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

Exercising while pregnant can be a worrisome thought. While it’s perfectly safe, and encouraged, to partake in moderate physical exercise while pregnant (of course - if you’re concerned ask your doctor), many women worry about their fitness routine once they have a bump.

There are loads of great ways to exercise while pregnant. Low impact exercise like yoga, pilates and aqua-activities are ideal. There are even specially designed pregnancy workouts available on Youtube for you to get a sweat-on at home. You don't have to give up the gym either. Take advantage of personal trainers and ask for their advice, speak to your GP, follow the general guidelines and most importantly, do what works for your body.

Once you’ve decided to soldier on with daily exercise, the last thing you need is to find none of your regular gym clothes fit. Rest assured maternity activewear can be just as stylish as your current sweaty betty get-up. To prove it, we’ve compiled a list of the best maternity gym clothes on the market to help you stay active during pregnancy.

15 of the best maternity sportswear:

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1) Maternity Yoga Pants, £18, Mothercare

Yoga is encouraged while pregnant thanks to its low intensity and relaxing nature. Whereas before you may have been able to throw on some leggings, now you’ll need something to support your growing bump and give you some leg room. Try these Mothercare yoga pants; soft and stretchy for optimum comfort, with a wide waistband that will expand as your bump grows.
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2) Maternity Ultimate Sweatshirt, £16, ASOS

Why complicate things? This plain crew neck white sweatshirt is perfect for laid back and gentle exercise vibes. It it made from soft-touch sweat fabric and is designed to fit you from bump to baby!
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3) 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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4) 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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5) 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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6) Speedo Women's Grace U-Back Maternity Swimsuit, £27.30, Wiggle

If you are going to be taking a dip into the pool for swimming, standing or aqua yoga then you'll need a cozzie! This One Piece Maternity swimsuit is designed to grow with your bump, with soft, smooth nylon Lycra fabric that stretches and supports. Designed with bust support that lifts and supports you for a comfortable fit.
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7) 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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8) 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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9) Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra, £46.90, 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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10) Maternity Sports Leggings, £18, Next

These simple maternity leggings come in both cropped and full-length from Next. If you're going to be exercising outdoors, they have reflective details to make you visible! The best detail is the over-the-bump mesh band for added comfort.
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11) 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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12) Maternity Pink Leopard Burnout Sports T-Shirt, £12.99, New Look

Embrace the leopard print trend in a subtle way with this burnout tee from New Look. If you love baggy work-out gear, then this is perfect. Style it with the matching leggings to complete the look!
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13) 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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14) 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.

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