Beach and pool season has officially begun, and if you’re pregnant, you might find yourself a bit flummoxed as to how to handle the next few months of swimming and sunning (with amply applied sunscreen, of course). With a bump that’s growing by the week, some smart maternity swim pieces can seriously save your summer—yes, your fave bikini might look totally cute right now, but let’s take the long view here.
Come Labor Day (no pun intended), you want to look and feel as chic and comfortable as you do this weekend, so consider your options carefully. If you’re early on in your pregnancy, you might be able to get away with a non-maternity, ultra-stretchy one-piece (we recommend a tie-halter style to allow for optimal adjusting) or long-torso tankini or rash guard, which will allow for extra belly room as you grow. If you’re further along, a maternity suit is definitely the way to go, as the proportions will flatter your body and feel way more comfortable. Since the world of maternity swim can be a bit, well, scary, we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch. There are flirty floral prints (bless you, Topshop Maternity!) and a ton of striped options out there, as well as some simple classics that are totally indistinguishable from non-preggo styles—i.e, they look like suits you’d wear even if you weren’t pregnant.
Click through the slideshow above to see our 15 best bets for the poolside and pregnant set.