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Training for Baby: Swimsuit shopping

Posted May 31, 2011 8:55 p.m. EDT

My husband and I have an anniversary trip planned to Miami this summer. The impending beach trip means I have to go swimsuit shopping.

The mere idea of trying on a swimsuit sent me into a tailspin last year. When you are feeling fat, the last thing you want to do is wear less clothing! I liked the idea of covering up as much as possible.

But things are a little better this year.

I am 23 pounds down – down to my wedding weight – and toned. I am starting to feel better about the idea of wearing a swimsuit, but I still have problem areas that I want to hide. What woman doesn’t?

So, how do you deal with the dreaded swimsuit shopping trip?

Spanx, which has a great line of body-shaping undergarments, also makes swimsuits. They also make cover-ups. I tried on a few of their suits last year and can tell you they are pricey, but they do help you look slimmer. Department stores offer body-slimming swimsuits as well for a little less than Spanx.

I tried on a few swimsuits I wore on our honeymoon and they actually fit! So, I will probably just need to buy maybe one more suit.

How do you handle swimsuit season? Do you feel comfortable enough to rock a bikini even if your stomach isn’t as flat as a supermodel?

Kathy is a web producer, entertainment expert and concert photographer for WRAL.com. She has written a manuscript about her life as an entertainment reporter and pop culture. Learn more about Kathy on her website. On Wednesdays here on Go Ask Mom, she's chronicling her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband start a family.