The 10 best maternity jeans for every style

Designer and affordable jeans that will flatter your growing bump.

The 10 best maternity jeans for every style

Is your bulging belly getting in the way of rocking your favorite pair of jeans? Don't worry: no matter how big the bump, your denim-wearing days are actually far from over. That's because denim brands and the maternity world have collided to gift us, preggers, with jeans that work wonders on our new growing figures. In fact, maternity jeans are likely to become the core of our maternity wardrobe. And though shopping for jeans is never an easy feat -- least of all when you have a baby growing inside of you -- you can and will find the perfect pair that will carry you all the way to birth in style.

To help you in your hunt, we scoured the internet for the top-rated favorites. From skinny jeans to overalls to shorts -- here are 12 of the best maternity denim wear for every body type and every budget. Spoiler alert: they are so comfy, you may actually consider wearing them after baby is born.


Skinny Jeans

Splurge: 7 For All Mankind Ankle Skinny Jean

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Expecting or not, 7 For All Mankind jeans have been a designer denim junkie's go-to for ages. With super-flattering cuts and reliable washes, what's not to love? This staple pair features their patented secret fit Belly(R) Panel and innovative B(Air) technology to create a soft, lightweight jean that stretches as you grow. The comfy full belly panel ensures everything stays tucked in and supported through every trimester.

Reviewers say: "Love these jeans. They are comfortable and flattering. They may be pricey, they are worth the investment. I pair them with a tee, a black leather jacket, and pop color heel for date night. Who says you can't have style when you're expecting?"–Amanda M.

$189

Save: H & M MAMA Skinny Jean

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Nothing fancy, just a super comfy, super stretchy pair of skinny jeans from H&M to prove you wrong: You can sport a bowling ball AND keep on wearing your beloved skinnies. Bonus points for the fact that you don't have to break the bank to stay true to your style all pregnancy long and that they come in four washes to stock up on.

Reviewers say: "These are the most comfortable pair of jeans I own. I highly recommend them! I'm 7 months pregnant and I ordered the medium. They fit perfectly, not only around the stomach but the length too."—H & M shopper

$34.99

White Jeans

Splurge: AG Secret Fit

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Since launching in 2000, the LA-based AG jeans have been a leader in the premium denim space with pieces that focus on fit and fabrication. While a pricey white jean might be risky if you've already got a sticky-handed toddler afoot, there's no denying that a crisp pair of snow-white denim is a fashionista's must-have. Take the risk, mama. It's worth it.

Reviewers say: "I love the feel of these jeans, I did have to return the ones in my pre-pregnancy size and size up one to get a good fit though. They are a little small in the butt area and I have a small butt to begin with. Once I got the right size though I have been very happy!"—Ashley M.

$198

Save: J. Crew Factory White Maternity Jean

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If you want to get the look without blowing the budget (or don't want to stress about sticky hands), J. Crew Factory's got you. The white full belly panel stretches just right through each phase of bump development and fit true to size, making it easy to get the right pair on the first try.

Reviewers say: "I've been looking for reasonably priced, comfortable, high-quality maternity jeans since finding out I was pregnant, and these hit the mark. The denim is crazy soft and has just the right amount of stretch. Also, I find that they stay up when wearing throughout the day, and are NOT see-through. I ordered my normal pre-maternity size, and found the fit to be an exact match, especially since they're so stretchy. If you are on the fence about these, get them!"—Adriane

$46.50

Overalls

Splurge: Hatch The Easy Denim Overall

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It's easy to obsess over all things Hatch. Not only are all of their pieces absolutely gorgeous, but they're also all designed with longevity in mind. Yes, they're pricey but if you invest in them early in your pregnancy, they'll take you all the way through and then some. The Easy Denim Overalls make an awesome staple and can easily pair with sneakers and tees or heels and cashmere.

Reviewers say: " "I've spent an unhealthy amount of time this pregnancy drooling over HATCH Collection's latest and great maternity releases, and while some pieces are a little less practical, I've rationalized The Easy Denim Overall as a completely, well, rational spend. They have enough room to grow all three trimesters and are super soft. Plus, you can dress them up or down." —Kaity

$378

Save: Target Isabel Maternity Denim Overalls

There's a lot to love from the Isabel Maternity line at Target—especially if you aren't looking to drop a mortgage payment on your maternity wardrobe. These stretchy and just-faded-enough overalls are a must-have, offering a trendy look that's uber comfy without trying too hard. The unfinished hem lends a laid-back look and they also look adorable rolled up.

