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The ultimate swimsuit guide: Maternity swimwear

Hot mamas may just encounter a summer heat quandary of wanting to hit the beach or the pool, and yet not having a suit to wear... or the confidence to put one on!

Fortunately, becoming a mother doesn't mean saying goodbye to funky fashions. There are plenty of options for expectant moms, whatever your style preference -- such as the swimwear below from the luxe A Pea in the Pod, affordable Old Navy, boutique TummyStyle and contemporary Mimi Maternity.

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We adore this luxuriously green halter tankini (above) with side ruching, from the posh Pea. If you aren't already the jewel of the beach party, this emerald suit will be it for you! Old Navy gives you lots of flexibility to mix and match the way you want, with a range of colors and patterns in their tankini separates. TummyStyle.com carries the chic Maternal America one-piece Keyhole Mallot in Copper, also above, which flatters the belly, but still is sexy with the keyhole cut-out.

"Women are proud of their pregnant bodies, and they should be," Mothers Work President Rebecca Matthias (the company behind Mimi Maternity and A Pea in the Pod) says, "You reach a point during pregnancy when you can't hide it even if you wanted to, so why not show it off?"

Other sites to browse: UrbanBelly.com and BellyDanceMaternity.com -- and links to many more sites may be found at our partner site, Showing @ PregnancyFashion.com.

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