As our bodies rapidly grow and change during our prenatal period, so too do our needs for comfortable clothes during pregnancy that support our health and celebrate our beautiful bodies.
But it can be hard to navigate what maternity clothes to buy and avoid to ensure the safety of yourself and your unborn bub.
So what are the benefits of wearing comfortable clothes during pregnancy, and how do you decide what to and not to wear when pregnant?
The Benefits Of Lenny Rose Maternity Clothes
As highlighted in our Science Behind Lenny Rose Apparel article, all our garments are designed with the ideals of combining comfort, safety, sustainability and style to benefit you by:
- Staying comfortable: Using fabrics, materials and designs that are made to support you whether on-the-go, lounging at home or doing an intense workout.
- Combatting leg swelling and varicose veins: Due to the effects of gravity, and hormones, women can often experience painful lower leg swelling and varicose veins when pregnant. But with inbuilt postural support, our In The Zone tights lightly compress the legs to promote blood flow return whilst safely supporting your bump.
- Boosting your confidence and self-faith: Feeling comfortable and stylish, you’ll believe in your ability to create and nurture a beautiful life whilst taking care of yourself! As research shows, pregnant mothers who engage in healthy behaviours are less likely to experience peri and postnatal depression.
With these enticing benefits, why wouldn’t you be keen to have the best maternity clothes for activewear?.. But what actually are they?
What To Wear During Pregnancy
As your body begins to change on a daily basis, comfort is key! To find comfortable clothes during pregnancy, look for:
1. Clothing Made Out Of Natural Fibres
Natural fibres are breathable. Look for cotton, linen and wool tops to help you to naturally regulate your body temperature around your belly by retaining heat during winter, and sweating during exercise, hot summer days, and even hormonal flushes!
2. Loose T-Shirts & Dresses
Many mums consider loose t-shirts and dresses as maternity clothes essentials. These items should leave lots of space for your bump area to remain unrestricted for your growing bub.
Maternity activewear tops for exercise should be airy, loose fitting and comfortable so you have a full range of motion, don’t overheat and avoid chafing.
You can also wear looser items throughout your whole pregnancy without needing to update your closet with your size.
3. Comfortable Bras
It’s not only your stomach that increases with pregnancy, your breast size does too. Breast sizes usually stabilise around the 5th month of pregnancy – it’s a great time to ensure a good fit. Like other maternity activewear tops, find a bra that can adapt to your growing body to avoid chafing when you sweat.
Avoid push up and underwire bras as they can inhibit blood circulation and cause fluid retention. It’s best to choose nursing bras that provide both general and exercise support – you’ll get the best bang for your buck!
4. Adjustable Pants or Skirts
A thrifty option, choose pants and skirts that can be fastened with a drawstring. This way you can simply adjust the waist width to your needs as your bump expands.. and gain a wonderful wardrobe staple!
So now you know what maternity workout clothes to look for, what should you avoid?
What not to wear during pregnancy
Knowing what not to wear is just as important in order to remain comfortable when pregnant. Remember to avoid:
1. Excessively Tight Clothes
Besides specially designed light compression leggings, super tight clothes are generally a no-no when it comes to maternity workout clothes. Anything tight can restrict blood flow to your growing bump and inhibit movement when going about your day and exercising risking uncomfortable rashes and chafing.
Having said that, it is ok to wear tights, for example as long as they aren’t too tight at your bump, but they need to be firm to give support so it’s a fine balance. We’ve taken care of that for you with our Lenny Rose apparel 😉
2. Leather & Jeans
Hormonal changes during pregnancy often cause many women to feel hot and sweaty. Combining this factor with synthetic fabrics that trap heat like denim and leather you’ll feel on fire… and not in a good way!
3. High Heels
There’s nothing worse than putting on shoes that are too tight for your feet. So, given that extra pregnancy weight begins to bear down on your legs and can cause ankle and feet swelling it makes sense to avoid heels during this period.
If you really want a dress shoe, go up a size to make room for extra swelling, wear a heel under 3cm, and use a back strap and supportive arch for comfort.
So, Is Pregnancy Activewear Worth The Investment?
The right fabric and design can make all the difference to having a comfortable and supported pregnancy. Wearing the right clothing can not only make you feel stylish, but confident in your ability to ace pregnancy and your motherhood ahead by making the right informed decisions to help you be your best.
So remember, if you want a comfortable pregnancy for you and your bub choose:
- Stretch and breathable fibres for temperature regulation
- Loose t-shirts and dresses for sustainability and a wardrobe staple
- Adjustable pants and skirts to avoid chafing and rashes with your growing bump
- Wireless and supportive exercise and nursing bras that can adapt to your bust size
- Comfortable shoes that support swollen feet and light compression leggings to help support blood flow back to your torso.
Download your free copy of Lenny Rose’s Practical Hospital Checklist and ensure you and your baby are all prepared for the big day. Remember to print the checklist out and have it handy anytime anywhere. In the checklist, we help you plan out the essentials and nice-to-haves for pre and post birth for mum, support partner, baby and support team.