To find clothes that fit their changing bodies, pregnant women can easily visit the maternity section of any big retail store or browse Amazon's Maternity Shop from the comfort of their couches. From dresses and leggings to tank tops and jean shorts, there's a lot to choose from, no matter their taste.\nShoes, however, are a different story. Because of their swollen feet and stretched-out ligaments, pregnant women essentially have two options when it comes to what they wear on their feet. They can either squeeze into the shoes they already own and add another layer of discomfort to the equation, or they can invest in a new pair that they hope will meet the needs of their aching feet.\u00a0\nIf you're not very active, you may be able to get away with the first option without causing much undue pain or lasting damage. But if you exercise regularly - especially in a form like running or power-walking, which cause their own foot-swelling effects - you'll be much better off by going with the 2nd option. Not only will you feel more comfortable working out, but you'll also spare yourself the frustration of unwanted foot issues and injuries.\nIn general, pregnant runners should look for shoes that are cushioned, supportive, and, most of all, comfortable. Keep in mind, if you're shopping during the first half of pregnancy, your feet are likely to swell a good amount in the next few months. Exactly how much depends on each individual person, but you'd be wise to bump up a half or full size in anticipation of at least some growth. And before you lament yet another purchase that will get stuffed in the back of your closet a few months down the road, know that there's a good chance your feet will stay roughly a half size up from your pre-pregnancy shoe. All the more reason to choose wisely!\nTo make sure you're not overdoing while pregnant, you'll want to check out the guidelines for exercise during pregnancy, but you will see that running is listed as a "safe activity" if you've run pre-pregnancy. From one pregnant pro runner (early in my first trimester) to another, here are four running shoes that will keep your feet happy and miles up through pregnancy and beyond:\nHoka One One Clifton\nIt wouldn't be right to assemble a cushioned running shoe lineup without including at least one model from Hoka One One, the company that turned the running industry upside down with its oversized soles about a decade ago (in the thick of the minimalist crusade). Although it now has plenty of competition from brands like Nike, Adidas, and Brooks, Hoka is still considered the forefather of the maximalist shoe movement.\nTo me, no model rivals the Clifton, the brand's long-time bestseller that's currently on version 8. It looks clunky but feels surprisingly light - although, admittedly, my feet do occasionally tangle up due to the very wide base. It's durable and cushioned, and, in my opinion, has only gotten better with each model. I love the Clifton for dedicated recovery runs, warmups, and cool-downs.\nAsics Novablast\nAsics wasn't the first to the maximalist shoe game, but with the Novablast, it more than made up for the lost time. This shoe is as plush as it looks, but without the weight that accompanies most other generously soled models. On, it feels smooth, bouncy, and responsive - exactly what I look for in a running shoe, whether my belly is bulging or not.\nNot everyone will agree with me, but I love the Novablast's substantial drop (height discrepancy from heel to toe). It takes some strain off my calf and Achilles tendon and seems to propel me slightly forward with each stride. The fact that I've been wearing this shoe more than any other during pregnancy is all you need to know about the Novablast.\nBrooks Ghost\nThe Brooks Ghost may look more like a traditional running shoe than either the Hoka Clifton or Asics Novablast, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's not as comfortable or as bump-friendly as a model with a sole that's twice as thick. The Ghost offers a soft fit, neutral support, and a whole system of shock absorbers, making it a great choice for just about any type of run and runner.\nThe shoe is in its 14th model, which says something about its popularity among athletes and timelessness in a rapidly changing shoe landscape. Several of my friends are lifelong Ghost wearers, and I can imagine that their loyalty would only strengthen were they to experience the shoe while pregnant.\nNew Balance Beacon\nA good word for the New Balance Beacon, part of the company's Fresh Foam line, is "springy." The shoe strikes an impressive balance between cushioned and lightweight and is overall a good-looking pair of kicks. While those details might not be the aspects that draw you to it, the soft and breathable material of the upper (the part of the shoe that covers the top of your foot) and the snug fit of the heel cup will turn you into a fan in no time.\nIt won't take long to see that the Beacon is a thoughtfully designed shoe - not necessarily for pregnant runners, but for all those searching for a plush ride that both absorbs and energizes, a task much easier said than done. The Beacon is a model I may not have tried were I not pregnant, but that I'd be happy to wear once I resume normal training.