Maternity Dress Trends For Active Moms-To-Be
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Staying active during pregnancy is important not only for the mother but the baby too. It helps expand lung capacity, increase blood flow, cure stress and fatigue, and also assists labor. However, being active during your pregnancy also means you need to have the proper gear that accommodates your growing bump while allowing you to make a fashion statement.
Not sure what to wear to your prenatal aerobics or sports class now that you’re expecting? The following must-have maternity dress trends will make you feel super-stylish and comfortable while you burn calories.
Maternity Tees & Tanks
You may not be able to fit into your usual workout tee as your body goes through changes. Short-sleeve maternity tees would be an ideal alternative. Not only do these tees look trendy, but their fabric and long torso accommodates your growing bump.
Form-fitting tees will help flatter your body throughout your pregnancy and also give you much needed support and flexibility for your active lifestyle. Opt for one in the color you like, preferably black or gray if you wish to emphasize your height, and look and feel good all day long.
Another option is loose tanks that come with flatlock seams (this prevents chafing) and built-in bra support. They’re fitted at the appropriate place (at the chest) and loose at the belly, so the wearer doesn’t feel too snug.
Maternity Fitness pants & leggings
Maternity fitness pants are a great choice if you like being active around the house. These form fitting pants are comfortable around the belly, so you won’t feel unnecessary pressure as you would in your skinny workout pants.
You can even wear maternity fitness pants to your daily grocery run. A gentle pressure on the intersection of your lower and upper back will make you feel stress-free all day long. Alternatively, you can wear maternity capri or shorts during summers, or when you don’t want to cover your legs completely.
Aching legs and fatigue are a common occurrence during pregnancy, so you would want to make sure your leggings support the health of your leg muscles as they play a major role in your workouts. So when it comes to maternity wear, compression leggings promote blood flow and provide support to your bump. Such leggings not only help in re-energizing tired legs and feet, their form fitting structure will also help make you look attractive. They are usually available in multiple colors, so you won’t find it difficult to pair them with your workout tee/tank.
Wedge sneakers are making headlines when it comes to maternity fitness wear. They give your feet proper support and help with those aching ankles while adding a few inches to your height. Wedges, preferably of neutral colors, will complement your maternity fitness wear.
During light activity such as a walk, you can switch usual workout footwear for sandals or flats to feel comfortable throughout. Shoes with extra padding should be considered if you have bad knees (you’ll see more wear on the outer edge of such shoes).
If you are very active, cross trainers would be a great pick. Select a shoe that doesn’t twist at the middle. If it does, it’s not too flexible and won’t provide proper support. Opt for the one that supports your feet from all angles, whether you’re walking straight or moving side to side in sports like tennis.