Have you reached the point in pregnancy where buttoning pants feels more like torture than getting dressed for the day? Well then, it might just be time for a pair of maternity leggings! Maternity leggings are a staple in any maternity wardrobe because of their functionality, comfort, and ability to be dressed up or down. Lucky for you, I am sharing the 10 best maternity leggings below!
Many women (pregnant or not) wear leggings in their daily lives. They have become the go-to for the gym, lounging, and even as a work wardrobe staple. All leggings are stretchy, so you might be wondering if you actually need a pregnancy-specific pair. While maternity leggings are a lot like any other legging on the market but are specifically designed with a pregnant woman’s body in mind. They often have extra paneling for support and stretch for compression and comfort. I tried my fair share of leggings during my last pregnancy and have heard all of the gossip about the best pairs.
The 10 Best Maternity Leggings
Kindred Bravely Louisa Maternity & Postpartum Support Leggings – The Best Overall
Kindred Bravely is my go-to store when it comes to comfy pregnancy clothes. From their bras and undies to pajamas to activewear, you really can’t go wrong. But if I had to choose just one piece of theirs, it would be the Louisa Maternity & Postpartum Support Leggings.
They are light compression leggings with an ultrahigh waist panel made of soft material that hugs your curves even as your body changes. I really like that the upper panel can be pulled over your bump or folded below, making them suitable throughout your entire pregnancy and for postpartum wear. They come in a couple of different colors and the option of “classic style” or “pocket style” (finding maternity leggings with pockets is hard, so this is awesome).
Pact Maternity Pureactive Cropped Pocket Legging – Best for Working Out
Whether you’re headed to a pregnancy yoga class or a long morning walk, these Pact leggings are a wonderful option. First of all, this is another pair of maternity leggings with pockets… so you know I am obsessed. On top of that, they are made of breathable material and have a fitted high waist that doesn’t slip or fold over when you’re active.
They are meant for when you have a bigger bump, so if you buy them earlier on in your pregnancy expect a little extra room.
These Blanqi Crop Leggings are made of buttery-soft microfiber. As for being maternity-friendly, they have a unique X-shaped back design that anchors and redistributes baby weight. They also have a high-rise belly panel and are made for high performance, so they are perfect for working out.
Spanx Mama Faux Leather Leggings – Best for Dressing Up
These are the mecca of maternity leggings. Spanx Leather Leggings took the world by storm in the last few years, and luckily Spanx made sure not to leave the expecting mamas out. These leggings have a Mama Magic Waistband so that they can be worn before, during, and after pregnancy (which makes them well worth the investment)! Another feature that makes these leggings so beloved is that they have no center seam, making them camel toe free.
Because they are faux leather, these are a closet staple for trendier looks and even for work. Throw a sweater on or a cute graphic tee and you’re set. And, trust me, they don’t feel like leather. In fact, they are actually really lightweight and comfortable.
Spanx Mama Faux Leather Maternity Leggings do sell out quickly because of their popularity, but you can join the waitlist and be notified when your size is restocked.
Motherhood Maternity Full Length French Terry Secret Fit Belly Leggings – Best Budget-Friendly Maternity Leggings
If you are looking to keep your maternity wardrobe low budget, these leggings will make a great addition. Motherhood’s exclusive secret fit belly is a seamless stretch maternity panel that grows with you throughout your pregnancy. The cotton spandex blend gives support and comfort with some stretch. The demi waist is expandable and has enough stretch to support and accommodate a growing bump.
These have a bit more of an athletic look and may be best for lounging but can also be dressed up with the right top and shoes.
This is another great, affordable option. The Super Comfy Maternity Leggings by HyBrid & Company come in a variety of fun colors and prints. These are perfect for adding a pop to your everyday look and will work in your maternity wardrobe throughout your pregnancy.
Storq Signature Maternity Leggings – Best Plus-Size Maternity Leggings
I love that Storq makes extended sizing a priority and offers plus-size items that are actually trendy, which can be hard to find. Their Signature Leggings come in size Petite through 4x in the softest curve-hugging material. They are not compressive, which I think is great for pregnancy (we don’t need any extra discomfort when building a whole human).
The Storq Signature Maternity Leggings come in a couple of different colors and patterns, so you might just have to buy a couple of pairs.
If you live in a colder climate or will be pregnant through winter, a pair of fleece-lined maternity leggings will definitely come in handy. These leggings will pull up over your belly and have a comfortable no-dig waistband.
When I was younger I called these yoga pants, but if you want to fit in with GenZ you’ll want to refer to them as “flare leggings”. Jokes aside, this is a super popular style right now. For being a trendier style, these are really affordable as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best maternity leggings?
Kindred Bravely is my go-to store when it comes to comfy pregnancy clothes, but if I had to choose just one piece of theirs, it would be the Louisa Maternity & Postpartum Support Leggings. They are the best maternity leggings!
When can I start wearing maternity leggings?
Many maternity leggings are designed to be worn in the early stages of pregnancy through postpartum with adjustable waistbands.
Do you really need maternity leggings?
All leggings are stretchy, so you might be wondering if you actually need a pregnancy-specific pair. While maternity leggings are a lot like any other legging on the market but are specifically designed with a pregnant woman’s body in mind. They often have extra paneling for support and stretch for compression and comfort.
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