Reviewers say: "These are the best overalls ever! I could live in these, and plan to for the next 22 weeks. They fit your body like non-maternity clothes, and are flattering and not frumpy. I'm 5'6, 125lbs normally, currently 142lbs at 18 weeks and the size 6 fits like it was made for me. They're slightly cropped, which I like. They do stretch out some after wearing them, but just the right amount." Mojomommy

$39.99

Plus Size

Splurge: Good American Good Mama Side Inserts Jean

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With sizes from 00-24, Good American is an inclusively sized brand that is on a mission to empower jeans-wearing mamas of all shapes and sizes. For those who don't love a full panel, this timeless style features elastic sides and a button closure that sits below the belly.

Reviewers say: "These jeans are amazing. I'm not a fan of the pregnancy jeans with the fabrics that pulls above the bump. These hit the mark in terms of height, quality, chicness, stretch, and comfort. I was looking for a pair of pregnancy jeans that looks more like a regular pair of jeans as my regular jeans stopped fitting at 14 weeks. These did the trick. They have perfect stretch and have grown with me (now at 20 weeks) and I could see them working until the end. I'm 5'6, athletic build. Length is perfect, color has kept through several washes now. I have these in black and dark blue and I want more!"–Katie K.

$159

Save: Motherhood Maternity Super Stretch Skinny

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Motherhood Maternity offers a small selection of plus size maternity clothes and while they don't have a lot of jeans to choose from, the ones they have are done right. The go-with-everything skinnies are available in two washes and feature a panel that can be worn over the belly or rolled down below it.

Reviewers say: "These are some of the most comfortable plus size pants ever! They feel like yoga pants but look like sleek dark wash denim. I can dress them up or down and still be comfortable." Katharine P.

$41.98

Boyfriend Jeans

Splurge: Hatch The New Boyfriend Maternity Jean

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Delightfully distressed and designed to wear throughout your entire pregnancy, Hatch's Boyfriend jeans are nothing short of obsession-worthy. The wash makes them perfect for literally every season and if you keep wearing them long after baby, no one will be the wiser.

Reviewers say: "I tried the over-the-belly stretchy-panel style in my first pregnancy, and they were constantly slipping down. Gave up on those, decided to try these (wincing a little at the price) and they are WORTH. IT. Such a great fit, look slouchy and cool in the right way, and I could wear them all the way through to the end. Treated myself to a second pair for the second pregnancy!" Roxanne L.

Save(ish): Seraphine Slim Boyfriend Maternity Jean

Slouchy without being frumpy, the right pair of boyfriend jeans can be incredibly versatile. This pair from Seraphine nails it with a slimmer leg that can be rolled up for a more chic look and a slightly faded wash that can go anywhere.

Reviewers say: "Where have these jeans been! They are just perfect. Being 5ft 10 it has been a mission to find the perfect maternity jean but these are just right! They are also generous, I'm between a UK 14/16 but the 14Long fit perfectly with room to grow at 24 weeks. I only stumbled across your long range by chance, please advertise more as I could had these weeks ago."—Becky

$79





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The HATCH Mama collection is everything your pregnant body needs right now

Their oil is the only thing that stopped my belly from itching as it grew bigger.

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Let me start by saying I'm not a fan of moisturizing. I hate being wet and sticky and after applying product to my body, I have to stand around awkwardly until I'm fully air-dried—a practice that is not compatible with having three kids under the age of 3. However, as someone who has carried three children in her body, I also know how much your belly needs hydration as the baby grows.

This was especially true with my second pregnancy. My belly popped way sooner (a thing that happens with subsequent pregnancies) and on top of that, I was carrying twins, which meant I became super pregnant super fast. My belly was itching constantly from the skin stretching (I checked with my doctor to make sure I didn't have Cholestasis) and there was no scratching in the world that could ease my discomfort. My doula recommended the HATCH Mama belly oil and changed my life. The oil is nourishing—but more important to me, quick-drying—so I could apply it all over my planet-sized twin belly and get dressed immediately after without having my clothes ruined nor stuck to my body. Because of how much I loved the oil, I tested other products, and let me tell you, they're all equally amazing.

