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Beach-Blanket Mama: The Best Bathing Suits For New Moms

May 27 2014 - 2:21pm

Mama's going to look hot this Summer! New mothers often dread heading to the beach or pool, but there's no reason to sit under full-body armor just because you don't have your prebaby body back yet. There are plenty of guides to picking out the best suit for your body type, but few focus on the postpartum body. So we're helping new moms make the right pick. With larger chests and some extra weight around their midsections, postpartum women have different concerns than other bathing-suit shoppers. I've rounded up my favorite picks to help flaunt the new mom's best assets and minimize the rest. Check them out!

DKNY Forever Dots Bandeau Swimdress

Who says a one-piece bathing suit can't be sexy? DKNY [1]'s Forever Dots Bandeau Swimdress [2] ($104) has a flared silhouette to hide any leftover baby weight that Mama might not be ready to show off right now.

Glamourmom Tankini Swimsuit

Nursing mamas don't have to worry about flashing the entire beach with the Glamourmom Tankini Swimsuit [3] ($35). With a real, built-in nursing bra, the bathing suit has all the comforts of a nursing tank with the added benefit of a high-waisted bikini brief that holds in the postpartum belly.

Boob Fast Food Nursing Swimsuit

Boob's Fast Food Nursing Swimsuit [4] ($85) uses a drawstring flap for easy (and discreet) nursing.

Real Bodies Real Solutions Printed D-Cup One-Piece Swimdress

Support a new mom's new cup size with a swimsuit designed for large-chested women. Real Bodies Real Solutions's Printed D-Cup One-Piece Swimdress [5] ($70) has not only a flowy A-line style, but also a bra-based top that assures plenty of support where new moms need it.

Spanx High-Rise Bikini Bottom

If Mom's biggest trouble area is her midsection, Spanx [6]'s Basix High-Rise Bikini Bottom [7] ($60) will suck her in like no other suit. When it's paired with a tankini top, no one will ever know just how high her coverage goes.

Miraclesuit Sonatina One Piece

The tagline says they'll make Mama look like she's lost 10 pounds in 10 minutes. While I can't guarantee that Miraclesuit [8]'s Sonatina One Piece [9] ($144) will do that, it will flatter a postpartum body. The shirred waist and larger breast cups are perfectly designed for mamas whose bodies aren't quite where they used to be.

Carmen Marc Valvo Cape Town Draped Tankini Top

Talk about an all-in-one piece that provides coverage where new moms need it most! Carmen Marc Valvo [10]'s Cape Town Draped Tankini Top [11] ($81, originally $108) has a draped top with plenty of space for an expanded bustline and a shirred bottom to hide any excess pounds.

L-Space Sun Seeker One Piece Swimsuit

Designed to hide all kinds of little flaws, the L-Space Sun Seeker One Piece Swimsuit [12] ($132) has a draped top that keeps any extra midsection weight out of sight.

Esther Williams Bathing Beauty Two-Piece Swimsuit

Who says a new mama has to hide all her assets under a one-piece suit or tankini? The Esther Williams Bathing Beauty Two-Piece Swimsuit [13] ($90) features full-bust support and high-waisted bottoms and provides total lower-belly coverage.

Spanx Whittle Waistline Draped Tankini Top

Using Spanx [14]'s tummy-sucking technology, the Whittle Waistline Draped Tankini Top [15] ($80, originally $128) supports a larger bust while hiding extra weight from the midsection.

Shabby Apple Caicos Swimsuit Top

With a ruched, padded bust and a peplum-style middle area, Shabby Apple's Caicos Swimsuit Top [16] ($56) may be just what the postpartum doctor ordered. Consider it your stealth defense for a day at the beach (just don't forget the sunscreen!).


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