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Pregnancy is an evolving puzzle of fluctuating energy levels, what fits and how you feel. Fair warning: Each of these can change drastically from day to day. One thing that’s proven to help piece all of it together is exercise.
Decades ago, doctors deemed it harmful for pregnant women to as much as break a sweat. Thankfully, this bogus advice has been discarded and medical professionals now advise expectant mothers to stay active.
One holdover problem: Finding exercise clothing that works is often still a challenge. Some women are able to wear regular athletic clothes for much, or even all, of their pregnancy. But others may require a trip to the maternity aisle as soon as they learn the good news—the only “right” answer is the one most comfortable for you. This is not the time to deal with scratchy tags, uncomfortable inseams or a binding fit. We polled new moms to learn what they couldn’t do without, curated our own tried-and-true favorites and mixed in some sassy new pieces as well. Be smart, hydrate, carry snacks and get sweating—it’s your pregnancy, have fun with it.
Flattering clothes that stretch, move and support your growing baby bump are essential for feeling good throughout your pregnancy. The following looks will carry you from a run, to the gym, to yoga and back again.
C9 by Champion Maternity Cardio Jacket
Soft and stylish, this wicking jacket has ruching and stretchy side panels to accommodate your growing belly—a jacket that expands with you is a beautiful thing!
Motherhood Maternity 2 in 1 Bra Tank
Go for effortless styling with a combined bloused tank and sports bra that’s breathable and wicking. The cute factor is a given!
Motherhood Maternity Secret Fit Belly Cropped Maternity Active Pants
These look like standard capris, but they have a belly-hugging band of fabric for a soft and supportive cradle.
Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11
Soft and responsive cushioning keeps running fun through pregnancy and beyond.
Alex Matte Black & Glow
This sleek-looking bottle is a breeze to clean, simple to store and now easy to find in the dark (for quenching middle-of-the-night thirst), thanks to the glowing base.
C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank
With side ruching, an empire waist and a drawstring at the hem, this tank has the stylistic details you love and the stretch you need.
For Two Fitness Inspiration Maternity Running Shorts
Notched-leg shorts, with a brief liner, stretch to provide a comfortable and secure fit through your pregnancy.
Saucony Hurricane ISO 2
Luxurious cushioning and stability keep loose ligaments in feet and legs happy.
Not Into The Idea Of Maternity-Specific Clothing?
Your favorite yoga pants (a size or two up) may work for the bulk of your bump’s development.