If there was one maternity clothing item that would recommend that every pregnant woman invest in, it would be a great pair of maternity leggings. They’re such a versatile piece of clothing that can take you from exercise to a casual day out. There are some great options, from many brands, so you can exercise on any budget. You don’t have to spend a ton to get a decent pair of maternity leggings.
Where To Find Maternity Leggings For Workouts
Now that I’m on my third pregnancy, I can tell you how much the maternity clothes market has changed since my first pregnancy. You used to be stuck with 1-2 retail shops and not many online options. Moms now have more options than ever before.
I’ve been running while pregnant, so I like to look for more athletic options when it comes to my leggings. I always prefer a little been of spandex in my leggings so they stay put and move well with me. Usually the cheaper maternity leggings will be more cotton, while more luxe options have lycra or spandex included.
Most retailers are great about shopping online and you can easily make returns for free. So don’t feel pressured to get to your nearest retail location for shopping. As you head into your third trimester especially, easiest options are always the better ones!
How To Wear Leggings Every Day
Like I said, leggings are so versatile because they can take you from working out to a day out. They’re a wardrobe staple and become essential when you’re pregnant.
When styling your leggings, you can pair them with a tank for workouts, maternity tunic that’s belted for a day out or a casual sweatshirt. When I’m not working out, I like to cover my tushy.
For shoes, when you’re not working out, add a pair of ballet flats or booties. Cropped styles even go well with sandals too. You can really mix it up because they’re so versatile.
Switch up your look often with a leggings outfit that includes:
- ankle length (also known as 7/8 length and my favorite)
- high-waisted (a non-maternity style that pregnant women can wear)
Leggings also make for a great postpartum must-have, when you’re packing your hospital bag. They’re lightweight, easy to pack, don’t wrinkle and (most importantly) comfortable. Many C-section mamas prefer a high-waisted legging. It offers some great support after you deliver.
How To Make Your Leggings Last Longer (wash after wash)
A common complaint about maternity leggings is that they wear too easily. They’re stretched over your belly and have double the effort. Plus, we tend to wear them more often due to the lack of other options.
Here are some tips that will help extend the life of your maternity leggings:
- Read the care label and wash them according to label instructions
- You can wash leggings on a gentle cycle and even place them in a lingerie bag
- Turn leggings inside out when washing them
- Wash in cold water, on gentle cycle and don’t use fabric softener
- Hanging your leggings to dry is the best way to maintain their shape. You also don’t want them to shrink or change shape for the belly region.
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