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Will I need maternity swimwear at 16 weeks pregnant?

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Lucinda15 Thu 03-Mar-16 15:52:31

Tentatively asking this question as I'm a bit ahead of the game, only 7 weeks pregnant at the mo but we have a holiday coming up in May. I need a new cozzy anyway as I have put on weight and gone up a size since last summer blush

I will be 16 weeks pregnant when we go away and I'm wondering if I can get away with a standard cozzy, or whether I should bite the bullet and get a maternity cozzy that I can continue to use throughout pregnancy? I just dnt want it to be all saggy and too big it my bump is not very big by then. Any ideas?

(To be fair I'm a size 16 and a bit larger than I'd like after my weight gain - it seems to have collected around my tum which is quite big even now so I'm sure I cld fill a maternity cozzy but thgt I'd check what u lovely mumsnetters thought smile)

mudandmayhem01 Thu 03-Mar-16 15:57:38

I never had a maternity costume, had a two piece from decathlon with boy shorts that went under my bump.

Carla42 Thu 03-Mar-16 15:58:11

I was in a maternity swimsuit at 8 weeks...! Not because I particularly needed it but all my pre-pregnancy swimsuits were small and fashion-style rather than practical.

It was (and still is a little at 19 weeks) baggy around the stomach but it was comfortable and supportive. I would go for it, especially if you'll be swimming during pregnancy. I don't think it looked unsightly when I wore mine early.

Ohwoolballs Thu 03-Mar-16 16:01:18

Hello, congrats on the pregnancy!
I needed a maternity costume by 16 weeks as my boobs had got massive and I had a tummy pooch by then. I'm still wearing the same one at 37 weeks as they have a lot of stretch as you would expect.
I got a tankini set from asos (mega bargain IMO) the pants sit very comfy under my bump though as its a halter neck I have started to feel like my neck is holding up my boobs 😬😳

Long story, get one, it will feel flattering on holiday and you can wear it through the rest of the pregnancy.

FraterculaArctica Thu 03-Mar-16 16:02:39

At 16 weeks with my first pregnancy I'd put on some weight but had no bump at all. The maternity swimming costume I wore later in pregnancy wouldn't have fitted at all well. I'd buy one maybe a size bigger than you would have bought otherwise and wear that?

oldlaundbooth Thu 03-Mar-16 16:02:53

Congrats flowers

Nope, you'll be fine in a normal one. Enjoy!

Eminybob Thu 03-Mar-16 16:04:38

I had one I bought for a trip at 18 weeks. It was fine, just had a bit of rouching but wasn't baggy.
I still use it now (post pregnancy) tbh sometimes and I don't think it looks maternity-like.

Branleuse Thu 03-Mar-16 16:05:00

depends how big your belly is I guess.
Can you just get a bikini then it doesnt need to be maternity?

MissMalteser Thu 03-Mar-16 16:11:14

I got one early on that I am still using now at nearly 37 weeks, I figured it would be handy for the hospital if I wanted to jump in the birthing pool as well, last time I wore a vest top that felt crap when wet and kept rolling up

Lucinda15 Thu 03-Mar-16 16:16:42

Hmmm mixed bag! Unfortunately my tum is quite rotund as it is blush after my last pregnancy I just haven't been able to get rid of it and all weight gain seems to accumulate there! hiding behind my hands in shame so I think I may buy a maternity one and go with it!! I will be swimming throughout pregnancy so seems worth it rather than spending on a normal one I won't fit in for long perhaps....

And yes, it's got to be a cozzy....there is no way I can unleash this tum on the public!!

Junosmum Thu 03-Mar-16 16:19:37

I had a fancy 50s style shorts bottom one which had a gathered affected on the stomach. It still fitted me at 38 weeks, though the gathering/pleats on the stomach weren't there any more!

BennyTheBall Thu 03-Mar-16 16:24:26

I went on holiday at 28 weeks pregnant and didn't need any maternity swimwear.

I just bought some bikinis that had bigger top halves to accommodate my boobs.

Nottalotta Thu 03-Mar-16 16:24:56

I'd say no. A friends kindly gave me her unused cozzie and i count wear it til i was about 30weeks pregnant. And i wasn't small! I wasn't showing at 16week though. I would buy a normal one with boob support.

KatharinaRosalie Thu 03-Mar-16 16:44:14

No, I found that pregnancy is the perfect time to wear bikinis, no worries about wobbly stomach, you can proudly show off the bump instead.

BikeRunSki Thu 03-Mar-16 16:54:03

If you are likely to swim later in pregnancy, then why not? I got mine from eBay both times!

MissMalteser Thu 03-Mar-16 16:55:37

Ah now mine is a tankini/shirts combo so easy to use in the birthing pool as well, just whip the bottoms off when required 😂

SpecialStains Thu 03-Mar-16 17:03:22

I'd probably be OK in non maternity, but I suddenly have boobs so whereas I've never worried about such things before, I might need some more support (16 weeks 1 day today).

5hell Thu 03-Mar-16 17:58:31

i'd vote tankini...mat or not, your choice. I have a maternity one which is still fine at 36w, but wouldn't have been inappropriately big at 16w

foxessocks Thu 03-Mar-16 18:06:56

I'm 14 weeks and definite bump. I need a maternity costume now really as I can't squeeze into my normal one much longer (it was on the tight side anyway though! )

Luckily I have one in the loft from my first pregnancy if I can just get my dh to being the box of maternity wear down for me.

OhShutUpThomas Thu 03-Mar-16 18:16:51

I'm 16 weeks and no bump at all.

Everyone's different - but I'd say no, they're stretchy anyway.


winewolfhowls Thu 03-Mar-16 19:29:08

Top and tankini here too

magpie17 Thu 03-Mar-16 19:58:36

I didn't have a bump til over 20 weeks so just wore normal swimwear. Later on I wore my normal tankini but I'm not a regular swimmer so maternity swimwear seemed like a waste of money.

malvinandhobbes Thu 03-Mar-16 21:13:43

I just bought one at 19 weeks. I have a sizeable bump but mostly I have ginormous boobs and my normal swimsuit would have been obscene.

suz1rr Thu 03-Mar-16 21:31:37

I've just bought one, when I was 22 weeks (25 now) as normal swimsuit was getting a bit tight, and I'm not particularly big bump wise. Got a cheap one from Asda and is a lot more comfortable. I'm not brave enough for a bikini!

SummerHouse Thu 03-Mar-16 21:35:39

I was still swimming at 40 weeks plus in my usual costume. They are stretchy.

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