When the athleisure trend took the fashion world by storm, pregnant women everywhere rejoiced. The clothing gods heard our prayers and miraculously made comfy, stretchy leggings a chic wardrobe choice you can practically wear anytime, anywhere. (Hallelujah!) From boldly printed pants and super-soft fabrics to affordable options with shapely cuts, here are some of the best maternity leggings available right now.
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, Gap.com
Best Maternity Jeggings
Love the look of skinny jeans but need more than a little give? Opt for a pair of JBrand’s super-stretchy maternity jeggings. With elastic side panels and regular button-front closures, these pants tend to stay in place better than full-panel jeans, and will keep you comfy without feeling frumpy. A foundational piece of any pregnancy wardrobe, these maternity jeggings will hold up beautifully, day in and day out.
Buy it: Mama J Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jeans, $198, JBrand.com
Best Compression Maternity 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, $59, Amazon.com
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 have a removable over-the-bump fabric panel that can be easily unstitched after baby arrives, making these a great addition to your pregnancy and postpartum wardrobe.
Buy it: Asos Bandia Maternity Wet Look Leggings, $56, Asos.com
Best Capri Maternity Leggings
Beyond Yoga’s line of pregnancy leggings is outstanding, especially if you’re on the hunt for maternity capri leggings. They come in a variety of prints, colors and styles, and every pair has a roomy waistband that can be folded over or pulled up over your growing belly. Made of ultra-soft, moisture-wicking material, these leggings retain their stretch even after repeated wear and washing.
Buy it: Beyond Yoga Twist and Shout Maternity Capri Leggings, $113, BeyondYoga.com
Best Plus Size Maternity Leggings
Motherhood Maternity is hands-down one the best places to pick up maternity basics in every size. These plus size maternity leggings come in either grey or black 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 full pregnancy panel for a great fit as your bump grows.
Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings, $30, MotherhoodMaternity.com
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 options feature an elastic waistband that can be worn over or below your belly, and a very reasonable retail price.
Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Fleece Lined Maternity Leggings, $20, MotherhoodMaternity.com
Best Maternity Workout Leggings
If you’re planning to keep up your exercise routine during pregnancy, you need a pair (or three) of sturdy maternity workout leggings. Pick up a pair of Ingrid and Isabel Active Moto Leggings. Thanks to the awesome crossover panel, these pants provide a bit of back support as your belly grows, while the lower waist cut keeps you cool. Another nice selling point? They’re made from antimicrobial, moisture-wicking fabric. Best of all, they’re stylish enough to wear when you’re not working out.
Buy it: Ingrid and Isabel Active Moto Leggings, $35, Target.com
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, $60, Storq.com
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, LongTallSally.com
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 basic black maternity leggings at H&M. 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 Leggings, $13, hm.com
Best Belly 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.
Buy it: Blanqi Maternity Leggings with Belly Support, $64, Blanqi.com
Best Designer Maternity Leggings
If you want to treat yourself to pregnancy leggings that look and feel luxurious, spring for a pair of French Terry maternity leggings from Splendid. The brand is known for their extravagantly soft clothing, and their maternity offerings are no exception. These leggings have a belly panel that can be worn over or under the belly, and come in a variety of colors to complement your favorite maternity pieces.
Buy it: Splendid French Terry Maternity Leggings, $95, APeainthePod.com
Best White Maternity Leggings
If you’re sick of humdrum black pregnancy leggings, or want something lighter-colored for the summer months, Destination Maternity’s white maternity leggings are a great choice. The cotton-spandex jersey knit is oh-so-soft, and the belly panel will keep pace with your growing belly.
Buy it: Destination Maternity White Leggings, $25, DestinationMaternity.com
Best Printed Maternity Leggings
Looking to spice things up a bit? PinkBlush offers an amazing selection of maternity leggings in both basic colors and wacky prints. Made entirely of spandex, they may not be as soft as other options on this list, but trust us, you won’t be disappointed with the selection of fun colors and patterns.
Buy it: Black Abstract Print Maternity Leggings, $41, PinkBlush.com
Published February 2018
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