Mother and Baby

Non-frumpy maternity gym clothes that will motivate you to work out

Now that you're pregnant, there is no reason not to keep up your exercise regime. 

Exercising while pregnant is perfectly safe, and encouraged (of course - if you’re concerned, consult your doctor), though you may want to steer clear of ab exercises. 

During pregnancy, you'll want to update your gym gear to match your changing body. Think leggings with enough bump room, supportive sports bras and casual throw-ons that you'll get lots of wear our of postpartum, too.  

Here's Mother&Baby's guide to the very best gym gear for if you're expecting... 

The best maternity sportswear:

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Reebok training maternity bra in black, £35, ASOS

You can't go wrong with a black sports bra that will go with all your gym gear (and yes, your floral leggings included!) This bra includes drop-down clips ideal for nursing. 
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Simhasana Luxe Sweatshirt, £85, Sweaty Betty

The perfect throw-on piece and sustainable, this cosy sweatshirt is made from recycled cotton and will go with everything. Layer over leggings or your favourite pair of joggers for a laid-back look. 
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Active tank top, NOW £13, Mamas & Papas x FRAME

We love this geometric-patterned tank top which will flatter your growing bump. The soft lightweight fabric will keep you cool while you work out, perfect for mums-to-be experiencing hot flushes. 
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High Waisted Bike Shorts, £40, Cadenshae

These oh-so comfy maternity cycling shorts will give your bump lots of support throughout pregnancy - and doubles up as perfect postpartum loungewear, too! 

One mum reviewer commented to say she loved these for wearing under clothes day-to-day (genius!): 

"I wear these under my skirts and dresses. Makes it way more decent when playing with my 1yr old, which prevents chaffing)"
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Maternity racer back bra, NOW £9, ASOS 4505

Show up and be bold in this gorgeous lilac print sports bra from ASOS' super cool sportswear brand, 4505. 
Its expertly designed to fit you from bump to baby - who says maternity gym clothes need to be drab? 
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Swift Bra Stellar, £40, Cadenshae

Comfortable, supportive and stylish, this gorgeous maternity bra will be your go-to during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It has discreet pop-clip drop-down shoulder straps perfect for nursing. 

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The Active Kit, £69, Seraphine

Get moving with the Seraphine Active Kit – perfect for pregnancy yoga, jogging, gym sessions and more! This two-piece set a racerback tank top which is secure, super-breathable and stylish and workout pants which offer a comfy seamless waistband which can be worn over the bump or folded down after birth.
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Maternity Cinched-Waist Hoodie, £39.95, GAP 

Flattering and a great throw-on for every day. It has a lot of space for your growing belly and ideal for low-intensity training. 
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Ultra Run Sports Bra, £45, Sweaty Betty

A cult-favourite with gym-goers and for good reason too. The Ultra Run Sports Bra is designed for high-impact activities (running and jumping, we see you) and it's compression technology means zero jiggle!
We love the padded shoulder straps which provide extra comfort. 
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Mamalicious maternity sports leggings, £25, ASOS 

These gorgeous leggings will see you from bump to baby and provide you will excellent snugness (without being too tight!) The design is specially crafted to flatter your curves. 
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3-in-1 Maternity Hoodie, £59, Seraphine

This magical hoodie is the ultimate in easy luxury. The 3-in-1 Maternity Hoodie is designed for bump, for baby and forever.

For Bump: The hoodie features built-in stretch panels to the sides, ensuring a fit that grows with you throughout your nine months. The fabric is gently brushed inside for a soft fleecy finish – perfect for indoor to outdoor styling or layering under a coat.

For Baby: Once baby arrives, simply zip on the extra panel at the front to fit easily over your baby sling or front carrier.

Forever: A drawstring hood and handy pockets at the sides complete this essential grey marl maternity hoodie. Throw it on over leggings & a tee to hit the gym or snuggle up at home. It’s a cosy must-have you’re sure to be wearing for years to come - whether you’re expecting, baby-wearing or chasing a toddler around the park!
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Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra, NOW £37.52, Cake Maternity

Add a little zing into your daily fitness routine! Zest is a full-structured nursing sports bra that provides great support, function, comfort and style. This bra provides the security of a pragmatic high-impact nursing sports bra to keep your bust in place. It features supportive construction to minimize bounce, smooth Spacer technology to reduce friction and it wicks moisture away from the body.
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Maternity and Nursing Sports Bra, £45.95, Fitta Mamma

This well-designed, maternity sports bra provides optimum support during pregnancy and drop down cups for easy-access breastfeeding when you exercise after baby is born. It is suitable for high impact maternity and postnatal exercise. Firm elastic under the bust holds the bra comfortably to the body during exercise, beathable panels and Coolmax fabrics add comfort and moisture-wicking and 6 hook-and-eye extensions allow for comfortable adjustment as your body changes.
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MOM Postnatal Vest, £29.99, Fitta Mamma

If you can forgive the Americanised spelling (if you're a Brummy this won't matter!) then this slogan tee will show everyone who is boss in the gym. Add power and attitude to your active pregnancy or postnatal workout. This vest is made of Stretchy, fully opaque, moisture-wicking cotton with elastane, has a flattering longer length and curved hem and is designed to fit without riding up when you stretch up.
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Cotton Candy Seamless Sleep & Yoga Nursing Bra, £32.90, Cake Maternity

This bra is a best-seller for Cake Maternity and it won Silver in our Mother & Baby Awards in the Best Pregnancy/Maternity Product category. It is easy to see why! This luxurious, double layered bra is supportive without restriction and perfect for yoga (or sleep!). Its T-back design and closely constructed straps provide for a snug fit and ensures the straps stay on while sleeping or whilst undertaking light activity. Knitted from a dense yarn to provide comfort, you won't want to take this bra off!
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Carriwell Adjustable Overbelly Support Bel, £15, JoJo Maman Bebe

A support belt is a necessity for exercise while pregnant. It not only supports your bump, but it helps keeps you comfortable! Pop it on underneath your regular gym wear.   The Carriwell Adjustable Overbelly Support Belt applies easily adjustable counter pressure to any discomfort in your lower back, improving your posture and bringing you relief. The broad soft belt gently lifts your tummy, relieving downward pressure whilst supporting your hips.
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Noppies FAE Leggings, £43.99, Zalando

If you love a jazzy pattern, then these leggings are perfect for you! The high waisted band covers and supports your tum and can easily be rolled down after you give birth.

Now read:

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  • Author: Aimee Jakes Aimee Jakes
  • Job Title: Shopping and Community Editor

Aimee is the Shopping and Community Editor at Bauer Media where she works on fitness, fashion and beauty content across a number of titles such as heat, Closer and Grazia.

Her hobbies include truffle mac and cheese, Class Pass and relentlessly checking (and scolding!) the weather app.

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