Monday, December 22, 2014

Fit Pregnancy // The Best Workout Gear

The Best Pregnancy Workout Gear

With only five or so weeks to go, I thought it was time to round-up my favorite pregnancy workout gear. If you've been following along you know I've been maintaining a regular workout routine and at nearly 35 weeks I'm still working out 5-6 times a week! Yes, I'm crazy. Please note, I was cleared by my OB to continue working out. Over the course of my pregnancy I was lucky enough to wear a number of pieces I already owned, but also invested in a few items.

The Gapfit Breathe tank (similar) was by far my favorite top. I purchased it on a whim around 18 weeks during the GAP friends and family sale and absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that during the next sale I purchased another. It's perfect for everything from spin to crossfit. It also layers nicely under my colder weather gear.

I'm a big fan of The North Face and one of the best non-maternity tanks I've loved the entire time is my TNF Flow Tank. It is perfect for spin or yoga. For budget friendly options check out similar versions from Old Navy and Target.

I'm not a big fan of tees or long sleeve tops, but I did purchase a long sleeve top from TJ Maxx (similar) for layering during early morning workouts or afternoon dog walks.

Regarding jackets: I actaully didn't purchase any. Due to the fact, I've stayed relatively small I haven't found it necessary to buy anything. Currently, I rotate between this TNF fleece and jacket. If you are in need of a light-weight maternity workout jacket I would recommend the GapFit training jacket. (One I love the gap and two there's always a discount.)

The key is finding pants with a wide waistband. As crazy as it sounds I only have one pair of maternity workout pants (GapFit fast leggings) and didn't purchase them until I was 30 weeks along. Although, I like them and they work I definitely prefer to wear them lounging around the house vs. working out.

My favorites have been these and these capris and these shorts from The North Face. I also picked up a few non-maternity running tights with wide waistbands from Marshalls and TJ Maxx which have worked out nicely. Although I didn't purchase them I've heard nothing, but great things about these leggings -- if you're willing to splurge.

A few notes:
  • Ditch the compression pants. It's all about comfort and when things are being squeezed it doesn't look pretty or feel good.
  • You can still buy non-maternity tops. Just keep them loose and keep the material and length in mind.
  • I've purchased all maternity items in my "normal" size and have been happy with the decision.
  • I'm 5'4" and at 34 weeks weigh 147 pounds
  • Top sizes range from small to medium
  • Pant sizes are always a medium 
Phew. Are you still with me? I had a relatively easy time finding workout gear, but I know what I like and my body didn't change too drastically -- other than the obvious. When picking colors I always stick to grey or black bottoms. That way I can wear a bright top and there are no dilemmas about what bottoms to wear. Do your research and if you're ordering online always check the return policy -- just in case.

Maternity specific workout gear: For Two Fitness, GAP, Target, Old Navy, Athleta, A Pea in the Pod

Happy Sweating!

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  1. I loved my Lululemon stuff throughout my pregnancies. It stretched perfectly, was comfortable, and didn't STAY stretched after baby! Definitely loved my For Two stuff also :)

    1. Oh, I'll have to look into Lululemon a bit more. I've always looked at their gear, but never pulled the trigger.

  2. I love my For 2 Fitness top and capri's as far as other workout clothes I have managed to use my pre-pregnancy stuff with my belly sports bra... Good for you on rocking the workouts-- I'm hoping to keep it going until the very end!!