What's the best technical wear for pregnant women?

Are there any good technical pieces for pregnant women?
—The Editors
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Feb 14, 2011
Outside Magazine



Yes. Active pregnant women worldwide no longer have to wear oversized sweats and their husband's castoff fleece as a daily uniform in their final months of pregnancy, thanks to Mountain Mama (mountain-mama.com). Born out of Stanford PhD turned pregnant professor turned entrepreneur Teresa Delfin's desire to stay warm while rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking, this line of clothing does the trick for any active lifestyle.

Mountain Mama is the only company I'm aware of that makes a technical snow pant for pregnant women, but start off with the basics: The Clouds Rest Baselayer Top & Bottom ($54 each), are a stretchy, ultra-wicking under layer that are magically cut to accommodate every stage of pregnancy. The top's aptly named "Bellyglove" fit eliminates all the pitfalls of pregnancy clothing, namely open-air bellies and the paper-bag look. A concealed front zipper even allows you to nurse after the baby is born. Top the baselayer off with the Fairview Wrap Jacket ($149), a protective fleece with all the comfort amenities you crave: A lined hood and pockets and shawl collar that fastens at the throat. You'll get so attached to this piece that you won't want to put it away when the baby arrives. That's OK. There's a way to snug it down at the sides when you've slimmed down.

When the baby finally arrives you're also going to want to kit out the kid in some cute, warm clothes. Start with Obermeyer's Snuggle Bunting ($100; obermeyer.com), a furry one-piece made out of silky polyester "poodle fleece" on the inside and recycled poly on the outside. My favorite print: Marshmallow Stripe.

To get that babe used to your active schedule, bundle the little button up and take him for a run in BOB's new all-terrain Revolution SE ($429; bobgear.com). With an improved suspension system, robust wheels, an easier-to-use fold-lock mechanism, and an ultra-padded reclining seat, this stroller is the Rolls Royce of baby movers. But unlike a Rolls Royce, it also goes off road.

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