Tips For Picking The Best Maternity Swimsuits For You  

by Pool Builders on 03-09-2011 in Articles

Maternity swimsuits come in a massive range that seems to be growing exponentially. This is completely understandable. Swimming is a perfect, low-impact way to work out when expecting and is a popular recommendation from doctors. Floating in cool water can seem like heaven if you have to deal with hormone-induced heat flashes too. Perhaps most importantly, playing in the pool or feeling waves break gently against your ankles can translate into a much needed dose of fun and relaxation.

'An ideal balance of practicality and style' is the perfect way to describe maternity swimwear design. Many a feminine bow, romantic empire-line tie, dainty strap and pretty clasp conceal clever ways to adjust shape and style to support and compliment your body as your baby grows. And with the large range of maternity swim-apparel available, you are pretty much sure to find a style that suits your personal style and personality.

Support and comfort are crucial factors in choosing the best swimsuit for you. Go for cotton/nylon fabric combos for breathability and support - a bit of spandex helps the suit retain its shape and accommodate your changing curves too.

The one-piece designed to accommodate growth is both classic and popular. Modern one-pieces not only give you good coverage, they sport cute, practical features like pretty skirts, low boy legs and flattering necklines. Avoid ride-up caused by widening hips by ensuring adequate coverage in the back legs when you first purchase your suit.

Choose a classic pregnant bikini [] if you want to flaunt your marvelous pregnant form. Buy a 'pregkini' rather than a regular bikini for adaptability - it includes a clip-on apron/wrap that can be nice to have in the later months and can provide extra protection in very sunny conditions.

Considered the best of both worlds by many moms-to-be, the maternity tankini combines the additional coverage of a singlet-type top with the freedom and comfort of bikini-shaped bottoms for a comfortable alternative that flatters all body shapes. If you opt for a tankini, get one that has pretty or hidden side-ties to accommodate your changing curves.

Dark colors, especially classic black, are always stylish and are slimming. Prints can be great if they are not too busy and tend more towards subtlety - for example, a teensy white polka dot print on a navy or black background can look stunning, especially paired with a wide-brimmed sunhat and over-large Jackie O style sunglasses. Necklines in sweetheart and halter-styles have the dual benefits of being extremely flattering and supportive. Racer-backs, soft cups and shelf-styles also provide good shape and support. Adjustable straps are a must-have feature. Whatever style, palette or print you prefer, you are sure to find a combo that works for you.

The sun should never be underestimated - especially in these times when record highs are being reported in the hotter seasons the world over. Experts advise that expectant mothers take extra precautions when spending time in the sun. A human fetus runs at a temperature one degree hotter than its mother's, and can not regulate that temperature - that means you have to keep safe and cool to make sure your baby stays safe and cool. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, use sunscreen (15 SPF or higher) and do not engage in strenuous activity when it is very hot. Food that has been left out for two hours or more should not be eaten. Only use chlorinated swimming pools that have a pH value between 7.4 and 7.6. Naturally, maternal swimsuits, cover-ups and wraps that are comfortable, supportive and breathable (not to mention stylish) are a must.

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