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This is a Guest Post submitted by Julie Wilson. Julie writes regular features and articles for Crave Maternity – the premium stylist maternity clothing website for the pregnant woman who wants to stay in style.

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about sunnier climates and booking our summer holidays.  If you are pregnant, this can throw up a few concerns.  The maternity swimsuit is one of them!  There was a time when you would never see a pregnant woman on the beach.  Instead she would be tucked away out of sight wearing a huge kaftan or similarly unflattering garment.  Thankfully times have changed and there is some lovely maternity swimwear available.

Now is probably not the time to wear that handkerchief bikini you normally swam around in!  There are some lovely maternity swimsuits that will preserve your dignity as well as ensure that you still look sassy on the beach.  Tankini swimsuits are very popular and don’t restrict you in any way.  There are also classic maternity swimsuits available that grow with you, without stretching unnaturally or showing any wear at the seams.  In fact, many of these specially designed swimsuits have panels at the sides to allow for your growing bump and also have strong straps that support you without digging into your shoulders.

The mistake that many pregnant women make is choosing a larger “normal” swimsuit rather than a “maternity” swimsuit.  This is a mistake for many reasons.  To accommodate your growing and changing shape, you might need to choose a suit that is a few sizes larger than your normal size.  Where it might fit you in certain places, it could be baggy and unflattering in others.  A maternity swimsuit is different and is designed especially with a pregnant woman’s figure in mind.

Monochromes are trending in fashion this year and there are some great navy and black maternity swimsuits on the market.  Whether you need a swimsuit for the later stages of pregnancy or you want a suit that will take you through the entire 9 months, there are some great options to choose from online.  Shopping for maternity swimsuits online has never been easier and there are some wonderful creations available.

One of the benefits of shopping online is that you don’t need to cram you and your options into a hot changing room.  You can try everything on in the comfort of your own home and simply send back the items that you don’t want to keep.  Many people shop like this as it offers such a convenient shopping experience especially if you want to avoid trudging around the shops.

There is no reason why you can’t look and feel amazing on the beach or by the pool this year.  There are also some fabulous tunics and cover-ups if you are feeling a little conscious about your size and shape.  Shop online for some of the best maternity swimsuits available today.  You can also shop for your entire summer wardrobe from summer dresses to jackets, tops and trousers.  Shop from the comfort of your own home with total confidence.