Yoga maternity pants fit as comfortably as maternity leggings, but they go even further. They can have pockets (pockets!), give added belly support and are made from technical, breathable fabrics. While loose, drape-y pants with stretchy waistbands are also a comfy go-to, tighter-fitting pants have their benefits, too. Especially for most types of physical activity. But you gotta make sure they stretch—a lot. “Tight pants, while not being comfortable during pregnancy, can feel great if they’re made with spandex,” says Jane Van Dis, Board Certified OB-GYN and Medical Advisor for Bobbie, “and breathable fabrics are a good idea at every stage of a woman’s life.”
With all maternity leggings, it’s a personal choice if you want the band to stop under the belly (just short of the bump) or to extend over the belly (these can go high above the bump or can roll down to exactly where it feels comfortable day to day).
Maternity expert Ariane Goldman, founder and CEO of HATCH, suggests you look for pieces that focus on fit and fabric. “You want fabric that can grow with you but retain its shape, and keep you cool and comfortable,” Goldman says. “Look for thoughtful design details that keep your growing bump in mind, like a waistband that supports, [that] can be worn over or under the bump, and are C section friendly (HATCH leggings are!).”
We know you may not want to invest a ton in a pregnancy wardrobe (seriously, we’ve been there), but maternity leggings are a savior during pregnancy. You can start wearing them the minute your jeans stop fitting comfortably and you can keep wearing them well into your fourth trimester. Or longer— no judgment.
The best yoga pants and leggings for maternity
Momanda Over The Belly Maternity Yoga Pants — $17.00
For less than $20, these maternity yoga pants have a cross belly band for support where and when you need it. The wrap will never dig in or feel tight, even though you’ve got a solid pair of opaque leggings to get you through your workouts these next 9+ months.
Seraphine Maternity Yoga Power Leggings — $69.00
Sizes X-small through X-large can feel supported in the high performance, figure-sculpting fabric of these yoga leggings. The belly band, made in their signature natural viscose jersey, is super-soft, breathable and incredibly flexible, allowing you to wear it over or under the bump.
Blanqi Everyday Maternity Belly Support Crop Legging — $54.00
The belly-hugging support of these leggings really help you hold it all in place, even when you feel like the baby’s weight is drifting downwards. These leggings feel more like a seamless tight, so when you’re getting your stretch on, they move flawlessly with you. No wonder these are made for moms, by moms.
Motherhood Maternity Underbelly Yoga Pant — $12.00
The crossover underbelly gives you a little lift and support under the belly without any compression. The bootcut is a nice option for a yoga pant if your legs are feeling bigger than usual (thanks, swelling!). Easy to wear in and out of the yoga studio, you can breathe easily (literally) in pants that give you some space.
Belly Bandit Power Pocket Leggings — $119.00
These are power leggings with the supportive Belly Bandit built-in. If you need lift and support in the belly, fold it just under the bump. If you want the hug, pull the fabric over and above. The pocket is a great addition to this poly/spandex legging with four-way stretch.
Kindred Bravely Louisa Maternity & Postpartum Support Leggings — $90.00
The support of a legging is just as necessary postpartum as it is in the earlier three trimesters. Even more so if moms have had a C-section. The band here can be folded down or can be worn all the way up to the bra brand, when you need to feel held firm. Sizes are small through double XL and you can choose with or without pockets. A no brainer, we know!
Seamless Maternity Legging — $88.00
Sustainable athleisure brand Girlfriend Collective offers a maternity legging so comfortable, you’ll really have to convince yourself to take them off. (Maybe solve this problem by purchasing a few pairs—worth it.) Constructed of super stretchy fabric (a blend of recycled nylon and spandex), these are extra lightweight and breezy, so you don’t have to worry about sweating through these so easily. Bonus: They’re made of recycled fishing nets (although you’d never know)!
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