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These Workout Clothes Are Perfect For Pregnant Runners

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Pregnancy is an evolving puzzle of fluctuating energy levels, what fits and how you feel. Fair warning: Each of these can change drastically from day to day. One thing that’s proven to help piece all of it together is exercise.

Decades ago, doctors deemed it harmful for pregnant women to as much as break a sweat. Thankfully, this bogus advice has been discarded and medical professionals now advise expectant mothers to stay active.

One holdover problem: Finding exercise clothing that works is often still a challenge. Some women are able to wear regular athletic clothes for much, or even all, of their pregnancy. But others may require a trip to the maternity aisle as soon as they learn the good news—the only “right” answer is the one most comfortable for you. This is not the time to deal with scratchy tags, uncomfortable inseams or a binding fit. We polled new moms to learn what they couldn’t do without, curated our own tried-and-true favorites and mixed in some sassy new pieces as well. Be smart, hydrate, carry snacks and get sweating—it’s your pregnancy, have fun with it.

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Flattering clothes that stretch, move and support your growing baby bump are essential for feeling good throughout your pregnancy. The following looks will carry you from a run, to the gym, to yoga and back again.

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C9 by Champion Maternity Cardio Jacket
Soft and stylish, this wicking jacket has ruching and stretchy side panels to accommodate your growing belly—a jacket that expands with you is a beautiful thing!
$30, target.com

Motherhood Maternity 2 in 1 Bra Tank
Go for effortless styling with a combined bloused tank and sports bra that’s breathable and wicking. The cute factor is a given!
$30, motherhood.com

Motherhood Maternity Secret Fit Belly Cropped Maternity Active Pants
These look like standard capris, but they have a belly-hugging band of fabric for a soft and supportive cradle.
$30, motherhood.com

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11
Soft and responsive cushioning keeps running fun through pregnancy and beyond.
$140, nike.com

Alex Matte Black & Glow
This sleek-looking bottle is a breeze to clean, simple to store and now easy to find in the dark (for quenching middle-of-the-night thirst), thanks to the glowing base.
$30, alexbottle.com

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C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank
With side ruching, an empire waist and a drawstring at the hem, this tank has the stylistic details you love and the stretch you need.
$25, target.com

For Two Fitness Inspiration Maternity Running Shorts
Notched-leg shorts, with a brief liner, stretch to provide a comfortable and secure fit through your pregnancy.
$54, fortwofitness.com

Saucony Hurricane ISO 2
Luxurious cushioning and stability keep loose ligaments in feet and legs happy.
$160, saucony.com

Not Into The Idea Of Maternity-Specific Clothing?

Your favorite yoga pants (a size or two up) may work for the bulk of your bump’s development.

Allison Pattillo

Allison Pattillo

Allison played field hockey and golf while growing up, but always ran “just for the fun of it.” She completed and won her age group in her very first race, a 5K, when she was 26 so that she would at least know how to pin on her number before running her first marathon a month later. Those two races turned into dozens, from mile long sprints to ultras, running to triathlon with some ski and snowshoe racing mixed in as well. After earning a Boston qualifier and completing her first IRONMAN 140.6, this mother of two is now focused on seeing how much she can better her 3:48 PB marathon time, running the World Marathon Majors (Boston and Tokyo are in the books!) and tackling a 50-miler.