Swimming and other aquatic exercises are highly recommended for pregnant women. Aside from being a great way to cool off, just plainly being in the water greatly reduces the usual stress on heavily pregnant women’s musculoskeletal systems – the buoyancy of the water supports the weight of the fetus, therefore easing the load off the lower back region. It’s also important to mention that many women who exercise in the water claim that their aquatic workout made labour much easier for them. Truly, there are many benefits to these exercises for pregnant women.
However, a lot of expectant moms still refuse to commit to these exercises even though they know of all the great advantages. The mere idea of wearing a swimsuit while they’re pregnant instantly increases their self-consciousness about their growing bellies and other changing body parts. Most of them really just don’t think it’s cute and the only women who can get away with displaying their bodies in all their pregnant glory in a bikini are the likes of Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba.
Wearing a swimsuit when you’re pregnant does not have to be as mortifying as most people think. With the right cut, print (and basically the overall design), you can actually look pleasantly decent. Choosing maternity swimwear is really not that different from choosing regular swimwear — it’s just that you really have to pay more attention to the coverage and support around your belly. Style-wise, basically the same selection rules apply, and provided below are some really great tips to make maternity swimwear shopping much easier.
- Go for hypoallergenic materials; certain stretchable fabrics used for swimwear can irritate pregnant women’s sensitive skin so it’s best to choose ones that are light and allow the skin to breathe.
- Consider your changing body shape because not only the belly gets bigger — breasts, hips, and bottom sizes expand as well. It’s important for pregnant women to pick the right size, cut and material of swimwear that will expand with their bodies.
- Always go for comfort; there are women who love the support and security of a one-piece swimsuit, while there are some who prefer a two-piece ensemble because it makes bathroom breaks so much easier. It’s always good to consider the kind of comfort you want when wearing a swimsuit.
- Go for colours, prints and detailing that flatter your complexion and shape. Swimsuits in solid colours like black, blue or red that have control panels can instantly provide a healthy glow to your skin and make you look slimmer, while certain prints and detailing can highlight flaunt-worthy areas of your body.
- Invest in great cover-ups for your swimsuit like sarongs, caftans, flowy tunics, rompers and light dresses. You can put them on over your swimsuit after your water exercise and not have to worry about people ogling your pregnant figure.
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