Everything you read about pregnancy encourages you to work out while you’re expecting. Yet, ironically, go search for maternity workout clothes and you’ll find that your options mostly tend to be (1) limited (2) ugly (3) overpriced, or some combination of the three. Back in the day I used to work out in whatever raggedy old outfit I could find, but in recent years I’ve found that having cute, flattering, fun workout gear is a big factor in keeping me motivated to work out. So I was determined that this pregnancy, I’d find workout gear that I loved and that would keep me wanting to exercise up until as close as delivery as possible.
Maternity Workout Tops
I’m just going to say it: You won’t easily find super cheap maternity workout tops. At least, not quality ones. You can work out in a basic cotton maternity cami or tank, which shouldn’t set you back too far. But I sweat enough when I work out that I wanted something made of sweat-wicking fabric. I also wanted something that I’d feel really cute in. After scouring the Internet plus local stores that carry maternity lines, I ended up buying two tops from ForTwo Fitness. And I have LOVED them! I’d totally buy them again in a future pregnancy and plan on giving them as gifts to friends who plan on working out while pregnant. 🙂
ForTwo offers functional, comfy, and flattering workout clothes for moms-to-be. I own one t-shirt and one tank of theirs and love both. The ruching on the sides makes these tops surprisingly stretchy and comfy even into third trimester They also wash well and haven’t yet had any pilling or signs of wear of any kind so far. I took the picture above the first time I wore my tee, at 15 weeks along, and the pictures below are last week at 34 weeks pregnant. They still fit and both look and feel awesome!
Even better? Along with being top-notch quality and fitting as flatteringly as anything can during pregnancy, they have the cutest sayings on them! If that’s not your style, they offer plain tanks and tees too, but I love the Sweating for Two text on my shirts. You can also choose Training for Two, Walking for Two, Running for Two, Racing for Two, Yoga for Two, Cycling for Two, Belly Up to the Barre . . . pretty much any pregnancy workout you’re doing, ForTwo has a cute shirt for it. And if you happen to be carrying twins, they even For Three apparel items! How cute is that?
How to Save on ForTwoFitness Gear
The pricing on the items at ForTwo may seem pretty steep. I know I don’t often spend $50 on a shirt! But remember that you’ll be using these workout tops for months and months—some of the most important months of your life, no less, as your healthy choices will be affecting not just you but your baby. I found these shirts to be well worth the investment. However, know that if you’re smart, you won’t have to pay the full price listed on the site for your ForTwo gear.
It seems like ForTwo is ALWAYS running some kind of sale or promo. Within seconds of visiting their site, you’ll likely be offered a coupon for at least 20% off a coming purchase if you sign up for their emails. These emails will alert you to potentially even better sales or coupons down the line, so if you can be patient for the next holiday (or even some random flash sale—they happen too), you should be able to snag an amazing deal within a few weeks. I was able to get my t-shirt and tank for about $65 total shipped, for example. That’s about $30 off the listed price!
Maternity Workout Bottoms
Like maternity workout tops, good maternity workout bottoms are something you’re going to have to view as an investment. They’re just not cheap. Anywhere.
I would have loved to try out the bottoms sold at ForTwo, because I imagine they’re as great as their tops. But my spending cash was nearly out by the time I’d bought my two shirts. I ended up opting for basic workout shorts from Old Navy or Target that were non-maternity. I simply bought them two sizes bigger than my normal and let them ride on my hips below my bump.The ForTwo tops are nice and long, so I was able to do this and still stay 100% covered. 🙂
Now, if I were running or doing lots of jumpy cardio, these shorts might have slid right off my butt. Below the bump isn’t ideal for some modes of exercise, true. However, for walking and the mostly strength-based DVD workouts I’ve been doing this pregnancy, they stayed in place just fine. Occasionally I’ll throw on a basic pair of cotton yoga pants for a workout instead. But in general, I much prefer the freedom of movement shorts give over even the stretchiest workout capris or pants.
What About Shoes?
I’ll be honest: for my indoor DVD workouts, I’m usually barefoot. Since most of my strength training is very barre/pilates focused, even the trainers on my DVDs usually don’t have shoes on.
However, for walking, it’s a big deal to have good and supportive shoes. Every foot is different, so just be sure that whatever shoes you walk in make your feet feel good both during AND AFTER your workouts. Fun and trendy minimalist shoes probably won’t feel so great with all the extra weight you’ll be carrying.
I personally love my Nike Pegasus shoes that I used to run in pre-pregnancy. They’re an awesome, cushy, supportive shoe if you’re a neutral foot. My current pair still had about 150 miles on them, so I’m planning on using them until I have this baby and then probably buying a new pair whenever I resume running after Scarlett arrives.
The cheapest place I’ve found these shoes is RoadRunnerSports.com. If you time it right, you can buy the OLD model right after the new one for the year is released and pay about $60 for them instead of the $100+ MSRP. This is true of many models of running/training shoes, so if you can be patient and plan ahead, you can pay nearly half price for your favorite model of shoe by shopping this way.
Maternity Workout Bras
Last but not least, you NEED a good, supportive sports bra for any pregnancy exercise. Now, you aren’t likely to be jumping around a whole bunch like you may have in pre-preggo workouts. No matter how fit you are, that just won’t feel good once your uterus starts getting big. But being so much bigger on top means you’ll thank yourself if you invest in something nice and sturdy (and, ahem, not see-through! Sorry if that’s TMI but that’s my biggest bra concern while pregnant). As an added bonus, the bras you use now will likely work great as workout bras after you have your baby, when breastfeeding will make good support/show-through coverage more important than ever.
The bra I use gives me plenty of support and has zero awkward nipple-show-through issues, even on chilly days. It’s the Champion Show-Off Sports Bra. I’ve got two in the basic black, though there are lots of fun color options. Amazon is hands-down the best place to get these guys. There’s a range of prices depending on your size and color choice, but mine were both about $20 apiece. I’ve seen them at local brick-and-mortar stores for about $40 apiece, so getting these online is by far your best move.
Obviously, shopping for a bra online means you can’t try it on first, but most of the sizes and colors offer free returns. For reference, I was a 36B pre-pregnancy and am now a 38D at 35 weeks pregnant, and the large is a great fit. I know I’ll appreciate these supportive bras once I resume workouts post-baby too, since I plan to breastfeed.
So there’s my rundown on maternity workout clothes. Happy shopping! 🙂 Comment below if there are any other great places to find workout maternity clothes that we should all know about.
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