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You can wear regular leggings while pregnant, but it’s important to keep in mind that they are not designed to accommodate your changing body. Maternity leggings, such as our B.D.A. and Bump Support Leggings, are constructed with stretchy grow-with-you material and ample room and support for your belly.
The key differences are fabric and belly support! For example, our Bump Support Leggings are made with WonderWeave™ material that keeps lotions and creams on your body to help fight stretch marks and hydrate dry, itchy pregnancy skin. Regular leggings do not have this fabrication. Also, high-waisted maternity leggings, such as our B.D.A. leggings, have additional material that allows you to wear them over your belly for light belly support or to roll the top down for a snug and comfy fit. Both of these leggings’ styles offer moderate to substantial belly support that you won’t find in regular leggings.
It’s really up to you! We find that most women start wearing maternity leggings early in their 2nd trimester as that’s when they begin to show and feel the need for supportive, grow-with-you clothing options.
For most women, their maternity size corresponds with their pre-pregnancy size. So, if you bought a pair of size eight leggings pre-pregnancy, you would also buy that size during pregnancy. Maternity clothes tend to be more generous so that you can use them throughout your pregnancy and sometimes even beyond.
We recommend looking for leggings with belly support and moderate compression in the legs for comfort, smoothing, and shaping.
It’s doubtful that tight pants will hurt the baby, but there is potential that it could cause you discomfort or even put you at some risk for meralgia paresthetica. This condition is caused when nerves connected to the thigh are restricted. During pregnancy, comfort is key, and finding clothes that are supportive and don’t feel overly tight is highly recommended.
No, but they could very well impact you! Women who wear clothes that are too tight during pregnancy run the risk of reduced circulation, heartburn, and even yeast infections.
The benefit of wearing maternity leggings is grow-with-you comfort, moderate leg compression, and tummy support!
That’s entirely up to you! Many women find wearing maternity leggings for a few months postpartum to be a comfortable option as they slowly lose “baby” weight and get back to their normal activities.
Compression leggings or maternity tights are great options during pregnancy. They can help compress the swelling that naturally occurs during pregnancy, help alleviate back pain, and reduce muscle and joint pain. Our Maternity Compression Tights feature medical-grade compression to help improve blood flow and circulation and may help prevent varicose veins, swelling, and leg heaviness.
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