I biked my entire pregnancy; in fact, I was still cycling the day before I went into labor. Not only did doing so keep me sane, it also ensured that I had a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
More and more moms that I know are biking throughout their pregnancies as well, but as I talk to them a common theme seems to emerge—a problem in finding maternity bike clothes!
When I was pregnant, I relied on one pair of Terry maternity bike shorts (that I washed A LOT). Unfortunately, Terry doesn’t even make these anymore which is SAD.
My baby bump was also relatively small so I never invested in any maternity jerseys. Instead, I would wear maternity tank tops under some of my looser jerseys, and toward the end of my pregnancy I wouldn’t zip them all the way.
If you already have maternity exercise clothes, you might also just decide to just use those and forgo buying cycling-specific clothes. Yeah, you might look like a noob, but it’s just 9 months right?!?
If you do want to find bike shorts and some maternity specific bike jerseys, I’ve tried to save you some time to round up a list of the (very limited) options on the market. With no further ado, the best maternity cycling clothes (or items that aren’t maternity-specific but that you can make work for a pregnant belly).
Kaden Apparel Primo Maternity Bike Shorts
The Primo Maternity Chamois Shorts from Kaden Apparel are pretty much the best maternity bike short option on the market. These specially designed shorts are a game-changer for expectant mothers who want to continue cycling during their pregnancy. With a tall belly band and an articulated curve under the belly area, these shorts provide optimal comfort and support.
One of the standout features of these shorts is their versatility. The tall belly band can be worn up or rolled down, allowing you to wear them long after your pregnancy days. The Primo Maternity Chamois Shorts are also c-section friendly, making them ideal for postpartum use as well.
These shorts have received rave reviews from satisfied customers. Many praised the comfort and fit, with the leg holes offering ample room and the padding providing just the right amount of support. The responsive and helpful customer service from Kaden Apparel was also highly appreciated.
Some reviewers mentioned minor cons such as an itchy tag on the thigh and a desire for slightly thicker padding.
Price & Where To Buy:
- $114.99 List
- Buy at KadenApparel.com
Kaden Apparel Kokopelli Maternity Mountain Bike Shorts
Here’s another option from Kaden Apparel. The Kopopelli short is a baggy mountain bike short without a chamois liner.
The Kokopelli shorts are designed to provide comfort, durability, and versatility for pregnant shredders. Made from 4-way stretch fabric, these shorts offer a perfect fit with ample room in the butt and thigh areas, accommodating riders of different sizes.
The soft and supportive belly band features a curved design for maximum comfort and can be worn up or rolled down. With a 9″ inseam length, these shorts reach slightly above the knee and can be rolled up for a shorter style.
They also feature rear pockets and a convenient zippered phone pocket.
Tested for durability, these shorts retain their shape even after extensive use, making them ideal for multi-day trips.
Price & Where To Buy:
- $119.99 List
- Buy at KaldenApparel.com
2XU Prenatal Active Tights
While these aren’t cycling specific tights, nor are they padded, they can be a really great option for biking especially in cooler weather.
They are compression tights which means that they can help prevent some of the swelling that happens in the legs during pregnancy, especially after exercise.
They also provide plenty of belly support which can feel great when jostling around on the bike.
Finally, the nice high belly means that you might be able to get away with a non-maternity jersey without worrying about it riding up.
Price & Where To Buy:
- $99.99 List
- Buy at us.2xu.com
Bib Shorts – Any Brand!
Almost every woman I’ve talked to who biked thru their entire pregnancy ended up wearing bib shorts. Bib shorts, while not maternity specific, work well for pregnant bellies because there is no waistband.
Order a size larger than what you would normally wear and you should be able to make them work for a full nine months.
Check out our sister site, FemmeCyclist.com, for a list of great cycling bib options.
This isn’t a bike short, but is a good option for pregnant women. Cycling briefs are just padded underwear that you can wear under a pair of gym shorts or similar. They will fit under your pregnant belly and won’t break the bank either.
My favorite pair is the Baleaf Cycling Underwear. They are cheap and comfortable.
Or, for more padded chamois options, check out this list of women’s padded cycling underwear.
Maternity Bike Jersey Options
Since we first published this article, the few maternity cycling jersey options on the market have disappeared. That’s right–there are ZERO maternity jerseys. Womp, womp.
Here are a couple of ideas.
- Wear a mountain bike style jersey instead. These are loose around the middle. Just order up a size or two from what you would normally wear.
- Borrow a jersey from your husband!
- Wear a full zip jersey (unzipped) with a maternity tank underneath. This is what I did for the last few months of my pregnancy.
The maternity bike clothes market is pretty weak. Keep your head up and make due for nine months.
Before you know it, you’ll be back in your old bike clothes. And if you decide to start your own maternity cycling clothes line, let me know!
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The Rascals are a family of three. Kristen (mom), Blair (dad), and Parker (kiddo). We started Rascal Rides when Parker was born and we didn’t want to give up our passion for biking. As we learned, we shared. Over the years, we’ve tested hundreds of kids bikes, helmets, bike trailers, and more.
Kristen is a USA Cycling certified coach and loves to share her passion for biking with other families. Blair is a bike geek, mechanic, and mountain bike junkie. Parker is our resident tester and inspiration.
If you see us out on the trail, make sure to say hi!