A comfortable pair of 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 top picks:
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 $165
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.
Beyond the Bump Hug the Belly Long Maternity Leggings
The shirred waistband is the star of these full-length pants. It fits above or below the belly, and it will give extra support and look chic post-baby as well. The nylon/Lycra fabric feels soft but can handle a tough workout, keeping you cool and comfortable by wicking away and quickly drying sweat.
Sizes: XS-L. Colors: black, black/white spacedye.
Available at destinationmaternity.com, $115.
Maternity GapFit gFast Full Panel Leggings
If you prefer a full panel, these ankle-length leggings keep you looking and feeling cool, thanks to the breathable cotton/spandex material. There’s a hidden pocket in back to store keys and other items. Sizes: XS-XL. Colors: black, black spacedye.
Available at gap.com, $49.95.
Maternity Full-Panel Compression Crops
Designed to take you through your whole pregnancy, with a panel you roll down for the first few months and then roll up later in your pregnancy, these polyester/spandex cropped leggings fit snugly through the hips and thighs and end at mid-calf. Sizes: XS-XXL. Colors: black, black with polkadots.
Available at oldnavy.gap.com, $29.99.
Align Pant II
These aren’t technically maternity leggings, so why do moms-to-be love them so much? The fabric! The supersoft 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: 0-14. Colors: 17 solids and prints.
Available at shop.lululemon.com, $98.
Secret Fit 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. Same great style is available in plus sizes. Sizes: S-XL, 1X-3X. Color: black, charcoal gray.
No Stopping Me Maternity Crops
Hardcore runners will appreciate the well-thought-out details of these crops. The front fits under your belly and the sides feature an ingenious cord to adjust the tightness as your belly grows so you won’t need to readjust as you run. Mesh fabric behind the knees adds ventilation, a zippered back pocket keeps items from falling out, and flat stitching reduces chafing. Sizes: S-L. Color: black.
Available at gayafitness.com, $48.
Maternity GapFit Blackout Technology Under-Belly Leggings
For those who find full-panel pants too hot or uncomfortable, these ankle-length leggings cradle your belly from underneath but sit higher up in back. The polyester/spandex fabric is breathable and moisture-wicking, with four-way stretch. It also promises maximum coverage, so squat away without worry!
Sizes: XS-XL. Color: black.
Available at gap.com, $59.95.
Do you prefer full-panel or under-belly leggings? Let us know your favorite fit below!
— Erin Lem & Eva Ingvarson Cerise
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