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#1 ~Mummy~Mel~

Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

I took the kids to the pool today as it was stinking hot. We go fairly often in summer and I always wear a bikini. Nothing skimpy though. I am now 26 weeks pregnant and still wear the bikini but add some short board shorts.

Today it felt like ppl were looking at me because my pregnant tummy was exposed. I am a size 10 and don't hve a single stretch mark so it's not as though they were looking at that.

What do you think? Is it ok to wear a bikini when pregnant or should I be covering up? It has made me quite self conscious.

#2 ~~~

Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

I've been wearing bikini top and boardies while having a very pregnant belly too original.gif I also have no stretch marks etc (just some furry legs and spider veins ninja.gif but its too damn hot for me to care what others are thinking about. I would probably check out a nice big pregnant belly too, but not in judgement original.gif Enjoy your body and pregnancy original.gif

#3 lizzzard

Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

They were probably admiring you!! I have to admit, there was  a gorgeous pregnant lass at our pool on the weekend and I couldn't stop admiring her beautiful belly ph34r.gif

#4 Amy 1976

Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

Wear whatever you feel happy in. Perhaps people were admiring your belly.

Whenever I see a pregnant woman I can't help sneaking a peek at her belly.

#5 Aimee_87

Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

Hell no! Wear what you're comfortable in! I went on holidays this time last year and then had my baby in April, wore a two piece bikini as normal. I even wore a bikini in march last year on manly beach at about 33 weeks. Nothing to hide! How annoying (and expensive) to have to buy a one piece maternity cozzie!

#6 StopTheGoats

Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

You have three kids and are more than halfway pregnant with number 4. You are at the pool. Supervising all your presumably fed, clothed children. Probably all wearing sunscreen and hats.
I struggled to put on pants today and missed my mouth a few times putting water in it.
Give yourself a slow clap and stop thinking about how your body appears to others.

#7 HeartMyBoys

Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

People could be staring because you look so good. If you have the confidence to do it, stuff what people think.

#8 ell80

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:04 PM

I wore a bikini the whole time I was pregnant - I swam twice per week at MSAC amongst the speedo-wearing mob of regular swimmers.  A few people would look as I got in and out of the pool, but I couldn't really blame them with my massive belly hanging out.  (TBH, If I saw a woman with a pregnant belly on show I would probably look myself... Pregnant bellies are awesome.)

I certainly didn't feel that it wasn't ok, and I wasn't about to buy an expensive pair of ugly maternity bathers for a few months wear when  pair of bikinis in a larger size was much more comfortable.
If anyone finds a pregnant belly offensive, then they should probably be wearing a full-body bathing suit themselves or not be at the pool.  My tight-yet-round belly was a lot less offensive than my usual saggy non-pregnant belly which also gets itself out in bikinis when it probably shouldn't!

#9 Harmonica

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:04 PM

I often look at ladies with a pregnant belly exposed because I think it looks so lovely! I doubt there was a negative connotation.

#10 Stellajoy

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

It was probably me staring.... I'm sorry.... But your belly is beautiful.

#11 ubermum

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

I used to wear my tankini top with the matching bikini bottoms, but when that didn't fit anymore, I just wore my regular bikini. Close to the end, I spent a lot of time just wallowing at the pool. It was the only place I really felt comfortable as I was getting some quite bad pelvic pain. My last swim was when I was 41+3 and yes, at that size you do get some looks, but mostly it's because people are quite amazed how big a pregnant belly is. I don't have any stretchmarks, so it was just the sheer size of my belly that drew looks. It's not all that often you see a pregnant body mostly naked in public.

ETA- sig is not my belly, so nobody is looking because of that.

Edited by ubermum, 09 January 2013 - 07:46 AM.

#12 2mummys2kids

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

If I saw you, I would be looking in admiration and absolute jealousy. Would love a bikini bod. Good on you original.gif

#13 Dionysus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

Did they actually say anything to make you think they were looking at you negatively?

I always look at pregnant bellies - at the supermarket, walking down the street, at the beach.

I think how lovely they look, I wonder where they got those clothes and why didn't I find cool maternity clothes, I think about how excited they probably are, I wonder how long they have got to go, I wish I had one...

#14 ~Mummy~Mel~

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

Thanks so much, I am feeling better already!! I guess I too would sneak a look at an exposed pregnant belly. I shall wear my bikini loud and proud now original.gif
I naturally took their looks as negative but I am very self conscious especially as one and one only of my legs has varicose veins and spider veins. It's gross so I try to keep it hidden in the pool. Oh the joys of being pregnant for the forth time!

#15 babyinabackpack

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:13 PM

I'm 34 weeks and LOVE my pregnancy body shape!
If it was summer here (I'm currently an expat overseas) I would be flaunting my bump in a bikini without hesitation!
Pregnancy is beautiful!
Show it off!

#16 HurryUpAlready

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

QUOTE (Riley'smum @ 08/01/2013, 07:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I often look at ladies with a pregnant belly exposed because I think it looks so lovely! I doubt there was a negative connotation.

Same here!

#17 ~Mummy~Mel~

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

Did they actually say anything to make you think they were looking at you negatively?

No it was jut every time I would look over ppl are looking at me again and again. That's all. Perhaps paranoid? Lol

#18 Dionysus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

Maybe a bit paranoid  LOL

I would go with the assumption they are looking at you in admiration.  If they aren't, it really is their problem not yours!  wink.gif

#19 epl0822

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

I used to wear a bikini with boardies up to a week before I had my baby. It was a quiet pool and nobody bothered to give me any kind of looks, good or otherwise. I didn't really care, to be honest!

#20 .MrsM.

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

well im guilty of wearing my bikini all this summer with my big belly sticking out! couldn't care less what anyone else thinks, i think i look pretty good - its great not having to worry about sucking it in! biggrin.gif

Edited by MrsM09, 08 January 2013 - 09:26 PM.

#21 FeralMuddyPuddles

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

Wore a bikini all through first pregnancy and currently doing so again this time. Who cares what others think but I think they were probably admiring your belly! There's something about a pregnant belly that draws stares, comments and pats regardless of what you are wearing. I love pregnant bellies!

#22 unicorn

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:59 PM

QUOTE (babyinabackpack @ 08/01/2013, 10:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm 34 weeks and LOVE my pregnancy body shape!
If it was summer here (I'm currently an expat overseas) I would be flaunting my bump in a bikini without hesitation!
Pregnancy is beautiful!
Show it off!

For sure, I swam daily when pg with my 3rd and only wore bikinis with a mini sarong type thing.

#23 Mille-Mille

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

I'm 38 weeks pregnant and just today I was at the pool in my bikini, I think the only reason people look is because of the enormous belly.  I don't get negative vibes at all.  
Embrace the bikini and your beautiful pregnant body, no need for board shorts either (unless they make you feel more comfortable).

#24 lozoodle

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:32 AM

I think its fine! I would totally do it if i didnt have a heap of stretchmarks, they are so much more comfortable than maternity tankinis. I wore my bikini the other day with a $10 singlet top from target over it. Wondering why i bothered paying $95 for a maternity tankini when this was more comfortable and actually gave me decent chest support.

#25 ~Supernova~

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:58 AM

I agree that they were most likely admiring how good you looked!

With my 1st pregnancy I looked fab in a bikini, and regularly got lovely comments about my (stretchmark free) tummy.

2nd pregnancy I was nothing more than a fat roadmap...I covered that sh*t up LOL

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