So you want to know more about the Ripe Maternity Balance Legging? First let me tell you more about Ripe Maternity itself. Ripe is an Australian owned fashion brand that aims to design contemporary, stylish, and most of all comfortable maternity and nursing clothes. The brand also sponsors Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia which is an amazing resource for new and expecting mothers. I love that!
If you’ve read my other posts you will know about the online store Polka Dot Pop! If you are looking for maternity and nursing active wear, let me direct you to the their store. My previous review of the Cadenshae Fit2Feed Nursing Sports Bra contains a review of the online store.
The Product: Ripe Maternity Balance Legging
The Ripe Maternity Balance Legging comes in sizes Extra Small – Extra Large (please note that for XS you will need to make an e-mail enquiry to Polka Dot Pop). Made of Nylon/Elastine these full length black leggings have the following features:
- Streamlined cut
- High performance stretch jersey with mesh detailing
- Back pocket with zip
- Crossover waistband designed to high around your back and low at the front under your bump.
- Slim Fitting with side panel detail
Maternity leggings often have a very high waistband that is designed to sit over your bump. Whilst this can offer some added support during exercise, they serve you no purpose once you are no longer pregnant. Higher waistbands can also roll down, which can be quite uncomfortable, especially whist exercising. One of the major benefits of these leggings is the crossover detail at the front with the higher waistband at the back. This allows for the band to sit under your bump, giving you the versatility to wear them postpartum. I never experienced any issues with the waistband rolling down, even when running. The comfortable waistband does offer some additional support for your bump, although it is not specifically designed for high impact exercise. The back pocket is functional, and big enough to fit a key and small items when required. The streamline cut is also ‘flattering’ as it give the appearance of added length to the legs. The length of the leggings themselves are average – long. If you have ‘short’ legs I would expect that you would prefer to opt for a design/brand that offers ‘shorter length leggings’, or potentially have the leggings altered to fit.
Personally I prefer 3/4 length leggings for running, only because I do become quite hot living in a warm, humid environment. However, in a winter/cooler climate with lower temperatures I do think these leggings would be ideal for running. The fabric is breathable, just not the ideal design for a hot and humid climate. The leggings were perfect for everyday wear and lower intensity exercise such as yoga, pilates and walking. They are extremely comfortable, and I was able to wear them almost anywhere. Whilst I prefer to use 3/4 leggings for running, I would certainly invest in these for the purpose of ‘everyday’ wear and for any exercise that I wouldn’t become completely hot and sweaty in. I really like that you can continue wearing them once bub arrives and don’t have to put them back in storage until next pregnancy. For comfort, fit, quality and price, these would definitely be on my wish list during pregnancy.
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