If you’re like me, you need some serious motivation to exercise (pregnant or not!). Beyond the Bump, a luxurious collection of active maternity wear from Beyond Yoga, launched at A Pea in the Pod earlier this year and with its incredibly soft, supportive and flattering pieces makes a fitness regime instantly more enticing. I sat down with founder Michelle Wahler, to talk about the line which couldn’t have been more timely– she’s currently expecting her first! -OliviaWhat was your inspiration for Beyond the Bump? My inspiration for Beyond the Bump came as I was shopping for active wear with my best friend Lauren during her first pregnancy. Her doctor told her to keep active, to continue running, try prenatal yoga etc., and she was having such a tough time finding anything athletic to wear that was designed for pregnancy. She wanted to wear Beyond Yoga and just size up, but wearing a size bigger was just making her look like she was wearing clothing that was too big for her. I then realized how underserved this demographic of women was, and started designing our first collection!
What are your tips for staying active during pregnancy? Just keep doing what you’ve been doing. I am a big fan of Pilates and go at least three times a week. Since I’ve been pregnant it has been the best thing I do for myself. Of course, I modify some of the moves, but it feels great to have one hour where I keep in motion, and maintain some normality. As the months have gone on, new people come up to me every week (who are not pregnant) and tell me I am their motivation to get through the class, that if I can do something pregnant, they feel like they should push through it. It feels really nice to have my actions inspire others.
I also feel like staying active and strong will help with labor and delivery, so my Pilates class makes me feel like I’m a little more in control of this unknown event we are building up to.
My other favorite way to stay active is walking. My doctor recommended walking two miles a day, so many nights after dinner my husband and our two dogs go on a nice long walk around the neighborhood. Its great bonding time for all of us and I know it’s good for them too.
What is your favorite Beyond the Bump item to wear and why? It’s a toss-up. The piece I’ve probably gotten the most use out of is the Long Sleeve Drape Front Maternity Cardigan. I have two (one black and one grey) and I wear one almost every day. It’s made from the softest fleece so it’s super cozy, it dresses up a lot of my outfits, and with my constantly fluctuating temperature its easy take on and off quickly versus something that goes over my head.
Every day, I wear a pair of the Adjustable Belly Maternity Leggings and a Scoop Neck Ruched Maternity Tank Top. I love the waistband on the leggings. I have worn them though my entire pregnancy and today I am eight months pregnant and these two styles have stretched to fit perfectly as my body has changed and my bump has grown.
Because we fit test all of our fabrics and designs before they go into the collection, our product development team had special “bumped” leggings created in all of our new fabrics so I could still work out in everything before we approved the fabrics. I have had a blast getting all the fun new styles and fabrics in maternity silhouettes. Because I am testing all our new fabrics, I probably have the largest selection maternity work out pants of any woman! The best was when I got to test our sexy mesh trim leggings paired with my bump.