If you want to 'play' in the water, hang out at beach, etc., then you get a bathing suit. But if you want to really swim -- i.e. you want to swim laps -- then you get a swim suit. The most common, and arguably best brand (judging by the high percentage of people in the lap lanes wearing it) is Speedo. If I want to swim, it is guaranteed that I am wearing a Speedo (Super Proback, baby!)
At least, it was guaranteed until I got pregnant last year. Then Speedo let me down. They had no maternity suits. Not even one. I wrote them, they confirmed it, and they had no suggestions. I ended up ordering a maternity swimsuit from one of the myriad of maternity websites. It was crappy; I hated it; I lived with it.
I wrote the Olympic women's swim team, asking them where they got maternity suits. I figured they knew of some secret brand that was fabulous ...
I am certainly not an Olympic swimmer, but I have been a lap swimmer most of my life. I am now pregnant and trying to continue swimming. But I am having a terrible time finding a swimsuit. I can no longer crush myself into my racing Speedo, and Speedo has confirmed that they do not make maternity swimsuits. I have tried several suits from several different maternity stores, but they are junk. Absolute Garbage. They are made for bathing/wading/splashing .. not lap swimming.
It occurred to me that an Olympic level swimmer would not want to stop swimming, either, so I have found myself wondering where female Olympians have gotten good, lap-quality swimsuits.
Sadly, this was the wisdom I got back from them ...
Having just given birth I understand. I went with a larger Speedo suit! Way larger than I care to admit, but there is a suit out there that has a crossover back that I really liked it was loose and I was able to swim in comfort.
Hope that helps
National Team Managing Director
I wrote Speedo back and begged them to consider adding Maternity suits to their offering. I never heard back.
BUT NOW, five months later, Lo and Behold!
I just went to browse the Speedo website and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a big promo for NEW Speedo Maternity Swimwear! Hurrah!!
Of course, I'm not pregnant anymore to try them out. Hmmm. Guess it's time to try for Number 2!