Bikini Babe or Beached Whale?

A ‘Babymoon’ has become a regular occurrence for many during their pregnancy. For those of you new to the term, babymoon: vacation while pregnant typically scheduled right before the onset of the third trimester; a last chance for relaxation before baby.  I am fortunate enough to have gone on a 6 day vacation to Tampa, Florida. Escaping New Jersey’s dreary 45 degree days, I have been basking in the sun enjoying Central Florida’s mid 80’s, warm sunshine and refreshing breezes. If it sounds like I am in no rush to come home, I’m not. But with a baby beach vacation comes another decision… to bikini or not?

Prior to this vacation I got a few ‘You’re going to wear a bikini? With your belly out?’ Ummm, isn’t that what a bikini is?! I also got, ‘Oh, I’m sure you can just buy a bigger bathing suit like a tankini and you should be fine with that’. When I responded with ‘I’m wearing a bikini’ crickets chirped. Now I can’t say all of the comments were negative, I did get a few, ‘Oh you’re going on a babymoon? Rock that bikini girl!’. I won’t name any names, but needless to say, I wasn’t sure how my decision to wear a bikini at 6 months pregnant would go over on Florida’s beaches. Clearly people have seen pregnant women before, but was this going to set off a social controversy as breast feeding in public has?

With my vacation coming to a conclusion and having worn 2 different bikinis I can report… it is Bikini Babe. I was surprised I didn’t get any looks, no double takes or any remarks. Since being pregnant I have received a slew of comments I wouldn’t dare think of, let alone say, so I figured a comment or two was bound to happen with me baring it all. But no, no looks and no comments. I did see other women probably also on their babymoons… and one in a tankini. I wanted to encourage her to swap that top out for a fabulous triangle top because I felt it was a liberating feeling to feel confident in a bikini with a bump.

Bikini or not, it is important to embrace your changing body and wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident. This honestly goes for all women, pregnant or not. Confidence truly is the sexiest thing you could wear… now I’m off to the beach in another bikini!