21 Best Maternity Workout Clothes, According to Women Who Work Out
December 23, 2020
Your life doesn’t stop when you’re pregnant, and neither should your workouts. Once you get over the initial exhausted hump and roll into the high-energy second trimester, there are tons of excellent reasons to hit the gym or pool. But to get started, you might find you need some new maternity workout clothes now that you’re rocking your new bump. Plus, this investment in yourself (and your wardrobe) is worth it. The US Department of Health & Human Services recommends getting in 150 minutes every week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity during pregnancy. And mega benefits—such as reduced risk of gestational diabetes, cesareans and preeclampsia, not to mention improved physical and psychological well-being—make maternity fitness a no-brainer. Of course, you want to be comfortable and still look good (hey, we hear you). No sweat! Here are our picks for best maternity workout clothes from fitness experts and moms alike.
If you’re like most expectant moms, much of your pregnancy is spent buying things for baby—nursery furniture, clothes, diapers, often even a new home. So it’s common to not want to spend extra cash on maternity workout clothes you’ll wear for only a few months. And sure, in the first trimester, you can easily get away with rolling waist bands under your belly and stretching out tees you have instead of investing in actual maternity activewear. But eventually, usually around week 20, that belly is going to start showing and such measures become wildly uncomfortable.
Plus, to the surprise of many new moms, it’s not just a few months of wear. “In hindsight, had I known I’d wear maternity workout clothes after delivery, I’d have spent more,” says Olivia Koszuta, a Denver mom of a 3-month-old baby girl who took spin class twice weekly throughout her pregnancy. “I’m still wearing Old Navy maternity leggings at three months out! Pants just don’t fit normally for a while. It’ll probably take another three months for my belly to go down.”
Every pregnancy is different. It’s most important to assess the changes your body is experiencing and choose maternity activewear from there. Pick maternity workout clothes that ease any discomfort hampering your sweat sessions—whether that’s maternity sports bras and swim gear with more accommodating bust support, stretchier tees and tanks for growing bellies or maternity yoga pants with over-the-belly waists.
As your body changes and grows, you’ll quickly appreciate the value of maternity workout clothes, which are “designed to support and flatter an expectant mom’s bump,” says Melanie Darnell, a Los Angeles maternity fitness trainer and mom of three who founded Fitmomma Bootcamp. “You’ll get the extra support and length you need. Plus, feeling comfortable in your maternity workout clothes can be the confidence boost you need to get to the gym.” Koszuta agrees: “It was so nice hearing the girls in spin class say I looked cute in my fitness gear,” she says.
And good news: You don’t need to buy a ton of items or spend a fortune on maternity workout clothes—just a few key pregnancy workout clothes will do the trick. Here’s a breakdown of stores to browse, types of exercise clothing you may want to consider, plus a few favorite items from our experts and editors.
Ready to start shopping? Check out our list of favorite stores to browse for cute maternity workout clothes.
Kindred Bravely: This Instagram-favorite maternity and postpartum brand is known for ultra-soft fabrics that hold their shape and mold to your body. Bonus: Kindred Bravely nursing bras are a thing of legend, so might be worth the investment to get a great sports bra now that will last long after baby is born.
Motherhood Maternity: This classic maternity brand also carries some super cute maternity workout clothes. If you want to check off all of your pregnancy shopping in one spot, Motherhood Maternity is your best bet.
Old Navy: If you’re on a tight budget (or just want to score a sporty look for less), Old Navy is a must-shop for their wide variety of affordable activewear. From compression leggings to performance tees, they have a good selection of pregnancy workout clothes that won’t break the bank.
If you’re expecting and on the hunt for maternity activewear, it’s worth popping into a few stores to see what brands and price points you like best—the ones listed above are excellent places to start. You don’t have to break the bank stuffing your closets with maternity workout clothes, but a few key pieces (like an excellent maternity sports bra and some cute maternity yoga pants) can make a dramatic difference in how comfortable you are during your workouts—and how great you feel after them. And we’d say anything that gets you to the gym a bit more often is a sound investment.
