be afraid to wear a skimpier bikini bottom -  if you require a little more coverage at the front to make sure the briefs don't sit too low, I recommend going up a size." - Lily 

MATERNITY SWIMWEAR YOU WILL ACTUALLY WANT TO WEAR REINA OLGA

Black lurex Rocky bikini, £180, Reina Olga (Lily wears a large)

 3. BELTED SWIMSUITS

"As I mentioned before, it has been really important for me to feel myself whilst pregnant and to wear clothing that reflects my usual style. Don't be afraid to go for items you would have wanted to wear if you weren't pregnant. It's a bit of a case of trial and error but a lot of the time simply going up a size or two will mean you will be able to accommodate your bump. I loved wearing this houndstooth style. It's such a great colour and the belt sits just in the right place to rest on the top of my bump which highlights whatever waist I have left. Its made of an excellent fabric that is slightly thicker so really helps support your bust too without the presence of underwiring." - Lily 

Maternity Swimwear You Will Want To Wear Solid & Striped

Belted Red Houndstooth Nina Swimsuit, Solid & Striped (Lily wears a large)

4. THE CULT PRINT  

"This is a great bikini for larger busts as its cut generously even in the smaller sizes. Busy prints are always flattering whether pregnant or not, unlike horizontal nautical stripes that can often be found hanging in maternity wear departments. Anyone who knows me can tell you I'm a passionate animal print wearer and pregnancy wasn't going to stop me. I love the tiger print of this bikini as its a massive trend for Summer 2019 and the ruffle trim both on the top and bottoms is very forgiving, particularly on the hips, meaning a muffin top free zone - yay!" - Lily

Maternity Swimwear You Will Want To Wear Rixo

Jessica Underwired Tiger Print Bikini, £144, Rixo (Lily wears a medium)

5.  EFFORTLESSLY FEMININE

"This is definitely one of the comfiest swimsuits I tried on and I love how unapologetically feminine it is. The beautiful shade of lavender and frill detail around the neckline are pretty simple ideas but incredibly effective. Eberjey uses a super soft fabric that has a lot more stretch than most brands so it felt pretty comfortable to wear and to easy to get on. Most importantly the lightly padded bra cups and seam under the bust made me feel like I was really held in place." - Lily

Maternity Swimwear You Will Actually Want To Wear Eberjey

Lavender So Solid Ruffle One Piece, £155, Eberjey (Lily wears a large)

6. THE 90'S BIKINI

"I've always had a pretty standard bust size that made it easy to wear most bikini shapes, so having a larger bust that appeared pretty much overnight took some getting used to. The Harley bikini by Solid & Striped has a 90's feel to it, which again is a huge trend you will be seeing on the beach this summer, but it also means that both the bra cups and bikini bottoms have an authentic 90's cut so they sit higher at the front giving me just the right amount of extra coverage I needed." - Lily

Maternity SwImwear You Will Actually Want To Wear Solid & Striped

Leopard Harley Bikini, £160, Solid & Striped (Lily wears a large)

 7. THE 80'S COMEBACK

"This 80's classic is a great buy that will accommodate your bump as it grows due to the brand's signature crinkle fabric. This particular metallic colorway fits generously up to a UK size 14 (despite being a one size fits all) and due to the thicker and stretchy nature of the fabric even makes you feel supported around the bust. If you are long in the body this style may not work once your bump has popped so be sure to get the most wear in the first and second trimester.  I just love how comfy they are and this colour looks incredibly chic both on fair and darker skin tones." - Lily

Hunza G Maternity Swimwear You Will Actually Want To Wear

Metallic cocoa square neck swimsuit, £120, Hunza G (One size fits from a UK 6 up to a UK 14)

8. MONOCHROME MINIMALIST

"Polka dots are one of the most flattering prints you can wear whether pregnant or not and this monochrome style is a no brainer for stylish ladies who prefer a palette of neutrals. The clean strapless neckline has an internal rubber all the way around so it stays in place and the subtle ruffle over my bust makes me feel slightly less exposed." - Lily 

Maternity Swimwear You'll Actually Want To Wear Love Stories

Black And White Polka Dot Rosa Swimsuit, £145, Love Stories (Lily Wears a size 4)

9. PRACTICALLY PERFECT LEOPARD

"Tie side bikini bottoms are genius during pregnancy so you can adjust the size as your bump grows. But don't be mistaken - it's not all about practicality or choosing the simplest swimsuit design just because you are pregnant. This bikini from Love Stories is an easy pull-on bandeau top and classic bottom, but the fab leopard print and embroidered strap details give it the edge and points of interest I look for when choosing things to wear." - Lily

Maternity Swimwear You Will Actually Want To Wear Love Stories Bikini

Leopard Print Bandeau Bikini, £114, Love Stories (Lily Wears a Size 3 Top, Size 4 Bottoms)

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