A FIRST TIME MOTHER’S GUIDE TO BUYING MATERNITY BOTTOMS
Being pregnant for the first (or any!) time is an incredibly exciting time in your life! Amongst the excitement are so many things to consider, and being comfortable is something you may overlook initially or take for granted, but will soon become probably #1 on your mind! Read on to find out how and when to buy maternity bottoms without compromising on your aesthetic and your pockets!
What are Maternity Bottoms and Do I Really Need Them?
Simply put, maternity bottoms comprise anything from maternity leggings, maternity jeans, joggers, support wear, and more, designed to fit well to your growing baby bump, and provide coverage, support, or both, without hurting your bump or feeling constricted. You may get away with a belly tube or belly band, which will help you to maximise your pre-pregnancy wardrobe, but these aren’t that well-suited for exercise as they will move as you move your body, so they are best for working or less active pursuits.
When To Buy Maternity Bottoms
By the start of the 4th month of your pregnancy, you will start to see your bump growing as the uterus now sits above the rim of the pelvis, and so is a good time to invest in some maternity leggings/bottoms to support you through your pregnancy journey, as they SHOULD be designed to grow with you. Many mamas opt to buy a smaller pair as well as a pair one size larger to allow for extra room for the baby belly - but there are well-designed bottoms that you can wear and be comfortable in in every stage of your pregnancy and repurposed postpartum, like our timeless pieces in our range.
What to Look for When Buying Maternity Bottoms
To really get the bang for your buck, the factors you need to consider when buying maternity bottoms are comfort, versatility, style, and functionality. No mama wants her maternity wear to look “too mumsy” - you want to maintain your usual style and feel confident, beautiful, and most especially comfortable, throughout your pregnancy journey to postpartum and into motherhood. This is why we have created a range that is elegant, timeless, seasonless, and wears well from pregnancy to post-baby - such as our Essential Support Maternity Leggings, Eco Magic Maternity Leggings, and Harem Pants, taking you from active, to casual, and to street style across our range. Our leggins are definitely versatile and are a forever staple - you can wear them high waisted over your baby bump or rolled down under. We truly aim for our products to become your reliable partners during your pregnancy and into your motherhood journey - this is EVERYTHING to us ♡
How Do I Know What Size of Maternity Bottoms to Buy?
Generally, maternity clothing is designed to mirror your usual sizing. So, if you are usually an Australian size 12, you would be a 12 in maternity clothing (or M-L), depending on the individual sizing rules. It is common to go up a size due to morning sickness and additional weight gain that are common and normal in early pregnancy, so these also need to be taken into consideration. Maternity leggings, such as our Eco Magic Maternity Leggings, are designed to be super high-rise to cover and support your precious bump throughout early to late pregnancy, and are enjoyed widely by mums well into breastfeeding and postpartum as the high-rise offers gentle support and coverage that is great for early postpartum recovery and breastfeeding. Well-designed maternity leggings, like all of those in the Lenny Rose range, can also be repurposed as postpartum leggings by either wearing them high-rise for coverage, or rolled down as a high-waist (above belly button) and firm support with the now doubled-over band. Winning! Casual maternity bottoms have a lot more of a relaxed fit, such as our Harem pants, and the versatility to be worn either high-waisted (early pregnancy and postpartum) or low-rise under your bump.
To measure maternity bottoms, it is best to get someone else to measure you at the widest part of your hips, around the greater trochanter and across the flat part of your bottom. You can watch our video reference on how to properly measure your hips to guide you to the perfect size for you. Tip: Stand with your feet together, and ensure the tape is firm and flat across the circumference.
And for more guides on how to pick the perfect maternity wear for you, read our other guides here:
- A Guide to Buying the Best Maternity Activewear
- A First Time Mother’s Guide to Buying Maternity Tops
- A First Time Mother’s Guide to Picking the Right Maternity Leggings
- A First Time Mother’s Guide to Picking the Right Maternity Nursing Bra