What jeans are best for pregnancy?
You may be wondering if you can continue wearing your regular jeans for your pregnancy. It’s probably unlikely, sorry gals. In our opinion, the three trimesters all have very different needs when it comes to jeans. Personally, I found high-waist jeans absolutely uncomfortable in the first trimester. This was due to the fact I preferred rigid jeans, so the button really dug into my bloated belly. Also, I was pretty sick, so I was living on white salty carbs (let’s not go there today, I still have flashbacks). Back to comfortable stylish clothing! The best way to get through the first trimester when it comes to maternity jeans is to choose regular stretchy pants, swap to skirts or embrace elastic waisted pants.
Your second trimester is usually but not always the best time to wear maternity-specific clothing, including jeans. Third trimester is when you’ll wish you had a pair of maternity jeans or three to bring your bump to life and feel like you’re able to balance style and comfort.
Don’t stress about getting back into your pre-preggo pants straight away. There are postpartum jeans – we’ve shown one below – and to be honest, you might just want to lock in leggings for a while as you and bub get to know each other.
Let’s look at what jeans are best for pregnancy below.
Best affordable pregnancy jeans
We love H&M Mama for Best Affordable Pregnancy Jeans. H&M offer on trend stylish comfort that doesn’t break the bank. Available in a range of different styles, the MAMA range is designed to grow with you throughout your pregnancy, featuring a wide panel at the waist for a comfortable fit, and a stretchy denim material that provides flexibility. At an affordable price point and with great reviews, you could buy a few pairs to keep on rotation.
Mama straight ankle jeans – denim blue
Under bump maternity jeans
Paige Cindy Maternity Jean does a higher price point but is worth every penny. With Elastic Waistband is a great option for under the bump maternity jeans. These jeans have an elastic waistband, which sits comfortably under the bump, and the cut is super flattering. Just add a pair of white sneakers and voila.
Cindy maternity jeans with elastic waistband
These jeans are a must-try! Designed to provide a flattering, slim fit while also accommodating a growing belly with their elastic waistband, they are made from a stretchy denim material that is both comfortable and stylish. Plus, they don’t have a ‘mumsy’ look, so you can feel great wearing them during your pregnancy.
The Slim Maternity Jean in indigo
Best plus-size maternity jeans
These plus size jeans from PinkBlush feature a relaxed straight-leg cut and an elasticized waistband for ultimate comfort afor your curves and your bump. Pair with Birkenstocks for a relaxed summer look or boots for fall or winter.
Blue distressed maternity plus – cuffed straight leg jeans
For those who love the skinny jean look, the Madewell over the belly skinny jeans are ideal. These jeans are made of soft, stretchy tencil denim material which makes them super comfortable. The over-bump design offers additional support for your expanding bump, and the slim fit is comfortable and slimming even as you gain weight. Dress up with heels or boots, or pair with Birkenstocks for the perfect everyday look.
Maternity over-the-belly skinny jeans in lunar wash: tencel™ denim edition
Straight leg jeans
One of our favorite styles, the straight leg jean from PinkBlush can be worn anywhere, dressed up or down. Pair with some New Balance sneakers or Adidas Gazelles for the IT look of 2023. Features elasticized waistband for ultimate preggo comfort.
Blue Distressed Straight Leg Maternity Jeans
These maternity jeans from Hatch Collection offer a classic and chic look with a straight leg design. The soft denim material and adjustable elastic waistband provide comfort and support throughout your pregnancy. The leg fit and high-quality fabric make these jeans a comfy and versatile choice that can be dressed up or down.
The Over the Bump Straight Maternity Jean in indigo
The Hatch Collection Boyfriend Maternity Jean is the Sunday morning of jeans: relaxed, casual and super comfortable. With elastic panels at the waistband and an adjustable waistband you’ll feel great every time you wear these – even if it’s not a Sunday.
The Boyfriend Maternity Jean in indigo
Best maternity cargo jeans
These stunning sand maternity cargo jeans are the perfect casual choice for the baggier retro vibe with pregnancy waistband. These jeans have a relaxed fit with a high waist, and the stretchy denim style cotton fabric provides all-day comfort. Pair with sneakers or slides for an on-trend casual vibe.
Maternity cargo jeans in sand
Top mid rise jeans
The Hudson Nico mid-rise bootcut jeans offer a slim bootcut fit with a mid-rise waistband that sits comfortably below your bump. Not many jeans offer a mid rise option so we love these for not only being practical but also super cool. They’re ultra comfortable too.
Nico mid-rise bootcut jeans
These versatile black straight leg maternity jeans from PinkBlush are a must-have foundational piece for your wardrobe. Pair them with your favorite sweaters or tees for a casual daytime look, or dress them up with heels and an oversize tailored blazer for a nighttime look.
Black straight leg raw hem maternity jeans
Ultimate maternity jeggings
The perfect blend of jeans and leggings. The Spanx Mama Ankle Jean-ish Leggings are a great option for stretchiness and comfort. With a soft, stretchy waistband that can be worn over or under your bump, the jeggings have a denim-like look, but are made from a stretchy fabric.
Mama ankle jean-ish® leggings BLACK
Over the bump maternity jeans
Madewell is an amazing regular brand that offers stylish jeans for mamas to be. These Madewell Maternity Over-the-Belly Skinny Jeans provide support and comfort for your growing bump, including a stretchy panel and snug fit that stays in place throughout the day. The jeans are available in different washes and sizes to suit your personal style.
Maternity over-the-belly skinny jeans in coronet wash
Best post maternity slimming jeans
We love these shaping jeans from Seraphine for postpartum comfort and shaping. These jeans are designed to slim your belly, and the stretchy material provides a comfortable fit. The high-rise waistband sits above your hips, helping to smooth and shape your silhouette. It’s probably worth checking with your healthcare professional before combining both these jeans and recovery shorts.
Black Post Maternity Shaping Jeans
What week do you start wearing maternity jeans?
It’s different for every woman and depends on the size and growth of your bump. Typically, most women start wearing maternity jeans in the second trimester.
How tight should maternity jeans be?
Maternity jeans should be snug, but not too tight. They should fit comfortably around your hips, thighs, and legs. A good rule of thumb is to choose a size that fits your current shape, but also provides some room for growth as your pregnancy progresses.
How many jean sizes do you go up when pregnant?
It varies from woman to woman. Some women need to go up one or two sizes, while others may need to go up several sizes.
Can I wear my regular jeans while pregnant?
Wearing regular jeans during the early stages of pregnancy may be possible but probably not if they are high waisted. You can use a belly band and keep them unbuttoned for a while. But as your bump grows, regular jeans may become too tight or uncomfortable. Maternity jeans are made to fit your growing baby and provide extra comfort when your bump becomes more pronounced. And that will happen!
How do you wear regular jeans as maternity jeans?
There are a few do-it-yourself methods for converting regular jeans into maternity jeans, such as extending the waistband with a hair tie or belly band that covers the open button. However, as your pregnancy progresses, these might not be super comfortable for you or practical. By the third trimester you’ll benefit from comfortable maternity jeans you can rely on.
Are maternity jeans stretchy?
Most maternity jeans are made of stretchy materials to accommodate your growing belly and provide additional comfort. The stretchiness of jeans varies depending on the brand and style.