5 Tips for Buying a Maternity Swimsuit

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Shopping for a swimsuit might seem like an intimidating concept when you’re expecting, but there are a wide variety of cuts and styles that fit and flatter through all the stages of pregnancy and beyond. Here are five helpful tips to consider when purchasing a maternity swimsuit:

1. Choose Styles with Side-Ruching
Side-ruching is a key style element for women who are expecting. It is flattering to your bump and creates a beautiful silhouette.
Pictured: A Pea in the Pod Ruched Maternity Tankini Swimsuit $89.50

2. Play with Prints
Don’t shy away from the selection of prints that we often see in swimwear. Clean stripes, gingham or polka dots are great for contouring the belly and are a fun way to incorporate the season’s key trends such as pastels and graphic prints into your suits.
Pictured: Motherhood Maternity Keyhole Detail Maternity One Piece Swimsuit $39.98 at Destination Maternity

3. Try a Pop of Color
Pregnancy is a great time to experiment with color. A swimsuit in a bold, bright hue is a great way to stay on-trend and also helps to streamline your shape.
Pictured: Motherhood Maternity Halter Maternity One Piece Swimsuit $39.98

4. Trust Tankinis
Tankinis are a great option for expecting moms because they’re comfortable as well as fashionable! Tankini tops have a lot of stretch and fit to your growing bump. The tops come in a variety of flattering necklines to choose from including strapless, halter and one shoulder.

5. Choose a Great Cover-Up
A trip to the beach would not be complete without a fabulous cover up which can take you from beach to boardwalk. A flowy maxi dress or a soft, draw-string tunic will keep you stylish in your swimwear.
Pictured: A Pea in the Pod Shirt Dress Maternity Cover Up, $79.50

Olivia Capone Myers is the design director of A Pea in the Pod.