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For the first few months of pregnancy, you will be able to wear your own tights under your dresses or skirts as they are made from stretchy material anyway.
However, the further you get into your pregnancy (and the bigger your bump gets) you may require maternity tights which are a better fit. With your bump growing each and every day, maternity tights are actually a great way to provide support for your bump.
Most mothers feel that their abdomen has grown a little by 14 weeks of pregnancy, with many switching to maternity clothes by 16 weeks, but the choice is entirely dependent on your body and your bump. There is no right or wrong time to start wearing maternity tights.
Lots of ladies often worry about wearing tight clothing on their bump during pregnancy, but, don't worry, it is perfectly safe to wear maternity tights in your pregnancy. As long as you are comfortable, you can wear maternity tights all the way through. If you're struggling with the fit of the tights it may be time to size up, to allow even more support. But other than that, wearing maternity tights isn't dangerous for your baby during pregnancy.
There can be a common misconception that regular tights are the same as maternity tights, just in a larger size, but they actually provide more support than regular tights. Lots of pregnancy tights are actually stronger and better quality than the basic ones you can buy. Some even take on the role of maternity compression tights to help with circulation.
To make the transition easier, here at Kidadl we have rounded up 10 of the best maternity tights so you don't have to. With different specifications on the list, you're bound to find your perfect pair.
Kidadl's Top Pick
We love all of the maternity clothes on this list, but this is our top pick of pregnancy tights based on comfort and price.
1. New Look Black Maternity Tights
Stock up on comfy maternity tights with this two pack from New Look. With 3D Lyrca stretch which makes them easy to take off and on, as well as to adapt to your bump, these tights are 70 denier, so you can expect to be kept warm over the colder months. These tights are super long lasting, they are easy to machine wash and thus ready to be worn under any skirt or dress for extra comfort.
- Price: £8.99
- Size: S-L
- Denier 70
- With 3D Lycra
- 2 Pack
Best For Colourful Tights
2. ASOS Lindex Maternity 50 Denier Tights In Teal
We all love a little bit of colour in our lives so why should our maternity tights be any different? With one of the brightest pairs of maternity tights on this list, you can expect to wear these teal tights with pretty much any outfit. If you're looking for the best maternity tights which are soft, look great and aren't see-through then you'll love these. ASOS provide information to advise mums-to-be that these tights can fit a 52cm bump even in size small. Finally, if these tights weren't exciting enough, the material they are made from is recycled polyester, making them an eco-conscious choice!
- Price: £10
- Size: UK 8-28
- Denier 50
Best Tights For Style
3. ASOS Design Polka Dot Tights
If you're looking for maternity tights that are great for style. These tights are available in sizes six to 16 and allow stylish mums-to-be to feel comfortable during their pregnancy whilst still feeling fashion-forward. These tights are semi-sheer but aren't see through so are great to wear with confidence. Whether you're looking for a soft feel or a pair of tights to add something different to your wardrobe, these ASOS Design tights are a great choice.
- Price: £8
- Size: 6-16
- Sheer finish
- Will fit through all stages of pregnancy
Best For Support
4. Spanx Maternity Mama Opaque Smoothing Tights
Spanx is famous within the hosiery industry for their body sculpting range so it's no surprise that their maternity tights are spoken about highly. These support maternity tights offer a high rise waistband which is comfortable and provides plenty of stretch room for your bump. Made from 90% nylon and 10% spandex, you can expect the perfect fit. For all-day moving and fitting support, these Mama tights are high up the comfort scale.
- Price: £26
- Size: XS-L
- Denier 60
- Comes in black
Best For Comfort
5. M&S Maternity Body Sensor™ Tights
Whilst being pregnant most of us just want comfortable but well fitting clothing, which helps support our bump and makes us feel great. These Maternity Body Sensor tights from M&S are made from 20% elastane, 79% polyamide and 1% cotton providing a stretchy pair of tights that are sure to be comfortable. These M&S maternity tights are fitted with unique Body Sensor technology to keep you cool when it's hot and warm when it's cool, so with these easy-to-wear tights, you can expect to feel comfortable day in, day out, whatever the weather.
- Price: £6
- Size: S-XL
- Dernier 40
- Made from elastane, polyamide and cotton
Best For Nude Maternity Tights
6. JoJo Maman Bebe Two Pack 15 Denier Natural Tights
If you are searching for comfy nude maternity tights then these 15 deniers tights from JoJo Maman Bebe are available to support you throughout your pregnancy. With their front shaped for extra comfort, you will want to stock up on these easy to wear tights. These are perfect to wear a dress over, or maybe they are one to pair with a nice top and skirt.
- Price: £10
- Size: S-L
- Dernier 15
- You can also get navy maternity tights from this brand
Best For Multipack Tights
7. Pretty Secrets 2 Pack Black 100 Denier Tights
Simply Be have created tights that offer soft material which is comfy and also stretchy, whilst still looking stylish. These comfy tights are 100 denier, meaning they are thick and thus great for providing warmth. The Pretty Secrets tights are great for a relaxed fit and come in a pack of two, there is no doubt that you will want to stock up on these tights to see you through your pregnancy.
- Price: £19
- Size: 12-32
- Denier 100
Best For Footless Tights
8. TU Clothing Sainsburys Maternity
If you're a mum-to-be who loves slip on a baggy t shirt and some comfy leggings then you'll love these 200 denier leggings. They are perfect to wear during your pregnancy and the fact they are 200 deniers allows you to wear them with the confidence that these are not see-through. They will provide the ultimate protection for you and your bump. These footless tights are also seamfree so great for those who like a stretchy material for their best maternity wear.
- Price: £12
- Size: S-XL
- Denier 200
Best For Families On A Budget
9. George At Asda Maternity Opaque Tights
You can still get high quality on a budget with these Asda maternity tights, that have an 80 denier stretch weave. These provide good coverage and stay up well, keeping you comfortable whilst providing plenty of room for your bump to keep growing.
- Price: £3
- Size: S-XL
- Denier 80
Best For Eco-Conscious Mums-To-Be
10. H&M Mama Tights
If you're looking for eco-conscious tights for your growing bump, H&M have comfortable tights made from 91% polyamide, some of which is recycled. With extra space for a growing bump, these matte finish maternity tights are great for everyday wear and come in a pack of two.
- Price: £9.99
- Size: XS-XL
- Denier 100
- 2 pack
- Available in black or dark grey
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