When I found out I was pregnant, I envisioned myself running until the day I gave birth. I saw many women do it online, read a few blogs, and I thought this will be a piece of cake! Let’s go! My body had other plans and I had to give up running long distance (anything over 10 miles) around 12 weeks and gave up running in general around 28 weeks. It was hard to adjust to because I’m so used to running but I’ve been walking a lot lately!
I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that have helped me stay somewhat active throughout my pregnancy so far, or at least made me feel better about myself. I’m all about comfort and feeling confident so these helped me in all of those aspects while my body was changing. Because I coach and have to wear workout clothes often, these have been in constant rotation for practice as well. Would I have liked to hit up the gym daily and run 3 miles whenever I wanted? Heck yes, but hey, I’m glad I can walk and still feel good throughout the day right now.
Shorts with a soft band – At first I was thinking elastic is king, most of my shorts will fit the entire time! Boy, I was wrong. Around 20 weeks it started to dig in and roll down. Awkward. So a soft band is really, really helpful and doesn’t dig into your skin while stretching over the belly. I found that these have been my go to and STILL are fitting me thankfully. I got four pairs and rotate between them and I normally wear a medium and in all of them I sized up to large. I hung up my spandex long ago because I just feel soft since I’m not running and they are way too tight and uncomfortable. Saucony, Reebok, Nike, Nike, Athleta
Nike Rally Pants/Capris – These I got last season during Cross Country because they were soft and these are, to be honest, probably what I’ll be wearing home from the hospital. Comfortable. Comfortable. Forgiving and Comfortable. Every night these are my go-to when I just want to relax and not have something on my stomach. They are loose fitting and soft terry with a elastic waist band that doesn’t dig into you. Every time I see a pair on sale I snag them up! I know these will be my go-to around the house while I recover with my new amigo as well. Long Pants, Capris and more Capris
Tanks that forgive the growing belly – I found a few of these from a few different spots and have kept quite a few in rotation. They make me feel comfortable while keeping me covered and not riding up while out walking or doing any type of workout. I personally like my clothes to be baggy normally and have no problem buying a large, which is what size I got in these and they fit awesome – even now when I’m a big mama. Nike, Athleta, Old Navy
RunKeeper App – Normally this is my go-to app for running. I love how it tracks my workouts and keeps things organized so I can compare my past workouts and see progress. It has both a online interface and an app and both are easy to use. Now since walking is my jam, I’m keeping track of my mileage and pace in the app which helps keep me accountable and motivated to keep getting in my miles.
More Supportive Sports Bras – Though I haven’t experienced growth in this department yet, normally I just opt for a compression style bra. I recently upgraded to a few encapsulation bras and have felt a huge difference. Why I didn’t explore this sooner, one does not know, but they have been great to walk in and I’m looking forward to running in them once I can. They offer more support all around and the straps are thicker too, which helps my back. Saucony, Under Armour, Champion
Gabriella Band – So this reminds me of a weightlifting belt but it truly helps! I don’t wear mine to walk but if I’m doing household chores like vacuuming or on my feet a lot at home, I throw it on and it helps support my back and stomach. I don’t feel as sore at the end of the day. I don’t think I would wear it while working out because it would get really hot and it started to restrict my movement a bit when I started getting really big, but I got it early enough where it helped offer support and made me feel more comfortable.