Sportswear for Pregnant Women

Sportswear for pregnant women is more important than you think. Choosing the right outfit can offer you many advantages. Learn more!
Sportswear for Pregnant Women
Andrés Felipe Cardona Lenis

Reviewed and approved by degree in physical education and sports Andrés Felipe Cardona Lenis.

Last update: 18 May, 2023

Sportswear for pregnant women is one of the fundamental elements to maintaining the habit of sports during this stage. Even if you’re not a regular exerciser, you’ll see how much better you feel when you wear the right clothes for each exercise.

Is sportswear for pregnant women really necessary?

You probably think it’s silly to spend money on special pregnancy clothes. But take a moment to reflect on the physical changes of these 9 months and how uncomfortable clothing tends to become.

Discomfort’s the main argument for getting new clothes. And these have to be able to adapt to the growth of your body, especially your abdomen.

At the same time, in order to perform sports, you need to have the appropriate clothing, no matter what stage of pregnancy you’re in. This should allow you to carry out the exercise routine that you incorporate into your healthy habits.

A pregnant woman exercising.

Where to buy sportswear for pregnant women

Clothing for pregnant women used to be purchased in women’s stores. However, over time, sportswear has been gaining ground in the fashion world.

Today, many well-known brands worldwide offer their products specially designed for pregnant women. Most of them have virtual catalogs and physical stores in shopping malls, with entire sections of sportswear for future moms.

Tips to choose well and stay comfortable

Sportswear for pregnancy should be appropriate for your body and its new features. For this reason, we’ll give you some tips according to the trimester you’re in.

Clothes for the first trimester

The first trimester of pregnancy is the beginning of the journey and, during this time, certain physical changes begin to become evident. Many women feel comfortable in their usual clothes, but others no longer do.

Some women experience more breast growth in the first three weeks, so it’s a good idea to use special sports bras.

Clothing for the second trimester

During the second trimester of pregnancy physical changes are more noticeable. For example, your waist completely disappears, due to the increase in the size of the belly. Also, the abdomen becomes tighter and bulkier and tight elastics begin to be uncomfortable.

Sportswear at this time should be much wider than usual to avoid pressing on inappropriate areas of the body. It’s also necessary to take into account the environment in which the activity takes place, as the weather can influence your comfort. Keep this in mind.

Clothing for the third trimester

The increase in body size reaches its peak in the third trimester. In addition, the whole body’s preparing to give birth to a future baby.

Although sports practice should be maintained, the intensity of the sport changes drastically. Even so, it’s still advisable to use special clothing for this activity.

Remember that these garments are designed to offer adequate perspiration management and provide you with the greatest comfort during exercise.

Finally, sports shoes should also be modified. Pregnancy usually produces an increase in shoe size and changes in foot support points. For this reason, it’s important to ensure comfortable and safe footwear during this stage.

A pregnant woman stretching for exercise.

Sportswear for pregnant women, comfort first

Looking for special places to buy sportswear for pregnant women is part of adjusting to your new needs. No matter what design you choose, it’s important that your body’s comfortable.

Don’t take pregnancy and all its changes lightly. Try on clothes as many times as necessary and make sure they fit your new size. Make sure that both your clothing and the environment where you practice the activity produce comfort and confidence.

Also, look for a trained training professional to get the most out of the activity and preserve your health and that of your baby.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.