What to Wear When You are Exercising for Two?
|July 9, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Uncategorized|
So if you are like me, feeling comfortable in your workout clothes is necessary to get through a workout – or even to get started! One thing I noticed upon becoming pregnant is that a lot of my normal workout clothes didn’t make me feel very comfortable. Even though they still fit, they didn’t fit like normal and that made me feel slightly uncomfortable and self-conscious. Here’s some tips on “pregnifying” your exercise wardrobe so you can feel comfortable and confident during your workouts without breaking the bank:
1. Buy one or two pairs of running/workout shorts (depending on how often you workout and do laundry) in a size larger than your normal size. Your normal shorts will likely start to feel a bit snug and uncomfortable as your waistline expands. If you go a size up you can roll down the waist so it sits below your bump rather than across it and you will feel MUCH more comfortable.
2. If you are trying to keep your pregnancy under wraps the first trimester, wear some looser, flowy tops and no one will be able to tell. I stopped wearing any fitted tanks during the first trimester and wore some looser t-shirts and tanks. When I finally started telling people around week 14 they were shocked and had no clue! These ones from Target worked out really well in hiding my expanding waistline and I got them for less than $20 each! And because they are not actual maternity wear, they will work well post-pregnancy too (especially before my waistline *hopefully* comes back :-P)
3. As many of your know, more than just your waistline grows during pregnancy. As your sports bras start feeling snug, buy one or two in the next larger size, but limit yourself to just a few at a time because in a few months you may find you need to go up in size again.
4. Once your bump really starts showing you might find you can return to some of your more fitted tops, provided they have a lot of stretch and are long. My bump started to look like I was pregnant around 21 weeks (instead of looking like I was just eating too much pizza!) so I felt more comfortable in stretchy tops that hugged the bump. Be sure to do a test in the mirror where you lift your arms overhead just to make sure the tops don’t ride up higher than you want, especially if you are rolling down the waist of your shorts or pants.
5. If you prefer to avoid spending any money, try borrowing from your partner’s closet. I temporarily took back one of my old race t-shirts that I gave my husband because it was too big and baggy on me for regular wear.
6. My final tip is to put the workout clothes that are shorter in length, tight and/or not stretchy into a box and store them away until several weeks after birth. This way you won’t feel teased by clothes you can’t wear (just until baby comes!), and you’ll feel like you get a whole new workout wardrobe at the end of pregnancy!
Feel free to add any tips or suggestions!