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The Best Maternity Leggings to Complete Your Pregnancy Wardrobe

Whether you’re headed to the gym, the couch or brunch with the girls, these cute, comfy maternity leggings will take you where you need to go.

When the athleisure trend took the fashion world by storm, pregnant women everywhere rejoiced. The ongoing fad has made comfy, stretchy maternity leggings (that are still super-chic) more accessible than ever. From boldly printed pants with shapely cuts to affordable options in super-soft fabrics, here are some of the best pregnancy leggings available right now.

Photo: Courtesy Gap

Best Basic Maternity Leggings

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, moms-to-be agree that Gap pregnancy leggings are a reliable go-to—they’re comfortable, good quality and retail for a reasonable price. Pro tip: Head to the Gap Maternity sale section between seasons, and you might even be able to score a pair or two at a significant discount.

Buy it: Gap Maternity Pure Body Low Rise Leggings, $30,

Photo: Courtesy SPANX

Best Maternity Jeggings

Love the look of skinny jeans but need more than a little give? Opt for SPANX’s super-stretchy maternity jeggings. The smoothing fabric and over-the-bump band are designed to make you feel fully supported but definitely not squeezed. That makes these denim-look maternity leggings comfy but still more refined than a regular ol’ cotton pair.

Buy it: SPANX Mama Ankle Jean-ish Seamless Maternity Leggings, $110,

Photo: Courtesy Preggers

Best Maternity Compression Leggings

If pregnancy has led to varicose veins and swollen ankles, these maternity compression leggings may be just the thing to offer some relief. Crafted from a breathable, nylon-spandex blend, they wick away moisture to keep you cool and comfortable all day long. The built-in support band can be folded under or pulled over your belly, ensuring a comfortable fit throughout pregnancy.

Buy it: Preggers Footless Maternity Compression Leggings, starting from $59 for a set of 2,

Photo: Courtesy Girlfriend Collective

Best Maternity Workout Leggings

We’re big fans of Girlfriend Collective, an eco-friendly company that makes their activewear from recycled water bottles. The brand’s maternity workout leggings come in a wide range of sizes for any body, plus a few trendy colors. They offer all the support and comfort you crave courtesy of a compressive fit and moisture-wicking fabric.

Buy it: Girlfriend Collective High Waist Full Length Maternity Leggings, $88,

Photo: Courtesy Preggo Leggings

Best Leather Maternity Leggings

There’s no reason you can’t still look smokin’ hot with a baby on board. These faux-leather maternity leggings may look restrictive, but they’ve got a soft, stretchy cotton belly band that won’t squeeze your bump. FYI: The brand also sells moto maternity leggings in black and red for an even edgier look.

Buy it: Preggo Leggings Rock Star Mamacita Maternity Leggings, $50,

Photo: Courtesy Motherhood Maternity

Best Plus-Size Maternity Leggings

Motherhood Maternity is hands-down one of the best places to pick up maternity basics in every size. These plus-size maternity leggings come in a few neutral shades and range in size from 1X to 3X, making them a fantastic capsule piece for your plus-size maternity wardrobe. They’re crafted from a soft cotton-spandex jersey knit and feature a full pregnancy panel for a great fit as your bump grows. Bonus: Motherhood Maternity carries plus-size maternity workout leggings too.

Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Essential Stretch Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings, starting from $25,

Photo: Courtesy Motherhood Maternity

Best Fleece Maternity Leggings

A must-have for any winter pregnancy wardrobe? A pair of cozy fleece-lined maternity leggings—you never know when you’ll need to brave a snowpocalypse. These thick maternity leggings come in straight and plus sizes, not to mention a mix of solid colors and playful patterns. A cozy Fair Isle print, anyone?

Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Fleece Over the Belly Maternity Leggings, starting from $27,

Photo: Courtesy Zella

Best Black Maternity Leggings

There are so many black maternity leggings out there, it’s hard to pick just one pair to spotlight. We’re especially impressed with Nordstrom’s wide assortment of options, which includes this highly-rated style from Zella. The maternity active leggings dry fast after a sweaty workout, but are casual enough to lounge around in too. Moms really love the flatlock seams that don’t rub them the wrong way—literally.

Buy it: Zella Mamasana Live In Maternity Ankle Leggings, $65,

Photo: Courtesy Ingrid & Isabel

Best Under-Belly Maternity Leggings

Searching for under-belly maternity leggings? Turn to Ingrid & Isabel. The brand makes this genius foldover pair with a band that can be worn over or under the bump, depending on how you’re feeling. Either way, the crossover panel provides lower back support, while the breathable fabric prevents your legs from feeling suffocated. Other key features: They’re antimicrobial, designed to combat chafing and have fashion-meets-function ankle zippers for when your ankles need a little more room.

