What to Look For in Maternity Workout Clothes

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Finding out you are expecting is no reason to stop working out! In fact, if you have your doctor’s okay, keeping active can be one of the best ways to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. Read on for suggestions on the best workout gear for pregnant women.

Sneakers
Your feet can grow along with your belly, so there's a good chance your old sneakers won't cut it during pregnancy. Sometimes you need a little extra support to hold up your changing body, or your feel are swollen and sore and need more cushioning. Iten sneakers from Enda has a wider toe box that is comfortable for feet that may change day-to-day during pregnancy. A mesh upper means these sneakers are lighter weight and more breathable than a standard sneaker, which is great for swollen feet and pregnant people who tend to run hot. Plus, high-rebound EVA means extra cushioning to accommodate the additional weight that comes along with pregnancy.

Shirts
With a growing bump to cover, it's essential to look for shirts that are longer in front or have a little extra give. But you don't have to look frumpy! The Flowy Tie Behind shirt from Kumi is longer in front and has a cute tie in the back. The tie can be loosened if you need more room as your bump gets bigger. Maternity tanks from Motherhood Maternity also work well. These have plenty of stretch and can be worn solo or under another shirt to provide extra coverage when working out.

 

Leggings
Working out while pregnant calls for ultra-stretchy, non-constricting leggings. With non-maternity leggings, look for those that come up high or have a panel. Avoid leggings with compression that can put too much pressure on your belly. KyteBaby leggings are made from silky bamboo with a high waist to cover your bump as it grows. Another option is leggings made specifically for pregnant women. Instead of a high waist, leggings from Baby Mori have a panel that can be pulled all the way over your bump for extra coverage. Both styles work well for working out during pregnancy, and your choice will come down to personal preference. Check out more of our favorite maternity leggings.

Sports Bras
You may find that your sports bra gets snug during pregnancy. Avoid discomfort by getting a sports bra with some extra give or in a larger size. Kindred Bravely makes sports bras that can do double-duty as nursing bras. That makes them a good investment since you can continue to wear them postpartum, even when not working out! Another feature to consider is sports bras that have more support and provide more coverage. The signature mesh sports bra from Bellaria comes down lower than a standard sports bra and has wide straps that provide a more supportive fit.

Undies
The Bamboo Hipster Panties from Kindred Bravely have a low cut that fits well under a growing belly. They are made out of super-soft, super stretchy bamboo so they will move with you while you work out without rubbing your bump. 

Socks
When it comes to working out while pregnant, it's important to pamper your feet. Socks with some cushion, like those from Swiftwick, go a long way toward making sure your workout can continue without worrying about tired feet. Since pregnant woman may sweat more than usual, socks with moisture-wicking and odor-absorbing merino wool can help keep pregnant feet happy while active.

—Jamie Davis Smith

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