What to Wear at the Gym When You’re Pregnant

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What to Wear at the Gym When You're Pregnant (900x900)

I’ve received a lot of questions over the past several months about what I wore to work out, so I thought I’d write a post about the exercise gear that got me through my pregnancy. I ended up buying a few key pieces, but I really did my best not to spend too much money on workout clothes because I knew I would probably only wear them while I was pregnant. That said, here’s a summary of my favorite exercise gear from my pregnancy!

Extra-long tops that aren’t too low cut 

I was all about the extra-long tanks and t-shirts that weren’t too low cut for my workouts. I didn’t want my belly or boobs hanging out when I was doing Wallballs or Box Jumps at CrossFit, so these were my go-to workout tops of choice. The Maternity Jersey-Stretch Tanks from Old Navy, in particular, were perfect for a growing baby bump and they weren’t too low-cut, so I didn’t have to worry about showing too much boob-age when I worked out. These tank tops were also super cheap (just $8-$12 depending on the color), so I bought a whole bunch of them for workouts. (I also wore them as non-workout clothes!) Another extra-long workout favorite was my New Balance Moto Pullover. It fit me right up until the end of my pregnancy!

Any top with side ruching

Side ruching flatters a growing baby bump both in and outside the gym! I really liked the Maternity Slub-Knit Tees from Old Navy for working out, and they fit me right up until the end of my pregnancy when my belly was massive!

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Burnout fabrics

I loved lightweight, burnout fabrics for my workout gear during my pregnancy. It moved well and grew with me as my belly got larger and larger. Some of my favorite tops that I wore during all three trimesters of my pregnancy: Reebok Women’s Happy Burnout Tee, Reebok Women’s Burnout Vneck Tee, Reebok Women’s Yoga Tee, and Reebok Women’s Burnout Yoga Tank.


Sports bras from Moving Comfort

The boob situation during my pregnancy was insane, so I had to buy all new sports bras and the only ones that fit me were from Moving Comfort. The style that I liked the best was the Maia Bra. I bought two of my Maia bras online and then found one at Marshalls for a fraction of the price.

Workout pants with wide waistbands

I actually never bought special maternity workout pants or capris. I just wore my regular workout pants throughout my entire pregnancy. The long tees and tanks worked well with them, and I didn’t need to spend money on new ones. However, I found that my workout pants with the widest waistbands were the most comfortable. My favorites were a pair of capris from Athleta and a pair of pants from Moving Comfort.

Question of the Day

Moms and moms-to-be: What workout gear did/do you love for working out?

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  1. At 25 weeks I’m loving long tanks and capris. I also have a boob situation going on so getting a few new sports bras was key!

  2. My go to when I was pregnant was the foldover waist yoga pants. The trick was not to roll them over, so the extra material covered my belly! It worked perfectly & saved me from having to buy maternity gear!

  3. I invested in a lululemon cool racerback tank and fit me until 42 weeks. I still wear it now as it really held its shape. Expensive but worth it!

  4. I’m 34 weeks pregnant and still wearing my normal workout shorts and yoga capris but I did have to buy a few new larger tank tops and sports bras. I just shopped at Marshalls/ TJ Maxx since I didn’t want to spend a ton of clothing I’d only wear a few times… plus, they have great workout gear! 🙂

  5. I bought two pair of maternity workout capris (gap and old navy) only because I had a coupon and they were on sale. Most of my tank tops were long to begin with so they fit too. I am almost 32 weeks and wearing a combo of both regular and maternity gear.

  6. I’m just about 28 weeks and needed to buy new sports bras (I went with the Moving Comfort Juno because… oh my god) and a few tops because all of my race shirts started feeling really short. A couple of my lululemon tops still work (the Run:Swiftly V-Neck and 105F Singlet, especially) and I picked up two workout tops from Gap that I’m LOVING. Otherwise, my running shorts and lulu tights are still hanging in there!

  7. I went to Marshalls and found these stretchy short sleeve Calvin Klein workout tops that were awesome! Workout clothes are pretty easy – just buy stretchy things in a bigger size than normal. The one “maternity” thing that I bought for working out was the nursing sports bras from Motherhood Maternity. I wore those before & after.

  8. All of my regular workout pants have started cutting me at the hips so I can’t wear them and am struggling to find maternity shorts to workout in (way to hot here to wear pants!)

    I agree on the old navy tanks!

  9. You had some cute pregnancy/workout outfits going on!

    I never had to buy maternity bottoms to work out in either, I was grateful b/c those things can be $$$! I did love longer tops that are flowy and had elastic on the bottom. Also, For Two Fitness tanks are great-so comfy & cute!

  10. I loved maternity yoga pants. They aren’t totally necessary, but they are super comfy. Side rouching shirts were amazing too!

  11. Tina, a huge congratulations to you and Mal 🙂 Q is just gorgeous and I love seeing the happiness beaming out of you.

    How is Murphy adjusting to his little brother?

  12. Hope you have been enjoying your birthday Tina! Baby Q’s (in my head I always refer to him as QT – cutie) outfit is adorable. I kept a few of my “little guy’s” baby clothes that I just couldn’t part with. Of course he is now 19, in college and 6 ft 1 ….makes me feel short and I am 5 ft 9 ….and absolutely hates when I wander down memory lane! LOL

  13. I didn’t buy any workout pants for my first pregnancy either, and when I got back to my normal weight, and even near it, I realized how I had ruined them all by stretching my out to the max. They were saggy, and uncomfortable. I didn’t make that mistake this time, and am glad I bought a few pair of maternity workout pants.

  14. I love Lulu and most of it stretched with me as I grew. I never needed to buy maternity workout wear. My Power Y tanks were especially forgiving of my belly and I was happy that they retained their shape post-preganacy!

  15. Currently 35 weeks pregnant and haven’t had to buy new workout pants either, although I’ve been carrying the baby really high which made this more possible. For workout shirts, I bought a few tanks from Costco which I absolutely love because they’re really long and lightweight. Have lasted me this entire pregnancy! I also love Gaps’ tanks. I wore them pre-pregnancy and found that they’re actually quite long and stretch really well!

  16. I wore my regular shorts and capri tights right up through 9 months, but I had to buy a few long tanks around 7 months in, once the underside of my belly started poking out. I didn’t worry too much if the arm or neck openings were big since my sports bras offered plenty of coverage (I used all the ones that had been too big pre-pregnancy, thanks to ultramarathon training).

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