9 Active Pieces You Need In Your Life
You know that feeling after finishing a *really* good workout? There’s nothing better… plus that post-sweat-sesh glow is for real. And whether you live for a morning jog or that neighborhood yoga studio is your om away from home, the truth is that working out doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to stop just because you’re pregnant.
There are SO many reasons why making time to move your body during pregnancy is super important. We’re talking benefits like better sleep, a brighter mood, and improved energy levels. Need another reason? Working out consistently can help you recover more quickly after babe arrives… enough said. Even a daily walk can have a serious impact, with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommending 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week (that’s about 30 minutes, 5 days a week). Throw on your AirPods, fire up a podcast, and get moving. It might even turn into your favorite part of the day.
Best moves: maternity activewear
When it comes to staying active throughout pregnancy and beyond, a good workout wardrobe is key. As your bump grows and the rest of your body expands to make room, even those super stretchy leggings you once lived in will start squeezing you in all the wrong places. That’s where the best maternity activewear comes in. Comfortable, supportive, and designed to move with you, the right workout clothing really makes all the difference.
Lucky for you, active essentials are our specialty. We designed and patented pretty much the Rolls-Royce of belly panels to keep your bump and back gently supported as you work out. After all, it’s one of the few things that you do for YOU, and you deserve to feel your best while doing it. So go ahead, schedule some gym time or book that prenatal class you’ve been eyeing… we’re sharing the best of the best maternity clothes for your next workout.
The best workout leggings
A good legging or jogger is an activewear staple, and it’s even more important when you’re carrying all that extra weight around. You’ll want one that’s breathable, supportive, and can adapt to your growing bump so you don’t have to keep investing in a new pair. We broke down what to look for in a maternity legging here, and are diving into some favorites below. Read on to see what makes them so good…
The Best Workout Tops
When your body is growing and changing by the day, an oversize tee won’t quite give you the support you need (and deserve!). The right workout top should be breathable, comfy, and bump-supporting. Luckily, we have more than a few options for you.
The Best Sports bras + Jackets
A supportive maternity sports bra is a MUST for any active mama, especially as your body starts producing milk and things start getting *real* heavy up there. It’s common to go up at least a cup size or two while you’re pregnant and nursing, and this is where really good support comes in. Luckily, we have a whole bra shop of options, but for workouts you’re gonna want something full coverage, stretchy, supportive, and above all, comfortable. You should also avoid underwire styles while working out, and a sports bra with nursing access is a huge plus if you want a best of both worlds kinda thing… yep, we got that too.
When it's chilly out, maternity workout jackets and pullovers are the move for keeping warm. Of course, you could always wear your tried and true zip up, but it doesn’t really help if you can’t zip it allll the way up. Because babe wants some warmth too, we got the perfect jacket for you...
Movement really is medicine—especially when you’re pregnant or *finally* coming out of that postpartum fog. A brisk walk, some restorative yoga, light stretching at home… it all helps contribute to a happy, healthy pregnancy and after. As a busy mom, you might not have a full hour to commit to working out, but every bit of time you take for you can make allll the difference. And since you never know when you’ll be able to squeeze in your next workout, we’re all about styles that flex from active to everyday, that balance you and your nursing needs. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate all that your powerful body can do.