Updated on January 1, 2021 by Lyric Fergusson
Jeans are an essential part of a woman’s wardrobes these days. They are the epitome of versatility: you can dress them up or down, you can find them in an endless array of styles, fits, and colors, and they never go out of fashion. So when you’re contemplating your maternity wardrobe, whether you need a casual pair for around the house, a cute pair to wear to the office, or the perfect black skinny jeans, a good pair of go-to maternity jeans are a must!
From skinny to boot-cut, cute to comfortable, here are my 7 favorite maternity jeans:
The Best Maternity Jeans
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: These Motherhood Maternity jeans are fantastic! They feature Motherhood’s exclusive patented belly panel feature that enables the material to grow along with your belly, which makes these jeans great to wear whether you are in your first trimester or your third! Their cotton and polyester blend accounts for their stretchy fit that is true to size and oh-so-comfy, and they have a 29-inch inseam and a bootleg cut which is both comfy and trendy. They also have functioning back pockets. When you consider the price, these are the best value for your money, as these jeans will last you the duration of your pregnancy!
Keep in mind: These are on the longer side, which makes them great for taller women! Also, all things being relative, some women feel these lean a little more toward “bell-bottoms” than boot cut.
(Highest quality — $$$)
Why it’s great: These maternity jeans are definitely my favorite on this list, due to their high quality and stylish appearance. As with many Motherhood Maternity jeans, these jeans feature their wonderful and patented, secret belly fit design in the belly panel that will stretch to fit you as your belly grows, and accommodate you throughout your pregnancy. These skinny leg jeggings are full length with a 30-inch inseam and have fully functioning front and back pockets – something many maternity jeans lack. They come in a dark wash and medium wash denim have a nice, polished look. Even the belly band is stylish looking!
Keep in mind: These run a bit small, and some women say there isn’t much stretch in the material, or that they can be tight at the ankles. Pay close attention to the size charts when ordering.
(Best for first trimester — $$)
Why it’s great: These Levis look great with their 80% cotton dark wash denim! What’s neat about them is their cooling technology feature in the baby bump panel, which is especially nice considering the tendency to run hot during pregnancy. These jeans are super stretchy with a snug fit and they run true to size. They don’t lose shape throughout the day, so they look great all day long. They also have functional back pockets, which is a plus, as many maternity jeans do not. I have never had a pair of Levis I didn’t love.
Keep in mind: These are best worn during your first trimester, as they can feel a little tight in the low belly as your belly begins to grow.
(Most comfortable — $$)
Why it’s great: Can you tell I love Motherhood?! These straight legged jeans are another on the list to feature their patented secret fit belly design that grows along with your baby bump, so you can snag this pair early on and make it your go-to until baby comes! They have a 28.5-inch inseam, and come in a dark wash denim. These are really stretchy and have a comfortable and relaxed fit with a straight leg that can be worn with pretty much anything.
Keep in mind: The front pockets are faux.
(Best selection variety — $)
Why it’s great: These ultra stretch spandex fabric bootcut jeans have the greatest variety of colors and styles to choose from, and bonus, all pockets are real! Hard to find in maternity jeans! These jeans can be worn all throughout your pregnancy, and are so cute and comfortable that they are even wearable when you’re not pregnant, as many women choose to do! Don’t believe me? Just read the reviews! At this price range, you could get a pair in every color.
Keep in mind: You may need to size up, as these tend to run a bit small, and the legs are on the shorter side, so long legs beware and check length measurements.
(Best black jeans — $$)
Why it’s great: These skinny black ankle jeans are my favorite black maternity jeans. They are super cute with the leg cut just above the ankle for a casual look. These jeans feature a knit belly panel that offers lower-back support during your first trimester, but can also be folded down to accommodate your body as your belly grows. These jeans fit great, are true to size, and are cute and comfy. They also wear great post-pregnancy.
Keep in mind: The description states that these are for first trimester, but the reviews state that they are best for second and third trimesters.
7. Motherhood Maternity Women’s Maternity Indigo Blue Side Panel Skinny Ankle Length Denim Overalls, Medium
(Best overalls — $$$)
Why it’s great: These overalls are adorable! They have a destructed look throughout and are frayed at the ankle where the hem is let down. Being 98% cotton, they have a stretchy, relaxed fit, and are so comfortable. These overalls feature an elastic side panel that will expand as your belly grows, which means these babies can be worn throughout your pregnancy, and beyond!
Keep in mind: These fall to right above the ankle, but can appear much shorter on ladies with longer legs.
FAQs about maternity jeans
1. How do I know my maternity jeans size? Do I size up?
The best thing to do is to start with your pre-pregnancy size. Most brands will recommend this. However, it is important to note that sizing variations occur across different brands, so it is always advised that you consult sizing charts specific to the jeans you are considering and go from there. You might also want to check the return policy just in case the jeans you choose don’t fit as expected.
2. When should I start wearing maternity jeans?
There is no “magic week” where you cross the threshold into maternity-wear land. You should start wearing maternity jeans whenever your regular jeans begin to feel uncomfortable for you in any way.
3. How do I choose the best maternity jeans?
You should look for maternity jeans with a waistband that feels comfortable, and perhaps gives the option to wear up or down. You want to make sure the pants stay up through various movements and don’t restrict movement or circulation anywhere.
4. What is the best material for maternity jeans?
Most maternity jeans seem to have a blend of materials including cotton, polyester, and spandex. You want to find maternity pants that are flexible and stretchy, as your body will change shape throughout your pregnancy, and it’s very likely that not just your belly will grow.
5. Do I need maternity jeans?
Maybe not. It all depends on the individual. It is important to note, however, that wearing restrictive clothing can be extremely uncomfortable during pregnancy, and wearing too tight garments can also restrict blood flow and circulation, causing discomfort on the bladder and belly. The main thing is that you want to feel comfortable so that you can focus on the joys of pregnancy, and not the discomforts of it.
Pregnancy is an exciting time of change and growth. You are going through a series of dynamic transformations as your body changes inside and out. Early on in your pregnancy, it may be easy enough to fit into your regular jeans. But usually, around the end of the first trimester, they tend to grow a bit snug, and then you know it’s time to size up to maternity jeans.
Shopping for maternity jeans need not be a struggle. You may just need one solid pair that can serve as your go-to during your pregnancy, or maybe you need that one perfect pair for just the right occasion. Maybe you’d rather spend a little and get several pairs you can cycle through, and maybe you’d rather throw down a few more bucks on one higher-quality pair that will hold up throughout the third trimester and beyond.
Some maternity jeans have features that others don’t. It is important to consider which features are important to you, and not to overlook things that may not seem like a big deal at first, but will later drive you crazy (why are those front pockets fake?!).
Whatever your needs are, there is certainly the right pair of maternity jeans out there for you. Hopefully, this list has helped you narrow down your search a bit.