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Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Pregnant Exercise Checklist

So many women have said to me, "I had no idea there was maternity workout wear!"

In all honesty, I didn't either until I became pregnant.  It's one of those things you don't go looking for unless you need it, I suppose.  However, I've said it before and I'll say it again: maternity is expensive!  Seriously, puts a hurting on the wallet.  So, I thought I would come up with some items maternity and otherwise that would help a pregnant woman throughout pregnancy.  After all, why spend all that money if it really isn't necessary?


pregnancy exercise checklist





  1. Water Bottle: This is essential throughout pregnancy whether you are exercising or not.  You must drink tons of water.  I love this one because it keeps cold longer and has a convenient hook on top for carrying in and out of the gym.  
  2. Dry-fit, loose fitting tops: Now, more than ever, is a great time to throw away the old tee-shirts and invest in some loose, dry-fit material.  You sweat so much more carrying around an extra 15-30 pounds and you need fabric that is going to allow you to breath.  Not to mention if they are loose-fitting, they might last your whole pregnancy.  I'm still wearing my favorite (non-maternity) Under Armour shirts at 6 months.
  3. High Impact sports bra: If I'm being honest, you're going to want high impact even if you're just walking.  Also, don't be afraid to invest in a size bigger - after baby, you'll thank me.
  4. Maternity running capris: I didn't believe these were necessary until I got this pair from For Two Fitness.  Trust me when I say, they are worth every single penny!  The band helps to support your belly so that it isn't a big ball of weight bouncing up and down as you run.  And I think I could wear them after by folding down the band like yoga pants.
  5. Cushioned running socks: The extra support these socks provide my feet is heavenly after a day's work.  
  6. Good shoes: Whether you are walking, running, or doing aerobics, make sure you have the right shoe.  Get fitted.  Try them on and wear them around the store.  Do not settle.  You should never be wearing worn out shoes to work out in, but especially not now that you are pregnant.  If need be, invest in a nice pair of insoles.  I love Dr. Scholl's new active series insoles.  

The most important thing to remember is to equip yourself with the necessary gear to keep yourself and baby safe.  Pregnancy is not a time to throw your routine out the window, but definitely adapt it, talk to your doctor, and protect your joints.

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these tips! I never knew maternity work-out wear existed either until you posted about it!

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  2. Can I just say that I applaud you for keeping with it even though you are carrying sweet baby boy! Stick with it!! I wish I would have!!

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  3. Okay I am now prego with my 2nd baby and have not seen these maternity work out close yet! haha!! Thanks for sharing!!
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