The Best Maternity Swimsuits to Make You Feel Good in the Water and Out

With a stylist's advice, we chose a Seraphine one-piece as our top pick

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Finding a flattering maternity swimsuit is easier than you think, according to stylist Rachele Gonzaga, who specializes in empowerment and body positivity.

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Our favorite bathing suit for pregnant bodies this year is the Seraphine Front Twist Black Maternity Swimsuit for its flattering shape, quality materials, and trendy gold hoops. For a two-piece option, show off that bump in a stylish Pez D'Or striped bikini.

"The secret is to highlight the bump as much as possible and to follow your own usual and natural style," Gonzaga tells Verywell Family, adding that it's also OK to be bold with your maternity clothing choices. "This is the unique time in a woman's life when she should be more courageous style-wise, not less."

While style is certainly something to consider, to find a quality maternity bathing suit, you also want to pay attention to its materials, design, and fit. If you are a nursing parent, choosing a swimsuit that makes breastfeeding easier is also a key feature to pay attention to.

There are a lot of great options on the market to pick from, but here are some of our favorites.

Best Overall: Seraphine Front Twist Black Maternity Swimsuit

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Seraphine Front Twist Black Maternity Swimsuit

Source: Seraphine

Pros
  • Made with elastane

  • Features built-in bust support

  • Gold hoops give it a trendy look

Cons
  • It is not UPF material

Who else recommends it? Healthline also picked the Seraphine Front Twist Black Maternity Swimsuit.

There is so much we love about this bathing suit that it's hard to know where to start. First, the body of the suit is made from a blend of nylon and elastane, which Gonzaga says is a high-quality material for longevity. It also features built-in bust support as well as side ruching to accommodate your changing body. While it only comes in one color, it does feature gold hoops, which align with this year's trends.

"Embellishments like shells, chains, and gold [rings] holding swimwear together will make a bright appearance [this year]," Gonzaga tells us.

Finally, you can safely toss this swimsuit into the washing machine when it could use a good cleaning (on gentle cycle), though, like most suits, it should be line dried.

Size Range: XS–XL | Materials: Nylon, elastane, polyester | Colors: Black

Best One-Piece: Gap Maternity Recycled Ruffled V-Neck One-Piece Suit

old-navy-maternity-recycled-ruffled-v-neck-swimsuit

Old Navy

Pros
  • Recycled fabric

  • Adjustable sizing

  • Available in both solids and bright prints

Cons
  • Neckline isn't ideal for larger busts

There's a lot to love about this maternity swimsuit, but what we most appreciate is that it's made from 92% recycled fabric. "Quality is also synonymous with sustainability," says stylist Rachele Gonzaga of the current trend in materials. "So I like to [keep] an eye on the sustainable angle, perhaps looking for swimsuits made of recycled [materials]."

As for the style, it features an open back with a tie, allowing for some adjustable sizing, and stylish ruffles along the neckline and shoulders. There is also side ruching to offer plenty of room for your growing belly, and it's available in basic black, multi-colored floral prints, and more. The only thing to note here is that given the deep-V neckline and lack of additional breast support, this isn't ideal for anyone with a larger bust.

Size Range: XS–XL | Materials: Nylon, spandex (92% recycled polyester) | Colors: Multi-floral, pink floral, acorn brown, brown animal print, black daisy, true black

Best Classic Bikini: Pez D’Or Stripe Two-Piece Maternity Swimsuit

Pez D’Or Stripe Two-Piece Maternity Swimsuit

Source: Pez D’Or

Pros
  • Great for postpartum wear

  • Designed for maternity, but does not look like a maternity swimsuit

Cons
  • Low-rise bottoms may be difficult to keep on in late pregnancy

Pregnancy is no reason to feel like you have to opt out of wearing a traditional bikini. In fact, Gonzaga says the classic style is definitely on trend in the maternity space. "Since Rihanna has shown us all how to be proud of a bump and show it off with different outfits that highlight it as much as possible, I am definitely pro embracing the trend."

Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may be able to wear your regular bikini. But if you're further along, this maternity two-piece is an excellent option. It features a low-rise bottom with adjustable sides to accommodate your growing belly, as well as a halter top to offer more bust support. This bikini is available in two colors and is machine washable.

Size Range: S–XL | Materials: Nylon, spandex | Colors: Blue, red

Best Budget: Tempotrek One Piece Maternity Swimsuit

Tempotrek One Piece Maternity Swimsuit

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Range of color/pattern options

  • Adjustable tie closure

Cons
  • Hand wash recommended

Chances are very high that this bathing suit is available in a color you like, whether that's solid black, blocked colors, or lemon print. The variations are great, but we particularly love that the adjustable tie closure on the front accommodates your growing belly all throughout pregnancy.

This one-piece is available in a range of sizes, from small to extra-extra-large. It's made from spandex and nylon, and it features a v-neckline on the front and a scooped back. It's important to note that this is not a UPF-blocking fabric, and while it is machine washable, it will last longer if it's hand washed and line dried.

Price at time of publication: $33

Size Range: S–XXL | Materials: Spandex, nylon | Colors: Army green, black, white stripe, burgundy, lemon, leopard, orange and pink, peacock blue, pink and black, rose and pink, white black stripes, yellow stripes, navy, green

Best for Bigger Busts: Cache Coeur Toscane Maternity Swimsuit

Cache Coeur Toscane Maternity Swimsuit

Source: Cache Coeur

Pros
  • Wire-free, but supportive design

  • UPF 50+ sun protection

  • High neckline

Cons
  • Price

Arguably, one of the more difficult things about finding a good maternity swimsuit is finding one that supports your growing breasts. We love this one because it has a bra sewn into it, wide supportive straps, and a higher neckline to help ensure you won't spill out from the top. In addition to its bust-friendly design, it also has full backside coverage and ruching on the sides to grow with your bump.

Price at time of publication: $120

Size Range: S–XXL | Materials: Nylon, spandex | Colors: Black

Best for Chasing After a Toddler: Summersalt The Maternity Cinched Current

Summersalt The Maternity Cinched Current

Summersalt

Pros
  • Full bust and bottom coverage

  • Cinched ties offer adjustable sizing

  • Made with ribbed, stretchy fabric

Cons
  • Limited color options

When you have little kids to chase after, you need a bathing suit that you can safely run around and bend over in—without having to worry about showing more of your body than you'd like to! Enter Summersalt. We love that this Summersalt swimsuit offers ample backside coverage and has a square neckline to prevent your breasts from spilling over.

The swimsuit is made from super soft, ribbed fabric that is comfortably snug when dry but doesn't cling too much when it's wet. It also has cinched ties at the back of the bust and the sides of the legs so that it can be adjusted to fit your body as it changes and grows. While we wish it were available in more colors or prints, we absolutely love the empire seam that adds a stylish detail as well as extra bust support.

Price at time of publication: $95

Size Range: 2–14 | Materials: Polyamide, elastane | Colors: Deep Sea (navy), Sea Urchin (black)

Best Cut-Out: Wolf & Whistle Maternity Cut-Out Swimsuit

Wolf & Whistle Maternity Cut-Out Swimsuit

Source: Wolf & Whistle

Pros
  • Stylish cutout design

  • Offers plenty of coverage (for smaller busts)

  • Washing machine safe

Cons
  • Back clasp closure isn't adjustable

We absolutely love how this maternity swimsuit is the perfect hybrid of a one-piece and bikini, thanks to the cutout design. From behind, it looks like a high-waisted two-piece, but the top and bottom are connected on the front with triangle cutouts. We'd love this style anytime, but according to Gonzaga, cutouts are definitely making a comeback, so that makes this swimsuit all the better.

The swimsuit features adjustable straps, a clasp closure on the back, and side ruching to help you get the best fit for your changing body. It also has a plunging neckline, which is stylish but doesn't offer a lot of support or coverage for larger busts. This swimsuit is available in UK sizes 6-18 and is safe in the washing machine.

