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Not All Maternity Leggings Are Created Equal

by SRC Health on March 12, 2020

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When it comes to maternity clothing there are so many choices, maternity leggings are no different, however, it’s not all about personal fashion choices and brand labels. Often, and more importantly it’s about your needs. Pregnancy is a time of tremendous physiological changes and what most of us ladies are still unaware of, is that the right choice of pregnancy leggings. These may assist your body to better deal with some of the added pressures the little human inside you is placing on your joints, muscles and organs.

What other pieces of clothing can so easily transport you from work to the Pilates class, to a coffee with friends or a dinner date with your partner? Yep, I put it to you that the humble black legging has officially taken over denim’s quintessential status of the fashion icon of our time.

size leggings

But for a moment let’s put fashion aside and examine our more serious needs. I know – how can there be anything more serious than fashion in our time of Instagrammed pregnancy journeys? And herein lies the problem: “Young pregnant women are significantly more anxious and overwhelmed than a generation ago.” Articles like this (Guardian.com 25/9/18) outline the psychological realities of having a baby in today’s ‘social media glamour environment’ inundating every aspect of our lives. Talking of which, if you or someone you know is struggling with perinatal anxiety and depression please seek assistance by visiting PANDA– Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia or calling the National Helpline 1300 726 306.

There is also an abundance to physical health factors to consider during pregnancy and the humble black pregnancy leggings may just be the answer you’ve been looking for – of course, it has to be the right maternity leggings because they are not all created equally.

obstetrician designed leggings

Commonly occurring physical conditions affecting wellbeing during pregnancy:

  • Approximately 50% women experience low back pain during pregnancy.1
  • 45% of women experience Pelvic Girdle pain, SI Joint pain and Pubic Bone pain during pregnancy.2,3
  • Varicose Veins of the legs are reported to affect up to 70% of pregnant women4 and Vulval Veins are seen in 4% of women5, something everyone who suffers with is too embarrassed to talk about.

Drumroll…introducing the SRC Pregnancy garments! SRC Pregnancy Leggings and Shorts are maternity leggings ideal for providing pain relief during pregnancy and treating: Low Back Pain, Pelvic Girdle Pain, Mild Varicose Veins, Sciatica and Vulval Varicosities. Surprised? Astonished? Bewildered? You will be when we take a closer look at what makes these maternity leggings the pick of the crop!

‘Fit for Purpose’ Design

Designed in consultation with an obstetrician, the whole SRC range of compression products uses Anatomical Support Panels (ASP). Developed and patented by SRC Health, ASP delivers targeted compression, ideal for treating multiple conditions during pregnancy and after delivery, as well as enhancing athletic performance.

Anatomical Support Panels in the SRC Pregnancy Leggings deliver targeted compression to assist with treating multiple conditions such as low back and pelvic girdle pain, vulval and mild/moderate leg varicose veins.

Pain Relief During Pregnancy

Don’t take our word for it:

“During my recent pregnancy with twins I suffered from back and pelvis problems from the weight of the babies I was carrying. My physio recommended SRC Pregnancy Shorts. These shorts helped support my lower back and pelvis and really helped get me through my pregnancy. – Jacqueline Casey

Check out more testimonials here as well as on our Facebook Page!

Designed to be worn under regular clothes if you wish, adjustable and most importantly comfortable, SRC Pregnancy Leggings and Shorts will assist you in getting through the demands of work and exercise and aid in the reduction of leg swelling. These maternity leggings can be worn from 12 weeks, until late term.

happy pregnant lady

Independently Tested For Quality And Performance

SRC Compression

Unlike mainstream compression products, let alone your everyday maternity leggings, leisurewear or activewear garments, SRC Pregnancy Leggings have been specifically developed for this purpose of supporting your baby carrying pelvis. Exclusively manufactured for SRC, our fabric is independently tested to provide you with the highest quality with maximum support and comfort including features like moisture wicking.

We took the SRC fabric and that of a leading competitor through 100 wash cycles and then re-tested both using the fabric extension test. The results showed that the compression properties of our fabric, unlike those of the competition were sustained. After 50 washes, the results showed that the competitor fabric had not only shrunk significantly but was less resistant in the stretch. The SRC fabric had minimum shrinkage and retained its stretch resistance under higher force. The shrinkage of both fabrics stabilized after 100 wash cycles, but only the SRC fabric retained the same high level of compression at the end of the testing. You won’t get that from your $20 cotton pair of ‘everyday maternity leggings’.

You can read more about our research here where you will find, qualitative research on patient outcomes, case studies by leading health practitioners as well as university studies.

Pregnant woman reading

True Cross Compression – For Support And Comfort Without Feeling Of Restriction

Illustration of compression textile

Gentle medical-grade compression avoids muscle deactivation and allows for SRC Recovery garments to be worn day and night, delivering 24-hour wearability and pain relief. But that’s not all.

The research and development of the fabric for the SRC Compression range took an extended period, as the designers wanted to create a fabric that provided support and comfort without any feeling of restriction. This resulted in a unique fabric that stretches and returns to its original shape after consistent wash and wears. True Cross Compression means that each layer of fabric is cut on a different plane so that during activity no compression is lost at any time. And of course the SRC Pregnancy Leggings and Shorts are not see-through, so there’s no need to stress when bending over at the office or squatting at the gym.

SRC is committed to maintaining the highest quality standards for all products. Each batch of fabric is rigorously tested by an independent Australian Government scientific testing facility to ensure the level of compression meets our strict standards.

The best testing of all has been performed by the 100,000+ mums who have worn and benefitted from our products during the last 10 years.

Pregnant woman doing yoga

Recommended By More Women's Health Care Professionals

From Women’s Health Physiotherapists to Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Midwives and Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses to Pilates instructors, SRC Health compression garments have been getting great support for the positive impact they deliver to expecting and new mums. The recommendations are not just limited to Australia. Health care professionals from USA, UK, New Zealand and Ireland are recognizing the benefits of SRC compression garments, whilst consumers the world over are benefiting from the support and relief of what’s previously been as ‘accepted pains of the pregnancy journey’.

Recently endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) SRC Health understands the periods of pregnancy and recovery after delivery can be one of the most challenging for women and their families. While we play a small but important role in improving physical wellbeing during this time, emotional and mental health is just as important, which is why we have been a supporter of PANDA - Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia who support women, men and families across Australia to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression, a serious illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year.

Maternity Leggings with a 100% Money Back Guarantee!

It’s simple, we want you to be happy. You can see the details here.

Maternity Leggings Choices For All Your Needs and Sizes.

For simply the most versatile Maternity Leggings to complete your pregnancy wardrobe check out the range that caters for a wide array of sizing options from XXS to XXL.

Sizing / Care:

washing instructions

For best results get someone other than yourself to measure you as sizing is critical to the performance of the garment. You will find a video and a size chart here.


  1. Bastiaanssen, de Bie, Bastiaenen, Essed, & van den Brandt, 2005; Vleeming et al.
  2. BMJ v.331(7511); Jul 30, 2005.
  3. Antenatal Care – Clinical Guideline (NICE).
  4. Newton de Barros Junior et al. J. Vasc. Bras. vol.9 no.2 Porto Alegre June 2010.
  5. Bell D, Kane PB, Liang S, Conway C, Tornos C. Int. J Gynecol. Pathol. 2007 Jan;26(1):99-101.

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