Maternity Swimwear for the Trendy Mom-to-Be

It’s so cold outside that the last thing on anyone’s mind is swimwear.  However, warm weather is fast approaching.  Need proof?  Just go into any store.  You will see rack and racks of winter wear clogging up the clearance section.  

Even though the Northeast is still under inches of snow, retailers haven’t seemed to notice.  The display windows are overflowing with outfits that scream spring!  While I am relieved to some extent, I am secretly sweating bullets.  Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely LOVE to shop.  It’s not the shopping part that scares me.  It’s the dread of looking for a new bathing suit.

I know that it’s inevitable.  I will eventually have to break down and buy one or wear the sorry looking suit I have been hanging onto for far too long.  Just the mere mention of dragging myself into the dressing room to pour my body into all that lycra makes me cringe!  Every bulge is magnified under those florescent lights and in front of that full length mirror. 

As bad as I hate the thought of the torture, nothing compares to the agony I endured last season when I went on the hunt for the perfect maternity swimsuit.  Does such a thing even exist?  I know that when I was pregnant with Big Bud, my choices were sad indeed.  Expecting mothers were forced to don mumu-like suits in hideous Hawaiian prints.  With Little Bud, I postponed the torture until the last possible second, knowing I was setting myself up for failure.  Needing a suit desperately, I reluctantly took the plunge.  To my great surprise, I was astonished at what I found!  

Designers must have been reading my mind.  These things were actually pretty stylish!  Fortunately, the fashion world has begun to realize that expecting mothers need to feel beautiful too.   In fact, designers have released their spring lines for 2011 and swimwear was at the forefront.  This year’s hottest trends are tribal prints and ruffles galore!  Anything in the blue/turquoise family will be a sure way to stay fashionable.  Blue not really your thing?  Designers are also betting on orange and brown to heat up fashionistas eveywhere. 

Don’t think you need to worry about a swimsuit yet?  Swimwear isn’t just for summer.  Don’t be left scrambling when your family decides to take a last-minute winter getaway.  Be prepared!  Check out this list of hot maternity styles that fit the bill.

Trend #1 – The Tankini

This was a hot trend for 2010 and will continue through this season.  The great thing about a tankini is that you get the versatility to mix and match your top and bottom while still having the full coverage of a one-piece.  This monochromatic tankini from Prego Maternity does double duty.  Its a tankini -halter!  Halters are great choices for expecting mothers whose bust size has grown during her pregnancy.  You can adjust the halter to accomodate your growing “twins”.

Trend #2 – The Boyshort Bikini

Who says you have to cover up that ever expanding waistline?  Pregnancy is a beautiful thing so why not show it off?  This bandeau top bikini is a great choice.  Its boyshort bottom is trendy while still giving you a decent amount of coverage. 

Trend #3 – Tribal Prints

Get in touch with your wild side in this stylish tankini from Maternal America.  The top of this cute little suit has the added detail of an o-ring and adjustable halter tie.  The cups of the bust are lightly padded for those moms who need a little extra help in that area.

Trend #4 – Colors

Turquoise is big this swimsuit season.  But don’t stop there.  Anything in the blue/green family will get you an A for effort.  Orange and brown will also be big this year.  Can’t decide which color is right for you?  Try this great suit and you are sure to be in the now.  It combines aqua and orange for a no-lose color combination. 

Trend #5 – Cutouts

The cutout is king!  This year, designers have opted for full coverage with seductive cutouts.  This v-kini from Prego Maternity puts a new spin on the traditional tankini.  This v-kini is hot and draws the eye upward,  making for a great camoflauge technique for moms-to-be!

Don’t be afraid of the prospect of looking for a great swimsuit if you’re expecting.  Pregnant women have more options than ever when it comes to fun in the sun!

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Veronika Smith, Editor Veronika is a full time working mother of the two craziest, greatest boys ever, ages 9 months (Little Bud) and 10 years (Big Bud). This Kentucky mom holds a degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a second degree in nursing. She is a slave to all gadgets that promise to make her life easier and increase her "productive abilities". With her most recent family addition, this obsession has stretched to include the wonderful world of baby-sized gadgets! She also has a passion for fashion and the nose for a great deal. Several friends have (unflatteringly?) referred to her as the bargain bloodhound. They don't call her the coupon queen for nothing!

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