4 Thoughts In Every Pregnant Women’s Mind During Bathing Suit Season

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This week, we celebrated the newly warm weather with a little girls' trip to the beach. A night away, the excitement of a hotel (for my kids, not me), and endless hours at the pool.

Which is all fun and games … except for me, of course.

Because at 7 months pregnant, beach season means bathing suits. And tell me if my fellow pregnant ladies have ever had any of these thoughts about rocking their bikini bump during bathing suit season …

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#1) Ok, maybe this won't be so bad…

I don't know about you, but I always start out my hunt for a bathing suit when I'm pregnant, thinking “Ok, maybe this won't be so bad! Maybe I'll look like one of those women with just a cute little baby bump!”

And then I try on my first suit …

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#2) Whoa, whose body is this?

So my search for a bathing suit starts out rather optimistic, until I look in the mirror and this is all I see.

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#3) Well, maybe no one will notice me in the water anyways …

After hours of struggling with elastic, straps, and horrible belly panels, I always end up just grabbing the bathing suit that I hope will fit me. Or completely giving up and ordering something online. And while I know the truth that I will never rock a bikini bump in the most fashionable way possible, I know that pregnancy is not forever and that swimming can be the key to surviving a summer pregnancy. So eventually, I give up, waddle my way into the water, and enjoy the feeling of weightlessness for the first time in what feels like forever.

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#4) I just don't even care.

I love the water when I'm pregnant so much, in fact, that I start to feel like maybe I really am not that big. In fact, I bet I'm graceful enough to attempt an out-of-water jump.

Or maybe not.

But then again, I don't even care if this is what people see when they look at me. Because I can totally float on my belly!

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4 Thoughts In Every Pregnant Women’s Mind During Bathing Suit Season

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Cara Cara says:

    I did not worry at all about how I looked to others in my bikini – I am old enough to wear the skimpiest piece I can find and enjoy it. Because I knew that just the way I look back 20 years at pictures of myself (then in my early twenties) and think – wow, you looked great! even though at the time I felt so self-conscious – I know that in twenty more years I will look back at me pregnant in my skimpy bottom (and topless) on that beach and say, damn, girl – you rocked!
    The only thing I wondered about was if too much suntan would make the dark line on my belly permanent or not (it didn’t). I liked the way I looked – all big belly, and i enjoyed it a lot. It was the most volutuous time of my life lol.

  2. Profile photo of Stacey209 Stacey209 says:

    I just wore a tank top and shorts to the beach. I never had any desire to worry about bathing suits.

  3. I had my babies in January and April, so never had to worry about bathing suit season and being huge.

  4. Profile photo of Joyce Joyce says:

    Stop caring about it!! Enjoy every minute. You are pregnant – you are NOT a fashion model – and guess what, you were not before you were pregnant and odds are you won’t be afterward. Think about all the women/couples on the beach going through IVF, or struggling with infertility who WISH they had a baby bump to show off. It’s fabulous that you care about your body and want to have a positive feeling about yourself- but stop judging yourself!! If the 20 something’s (or whatever ages) are flaunting their rock-hard bikini bodies- who cares?? You are going to have a tiny little human soon who thinks you are the only thing on the planet that matters – regardless of what you are wearing or how you do (or do not) rock it. 40 weeks is a short, short time in your life- enjoy every last minute of it!!!

  5. Profile photo of Marie Marie says:

    I’ve never cared much for bikinis, but my mom bought me this adorable tankini and I’m quite comfortae showing off my baby bump in it. Too bad I can’t post a pic here.

  6. Profile photo of jess jess says:

    I have 2 friends who are due the same week as me,which makes us 8 months along. They rock their bikinis and look fantastic,i on the other hand have a 2 piece that is longer but works for the rack

  7. Profile photo of chernell chernell says:

    Actually living in Hawaii and rocking the pregnant belly is about the only time a woman can feel gorgeous wearing a skimpy bikini unless of course you already have a rockin’ body to begin with. But for the women who have a little pudge like I did before I got pregnant being pregnant and rockin’ that bikini is about the only time I can feel sexy and not have those oh my god stares she’s wearing that at the beach LOL looks.

  8. Profile photo of kristin kristin says:

    being eight months pregnant my family is planing a trip to silver wood i of course am only going to be able to do the water rides at first i thought dang im going to look so disgusting but than i remembered that ill have my old body back soon who cares how big i am now its not for ever and my husband thinks im beautiful no matter what (:

    • Profile photo of Suzette Suzette says:

      I’m almost 7 months pregnant and I’m 5’2″. Not feeling too sexy right now. Wearing a bikini in the middle of July was not something I looked forward to. My belly doesn’t bother me, but by growing butt does! I’ve always been petite and confident with my body until now. We’re our worst critics anyways, right? I know it’s only temporary and I’m not going to let a little junk in the trunk get in the way of some summer fun! Our baby is a total blessing, there could be worse problems. My man thinks I’m beautiful too no matter what 🙂 That’s all I care about.

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