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17 September, 2021

10 of the Best Maternity Activewear Brands in Australia in 2021


The joy of movement is not something that should be limited to those who aren’t pregnant, especially when there is so much incredible maternity activewear available. Activewear for pregnant women provides extra support during exercise, meaning that you don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable or unsupported when you move.

Maternity active wear should allow for a growing belly and remain supportive and comfortable throughout your whole pregnancy. 

What to look for in maternity activewear?

The pieces you choose should be made from quality materials and provide adequate support, specifically for pregnant women. Skimping on quality could mean that you’re reducing the breathability of garments as you exercise. This can mean you feel hotter, faster, when you should be feeling cool.

Which maternity activewear pieces should you invest in?

There are so many wonderful maternity activewear pieces and brands to consider when you fall pregnant. You need to ensure the pieces you choose allow for support in all kinds of movement, from running, to yoga and even weight lifting. Read more below…

Maternity sports bra

When choosing a maternity sports bra, it’s important to ensure that you select one that will support your breasts as they grow throughout your pregnancy. And they will grow! A quality sports bra will help to absorb some of the weight and the motion, helping to prevent sore breasts.

Maternity leggings

These leggings are really important to wear during movement, as they provide incredible support to your stomach and pelvis. They’re even a preferable option for everyday wear due to said support. 

Maternity sport tops

Maternity activewear tops are beneficial during exercise as they provide breathability and allow for more flexibility as you move.

Maternity sports shorts

Similarly to maternity activewear leggings, maternity sports shorts will provide the added comfort and support that a pregnant woman needs during exercise. They help to ‘lift’ and ‘cradle’ a growing belly, to take some of the pressure off your pelvis.

In no particular order, here are 10 of the best maternity activewear brands in Australia in 2021:

1. Active Truth

Now's the time for comfort, and growing tiny humans can be hard work. This is why the Active Truth range has got you covered with supportive and comfortable tights that you can wear to exercise in, but you'll also want to wear all day, every day.

What makes the Active Truth maternity activewear range different?

The great thing about Active Truth is that they have a pregnancy range designed to be worn throughout the three trimesters, as well as a post-natal recovery range for once your baby has arrived. The signature high waistband on Active Truth leggings provides bump support that alleviates the pressure on sore back, hips and pelvis, while the supportive fit promotes core stability and helps to reduce other aches and pains. These styles also feature an 8-way stretch and moisture-wicking fabric, which is designed to grow with your bump and allows these styles to be worn during pregnancy and postpartum. All of Active Truth's maternity leggings offer 100% opaque coverage (squat proof!) allowing you to bend and move without distraction.

Better still, Active Truth have an incredible range of pregnancy briefs, as well as post natal recovery briefs. These discreet compression briefs provide core and pelvic support and can be worn with skirts, pants or dresses — and are perfect for long work days or extended time spent on your feet. The compression fit and signature high waistband promotes core stability and will help reduce aches, pains and promote recovery from abdominal muscle separation. 

Why buy Active Truth maternity pieces?

Recommended by health professionals and voted #1 Pregnancy Compression Tight by Body + Soul, the tights are available in full length, ⅞ length, ¾ length and bike shorts, meaning there is a style to suit both your workout and at-home needs. The convenient Pregnancy Pocket styles feature side pockets that comfortably fit your iPhone, keys, cards, and more. Recommended for post-partum including post c-section. The shape retention fabric provides a comfortable fit without added pressure. And while you’re preparing for bub’s arrival, the Mama Feeding Crop is the ultimate in breastfeeding with ease thanks to the innovative magnetic clasp design. The Active Truth maternity range offers activewear from a size 6, and is available to size 26.

Did you know? Active Truth provide free express shipping and free returns. This means no waiting for your order or having to head to the shopping centre when you're feeling sore and achey.

Real customer reviews:

[Review of  Active Truth Mama Pregnancy Bike Short - Black] "Love this brand. I have the long legging and bike shorts so far, I’m going to get more. They support my back and belly really well. The fabric, fit/design are great and they also wash super well too. They are just what I was looking for.." - Laura M, September 2021

[Review of  Active Truth Recovery Full Length Tight] "Postpartum back pain had been dominating me until I got these tights. The compression around my mid section and lower back has helped me so much. The quality is amazing too.. there is no piling what so ever! Which is almost unheard-of as a plus size woman. Im a size 18-20 and ordered the XL they are snug but in a good way. I could have gone up a size but I like the firmness around my midsection and lower back to help combat the back pain." - Tammie A, March 2021

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2. hello monday

Activewear for modern mums, supporting you through breastfeeding and beyond.

hello monday was born from a vision to create stylish, functional activewear for the modern breastfeeding mum. we want mums to be able to wear current trends that don’t scream “I’M BREASTFEEDING” to the world.

