These are just absolutely fantastic! They're SO much better than maternity clothes, which is what I often default too when my bloat is bad. I often have days where even maternity clothes feel too tight and painful, I've had a day like that since owning these leggings and I still found the leggings extremely comfortable. I love that they're adjustable because I really am a different size every day! And before and after eating! They're a really flattering fit on my plumper body too, my boyfriend says my bum looks great in them haha! And I like the branding detail on the back of the waistband too.
I don't think it's an overstatement to say they're actually life changing, just an hour after they arrived I wanted to do the dishes but I was really bloody sore, stuck on the couch with my hot water bottle, so I thought I'd take my new leggings for a test run - hands free heat pain relief enabled me to do the dishes! I'm also in my local amateur theatre, and they allow me to have pain relief while I rehearse! The only thing that would make them any better would be pockets! Mind you, I can fit my phone in the back pockets that are meant for the heat pads lol.
I was really impressed with the thickness of the fabric too, they're not the usual thin material you'd expect with leggings, so they're warm (I live in Scotland) and seem pretty sturdy. They're really comfy on the legs as well as the belly. As mentioned in a previous review, things do stick to the fabric a tiny bit but I didn't find it as bad as the other person who wrote about it - I haven't had to lint roll them - but you might if you have pets or something. I also like that the separation between the legs and waistband isn't as obvious as it is on maternity clothes.
As for sizing, I'm between a 14 and 16, but more on the side of a 16... I read the suggestions to size down for a snug fit, but I measured myself against the sizing guide and decided to go for the 14-16 rather than the 16-18, thinking that the 12-14 might be too much of a downsize... and they fit perfectly. I'm only 5ft 1 so I thought I might have to take them up - but they sit nice on my legs without bunching up so I think they'll be fine.
The size of the heat pack pocket in the belly is great too, I am not a great lover of microwave heat packs as I don't find they last very long, but I've found a mini hot water bottle that will fit in the pocket (obviously it will bulge but I'm past caring haha) and I think those heat packs with the disc that you click would also fit. You can fit two of the heat packs that come with the clothes into the tummy pocket too if you want extra heat coverage on a bad day
A couple of things that I think it might be worth the makers thinking about, though - is the band used for adjusting them... it would be nice to be able to clip or hook the D ring onto something so it isn't just dangling about when they're adjusted to a tighter setting. Another thing is, they're made for chronically ill folk, and chronically ill folk have a tendency to go into hospital and go for scans so I thought it might be worth changing the D ring material to plastic - I was hoping to wear these for my upcoming MRI scan as the drink I have to take for it will really bloat me up, but the metal means I probably can't. It also could be quite fiddly for people with dexterity issues, as the buttons and button holes are quite small.
Absolutely genius though, really well thought out, and extremely comfortable! I can't wait to order more leggings (and pjs!) and I am so excited to see what you guys come up with next!