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The Best Swimwear for New Moms

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Every woman has a unique experience when it comes to the changes to their bodies during and after pregnancy. For most women, postpartum recovery can last anywhere from six weeks to two years. Celebrating your body for all that it's been through is so important, especially when it comes to finding the right swimsuit that leaves you feeling your best. Moms who have had C-sections might want a bikini that shields the scars—alternatively, they may want to show off the scars with pride—while some moms may prefer a one-piece for full coverage on the front (and a sexy plunging back from behind). Since you're likely to have your hands full with diaper changes and putting baby to sleep, we hunted for the best postpartum swimsuits for you. Whether you want something sexy, comfortable, or feminine, not to mention breastfeeding-friendly, we found 15 swimsuit options, from bikinis to one-pieces, that'll leave you feeling confident and totally in awe of everything your body is capable of.


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The Tropical Print Bikini
Floral Scarf Bikini Top
Farm Rio www.shopbop.com

Whether you're on a tropical vacation or just relaxing in your backyard, you'll want this high-waisted swimsuit. The bottoms cover most of your lower section while the knotted top has lightly padded cups and adjustable straps.

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The Ruched One-Piece Swimsuit
One-Shoulder Tied Swimsuit
Chiara Boni La Petite Robe saksfifthavenue.com

For those seeking more coverage, slip into this black one-piece. The neckline draws the eyes to your collar bone and shoulders while the diagonal ruching flatters your figure.

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The Ruffle Bikini
The Antigua Bikini
Hatch Collection hatchcollection.com

A bikini you can wear during and after pregnancy. This sweet two-piece comes in a few colors, but we love the pink the most. The top's straps can criss-cross or tie as a halter in the back. Below the bust, there's an interior elastic for added support, and the bottoms are reversible! This swimsuit is fully lined and even has sun protection.

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The Classic Tankini
Maldives High Neck Tankini
Athleta athleta.gap.com

Made from recycled nylon, this tankini offers plenty of coverage for your body up top. (You can get the cheekier matching bikini bottoms here.) The tankini has sun protection and will feel smooth and sleek on your skin. Plus, it has removable, fast-drying cups. 

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The Floral One-Shoulder Swimsuit
One-Shoulder Swimsuit
Johanna Ortiz x H&M hm.com

Johanna Ortiz collaborated with H&M on a collection that has Ortiz's unique design DNA but remains affordable. This palm leaf printed one-shoulder swimsuit is great for the mom who isn't afraid to be bold and fun. Slip into this one-piece and pose with baby for that adorable mom-and-me photo.

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The Colorblock Bikini
Ricki Baker Bikini Top
Paper London luisaviaroma.com

Paper London's bikini top can be untied quickly, which makes nursing a little easier for moms. Though this swimsuit provides less coverage, the artsy design is worth showing off. In addition, both the bikini top and bottom are made of sustainable and recycled materials.

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The Strapless High-Waisted Bikini
2-Piece Buckle Bandeau Bikini Set
Lisa Marie Fernandez saksfifthavenue.com

This textured bandeau top has a sweetheart neckline, which creates a very feminine shape, while the high-waisted bottoms guarantee a flattering fit. We love the buckle details on the swimsuit, and given the neutral tones, this bikini won't go out of style anytime soon. 

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The Plunging Neckline Swimsuit
The Plunge
Summersalt summersalt.com

Summersalt's plunging neckline swimsuit provides just the right amount of functional coverage for postpartum moms without sacrificing style and sexiness. This classic black one-piece swimsuit will remain relevant and wearable in the years to come.

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The Fashion-Forward Bikini
Cenit Shirred Bikini Top
Palm www.modaoperandi.com

Our favorite detail in this high-waisted bikini set is the uniqulely draped top. It has underwire cups for support and a slim-cut fit to highlight your boobs. The bottoms come with a cute belt and provides coverage around the stomach area. 

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The Rash Guard Swimsuit
Hermosa Rash Guard Swim Shirt
Seea shopbop.com

This long-sleeve swim top is wonderful for new moms who want to relax on the beach while people-watching from afar. It safely covers your body against the sun's rays and can be paired with virtually any bikini bottoms you already have in your closet.

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The Strapless Graphic Swimsuit
Alison Strapless Graphic-Print Swimsuit
Cala de la Cruz matchesfashion.com

This black and white graphic swimsuit keeps the attention on the cool print instead of any part of your body you may feel self-conscious about. Even though it's a strapless style, it has a snug fit and ties that knot across the back to keep this piece from budging. Just undo the straps and pull down the top for easy nursing. 

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The Retro Bikini
Georgia Bikini Top
Seea shopbop.com

For moms with a retro style, you'll want this zigzag patterned Seea bikini top (get the matching bottoms here). Both pieces provide coverage while still allowing your skin to soak up that much-deserved sunshine. 

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The Balconette Bikini
Recycled Rose Print Tie Strap Bikini Top
Ganni saksfifthavenue.com

For a bikini that you can wear for years to come, try this romantic rose print swimsuit. The bikini is made from recycled fabric and has an underwire balconette top to keep the girls in place, plus easy-to-undo straps for baby to nurse. Style with coordinating high-waisted bottoms.  

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The Backless One-Piece Swimsuit
Square-Neck One-Piece Swimsuit
Anemone olivela.com

Plunging necklines not for you? Perhaps this backless swimsuit is more of your style. Wear with confidence and a cute sunhat for some positively good vibes this summer.

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The Seersucker Bikini
Brigette Seersucker Bikini Set
Hunza G luisaviaroma.com

No one has time to wear something uncomfortable, especially moms who prefer comfy separates when she's on the go. This soft and stretchy bikini from Hunza G will feel like you're wearing nothing. Plus, the top is so easy to pull down for emergency nursing at the beach.

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