What makes hello monday different?

hello monday redefines breastfeeding wear into something discrete, stylish, effortless, flattering, supportive, light, contemporary and comfortable.

The brand features on trend designs and colour schemes: they're mad for monochrome but love to dabble in a great print, a stripe, and a discerning touch of colour.

Why buy hello monday pieces?

All hello monday gear is road-tested by real mums (thanks ladies!) to ensure the right look, feel, fit and function.

Together the range forms a wardrobe for the modern mum on the run. Luxe every day wear that will take you from yoga, to the park, to coffee, to lunch, to the street, and to the park - yet again:) .

Real customer reviews:

"Thank you SO much! Seriously I've been LIVING in your tops - I wear a different one every single day. In fact, I'm wearing the navy long-sleeve top right now! Best breastfeeding tops ever." - Alana, Oct 2017

"Received the new t today- thanks very much for that! Fits perfectly. ☺️. I must say, you guys are a pleasure to deal with and I’ll be recommending you to all of my pregnant and breast feeding friends!" - Romy, January 2018

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3. Plié Australia

Plié Australia products are made using a light, stretchy fabric that accommodates all stages of pregnancy. The pieces are designed for women to use during pregnancy, postpartum and the breastfeeding period, and they give support to accompany your growing belly and breasts during this special moment - with extraordinary comfort.

What makes Plié Australia products different?

The Plié Australia maternity leggings and medium length shorts help to avoid friction between the legs and place compression on the legs to stimulate the blood flow up the leg and toward the heart. This will help to prevent or minimise varicose veins formation. Their most loved maternity high waist maternity pants and shorts give gradual support around the belly, to help support the weight of your growing baby, prevent lower back pain and pelvic joint pain, as well as improve your posture.

Why buy Plié Australia products?

Plié Australia products are designed to support pregnant women throughout the whole pregnancy journey. From the perfect maternity leggings, to a maternity bra that supports your breasts throughout pregnancy, postpartum, and during breastfeeding. It's a highly breathable piece that keeps the breast area dry, which is important, as the correct nursing bra will help a new mother to breastfeed with comfort. 

Real customer reviews:

[Review of Plié Australia Maternity High Waist Leggings] "Extremely comfortable and flattering, these leggings are so supportive yet the fabric stretches easily over my 35wk pregnant belly. The material is lightweight and breathable, yet the fabric is never see-through, no matter how I move. These leggings are great for every day wear; I wear them at home, to work under a dress or long tunic, and have even used them for exercise as they are just so stretchy! A great quality product- would highly recommend!" - Customer, 17 May 2021

[Review of Plié Australia Maternity High Waist Leggings] "I bought this maternity leggings near the end of my pregnancy, wish i have heard of plie’s earlier..! Third pregnancy and i had a bad lower back pain, this maternity leggings literally save my back! I don’t need my belly band anymore as wearing this leggings helps support my back and lift up my bump (i have this B looking bump because of my hanging low belly) and gives my bump a nice round looking bump. I still wears my maternity legging postpartum and will definitely recommend this leggings to my friends." - Lydia S, 15 February 2021

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4. Bae the Label

With a signature style that is ingrained in every thing they do, Bae the Label has a modern approach to creating intelligent, original and authentic designs - and activewear that is both comfortable and supportive.

What makes Bae the Label different?

The fabrics used in Bae the Label maternity activewear are out of this world in terms of comfort, which is ideal for daily wear. Many pieces are made with technical softer Lycra for superior stretch and comfort. Buttery soft, once you get these on your won’t want to take them off… seriously!

Why buy Bae the Label maternity activewear?

These pieces are flattering, versatile and designed to be worn throughout your pregnancy, during breastfeeding and long after your baby has grown up! Not just simply 'maternity activewear', you can continue to benefit from the design of these timeless pieces for many years to come, just like with the Bae the Label clothing you already know and probably own!

Real customer reviews:

"Every item of clothing I purchased has been amazing quality. The fit is great and can wear during and post pregnancy Absolutely love the range " - Charlene Theuma, 6 December 2020

"Oh, how I love Bae the Label! I always get asked where my clothes are from when wearing Bae. Highly recommend, excellent quality clothes, wash and wear well. My only regret with Bae is that I didn't find them sooner! After initially buying a few nursing tops and dresses, now half my wardrobe is Bae because they still look good even though I'm not pregnant, or nursing anymore! Very versatile clothes, worth every cent, and if something isn't right for you, the customer service is impeccable." - Amber Hesketh, 8 March 2020

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5. The Ten Active

The Ten Active is a bespoke, beautiful selection of activewear for pregnancy and beyond. Designed specifically to grow with your body, they feature our signature stretchable belly band that will support your body pre and post pregnancy.

What makes The Ten different?

