Updated June 2019
The thought of wearing maternity jeans in pregnancy makes some people cringe.
I totally get it.
But I promise: if you have the right pair of maternity jeans, you’ll want to wear them every day! They’ll be as versatile in maternity as they are in normal life (normal, haha).
Here’s my “maternity jeans 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 maternity 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.
In the early stages of pregnancy, many women can still fit into their non-maternity denim. You can extend the life of your regular jeans by wearing this BellaBand over your unfastened waistband. The Bella Band is also amazing for the postpartum months, either to keep your maternity jeans up as you start losing the baby weight or for fitting back into your regular jeans.
Best Maternity Jeans
Below are my favorite maternity jeans in an array of styles, prices and ordered by fit:
These boyfriend jeans from ASOS have a serious retro 80s vibe. Though it has a full bump panel, no one will ever know you’re actually sporting maternity jeans. Finding your style with this pair of jeans is seriously effortless, whether you pair it with casual Nike Air Max or a cute sandal. Plus, it’s only $22.50 — say what?
H&M MAMA Boyfriend Jeans ~ $49
These boyfriend jeans from H&M have a relaxed cut but are still pretty slim, which is great if you want to flaunt your bump with a cute tee. The full panel provides great support for your bump; and it has a slight stretch that keeps them comfy throughout pregnancy.
This super casual boyfriend denim has all the bells and whistles. The frayed hem and distressed details round out this cropped boyfriend fit perfectly. The hidden belly support adds comfort during all stages of your pregnancy.
We all grew up with Levis and their maternity denim doesn’t disappoint. The quality is long lasting and the wash is the perfect tone to dress up or down. The panel has maximum support that will make you feel comfortable during all stages of pregnancy.
We know this one comes at a steep price, but hear us out. This denim collab by Hatch and Current Elliott is a keeper. Not just because it’s seriously on trend and comes in the perfect white; but also because it’s made to last you well after pregnancy. That’s right, these jeans feature barely-noticeable elastic wedges at the waistband, so you’ll forget you’re even wearing maternity pants. We love that the leg is relaxed but slimming and that it’s already rolled for style.
Made with power stretch denim, these skinny jeans from Target will prove you wrong: yes, you can be pregnant AND keep on wearing your beloved skinnies; and these will sculpt and shape your body as it changes throughout pregnancy. The crossover panel provides gentle back support and the low back design keeps you cool in the warm months. I LOVE white any time of year, and these perfect skinny denim will be a staple in your maternity wardrobe.
This moto-inspired denim by PinkBlush Maternity is by far my favorite find for the season — it’s seriously on trend and will give your pregnancy style an edge. You can’t go wrong with any of the colors, but we love this millennial pink, a perfect summer shade. Pair with sneakers for a casual day at the park, or toss on a summer sandal for a BBQ or picnic.
Super soft and stretchy, these dark wash denim from Madewell are the most versatile of the bunch. These skinny denim can be worn for literally any occasion, and the full panel support is a nice plus. Pair with a blouse and a blazer for a more dressed up look, or toss on a graphic t-shirt for a more casual day.
This opening price point denim from Old Navy is a steal! Like, you may actually end up buying more than one (it’s ok, we don’t judge)! Available in sizes 0 to 18, these dark wash skinny jeans have discreet side stretch panels, which means you can wear them well after pregnancy. They also come in multiple lengths, so whether your tall or petite, you’re sure to find your perfect fit.
Plus size mommies, I have got you covered! These adorable skinny denim are offered in three washes and come in sizes 1X-3X. The full panel coverage gives you support through every step of your pregnancy. The denim has a bit of stretch woven through, which adds comfort, sculpting and shaping!
These skinnies from Gap are eco friendly and have the softest fabric to keep you comfortable during all stages of your pregnancy. Grey is a great color to add to your wardrobe and so easy to pair with a black or white top for any occasion.
Slim through the hip and thigh, these jeans from Gap are a true straight leg opening. A full panel stretches over the belly for maximum support. The dark wash paired with a high heels is perfect for a day at the office or a night out. For a more casual look, toss on a summer sandal or a pair of sneakers.
This classic straight fit from Motherhood is offered in the full range of sizes. The brand has taken a classic fit and updated it for all body types — a huge win for all! The secret belly panel can be worn up or rolled down, depending on the kind of support you are after.
The light wash on these 7 For All Mankind maternity jeans has the perfect summery vibe. Plus, the cut hem gives a raw look, which is on trend. Made with cotton and modal, this denim has a stretch that will keep you comfy all pregnancy long.
Ladies, flare is back in a big way!!! I know what you are thinking, “really? My mom wore those when she was pregnant.” This fit is flattering, easy to wear and so on trend, and your legs will look like they’re a thousand miles long. Ah… I wish they had this fit when I was pregnant.