One major body change many pregnant women experience (and many of their partners readily notice) is a rapidly growing bust. It’s often one of the first changes to cause discomfort, resulting in that familiar red ring that surfaces below the breasts when you’re wearing a bra that’s too small. That makes a well-fitting pregnancy sports bra (or two!) an essential component of your maternity workout clothes collection.
As early as six weeks into pregnancy, breasts can start growing larger. They’ll continue to balloon throughout pregnancy—in fact, many women go up one to two cup sizes. If you’re well endowed to begin with, pregnancy workouts can quickly become uncomfortable if you haven’t purchased a maternity sports bra.
One of the first moves for Calli De La Haye, a certified prenatal yoga instructor who co-founded Kalimukti Yoga, was to ditch all underwire designs and switch to a more comfy, forgiving style.
Some mom-favorite maternity sports bras include:
Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Yoga Maternity/Nursing Bra
This maternity sports bra is free from underwire and has nursing clips for prenatal and postnatal yoga. Better yet, it’s made from a super breathable fabric to keep you cool. (Because pregnancy can get pretty sweaty.)
Buy it: $49, Nordstrom.com
Kindred Bravely Sublime Nursing Sports Bra
This mom-favorite nursing brand makes maternity sports bras that provide support and coverage as your chest grows during pregnancy and easy access for nursing after—plus it comes in regular and busty sizes.
Buy it: $40, KindredBravely.com
Ingrid & Isabel Nursing Sports Bra
If you’re looking for pregnancy workout clothes that can pull double duty as loungewear, this sports bra would be a perfect pick. The comfy ribbed fabric, elastic waistband and easy pullover style mean it will likely see as much action hanging out at home as it will at the gym.
Buy it: $38, Bloomingdales.com
Strap Back Ultra-Support Bra Want a maternity sports bra that’s supportive and practical, yet super stylish? This design features a fun multi-strap back with removable pads and easy-to-use clips for nursing postpartum.
Buy it: $46, SexyMamaMaternity.com
Cake Maternity Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Sports Racerback Maternity Bra
If you need extra support, this maternity sports bra minimizes bounce, reduces friction and wicks away moisture—and it was Darnell’s top pick. It’s also available in sizes up to 40K.
Buy it: Starting from $44, Amazon.com
Bravado Rhythm Body Silk Seamless Nursing Sports Bra
The best maternity workout clothes are made from a soft, seamless fabric and bras should include a wide elastic below the breasts. Both of those contribute to this bra’s super-stretchy-but-still-supportive comfort.
Buy it: $57, ASOS.com
PinkBlush Stripe Accent Racerback Maternity Sports Bra
For a sporty look, this maternity sports bra features trendy stripe accents, a racerback and mesh lining. It’s a great pick for a mom-to-be on a budget.
Buy it: $25, PinkBlushMaternity.com
As you’re gathering up the best maternity workout clothes for your pregnancy, keep your eyes peeled for some good maternity workout tops. You’re looking for a shirt made in comfortable, stretchy fabric that won’t ride up on your belly. “You want tanks and tees that provide the flexibility for you to grow through your trimesters,” says Teri Lang Patterson, a certified fitness instructor in South Dakota and new mom.
Motherhood Maternity Sleeveless Scoop Neck Side Ruched Tank Top
This simple, sleeveless tank top is a solid option. When my mom sent it to me during my pregnancy, it quickly became my go-to grab for daily walks. Bonus: It comes in loads of colors.
Buy it: Starting from $15, Motherhood.com
GapFit Breathe Maternity T-shirt
Looking for performance tee to keep you comfortable and dry? This maternity workout t-shirt is made from breathable fabric with wicking technology so you won’t be left feeling sticky or sweaty.
