I started this post when I was pregnant with Chase and never posted it because I ended up at the hospital before I could finish it. Even though it’s a little late, I still want to share this info for any pregnant mamas reading.
One of the worst things about pregnancy is that as your belly (and everything else) grows, none of your clothes fit anymore. It’s a very small negative compared to the blessing you get in exchange but it’s still annoying. Here’s what I found worked for workout clothes.
Ingrid and Isabel make the best maternity workout capris. My mother-in-law sent me a pair of these early in pregnancy and then I was able to pick up a couple similar pairs from Target. The ones from Target are a cheaper, thinner material but are less expensive. If you run, Jazzercise, do bootcamp, or any kind of workout during pregnancy, I think these are worth it. Buy a couple pairs early in your pregnancy-you can fold the top over when your bump isn’t very big and pull the top up once you’re bigger. That’s the same pair of capris in the pictures above. Order your prepregnancy size.
The only actual maternity workout top I had was from Fitness for Two. This was a gift from my mom and I received several compliments on it. It’s a little pricey but you can wear it throughout your whole pregnancy and it’s fun to show off your bump. They recommend going with your prepregnancy size, which I did and it fit great. Know that it fits tight over your bump, which is great if you’re comfortable showing it off; if not, you might want to size up.
Otherwise, I wore nonmaternity tops. My longer, stretchy tops worked for the early second trimester. Late second trimester and early third trimester, I stuck with muscle tanks one size up. Once my belly really grew, I went up another size. The main problem I ran into with these were that they were short but if you pull the top of the capris over your belly, you’re covered. I primarily stuck with tops from Jazzercise that ran around $20 and wore the same few over and over again. It’s worth trying on some different sizes in whatever brand you choose because decent, affordable maternity workout tops are difficult to find.
The Knockout by Victoria’s Secret was my favorite bra before pregnancy and remained my favorite during pregnancy because it’s supportive for high-impact workouts. I simply sized up a couple times during pregnancy. If you can, go to the store to try on because pregnancy can really change your size.
There you have my favorites! Truthfully, I’ll probably continue to wear the capris and my bigger tops for awhile postpartum. If you’re frustrated looking for maternity workout clothes, I hope this helps.
What’s your favorite brand of workout clothes (any workout clothes, not just maternity)?