Tips on Finding the Best Plus Size Maternity Swimwear

Plus Size Maternity Swim Wear

It's easy to find plus size maternity clothing, but not many stores offer swimwear options. Plus size maternity swimsuits can be tough to shop for, but you don't need to give up on going to the beach or lying by the pool. Swimsuits in your size are out there if you know where to look. Some major retailers carry them, as well as specialty stores, so you can find a cute maternity suit that fits you well.

Motherhood Maternity

A popular maternity retailer, Motherhood Maternity, offers a full range of clothing and swimwear items. You'll find several swimsuit styles designed for plus size ladies in cute, on-trend designs. Shipping is free on orders of $125 or more, or standard shipping starts at about $8 for lesser amounts. Returns can be made within 30 days of purchase.

Floral One-Piece

This adorable Floral Print Halter Top One-Piece is not only cute and colorful, but it has a flattering design with its smocked waist and v-neckline. It is made of a nylon/Spandex blend and has UPF 50+ protection. It is available in plus sizes 1X through 3X for about $40.

Striped Tankini

The cute Striped Tankini has a fun striped print with a teal background and navy stripes and comfortable shoulder straps for support. It also has ruching on the side and is available in plus sizes 1X through 3X. Get this nylon/Spandex blend suit for about $45. If striped aren't for you, the same style comes in a pink floral and black and white check.

Pink Blush Maternity

Pink Blush Maternity offers several cute and comfortable swimwear styles for expecting moms. Shipping costs begin at $5, but orders over $50 ship free in the U.S. Most orders are shipped within 48 hours and returns are allowed within 30 days of purchase. With their cute and trendy items, Pink Blush is a popular clothing brand. They have a selection of swimwear that is designated maternity friendly in styles like tankinis and two-pieces that can accommodate a growing belly. Plus size maternity-friendly swimwear at Pink Blush comes in 1X through 3X.

Wrap-Front Tankini

This black Wrap-Front Tankini is a great combination of classic and contemporary style. The flattering top style is great for the multiple stages of pregnancy. It has cris-cross back straps and comes in sizes 1X through 3X for just over $30. Pair it with black or colorful swim bottoms.

Off-the-Shoulder With Ruffles

The fun and elegant Off-the-Shoulder One-Piece from Pink Blush has a wide ruffle at the top so it helps balance your growing baby bump. It comes in a pretty dusky blue blue or versatile black and is double-lined. It is sold in sizes 1X through 3X for just under $50.

Mermaid Maternity

Mermaid Maternity is a smaller online retailer, but one that specializes specifically in maternity swimwear. They offer several swimsuits in L (equivalent to a size 12-14), XL (16-18) and XXL (size 20). They also offer a smaller selection of swim separates in designated plus sizes 2XL and 3XL as well. Standard shipping via USPS is free on all orders (priority shipping starts at about $7), and returns can be made within 30 days of the purchase date.

V-Insert Tankini Top

Available in a flattering v-cut style that includes an insert, this V-Insert Tankini Swim Top is available in classic black, as well as bright pink, tropical blue, blue peacock print, and black and white polka dot in sizes XL and XXL. It costs just over $30.

Boy Short Bottoms

Your tankini top will pair perfectly with the attractive boy shorts swim bottoms from Mermaid Maternity. These come in sizes L through 2XL and offer full coverage in a streamlined style. Made with a stretchy blend that includes nylon, Lycra, and Spandex, they are comfortable. They coast just over $40.

Maternity Swim Skirt

If you prefer a swim skirt style, Mermaid Maternity's swim skirt with attached boy shorts offers great coverage and a cute look. Also available in black, it's easy to mix and match with any swim top. This swim skirt is available for just over $50.

Ocean & Lily Activewear

Focused on functional but stylish activewear, Ocean & Lily offers a number of two-piece tankini swimsuit styles, with several in sizes up to XXL (18-20). Prices range from about $70 to $85. They offer free shipping on orders of $100 or more, or starting at about $8 for other orders. Since this is a Canada-based business, US customers can expect shipping to take about ten days. Unused items can be returned for refund or exchange within 30 days of the ship date. You can also some of their styles on Amazon and other websites.

Twist-Front Tankini

This cute black and white print tankini comes with black bikini bottoms in maternity sizes up to XXL. The twist front provides a comfortable and flattering look, and the bottoms are perfect for your growing pregnancy because they can be worn over the belly, mid-belly, or under the belly to provide you with optimal comfort at every stage. It is about $70.

Cut-Out Swim Top and Skort

This Cut Out Tankini and Skort comes in a neutral charcoal print top and solid charcoal skort bottoms. Like the bikini bottoms, the skort offers three ways to wear it to adjust to your pregnancy. It has a supportive bust and a cute cut on the back. IT retails for about $70 and comes in sizes XXL.

PregO Maternity Wear

PregO started making maternity swimsuits in 1992. You'll find their suits at many online stores, but only some of them are available in plus sizes. The company doesn't sell directly to consumers, but Amazon.com features merchants offering the plus size suits.

