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Largest Maternity Leggings and Shorts Compression Wear Range to Support You throughout Pregnancy

by SRC Health on March 12, 2020

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With the addition of the SRC Pregnancy Mini Shorts (Over the Bump) coming in late December, SRC Health can easily lay claim to having the largest range of pregnancy leggings and shorts that are complimented by the famous range of post-partum recovery shorts and recovery leggings. A total of 8 different garment lengths and styles provide for every preference and life stage, delivering on the unwavering dedication to the SRC vision of “Support For Life”.

Let’s take a look at the 2 styles of SRC Maternity Leggings for Pregnancy.

SRC pregnancy leggings and shorts on a woman

What are main differences between the Under the Bump and Over the Bump models of maternity leggings?

When it comes to maternity leggings women fall into two groups, those that like to have something over their bump and those that don’t.

The maternity leggings or shorts in the “under the bump style” provide all the support you need without having anything over your tummy. Some women find this more comfortable as during pregnancy they tend to get hot and itchy especially in the abdominal region, with skin expanding quiet rapidly it’s usual to experience these sensitivities. This is why our original under the bump maternity shorts and leggings did not cover the bump. The under the bump maternity shorts and leggings grow with your belly through the use of an adjustable waistband.

The “over the bump” maternity leggings and shorts provide a covering and “feeling of security”, of being hugged by the garment without any level of compression to your pregnant belly. This “perceived feeling of extra support” appeals to many women which together with customer feedback breathed life into this product. The upper abdominal and back panel grows with you as it utilises a super soft and stretchy material.

The SRC pregnancy range comes in 7 different sizes from XXS to XXL and it is important to note that the support panels in all the pregnancy garments are not designed for post-natal recovery, firstly due to the fact that the garment will not fit properly and also the super soft fabric of the upper abdominal & back panels will not provide the compression required to assist with healing abdominal muscle separation.

Lengths of maternity garments are also a matter of preference and what you are likely to get the most use out of:


Best for venous return, great value for money, especially being a wardrobe staple that can be worn to the gym and also to work.

Knee Length

Better venous return than the Mini.

Mini Length 

More suitable to wear under shorts, skirts and dresses. Great for sleeping in, they provide the necessary support to minimize the effects of pelvic pain during sleep, although you can sleep in all of the SRC garments due to very gentle medical grade compression (4-15mmHg for leggings) that allows for 24-hour wearability without deactivating your muscles.

Some customers prefer to get a few pairs to wear for different purposes and to have a pair whilst the other is in the wash.

The amazing benefits shared by both the Under the Bump and Over the Bump models of maternity leggings.

Why would you buy a pair of SRC maternity leggings or shorts? Where do we start?

They were designed by women in consultation with an obstetrician to support your “baby carrying” pelvis to reduce the stress placed on it and be in the best shape for delivery. The garments’ gentle compression improves muscle tone and stability and reduces your pelvic and back pain.

The unique and patented Anatomical Support Panels deliver targeted compression, ideal for treating multiple conditions during pregnancy:

    • Ongoing qualitative research on patient outcomes,
    • Case Studies by leading health practitioners,
    • University Studies, you can read more here.

Comfort and Lifestyle

The lightweight wicking fabric and breathable power mesh lining eliminate odour, providing maximum air circulation and heat dissipation. This assists with the regulation of your body temperature, without compromising the quality or durability of the fabric, allowing you to be comfortable and dry, keeping you cool even in warmer climates. Garment’s flatlock seams in the SRC range increase comfort during exercise or the demands of work. With no branding splashed across the leg panels you can wear them under skirts or dresses like you would with any other leggings. During exercise they will aid in reduction of leg swelling, the leggings (and shorts) can be worn from 12 weeks, until term. They really can replace several different maternity leggings as well as a belly belt.

Talking of belly belts, it is worth mentioning the following:

  • Belly Belts can provide extra postural support for severe symptoms of Pelvic Girdle Pain and Pelvic Instability
  • Belly Belts can be worn in conjunction with SRC Pregnancy Leggings and Shorts
  • Belly Belts are not suitable to treat multiple conditions
  • Belly Belts are not a multi-purpose garment you can wear in different ways for different occasions, yet they cost at least a third of the purpose made pregnancy garments.
  • You have to be careful how tightly you do up your belly belt and make sure you do not wear it for too long as this can deactivate your muscles as well as cause other issues.
  • Belly Belts will not provide you with True Cross Compression - multi-layered support panels that provide consistent and anatomically targeted compression during movement.
  • You can read more in our blog The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Belly Belts, Maternity Belts and Pregnancy Belts

We are yet to find anyone who thinks that belly belts are comfortable and work seamlessly with the clothing you are wearing. On the other hand, they are a great solution for pain relief in severe cases and you should always consult with your health care professional to work out the best options for you to ease the aches and pains of your pregnancy. What ever you do, please do not resign yourself to the notion that the pregnancy pains are unavoidable. Seeing your women’s health physiotherapist is a great place to start. See what Anna Scammell has to say

Pregnancy should be more Pleasure than Pain!

Pelvic girdle and lower back pain significantly impact on a woman’s ability to enjoy her pregnancy and motherhood. You don’t have to take it lying down. You can get up and put on your SRC Pregnancy Shorts or SRC Pregnancy Leggings. You deserve the best support and comfort during your pregnancy. Once you get into our pants you will not want to get out of them. We guarantee it or your money back.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Read some of our testimonials here.

Mums are the real superheroes and legends – Yes we mean YOU!

Help yourself before you help others is a principle that applies to many circumstances, none so much as looking after yourself when you are pregnant. Regardless of how ‘equal’ we now are in sharing our domestic, financial and parenting responsibilities with our partners, the mother will remain the cornerstone of the family. You get sick and your whole family is in trouble. When it comes to pain and discomfort during pregnancy you can think of SRC Pregnancy Shorts and SRC Pregnancy Leggings as your “oxygen mask”. If you’re trying to put on an oxygen mask for someone else, you may lose consciousness and you’ll be unable to assist others (or yourself) later. However, if you fit yourself with a mask first, you’d be able to remain conscious and aid people as needed.

One of the most famous fashion clothing campaigns of all time was Levi’s “do you fit the legend” for their classic 501’s. This 1995 Australian version being particularly humorous as the young actors in it are by now most likely parents to teenagers. In the case of SRC Pregnancy Shorts and Leggings, with our world leading range of styles and sizes, we can honestly say “we will fit the legend that is you”.

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