A pair of maternity leggings, a roomy top and a ‘mum bun’ is the signature style of many mums-to-be.
Maternity leggings are tight-fitting pants made of stretchy fabric that sits either under the bump or over the growing bumps. Whether out for a walk in the park or a pilates session, a trusty pair of maternity tights makes all the difference to pregnancy comfort. In fact, they’re a key piece of maternity wear that you’ll wonder how you ever did without.
With styles including three-quarter cropped, under-the-belly and over-the-belly, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to quality maternity tights in Australia.
What to look for when buying leggings for pregnancy
Plenty of stretch – With a teeny tiny human growing inside that belly, it’s important to find maternity wear with a decent amount of give. That being said, the last thing any woman wants is for her tights to fall down mid-squat. Try to find the perfect balance for the activities you’ll be taking part in while pregnant.
Gentle fabric that breathes – Leave the VPL’s behind and shop for a pair of leggings that won’t turn see-through when stretched. And remember comfort is key, so search for non-irritating and breathable fabrics that keep that glowing belly cool during a workout.
Over-the-bump or under-the-bump? When choosing which style to buy, think about what makes you feel most comfortable and supported, along with the intensity of your workouts. Some women feel restricted, itchy or hot with bumps covered, others love it – it’s very much a personal choice which style you go for.
10 stretchy leggings for pregnancy comfort
To help you find the comfiest bottoms for pregnancy, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands available in Australia to get you started in your search.
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In no particular order, here are 10 maternity leggings to shop in Australia:
Bae The Label
Thoughtfully designed to adapt to mum’s changing shape, these bump-friendly tights feature a high waistband for support during pregnancy and afterwards. Plus, a quick-drying nylon and lycra blend makes them super breathable with just the right amount of stretch.
Made to stretch and grow with your body, Emamaco gives mums the right compression and support for an active pregnancy. The signature Supaflex material is buttery-soft, smooth, squat-proof and retains its shape for a slow and steady recovery.
In both under and over-bump styles, these medical-grade compression leggings relieve common pain experienced during pregnancy. They are endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and come with a 100% money-back guarantee.
Pea In A Pod
With loads of stretch and a wide waistband that sits under or over bumps, these versatile staples provide comfort during all three trimesters. Take your pick from short styles, recovery options, ankle ties and Ponte leggings for the cooler months.
Designed to support the body through pregnancy and beyond, Active Truth’s compression tights are completely squat-proof. Each style promotes core stability and helps reduce pregnancy pain.
Full-length and seriously soft, these support tights have all-over compression that smooths out bumps and leaves a silky silhouette behind. The X-shaped back support reduces lower-back pressure on mum’s lower back and the belly support lifts and alleviates weight.
Active Core Stability technology and a high-rise tummy panel mean these pregnancy tights sit above your belly and stay there. Quick-dry fabric and mesh panel details are just some of the fab features that keep mum moving with comfort and confidence.
The Ten Active
Super lightweight and incredibly supportive, The Ten Active pants are designed to see you through the pregnancy and postpartum stage in style. The signature waistband uses ultstretchy Supplex fabric that adapts to your changing body while retaining its shape.
In a choice of 3/4 or full-length styles, Mamaway yoga leggings come equipped with all the stretch you need while growing your bump. Made with cotton and elastane, they come with a foldable waistband for positioning either over or under pregnant bellies.
Combining great style, oodles of comfort and fab value, these pregnancy tights tick all the boxes. The curved waistband fits comfortably over your bump whether you’re lounging on the sofa or doing lunges at the park.
When do you buy maternity leggings?
Many women ditch their regular tights and start wearing maternity leggings in the second trimester. That said, with brands creating styles that cover mums from pre to post-birth, you can start wearing them as soon as you’re ready.
What size maternity tights do I buy?
Your regular pre-pregnancy size. Maternity styles take into account room for belly growth (and more growth!). So, when you shop, it’s perfectly safe to stick with your normal clothing size. All great brands offer size charts, so if you’re not too sure, take a peek before you buy.
Can you wear regular leggings while pregnant?
Yes, you can. But, unlike regular styles, maternity tights are purpose-built with room for growing bumps. Not only do they offer the comfort and stretch you need, but they also offer the right support.
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