Babydoll Halter Maternity Swimsuit

Look pin-up girl pretty in this babydoll style swimsuit from PregO. The ruched front is universally flattering and provides good chest support while the bottoms are designed to fit comfortably over your belly. It comes in sizes S to 3X (size 20-22) and retails for under $75.

Empire Waist Swimsuit

If you are an expectant mom who loves a minimalist look to her wardrobe, this black PregO Maternity Women's Empire One-Piece Swimsuit from will suit your fashion taste. The empire waist is flattering for most body types and the adjustable shoulder straps make it easy to adjust your comfort level. It is available in sizes XL to 1X and costs around $73.

Old Navy

Old Navy doesn't advertise its maternity swimwear as plus size, but their standard sizing tends to run large, and swim tops, bottoms, and one-pieces are available in sizes up to XXL (approximately size 20). They offer classic and trendy styles at an affordable price point. You can find separates starting at about $25 and one-pieces for under $50. The store offers free shipping on orders over $50, or you can buy online and pick up in the store. You have 45 days to return unwanted items. Examples of Old Navy maternity swimwear include:

Bandeau Style Swimwear

This sleek swim Maternity Bandeau Swim Top comes in blue, violet or black. You can pair it with matching bottoms or mix and match for a colorful look. Because it's style is more minimals, it's great for ladies who like a classic look. The modest design is also great for pregnant ladies who are self conscious about their larger chests or who want to minimize the bust. It's available for about $35 in sizes up to XXL.

Wrap-Front One-Piece

This Wrap Front Maternity One-Piece one-piece is already flattering with it's v-neck and halter styling, but the addition of a cute front tie just under the bust adds an extra element of style. It also features ruching along the sides and dual straps for support. Get it in black or checks in sizes up to XXL for about $45.

Curvy Swimwear

Curvy Swimwear is an Australia-based swimwear retailer that offers worldwide shipping. U.S. customers can get free shipping with orders over $100; orders under that price can be shipped with a $20 international post fee. Orders generally take three days to arrive to the U.S. They have a nice selection of different maternity suit styles with sizes that go up to 18. Returns are accepted within 14 days of receipt.

Tiered Swimsuit

This beautiful 3-Tiered Coral Swimsuit is ideal for ladies who like having a little more flair to their look. The tiers are flattering and forgiving to curves, and the coral color works well with most skin tones. It offers full coverage in the seat and has removable straps. Get it up to size 18 for about $99.

Plus Size Maternity Swimsuit WIth Underwire

The subtle print on the swim top on the Mosaic Aqua Ruched Tankini offer a great look with extra support from the underwire. The scoop neckline and ruching throughout provide extra style and a flattering fit. Pair them with coordinating bottoms for an on-trend look. This swim top comes in sizes up to 18 for about $118.

Tips for Selecting Plus Size Swimwear

Merchant selections of maternity swimwear in plus sizes is not very extensive. Many maternity stores don't stock plus size suits or they may not carry swimwear at all. However, you should be able to find enough suits to give you a few styles to choose from so you have a swimsuit when you need to start wearing maternity clothes.

Flattering Designs

You'll find classic designs as well as fashionable, trendy ones in styles like skirted suits, basic tanks, and tankinis. Some skirted suits may feature generously cut skirts which fall from above the belly and offer a bit of sexy swing. You may also come across "swim skirts," which you use for coverage over more revealing bottoms. Tanks offer simplicity: no frills, no fuss, and they'll stay in place if you want to swim. Tankinis are two-piece suits with tank tops instead of bikini bras. Depending on the fit, your belly may peep out below the top.

Cheerful plus size women enjoying the beach

Size Considerations

Most shops that sell plus size maternity swimwear will tell you to choose the same size you normally wear. The suits are specially designed to allow room for your growing belly. However, if you've gained or lost weight with the pregnancy, you might find your size has changed. If you order online, check the return policy before you place your order.

An Important Accessory

In addition to swimwear, you may want a cover-up for cool evenings by the ocean or casual dinners poolside, and a t-shirt or sarong might not look attractive over your pregnant belly. Only a few stores offer cover-ups sized to pair with extended size maternity swimwear; therefore, you may need to get creative by using a cotton or linen button-down shirt from a plus size maternity active-wear line. Finally, try topping your swimwear with a flowing caftan or jersey knit dress made for plus size pregnant moms so you can stay comfy and still look polished and poised.

Combine Function With Fun

With all the discomfort associated with pregnancy, why add the stress of worrying how you might look in swimwear or fearing you may have to sacrifice an activity you enjoy like swimming because you can't find the perfect suit? With so many fashionable, functional styles available from merchants who specialize in providing extended sizes swimwear, you'll be able to enjoy swimming, lounging poolside, or soaking up some sun throughout your pregnancy in your new swimwear.

Tips on Finding the Best Plus Size Maternity Swimwear