The fashion world has always had a love-hate relationship with leggings, however there is no denying that these days they’re a solid staple in the wardrobe of most women. They’re easy to pull on, comfortable, stretchy, supportive — and that’s why we love them right? Yeah, we’re not ready to part with the simplest of leg-wear options any time soon.
As mamas and mamas-to-be it is not surprising that we gravitate towards this staple item of clothing on a daily basis, and here are just some of the reasons why:
- For swelling tummies, bums, hips and thighs as you move through your trimesters, leggings present a super flexible option.
- They can lend additional support for your bump, particularly in the third trimester.
- Leggings can offer protection and support to tender C-section wounds.
- Your postpartum tummy will love the flexibility and forgiveness of soft stretchy fabrics as it shrinks in the first few weeks after birth.
- For new mamas on the go, leggings allow you to move freely and quickly after speedy little ones.
- They are versatile… don’t think a legging has to be simply casual loungewear, the right top, shoe and accessory will jazz up a legging for a smarter occasion.
- Lighter, more breathable fabrics will keep you cool plus they dry in no time at all after washing… win-win!
Now the question on every legging-loving mamas mind: where can I find the perfect pair? Well, no matter which style you choose, your maternity leggings should be supportive, feel soft against the skin, and be snug enough that they won’t fall down but never too tight that they are restrictive. They should also be made of breathable fabric and have plenty of stretch to grow with your bump through the different stages of pregnancy.
With so many options to choose from we’ve narrowed it down to 5 of our favorites to get you started. Prepare to stay comfortable and stylish during your pregnancy and beyond…
5 Bump-Friendly Leggings We’re Loving
Full Length Maternity Legging by Love Leggings
Made with high-quality, soft material for a non-see-through finish, and designed for ultimate support and coverage. Made from the softest cotton, these over-the-bump leggings help you move more freely and feel comfortable all day long. Available in 17 colors and tall and petite lengths, they are ideal for women in first or second trimesters. Select your pre-pregnancy size as they are designed to accommodate a growing bump. Love Leggings caters for UK sizes 4 to 28 making it super easy to find your perfect fit.
Maternity Full Length Tight by Lorna Jane
A lightweight maternity tight suitable for months 1 to 9. Specially designed fabric featuring 8-way stretch technology will grow with you without you feeling restricted. The folded waistband can be worn over your bump or folded down for added comfort and under-bump support. Breathable and moisture wicking, these leggings are ideal for everyday wear or for your pregnancy workouts.
Bamboo Maternity Leggings by Seraphine
Made from ultra-soft fabric made of natural bamboo and featuring a new and improved over-bump fit. These ankle-length leggings are designed to adapt to your changing shape. Breathable and moisture wicking to keep you cool and with a smooth, streamlined feel, these leggings are ideal for all-day comfort and perfect for pairing with your go-to maternity dresses, long-line jumpers & tunics.
Maternity Belly Support leggings by Blanqi
These seamless leggings fit like a second skin, engineered to support a growing bump and help alleviate lower back and pelvic pain. Graduated compression fabric and strategic built-in support allow them to cradle growing bellies. The compression continues down the leg, providing extra support for tired, achy legs. You’ll love the buttery-soft feel, breathability, moisture-wicking features, 4-way stretch, and no restrictive seams. We especially love the ‘stay in place’ ribbed waistband. This style fits women of all heights and will take you all the way to D-Day.
Breathable, flexible, and sustainably sourced — these everyday leggings are made from recycled fishing nets and boast an impossibly soft, next-to-nothing feel. Designed for yoga, lounging, and growing a tiny human, these versatile leggings offer an over-the-belly high rise that easily folds down when you need a little space. These leggings have a 28.5″ inseam and range from XXS-6XL to fit every body.
OK we have to know: have you found your holy grail leggings? Let us know which ones you love in the comments below!