Shimmying yourself into a swimsuit can be all the more challenging when you’re trying to get one that works with your
postpartum body. But once you have said swimsuit on, you may find that it’s not meeting your newborn momma needs like those two-pieces of the past did. That’s when having a plethora of postpartum swimsuit options that are stylish and functional can make you feel beach-ready.
But before you break out your old bikini, it’s important to assess
what you’ll need from your swimsuit. Does it offer easy access to your breasts if you’re nursing, or is it a swimsuit that is soft on your C-section incision? “Lots of lactating parents like a top that’s super stretchy which can be easily pulled down or to the side or a bandeau with no straps for easy access,” Jada Shapiro, a doula and founder of boober tells Romper. “If you gave birth by cesarean and like a 2-piece, you’ll likely prefer a higher waisted suit which doesn’t sit directly on your incision to avoid any irritation to the scar.” And, as Shapiro points out, covering your scar if it’s still healing is also important to minimize sun exposure.
You might also want a swimsuit that offers tummy control without feeling too constricting. “If you are feeling a little mushy and soft in the belly (and aren’t we all after having a baby) and you want a little extra support, you might like bathing suits with layered fabric or some ruching to give a little extra hold,” says Shapiro. But most of all, your swimsuit should be something functional, makes you feel beautiful, and is kind to your post-baby body.
So try on these postpartum swimsuits which will make wearing one, well, a day at the beach (or lake, shore, or pool).
We only include products that have been independently selected by Romper's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. 1 A Postpartum Bathing Suit With A Ruffle
Sometimes you want to have a little bling in your bathing suit. The
Nisi Ivory One Piece Swimsuit is a basic strapless white swimsuit — but then there’s that incredible serpentine ruffle that makes it into a total mood. The cool thing is that the ruffle is moveable, so if you don’t like it right around your neck, you can bring it down to cover your shoulder or arm for added drama. And when you thought all the fabulosity was in the front, well, then take a looksie at the back, which has a small peek-a-boo cut out that adds even more interest. The swimsuit comes in sizes XS – XXL, so it can be worn well into your second or third trimester, depending on what stage of pregnancy you’re in. 2 A Postpartum Swimsuit That Has Tummy Control And Nursing Access
A postpartum swimsuit that offers tummy control and lets you nurse, too? Sign. Us. Up. The
CUPSHE Women’s One Piece has a modestly plunging neckline, making it ideal for breastfeeding in your bathing suit. The 80% chinlon, 20% spandex fabric is soft and gives enough stretch to make your postpartum belly feel comfortable. The suit also has tummy control, so you’ll look and feel your best while at the beach or pool. It also has adjustable shoulder straps, so you can control how much support you give your gals. The ruching design on the torso gives this simple suit some added visual interest. 3 A Postpartum Swimsuit That Offers Complete Coverage
Just because you’re sitting at the shore doesn’t mean you want to show it all off. If you’re looking for something more discreet, then the
GabiFresh Cup Sized Chiffon Sleeve One Piece Swimsuitcan let you feel covered up without feeling conspicuous. You can seek out a size that fits your breasts comfortably, and the swimsuit offers some tummy control, too. Simply choose your band/cup size and you’ll ensure no peek-a-boo moments at the beach. And when it’s time to nurse, you can just untie the twist front and you can feed your baby easily without having to remove your entire swimsuit. 4 A Postpartum Swimsuit That Comes With Boyshorts
With over 10,000 ratings on Amazon, the
Holipick Women Tankini Swimsuit might be your pick to wear at the pool. The two-piece swimsuit comes with a tiered ruffle tankini top and boyshort bottoms. In addition to being high-waisted, the boyshorts also offer tummy control — and unlike other swimsuits, you won’t have to worry about them riding up your rump. The cool thing is that this swimsuit isn’t just for swimming; you can do anything in it, really, from swimming, jogging, or doing other water activities, thanks to all that additional coverage. Just lower the straps when Baby is looking for their next feeding. 5 A Postpartum Swimsuit That Is Stylish
If you’re looking to nurse while sitting on the sand, this stylish swimsuit from Jade Swim is it. The
Apex One Piece suit is lined and has a one shoulder strap for a cool look. And if you’re taller than 5’6, it’s recommended sizing up so you get the fit that’s just right for you. Nursing is as simple as undoing the one strap that the swimsuit has. The suit is also lined for added comfort and has moderate bottom coverage, so your butt won’t be on display to all the other beachgoers. 6 A Crossover Cut
Sometimes, a day at the beach isn’t always a day at the beach. When you’re looking for something, anything to wear that will fit your postpartum (and breastfeeding) body, look to Kindred Bravely’s maternity, nursing, and pumping
tankini top. It has a crossover cut that will support you during your nine months and beyond. If Baby gets hungry at the beach, you can just pull the other layer aside to feed. The tankini top also has side ruching to accentuate your silhouette, and can be worn with any pair of bikini bottoms, or even shorts if you’re not planning to splash in the waves. 7 A Postpartum Nursing Cover Up
After some time splashing with your little sweetie, you might want to sink into the sand. But when Baby wants to nurse, you can throw on the
Latched Mama Asymmetrical Nursing Swim Cover Up. Its breathable fabric and moisture-wicking design help to keep both you and your baby feeling fresh during a feeding. It has a complete full-coverage neckline, so you won’t have to worry about getting that weird v-neck sunburn that can happen with other coverups. It also offers UPF 50 protection, and is easy to lift up or pull down to nurse. The coverup is tunic length, so it’s long enough to cover your tush, too. 8 A Postpartum Swimsuit For Your Nine Months And Beyond
