Mummy swimwear: Why I’m re-embracing the bikini +#WIN

Do you remember the days when you could throw a bikini on without giving it a second thought? Apart from a having a quick panic defuzz, you wouldn’t think twice about putting on a two piece.

Our postpartum bodies

But then we have a baby, and suddenly we become scared to wear a bikni postpartum. Our bodies will never be the same again, and so we wonder, how can we ever wear a bikini and put our post baby bodies on show – the loose skin, the stretchmarks and the general droppage?

We shrink back inside our new mum bodies like lost little souls in front of bright you things who prance around gleefully in their two pieces, and vow to give every single bikini to the charity shop.

Time to move on

That used to be me. But six years down the line, something inside me has changed, and thawed. I have been re-embracing the bikini! And it has been feeling good, and empowering! Something flicked inside my head and I realised that I didn’t want to be that woman feeling shoehorned into covering up her tummy anymore. Yes, I wanted to love my body, and be free in a bikini. You see, I didn’t care what people thought because the reality is, they are probably not thinking, looking or noticing anything anyway.

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Perhaps I am no longer a svelte, smooth, slinky picture perfect 20 something year old, but I know that if I’m to set a good example to my daughter, I need to throw any insecurity aside and just don the bikini! I may no longer be that woman who can trek over mountains, or rave with the best of them all night. But I am also not a woman who wants to be chained to the insecurity in my head. And I want to empower my daughter to love herself as she grows up, and the best thing I can do is model that.

Re-embracing the bikini

So I ordered a bikini from UK Swimwear, put it on and asked my six year old daughter what she thought. She said, “Mum, I love it!”.

My jaw could have hoovered up the floor.

I lit up inside…and outside. And I realised, that instead of judging ourselves so harshly about what we do or do not wear to the pool or beach on holiday, instead let’s see ourselves with the total non-judgement that children do.

That feeling of ditching the judgement to ourselves is such a liberating one. If we ditch the self judgement, we can wear anything! And according to any five or six year old, we will look fabulous. And since children are the future. I’m going with their opinion.

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Would you like to win some gorgeous new swimwear of your choice from UK Swimwear? Here’s your chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at UK Swimwear!

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*I was gifted the above bikini plus other items from the UK Swimwear range

29 comments

  1. I used to wear a little bikini when I was younger but since having a kid and getting a bit older, I prefer a one piece or a two piece that covers my tummy!

  2. I’m envious of people who wear them, nothing to do with the body but the body confidence I envy, I wouldn’t wear a bikini in my wildest dreams

  3. I prefer bikinis, I hate the feel of a wet swimming costume on my stomach before it’s dried! Always have a sarong at hand though

  4. I prefer to were a swimming costume rather than a bikini. Even though I have lost 5st I haven’t the confidence to wear one

  5. I wear a bikini, but only a cup fitting – 36F and also with a tummy holding brief. You pay extra for them, but they are more flattering and secure. UK Swimwear have a wonderful range.

  6. Post children I definitely need either a tankini or a one piece. I see some sights on the beach that don’t flatter the person’s figure, and I think there is a tasteful look and and a disastrous look! Great competition thanks for the chance to win.

  7. I do wear bikinis, but only the vintage inspired high waist brief ones! I’m actually more conscious of my wobbly thighs than my tummy to be honest…

  8. I worry about my body – as I am suffering with anorexia, so think I would prefer a swimming costume, but hopefully become more confident with a bikini xx

  9. I started off only wearing bikinis, then went to Tankinis & now I’ll only wear a swimsuit. But I’m hoping to lose all my weight as I’ve joined a gym & I’m hoping to go on holiday next year so maybe the bikini will be making a comeback!

  10. I’ve never worn a bikini. I really don’t have the confidence for it. Always a swimsuit for me. There are lots of lovely flattering ones that aren’t boring.

  11. I pretty much never sunbathe and only use them in the water where I much prefer a one piece. Not only do they hold in the wobbly bits but they also stay in place better when swimming

  12. Sounds like we’re all having very different experiences of our bodies and bikinis here but I love that this is getting everyone talking about it openly – good luck to everyone entering the giveaway! xx

  13. I wear a swimsuit when we go away in this country, if we venture abroad then I may consider a bikini but would depend on how comfortable I felt with it.

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