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1. Why yes, I want to spend $120 on a swimsuit I will wear maybe 10 times, especially now that I'm soon-to-be-unemployed.<br><br>
2. Bikini bottoms. Yes, I get that they elongate the leg. But...I CAN'T SEE MY BIKINI LINE TO SHAVE IT. And a long top won't hide a shaggy, stubbly, red mess.<br><br>
3. Tops with no support or lining. Now, I'm probably among the easiest-to-shop-for July-ers in the boob department right now--they've grown from a small C, but they're closer to big C/small D. Still. Will my boobs float right out of a halter top?<br><br>
3a. Light-colored tops with no lining. I'm sure the teenage lifeguards will love the view of my newly huge, dark nipples.<br><br>
4. "We're sorry, we only offer maternity swimwear online." I don't even know what size I wear when not pregnant--sometimes it's a 4, sometimes it's a 10. How am I supposed to order a swimsuit based on my pre-pregnancy size if I don't have a pre-pregnancy size?<br><br><br>
Gahhh...any recommendations?
 

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none <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I am in the same boat...I leave in 10 days to go to maine and will be at the beach, lake or the backyard pool 90% of the time until baby comes and I deseperatly NEED a swim suit...<br>
Target has some in store they are not super fancy/amazing but they are reasonable price/support level (I am same size in the breast department as you...I was a c now am a c/d.) They were about $16/per piece.....My problem is that I want one that is clingy because I cannot stand the tenting look...<br>
I do know that oldnavy's halters are unlined so that is a NO WAY!<br>
and yes seriously...I look horrible in boy shorts (for some reason I have fat in places in apparently SHOULDN"T be on my legs for them) and I am reaching a point that bikini line shaving is stinking too....ugh. I want to find a really nice linen coverup....
 

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I just bought a new non-maternity bikini with a bigger top than usual.<br>
The bikini line shaving is certainly difficult but I'm getting better at doing it blind. I might start using a mirror soon. I've found if I do it every day or two, it all stays very short, at least. You might miss an area once but get it the next time. I'm normally a C and currently a D and I got an unlined halter top. It's dark so it won't be see through.<br><br>
I'm planning on spending lots of time at the pool this summer and want to wear at least my bikini top for the birth so I think I'll get my money's worth... I think I spent about $40. And I'm planning to buy a size down in the same top when my boobs go back to normal if the large stops fitting, so I'll get to keep using the bottom and it won't be such a money waste.
 

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I bought mine at a specialty bra shop. They altered it for me for free.<br><br>
Still sucks, though. Good luck!
 

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BANE OF MY EXISTENCE!<br><br>
It's hard enough for me to buy bathing suits when I'm NOT pregnant, I just have a kind of unusual figure: a 32/34 DD pre-baby and 32/34 I (yes, an *I*!) when pregnant or nursing. Except the 32/34 (depends on the brand) is less true now at 6.5 (almost seven!) months and my ribcage is expanding.<br><br><br>
I haven't gone swimming yet but I think in terms of support and best fit wearing a bikini is my number one choice. But I don't know if I quite have the confidence to rock a bikini with my big pregnant self. MJB, I LOVE that you do!!!
 

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If you get a black one, you don't have to worry about it being unlined.<br><br>
I'm lucky--with the huge bag of maternity clothes my sister loaned me there is a black one piece maternity suit with white piping. It is not particularly cute, and I could care less--it covers what I need it to cover, it's black so I don't have to worry about it getting see through, one piece so it won't float up, and it has a soft cup bra. I'll wear cute swimsuits again after I deliver.<br><br>
It's from In Due Time maternity--I have no idea who makes that brand, but it only comes in S/M/L so that might help with the sizing issue too.
 

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I bought mine at a specialty bra shop. They altered it for me for free.<br><br>
Still sucks, though. Good luck!
 

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I feel like all my options look like <a href="http://coastalcruzn.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/uglyswimsuit.jpg" target="_blank">this</a><br><br><br>
So I just forgo swimming all together lol
 

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I borrowed a black plus-size swimsuit from my mom when I was PG. I wasn't a fashion model, but it worked.<br><br>
Seriously, check out XL or something in Walmart.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I feel like all my options look like <a href="http://coastalcruzn.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/uglyswimsuit.jpg" target="_blank">this</a><br><br><br>
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Ha! Totally!
 