Price at time of publication: $58

Size Range: 6-18 (UK) | Materials: Polyamide, elastane | Colors: Red

Best Tankini: PinkBlush Light Pink Palm Maternity Triangle Halter Tankini Top

PinkBlush Light Pink Palm Maternity Triangle Halter Tankini Top

Source: PinkBlush

Pros
  • Trendy pattern options

  • Adjustable necktie for bust support

Cons
  • Pieces are sold separately (pro for some)

We chose this tankini because it comes in three brightly colored patterns, which are on-trend for 2022, according to Gonzaga. This tankini comes in a bold aqua with a floral print, a soft peach with a floral print, and a bright pink with a palm print.

"Dopamine swimwear (wearing vitaminic, colorful, and bold colors with the intention of boosting your mood) will definitely be a trend," says Gonzaga. "[People] are ready to leave the gloomy years of the pandemic behind and emerge with more courageous looks."

Each piece is sold separately, which gives you the option to mix and match your styles with solid-colored bottoms. It features a halter-style top with a stylish V-neckline and a tie neck that allows you to adjust the size/support you need for your bust. It also has a ruched design to help ensure a good fit throughout pregnancy. One note, this top needs to be hand washed and line dried or dry cleaned.

Price at time of publication: $37

Size Range: S–XL | Materials: Polyester, spandex | Colors: Light pink palm, aqua multi-color floral, peach floral

Best High-Waisted Two-Piece: Beach Bump High Waisted Maternity Two-Piece Bikini Set

Beach Bump High Waisted Maternity Two-Piece Bikini Set

Source: Beach Bump

Pros
  • UPF 50+ protection

  • Top provides more coverage than traditional bikinis

  • Good for fourth trimester wear

Cons
  • No size adjustment options

High-waisted two-piece swimsuits continue to be popular, which is really great for news for pregnant people, since keeping a low-rise bottom on can be tough by the third trimester. We love this set because it features high-waist bottoms as well as a top that provides more coverage for growing breasts.

The top has a tank top shape with an added cross-strap detail on the back for a little extra flourish. The bottoms have ruching on the front so that you can wear them throughout your pregnancy and into your fourth trimester (postpartum). To top it off, the swimsuit material offers UPF 50+ protection from the sun. Plus, it comes in a fun, bright print that makes it all the more trendy.

Price at time of publication: $60

Size Range: S–XL | Materials: Not Listed | Colors: Pink Tropical Floral

What Experts Say

 "Look for UPF 50+ material if possible, as the skin during pregnancy is more prone to developing dark spots." — Rachele Gonzaga, Empowerment Stylist

Best Swim Shorts: Mermaid Maternity Fold Over Maternity Swim Shorts

Mermaid Maternity Fold Over Maternity Swim Shorts

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Pros
  • Foldover design

  • Made with durable spandex

Cons
  • Inseam may cause chaffing for some

It's always helpful to have a pair of swim shorts, and we like these for pregnancy and postpartum wear. The foldover design allows for longer use because it can sit lower during early pregnancy and postpartum when your belly is smaller, but it also unfolds into a full panel, which is ideal for later in pregnancy when your belly is larger.

The medium has a 4.5-inch inseam, and the shorts are partially lined, so they aren't see-through. Finally, they're made with a fabric that withstands the damaging effects of chlorine up to 10 times longer than traditional spandex.

Price at time of publication: $39

Size Range: S-XXL | Materials: Nylon, Xtra Life Lycra spandex | Colors: Black

Best for Nursing: East Elegant Women’s Nursing One-Piece

East Elegant Women’s Nursing One-Piece

Source: East Elegant

Pros
  • Can easily work top clasps with one hand

  • Halter design is ideal for breastfeeding busts that change size throughout the day

Cons
  • Not a maternity-specific style

While this isn't technically a maternity swimsuit, we still think it's a great option for pregnant people who are both expecting and still nursing another little one. It's designed with ruching, which is ideal for growing bellies as well as for postpartum use, and it features a one-step feeding clasp on each breast that is easy to work with just one hand.

The swimsuit is one-piece and has an adjustable halter neck design that's particularly great for breastfeeding women since their bust size can vary dramatically throughout the day. You can get this swimsuit in three different colors and in sizes S through XXL. You will need to hand wash this swimsuit.

