I'm looking into buying a maternity swimsuit, and was wondering what type of swimwear women on here have found good/not so good.
I'm not a bikini person, so the decision is between tankini and one-piece. I'm looking for something to wear from now (Week 20, small bump) until the end of pregnancy - would a one-piece be comfortable all the way through, or would it be either too loose in the beginning or too tight towards the end?
I was leaning towards a tankini as I've thought that it would be difficult to find a one-piece that would fit for the next 20 weeks, but then wondered whether a tankini top might ride up later on, and/or hang funny underneath the bump once it gets bigger? My current, non-maternity tankini top keeps riding up now that I'm bigger than before, so wouldn't want the same thing to happen with a maternity one once I'm even bigger!
I got a normal maternity swimsuit from sports direct for about a fiver, it expanded really well and later the whole pregnancy though about 3 months PP it was starting to get a bit baggy and the electric was going.
I got a tankini and wore it with my normal bikini bottoms (all black) at first and my bikini top under at times. Moving to the tankini bottoms when my bump dropped lower. I wore the tankini top in the birthing pool too.
I got a plain black one-piece from mothercare in my first pregnancy. Did the job ok-ish, but no boob support - and mine were HUGE by the end.
This time I stuck with non-maternity bottoms as long as I could, with a maternity tankini top from Asos sale. This worked out ok, as my bum was pretty much the same size til it ballooned late in the third trimester. I was a completely different size and shape at 20 weeks than I now am at 37... size 8/10 before, definitely a 14 now. Sigh.
I bought a maternity tankini from eBay for about £5. I expect some people buy maternity swimwear and only use it a few times, and this one was as good as new. I'm only 23 weeks, but have a proper bump. The tankini top rides up unless I tuck it into the bottoms (and that only lasts for a length) which is annoying.
My friend lent me her maternity wear, including a swimsuit. It fits well at the moment, but obviously I don't know if it will last the whole way through.
Both costumes are Mothercare. Quality and fit is good. Neither is massively supportive of my increasingly massive boobs, but once I'm in the water, I don't care.
Thanks to the poster who mentioned wearing the tankini top in the birthing pool. If I get to use the birthing pool and care at all about clothes at that point, I will try it!
I hate that all the swimwear I've seen are halterneck straps... I couldnt cope with this before pregancy without getting really bad neck ache, I dread to think how I'd manage now my boobs are even more humongous.
I'm 29 weeks and I've just been steadily sizing up in basic model Speedo Endurance ones, 11-13 quid a go from Wiggle. I started at a 32 and am now in a 38. I have big boobs (30FF before - 32HH/J now) and find the shape of the back very important in swimwear, I get no support from a U-shaped back and shelf bras tend to be too small by a long way. I prefer the stronger crossover backs on a non-maternity athletic swimsuit.
Found Jojo Maman Bebe absolutely useless - I asked them about maternity swimwear when I was about 4 months along on their live chat, the response was "You need a size 18 top and size 10 bottoms. We don't do separates".
Thanks again for all your tips! I've been in the pool in my new tankini twice - fits well, and it's great to finally be doing some exercise again (even though I'm a very poor swimmer and 'exercise' might be an exaggeration).