Maternity leggings are a staple in any maternity wardrobe because of their functionality, comfort, and ability to dress up or down. Many women wear leggings in their daily lives, from going to the gym to lounging at home and even fitting into their outfits for work. Maternity leggings are a lot like any other legging on the market, but these are specifically designed with a pregnant woman’s body in mind, adding extra paneling for support and stretch for compression and comfort. With that being said we are going to give you the know-how on what to look for in the best maternity leggings. Plus, our rookie moms top 10 choices.
What to Look for in Maternity Leggings
The main purpose of maternity leggings is to have something functional, comfortable, and supportive to wear throughout your pregnancy. Traditional leggings may not have the proper support or structure to fit correctly as your bump grows and body changes. Maternity leggings use quality material to offer support, compression and offer the function of traditional leggings with the added benefit of being styled specifically for a pregnant body.
Types of Styles
Maternity leggings have two styles, one with an upper portion to wear over your bump which adds support, and the other with a criss-cross or demi waistband designed to sit comfortably below your bump on your waistline. Either style is available in a variety of materials and can be dressed up or down to suit your needs.
Our Favorites – Top 10 Best Maternity Leggings
Best Maternity Leggings – Classic Black
A classic black pair of leggings will go a long way in your wardrobe because they can be dressed up or down, go well with your favorite tops, and give you a good neutral base when shopping for a complete maternity wardrobe.
1: Kindred Bravely Maternity Leggings
The Kindred Bravely Maternity Leggings are a solid choice in color, material, and structure. The seamless design and moisture wicking fabric makes them very comfortable. The upper panel can be pulled over your bump or folded below, which makes these suitable throughout pregnancy and is supportive when worn either way. Check current prices here!
2: Motherhood Maternity Women’s Maternity Full Length French Terry Secret Fit Belly Leggings
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, that is it has some 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. Check current prices here!
Best Athletic Maternity Leggings
With the athleisure and active wear in style, it’s easy to step up your look with some athletic maternity leggings. These will have all the support you need for a workout with personality both in and out of the gym.
3: PattyBoutik Mama Shaping Series Maternity Leggings
The PattyBoutik Mama Shaping Series Maternity Leggings were designed specifically to be supportive during a yoga practice and allow you to get into your flow without having to adjust. The front features 3D support and the back waistband is cut into a V to reduce pulling from front to back. These leggings will support your bump, reduce lower back pressure, and let you focus on your workout. Check current prices here!
4: PinkBlush Charcoal Grey Laser Cut Panel
Pink Blush is one of our favorite maternity brands on the market. Their Charcoal Grey Laser Cut Legging is not only super cute, it is perfect for being active. The material is made for a growing belly so you can have these pants throughout your entire pregnancy Check current prices here!
Dressy Maternity Leggings
For an option to get a bit dressed up but still remain comfortable, maternity leggings can be the perfect choice. Ideally dressy leggings will have the same comfort and stretch as lounge leggings, but will look more like pants.
5: Under Belly Rayon Maternity Leggings
Another great legging option is the Under Belly Rayon Maternity Leggings. These are perfect for whether you want to dress them up for a day out or just to hit up a yoga class. These maternity leggings are made of a cotton spandex blend with plenty of stretch. The cotton band offers a more demi fit to accommodate a growing bump. These are a comfortable option for any yoga class and provide enough stretch to wear all day. Check current prices here!
6: Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Maternity Skinny Jeans
Jeggings are a really popular cut in jeans, and there’s even a comfortable maternity option which is great for dressing up and down. These by Levi Strauss & Co. come in several washes and include a zipper closure. The front panel supports your bump giving you added support, while you get the look and feel of high end jeans. Check current prices here!
Fun Maternity Legging Prints
Leggings are known for being comfortable but also being colorful and you shouldn’t have to give up your fun leggings just because you’re pregnant.
7: HyBrid & Company Super Comfy Maternity Leggings
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. Check current prices here!
8: HyBrid & Company Super Stretch Women’s Maternity Jeans
A step up from solid maternity leggings or athletic options are the maternity jean style leggings, or jeggings. These jeggings were also in our Best Maternity Jeans article and there is a reason why. This maternity leggings line by HyBrid & Company comes in a variety of washes and styles, all designed to look like jeans but have the comfort and function of cotton blend leggings. They offer support for your bump and your back while giving you options to customize your look. Check current prices here!
Relaxed Maternity Leggings
Lastly, sometimes you just want to be comfortable and lounge in a pair of great leggings. Relaxed options are great for unwinding at the end of the day, sleeping, or feeling comfortable while you run errands.
9: Touch Me Maternity Leggings
One option for super soft lounging is active wear, and the Touch Me Maternity Leggings have a great balance of support and stretch. Many come with a pop of color to help you feel comfortable all day and night. These are ultra-soft and seamless for even more comfort, and the wide belly panel provides great front and back support. Check current prices here!
10: Ecavus Comfy Palazzo Lounge Pants
As you progress through your pregnancy there may be a time that you want the comfort of leggings without the restrictiveness, and that’s where these flowy lounge pants come in. The Comfy Palazzo Lounge Pants by Ecavus come in a few neutral colors with a wider leg and soft belly panel. These are great everyday lounge pants from relaxing and sleeping to daily activities. Check current prices here!
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