There’s nothing like getting a lot of mileage out of your maternity clothes. And
The Zanzibar Bikini from Hatch can take you from pregnancy to postpartum easily, thanks to a high waisted bikini bottom. It can even help if you have a C-section, since your incision won’t be exposed to the sun. You can also nurse in this swimsuit, too. It has side ruching that isn’t just there simply for style; it can actually stretch and expand with you as needed. And the straps on the top? Well, they can be worn regular, criss cross, or even tied as a halter. 9 A Postpartum Swimsuit With Extra Belly Room
Who says that you have to stop wearing your maternity bathing suit once Baby comes? This
One Piece Maternity Swim Suit from Motherhood is meant for pregnancy, but can easily extend into your fourth trimester, too. With its halter top front, you can breastfeed while still having some extra room for your postpartum body. It’s made from 85% nylon/15% spandex combination. It has a somewhat plunging backline, so you can feel pretty snazzy while you’re nursing. The suit also has UPF 50+ to protect your ultra sensitive skin during your nine months and beyond. 10 A Postpartum Swimsuit That Can Be Pulled Down For Nursing
There’s a lot to love about this
beige animal-print ruffle maternity one-piece swimsuit from PinkBlush. First, it’s a one-piece, so you won’t have to worry about tugging or tucking all your lady parts into place. Because it’s also a maternity swimsuit, it allows for extra stretch, since no one wants to push a tired belly into a tight suit. Then, there’s the leopard print, which is fun and flirty. The ruffled straps are also adjustable, so you can get the right fit for your boobs at any stage of pregnancy or postpartum. The swimsuit is also double-lined, so even if you leak, no one is going to notice. 11 A Black-Owned Postpartum Swimsuit
If you want your bathing suit to come from a Black-owned brand, then you should definitely check out this one from
Nakimuli. It has a halter silhouette, which means that you can really nurse on demand without having to worry about underwires, straps, or additional fabric to fuss with. The halter straps tie around the neck either in a regular or criss cross pattern, so you can style it however you’d like. The high-waisted bottoms give you coverage where you need it, and a gold band gives you the bling you deserve, momma. 12 A Postpartum Swimsuit That Does Double Duty
It looks like it’s just a one-piece bathing suit, but the
New Mom Nursing & Tummy Control Swimsuitfrom Seraphine does so much more. For starters, it allows nursing access, thanks to drop-down clips. It also has built-in bust support, and it has gentle tummy control that will protect your belly without feeling binding. The swimsuit has double layer nursing access that lets you feed without feeling like you’re all out there. There’s even some built-in bust support for your boobs, and a crossover back adds some design detail. 13 A Budget-Friendly Postpartum Swimsuit
Tummy control is just one of the features of the
Charmo Tummy Control One Piece Swimsuit. The criss-cross front can be opened to breastfeed, while the padded cups can help prevent a leak from showing. The built-in supportive bra can help keep everything right where it should be. The swimsuit also has cross back straps so you can switch up the style, while the bottoms offer “moderate” coverage (read: if your butt looks good, you’ll want to wear this swimsuit). And because it’s a one-piece, you can feel free to frolic in the waves without giving everyone a glimpse at your girls. 14 A Postpartum Swimsuit With Pockets
Let’s say that you’ve got a bunch of bikini bottoms (they’re kind of like random socks in that way), but no tops. Well, this
maternity crochet bandeau flyaway tankini top from Target can match with any bottoms you might have. The bandeau top makes breastfeeding a breeze — just lower the top and you’re ready to nurse. The crocheted torso gives coverage without making it look like you’re trying to cover up. The tankini top comes with a removeable strap in case you want some extra support. 15 A Vintage-Inspired Postpartum Swimsuit
If you’re looking for a little glam while you’re soaking up the sun, the
Angerella Women Vintage Polka Dot High Waisted Bathing Suit can make you feel like you’re back in the 40’s. The high-waisted ruched bikini bottoms have some serious tummy control, which can be good for C section mommas. Looking to breastfeed? Just untie the straps to gain access to your boobies. You’ll also be thankful for those thick straps, which are not just adjustable, but give additional support without digging into your shoulders. The cups boast an underwire to make you feel put together while you play with your baby on the beach. 16 A Color Blocking Postpartum Swimsuit
Sure, you might have just had a baby, but you still want to be the badass on the beach. That’s exactly what you’ll be in this
color blocking Bright Delight of a postpartum swimsuit from Black-owned brand Nakimuli. It’s almost impossible to describe the style of this swimsuit, because, well, it’s ultimately up to you what style the suit will take that day. You can switch up the straps, create a colorful belt situation, or even make it a one-shoulder wonder. The front of the high waisted brief is lined, and the nylon/spandex combo gives you some serious stretch wherever you need it. 17 A Plus Size Postpartum Swimsuit
This is one of Motherhood’s bestselling swimsuits, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a
basic black bathing suit, but so much more. The swimsuit can take you from pregnancy to postpartum easily, thanks to its clean design. It has an adjustable halter top which can be used for support during pregnancy, and to also offer easy nursing access, thanks to its plunging v-shaped neckline. It also has UPF 50+ sun protection to prevent any potential burns. The plus size swimsuit also has stretchy side ruching that works with your body at any stage.
With so many options on the market, you’re sure to find a suit that looks and feels great, no matter where you’re at in your mothering journey.
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This article was originally published on
May 25, 2021