Buy it: $35, Gap.com
Motherhood Maternity Performance Zip-Front Maternity Active Jacket
If you need pregnancy workout clothes for cold weather, we like this maternity jacket. The side ruching helps accommodate a growing belly, and it even includes thumb holes to keep the sleeves in place.
Buy it: $30, Motherhood.com
PinkBlush Solid Active Racerback Maternity Tank Top
If you want to inject some color in your maternity workout clothes wardrobe, look no further than this versatile tank that comes in seven colors. The sporty racerback silhouette is on-trend too.
Buy it: $36, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Oh! Mamma Maternity V-neck Tee Two-Pack
Trust us: You’ll want to stock up on these extremely affordable (and comfortable) maternity tees. With flattering ruching at the sides, soft and stretchy fabric and a huge range of sizes, they’re sure to become a favorite both in and out of the gym.
Buy it: $14 for two, Walmart.com
Sexy Mama Maternity Twist Tee
This maternity workout tee puts a literal “twist” on your typical athletic t-shirt. Plus the fabric is breathable with extra stretch so you’ll be comfortable whatever the activity. It also comes in pink.
Buy it: $38, SexyMamaMaternity.com
Motherhood Maternity French Terry Hooded Sweatshirt
The best maternity workout clothes are comfy enough to wear even when you’re not exercising. This cozy maternity hoodie will keep you warm whether you’re active outdoors or lounging around at home post-workout.
Buy it: Starting from $40, Motherhood.com
No wardrobe of maternity workout clothes is complete without a few pairs of go-to bottoms. In terms of maternity workout pants, it’s all about having an easily expandable, comfy waist that won’t distract you from your workout. The moms we spoke with all like the over-the-belly style. “You can get maternity pants with elastic around the belly, but you get to a point where even those slide off,” Koszuta says. “That won’t happen with leggings that pull over your belly.” Looking for a good pair of maternity yoga pants? Trust us, the over-the-belly style will serve you well here too.
Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Active Chevron Striped Maternity Leggings
This pair of maternity workout leggings sports a subtly chic graphic design and is cut to cover the belly but keeps your back cool and gently supported.
Buy it: $98, Bloomingdales.com
Kindred Bravely Louisa Maternity & Postpartum Support Leggings
These cult favorite maternity leggings are designed to support you both during pregnancy and postpartum. The ultra-high waist fully covers your bump, and provides full coverage when nursing. They’re even available with a pocket or without.
Buy it: $90, KindredBravely.com
Motherhood Maternity Active Secret Fit Belly Boot Cut Yoga Pants
If you’re looking for cute maternity workout clothes that will fit your bump at all stages, these maternity yoga pants have the brand’s exclusive stretch stomach panel that promises to grow with you.
Buy it: Starting from $30, Motherhood.com
Old Navy Maternity Leggings
The moms we spoke with, as well as some instructors, swear by Old Navy’s maternity leggings, which come in different weights, colors and patterns. Julie Goldin, a New York City mom of a 5-month-old baby girl, picked them up when she started showing at seven months. “Highly recommended and affordable,” she says.
Buy it: Starting from $23, OldNavy.com
PinkBlush Grey Marled Biker Maternity Shorts
Biker shorts are totally trending, and these sporty maternity workout shorts from PinkBlush have an elastic belly band that makes them easy to wear all the way into your ninth month. Pair them with an oversized sweatshirt for a look that fits in both at the gym and on the go.
Buy it: $46, PinkBlushMaternity.com
Gap Maternity GapFit Running Shorts
On the hunt for maternity athletic shorts? These breathable shorts have moisture wicking tech fabric and a hidden pocket at the waistband.
Buy it: $50, Gap.com
Old Navy Maternity Rollover-Waist Yoga Shorts
And we’d be remiss not to include Old Navy maternity workout shorts, considering how much the pregnant mamas we spoke to love the affordable brand. These have a rolling stomach panel to be adjusted to your liking.
Buy it: $18, OldNavy.com
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