10 Maternity Fitness Essentials to Keep You Moving

by Hilary Braaksma

10 Maternity Fitness Essentials to Keep You Moving
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Staying active during pregnancy has tons of benefits—preparing your body for labor, keeping you healthy and enjoying the beauty of what your changing body can do. You may be able to keep up with your old fitness routine during pregnancy, but your old fitness gear probably won’t cut it anymore. Check out these great maternity fitness must-haves, from stretchy shorts to extra large water bottles.

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Ingrid & Isabel Seamless Maternity Sports Bra


During pregnancy your breasts are growing larger and more tender seemingly by the day—that’s why a great maternity sports bra is absolutely essential. This Ingrid & Isabel seamless sports bra has comfortable but supportive ribbed material, adjustable shoulder straps and light padding.

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Takeya Actives 32 oz Water Bottle


Staying hydrated is extra important during your pregnancy fitness routine. Make sure you always have enough H20 on the go with this 32 oz Takeya water bottle. This insulated water bottle has a pretty powder finish and keeps water cold for hours.

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Anook Athletics Poppy Maternity Workout Leggings


Designed to fit your changing body from the first trimester to the third—and beyond—these super-comfy workout leggings make staying active during pregnancy easy. Anook Athletics Poppy leggings have antimicrobial lining, moisture-wicking material and breathable, stretchy fabric to keep you moving.

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Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Slip-On Running Shoe


A slip-on workout shoe is a must, especially as you approach the final months of pregnancy. Swollen feet and a large belly can make bending over to lace up difficult, but these Adidas running shoes will slide right on. The Cloudfoam memory sockliner make these workout shoes extra comfortable, and they’re versatile enough to be worn outside of the gym as well.

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BLANQI SportSupport Maternity Crossback Tank


This super-supportive tank top is designed for active mamas-to-be in mind. Chest and belly panels offer support, but have breathable material to keep you cool while you do your thing. This stylish, durable workout tank top is made of moisture-managing material so you can stay dry and cool.

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Ingrid & Isabel Side-Zip Maternity Active Jacket


Whether you’re pounding the pavement outside on a chilly day or you need something to slip on over your workout tank top after the gym, this active maternity jacket has you covered. This soft, stretchy jacket has side zippers designed to help you accommodate your growing belly—and they can zip back up for a smaller fit postpartum.

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AmazonBasics Extra Thick Workout Mat


Wherever you work out—the gym, a yoga studio or your own house—a comfortable, supportive workout mat is a must for achy joints and muscles during pregnancy. This extra-thick workout mat from AmazonBasics offer cushioning and support, but rolls up to be lightweight and easy to carry.

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Jill & Joey Breathable Maternity Support Band


A breathable maternity belt can offer comfort in support in the final months of pregnancy when your big belly feels like it’s almost too much to bear. Keep prenatal hip and back pain at bay with this Jill & Joey breathable maternity support band, which can be worn easily and comfortably under your maternity workout wear.

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GapFit Maternity Active Shorts


These breathable maternity active shorts from Gap will keep you cool and comfortable during your warm weather workouts. The wide elastic waistband sits below the belly for maximum comfort, and these shorts have built-in breathable undies and a hidden coin pocket.

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Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch


Hitting your fitness goals without overdoing is a delicate balance during pregnancy. Keep an eye on your workout time, your vitals and more with this Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. This wearable activity tracker is stylish, sleek and has built-in voice command to make it easy to use whether you’re out for a run or unrolling your yoga mat.