I’m 27 weeks pregnant as of yesterday and I’ve officially reached that stage where things are starting to rub together that never did before. I am not one of those women who is “all belly” in pregnancy. In fact, my belly is pretty small as far as preggo bellies go. It’s everything else that’s expanding! Especially my butt. That was the case with Jackson too, so I guess it’s just how my body operates. Because of this, I find leggings to be the most comfortable thing to wear throughout the second and third trimesters. I know many other mamas-to-be are big leggings fans too. But as I’ve learned, all leggings are not created equal. After some trial and error I’ve found a few kinds that I love, and I’ve basically been wearing them on repeat every week for the past couple of months. I figured I’d share my faves for anyone else looking for good maternity leggings.
My criteria for maternity leggings are pretty basic: they don’t cost a fortune, they provide good support, and they hold up well with lots of wearing and washing. It can be hard to find leggings that are both reasonably priced and good quality. And paying more doesn’t always equate to being well made. Fortunately, I found some that meet my standards and I’ve been living in them ever since. My absolute favorites come from two very affordable brands–Old Navy and Isabel Maternity by Ingrid and Isabel (sold at Target). The pairs I’m highlighting are all technically “activewear” leggings because they’re designed to withstand sweaty workouts, but they can be worn as part of a regular outfit too. I actually haven’t used them to workout once! I just prefer leggings that are made with fabrics like polyester, nylon, and spandex because they really hold me in and give me the kind of look and support I want. These days I can use all the help I can get! I should note that I don’t recommend Old Navy’s cotton leggings. I bought a pair early on in my pregnancy and found them to be very thin and not supportive at all. But I love their compression leggings that I’m highlighting here and have been so impressed with the quality.
- Old Navy Full-Panel Compression Leggings: I own three pairs of these leggings because I love them so much. I’ve worn them all to death and have washed them a ton and they’re still going strong. I can’t recommend them enough. If you notice that your size is sold out, don’t worry. Since Old Navy is constantly having sales, popular items like this tend to sell out often, but they always become available again after they restock so just check again in a few days. They were actually sold out in all sizes just a couple days ago and now they’re almost all back in stock.
- Old Navy Full-Panel Compression Tights (Soft Black Stripe): Truthfully I’m not really sure how these are different from the compression leggings above, but I got a pair of these compression tights in the soft black stripe pattern because I wanted an option that wasn’t completely black. I haven’t worn them as much as the compression leggings yet since I recently bought them, but as far as I can tell they are the same fit and quality as the compression leggings. And they’re super cute. I have the same note here as above about these selling out frequently. Just check back and you’ll be able to snag them.
- Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel Crossover Panel Active Leggings: I bought one pair of these leggings and while I don’t like them quite as much as Old Navy’s, I think they work better with dressier outfits, like a dress with boots. They don’t suck me in the way the Old Navy ones do (which makes sense since they’re not compression) but they’re still flattering, they’re made very well, and they’ve held up really nicely.
- Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel Crossover Panel Active Moto Leggings: If you’re looking for a slightly edgier option that just plain black leggings, these are great! The fit is awesome and the “moto” styling is subtle but enough to take an outfit up a notch. I should note that there’s kind of a shiny sheen to these, so if that’s not your thing, you should probably steer clear.
If you wind up buying any of these, let me know what you think of them. And if you have any additional recos for this legging-loving pregnant lady, let me hear them!