Maternity Workouts & Workout Gear

running while pregnant

Before I got pregnant, I thought that I would spend the nine months running and sweating in the same way as before. I had visions of finishing multiple races while wearing a fun pregnancy tank, further developing my muscles and strength during high intensity workouts and continuing to explore and try different NYC boutique fitness workouts via ClassPass.

I quickly realized, that pregnancy is unique for each person. Personally, I found it virtually impossible to workout during weeks 7-12 of pregnancy due to exhaustion and some nausea. Over the past 11 weeks I have luckily been able to return to a consistent workout routine, averaging six workouts per week. However, my weekly workout schedule has evolved and quite different than what I did before.

  • Most weeks, my workout schedule is as follows:

Instead of trying multiple studios and teachers per month, I am more focused. Each of the above workouts leave me feeling strong, energize and most of all – safe. The instructors are able to easily provide me with prenatal adjustments while also focusing on form and technique. These workouts are also helping me prepare for the marathon that will is child birth and being a new mom. These workouts also take place in Brooklyn, which is quite an adjustment from my previous routine.  Walking to workouts allows me to enjoy some fresh air and extra movement while also saving on commute time.

In addition to changing my routine and class choices, I’ve also had to make some changes to my workout gear. By the time I entered my second trimester,  my body was significantly growing and changing. Suddenly I felt as if I had no workout clothes, even though my dresser drawers were filled with sports bras, leggings and tops. I did my best to resist buying things but then realized that the last thing I wanted to feel or resemble while working out was a stuffed sausage. I spent an afternoon going through my dresser and made three piles – donate, keep but store for after pregnancy, and keep to wear now.  Once I purged my drawers I invested in a few pieces that would allow me to feel confident and comfortable while working out.

Here is the workout gear that I’ve been loving during pregnancy.

  • For Two Fitness Tank – I love this comfortable tank as it comes in a number of colors, is flattering and very comfortable. The technical fabric and long length ensures that the top stays in place and I stay cool during every workout  This makes a perfect gift for a new mom who enjoys working out and wants to share her news with everyone.

For Two Fitness Tank

  • Brooks Pick-Up Tank Top – This was one of my favorite workout tanks before pregnancy but now that I am the proud owner of a growing bump, I’ve fallen even more in love with it. Available in more than 15 different colors, this affordable tank ranges in price from $21-$42 depending on color and is so soft and stretchy. In fact, it’s so long and stretchy that I am still able to wear my pre-pregnancy size though I finally ordered 2 new tanks in a size larger to enjoy during the rest of pregnancy.  My friend who is also pregnant raves about the higher neck so she isn’t constantly flashing people during workouts and I love the skimming shape.

Core Power Yoga Ashley

  • Brooks Juno and Brooks Fiona Sports Bras – The first piece of workout gear I had to invest in during pregnancy were new sports bras. My 36A sports bras were uncomfortably tight within the first trimester as I rapidly grew from a 36A to a 36C. Now, at week 23 I’m between a C and a D but luckily, thanks to the adjustable straps on each of these styles, I’m still enjoying both bras. The molded cups limit my headlights during workouts and the light compression provides me with the support I need.  Many of my mom friends recommended these bra styles as they can also be used for nursing after I give birth.  In addition, Brooks sells these bras in almost every size beginning at 30B and going up to 44DD.
  • Nike Power Epic Running Tights – I’ve been surprised to find myself reaching for these black tights week after week, even as my stomach and body grows.  They stretch more than any of my other leggings and the mesh details on the calf help keep me cool.

Your turn: If you’re pregnant or have been pregnant before, what were your favorite pieces of workout gear? Unfortunately, it seems like most brands have discontinued or limited their maternity gear over the past few years, as when I read older blog posts or articles, more than half the links and lines no longer exist. 

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  1. KLM February 24, 2017 / 6:14 am

    I really loved the Old Navy Active maternity pants — so much so that I now own TWO pairs of the same ones from their non-maternity line. The BeMaternity line at Target is Ingrid & Isabel but cheaper, and I actually preferred their lighter fabrics for workouts (the regular I&I leggings were pretty heavy/thick for me, even for yoga).

  2. Dietitian Jess February 24, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    No babies here but you are doing an awesome job sticking to your workouts while pregnant! Question- are you still using ClassPass or did you find its a better deal to just buy packages at the studios you are frequenting? I’ve been debating making the switch since I seem to go to the same 3-4 places here in Philly. Thanks and have a great weekend!

  3. Lindsay February 24, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    When I was pregnant a couple of years ago, I found great pieces at Old Navy. They had a line of tanks that were long and ruched on the sides. I wore them through 36 weeks but they still even look cute without the belly. I also surprisingly found a few workout tops at H&M that were “blousy” and tied at the bottom which worked great too. Not sure if they still have those. Definitely check ThredUp though! Good luck – you are doing great keeping up with your fitness!

  4. emma February 24, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I’m 31 weeks (today!) and have slowly been putting away more workout clothes as the weeks go on and things are too tight.

    What’s left that still fit from pre-pregnancy clothes are lulu’s align tights and crops (they’re high wasted and thinner so they work with a belly) and also gap breathe racerbacks (they’re long and stretchy and not too low at the chest). I’m hoping these will all keep working for the next 2ish months, and have also decided to purchase a pair of athleta crops in a size up so I can have something that will work now and post-baby.

    Thanks for sharing & I’m interested to see what others say as this was an area I couldn’t find a ton of input on!

  5. Heather February 25, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    On pregnancy #3 and have found my regular sized long lulu tops, gap racerbacks, and lulu wonderunders, along with a pile of larger sized old navy shorts have lasted without issue and served me to the end (well TBD with this pregnancy but I think it will be the same). Highly recommend going to long stretchy stuff that is NOT maternity so you can still wear it after baby!

    • ashleyd February 27, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      That makes sense Heather as the Lulu/Gap tops are similar to my Brooks tanks – long and stretchy. Thanks for the tip and yes, my goal is to keep most of it long and stretchy vs maternity except for the Mumberry which has extra support that is perfect for running! Congrats on Baby #3

  6. Alex February 26, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Same here – I thought I’d be running but between exhaustion in my first trimester and feeling just weird and uncomfortable on my run, I’ve totally scaled back from my expectations. I think you are doing great! I’m at 16 weeks now and have been just going where I feel comfortable and safe. I haven’t bought any new workout clothes, except one bigger bra, but I’ve been slowly eliminating everything from my workout drawers too.

    • ashleyd February 27, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Congratulations on your pregnancy Alex! It’s so much easier when you know exactly what you CAN and CAN’T wear, isn’t it? I hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy!

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