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Staying active during pregnancy is incredibly important. This doesn’t mean you need to be out running three miles every morning, or even that you need to break a sweat. But keeping your body moving is healthy for any point in your life, and particularly during pregnancy. This might mean brisk neighborhood walks, squats in your living room, or streaming a prenatal yoga session.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, exercise during pregnancy can improve your posture and can even decrease some of the discomforts that come along with pregnancy, like backaches and fatigue. Additionally, by staying active during pregnancy, you are building up stamina that can help during labor and delivery (do those squats!).
But we get it, pregnancy can be uncomfortable. And that discomfort can be amplified during the hot and humid summer months. One thing you don’t need to add to the discomfort is poorly-fitting workout clothes. Sure, leggings stretch, and maybe you can squeeze into your pre-pregnancy workout clothes for a while. At a certain point, an upgrade to maternity workout gear is worth the investment.
Maternity-specific workout gear will keep your bump and your whole body feeling supported and comfortable.
If you’re apprehensive about spending more money on maternity clothes, remember that you’ll likely be hanging out in your maternity clothes in the weeks and possibly months after your baby arrives. So, you will get use out of these pieces.
Here are our favorite tops, bottoms, and sports bras that will keep you comfortable as you stay active during your pregnancy.
Maternity Workout Tops
A basic tank that will grow with your belly, plus how fun is this bright poppy color?
Available in six flattering colors!
Breathe easy in this lightweight jersey top designed to fit an expanding bump comfortably.
This cute top from Beyond Yoga has comfortable leggings in the same color for a matching look.
A great tie-back option to accommodate a growing bump. It's worth splurging on as this tank will work during postpartum (it's great for breastfeeding), so you may be wearing this for months to come.
Nike's recently launched maternity tank allows for extra space to grow throughout your pregnancy.
Thanks to the ruched sides, this top will grow with you.
Get extra support thanks to the built-in bra in this tank top.
These comfy shorts are made with a four-way stretch material, meaning these will work through all trimesters as well as postpartum.
If you're looking for a supportive short, these are the perfect pair. They are made with a moisture-wicking fabric that will keep you cool, whether you're wearing these for workouts or just on a super hot day.
Available in three fun colors! These shorts have side pockets, perfect for holding your phone or other essentials (like snacks!).
A pair of classic black activewear leggings perfect for any workout.
Go a little edgy with this snakeskin design from Gap.
This sustainable brand offers maternity leggings and bike shorts up to a size 6XL. Plus, you can get pretty colors (like the moss option pictured here) with a matching bra for a chic set.
If you're ready to take a break from your leggings, grab a pair of maternity joggers. This pair features moisture management knit material to wick away sweat and is available in two lengths.
Maternity Sports Bras
An amazingly versatile bra that will work during pregnancy and postpartum. A built-in antimicrobial liner will help to wick sweat and breast milk away and has clips designed to make breastfeeding easy.
This high support bra will serve you well during pregnancy and will be just as useful for nursing postpartum.
Another great option if you're planning to breastfeed. Get this bra now and get plenty of use for it during pregnancy and postpartum.
Available in tons of sizes, this supportive bra is made with molded cups and a compressive fit that will reduce bounce. The adjustable straps ensure you'll get a good and secure fit.
Keep creases out of your hair with these hair ties.
You'll want a good headband during pregnancy but also after as you tame postpartum hair issues. This one is a favorite for either time.
Keep your hair out of your face with this fashionable hair wrap (good for during workouts or every day use!).
This bottle will keep your drink cold for hours which is amazing if you're craving ice cold water (which can be common during pregnancy, especially in the summer).
Hydration during pregnancy is important, and even more so when you are active. This bottle has time and volume markings to keep you on track throughout the day.
Hit your step goal and stay consistently active throughout the day with the help of a Fitbit.
If you're keeping an eye on heart rate and steps, an Apple Watch is the perfect accessory.
For at-home or in studio yoga classes, you'll want a good mat. We love this one for its bright pattern.
Prenatal yoga is so good for you and having the right props can allow you to get into certain poses with sufficient support. A pair of yoga blocks is great to have at home.
During pregnancy you may choose to lighten up on weights and it's good to have a few options in the 2lb-10lb range.