By Hannah Schenker
Whether you’re a regular exerciser or wanting to get more active in your pregnancy (great for both yours and your baby’s health, more on that later!), choosing activewear specifically designed for pregnant mamas is actually a really good choice and worth the investment. Here are some reasons why.
Stay cool: It’s not just about appearance
Choosing activewear suited to pregnancy isn’t about how cool you’ll look or how fit they’ll make you seem. Staying dry, cool and comfortable while you move your body in your favourite physical activities is actually really important. As you’ll be aware (especially going into summer), when you’re pregnant your core body temperature heats up. You’re basically a walking oven, incubating your baby inside at a nice, warm, even temperature. Choosing pregnancy activewear – designed with a pregnant mama in mind – means you’ll be wearing the latest in fabric technology. Things like COOLDRY or Bamboo fabrics move perspiration through the fabric and away from your skin – which help maintain a normal body temperature.
Comfort is key
A bigger pair of your usual gym leggings may be fine initially but gradually as your belly grows, waistbands sitting tightly across or below your belly will become more and more uncomfortable and even fall down – and hitching them up every few minutes while you’re out for a walk is going to be a pain. The right maternity yoga pants and capris offer a wide support panel at the top that will either stretch right over your bump or roll gently underneath, allowing maximum comfort and support during your favourite activities. Let’s face it – feeling uncomfortable is kinda the new norm right now, so any extra discomfort will also be enough to curb your motivation to get out and moving. Invest in comfortable gear and keep that motivation up.