I’m now entering the third trimester of my pregnancy. As expected, tennis has changed for me. Of course I’m not feeling as mobile and don’t have the stamina, and I am certainly not going after the ball as aggressively.
However, the biggest challenge, which might be surprising to some, is what to wear on the court. I’ve been able to adjust my playing style and schedule, though I miss tennis with my limited playing status. For apparel, though, there isn’t specific maternity tennis apparel. There are several places that sell maternity clothing, and some even have sections that they label “activewear.” In my experience (this is my first pregnancy), the activewear is more suited for yoga or post workout — I am not going to play tennis in velour pants, thank you very much. So I’ve made adjustments to my existing tennis/workout wardrobe and a few purchases, too.
On top, I’ve been wearing some of my larger t-shirts. I normally wear a women’s small, but I’ve also been wearing men’s small tees, which don’t exactly fit into my notion of “cute.” The length of the top has been the biggest obstacle. As the baby bump grows, tops need to be longer and longer to fit over it. I’ve found that the women’s Nike Team Pro Basic Top is a good fit for me. I went with a medium, and it works like a charm. It’s not flashy, but it’s a performance tee that I don’t mind working up a sweat in. When I want to go for a cute look, I’ve pulled out my bloussant type tops, which offer a billowy fit. Tops with a style like the Lija Fall Magnetic Tank and Reebok Fall Textured Tank have worked best for me. They fit over the belly and show it off at the same time. Again, these tops are a size larger than I normally would wear.
Finding comfortable bottoms has been somewhat of a challenge. To the gym, I really like the Fila Supplex pants (conveniently available in three lengths as well as capris) from the Personal Performance collection. The material is so soft and just the right thickness for comfort and, ahem, coverage (no VPL). Also the low-rise waist is easily adjusted for the baby belly. On court, I have been wearing my Nike Power Knit Shorts below the bump with some success, but sometimes a girl just wants to wear a skirt/skort for tennis! Therein lies my biggest challenge. I have one skort that I got one size larger than I would have pre-pregnancy and has a low rise. It’s the skort from this year’s adidas Roland Garros line.
The other items are a cinch. Socks and shoes, no problem, those fit just like before. Hey, I can even still even bend over and tie my own shoes, though I hear that becomes tougher in the final months!
Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.