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Maternity Jeans

The thought of wearing maternity jeans in pregnancy makes some people cringe. Shoot – it’s hard to find the right jeans on a normal day, but with a pregnant belly? Oyyy. Not to mention… COVID — jeans still seem like a thing of the past!

I totally get it.

But… I promise: once you find the best maternity jeans, you’ll want to wear them every day, even at home. In fact, they’ll be a pregnancy closet staple. They’ll be as versatile in maternity as they are in normal life (normal, haha).

Here’s my cheat sheet to help you find the perfect pair:

  • Fit and flatter! You have to feel confident in your maternity jeans or all bets are off. You want these pants to hug your curves and make you say, “DAMN girl, you rockin’ this bump!” For many, this means investing in a designer pair of maternity denim. It’s all about what I call “PPW” (price per wear).
  • Comfort. If you don’t want to wear them, they’re not the right pair. You want them to feel soft, comfy and not have any “pinch points.”
  • Panel options: There are different designs to offer your desired belly support:
    1. Full Panel: A full panel is a piece of fabric that covers your whole belly and supports your bump as it grows. Maternity jeans with a full panel can get really hot in warm climates and summer weather (but feel great in the winter!), so keep this in mind before buying.
    2. Side Panel: With side panel maternity jeans, the sides of the pants are reinforced with elastic fabric that stretches with your growing waistline. Designer brands usually opt for this design because it’s more discreet than a full panel.
    3. Demi Panel: This is a nice in-between panel size (usually a few inches) that covers the lower part of your belly and is especially good for the beginning stages of pregnancy.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear skinny jeans while pregnant. After all, your legs will be dwarfed by the size of your belly, so these can still make an amazing pregnancy pant.
  • Air dry! You can preserve the integrity of your pregnancy jeans (and most things, for that matter) by hanging them to dry. This also helps extend the life of the elastic in the panels.
  • Sizing: You should buy your regular, non-pregnancy size when purchasing maternity jeans. These sizes assume the normal weight gain that comes with pregnancy.

Here are our favorites for Spring/Summer 2022. We chose these winners based on our own experience combined with reader polls and user reviews. Enjoy!

But first…

Ingrid & Isabel BellaBand ~ $28

There will come a day when your regular jeans will no longer zip up…. but you just need a little extra space. Yes, you can extend the life of your regular jeans by wearing this BellaBand over your unfastened (non-maternity) waistband. It’s also amazing for the postpartum months, either to keep your maternity jeans up as you start losing baby weight or for fitting back into your regular jeans.

Denim for Spring/Summer 2022

Maternity Skinny & Straight Jeans

Isabella Oliver Super Stretch Skinny Jean~ $99

These super soft and stretchy skinny jeans have an over over-the-bump panel and are made from high stretch denim and recycled fibers (yes, they’re not only cute but eco-friendly, too!).

Top Shop Maternity Over Bump Blue Black Jamie Jeans ~ $67

We love these ankle-grazing skinny-fit maternity jeans from TopShop. They have a stretch jersey bump band designed to grow with your belly throughout your entire pregnancy, and honestly – they just look effortlessly cool.

Nordstrom 1822 DENIM ANKLE SKINNY MATERNITY JEANS ~ $59

These dark wash ankle-length jeans will go with anything as we transition into the warmer months. Stretchy side panels make them comfy, yet supportive.

Seven Slim Kick High Waist Crop Maternity Jeans ~ $218

Liberate yourself from maternity sweats! The wash and cut of these highly-rated maternity jeans are perfect for everyday summer living.

Madewell maternity perfect vintage jeans~ $148

Madewell’s bestselling jeans, but make it pregnancy-friendly. Yes, please!

GAP white skinny jeans with inset panels~ $79

A white pair of jeans is a must during summer.

AG secret fit skinny jeans from pea in a pod ~ $208

These are pricier than most, but many women swear by AG secret fit jeans. We love the finish of these!

Wide & Boyfriend Maternity Jeans

Isabella Oliver Over the Bump Organic Maternity Boyfriend Jean~ $99

A great slouchy, live-in pant for an effortlessly cool look. These look great with a simple white button-down shirt and expecting mamas love how comfortable and soft they are.

Pink Blush Blue Distressed Cuffed Maternity Jeans ~ $74

These crop-length relaxed-fit jeans with distressed cut-outs look so cute with a pair of flats or sneakers. Note: they run a bit small, so think about sizing up.

Pink Blush Light Blue Fringe Hem Distressed Cropped Maternity Jean ~ $74

Just look at that fringe hem! It doesn’t get any cuter, amirite?! Better yet, they’re comfy too: made from super stretchy material and featuring a full elastic panel, these jeans will definitely take you through your pregnancy in comfort and style.

H&M MAMA wide high ankles Jeans~ $49

Wide legs are on trend this year. Pair these with a white tee for an easy, relaxed look.

ASOS DESIGN Maternity organic cotton blend low rise straight leg jeans in greencast~ $46

Edgy and comfy – we love these boyfriend jeans. The low-rise with side panels are perfect for a bump growing in the summer months.

Shorts and Overalls

Ingrid + Isabel Over the Bump Cutoff Denim Maternity Shorts~ $58

The high stretch panel on these shorts dives down in the back, giving you room to breathe during the hot summer season.

H&M MAMA denim overalls~ $60

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: nothing cuter than a pregnant woman in overalls! These provide a nice stretch, and the cut is on point!

Seraphine maternity shorts overalls~ $79

Paired with an easy tee and sneakers, these short overalls will keep you and your bump breezy all summer long.

Hatch Collection denim maternity overalls ~ $248

One-and-done solution for all four trimesters, these overalls will be a staple in your wardrobe rotation.

That’s all for now, ladies. I hope you find some jeans that make you and your bump feel great!


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