Many of The Ten fabrics are recycled and eco-friendly, woven from recycled fishing nets and post-consumer plastics. In the near future all their fabrics will be recycled. With a focus on being comfortable, supportive and light, they also absorb moisture and move with your body. All of The Ten's designs come in specially selected colours to complement every outfit. The result? The only pair of leggings or maternity bra you’ll need throughout your pregnancy, and perhaps the most gorgeous and comfortable items in your wardrobe.

Why buy The Ten maternity activewear pieces?

The Ten Active's beautiful maternity activewear is proudly designed in Australia and their leggings are made locally in Queensland, using the finest, most luxuriously soft fabrics possible.

Their production is done in Australia and in Cambodia at an Australian-founded charity, Avodah Global that employs sex trafficking survivors and their family members. This is their heart and their passion; to free women from slavery and provide them with dignity, education, training and employment, while supporting you, the pregnant and nursing mamas, in the most special time of your life. 

Real customer reviews:

[Review of The Ten Active Black and Nursing Sports Bra] "I'm giving 5 stars because I find this nursing and sport bra is amazing! especially for anyone who breastfeeding, you'll find this bra is a game changer! As a new mama, this item really helps me in efficiency when nursing my baby. Whether you are going for a morning walk or stroll or maybe you just stay at home mum like me, the easy access clip which I am loving about this item will totally helps you a lot! You'll find it so useful and realising that it's one of your best purchases during pre and post pregnancy." - Martha Y, 24 September 2020

[Review of The Ten Active Black and Nursing Sports Bra] "So happy and satisfied with my ten active sports nursing bra. I love the Quality with true sizing and comfort on my daily strolls with baby. The fabric feels nice and it’s fast absorbing while keeping active." - Rebecca J, 17 April 2020

6. The Milk Boutique

The Milk Boutique is equipped with truly functional activewear for pregnant and postpartum mums, plus they can be worn long after baby arrives!

What makes The Milk Boutique different?

The Milk Boutique is dedicated to providing highly functional pieces to allow for movement, a functional breastfeeding experience and above adequate support of the pregnant body. Made by a mum, for mums, this range will have something sure to catch your eye and make you feel amazing.

Why buy The Milk Boutique pieces?

The Milk Boutique features maternity activewear designed for pregnancy and breastfeeding without looking anything like maternity activewear! Truly, these pieces are designed to go the long haul and make you feel incredible in your body.

Real customer reviews:

[Review of The Milk Boutique "Boho Mama" Crop] "Even with all these amazing reviews it exceeded my expectations. With stage 4 restrictions I’m unable to be measured, so I don’t know what size I am since I got pregnant/put on weight. I’m probably somewhere between a 12-14g-hh. I bought a large, I put it on and fell in love. 8 1/2 months pregnant and I’ve started wearing it daily. It lifts my big boobs off my belly and it so flattering, my husband even commented how thin I look while wearing it (even at 8 1/2 months pregnant, bless him) but doesn’t squash or give my boobs an odd shape and I don’t pop out the top or sides. Will buy another!" - Hannah, 21 August 2020

[Review of The Milk Boutique The Movement Legging, Full Length in Lilac] "To say I loved them would be a major understatement!!! I finally found a pair of leggings that were long enough for my long legs, thick enough so when I bent over you couldn’t see my a**, and covered all the loose bits up top!! I love love love them!!!!! They are just made from the softest, most amazing material. I couldn’t recommend TMB leggings enough!!! 😍😍" - Brooke Townsend, 22 July 2021

7. Bloomberri

Bloomberri are here to help you look and feel great during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Using clever but subtle design features, their active pieces are made to flatter your changing body at every stage of the journey. Designed with love in Australia. Made for women everywhere.

What makes Bloomberri different?

Gorgeous pieces in stunning subtle tones, Bloomberri really does feature pieces to suit all women and make them feel beautiful. The Sports Bras feature clasps for easy feeding and the High Rise Tights provide incredible support for your growing belly.

Why buy Bloomberri pieces different?

The founder, a mum of three girls, is committed to creating stylish and functional pieces to help you feel confident and supported.

Bloomberri pieces are designed in-house and made in a considered way, using manufacturers and materials that tick the right social, ethical and environmental boxes.

Real customer reviews:

[Review of Bloomberri Sienna Nursing Sports Bra (Black)] "I bought 2 of these as I wanted a sports bra I could also feed in. They are fantastic! They offer great support, have easy nursing access and are made of a fabric that feels good quality and washes well. Very happy with my purchase and will be recommending this brand." - Becky H, 20 April 2021

[Review of Bloomberri Long Line Nursing Sports Bra (Black)] "I am very pleased with this bra not only for its great support but also for its design and coverage. I have tried many nursing bras and I am very happy that I finally got the right one! Very happy with the helpful and speedy customer service too. I will definitely buy again!" - Maria M, 20 May 2021

8. Lorna Jane

Lorna Jane Maternity is the activewear you know and love, for pregnant and postpartum mums! Versatile, supportive and in fabulous designs, you'll know you're in good hands in Lorna Jane.

