A comfortable pair of maternity workout pants is excellent motivation to exercise with that bump. To help you find your perfect pair of breathable, moisture-wicking leggings that hug your belly just right, we asked moms-to-be what they wear to work out. Here are their picks for the best maternity activewear:
GLOWE Maternity Leggings
Designed by Burberry and Under Armour veteran (and mom of two), Lucy Ovington, these new maternity leggings are designed to last from first trimester through baby’s first weeks and beyond. Here’s how they’re different: they’re the first-ever bonded leggings. In layman’s terms this means GLOWE leggings provide the support of a medical maternity belt, sans the bulk. You may be used to belly bands on leggings that go over your bump; GLOWE’s leggings feature an over-the-bump style, but it’s smartly designed to cradle your bump, alleviate lower-back pain and pelvic pressure. The Italian material is uber soft, comfortable enough to wear to yoga and sleek enough to wear out to dinner. We also love that they’re machine washable and you can even personalize the leg length by simply cutting off an inch where the legging’s notches appear.
Available at glowecollection.com for $135.
Active Capri Pant featuring Crossover Panel
Worth the splurge if you plan to work out on a regular basis. These moisture-wicking, antimicrobial capris come in a four-way stretch fabric to allow a full range of motion. They feature a contoured panel you can wear over your bump or folded down beneath it, for maximum versatility, and they provide gentle support to the lower back. They’re also cut lower in back to keep you cool and comfortable. Sizes: XS-L. Colors: black and dark heather gray.
Available at ingridandisabel.com, $78.
Maternity Crossover Panel Active Capri
If baby has you on a budget, try the Target version of the Ingrid & Isabel pants. They feature the same gentle back support and crossover panel that can be worn over or below the belly, but they’re less than half the price. Sizes: XS-XXL. Colors: black.
Available at target.com, $29.99.
Spacedye Love the Bump Midi Maternity Legging
Designed to be worn below or over the bump, these midi leggings let you choose the level of support and coverage you need that day. The fabric is quick-drying, moisture-wicking and offers UV protection, so it keeps you dry and comfortable in all weather and all sorts of workouts.
Sizes: XS-XL. Colors: black, navy, black/gray spacedye, black/white spacedye, berry/blush spacedye.
Available at beyondyoga.com, $105.
Maternity GapFit Full Panel Full Length Leggings in Sculpt Compression
Maximum compression means full support and shaping during even the most intense workouts. The gDry moisture-wicking fabric is breathable and stretchy, and flatlock seams help prevent chafing and create smooth lines. Sizes: XS-XXL. Colors: black, black floral.
Available at gap.com, $59.95.
Mamasana Live In Maternity Ankle Leggings
Calling all Zella fans: The brand’s maternity leggings have a stretchy, supportive panel to cover your bump and are made from a moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you cool and comfortable. Sizes: XXS-XL. Colors: black.
Available at zella.com, $65.
Align Pant II
These aren’t technically maternity leggings, so why do moms-to-be love them so much? The fabric! The buttery soft Nulu fabric of these Lululemons is stretchy and doesn’t feel tight, even when your belly is busting out of all of your other clothes. Best of all, you’ll get lots of wear out of them after pregnancy too.
Sizes: 0-20. Colors: 18 solids and prints.
Available at shop.lululemon.com, $98.
Secret Fit Plus Size Belly Boot Cut Maternity Yoga Pants
Prenatal yoga is a great way to stay in shape and stay centered during pregnancy, and these bootcut yoga pants help you do it in style. Made of cotton/spandex material with a full panel, these pants will move with you as you stretch and bend. Sizes: 1X-3X. Color: black.
Available at motherhood.com, $29.98.
Reebok Lux Maternity 2 Leggings
A high, stretchy waistband and sweat-wicking fabric take you through all kinds of workouts, from running and cycling to yoga and nature walks. Sizes: 2XS-L. Color: black, purple, indigo, maroon.
Available at reebok.com, $65.
Maternity Oh! Mamma Legging with Full Panel
Looking for an inexpensive, comfortable legging for walks and other lower-impact workouts? These Oh! Mamma full-panel leggings are 95% cotton, 5% spandex for a soft, comfortable fit that grows with your bump. Sizes: S-3XL. Color: black, charcoal.
Available at walmart.com, $10.99.
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