When I was pregnant, I embraced the growing belly. I had no problem gaining weight for the cause, but the thing that annoyed me was finding clothing options. The two worst phases of the shifting body? As you’re growing and you’re too small for maternity clothing but too big for your regular duds, and on the way back down when your maternity clothes are falling off but none of the regular stuff fits. So finding any clothes that work for you, nevermind workout clothes, can be a bit of a challenge. Solution? A cute little brand called me2Roo.
The me2Roo line of activewear is designed for all stages of pregnancy, and the two items I tried were perfect for the postpartum transition back to “normal.” I tried the Morgan shrug ($36) and the Charlotte pleated t-back top ($72).
First, the shrug. Made of a cotton/spandex blend, the shirt is a thick T-shirt material that is comfy like a sweatshirt but way more stylish—no unnecessary bulk! You can wear it off the shoulder as pictured or go with a more straight-up style. It takes just a touch getting used to the fit if you’re not used to wearing clothing off the shoulder, but it’s super comfortable. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s cropped; it hit me several inches above the belly button. I love that it’s roomy enough to accommodate your growing or shrinking belly. The cut feels retro without feeling dated. And you can throw it over workout gear when you need extra warmth on fall days. Also? It’s perfect for the breastfeeding mom; when paired with a nursing tank underneath, it’s a great way to add a layer and keep the easy access!
Now for the Charlotte top. At first glance, I wasn’t totally sold on this one because of the drawstring at the hem. Something about the darn drawstring screamed “sack of potatoes.” Until I tried it on! Then that darn drawstring seemed genius. Rather than being skin tight on a big pregnant belly, the fit of this top is looser in the midsection. The drawstring allows you to adjust the fit as your pregnancy progresses. And it’s great because even now post-pregnancy, I can wear this top without it seeming like a tent on me—and I don’t have to worry about it slipping over my head during a downdog.
The one drawback? It only has a shelf bra for support and because of the T-back, I couldn’t wear my usual sports bras with it. Totally fine for yoga or Pilates, but if you’re doing anything high impact, this might not be the top for you unless you have the bra to support it (har har).
Did you find any great pieces that helped you transition through pregnancy? Want to try me2Roo? Comment below telling me why you need some new duds and consider yourself entered to win. U.S. residents only, please. Good luck! —Erin