Do you find stockings and tights really uncomfortable when there’s a new baby on the way?
We asked our friends, “What do you do for stockings when you’re expecting?”
The response we heard? “It’s a problem.”
Do you just buy a bigger size (a little better but still not comfortable)? Wear maternity-specific (we hear they’re not really comfy either…have you found any you like)? Or go with knee-highs (really ugly if they show)?
Here’s a couple of solutions.
For tights, cut the tops a few inches (be careful not to cut too low) so they sit below your belly.
For stockings, there’s the “supermarket stockings” solution. That’s because they’re stretchier and come with no control top, so they’re not constricting around your belly like the better quality stockings you might usually wear. We found L’eggs brand to be better quality than the competing No Nonsense. Go with the L’eggs Everyday Regular Pantyhose (these don’t have control top). If you’re in a store like Target or Walmart, they come in a green box with 4 in a pack for about $6. Note that these stockings are only 20 denier, which may be thinner than your usual pair. If you don’t mind, they’re a comfortable, breathable choice for those last few months of pregnancy.
Do you have any stocking solutions for expecting moms?
The sireco beige line 1x-2x is great
Was never able to wear tights till i gound these
devorah scharf says
What’s the brand?
For black tights, the Spanx is fantastic. Has control, yet not too tight on the belly!
I found the Berkshire ones in both black and nude are very comfortable. They have lace around the belly area
Hanes silky sheer thigh highs-Way to go!! Not too tight and doesn’t slip cuz it has a rubber backing. Game changer!
If it’s fall or winter… leggings leggings leggings. For the one or two simchos I have I deal with tights. Not fun but oh well.
In summer I just refused to get dressed period, tees jean skirts m sneakers.
I find the Memoi brand to be most comfortable if you go one size up than the chart says you should buy. Expensive but the only one I can wear in the third trimester.
Berkshire relief! They are super comfortable, I actually wear them during pregnancy and when not pregnant. They are great support, and although control top, they somehow stretch through pregnancy. (Sometimes the last month is not as comfortable, but nothing is comfortable that last month or so, you know what I mean) they come 70 or 30 denier, and nude and black. Essentialapparel.com sells them and has a twice a year sale when they are 25% off. The best ever, very highly recommended!
Prescription support pantyhose is a lifesaver for me! I don’t have varicose veins but I find my legs feel achy.
The medi has no control top so I stick with regular size but other brands have maternity. They have really nice color options these days- and if you get the lowest level of support, they aren’t easy to pull on…
I’ve found Berkshire maternity black to be extremely comfortable.
Memoi maternity beige works for those situations when I’m stuck and cannot do black.
I used to do support tights like medi and those were hard to put on and off but very comfortable to wear all day once on. These days they are no longer covered by insurance and Berkshire black works very well. (I personally don’t like the Berkshire non black colors but I’m sure in comfort it’s the same
Thanks everyone for sharing all your tips!
I LOVE the Memoi Velvet. It has a thicker and super stretchy band on top. if it worked for me ( I carry huge!!!) it can work for anyone! and the best part is that i can use it after baby too!
while extremely pricey Falke makes amazing maternity leggings and sheer Pantyhose
May sound weird but works super. I cut the tights half-ways in as shown and I tuck to it a panty. so no falling too low since the panty holds it in place but not putting any extra pressure on your stomach.