How to Choose Maternity Leggings During Pregnancy?

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Written by Ajanta Biswas

Ajanta Biswas

pregnant woman wearing maternity legging

Comfort should be your first priority during pregnancy. When it comes to wearing leggings, they should be stretchable adjustable, and easily removable. Something that can stretch with your growing baby bump, can give support to it, and make you look well put together. A pair of maternity leggings during pregnancy is a blessing in this case. You can wear them all the time without even the slightest discomfort.

In addition, these are comfortable and you can easily pull them up or down when you go for frequent checkups during pregnancy. And most importantly you can wear maternity leggings with almost every outfit. Let’s dive in deep to learn the benefits of wearing maternity leggings and how to choose them. 

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Can You Wear Leggings When Pregnant?

Yes, you can wear leggings when pregnant, but you must buy maternity leggings. These are specifically designed for pregnant women. Normal leggings with minimal elasticity may not be suggested for you at this time. But, maternity leggings are made from stretchable synthetic fabrics that can cradle your bump, give it a good shape, and hold up and support it. 

But if you are seeking comfort during summer, choose leggings made of breathable natural fibers like cotton, hemp, or bamboo. And for ultimate comfort, you will have to pick the perfect size for you.

How Should Maternity Leggings Fit?

woman wearing stretchable maternity leggings during pregnancy

The fitting of maternity leggings during pregnancy should be neither too tight nor too loose. They should not dig into your skin and leave a mark on it. Tight leggings can harm your baby too. But a loose fit can also cause discomfort in a public place. So go for a trial before buying a maternity legging. Check whether you are comfortable with its fittings or not. Then buy it.

What Size Maternity Leggings Should I Buy?

You will get maternity leggings with various size options such as one-size leggings and plus-size leggings. But what if the ‘trial and buy’ option is not available? Then you need to know the exact size of your hip to get a perfect fit.

Here are a few tips to choose the right size for your maternity legging during pregnancy

  • Take a measurement tape, put your legs together, and take the tape around the most comprehensive portion of your hip and write the measurement.
  • Compare the measurement of your hip with the size chart of the leggings manufacturer.
  • Choose the size that fits your measurement
  • For an over-the-bump legging also take the measurement of the fullest area of your baby bump. That means measuring the area around the naval belly.
  • If in any case, you are not able to take a measurement we recommend you stay with your pre-pregnancy size. That means if you used to wear a medium size normal legging before pregnancy then choose the medium-sized maternity legging.

Four Amazing Benefits of Maternity Leggings

pregnant woman in black maternity leggings

Here are a few benefits of using maternity leggings during pregnancy

1. Gives You comfort

Leggings are comfortable daily wear and you can wear them through all the seasons. You can wear cotton leggings during summer and monsoon. They will soak your sweat and dry easily. And during winter you can try a thick synthetic material. Unlike a saree or a salwar, legging with a top or kurta is very much comfortable as maternity wear.

2. Provides Support to Your Baby Bump

The more you advance in your pregnancy the more your bump will get bigger and heavier and you will feel the need for something that can hold up your belly. A maternity legging can serve this purpose. The stretchable yet close fitting of the legging will uphold your belly and ease your lower back.

[Read : When Will My Pregnancy Begin To Show]

3. Flexible

Leggings whether made of cotton or synthetic fabric contain some elasticity. This elasticity makes them more desirable. During pregnancy, not only your belly will increase the hips and thighs will also increase to hold the baby in your womb. You will gain at least 10 kg during pregnancy. A maternity legging is made by keeping this fact in mind so that you don’t have to buy one legging in every month or two.

4. Great to Sleep With

If not summer you will definitely want leggings to wear while sleeping. A heavy blanket may make you feel suffocated. But wearing leggings with a sweatshirt or sweater will make you feel cozy. It will keep your body warm and relaxed. So you will get a full sleep at night and wake up fresh every morning.

Types of Maternity Leggings pregnant woman wearing foldable bands leggings

There are many types of specifically designed maternity leggings available in the market. Here are a few of them

1. Low-Rise Fits

If you do not like the legging over your baby bump then choose low-rise leggings. They will not restrict your belly but supports it from the bottom. These stretchy leggings stay below the bump to give your belly good support. Some women feel itchy while wearing over-the-bump leggings. For them, low-rise fits are best.

2. Over-the-Bump Panels

If you are searching for maternity leggings that can cover your baby bump and give it a compact shape then try over-the-bump leggings. The stretchy fabric of these leggings will cover your entire belly.

3. Foldable Bands

This type of legging is a combination of both the above two. Here you get a foldable panel that you can either pull over the bump or roll it down if you prefer.

[Read : Maternity Wear – Flaunt That Bump and Dress Smart!]

When to Start Wearing Maternity Leggings?

You will feel the need to wear maternity leggings after you cross the first trimester. In the first trimester, you can wear your normal leggings as your baby bump will start growing only after the first trimester. So during your second and third trimesters, you can wear maternity leggings for comfort. To be more clear, it is around 4 to 5 months of pregnancy you can start wearing maternity leggings.

Top 5 Best Maternity Legging Brands in India

To clear up your confusion, we have listed the top 5 best maternity legging brands in India. 

  • Easy Feed Women’s Cotton Lycra Over The Belly Maternity Leggings for Pregnant Women
  • Mommy Fash’n Women’s Regular Fit Leggings
  • Mommy Organic Women’s Maternity Pocket Leggings
  • HRIDAY FASHION Women’s Organic Cotton Maternity Leggings Pants
  • Femzy Maternity Ankle Length Cotton Lycra Leggings

So maternity leggings only have benefits to offer. You will just have to pick the right size for you. So along with your maternity dresses and nursing wears next time buy a pair of maternity leggings and you will never regret it.

Read Also: How To Choose Stretchable Tops During Pregnancy?

Ajanta Biswas,MA (English)

Studying English literature has been highly instrumental in creating a love for English and World Literature for this writer. Ajanta has been writing for more than two years. She specializes in creating short and crisp blogs that can create awareness among women about healthy pregnancy and among parents about better parenting.Read more.

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