Speaking from experience, being pregnant throughout summer is definitely not all that bad. When I was pregnant, I could get away with wearing super-lightweight and breezy dresses most days, and I didn’t have a ton of bulky layers weighing me down. But the most comfortable place I wanted to be was in the water (it's much easier on the lower back and joints), so I was spending a lot more time in the pool or at the beach most weekends, which means I was living in comfy swimsuits whenever I got the chance.
In fact, during my last pregnancy, I was trying, testing, and collecting quite the comfy (and chic!) swimwear collection that was ideal for adjusting to my growing baby bump. Most are maternity swimsuits (that are catered to growing bellies), but I also have a number of non-maternity bikinis and one-pieces that are versatile and stretchy enough to wear throughout pregnancy and beyond.
Below, I wanted to share the chic swimsuits that carried me through my pregnancy during the summer. They’re not only super comfortable, but they’re stylish, too, and a few have great customer reviews. If you want to still feel good in your own skin while navigating through this magical (and arduous) last few months of pregnancy then you'll want to keep reading. I may not be able to send you a never-ending abundance of cool air your way, but these suits will ensure you look cool throughout your pregnancy.
Editor's Highlights:Cache Coeur is one of my favorite new finds for maternity swimwear. The French brand does terrific, quality pieces that make you look and feel comfortable, chic, and confident. While I wasn't quite sure how a cutout one-piece would look on me while pregnant, I'm so glad I went for it, as it's super flattering and feels so chic.
Reviewer's Highlights: "I love this swimsuit. I am 17 weeks right now, but I almost didn't look pregnant when I tried this on. What I love most compared to other one-pieces I have tried on is this still has a cheeky backside. Other suits seem to have too much coverage that is not flattering on my thighs or hips." — Nordstrom Reviewer
Editor's Highlights: My other favorite from the brand is this bold and vibrant floral print one-piece (below). The neckline and straps look so good, and I get a ton of compliments when I wear it. Moreover, both suits are supportive and super comfortable.
Reviewer's Highlights: "I have a full bust (38E) and need coverage and support. This was the only suit of three I tried from Nordstrom that covered me while still making me feel pretty. It’ll grow with me past my current six months. Highly recommend!" — Nordstrom Reviewer
Editor's Highlights: I've been a big fan of fashion set–favorite brand Hunza G even when I wasn't pregnant, but its one-size-fits-all stretchy seersucker bikinis and swimsuits are particularly great when you're expecting, as they comfortably fit around any bump size. While I love its neutral one-pieces, this bubblegum-pink bikini has been bringing me much joy this season.
Editor's Highlights: Barcelona-based brand Pez d'Or is a new favorite of mine for timeless, stylish, and flattering swimwear that fits beautifully. While the suit I'm wearing above is now sold-out, the brand offers other styles that are ideal for wearing from the beginning of your pregnancy right until the end.
Reviewer's Highlights: "I love the look and feel of their swimsuits. I'm close to the end of term, and this fits nicely and makes me feel beautiful—which is sometimes hard to do when literally nothing else fits, even previous maternity stuff. Definitely worth it!" — Nordstrom Reviewer
Editor's Highlights: While this Holiday the Label one-piece is not a maternity suit, I loved the print, color, and silhouette, so I gambled that it would fit—which it did perfectly. The brand's swimwear is always fun and on-trend, but I'd recommend it for the earlier stages of pregnancy. Also, the style above is sold-out, but they've got plenty of other pretty suits worth purchasing.
Editor's Highlights: For an affordable and trendy pick, you can't go wrong with shopping ASOS's maternity swimsuit offering. While the suit I'm wearing above is now sold-out, there are other sleek '90s-inspired suits you can shop for.
Editor's Highlights: I've spotted Juillet swimsuits on a few of my fellow editors and was thrilled to see the brand has a number of maternity-friendly styles that I can wear throughout my pregnancy and beyond. This eyelet bikini makes me feel angelic, and the elasticized ruffle hem allows for stretch as my body grows.
Editor's Highlights:A Pea in the Pod has a nice selection of supportive maternity swimwear, which I'm finding particularly good at this later stage of pregnancy as they have plenty of give. While the suit above I'm wearing is sold-out, they have a few other ruffled versions which are a chic touch, IMHO.
Editor's Highlights: I'm in love with the cool retro prints found on Follow Suit's pieces. While this one is not a maternity suit, and it's now sold out, the brand offers a variety of bikinis with drawstrings, which provides shape and coverage.
Editor's Highlights: While it's not a maternity suit (and this floral version is now sold-out), Capittana's one-pieces do work in the early stages of pregnancy, especially if you're looking for something alluring and chic to wear poolside. It's worth noting that the brand is sustainable, and its pieces are handmade by Peruvian artisans.