Curious about the HATCH Mama collection? All of their products are non-toxic and mama-safe, designed to help pregnant people overcome the challenges unique to pregnancy. As their website claims, "from stretch marks to thinning hair, to sleepless nights, we're helping you tackle every prenatal and postnatal beauty issue head-on so you can continue to feel like the best version of you." I'm here for all of this. For the entire Hatch Beauty collection click here.


Here are my favorite products from HATCH Mama:


Belly oil

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Intensely hydrating + fantastic at reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, this will be your favorite through pregnancy + beyond.

$58

Belly mask

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Not only does it help to minimize the appearance of stretch masks + scars during pregnancy + postpartum, but there is a little non-toxic wink (and that's to you, mama.)

$42

Nipple + lip ointment 

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Calming + soothing, this magic sauce is lanolin-free & made of tropical butters and super fruits. I'm not lying when I say you will not want to stop using this, even way after birth.

$28

Belly tattoos

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A very rock and roll way to honor your bump. And non-toxic + plant-based at that!

$18

This article was originally published in March 2021. It has been updated.

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Motherly created the flexible online birth class moms need

The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.

Taking a birth class is a pregnancy milestone. Whether you've been excited to take a birth class for a long time or have just recently decided that you wanted to take one, sitting down for that first lesson feels big—spoiler alert, this is really happening! But finding time for a birth class isn't as easy as it would seem.

We know new parents are busy (hello, understatement of the year). Between diaper changes, pediatrician appointments, healing from birth and the general adjustment to #newparentlife, the days can fill up quickly. But a lot of people are caught off guard by how busy pregnancy can be, too! That first trimester is so often full of symptoms—like nausea and fatigue—that can make previously easy or simple tasks exhausting. The second trimester begins and (usually) we start to feel better. But then our days get filled with planning out baby registries and deciding on questions like, "Where will this tiny new human sleep?" And before you know it, it's the third trimester—and, well, then you're in the home stretch. Plus there are so many appointments!

All this to say that we get how busy you are—and how hard that might make it to fit in a birth class.

And that's why we created The Motherly Birth Class. The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.


Think you'll want to watch each lesson a few times over? Great!

Due date's next week and you need the option to take a birth class very quickly? No problem!

Like everything at Motherly, we designed this class with you in mind.

Taught by Certified Nurse-Midwife Diana Spalding (who also wrote "The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama"), this class is broken into 12 lessons—and you get to control how and when you watch them. We'll teach you about what your (amazing) body is up to in labor, how to decide when it's time to head to the hospital or birth center (or when to call your home birth midwife), what your options are for coping with pain and so much more.

When you sign up for The Motherly Birth Class, you'll get access to a downloadable workbook and meditations. Plus, you'll be invited to join our supportive private online community (where you can chat with the class instructor!)

Oh, one more thing: Your insurance or flexible spending account might even able to able to cover the cost of this class.

Pregnancy is wonderful—but it's a lot. You deserve a birth class that works for you and empowers you to have your best birth. Because vaginal or Cesarean, unmedicated or medication, birth is incredible. And you are the star of it all.

You've got this.

Sign up for The Motherly Birth Class today!

The Motherly Birth Class

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Take our completely digital birth class from the comfort of your living room. We'll help you have your best birth—because you deserve it.

$79

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14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


Secret Agent play set

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This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Stepping Stones

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Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

$99.99

Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Sensory play set

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Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$19.95

Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Foam pogo stick

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Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

$16.99

Dumptruck 

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

$22

Hopper ball

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Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

$14.99

Pull-along ducks

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$16.99

Rocking chair seesaw

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This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

$79.99

Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$79.99

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

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15 vegetarian school lunch ideas kids will gobble up

Need some plant-free lunch ideas to take to school? We got you, mama.

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Have your kids stopped eating meat? Is your family just trying to cut back? One trend I'm intrigued by is eating vegetarian on the weekdays, then going omnivore Saturday through Sunday. For health, happiness and environmental reasons, more and more families are simply opting out of anything that's not grown from the ground—and that includes two of my daughters.

