ONE of the best ways to keep fit and active in pregnancy is by swimming.
Of course, the best maternity swimming costumes are also essential for any beachy getaways or swimming pool sessions with your toddler you have planned when you're expecting a baby.
Maternity fashion has come a long way in recent years, in terms of both style and substance.
In early September 2020, sportswear brand Nike announced its first dedicated maternity collection, designed with the best technical fabrics so that women in all stages of pregnancy and new motherhood can work out in comfort and style, while also accommodating the needs of breastfeeding mums.
While Nike hasn't branched into maternity swimwear – yet – you'll find maternity swimming costumes in a range of prints and silhouettes from your favourite brands, including styles with on-trend frills or nautical stripes.
In terms of price range, both the high street and specialist maternity labels do various swimwear pieces, so you'll find a selection in your budget, whether that's less than £20 or closer to £50.
Our favourite places for maternity swimming costumes are Amazon for a great selection at bargain prices (ideal if you'll be using the item a handful of times), as well as Topshop and ASOS for more trend-led maternity swimming costumes.
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1. Best all rounder: Speedo Grace Uback Maternity Swimwear
- (AD) Speedo Uback Maternity Swimwear, £35 at Amazon – buy here
Whether you need a maternity swimsuit to do daily laps in the pool or take your toddler to swimming lessons once a week, this one-piece from Speedo does the trick.
It has a full-coverage design with a U-back and low leg – no need to worry about it riding up – as well as bust support with an elastic underband and stretches to fit your growing belly in pregnancy (the U-back ensures it's easy to peel on and off).
'This is the best costume in the world. It really is fantastic.
'This is my second one, for my first baby this grew with me and after the baby it was still acceptable to wear as it doesn't look "maternity". Really good fit, excellent coverage and also the empire line under the breast area is really handy as you feel really well supported', writes a convert.
2. Best value: NUUR Women's Maternity Swimsuit
- (AD) NUUR Women's Maternity Swimsuit, £21.99 at Amazon – buy here
We love a swimsuit with multiple options, like this 3-in-1 frill design from Nuur that can be worn as a strapless or strappy silhouette – wear it halterneck, cross-back or strapless depending on the mood and occasion.
The maternity swimsuit includes a removable padded bra for support.
Fans insist it's 'really flattering' and 'absolutely amazing'.
3. Best two piece: Seraphine Knot Front Maternity Tankini
- Teal Knot Front Maternity Swimwear Tankini, £42 at Seraphine – buy here
Specialist maternity brand Seraphine, beloved by royals and celebs alike, has some fantastic swimwear options, like this knot front tankini with a halterneck, side ruching and open back with tie detailing.
The ties and ruching ensure it fits comfortably at all stages of pregnancy, and this makes a good post-baby option too. In fact, it looks so good, you don't need to be pregnant to want to wear it.
4. Best for nursing: Mamalicious Maternity swimsuit
- Mama.Licious Maternity swimsuit, £25.20 at ASOS – buy here
Mama.Licious is another brand to know when it comes to stylish maternity swimming costumes.
We love this design for its tropical print – and also because you can get a lot of mileage out of it.
With its tie front and nursing clips, this design is perfect for nursing mums, who can comfortably wear it through pregnancy and beyond.
5. Best striped: JoJo Maman Bébé striped maternity tankini
- Striped maternity tankini, £29 at JoJo Maman Bébé – buy here
JoJo Maman Bébé is another popular maternity wear destination – especially for basics, like striped dresses and swimsuits.
This best-selling tankini style is figure-flattering, with an over-bump panel on the pants and padded cups for ample support and coverage.
The nautical-inspired stripes ensure it will always be a classic.
6. Best classic style: ASOS Maternity Black Swimsuit
- Black swimsuit, £26 at ASOS – buy here
Whatever the latest trends of the season, head to ASOS's website as they're likely to have the maternity version (they also have a very large selection of other maternity goods which is a win-win).
This classic maternity one-piece is a great all-rounder style made from a polyester-elastic blend with an adjustable spaghetti strap ribbon front.
7. Best floral swimsuit: Shein
- Ditsy print swimsuit, £6.99 from Shein – buy here
Nothing says sweet more than a ditsy print and this purse-pleasing addition from Shein does not disappoint.
With its tie detail and cut out style, it accentuates in all the right places and is a perfect poolside piece for mums-to-be. Bloomin' lovely.
8. Best off the shoulder: Yours Clothing
- Off the shoulder ruffle swimsuit, £26.99 from Yours Clothing – buy here
Looking for something that stands out from the crowd? Then this tropical off the shoulder number is bound to be a head-turner.
Ideal for a holiday or visiting your local pool it has additional straps for maximum comfort. Made of stretch fabric, it's perfect throughout your pregnancy and right into early motherhood. Tropic like it's hot.
9. Best for Swimming: Decathlon
- Maternity swimsuit, £8.99 from Decathlon – buy here
If you are pregnant you can still swim and many find it super relaxing feeling the weightlessness when in the water.
This great number by Decathlon is perfect for all your exercise needs. It has thick shoulder straps to support and the swimsuit will grow with you thanks to the space around the tummy.
It even has a U-shaped back which makes putting it on uber easy while its comfortable seams mean you can wear it right up to the nine-month mark of pregnancy. Result.
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