When it comes to maternity activewear Australia seems to finally be catching on. Let’s face it, it’s challenging enough being a pregnant woman trying to stay active, let alone having to try to squeeze yourself into an outfit that closely resembles a sausage casing. Cue the maternity activewear in Australia that are getting it right. They tick every box from comfort to clever design and wearability. These brands are taking expectant mothers stylishly from the studio to the street, before birth and beyond.
Maternity Activewear Australia: Brands Getting it Right
As one of my favourite Australian activewear brands, it appeared to be fate when Lorna Jane released their first maternity activewear range just as I was really starting to pop with my first baby. When I slipped on that first set, I didn’t want to take it off.
Lorna Jane has got it right on a number of counts; the LJ Maternity Tank is nice and long, soft and very stretchy. It’s also a top that translates from living room to studio to street. I’ve worn it on a number of occasions with casual shorts or skirt as well as more casual activewear pieces, both during and after pregnancy.
The maternity sports bra is super comfortable, yet supportive. It not only features nursing clips but removable padding and a clasp back so it grows with you throughout the pregnancy.
However, it is the maternity tights though that are the stand out for me. When I say I have been living in the Maternity Tights, I’m not exaggerating. They are super lightweight, the foldable waistband feels comfortable even over my third-trimester bump.
Why I love the range: Comfort is key to the Lorna Jane maternity range
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Style and function fuse perfectly together in the Cadenshae range of maternity activewear for nursing mothers.
A friend of mine pointed me towards the brand for their amazing nursing sports bras. When slipping on The Smoothie Bra I could see why she loved them so much. They are fashionable and supportive with easy to access feeding clips.
The 3/4 Classic Leggings have an ultra-high belly band which sits comfortably over the bump without slipping. The luxe fabric is nice and thick with a light stylish sheen.
I am absolutely in love with the Shine Bright Full-Length High Waisted Tights. They aren’t just trendy and fun with their bright print, they have fit comfortably from 20+ weeks to almost 33 weeks, stretching and moving effortlessly with my body. I have no doubt they will see me through beyond birth too. I have a black pair of the full-length maternity tights which are slimming and match anything I wear on top, even non-activewear pieces.
The material and the soft, bamboo Casual Tank in Navy sits long and loose over the bump and moves easily away for access to the feeding crop. This is an outfit I will wear well beyond birth, whether I am training or as everyday athleisure wear.
Why I love the range: Cadenshae have designed great quality maternity activewear pieces designed to wear beyond birth.
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Cotton On Body
For those who are on a budget, the Cotton On Body maternity range might be the right pick for you. You’ll find super affordable, fun, fashionable pieces from basics to bold prints within their a range.
The Maternity Training Tank Top is super lightweight cotton, ideal for summer.
I also fell in love with the prints and fit of in the Maternity Capris, not to mention the super high waist which is not only great during pregnancy but I also for support in postpartum recovery.
Why I love the range: Cotton On Body has affordable and fun pieces.
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Skye is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Fit Traveller. She is a journalist, writer, photographer, intrepid traveller and a former personal trainer with a passion for helping others reach optimal health. As a TV journalist and producer, Skye has worked for household names such as 60 Minutes, Sunrise, TODAY and Nine News. She has also written for Women’s Health, Fodor’s Travel and Yahoo7 Travel, among many others.
Skye created The Fit Traveller as a beautiful online space and community where people feel inspired to escape the desk to move and explore more.
Equally comfortable in a 5-star resort or hiking a far-off mountain, Skye loves the unexpected and enriching life experiences that each trip brings and can often be found in a backstreet chatting to locals with her camera in hand.
Skye is based in Sydney, working to master the balance between motherhood and her insatiable appetite for adventure.