Price at time of publication: $34

Size Range: S-XXL | Materials: Nylon, elastane | Colors: Black, navy green, red

Final Verdict

There is a lot to consider when selecting the best maternity swimsuit for yourself, but our favorite overall is the Seraphine Front Twist Black Maternity Swimsuit because it's made from quality materials, is designed to provide bust support and grow with your bump, and features gold hoops, a current trend.

How We Rated the Best Maternity Bathing Suits

4.8 to 5 stars: These are the best maternity bathing suits we reviewed. We recommend them without reservation.

4.5 to 4.7 stars: These maternity bathing suits are excellent—they might have minor flaws, but we still recommend them.

4.0 to 4.5 stars: We think these are great maternity bathing suits, but others are better.

3.5 to 3.9 stars: These maternity bathing suits are just average.

3.4 and below: We don't recommend maternity bathing suits with this rating; you won't find any on our list.

How We Selected the Best Maternity Bathing Suits

When choosing swimsuits for this list, we considered our own pregnancy experience, the latest trends, as well as the advice of stylist Rachele Gonzaga. We searched through dozens of suits, examining the overall design and potential longevity of each product, the materials, and the reviews written by other expecting parents. Finally, we aimed to create a list with a range of options for pregnant people with varying needs.

What to Look for When Buying a Maternity Swimsuit

Material and Details

If you're looking for a maternity swimsuit that will last, it's important to pay attention to the materials it's made from as well as the small details. "For swimwear, quality is dictated by the materials," says Gonzaga. "In my experience, elastane or Lycra...[are both high] quality that really lasts forever."

Still, even if a suit is not made of either of these materials, it can be of high quality. One way Gonzaga says you can tell if a swimsuit is made from a good material is to touch it to see if it's thick and soft. Another good way to check its quality is by stretching it in every direction, testing to see if it returns to its original shape.

In addition to the fabric, the details of the swimsuit also need to be done right, Gonzaga explains. "The seams, stitching, lining, and all clasps, hooks, and wires should look strong and well structured," she says. She suggests looking for swimsuits with double-stitch detailing that do not bunch up.

Fit and Style

As with all swimwear, your maternity swimsuit should fit well. It should be snug (but not tight) and offer support and enough coverage for you to feel comfortable and confident. If you're looking for something you can wear throughout pregnancy, consider looking for a swimsuit that has adjustable features that can grow with you. Additionally, keep your bust in mind while shopping for maternity swimwear; you might need more room or support than you did pre-pregnancy.

In addition to fit, you should also be conscious of the style you choose. While we've shared swimsuits on this list that have trendy designs and colors, it's OK if you don't like those trends. What's most important is how confident you feel in your swimsuit, not whether or not it's the latest fashion.

Since your body is changing so much, you may be tempted to try a whole new look, but Gonzaga says it's best to stick with the same kinds of styles you'd wear when you're not pregnant. "Any style that a [person] likes, according to [their] body shape, [they] should keep wearing during pregnancy," she says, "This will instantly make [them] look the most flattering, ever." That being said, if you're feeling stuck with what to choose, Gonzaga says her only advice is to "avoid a much lighter color, big patterns, or horizontal stripes on the bump to avoid looking too disproportionate."

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to buy a maternity suit?

    Whether you need a maternity suit depends on the seasons of your pregnancy, plans, and body type. If you are newly pregnant during the summer and have no plans to swim, then a maternity suit may not be necessary. Other women may be pregnant all summer long and may only find a comfortable fit with a bathing suit made for pregnant people.

  • What size maternity swimsuit should I buy?

    Most maternity clothes use sizing based on pre-pregnancy. Check any fine print or sizing charts for extra guidance. Additionally, look for suits with adjustable straps, ruching, and other stretchy parts which will provide more flexibility in the fit.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Ashley Ziegler is a full-time parenting writer and a mom to a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old. She lives in the hot South and spends her spare time in the summer by the pool or on the beach, so she's familiar with the pains of shopping for maternity swimsuits as well as with what moms of toddlers need from their clothing.

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