Monday, June 13, 2011

Maternity workout clothes: How thinking outside the box got me through a few desperate days

I don't know what I was thinking. OK, I obviously was not thinking. But somehow I thought I would be able to wear my Nike and Adidas workout pants and my Shock Absorber sports bras for most of my pregnancy. Hahaha.

I'm so happy that my order from
Impact Fitness
finally arrived!
I realized the error in my thinking three weeks ago during a typical Tuesday afternoon workout. Physically, I felt fine. But my clothes were too tight and I was so uncomfortable. I suffered through one more miserable day; then I said "FORGET IT." When I arrived home, I immediately went online and ordered one pair of maternity workout pants and one top (I decided to wait and see if I liked the items before ordering more).

The problem? I had to wait for my orders to arrive and, since it was already 8pm on a Wednesday, they were not going to arrive in time for Thursday's workout. Plus, the sports bra dilemma remained unsolved. I had no choice ... I had to cancel my workout. I went shopping instead. I didn't expect to find anything I loved, but I at least had hope that I would find something that would work for at least a few days. Fortunately, I did.

Upon the advice of a friend (thank you, Jen!), I went to Old Navy. Now, I'm not going to lie. I'm not a fan of Old Navy. The styles are cute, but the quality? Big thumbs down. Desperate times, however, call for desperate measures. And I was indeed desperate. Jen informed me that one of our local Old Navy stores has a maternity section, and that they also carry smaller sizes (my size is hard to find in maternity).

So, what happened at Old Navy? Well, I found one pair of pants. Actually, more like sweats. Not my typical workout attire, but OK for a temporary thing. I also found a couple of tank tops. The pants are too long (of course), but at least they aren't too tight! This was great and everything, but it didn't solve the sports bra problem. And I had to solve this problem before attempting another workout.

Admittedly, I was worried. Bra shopping, any type of bra shopping, often brings me to tears (and I am not a crier, so you know it has to be bad). I wondered what I would do if I couldn't find anything. Stop working out? Keep squeezing into my pre-pregnancy ones? Cry more tears?

Anyway, I tried Aries Apparel first. No luck. Then, I went to Lulelemon. Hahaha. I usually love Lululemon, but I actually walked out of the store that day thinking "I cannot believe that just happened." I'll have to save the story for another post, though.

By this time, it was getting fairly late in the afternoon and I had to start thinking outside of the box. I also had to be a little more open-minded in terms of style, and I had to adjust my expectations. I knew I wasn't going to find anything like the Shock Absorber bra. I resigned myself to settling and headed to Target (don't get me wrong, I love Target -- but usually not for this type of purchase). Turns out, settling was a smart thing to do because I tried on something I would normally pass right over -- the Champion C9 compression sports bra. And while it certainly isn't anything I would wear under normal circumstances (it would never work for running, for example), it works for now. Fairly comfortable, too.

I made it home just in time to change in to my new clothes and make it to the gym by 6:30. Because the pants were too long, they weren't perfect (tripping was a huge issue). I have since turned them into at-home lounge-wear (my maternity workout clothes did arrive, and I love them), but I am still glad I made the purchase because, well, at-home lounge wear is always a staple (even when you're not pregnant). 

What was your experience shopping for maternity workout clothes?

1 comment:

  1. Have Carl hem the pants..he just needs to use a stretch needle and some newspaper underneath.


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