It’s a running joke that leggings and the perfect ‘mum bun’ are a mum’s signature style. As much as we love this casual look for grabbing our weekend coffee, maternity leggings offer expecting mums the comfort and support they need while staying active throughout pregnancy.
Whether it’s a gentle walk in the park or a session of pilates with friends, a good pair of maternity leggings makes all the difference.
What to look for when buying maternity leggings
Here are some of the key features to look for when buying maternity leggings:
Stretch: With a teeny tiny human growing inside that belly, it’s important to find maternity leggings with a decent amount of stretch. That being said, the last thing any mumma wants is for her leggings to fall down mid-squat. Try to find the perfect balance for the activities you’ll be taking part in while pregnant.
Fabric: Leave the VPL’s behind and look for a pair of leggings that won’t turn see-through when stretched. Being comfortable is key, so search for fabrics with decent breathability to keep that glowing bod cool during a workout.
Fit: Under-the-belly, roll-down, high-waisted – when choosing the fit, think about what makes you feel most comfortable and the intensity of your workouts.
12 Maternity Leggings for Pregnancy
To help you find the perfect pair of maternity leggings, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, they are:
Designed to fit throughout your pregnancy, Ripe’s Active Over Tummy Legging is cut from a high-performance stretch jersey and features mesh detailing and a high over-bump waistband. Also available in ¾ length – Active Over Tummy Knee Legging.
Made to compress, stretch and grow with your body, the Emama leggings give mums-to-be just the right compression and support for an active pregnancy. The signature Supaflex material is buttery-soft, squat-proof and retains its shape for a slow and steady recovery.
Full-length and seriously soft, these leggings have all-over compression that smooths out lumps and bumps, leaving a silky silhouette behind. An X-shaped back support reduces pressure on mum’s lower back while the knit-in belly support lifts and alleviates weight from that gorgeous growing bump.
Pea In A Pod
The maternity leggings from these guys boast a 2-way stretch and anti-pilling technology that keeps them comfy during all three trimesters. The extensive range has versatility and style covered, take your pick from short leggings, recovery leggings, high waisted pants and more.
Active Core Stability™ technology and a high-rise tummy panel ensure these maternity leggings sit above your bump and stay put. Just how we like them. The quick-dry fabric and mesh panel detail are just some of the fab features that keep mummy moving with comfort and confidence.
The Ten Active
Sporting The Ten Active’s signature dark grey marle, Connie is a versatile maternity legging for every stage of pregnancy. Designed for lunges, lounging and everything in between, the highly elastic belly band gives growing bumps optimum support, wherever the day takes you.
Designed to be worn over or under your growing tum, these super-smooth tights give mum support in all the right places. Perfect for pregnancy and postpartum, they’re made from chemical-free fabric with a barely-there feel – good for mummy, bump and Mother Earth.
Bae The Label
Thoughtfully designed to adapt to mumma’s changing shape, theses bump-friendly leggings feature a cross-front waistband to help them sit comfortably all day long. Plus, a quick-drying nylon and lycra blend makes them super breathable with just the right amount of stretch.
Designed and made in Australia, the Ava tight has a moisture-wicking gusset to help with leaks and those after-birth sneezes we’d all rather forget. Made from a high-performance fabric that can be worn over or under your bump, for compression when carrying and structured support once bubba is born.
Available in ‘under the bump’ and ‘over the bump’ styles, these medical-grade compression leggings are ideal for providing pain relief during pregnancy. Designed in consultation with an obstetrician, they are endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, come with 100% Money-Back Guarantee and rebates from some Health Care Funds.
Finding the right fit is easy with the maternity leggings from Mamaway. Full-length, fleece-lined and with an adjustable waistband that won’t dig in to or irritate the skin, they leave mumma feeling fully supported through her entire pregnancy journey.
Comfortable and affordable, these pregnancy tights are ideal for mums looking for good value maternity wear. Thanks to the super-stretch fabric, the curved waistband fits snug over your bump whether your lounging in the living room or doing lunges at the park.
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