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Specific pregnancy pants are designed with spandex or elasticated waistbands to accommodate your growing belly. While we always prefer to look at buying regular clothes to get us through a stylish pregnancy, the maternity pant is the one item we see pay for itself.

It’s more convenient and comfortable to purchase maternity pants instead of regular pants in a larger size as the size of your hips and belly will grow and change multiple times throughout pregnancy. Additionally, these can be worn after giving birth – the reality is we don’t all snap back to our pre-pregnancy weight straight away. And that, my friends, is totally fine. Here are our top stylish pregnancy pants for 2023 to keep you comfortable, stylish and confident.

Top 11 stylish pregnancy pants to wear anywhere

Best maternity work pants

Choosing what to wear to work means extra emphasis on quality and style and well as comfort. Unless you get to WFH, in which case we question the need for pants at all, you’d be best off going with an interesting legging, shirt and blazer combo or a smarter trouser style.

Crepe Straight Leg Pants Black
Credit: Soon Maternity

Crepe Straight Leg Pants Black

London Pant 4 Way Stretch Black
Credit: Nom Maternity

London Pant 4 Way Stretch Black

Sadie Adjustable Tailored Trouser - Black
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Sadie Adjustable Tailored Trouser – Black

See more maternity work pants here.

Best must-have black maternity pants

You can’t go wrong with a pair of black maternity pants and these ones from Kindred Bravely are the best. They are super comfortable and will happily see you through to the end of your pregnancy and beyond.

Everyday lounge joggers Black
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Everyday lounge joggers Black

To wear over the belly and during the 4th trimester, we love these pull-on pants. They are amazing quality and timeless for beyond baby too. 

Frankie Pant | Black
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Frankie Pant | Black

Remy Smocked Cotton Pants Black
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Remy Smocked Cotton Pants Black

Discover more maternity casual pants here.

Best plus size maternity pants

Highlight your curves and flatter your growing belly with these plus-size pants from Torrid. We absolutely love this brand, as they’re super inclusive when it comes to clothes that suit our curvy mamas. These pants are also available in different colors. Check them out. 

Pull-On Wide Leg Stretch Linen High-Rise Pant Fire Brick
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Pull-On Wide Leg Stretch Linen High-Rise Pant Fire Brick

Ivy Ribbed Wide Leg Pants - Black
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Ivy Ribbed Wide Leg Pants – Black

Ivy Stripe Wide Leg Pants - Black / White
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Ivy Stripe Wide Leg Pants – Black / White

Best knitted maternity pants

Knitted pants are an excellent choice to complete your stylish pregnancy wardrobe due to their inherent comfort, stretchability, and how good they look! The knit fabric allows for easy expansion, accommodating the growing belly during various stages of pregnancy.

Georgina Knit Pants Navy
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Georgina Knit Pants Navy

Most amazing wide leg maternity pants

Wide legs aren’t going anywhere. Sometimes you just want airiness – I know there were times in my pregnancy I didn’t want material anywhere near my skin! For those of us who love a wide leg pant, these wide leg pants are perfect.

Franca Textured Wide Leg Pant - Chocolate
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Franca Textured Wide Leg Pant – Chocolate

Top maternity leather pants

Go hell for leather with these maternity faux leather pants from Accouchée. Designed with comfort in mind and eco-friendly, you can forget about squeaking. A super modern and edgy take – perfect for a dinner or evening event too.

Foldover Waistband Faux Leather Maternity Pants Black
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Foldover Waistband Faux Leather Maternity Pants Black

For a similar look, we love these coated pants from Soon Maternity, available in a skinny look.

Coated Skinny Pants Black
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Coated Skinny Pants Black

Greatest flare pants for pregnancy

Flares are back, baby! We love these casual flare pants. Super chilled with a bit of attitude, these are perfect for both home and heading out for the day. 

Flared Maternity Pants Black
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Flared Maternity Pants Black

Most comfy but stylish maternity sweatpants

One of our favorite trends is the neutral-colored sweatpants. Super comfy, you can wear these around the house and then dress up with a coat and baseball cap for brunch.

Maternity Sweatpants Putty
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Maternity Sweatpants Putty

Foundation Sweatpants Natural
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Foundation Sweatpants Natural

Check out more maternity sweatpants here.

Best bump-friendly linen pants with elastic waist band

These Soon Maternity pants are so versatile. They are worn under the bump during the late months of your pregnancy, in the postpartum period, for work with a formal top, or for brunch with a tee and sneakers. You’re welcome.

Straight Leg Linen Pants Black
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Straight Leg Linen Pants Black

Best under belly maternity pants

Perfect for those long walks in the pram or for exercising while pregnant. You’ll love these breathable linen pants. They’re perfect for warmer days or when you need that extra level of comfort.

Wide-Leg Linen-Blend Under Bump Trousers Black
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Wide-Leg Linen-Blend Under Bump Trousers Black

Best high waisted maternity pants

We love these two options for over-the-bump pants. One is more casual than the other, but both are stunning and extra comfy. 

Beige Cropped Wide Leg Maternity Pants
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Beige Cropped Wide Leg Maternity Pants

Fave cotton pants

These pants from Pact can be worn for work with a nice top or shirt, or to the beach with a crop top. Either way, make these pants a pregnancy staple!

Maternity Lounge Pant French Navy
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Maternity Lounge Pant French Navy

Maternity eco-friendly pants

We love Boody for all things eco-friendly and incredibly comfortable. Boody’s certifications include the use of EcoCert certified Organic Bamboo fibre harvested from Organic Bamboo in FSC certified fields.

Downtime Lounge Pant, Black
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Downtime Lounge Pant, Black

FAQs about maternity pants

When should I start wearing maternity pants?

You will likely not need to buy specific pants for pregnancy until at least a few months in, or when you have a sizeable bump. Generally most women bloat up in first trimester, but their hips haven’t widened as much. In this case, you could continue to wear regular pants but with a maternity pants extender, which allows you to extend the wear of your regular pants for a while.

Should I buy maternity clothes or just bigger sizes?

In general, you can get away with bigger sizes rather than needing to buy specifically designed maternity clothes. With that in mind, even the staunchest opponents of maternity clothes swear by maternity jeans and pants. There is a better variety of maternity jeans and pants out there than any other item. These are not only are these designed to accommodate your growing belly, but they can help you maintain your style identity too.

How to choose the right size and fit?

You can aim for your usual size or a size up. Because of their specific waistband design, specially designed pregnancy clothing will not constrict your belly. So if you’re wondering whether tight pants can hurt baby, you don’t need to worry when it comes to maternity pants. We cover the impact of tight material on pregnancy in this article. While there hasn’t been scientific evidence for harm, there is evidence that tight pants can cause you discomfort.

What pants are best for pregnancy?

Aside from any pants that are designed to accommodate your pregnant belly, the choice is yours! Many style queens opt for the versatility and comfort of leggings but you can get some fabulous jeans, lounge pants and more designed for pregnancy to help suit your style and see you through in comfort.

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