Light wash and cropped boot cut is the recipe for the perfect easy pair of denim. The frayed hem and belly support make this one of the cooler pair of denim I have found for a mom-to-be. I love these with summer slides or flip flops for a more casual look. But as we move into fall, you can toss on a pair of sneakers too.
Flare denim in three washes — I have died and gone to heaven! These are made with stretch material and come with an elastic waistband. Pair these with a wedge for a dinner out or a day of shopping with the girls.
Fitted through the hip and leg with the traditional bootcut opening, these affordable jeans from Old Navy are offered in a large range of sizes. Built-in side panels are comfortable for your growing belly. They’re made with stretch fabric that is soft and comfortable, which means you will want to live (and sleep?) in these.
The Lara maternity flare jeans by DL1961 has the perfect vintage look. The mid-rise waistband is slimming and flattering, and the cropped legs is elongating. Plus the raw hem and slightly destructed details will you feel more fashionable now than when you’re not expecting. This denim is an investment, but it can be worn well after pregnancy, with the discreet side panels.
I love that these bootcut jeans from Target also come in plus sizes. Not only are they affordable, they also have a great stretch fabric that is flattering and comfortable. The distressed details are so on trend and can be dressed up or down.
Want a more relaxed look for the warmer months? These maternity cropped wide-leg jeans from A Pea in the Pod will become a staple in your summer maternity wardrobe. Plus, you can’t go wrong with this medium wash. It will go with anything — dress shirt, t-shirt, oxford shoes, sneakers… you name it.
These wide-leg jeans from MOTHER are giving us 70s bohemian envy. We love the destructed hem, and the medium wash is a classic. The ankle length is perfect to pair with a summer shoe or sneaker.
Our maternity jean roundup wouldn’t be complete without PAIGE. Everyone and their mother(to-be) rave about this brand. The stretch is comfortable, and they hold their shape throughout pregnancy. The brand just came out with this super on-trend wide-leg culotte denim, which is sure to give your tired mama-to-be legs some breathing room. That wash, too, is the perfect summer hue.
Light washed and distressed jeggings are the perfect update for your summer wardrobe! I love these paired with a white sneaker — it’s super casual and cute!
White and soft for the perfect summer combination, these maternity jeggings by Liverpool are so comfortable and supportive. I love these paired with blue and white top for the fourth of July or a pop color tee to ring in the summer months.
I have to admit: black is my favorite color. Most of my wardrobe looks like Dracula’s closet, but that’s because you can’t go wrong with black. It’s slimming, it’s easy, and it’s so chic. These jeggings in black are a staple that you NEED for your closet during pregnancy.
These dark wash jeggings from Old Navy are sculpting, light and comfortable — they are a pregnancy must-have for summer. And at only $44.99, they won’t break the bank.
Overalls are all the rage these days, and no, not just for toddlers. After all, there’s honestly nothing cuter than a pregnant gal in overalls. Best news is that these come in a large range of sizes, so every expecting mom can be on trend. Pair with a little t-shirt and a pair of sneakers for a cute summer outfit.
ASOS Demin Overalls ~ $67
These overalls from ASOS will have you (and your bump) covered throughout pregnancy. We love the washed black hue and the easy, casual boyfriend look, and the side buttons give your belly room to grow.
White denim is in this season. So why not try a pair of white overalls? At only $59, these from H&M are a steal. The stretch is perfect for your growing belly, and we love the gently flared legs.
Let’s face it, summer is right around the corner, and you’ll probably want to set your legs free. So buh-bye jeans, and hello shorts! 5-inch inseam complete with a smooth, seamless nylon panel and a faux fly, these Old Navy shorts are so easy to slip on. The let-out seam contrast detail on the sides gives it a cool trend that a lot of maternity wear is lacking. The raw-edged cut-off style at the leg opening is so cute and casual for the summer months.
Can you tell that I love white denim? These Gap shorts are made from stretch denim, and they are the cutest. Plus, they’re also helping our planet by being part of Gap’s water saving program. With a functional button and fly, these five pocket frayed hem girls are all the rage!
I had to include these short overalls. They are so cute, but also have a modern, minimalist vibe that I love. They are comfortable and can be paired with the cutest little tops for any occasion. Made from a blend of stretch denim and linen, they are a perfect easy outfit to add to your wardrobe.
Let’s not forget our plus size mamas-to-be out there. Y’all need a pair of short overalls too, and I found the cutest ones! These are super comfortable, super cute and so ready for you to wear for any summer occasion. I love them paired with a sneaker or a sandal!
Want a little more coverage? Go with bermuda shorts. These are great because not only do they come in a full range of sizes, they also have discreet side panels that sit right under the belly, which means you’ll get to wear them postpartum too!
Offered at a very compelling price point, these stretch sculpting denim shorts are perfect for before and after pregnancy. With the inset side panels, they are comfortable and easy for your ever-growing bump.
That’s all for now, ladies. I hope you find some jeans that make you and your bump feel good!
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