Ahh, leggings. The sort-of pants that just seem to get what new mamas need—and what they don’t—especially when our bodies seem unfamiliar even to us. As an unofficial mom uniform and not a lot going on outside of the house these days, they’re a daily staple for many. But with all too many options out there that fall apart or let us down (ahem, see through!) we see them as a wardrobe foundation that’s worthy of spending a little more.
Whether you’re looking for a supportive gym pair to accompany you while you work off any remaining baby weight or a comfy pair that looks magical under oversized sweaters and tucked into boots, we’ve rounded up our six favorite investment-worthy leggings that you need in your drawer right now.
Beyond Yoga’s leggings consistently pop up in Facebook groups as a fan favorite for their comfort and durability. We love the maternity design which is perfect for the early days when suddenly pants are no longer your friend and anything with buttons sounds like torture. The bump-friendly foldable waistband lets you decide whether you want to tuck everything in or let it all hang out.
According to a Motherly editor, “Leggings were the only thing I wore during my second pregnancy and once I discovered these there was no going back to regular pants.” Designed by Lucy Ovignton, an experienced fashion design executive who worked with several big brands, including Under Armour, these hard-working staples are both leggings and a support belt in one. The innovative design gently cradles your bump to alleviate lower-back pain and pelvic pressure all while looking totally fab. And shorter statured mamas, don’t worry—not only do they feel like a second skin and adapt to your body, the seam-free hem allows you to customize the length yourself.
Literally Squat Test Certified, these are the leggings every pregnant person has been waiting for. Not only are they totally see through-proof, but the over-the-bump band stays comfortably in place whether you’re on the move or binging Netflix. Like the rest of Superkin’s style-conscious line, these beauties are designed to create the foundation of a versatile maternity wardrobe and pair perfectly with everything from oversize sweaters and sneakers to flowy blouses and booties throughout your entire pregnancy and fourth trimester.
Listen, you probably weren’t serious about that tummy tuck post-labor, but thanks to these pants, you can stay far away from the operating table. Mother Tucker Leggings boast three compression centers to smooth your thighs, flatten your tummy, and boost your tush. So you can go ahead and say “buh-bye” to any muffin top woes.
These are some seriously amazing leggings. Poppy’s fit is comfortable enough to wear to the gym or while getting your nap on but sleek enough to pair with a slouchy sweater for drinks with the girls. They’re durability is unmatched which is really only a bummer when you’re looking for an excuse to purchase another pair.
Oh, hi. Meet your new sassy pants. These liquid-look faux leather leggings add style and drama to any ensemble—only you’ll know the high-waist is perfect for smoothing postpartum bellies.
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