What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 6 Looks to Style Them

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What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 6 Looks to Style Them

Leggings are an essential in every mom’s wardrobe–especially when you are pregnant. Your body is changing every week and it’s one of the only things that you can count on fitting throughout your pregnancy and after baby. The problem is finding a good pair of leggings. Some are too thin, too long, too short, make you hot, roll down, and the list of issues goes on. But we’ve found an amazing pair of maternity leggings moms are raving about that are worth every penny. We’ve tried many leggings throughout the years and these from Kindred Bravely are a pair we just had to share. They are made to last all throughout your pregnancy, after baby, and even for multiple pregnancies! Here’s what to look for in a good pair of leggings, what we love about these leggings, and how you can style yours before and after baby.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings

1. Good coverage.

Some maternity leggings don’t cover the full belly as your bump grows, and that can be annoying. I had a few pairs of leggings that did this and you could always see the top of my leggings through my shirt. The top of the elastic would also leave a mark on my belly by the end of the day. Not cool. What I love about the Louisa Ultra High-Waisted Maternity Leggings is that there is full coverage. The soft, stretchy waistband rises over your baby bump or postpartum tummy, ensuring that it won’t dig in to your tummy or irritate a C-section incision. You want your leggings to provide full coverage so you feel like your body and your baby are cozy and covered.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

Pregnant mama showing off the Louisa Ultra High-Waisted Maternity Leggings.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

Mama 2 weeks postpartum showing off the Louisa Ultra High-Waisted Maternity Leggings.

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2. Doesn’t roll down or ride up.

This can be a problem with any leggings–maternity or not. But when you’re pregnant, you know that rolling down/riding up happens more often than not with a growing bump. Thankfully, we don’t have this problem with these leggings. 🙂 They don’t roll or slide down when you move or go from sitting to standing, and they don’t ride up as you go throughout your day. These mold to your body and stay put.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

3. Quality material.

Look for a pair of leggings that is made of good material. These Louisa leggings from Kindred Bravely are awesome because they aren’t see-through when you bend and move, and we noticed that they don’t collect lent. Cool! And when you do get something on them–and it happens often with a baby–those spills, smudges or smears easily wipe away.

Something else that’s nice about quality material is that it can provide better coverage and hide any so-called imperfections. These leggings are very forgiving and provide gentle smoothing all throughout the body. They hide cellulite and loose skin and moms are loving these leggings as their bodies grow and change from pregnancy to postpartum.

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4. Thick but not too thick.

Some leggings will try to provide better coverage and smoothing for mamas, but then they end up being too thick. The Kindred Bravely Louisa leggings are thick enough to keep you warm, but the material isn’t suffocating for those hot summer months! It’s a great in-between–exactly what you want.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

5. Good length.

As a girl that’s 5’1″ most leggings are a little too long for me, but I make them work. However, ask other women who are taller than me (which is the majority of people!) if they have this issue. A lot of leggings end up being too short for them, and this tends to be a more common problem. And if the leggings shrink, forget about it.

These leggings have been a mama favorite because they are a great length–not short but not too long.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

6. Lasts for all of life’s stages.

We’re firm believers that leggings are a must-have and a staple in every woman’s closet. Over the years we’ve gone through multiple leggings pretty quickly and we’ve noticed that you get what you pay for. These Louisa Ultra-High Waisted Maternity Leggings are worth every penny because they really are great for bump, baby and beyond. And they will last, too! You’ll find yourself wearing them for baby number two, three and four! 🙂

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What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

Looks for Your Leggings

Lounging at Home

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Pregnancy: Wear a cute fitted tee and show off that bump with your leggings! You can throw on a zip up jacket for an athleisure look with tennis shoes between running errands and lounging at home.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

Postpartum: Lounging at home is what you should be doing when you are in the postpartum period (12 weeks post-birth). Pair these leggings with your favorite nursing tank and a cute cardigan and your slippers and your set for snuggling comfortably with your newborn. These leggings are great for breastfeeding moms because you won’t have your back or belly showing as your nurse your little one.

Long Top or Layer Your Leggings

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Pregnancy: We love a fitted top to celebrate that bump and pairing it with a fun kimono with your leggings. You can wear heels, flats or booties depending on what season and what look you are going for.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

Postpartum: We love a long denim top that is loose and forgiving during the postpartum time with leggings. An easy yet pulled together look.

Dress with Leggings

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

Pregnancy: We’re all about layering, and these leggings are fashionable and functional. Wear a dress that you love with some cute booties and you are good to go! We particularly love this look because if you want to wear one of your pre-pregnancy dresses that might be a little too short to wear now, your leggings allow you to still rock that cute look! Slip on some fun shoes and go.

What to Look for in Maternity Leggings & 5 Looks to Style Them | Baby Chick

Postpartum: On the days that you do venture out of the house with baby, leggings will be your best friend yet again! Grab a loose fitted dress, a long sweater dress or a t-shirt dress and some flats along with your leggings and your baby, and you’ve got your cute new mommy look! 🙂

About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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