With school starting back up, you may be needing some more school lunch ideas for kids that don't include meat to keep those cute lunch boxes—and little bellies—full!

Here are our favorite ways to pack lunch boxes that are hearty, satisfying, full of protein yet vegetarian all the way through.

Simplified Focaccia Bread

When we lived in Italy, we learned that focaccia bread was originally made for fishermen who needed a fast lunch that would stick with them until dinner. Olive oil not only packs a flavorful punch but adds enough (good) fats to keep fishermen full. Turns out, it works for kids at school too and this easy recipe is the best way to make it!

Cheddar Cheese and Apple Muffins

Think of these savory baked goods as a twist on a biscuit--one that's packed with tart apples and creamy, salty cheddar cheese.

Whole-Wheat Mini Tomato Galettes

Start with pie crust (use our easy recipe or take a shortcut with something from the store) then layer on the freshly sliced tomatoes (or potatoes!), sprinkle with cheese and bake. These make-ahead lunches will be the hit of your bento boxes (Tip: measure the size of your container and adjust your galettes before baking!)

Spicy Black Bean Enchilada Cups

Of all the ways to eat enchiladas, I bet you've never thought of this one. Fold tortillas into muffin pans and fill with all the gorgeous flavors of enchiladas. If your kids aren't into spicy, simply skip the adobe sauce and use mild enchilada sauce instead. (P.S. If you like the idea of using your muffin pan for another lunch special, try lasagna cups too.)

Veggie Nuggets

Served at room temp, this vegetarian spin on every kid's favorite food is a tasty treat. Don't forget to pack dipping sauce! (Bonus: Make a big batch and store in the freezer to simply pull out when you're ready to pack lunches.)

Fruit & Nut Butter Wraps

Begin with a tortilla or wrap, then slather on a thick layer of your chosen nut butter and top with freshly sliced fruit: strawberries, peaches, blueberries… Almost any combination works deliciously.

Puff Pastry Pizza

Talk about a happy meal. This one combines pizza with the buttery, flaky texture of puff pastry. Add any toppings your kids love, from plain cheese to tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and more.

Crispy Tofu Nuggets

If you've got an air fryer and a vegetarian kid, these tofu nuggets are your new best dish. Their perfectly crisp texture will remind you of a popular dish served in packs of six at a restaurant that rhymes with Schmic-donalds.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

"But how do you get enough protein?" For every parent of a vegetarian has heard this about a zillion times too many, here's your one-word reply: quinoa! This golden grain is packed with the stuff, plus fiber to keep kids full. Fill a colorful pepper with quinoa, plus a handful of other tasty flavors, and you've got a protein-rich lunch to send to school on repeat.

Tiny Tomato Pies

My daughter asks me to make these pies for her birthday every year. And when her friends come over for dinner. And when it's her turn to choose a meal. There's something about a flaky crust topped with cheese and fresh tomato slices all grilled together that even elementary school kids can't resist. (Psst: Since it starts with store-bought biscuit dough, these tiny pies come together in a snap.)

Quiche Cups

One of the best things about quiche is how versatile it is: add cheese, grilled veggies, roasted broccoli, fresh herbs...or none of the above. Since you use a muffin pan to make a dozen at a time, you can even change up the combinations to suit your kids' tastes.

Simple Sushi Rolls

Don't let the name fool you. Making sushi is not only easier than you think, but a fun way for kids to try their hand in the kitchen with you.

Toasted Bagel Bites with Hummus

Slice up a store-bought bagel and give it a minute under the broiler and you'll have the crispy bites kids devour at lunch. My kids like a little hummus, marinara sauce or nut butter and jelly for dipping.

Very Pickle-y Egg Salad

The secret to this egg salad is simple: tons of dill pickles. The salty, sweet and crunchy texture makes the perfect bite with all those rich and creamy boiled eggs. (Tip: Save time with dill pickle relish.)

Taco Pop Tarts

What started as a cheeky way to use up taco filling has turned into one of my kids' most-requested lunches. Just fill pie crust with your favorite taco filling (using beans or a veggie substitute for ground beef) and bake. Again, word to the wise, do measure your lunch box compartment ahead of time so you don't make mammoth pop tarts like someone I know. Me, it's me. Of course it's me.

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