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The Ultimate Maternity Legging Guide

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2020 was literally the year of being at home all day and 2021 is shaping up to be the same way.

I don’t know about you guys, but the only thing I wear lately is leggings! Why be bothered with anything else honestly? They’re versatile, comfy, and warm (sometimes) since the temps have been dropping where I am. 

Over the course of my pregnancy I’ve probably bought about 10-15 pairs of leggings, a lot of which were repeats of some of my faves! After almost 9 months of wearing these things daily, I can definitely tell which ones are worth the money and which ones to skip.

For reference: I’m 5’4″ and wore a size medium in most leggings pre-pregnancy.

1. Gap Maternity Low Rise Leggings

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Fit: I ordered a size small in these because for some reason most maternity leggings fit a little large on me. They fit perfectly though. 

Pros:

  •  Thicker than most leggings
  • Under belly fit which is way more comfortable to me than over belly leggings
  • Reach all the way down to my ankles
  • Super comfortable

Cons:

  • A little bit loose in the crotch area.
  • Lint magnets! I literally have to use a lint roller every time I wear these. That’s most leggings though so not a huge deal.

GAP | $29.95

2. Gap Maternity Full Panel Supersoft Terry Leggings

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Fit: I’m wearing a size small.

Pros: 

  • They’re very thick
  • Fit down to my ankles
  • Not tight on belly

Cons:

  • These fit horribly and slide down all day
  • The crotch area is not fitted at all and would be worse if I wasn’t so far along

GAP | $49.95

3. Kindred Bravely Louisa

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Fit: I’m wearing a size medium.

Pros:

  • Pockets!!!!!!!!
  •  Fit amazingly
  • Over the belly panel folds down easily
  • More of a thick workout material so definitely not see through

Cons:

  •  Compression around belly was a bit uncomfortable for me. I usually wear them with it folded down.
  • A bit pricey

Kindred Bravely | $89.99

4. Bumpstart Under Belly Maternity Leggings

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Fit: I’m wearing a size small.

Pros:

  •  Super comfortable
  • Under belly for the win! No discomfort under the bump.
  • Price! They’re super affordable.

Cons:

  •  Bought a two pack and one of the pairs came out of the bag with a huge hole in them. Didn’t bother returning.
  • Thin and see through.
  • Lots of pilling in between thighs
  • Lint magnets

Motherhood Maternity | $29.98 for two pack

5. Pinkblush Foldover Waistband Maternity Leggings

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Fit: I’m wearing a size small.

Pros:

  • Good for postpartum
  • Comfortable
  • Under belly 

 Cons:

  • See through
  • Thin
  • Pretty tight against my previous c section scar as I get further along in pregnancy.
  • Not sure where the foldover comes into place. It honestly fits to me like a pair of pre-pregnancy leggings which I’m not a fan of.

Pinkblush | $42

6. Ingrid and Isabel Crossover Panel Active Leggings

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Fit: I’m wearing a size small.

Pros:

  •  Crossover panel in back makes these the most comfortable full panel leggings I’ve ever tried.
  • Super comfortable
  • Pretty decent price
  • Can fold over to be more comfortable if over the belly isn’t your thing

Cons:

  • A little thin
  • Kind of short by my ankles and tend to ride up in my boots

Target | $34.99

The Final Decision

After all of that, I think there was definitely a clear winner and loser overall in my opinion.

BEST: The Kindred Bravely Louisa leggings were definitely the champions. Honestly you get what you pay for and they are the best quality maternity leggings I’ve tried by a long shot. They also usually have some sort of 20% coupon available.

WORST: The Gap Supersoft Terry leggings are trash. Way too expensive for what they are and super ill fitting in my opinion.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these or plan to!

Jazmin Maybell
26 Comments
  1. My favorite brands were always the Target Maternity or H&M. I love ones that go over the belly. Thanks for comparing these for future mamas.

  2. Great comparison. And I love that you included photos. That’s incredibly helpful. I’m past the age of ever needing maternity leggings BUT I did purchase them for my daughter. So, I appreciate knowing which ones are the best.

  3. so many options now.. I am trying to recall what I wore when I was pregnant, and am guessing I stuck with gowns or caftan style outfits at home 🙂

  4. Those kindred bravely leggings look so comfortable. When I was pregnant I loved leggings that went comfortably over my belly.

  5. Thank you for sharing the pros and cons of each brand. Now, I know what brand should I buy for my maternity leggings. Keep safe everyone!

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