Best Maternity Workout Clothes
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The Best Maternity Workout Clothes of 2020

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

Best Overall: Matletik Courage Legging

 

Matletik Maternity Workout Clothes

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 seethrough. Made in Canada, these Matletik leggings will fit throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

We wore these leggings ($45) 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.

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Best Budget Leggings: Foucome Over Belly Active Leggings

Cheap Maternity Leggings

Filling your closet with maternity workout clothes doesn’t have to drain your savings. At $16, these wallet-friendly leggings are soft, comfy, and easily accommodate a growing belly. We found the microfiber material soft against the skin. The full-belly waist kept them in place. And they’ve washed up well time after time.

They aren’t as technical as some options, but for under 20 bucks, they can’t be beat.

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Best Belly Support: Cadenshae Classic Maternity Leggings

Cadenshae Maternity Leggings

These leggings ($75) are well-thought-out from top to bottom. The full-belly band provides extra compressive support and eases tension on your back and belly. And the scooped design in front means it won’t aggravate a C-section scar.

Best of all, you’ll never have to worry about sagging or seethrough pants. These fit like a glove and are designed to move. They have a 4.9-star rating with 1,295 reviews, so we’re not alone in thinking these are some of the best maternity leggings out there.

And if you’re looking for workout-friendly nursing tops and sports bras, be sure to check out the full Cadenshae line.

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Best Fun Print: Beyond Yoga Maternity Midi Leggings

Beyond Yoga Maternity Leggings
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 seethrough. But Beyond Yoga has figured out fit, comfort, and durability.

One tester’s favorite feature about these particular tights ($99) 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.

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Best Maternity Shorts & Pants

Title 9 Dream Skort

Title Nine Dream Skort

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 ($59-65). 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.

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Shredly Curvy MTB Shorts

ShredlyCurvyMountainBikeShortforWomen
If you’re still feeling comfortable enough to get on your bike, these shorts by Shredly ($105) 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% recycled and comes in a variety of fun patterns. The chamois is sold separately for these shorts.

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Stio PTV Jogger

Stio PTV Jogger

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 ($159) 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.

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Best Maternity Workout Tops

Beyond Yoga Spacedye Grow and Glow Tank

Beyond Yoga Maternity Workout Clothes

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 ($95), 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 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.

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Best Maternity Sports Bras

Cake Maternity Lotus Bra

Cake Lotus Maternity Nursing Bra

Looking for a bra that will easily transition from pregnancy to nursing? Then the Lotus Bra ($50) 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.

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Brooks Rebound Racer Sports Bra

Brooks Rebound Racer Sports Bra

Whether pregnant or not, this is one of our favorite sports bras. What sets this bra ($50) 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.

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Best Maternity Base Layers

Arctic Lynx Midweight Maternity Top & Base Layer Bottom

Arctic Lynx maternity base layers

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 ($79) and bottom ($89) 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 some favorite maternity workout clothes we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments for future updates to this article.


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