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 maternity brands have collided to gift us with jeans that work wonders on our new growing figures.
In fact, maternity jeans are likely to become the core of your 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.
When should you start wearing maternity jeans?
You’re in luck because you know what? There are absolutely no rules that state when you can wear pregnancy jeans. (Let’s just say Joey Tribbiani was onto something when he called them Thanksgiving pants.) That said, most of us have gotten away with modifying our regular jeans with a belly band or the super budget-friendly hair tie hack through the first trimester. (Hook an elastic hair tie around the button hole and then connect it to the button as an extender. Voila! Pants that fit for an extra few weeks!)
But you do you, mama. If your non-maternity jeans are starting to get uncomfortable, it’s time to treat yourself. Not ready for a full belly panel? No problem. There are plenty of comfy styles that sit below your belly instead. (A great option as postpartum jeans as well!)
To help you in your hunt, we’ve linked them here and scoured the internet for other top-rated favorites. From skinnies to overalls, here are 16 of the best maternity jeans for every body type and every budget. Spoiler alert: they are so comfy, you may actually consider wearing them after baby is born.
Our favorite maternity jeans
Pound for pound, one of my best clothing investments ever was a pair of distressed black maternity jeans from Madewell. The style is super versatile allowing you to pair it with everything from drapey tops and heels to distressed tees and cute sneakers. And let’s be real: They’re the perfect wash for any mama who’s already got a grimy-handed toddler in tow. Reviewers rave about this pair for the comfy over-the-belly panel, stretchy construction that doesn’t get too stretched out and overall look that doesn’t feel like a maternity compromise. (Note they do tend to run a little big, so you may need to size down!)
From the light-but-not-too-light wash to the relaxed fit and frayed hem, these are the kind of jeans you can live in all week long. The soft elastic band sits below the belly to keep you comfortable during and after pregnancy.
Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel
With hundreds of 5-star reviews and a price tag that can’t be beat, these skinnies are a no-brainer. And while they look like so many other pairs, this one has a clever secret. Instead of a full belly panel that extends up the back as well, this brilliant design covers just the belly to keep you from overheating. The dark wash goes with everything and they’re available in sizes 00-18.
Like the look without the rips? We love this pair from premium denim brand Joe’s. It’s a staple in their non-maternity line up with its classic skinny fit and perfectly placed back pockets that do amazing things for your booty. The maternity version is also great for mamas who don’t love the over-the-belly panel. These sit below your belly and feature elastic insets at the side to give you room to grow instead. (Alternatively, check out a similar style from 1822 Denim that comes in at less than 1/3 the price!)
It’s a pretty bold claim for any kind of denim to call itself “butter,” but this pair truly delivers. Soft and flexible with plenty of stretch, these jeans understand exactly what you need during pregnancy with a fit that feels exactly like your favorite pair of leggings. The length is just a tad bit cropped which admittedly may be too short for those with longer legs, but for short and average mamas they’re ideal.
H & M
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.
Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara
You can do it. You can step outside the skinnies and re-embrace the styles of decades past! Take for example these sleek, flared numbers from Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara. Not only are they incredibly budget-friendly, they also look super gorg with pointy heels.
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– maternity line included. With a super stealth adjustable waistband, they’re designed to grow with you throughout pregnancy and still look great postpartum. And 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.
J. Crew Factory
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. This top-rated style features a 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.
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.
River Island Maternity
Loosen up, mama! The casual chic look of this relaxed pair from River Island Maternity redefines “mom jeans.” The low rise is accompanied by a stretch-jersey bump band to keep them comfy.
The Ingrid Maternity line is always a budget-friendly win. This flattering bootcut style is a current stand out with high marks for comfort, in part because of the clever crossover panel. It sits high on the belly but low on the back for added support.
Cropped jeggings are arguably the most versatile of styles. In the warmer months, these pair perfectly with sandals and sneakers and when it’s chilly, they tuck neatly into boots. Win win!
Is there a more mama-friendly style than overalls? Hardly. They’ve got allllll the pockets, room to move (and grow!) and keep you from hiking up your pants every five minutes. The brand new Hatch’s Denim Maternity Overall offers all that and more. Thoughtful details like adjustable side buttons ensure they’ll fit through each trimester while the back waistband offers a bit of shape and structure. Available in indigo and true white, they can easily pair with sneakers and tees or even heels and cashmere. (TBH, everything pairs with cashmere, doesn’t it?)
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.
A maternity staple if ever there was one! Between the classic fit, versatile dark wash and Hatch’s grow-with-you design that sits below the belly, you’ll reach for these day in and day out. They’re made from a recycled cotton blend that has just a bit of stretch and hit at or above the ankle depending on your height. The best part? They come in three additional washes to cover all your style needs.