Saturday, August 6, 2011

Belly Up

I'm off to the beach for a week. This is exciting, not only for me but for all of my fellow beach-goers, because unbeknownst to them, they are about to see me rock a bikini at eight months pregnant.

It's coming for YOU!!!
For some reason as the weeks leading up to vacation ticked by, I found myself increasingly opposed to buying a special maternity bathing suit. Every single piece of clothing I've bought so far is made of jersey and should be able to stay in my wardrobe after I give birth, assuming I don't mind wearing T-shirts that reach my mid-thighs. But a maternity bathing suit is something you can't wear when you're not pregnant, and the cute ones usually cost at least $50. So I put my swollen foot down. I took Nancy Reagan's advice and just said no.

Now, though, I'm kind of regretting it. Don't get me wrong, I love my belly, and in private there's no state I'd rather be in than semi-nude (I say semi only because I feel that underpants are necessary for sitting on the couch, especially when we have company over--call me old-fashioned). But there's something that feels a little wrong about baring a pregnant belly in public. It feels... extra naked. Almost pornographic. Maybe because of the tumescence and all the blue veins?

Also, it might have something to do with the fact that I purchased the aforementioned bikini while in a Baby K-Hole, and as a result it is red and white striped with blue trim.

I am going to look like an egg-shaped American flag, and I won't even have my Wine Rack for solace.

But on the plus side I bet I could make a great fetish calendar. I smell a nesting project!
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16 comments :

  1. Ha! What a silver lining to be the object of a fetish calendar. Good luck, to you and the beach goers

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  2. I gave birth in July, and I didn't swim even once that sumer for this exact reason. I salute you!

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  3. I skipped the maternity swimsuit too. I went with a GAP bikini (on sale) and a VS bikini (on sale). The cheap price of them made me feel better about the possibility of never wearing them after I (hopefully) lose the preggo weight.

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  4. It's a great white whale! Oh, I kid.

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  5. I wore my itty bitty bikini right up until my daughter's September arrival! You will look fabulous I'm sure! Wear sunscreen though, as your belly is even more prone to burning in this state ;)

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  6. Have a wonderful time! I know many are uncomfortable about bare pregnant bellies but I think there is something incredibly sensual about them.(I'm not a weirdo I promise LOL) Having said that I never bared mine in public because I was a plus size woman before pregnancy and whilst pregnant I just felt fatter than ever.
    The cost of maternity clothes is awful and I applaud you for not buying a bathing suit you might only wear once or twice.If you feel too naked a sarong could always be handy. :)

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  7. 8 months. you are getting so close. Way to rock a bikini, I never had the courage.

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  8. I bought a maternity suit for my first pregnancy (with twins), and this time around (I too am 8 months pregnant), I've rocked the bikini. I've loved it. I'll second the sunscreen advice, though! The top and front of the belly are front and center and in prime location for serious sunburn, so reapply often and have fun!

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  9. I lived in Florida while pregnant literally minutes from a beach and I didn't buy a maternity bathing suit. Like it or not, it was hot and I love the beach. I really didn't care if people pointed and stared.

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  10. Good for you on wearing that swimsuit!

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  11. You're going to need a little more sunscreen than usual, but I say go for it!

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  12. You know what would be cool? If they made sunscreen that was colored. I know this has nothing to do with anything but I was just thinking maybe you could suncreen your belly blue with white stars. To go with your bikini. No? Ok, have it your way. And have a great vacation.

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  13. I enjoyed taking my bellies to the beach in a bikini immensely. Probably I'm some sort of pervert or at the very least, Canadian. Nothing better than sunshine on tumescence.

    I did enjoy owning, however, a swimsuit wrap from the maternity rack. It got a lot of wear.

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  14. You have such a lovely smooth pregnant belly, I hope mine looks like that when I'm 8 months!

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  15. Bare the belly with pride! There's no reason to waste your money on a maternity bathing suit. I rocked a bikini last month (at about 28 weeks) and the only thing that I felt self-conscious about was my iced tea dribble (aka linea nigra). An old lady on the beach even complimented me.

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  16. The last time I gave birth was in 1969 when they locked your hands and feet down in steel in the delivery room. Anyway, I wore a bikini to our apartment swim pool in California at 7 or 8 mos. pregnant and was kicked out by management and told to "go put some clothes on". I looked so cute in my book. sigh.

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