Mother and Baby

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

Section: Maternity
Mums in maternity exercise clothes

Now that you're pregnant, there's no reason not to keep up your exercise regime if you have one. 

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-on looks that you'll get lots of wear out of postpartum, too.  

Is exercise during pregnancy safe?

There are several myths around exercise during pregnancy and many women wrongly believe that it is unsafe. However, exercise is not dangerous for you or your baby as long as you do it safely and you listen to your body and know its limits. Exercise is actually recommended as it can be incredibly beneficial for mums-to-be.

Staying active during pregnancy can mean you are less likely to experience complications or issues in later pregnancy. The NHS recommends exercising throughout pregnancy to help you adapt to your changing shape and weight gain.

To exercise safely, it is important not to overexert yourself. The NHS guidelines explain that 'As a general rule, you should be able to hold a conversation as you exercise. If you become breathless as you talk, then you're probably exercising too strenuously.

For more information read our guide on everything you need to know about exercise during pregnancy.

The best maternity sportswear:

Looking for ultra-comfy bottoms for prenatal yoga? Not only are these sports leggings stretchy and soft, but, best of all, they have POCKETS. These bottoms support you when practising yoga poses and fit to you as your belly grows. Sizes available from S-2XL.

Review: "Fantastic pants, very roomy where needed and so so soft"

We love this bright coral 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. You can also purchase this top in a range of colours from pink leopard print, white, rose pink, grey, black and grey camo. Sizes available from XS-L.

Review: “Bought this top in olive and immediately ordered two more upon arrival. Favourite top for an overly warm summer. Great for working out or layering under work tops. The fabric is light but not sheer, at least in the darker colours. Fits true to size with plenty of room to grow (bought a medium 160lbs, 5'5", 3rd trimester for reference).”

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. Sizes available from XS-2XL and can be also be found in coral and grey.

Review: “This maternity bra was great. I’m currently still pregnant so I didn’t get to test the nursing side of it, but I love how this bra grows with you. The slider in the back makes adjustments easy and convenient. It was supportive in all my active needs. It is also very comfortable and not restricting. I will definitely be purchasing more.”

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). Sizes available from XS-XXL and can also be purchased in blue.

Review: "I wear these under my skirts and dresses. Makes it way more decent when playing with my one-year-old, which prevents chaffing."

We love this burgundy flowing tank top which will flatter your bump. It is lightweight, loose and comes with a lattice back detail which makes it perfect for both exercise and casual wear alike. Can also be found in white and sizes are available from S-L.

 

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. Sizes available from XS-XXL and can also be found in plain white.

Review: "Love this bra, purchased at 30 weeks pregnant and found it great! The fabric is soft and moves well with the body. Also love that it came with an extender for the back strap - that will come in handy as we grow a bit more."

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. Sizes available from XS-L.

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. Sizes available from XS-XL and can also be found in light grey and true black.

Review: "This hoodie is super thin and soft. It fits true to size. I was looking for something for outside walks when it's still a bit cool and a thin hoodie for the summer with leggings. A little over halfway through my pregnancy with room to grow. I ordered the medium, in 5'5 and a size 8 pre-pregnancy."

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. Sizes are available from 32A through to 28F. There are a range of colours to choose from: black, white, navy, light blue, coral, yellow, purple, and pink.

Review: "I bought this for weight and hit training. I was super happy to have it in white. I have used this while doing Pilates also. I actually just wear it sometimes when I am not training as it’s so comfy just for lazing around."

 

These new leggings from Latched are designed for workouts, but are comfy enough to wear round the house too. They're high-waisted, covering your bump comfortably. They don't go see-through and are squat-proof - no big knickers on display when you're doing yoga in these babies. Available in sizes from XS to XXL; they're good enough to keep wearing after baby arrives too. 

Review: "I have just bought these at 29 weeks and I’m so happy with them, mega comfy and a perfect fit. I’m 5’2” and usually an 8/10 although I pile on weight during pregnancy and bought a size small."

 
  • 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.

Other contributors

Sophie Knight - Contributing Editor
Ellen Kinsey - Commercial Content Writer

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