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Not Just For Supermodels: Why Our Bumps In Bikinis Make Us Feel Gorgeous, Too

By Joanna |

Both Alessandra Ambrosio and I having our "pregnant supermodel on the beach" moments.

The last time I sported a bikini on a beach I was 37 weeks pregnant with my second child, which was almost two years ago to the date. It was the biggest I’ve ever been and the least material I’ve worn on a beach ever since. My belly was big, I was big, and well, my ego was pretty big too and quite frankly I didn’t really care who was looking or who was offended over it because it was my stomach, it was over 90 degrees in South Florida and I was just sweating hot like a you know what.

After I gave birth, my stomach deflated back to its normal size (well, sort of) and I haven’t since dared to wear a bikini on a beach. Yes, I’ve lost the pregnancy weight but everything from it’s aftermath is still there: the not-so-tight skin anymore, the stretch marks (or tiger marks if you will), and well those little signs here and there that say yes, I am a 31-year-old mother who has breastfed two kids and well, things aren’t what they used to be. Halle Berry knows what I’m talking about.

And while I’m comfortable with that and my body and who I am right now, I can’t help but look back and think, why is it that with almost 55 pounds more on me I felt more like a supermodel who didn’t have a problem parading herself in a bikini on a beach than I do now?  Is it because at 37 weeks my stomach was the tightest I’ve ever seen it? Was it the sweltering sun that made me so hot and bothered (and a bit dazed) that I simply didn’t care what I wore or how I wore it? Or was it because I had my Alessandra Ambrosio moment too as a mom-to-be and was simply proud to be bringing in another beautiful baby to South Florida’s population? Looking back at it now, it was more than likely a combination of all three. And I’m sure many other regular moms out there have had their same moments on beaches with their bumps, too.

The only difference between me and Alessandra (ok, there are a lot of differences, but here’s just one) is that two-years post partum I wear a tankini to the pool and I bet she will be strutting her stuff on a runway in about six weeks after she gives birth. And that is absolutely ok.

Tell us, Famecrawler readers: did you ever have a “supermodel moment” during your pregnancy, too? How did you feel about sporting your bump on a beach? Were you covered up or did you flaunt your bump on the sand? Let’s hear your stories.

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About Joanna



Hailing from South Florida, Joanna Mazewski is a happily married, but sometimes exhausted, mother of a 5-year-old Disney-obsessed princess and 3-year-old Jedi-in-training. Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters. Read bio and latest posts → Read Joanna's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Not Just For Supermodels: Why Our Bumps In Bikinis Make Us Feel Gorgeous, Too

  1. doveybuzzy says:

    you look great. Do people actually want to look like a runway model (low body fat, no muscle tone)? Not me.

  2. Rebecca T says:

    I never felt so beautiful as when I was pregnant; I’m sure it was a combination of all of the things you mentioned above, but overall it was the only time in my life that I’ve given myself complete freedom to just BE. No hyper criticism, no scrutinizing of my thighs…
    Just this weekend, as I stared at the mirror image of myself in a bikini through piercing, judgmental eyes, I had a fleeting thought: “wouldn’t it be nice to be pregnant just one more time… just to feel that same ‘I know I’m sexy’ feeling?”
    I wish we could embrace our post-baby bodies with as much pride!

  3. Kristina F says:

    I can definitely relate! I had no problem showing off my belly at all stages with both pregnancies. With my second pregnancy I took my son to the pool all the time and sported a two piece. But I am a little anxious about wearing a bathing suit this summer, even though I have no one to impress. Maybe it’s the hormones but there is something about pregnancy that makes a women feel confident!

  4. doveybuzzy says:

    Why do women always blame their post-baby bodies on having children? After we pass age 30 we have to work extra hard to beat gravity, regardless of if we’ve had children or not. I think most women have the motivation to get a hard body but now their babies are more important to them. After working all day, who wants to go to the gym and be away from their baby for another hour? They don’t realize that this is something that they are doing for themselves. Once women have children, its all about their kids, not about them anymore. This is a recipe for depression. Its not selfish for a woman to want to do something good for herself.

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