The Best Maternity Workout Clothes

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.

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Me in my cute workout gear at 20 weeks pregnant.

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. 🙂

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Just rolled out of bed and ready for a walk. Haha.

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!

Here I am at 34 weeks along. The shirt still keeps me covered and comfy!IMG_5611

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?

Here’s the link to my green tank. Also, here’s the link to my black t-shirt. I love both for different reasons and am glad I’ve one of each.

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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.

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Here I am in the green tank at just shy of 35 weeks. Again, it still looks and feels great!

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. 🙂

Target constantly changes up the prints and colors, but they ALWAYS have a basic workout short available for $15–$20 a pair. If you’re lucky, you can snag them for under $10 from a clearance rack.

 

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.

The latest model is the 33, but I’m still rocking some 31s I bought a few years ago.

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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Plated Review

Back in June, I gave my husband Mark a gift card to Plated for Father’s Day. We had so much fun with it! Enjoying food rather than being scared of it is one of the best things about leaving binge eating behind, and Plated was definitely a fun way for me to truly enjoy food and eating. For this week’s post, I thought I’d do a little review of Plated and share some pictures of the gorgeous culinary creations Mark and I put together with Plated this past month. 🙂

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What Is Plated?

Awesome. That’s what Plated is: awesome. No, but really. Plated is what you could call a “meal subscription service.” Essentially, it’s a website that allows you to order boxes full of fresh, delicious ingredients that are then mailed straight to your home. Each box contains the ingredients and instructions for you to make a complete, beautiful meal right in your own kitchen. No grocery shopping required!

While I do most of the cooking at our house due to my husband’s full-time job and part-time student status, Mark really does like to cook. I thought Plated would make for some fun date nights in for my closet-chef husband and me.

How Does Plated Work?

To start up a Plated subscription, you hit Plated’s website and create an account. From there you can decide how often you want a box to come to your home as well as choose the particular meals you want delivered. The smallest plan (what we did) allows you to choose a box containing two meals per week, with each meal serving 2 people apiece. However, you can skip as many weeks in a row as you want, and you don’t pay for skipped weeks.

On your designated date, you’ll find a big ol’ box on your doorstep packed with ice and padding so that all your ingredients arrive fresh and cool. I’m not going to lie—it was really fun and excited to have those boxes arrive! The boxes include not just the ingredients but also detailed, step-by-step directions for how to make your meals.

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Here’s everything included, exactly as it arrived, for the Steak Tostadas.

Since it was Mark’s gift, he did all the choosing of the meals. Our first box contained ingredients for Steak Tostadas and Maple-Glazed Pork Chops with Peach & Arugula Salad. Our next box, which we scheduled for two weekends later, contained Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps and Chicken Enchiladas Suizas. There are vegetarian options to choose from as well.

How Much Does Plated Cost?

The simplest, cheapest Plated plan gets you two meals, which serve 2 people apiece, for $54. That’s $12 a plate with $6 for shipping. You can customize your plan to give you more meals each week or feed more people per meal, but $12 a plate is the basic cost for Plated meals.  Optional fancier “Chef’s Table” meals cost a bit more (depending on what the meal is). You can also add on desserts for a few bucks apiece as well.

 

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Mark opted for Peach Shortcakes with our first box. I didn’t try them because I was stuffed after our meal, but he said they were killer.

Are Plated’s Meals Healthy?

Overall, I’d say yes, but it depends. You can look at the nutrition data on each meal and see for yourself what the numbers are. Our pork chop dinner rang in pretty low at about 350 calories a plate whereas our chicken enchiladas (which I could barely finish—the portions were huge!) came in at about 700 calories a plate. All nutritional data for the meals is listed right on the website where you choose which recipes to have sent in your box, so you can scope them out beforehand if you’re at all concerned about those numbers.

Mark grilling up some peaches and pork chops.
Mark grilling up some peaches and pork chops.

 

It’s also worth mentioning that Plated makes a real effort to give your organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free, locally sourced ingredients. So the food you get is wholesome, quality stuff.

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Chopped tomatoes, garlic, spinach, and tomatillos for our Enchiladas Suizas. All of the produce arrived fresh, tasty, and beautiful.

What Did I Think of Plated Overall?

If I had the budget, I’d keep Plated rolling indefinitely. Cooking a fabulous meal at home is really, really fun! Plus, the cost per plate isn’t more than you’d pay at a restaurant. And honestly, these meals tasted better than most restaurant meals I’ve eaten lately. Plated was a ton of fun for Mark and me, and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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The finished Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps. They were absolutely delicious.

I’ll also add a note about Plated’s stellar customer service. I had a little misunderstanding about the gift card terms of use: there was a good promotion going on for the month of June that I hoped Mark could take advantage of so we could get even more bang out of our buck. However, it turns out you can’t apply promos when using Plated gift cards.

I was pretty bugged once I found out the problem, but when I emailed Plated and explained my frustration they apologized and allowed us to combine the promo and gift card anyway. How cool is that?  Online businesses can be pretty cold and impersonal, but Plated treated me like a real person.

I’ll admit it: we did cancel our subscription after the two meal boxes covered by the gift card. But the only reason for that was the price. With Mark in school and a baby on the way, we stick pretty closely to our conservative budget. And while our budget does allow us to spend money on each other on special occasions, it doesn’t allow for us to regularly spend as much on food per meal as Plated costs. Down the line, though, I’d absolutely start up our subscription again.

Everything about Plated was spectacular. The ingredients arrived fresh and beautiful, the finished meals were delicious as well as simple to prepare, and the overall experience was a blast. I give Plated five stars!

Sarah enjoying Plated