Must Have Maternity Gear

Now that I am finally in my final trimester, I am starting to look forward to not being pregnant soon.  I still have a ways to go, but the discomfort of pregnancy has definitely set in.  Fortunately, I’ve still been able to workout consistently, which I think has helped me stay as comfortable as possible.  For active moms to be, there are a few must have maternity gear items that I think have made all the difference.

If there is a pregnant woman in your life, and you want to get her a little something special, these are some great gift options.  While every pregnancy is different, every pregnant mom deserves as much comfort as possible!

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Comfortable Maternity Workout Clothes

For the most part, a lot of my “gear” recommendations are actually things I would recommend for just about any active woman.  They might be a little more necessary or impactful during pregnancy, but they aren’t pregnancy specific.  The big exception here is maternity workout clothes.  Now, I know a lot of women feel like workout clothes are generally stretchy and forgiving, and that’s very true.

However, having a few key items that are designed specifically for a growing bump is not only flattering, but also a lot more comfortable.  While I haven’t purchased a whole new wardrobe, I will say that as I get bigger and rounder, I feel much less self-conscious in actual maternity clothes during my workouts.  I also notice that I spend a lot less time adjusting things (like pulling my shirt down) when I’m wearing stuff that’s made specifically for pregnant women.  Here’s a few of my favorites:

  • Tanks & Tees – Focus on dry fit materials that will grow with you. While tank tops are generally fairly loose and stretchy, the fit of these Gap tank tops is so much more flattering these days. I’ve also loved this top and tank from PinkBlush. I will say that the PinkBlush tops are a bit thicker, so I tend to save those for indoor workouts during the summer months.
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  • Shorts – Running shorts might work if you go up a size or two to give your waist band a little extra room. Biker shorts can be a great option for the first and second trimester. In the final weeks of pregnancy, you might need to opt for maternity shorts like these from Gap or CadenShae.
  • Leggings – Once again, a lot women feel pretty comfortable in traditional athletic leggings for more of their pregnancy. I’ve had some good luck with most of my Nike running capri’s, though the wasteband has gotten a little tighter in the past couple of weeks (even under the bump). I’ve heard great things about these CadenShae leggings, but you can also find some great deals on these from Fabletics (and they have pockets for all the snacks!).
  • Shoes – More supportive shoes can be crucial for comfort in early pregnancy, but with hormone changes, many women find their feet widen. Bumping up to a size larger, or finding a shoe with a wider toe can box can help accommodate these changes. I personally love my Altra Escalante‘s, but some women may not love the zero drop. Just make sure to get fitted every couple of months.
  • Sports Bra – It’s not just the belly that gets bigger! Make sure to find a sports bra with a more supportive band, and don’t just go from a size small to a medium. Look for options like that are in true bra sizes like this Brooks bra or this Oiselle option to make sure you get all the support you need.

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Must Have Maternity Gear

Outside of the maternity clothes, there are a few things that have played a big role in keeping me healthy, mobile, and enjoying my workouts over the last few months.

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  • Calm Supplement – It’s not uncommon for women to experience some pretty intense muscle cramps and restless legs, especially later in pregnancy. Magnesium can help alleviate these symptoms and make sleep a lot more restful. I’ve really loved this supplement and can’t sing its praises highly enough.
  • Liquid IV – Dehydration is dangerous for everyone, but for pregnant women, it can be even more concerning. Liquid IV makes it so much easier to stay hydrated, especially during workouts. It saved me during my days of morning sickness, and has been great throughout my second trimester.
  • Hydration Vest – Because running moms to be need to carry a little more water than they normally would during those outdoor adventures. While I’m not logging 3 hours on the trails, I’ve found that I still need more than a handheld for my longer runs. I have really loved my Nathan vest, and I’m happy to say it has grown with me just fine!
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  • Squirrels Nut Butter – A growing body means more opportunity for chaffing, which is no way to live life. Make sure to never forget the squirrels nut butter, and apply liberally!
  • Qalo Ring – I loved my Qalo ring for a long time before I found out I was pregnant. I could lift heavy weights, without worrying about damaging my wedding ring. However, one of my more recent pregnancy symptoms has been some mild swelling, which isn’t uncommon. While it’s not uncommon, it does make wearing a traditional wedding ring difficult. So I’ve gotten many more hours of wear out of my Qalo (which is flexible and has some give) lately.
  • Foam Roller – Once again, as much as I loved all of my soft tissue recovery gear, the foam roller has gotten a little more love from me recently. Lately, my back has been crankier than usual, and the foam roller has really helped keep me from losing my mind at times.
  • Support Band – Living in south Texas, wearing anything extra during workouts is not happening. Fortunately, I haven’t required any extra support during my runs, but for any moms out there who don’t mind an added layer, the moms over at Run Hard, Mom Hard podcast swear by this band from ReCore Fitness.

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