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The Best Maternity Leggings for Active Comfort

Cheerful pregnant woman is lying on flooring and doing leg exercises with leggings on
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As women, we can agree that leggings are some of the most comfortable things we might ever wear. And comfort is one of the most sought-after things during pregnancy, so why not stock up on ultra-comfortable maternity leggings? You can argue that they aren’t necessary, but going up a size in clothing is not always a comfortable (or stylish) option. After all, baggy leggings just look strange, and maternity leggings are designed to grow with your bump while keeping the legs fitting nice and snug like they’re supposed to. Here are some of our favorites.

Purchasing Maternity Leggings

Leggings might seem like leggings, but maternity leggings offer many more options. Here are a few keys things to consider in addition to your personal preference, of course:

  • Size: There are so many questions regarding pregnancy sizing, but don’t worry. Pregnancy sizes are designed to grow with your body, so you can simply purchase whatever size you were pre-pregnancy, and they should fit fine (although always be sure to check the size charts included with items).
  • Compression: Some maternity leggings are equipped with light compression to help ease back pain and swelling.
  • Over Belly Support: Maternity leggings can rest over the belly or under the belly. Over-belly leggings will give you additional support and can help relieve some back pain.
  • Materials: You obviously want stretchy material (that’s kind of the whole point here!), so make sure your leggings will be stretchy to accommodate your growing bump.
  • Extended Wear: Some leggings you will be able to wear during postpartum recovery to help keep your tummy in place (especially helpful after C-sections).

Most Popular: Terramen Maternity Leggings

pregnant model displays bump in black high-waisted leggings

These figure-flattering compression leggings will be an expecting mom’s best friend. Designed to shape and hug your body while giving you extra support, they are available in various styles, colors, and multi-packs. The specially designed front pocket will expand with you as your belly grows and will still give you support through postpartum. Made to be super soft and breathable, they are opaque and footless with a stretchy support band and can be worn above your tummy. They are seam-free, so there’s nothing scratchy or hard on your delicate belly. The material is moisture-wicking, so they are ideal for wearing just about anywhere with just about anything.

Most Popular

Best Casual: Liu & Qu Maternity Women’s Casual Pants

pregnant woman models loose-fitting black leggings on white background

These high-rise extra-comfortable pants give you just a little extra room for added comfort but are stylish enough to wear at home or on the go. They are soft and breathable with high elasticity and are available in multiple colors, prints, and sizes. With button closure, they also have tight bottoms to keep the heat in during colder seasons and two side pockets to bring along the things you need.

Best Casual

Liu & Qu Maternity Women's Casual Pants Stretchy Comfortable Lounge Pants

Designed for any season, these pants are stretchy and supportive.

Best Capris: Maacie Maternity Basic Stretch Capri Leggings

pregnant model holding bump covered by gray high-waisted leggings

With an over-belly design, these leggings are made of spandex blend to be soft, stretchy, and breathable. They are ideal for almost any occasion and can be worn with your favorite tee and sneakers or flip-flops and a tank top. The full-coverage belly panel is high-stretch and skin-friendly without adding pressure to keep you and baby comfortable while giving you a flattering look all day.

Best Capris

Maternity Lightweight Soft Capri Leggings Crop Leggings Stretch Yoga Pants

Soft and stretchy, these leggings are designed to keep you comfortable and stylish all day.

Best with Pockets: V VOCNI Maternity Leggings

pregnant model wearing black leggings with her hand in a pocket

These high-waisted leggings offer a U-shape over the belly design with double-layered support to comfortably grow with your bump. Targeting ribbing also offers additional back support and giving you an overall slim appearance. They are four-way stretch and non-see-through, so you can effortlessly go about your day without worries. The seamless design covers every contour and curve to meet your unique body and give you a natural range of motion. With added leg compression for great circulation, these leggings have durable pockets for your phone or keys and are available in a variety of colors, prints, and sizes.

Best with Pockets

V VOCNI Maternity Leggings Women's Mesh Leggings with Side Pockets Over Bump Workout Runningt Yoga Pants Black Medium

These leggings give you just the right amount of compression and support while being equipped with pockets.

Best Under-Belly: Motherhood Maternity Under Belly Full-Length Leggings

black and gray pair of maternity leggings displayed on white background

Made of mostly cotton, these leggings are incredibly soft and offer a pull-on closure. They come in a two-pack, making them ideal for lounging around the house or layering with other cute tops or dresses. They have a self-encased criss-cross waistband with just the right amount of stretch to both grow with your bump and provide comfort during and after pregnancy.

Best Under-Belly

Motherhood Maternity Women's Maternity Bump Start 2 Pack Under Belly Casual Leggings, Black and Grey, Medium

These leggings are comfortable and stylish enough to wear lounging around or layered under outfits.

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Alesha Billie is a momma to three kiddos (unless we count the furry ones) who has been writing and researching for over 15 years. After a start as a romance ghostwriter, she's written countless full-length novels in addition to articles, blog posts, advertorials, memoirs, and eBooks. Read Full Bio »
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