Buy it: Ingrid & Isabel Active Maternity Leggings with Crossover Panel, $88,

Photo: Courtesy Storq

Best Petite Maternity Leggings

If you’re a mom-to-be with a smaller stature, it can be tough to find great pregnancy leggings that aren’t too long. Good news—Storq, purveyor of awesome maternity basics, has a legging sized just for you. Get ready to fall in love with these incredibly comfy, super-soft and totally chic petite pants. Wear the panel over or under the belly, and revel in the fact that Storq’s leggings have few exposed seams, which can help cut down on that annoying pregnancy itchiness.

Buy it: Storq Maternity Leggings, $65,

Photo: Courtesy Motherhood Maternity

Best Cropped Maternity Leggings

Motherhood Maternity’s basic cropped maternity leggings come in three versatile colors: black, gray and blue. They boast a “Secret Fit” belly band, which is seamless (buh-bye, annoying lines) and expands with your bump. The cotton-spandex blend is really soft to boot. Looking for maternity active leggings? Motherhood Maternity also sells an athletic capri pair.

Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Women’s Maternity Essential Stretch Crop Length Secret Fit Belly Leggings, $22,

Photo: Courtesy BLANQI

Best Support Maternity Leggings

When you’re pregnant, a little help goes a long way—especially when it comes from your clothing. These BLANQI maternity leggings offer full over-the-belly support with a built-in anchor to lift and redistribute your baby bump weight, as well as light compression to help combat swelling. Thanks to the stretchy expandable panel, these pants can take you from 10 weeks to 40+ weeks of pregnancy. Love the feel of these ones? Try the maternity active leggings on for size too.

Buy it: BLANQI Everyday Maternity Belly Support Leggings, $64,

Photo: Courtesy Preggo Leggings

Best White Maternity Leggings

If you’re sick of humdrum black pregnancy leggings or want something lighter-colored for the summer months, consider these moto maternity leggings from Preggo Leggings. The soft, stretchy, summer-ready pair has trendy textured panels that give any look some subtle edge and a little more sophistication.

Buy it: Preggo Leggings White Out Moto, $50,

Photo: Courtesy H&M

Best Cheap Maternity Leggings

Since you’re only going to wear your maternity clothes for a finite amount of time, you may not want to blow your budget on basic pieces that cost a pretty penny. Look for maternity leggings at H&M. The stores sell everything from “ Treggings" (denim-look leggings) and faux leather pairs to cropped sports maternity leggings. But our go-tos are these eco-conscious pants. They may be made from organic cotton jersey, but they’re so affordable, you can stock up on a week’s worth and save yourself from having to do laundry all the time. The best part? Once baby arrives, take them back to your local H&M store to recycle and they’ll give you a coupon for 15 percent off your next purchase.

Buy it: H&M MAMA Jersey Leggings, $13,

Photo: Courtesy Long Tall Sally

Best Tall Maternity Leggings

Taller mamas-to-be are all too familiar with the struggle to find the perfect pair of maternity leggings, since regular length pants end up looking more like capris. Your salvation: these basic black pregnancy leggings from Long Tall Sally. They’re soft, stretchy, comfy and have a longer inseam to make sure your calves stay covered.

Buy it: Long Tall Sally Maternity Leggings, $49,

Photo: Courtesy Splendid

Best Designer Maternity Leggings

If you want to treat yourself to pregnancy leggings that look and feel luxurious, spring for a pair of thick maternity leggings from Splendid. The brand is known for their extravagantly soft clothing, and their maternity offerings are no exception. These French Terry leggings have rave reviews like, “I don’t want to take these off” (good to know, buyer Elisem!) and, “The most amazing leggings on the planet” (you have us convinced, reviewer Narisalee).

Buy it: Splendid Secret Fit Belly French Terry Maternity Leggings, $95,

Photo: Courtesy Mamalicious

Best Printed Maternity Leggings

Hoping to spice things up a bit? ASOS offers an amazing selection of maternity leggings in statement-making prints. The brand’s namesake collection, ASOS DESIGN, has plenty to pick from. But we’ve got our eyes on the Mamalicious pregnancy leggings the brand carries, which come in cool-mom patterns like green snake print and this fall-ready windowpane pattern.

Buy it: Mamalicious Maternity Jersey Check Leggings, $40,

Photo: Courtesy ASOS DESIGN

Best Maternity Legging Shorts

These bike shorts are perfect for hot days (or workouts) when you don’t want your full legs covered but still need support. The affordable, high-rise, stretch jersey maternity legging shorts will keep you feeling and looking cool—bike shorts are having a major comeback, ladies.

Buy it: ASOS DESIGN Maternity Over the Bump Basic Legging Shorts, $10,

Updated September 2019

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