What makes Lorna Jane Maternity different?

The Lorna Jane maternity leggings feature an ultra high rise waistband, designed to take you from growing bub to post-pregnancy and beyond! Lorna Jane activewear are some of the most loved in Australia and cater to the needs of all kinds of pregnant women and their exercise needs.

Why buy Lorna Jane Maternity pieces?

They're renowned for offering some of the best activewear on the market, so why would it be any different for maternity activewear? Lorna Jane is functional, stylish and above all - trusted!

Real customer reviews:

[Review of Lorna Jane Maternity Ankle Biter Leggings] "Love it! So soft and moveable, I’m Normally an 8-10 and I got a small. I wear these to F45 training and on walks, and I’m sure I’ll start wearing them around home also, I read the reviews about falling down, but I just made sure they they weren’t pulled too tight towards my ankles and they don’t fall down at all. NO REGRETS !!" - Paige McG, July 2021

[Review of Lorna Jane Maternity Full Length Tight] "SUPER comfy, thin & stretchy maternity tights for my growing bump. I have barely taken them off since purchasing & great for long-legged ladies." - Kathryn_B, June 2021

9. Emamaco

Emamaco is a luxury maternity shapewear and recovery brand for pregnant women and those in the postpartum period. Their products are designed to support women and provide them with confidence.

What makes Emamaco maternity different?

Pockets that aren't just an afterthought. Great design is built into the very fabric of who emamaco are. Every millimeter of each design is cross-examined and re-worked to perfection. Their pockets curve into the natural shape of the leg so you can't tell they're even there. Emamaco Pockets are placed low enough to be perfectly reachable and high enough so that they don't interfere with exercise.

Why buy Emamaco pieces?

Imagine wearing a second skin that supports your growing bump and fits your current wardrobe like your favourite jeans. That's what you can expect from Emamaco. Made with simply breathtaking fabrics. Lightweight, breathable, soft, smooth and put together with the skill, precision and strength required to last many pregnancies. The leggings are designed to support you through the postpartum period and assist with the healing process.

Real customer reviews:

"I purchased these maternity leggings (one shorts and one full length) for my pregnancy and I swear that’s all I wore! They are super comfy and fit really well. The shorts were great under my smock dresses, or on their own with a tee during the summer months. Then the ones with pockets were released and I got myself another pair! They were the best ever!! Thank you!!!" - Lisa Deane, August 2021

"I really love my emamaco maternity tights, they fit nicely, they go up and over my bump without cutting in, they are comfortable around my c-section scar and perfect length! Love them for around home and walks. I feel secure and great!" - Rebecca Haynes, August 2021

10. Rockwear

From the activewear brand you know and love, comes the Rockwear maternity range.

What makes Rockwear maternity different?

Bright, bold colours and vivid designs, Rockwear is just what your pregnancy wardrobe is calling for.

With products like the Rockwear Topia Maternity Ankle Grazer Tights, which can be worn over or under your baby bump for comfort that suits your baby bump. These pieces are ideal for during and after pregnancy. The best bit? These tights will also ensure a comfort fit throughout the feeding and nurse phase after the baby is born.

Why buy Rockwear maternity pieces?

Maternity shouldn't be frumpy, our stretch focused light weight materials ensure you perform to your peak with maximum comfort and support in mind. From pregnancy to postpartum thwir range of tights & nursing bras have you covered. Breastfeed with ease with the range of breastfeeding friendly sports bras styles. Maternity tights that support your bump as it grows, in fabrics you know and love with phone pockets to keep you hands free.

Real customer reviews:

[Review of Rockwear Maternity Pocket 3/4 Tights] "These are very comfy and feel very secure. I'll be able to wear them all throughout my pregnancy. Got a size 10 and am usually an 8-10 in rockwear tights (usually 10 elsewhere)." Krisa, August 2021

[Review of Rockwear Maternity Medium Impact T Back Sports Bra] "I LIVE in these. I bought two of them and absolutely love them. Easy to feed, comfortable fit and still give great support for nursing mothers who want to return to fitness.' -AlyceCreagh, November 2020

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The One Fine Baby team are first and foremost mums - between us we have 14 children, and decades of experience in all things bump, baby and beyond. We regularly bring together our tried, researched and recommended products in a review style format such as this post. The articles include some paid inclusions which goes to helping us keep our audiences informed on the top products happening right here, right now in the parenting space. Please be sure that no product will ever be included in our articles, paid or otherwise, if it doesn’t deserve to be there.

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