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I just rock the regular bikini with baby belly all hanging out.<br><br>
I bought the $10 bottom at Target a size bigger than I normally would and made sure to get the kind that has ties on the sides so I can adjust it as mah butt gets bigger.<br><br>
I don't have the giant boob problem, mine have only gone up maybe a size and I can still get away with going braless. Again, the cheap separates from Target do me all right--they have the double lined kind that are one color on the inside and another color on the outside so dark nips don't show through.<br><br>
I don't know what to say about the bikini line issue---I make dp help or at least eyeball it to say if it's safe or not. But hey, I'm a mammal, and I grow fur, so if a little peeks out and offends people then I figure it's their problem for checking me out too closely. Another solution would be to buy the shorts kind and wear it below the belly---they had the shorts style at Tarzhay available as separates and none were more than $14.<br><br>
Good luck! I love my big belly this swimsuit season.
 

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DDDC:<br><br>
I ended up not swimming either. I bought a suit at Motherhood and when I arrived I found that it fit well- as long as only covering my nipples was the goal.<br><br>
Seriously, it fit great everywhere, but didn't even come close to dealing with my magnificent preggo boobage.<br><br>
I bought XL bottoms at Target and thought I'd just wear a bra and maternity tank with them and call it good- but by then I'd somehow lost the urge to swim... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I bought a swimsuit from H&M online. I also had no clue which size to order. If I had to do it all again, I'd order 3 sizes and send the ones back that don't fit. As it was, I got very lucky.
 

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I'm thinking maybe I got lucky..........I got a couple suits at Motherhood when I was pregnant with DD and they were relatively inexpensive........they fit okay. They aren't the greatest but they get the job done. Hope you ladies have some luck..........I love to get in the pool or lake when preggo....takes the weight off my back and DD absolutely loves swimming.
 

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I've done a ton of research, as I'm a swimmer and plan on swimming daily as soon as the lake warms up! fitmaternity.com has some one-piece suits that look like they will be good for actual lap swimming. They are pricey (50$ and up) but at least I will be able to swim without falling out all over the place.<br><br>
For lounging at the lakeside, I'm wearing an old bikini . . .getting a wax. Yes, I look a little ridiculous, but I don't care. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've done a ton of research, as I'm a swimmer and plan on swimming daily as soon as the lake warms up! fitmaternity.com has some one-piece suits that look like they will be good for actual lap swimming. They are pricey (50$ and up) but at least I will be able to swim without falling out all over the place.<br><br>
For lounging at the lakeside, I'm wearing an old bikini . . .getting a wax. Yes, I look a little ridiculous, but I don't care. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I bought one at motherhood maternity, a two piece that was the most unflattering piece of material I have ever put on, literally would not leave the bathroom with it, just made me look wide and like I had no shape and I look pretty good right now :)<br><br>
So I bought a black halter swimsuit from Old Navy<br><a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=43689" target="_blank">http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=43689</a><br><br>
and it is really quite flattering, scrunches on the side so it gives you a waist, accentuates the cleavage and is super comfortable, plus not very high on the leg, so the bikini line is not that much of a problem and it is super comfy and only $25! I highly recommend it!
 

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I just got a plus size top at Target, which was on sale, and some plain black bottoms to go with. The top has the ties on the sides to adjust if needed.
 

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I've given up on bikini bottoms as I found they never provide enough coverage and always ride up my butt, even when not pregnant. Instead, I just bought short exercise shorts in a solid colour and a regular bikini top with a pattern that has a similar colour (not a set, obviously), and I'm never going back to "real" swim suits again!<br><br>
Like <a href="http://shop.lululemon.com/Run_Enegry_Short/pd/c/580/np/580/p/2212.html" target="_blank">this</a> paired with a simple halter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Shorts provide much more coverage, I don't have to worry about the bikini line, no wedgies, and they are so much more comfortable. I don't have a problem with being well endowed, so I can't help you there, though.<br><br>
So think outside the swim suit box and assemble your own suit!
 

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Target some times has cute maternity suits, and you might try old navy.
 
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