Finding workout apparel that fits throughout your pregnancy can be a challenge. Luckily, our experts are here to help you find the best maternity workout clothes.
Want to stay active while pregnant but having a hard time finding comfortable, functional maternity clothes? We get it. As outdoor adventure-loving moms, we know how hard it is to find the best maternity leggings, bottoms, bras, and tops. Not only do you want hardworking fabrics that won’t wear out, but it needs to feel great and look good.
That’s why we’ve spent several pregnancies researching and testing the best maternity workout clothes. From the most comfortable leggings around to a do-all sports bra and belly-friendly mountain bike shorts, we’ve got you covered.
Best Maternity Leggings
Most Comfortable: Matletik Deluxe Legging ($100)
These leggings are comfortable. Like buttery soft, never-want-to-take-them-off comfortable. The fold-over panel keeps them securely in place but won’t cause any itching or discomfort on your belly. And the Max Dri polyester-spandex material wicks moisture to keep you dry and cool while working out.
The thicker fabric means you don’t have to worry about the leggings being see-through. But they can also get a bit too warm during a hot, high-intensity workout. Made in Canada, these Matletik leggings will fit throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
We wore them several times a week for 9 months straight, and they show no signs of wear. They wash up great and feel amazing all day long.
Best Fun Print: Beyond Yoga Maternity Midi Leggings ($98)
Finding a good pair of yoga pants that will grow with you is hard to do. Many that we tried were either way too tight, too loose, or annoyingly see-through. But Beyond Yoga has figured out fit, comfort, and durability.
One tester’s favorite feature about these particular tights is that they are not black like most maternity leggings. Instead, they come with a little pop.
And while they are technically made for yoga, these have become my everyday staple pant, as they feel good and work in all situations. Whether working out in the gym, going on a hike, or running after a toddler, these work great (and look good) in all situations.
Best Budget Leggings: Isabel Maternity by Ingrid and Isabel Leggings ($35)
Ingrid and Isabel’s Target line, Isabel Maternity, works well and won’t break the bank. These leggings aren’t as buttery soft as our favorite Matletik pick, and they don’t feature a fun print like Beyond Yoga’s Midi. But they clock in at just $35 and will keep you going all pregnancy long.
The crossover panel helps them stay in place while keeping you cooler than a full panel. The material is thick enough to be opaque but thin enough you won’t overheat. We’ve worn these through two pregnancies, and they’ve held up great.
Best Maternity Shorts & Pants
Title 9 Dream Skort ($59)
Title Nine makes amazing women’s gear that is made by women and tested by women of all ages, sizes, and abilities. And while the brand doesn’t have a line of maternity-specific wear, many of its clothes are designed by active mothers who know what mothers need and want: clothes that are functional, flattering, and multidimensional.
My favorite piece for my growing and changing body has been the Dream Skort. Its waist belt felt great through the second trimester. The material is stretchy and breathable. And the shorts underneath aren’t too short or too long, making it a great skirt to wear for all activities. I’ve been wearing it for biking around town, doing yoga, and even standup paddling.
Shredly Curvy MTB Shorts ($105)
If you’re still feeling comfortable enough to get on your bike, these shorts by Shredly were amazing for keeping us on the bike well into the second trimester. The stretchy waistband and roomy cut for the hips make it a great bike short for women of all shapes and sizes, including pregnant women.
The zippered vent zips are great for hot rides, and the side pockets are streamlined yet roomy enough to fit snacks and a phone. And you can feel good about wearing them because the fabric is 100-percent recycled and comes in a variety of fun patterns. The chamois is sold separately for these shorts.
Stio Women’s PTV Jogger ($119)
These lightweight, breathable, stretchy joggers from Stio are downright amazing. The stretchy, weather-resistant, and soft Relance microfiber material performs impressively well in all conditions.
From beachcombing to hikes, cool morning runs, and lounging on the back deck in the evenings, the PTV joggers quickly became a favorite for summer adventures. The best part is that the waistband is stretchy and soft enough to fit comfortably under or over a growing belly.
Best Maternity Workout Tops
Let’s be honest, when working out while pregnant, you need something that will support your growing belly and boobs. Beyond Yoga has an expansive and much-loved selection of activewear, and the maternity line is no exception. It’s quality-made and thoughtfully designed.
The most popular of the brand’s tank tops is the Grow and Glow Tank, and the reasons became obvious after trying it on for the first time. The fabric is soft, stretchy, and supportive while the cut of the tank top is both flattering and technical.
The high neck keeps the cleavage at bay, and the built-in bra is comfortable and ultra-stretchy, so it grows with you. The side seams are inset and comfortably expand as you get bigger. Depending on your bust, it may be best to go up a size.
While not technically a shirt, we have to mention this supportive essential for active mamas. The Bao Bei Pro Belly Band was designed by a physical therapist who saw a need for a support band that would support and help women throughout their pregnancy.
It’s the only belly band on the market that has a 360-degree support system, creating a lifting up and hugging feeling for the belly. This helps alleviate lower back pain, round ligament pain, and pelvic pressure.
GearJunkie contributor Chelsey Magness wore this every day during workouts and found it helped take the pressure off her legs while also serving as a reminder to keep good form and posture. Unlike other belly bands that only compress, making it hard to breathe, the Pro Belly Band encourages you to breathe fully and naturally expands with your growing belly.
Best Maternity Sports Bras
Cake Maternity Lotus Bra ($50)
Looking for a bra that will easily transition from pregnancy to nursing? Then the Lotus Bra is just what you need. The wide straps offer full support, without any pinching or pulling. The nylon-elastane-blend fabric is soft against the skin and washes up easily.
Best of all, it moves seamlessly from pregnancy to nursing and pumping. Pull-aside cups make for easy access and allow for hands-free pumping.
Brooks Rebound Racer Sports Bra ($30-68)
Whether pregnant or not, this is one of our favorite sports bras. What sets this bra apart are its front adjustable straps and back keyhole closure for a customized fit. The removable Velcro straps make it one of the best options that you can both nurse and run in.
Anyone looking for extra support and an easily adjustable fit will get their money’s worth out of this bra. It’s available on Amazon in limited sizes now.
Best Maternity Base Layers
Arctic Lynx Mid Weight Maternity Top ($79) and Base Layer Bottom ($89)
Arctic Lynx was founded by an athletic mother who was desperate to find a piece of active maternity wear that actually worked. Both the top and bottom are made out of a fast-wicking, smooth polyester fabric that is comfortable and chafe-free. The stylish fit makes it so that they can be worn on their own or as a layering piece.
We used these for hiking, biking, yoga, rock climbing, and even running errands in them as a standalone layer. Through it all, they provided temperature-regulating comfort. Be warned: They will make you want to get out and move.
Have a favorite piece of maternity workout gear we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments for future updates to this article.