Hitting the beach or pool when you’re pregnant or newly postpartum may feel foreign to you. You might be uncomfortable with your changing body, or you might want to show off your bump in the cutest maternity swimsuit (or postpartum swimsuit) possible! Either way, your body is different than it’s ever been. You may have new requirements—super supportive straps for breastfeeding, or a stretchy, ruched panel to accommodate your growing bump. Many of these suits can be worn during both pregnancy and postpartum, and are comfortable, cute, and supportive.
What to look for in a maternity swimsuit
“The most important thing when looking for a swimsuit while pregnant is finding a bathing suit that feels both comfortable and provides the amount of coverage that you want,” says Jada Shapiro, maternal health expert and founder of boober, where parents can find maternal care providers like lactation consultants and doulas. “Your body will be changing a lot so you want a bathing suit that grows with you and is easy to take on and off! Nice, stretchy, ruched or layered fabric does the trick.”
Check out our favorite maternity and postpartum swimsuits below.
Best swimsuits for maternity and postpartum
You'll be able to wear these all throughout your pregnancy as well as postpartum.
Best Classic Style Maternity Swimsuit
Ranging between $36 and $40 (depending on your size and color), this budget-friendly one-piece is the perfect go-with-everything suit that’s made of an ultra stretchy spandex and nylon to grow with you. Features like the side tie and ruched side make this swimsuit feel elegant (and look more expensive, TBH). This one is also an Amazon best-seller, with over 1,300 5-star ratings.
Best Maternity Bottoms
If you’ve got the top covered and just need an accommodating bottom, we love Summersalt’s maternity line. This cinched high rise offers ultra soft fabric that gives you all the stretch your growing belly needs. We’re also into the cinched ties that give the style more playfulness and flair. If you are looking for a matching top, check out Summersalt’s matching Ribbed Voyager bikini top, made of the same supersoft material. Hot tip: Summersalt says to order your pre-pregnancy size.
Best Nursing-Friendly Swimsuit
This may not be a maternity suit per se, but it offers a button-down feature that’s ideal for nursing—and the top offers maximum bust support (which you probably need, considering your boobs are at the biggest and fullest). Designed with four-way stretch and compressive lining, this suit is ultra comfortable and stretchy (yay, nylon and spandex!). It also makes for a cute top in a pinch.
Best Maternity Tankini
Want a two-piece, but don’t necessarily want a two-piece bikini? This tankini offers more coverage, along with other awesome features. It’s ultra stretchy (thanks to its nylon-spandex fabric), and also offers UPF 50+ to protect you from the sun. With its sweetheart neckline, removable straps, and sewn-in cups, you can also customize it however you’d like. Bonus: It’s a two-piece set, making it more affordable than most two-piece options out there.
Best Mommy-and-Me Swimsuit
This V-neck suit is sweet, and just a tiny bit sexy. There is a criss-cross back design with adjustable straps and the fabric has built-in UPF 40+ protection. It’s also fully lined with removable cups. This style is available for moms, dads, babies, and toddlers, so the whole family can match! (Check out this adorable peplum children’s one-piece!)
Best Patterned Maternity Swimsuit
This tropical two-piece will definitely make you smile with its colorful, fun print. It’s a tankini style, so you’ll get the flexibility of a bikini with the coverage of a one piece. “When you’re pregnant you have to go to the bathroom a lot and it’s really important that your bathing suit is easy to take on and off,” says Shapiro. “One-piece bathing suits provide more belly support, but can be a little trickier to take on and off.” The ruched tummy and super stretchy material will grow with you throughout your pregnancy. Plus, the fabric has a UPF 50+. Available in sizes XS to XL.
Best Option to Grow Maternity Swimsuit
Available in sizes XS to 3X, this suit is loose and flow-y, so it will fit through different trimesters, as well as the postpartum period. Removable halter straps and molded cups offer additional support. There are three unique patterns including leopard, floral, and palm leaves. Its super stretchy fabric means you’ll stay comfy all day long.
Best Maternity Swimsuit With Skirt
This super playful suit with a built-in skirt will provide extra coverage to your tummy and booty, and comes in six colors and patterns with a large sizing selection. Adjustable shoulder straps and a true wrap skirt ensure the perfect fit. The stretchy material is quick-drying, and a built-in underwire bra will help you feel comfortable and supported.
Best Maternity Swimsuit With Ruffles
As far as pregnancy swimsuits, this one is tops. It’s available in sizes XS to XL, in solid black and brown, as well as a variety of colorful prints. We love the ruffled detail on the neckline and straps, and an adjustable tie back will help keep everything in place. It’s also made with 92 percent recycled polyester, so you can feel good while doing good.
Most Sustainable Maternity Swimsuit
This swimsuit is a splurge, but because it’s not a maternity suit, you can wear it long after giving birth. The suit features built-in pads, thick, supportive straps, and a super cute belt on the waist, which can either disguise or accentuate your postpartum body—that’s up to you. The brand is hyper focused on being sustainable, using recycled fabrics and eco-friendly packaging to ship their products. These suits are also resistant to sun creams and oils (aka they won’t stain the fabric), and won’t pill.
Best All-in-One Maternity Swimsuit
This cute suit comes in three colors—black, aloe green, and blue and white seersucker. It’s available in sizes small to XXL, with additional sizing for “busty” customers. It’s a best-selling swimsuit for the brand, and can be worn while pregnant and also when you’re postpartum. It has adjustable straps as well as a wrap design to make it super easy to breastfeed. Size up if you wish to wear in your third trimester.
Most Adjustable Maternity Swimsuit
We love this suit for early in your pregnancy or when you are postpartum. It’s totally adjustable, with front and back ties to get the best fit and customize your exposure. The medium width straps also offer a lot of support. It comes in bright pink, blue, and tan, as well as leopard. The brand will also zoom with you to ensure you get the correct fit!
Best Off-the-Shoulder Maternity Swimsuit
Available in this eye-catching blue-black colorblock patterned (as well as all black), this is a great way to add some flair and elegance to your maternity swimsuit wardrobe. It’s got double-layered fabric to give you the support you need (along with a shelf bra—score). Plus, it features shirring at the sides so that you don’t easily outgrow it. It’s selling fast, so make sure to snag a piece before it’s gone.
Best Ruched Maternity Swimsuit
This cute suit has thick, supportive straps to tie into a halter style behind your neck. There are built in, wireless cups, and the front of the suit has a double layer, meaning the suit provides extra tummy support, a definitely plus for the postpartum period. Available in sizes 6 to 22.
Best structured swimsuit
Thanks to an internal shelf bra and just the right amount of ruching (read: it’ll grow with you, but you wont drown in pleats amid your journey), this classic style offers a rare structured maternity suit that moves with you but doesn’t constrict. Its ruffled detail around the scooped neckline offers a welcome feminine vibe, and adjustable straps, which can also be crisscrossed or tied into a halter, allow for even more customization throughout your pregnancy.
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