Summer is fully upon us, and most of us are trying to spend lots of time outdoors since that’s where we’re told it’s safest to socialize. But I’ve had lots of moms tell me how hard they’re finding this trend. Their kids want to go to the pool or even on a beach trip, or just splash around in the sprinkler. Mamas want to participate, but they feel uncomfortable in swimsuits because of their belly fat
I feel you, mamas. Swimsuit season is hard for anyone who’s grown up in a society that either lauds or shames women for their bodies. And that’s most of us, unfortunately.
First, mamas, we think your body is amazing. But we also understand feeling uncomfortable in our own skin, even if we think it’s bullshit. So where you’re looking for nursing bathing suits or just swimsuits to hide belly pooch, we got you covered.
But there are three things I hope you’ll realize:
- You deserve to have fun playing in the water with your child, and they deserve that from you;
- If you’re uncomfortable with your body because you GREW A HUMAN, we need to take a serious look at the social norms that are causing your discomfort. Because your body is badass, and you deserve to feel good in it;
- Honestly, you deserve to feel good in your body even if you didn’t recently grow a human. All our bodies do amazing things for us.
That’s why we’re creating this list of postpartum swimsuits, including nursing bathing suits, to help you feel comfortable.
Believe me–we think you have nothing to hide, so if you decide to get out there in a STRING BIKINI, then GO FOR IT. We think all bodies are beach bodies.
But we also want you to feel good in your own skin, whatever that means for you, so we’ve done the research to help make that happen!
Five Tips to Rock that Postpartum Swimsuit
Okay, so now that we’re on the same page that every mama should be able to feel good (or at least decent) in a swimsuit, where do we go from here?
We suggest ordering a few different swimsuits to try on from the comfort of your own home before you hit the pool or the beach (if it’s safe to do so in your area).
So pour yourself a glass of wine, and let’s go online shopping together. Here are a five tips to keep in mind when choosing your new postpartum swimsuit:
(1) When in doubt, find yourself a great-looking tankini
We love tankinis. They’re in fashion and super forgiving if you find the right one. Plus, if you’re not quite ready to let go of the idea that you might be able to wear a two-piece again, this is a good compromise.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Great coverage, comes in tons of good colors, and a bargain price for an item mamas rave about!
Women constantly ask about swimsuits to hide belly pooch, and while I personally think your pooch is beautiful, I totally understand. This suit is perfect for that!
Awesome coverage, gorgeous print, and so colorful!
I’ll admit it–I can’t wear swimsuits from Target because they don’t cover my E-cups. But everyone else I know LOVES them, and this floral print is a gorgeous maternity and postpartum option.
Splurge-worthy option! I always have to throw in a splurge choice, and I love this one because it’s so versatile. You can go strapless, or cross the straps in different patterns to change up the suit. Wear a different colored bottom, and you have a whole new look! AND, the color selection is AMAZING.
Best plus-size option! Becca is one of my favorite swimsuit brands because of their many DD+ AND plus-size options. Helen Jon also makes amazing D-DD tops; they’re a little pricier, but hold up really well.
I will admit, I freaking hate that they use the word plus size to describe totally average bodies! But I love their suits, and that’s the phrase we know to look for, so I get it.
Pro-tip: Make sure you take your measurements and read the lengths provided in the description. You want the tank to provide full coverage for your midsection and doesn’t ride up.
(2) If you want to go a little more skin-bearing, try a high-waisted two piece
If you’re ready to rock it, we support you! High-waisted suits are very en vogue, and they also cover pretty much everything from the belly button down. Excellenttttt.
Here are a few of our favorites:
This suit comes in tons of different sizes and colors, which makes it a really great option. Not the best for nursing moms only because it has underwire.
I’ll be honest, I love high waisted suits on others but hate them on me. But these flounce tops are some of my favorites. This one comes in tons of colors, and I’m obsessed. I may have just ordered one. Shhh.
And if you don’t want your belly to show (I let mine show, but that’s to my comfort level), then pairing them with a high waisted bottom is just the way to feel and look ADORABLE!
I’ve already said how much I love this brand, and I also love the ability to buy SEPARATES! My E cups do not match my tiny booty, friends.
You can pair these high-waisted bottoms with basically any top you already have and look super stylish.
Pro tip: High-waisted suits can hide loose skin, but be aware that they might emphasize your belly if you’re 6-8 weeks out from giving birth and your uterus is still swollen.
(3) Try a slimming one-piece that accents the positive
Not ready for either a tankini or a high waist? We get it! One-piece swimsuits are a great way to get a lot of coverage and still look super cute.
If you go with a one-piece, choose one that accents your amazing boobs (thanks, pregnancy!) or your gorgeous collar bones.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Super flattering with tummy control, and good control for your boobs, however they’re behaving these days. We just love this option!
I felt SO cute in my off-shoulder ruffle during the postpartum stage, and I still do. This one has belly control, which makes us feel better about ourselves and just physically feels more supportive during the postpartum period.
I’m totally obsessed with this gorgeous suit, and all the colors it comes in. It’s definitely more of a splurge, but the high quality makes it worth it if it’s doable!
(4) Choose a Swim Skirt or dress for even more coverage
Swim skirts are a great way to have extra coverage if you need it. My favorite thing about them is that I don’t have to worry about whether I managed the perfect bikini line shave.
No more wrapping yourself in a towel to build a sandcastle with your kid; with a swim skirt, you can just throw it on and go!
This one has a great ruffle (yay flounce!) and comes in a bunch of different colors.
If you want even more full coverage, try a swim dress. This one is adorably retro! It comes in so many colors and patterns.
Our favorite splurge-worthy swim dress is the MiracleSuit Swim Dress. This suit is AHHHHmazing and gorgeous. It may be the only thing you buy this year because of the cost, but you will look and feel fantastic.
Pair any of these with a fun red lip and a big hat, and you’ll be the cutest mama on the beach.
(5) Find something fun!
What do we mean by a fun postpartum swimsuit? Sounds like an oxymoron, right?
What we mean by this is that you should choose a color, print, or swimsuit with a fun cut-out or extra ruffle or flounce that YOU love.
Not only will friends and family admire your style (you might be a mom, but you’re still you and you can still style yourself if that’s your thing), but you’ll also feel cute and chic in your postpartum swimsuit.
Try super fun colors or a plunging neckline, like this baby.
Go for a postpartum swimsuit with an adorable neckline or back, like this gorgeous number.
Or go for stunning colors or pattern, like this beauty from Target.
Whatever you choose, make sure that you love the detail, and that you’ll look forward to wearing it when you head to the beach or pool with your littles.
Nursing Bathing Suits
Are you still nursing and need to breastfeed your baby on the beach or poolside? We have you covered there, too (or uncovered… #sorrynotsorry).
(1) We love this super cute one piece halter swimsuit by a company called Movemama. It has nursing clips that are integrated into the (adjustable) halter top, and the pads are removable for washing in case you find yourself leaking.
Katy Huie Harrison, PhD, is an author, mom, recurrent miscarriage survivor, & owner of Undefining Motherhood. She lives in Atlanta with her husband (affectionately known on the internet as “Husband,”) son (Jack), and dog (Charlotte). She believes our society puts too many expectations on women that make womanhood and motherhood restrictive. Her goal is to shift the paradigm about what it means to be a woman and mother, giving all women a greater sense of agency over their own lives. You can find Katy and her work featured in places like CNN’s Headline News, Romper, Scary Mommy, Demeter Press’s Motherhood and Social Exclusion, & more.