Tbh, you’ll probably be rocking maternity leggings long after you give birth, so you want them to be supportive and super comfortable as you work out. To help you find the perfect pair of breathable, moisture-wicking leggings that hug your belly just right as you exercise, we asked moms-to-be what they wear. Here are their picks for the best maternity activewear.
Storq Sport Pocket Leggings
Yesss, this is what we want to be rocking during and after pregnancy. Soft and stretchy leggings with light-to-medium compression and a waist panel that falls mid-bump, is high-waisted when we're not bumping, and can be worn folded down whenever we want. Wear these to work out, when you're lounging or running errands, even if you're recovering from a C-section. Sizes: XS-3X. Colors: black, navy. Buy these on their own or save money with an awesome bundle that includes a nursing sports bra and bike shorts ($189).
Available at storq.com, $84.
Cindy High Waisted Ultra Soft 7/8 Legging
They're PINK! There's more to love about these Berkley Clothing leggings, but the color is a fun change from the usual black and gray maternity leggings (this style comes in those colors too). The super-soft jersey fabric is breathable, moisture-wicking and antimicrobial, to keep you comfortable during your workouts, and there are deep side pockets for your keys and phone. You can wear these before your belly pops all the way into postpartum, thanks to a discreet elastic panel in the waistband that grows with you. The brand also offers an over-the-belly legging if that's your preference. Sizes: XS-XL. Colors: peppered pink, black, space gray, speckled black.
Available at berkleyclothing.com, $98.
Cloud Pant Ultra High
We love the inclusive sizing (XXS to XXXXL) of these ultra-high-rise leggings. They stay in place without digging in, thanks to a seamless, double-lined waistband. The all-way stretch and light compression flatters your figure and shows off your bump. These aren't technically maternity leggings, so you'll be able to wear them long after baby has arrived. Sizes: XXS-XXXXL. Color: black.
Available at balanceathletica.com, $88.
GLOWE Maternity Leggings
Designed by Burberry and Under Armour veteran (and mom of two) Lucy Ovington, these maternity leggings are designed to last from your 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, without the bulk. GLOWE's leggings feature an over-the-bump style that's smartly designed to cradle your bump while alleviating lower-back pain and pelvic pressure. The Italian material is uber soft, comfortable enough to wear to yoga, and sleek enough for a dinner out. We also love that they're machine-washable and that you can customize the leg length by cutting off an inch where the legging's notches appear. Sizes: XS-XL. Colors: black, gray.
Available at glowecollection.com, $100.
Maternity Workout Capri With 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-XL. Color: black.
Available at ingridandisabel.com, $58.
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, gray.
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 flat-lock seams prevent chafing and create smooth lines. Sizes: XS-XXL. Colors: black, black floral.
Available at gap.com, $69.95.
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, purple.
Available at nordstrom.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: 0-14. Colors: 16 solids and prints.
Available at shop.lululemon.com, $98-$118.
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, $39.98.
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-3X. Color: black, charcoal.
Available at walmart.com, $10.99.
— Erin Lem & Eva Ingvarson Cerise