Not sure what to wear to the gym or to prenatal classes? Take a look at these must-have pieces all expectant mothers will need for the prenatal workout-casual, comfortable and made for mama-to-be!
- Short sleeve top
- Yoga pants
- Sports bra
- Sweat pants
- Long-sleeve top
Make sure that most of the clothes are made of cotton with some percentage of Lycra for ease of wear. This will not overheat the body while you are working out at the gym or the prenatal yoga classes. When shopping for maternity workout clothes, choose styles that fit your personality and your workout routine.
The perfect shoe can feel like a gift from the heavens. Chances are that you already have accumulated a large collection of shoes for every occasion. Do you really need another pair just for pregnancy? The answer is yes! Being pregnant, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy is quite a painful experience. Simple things like standing and walking can become quite agonising. A good shoe can alleviate many of the pains that come on after spending a whole day on your feet while pregnant.
There are 3 things you need to examine when deciding on whether or not a shoe will be suitable to wear during your pregnancy.
- Easy to put on: choose a pair that you can easily put on without the need to bend down. Slip- on shoes without laces is particularly suited for pregnant ladies.
- Supportive: With added baby weight, your joints are going to be under more stress than usual, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. By choosing a pair of shoe with ankle and arch supports, you can reduce joint pains associated with walking if not eliminate them altogether.
- A little extra room: If you are planning to buy your shoes early on in pregnancy, you are going to want to have a little bit of extra room for when your feet and ankles swell.
Whether you are in the first trimester or the third, casual shoes will hold up to a good walk around the park or trips to the shop. Flip-flops or sandals will allow your feet to breathe, especially during the summer months. In addition, it will offer enough support to prevent additional aches and pains while you walk around. A good supportive athletic shoe will allow you to continue your fitness routine while placing minimum stress on your body.
High heels are a strict no-no. During pregnancy, your weight increases and your body shape and centre of gravity change, making you walk differently and less steadily. In addition, ligaments tend to be looser during pregnancy, which can lead to joint instability and muscle strain. A fall during pregnancy could hurt you and possibly the baby. So think twice before adding height to your growing girth.
The following accessories are necessary for prenatal yoga:
- Blocks and wedges
It is probably best to speak to your instructor to find out what they suggest you bring to the class. Also, remember, borrowed or rented equipment may or may not be sanitary.