The 9 Best Maternity Jeans of 2021

Look and feel your best with the right maternity jeans

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Mama Ankle Jean-ish Leggings at

"With a seamless waistband that supports the baby bump for nine months, these 'jean-ish' leggings won't slip down and grow with you."

Best Long-Lasting: Bandia Maternity Mom Jeans at

"Made with a belly band that can be easily removed postpartum, these jeans will last through all stages of pregnancy and beyond."

Best Tall: Indigo Blue Secret Fit Tall Maternity Jeans at

"With a 32-inch inseam and slim fit these jeans are perfect for taller mamas and are long enough that they won't look cropped."

Best Splurge: Madewell Maternity Skinny Jeans at

"With full panel coverage and plenty of stretch, these jeans prove that a sexy fit doesn’t have to be sacrificed during pregnancy."

Best Petite: Full-Panel Rockstar Maternity Jeans at

"The skinny style and short ankle inseam of these full-panel maternity jeans give you a fitted and flattering look."

Best Shorts: H&M MAMA Boyfriend Denim Shorts at

"Styled for maximum comfort in hotter weather, these shorts have a looser fit and are perfect for summer pregnancies."

Best Plus-Size: Oh! Mamma Maternity Skinny Jeans at Walmart

"With sizes up to 3X and full panel coverage, these pants are a great option for soon-to-be mamas of all sizes."

Best on Amazon: Signature by Levi Baby Bump Skinny Jeans at Amazon

"With a seven day try-on period and free returns through Amazon Prime Wardrobe, these maternity jeans are an affordable option."

Best Overalls: GAP Maternity Denim Overalls at

"These stylish denim maternity overalls will grow with you throughout all stages of your pregnancy"

Owning a great pair of jeans is priceless, but owning a great pair of maternity jeans is nearly essential. To help you look and feel your best during pregnancy, find a pair (or two) that fit your lifestyle, budget, and seasonal needs.

There are three main types of maternity jeans: under-belly waistband, over-belly waistband, and side stretch panel. Try each one to see what feels best for you and your changing body. Pregnancy is not the time to sacrifice comfort for style. 

Here, the best maternity jeans for your growing bump.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Mama Ankle Jean-ish Leggings


Courtesy of Nordstrom

It’s no surprise that the maternity pants that stay put the best are made by Spanx, the iconic shapewear brand. These leggings come in a "Jean-ish” look with the Twilight Rinse, and are also available in black and white.

A seamless waistband supports the baby bump for nine months. They’re comfortable, won't slip down, and grow with you. For a pregnant lady, it’s the best of both worlds: the comfort of leggings with the style of jeans. Two back pockets complete the jean look. From sizes 0 through 16 (XS-XL), these are highly recommended for all bodies and easy to wear.

Best Long-Lasting: Bandia Maternity Mom Jeans With Removable Band

Courtesy of ASOS.

Designed to fit through all stages of pregnancy and even postpartum, these innovative jeans are made with a removable belly band and elastic bib that gives moms-to-be comfort and support during pregnancy. After pregnancy, simply unstitch the threads on the inside of the waistband. This will remove the maternity belly band and you’ll be able to convert the jeans back to a regular non-maternity style pair of pants.

While not for everyone, it’s an innovative approach and might be worth a try. The sizing runs based on regular pant size and the jeans have a zip fly, low rise waist, and five pockets. 

Best Tall: Indigo Blue Secret Fit Belly Tall Super Stretch Skinny Maternity Jeans

Courtesy of Motherhood.

This slim fit, skinny jean has a 32-inch inseam for taller mamas. They’re long enough that they won’t look cropped. The patented Secret Fit Belly is an innovative option—choose to pull it all the way up over your belly or fold it down below the bump. You could wear it below the bump in the second trimester and opt for the full coverage support in the third trimester

Best Splurge: Madewell Maternity Over-the-Belly Skinny Jeans

Courtesy of Madewell.

Fans of Madewell jeans will be happy to know that their signature, sexy fit doesn’t have to be sacrificed during pregnancy. The soft-to-the-touch denim is made with plenty of stretch, so they are comfortable but won’t get too baggy or slip down.

Madewell recommends ordering one size down from your regular sizing since these run large, and says the jeans are best for the second and third trimester. With a full panel placed a little higher than others, there’s plenty of room for your butt, and they look great from the back. You won’t be able to try these on in-store, since they're only available on Madewell’s website. 

Best Petite: Old Navy Maternity Full-Panel Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans

Courtesy of Old Navy.

For petite women, finding regular jeans can be tricky, let alone maternity jeans. The key to these Old Navy pants is the full-panel waistband that provides support, plus a smooth and seamless look. The skinny style and short ankle inseam, which measures 27 inches, give you a fitted (but not too tight) look.

Stretch fabric flatters all shapes, and the faux fly helps these look more like regular jeans. These are a versatile pair of jeans that will look great with both a big t-shirt on a weekend and a dressy top for a night out. 

Best Shorts: H&M MAMA Boyfriend Denim Shorts

Courtesy of H&M.

Thanks to H&M, pregnant moms-to-be don’t have to give up wearing jean shorts. Styled for maximum comfort in the hot summer months, these shorts have a looser fit.

The five-pocket boyfriend jean shorts are made of stretch denim and run true to size. They have a jersey panel that goes around your entire waist, so there is plenty of stretch and they'll grow with you during pregnancy. Since there’s no full panel coverage up over the belly bump, you don't have to worry about overheating. If denim shorts define summer for you, put a pair on your list.

Best Plus-Size: Maternity Oh! Mamma Skinny Jeans with Full Panel

Courtesy of Walmart.

These highly-rated maternity jeans are loved for a lot of reasons. The stretch fit is comfortable for all-day wear, and the full-panel coverage will keep your tummy supported for the entire pregnancy.

With inclusive sizing up to 3X, these pants are a great option for soon-to-be mamas of all sizes. They come in a variety of colors and offer a slim fit, making them look great from the back and the front. At a budget-friendly price, it's easy to stock up on multiple pairs.

Best on Amazon: Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Baby Bump Skinny Jeans

With a seven day try-on period and free returns through Amazon Prime Wardrobe, these stylish pants are an affordable option for maternity jeans. The premium denim is super stretchy, but will keep its shape all day long.

The Baby Bump panel in these jeans provides an elastic waist exclusively on the front panel. For some moms-to-be, this is helpful for the first trimester but may not provide enough stretch or support to last through the entire nine months. Reviewers love how these look like regular jeans from the back, since the elastic panel only appears in the front.

Best Overalls: GAP Maternity Denim Overalls

Courtesy of GAP.

Of course you can rely on the GAP for stylish, classic, maternity denim overalls. These highly-rated overalls fit well, are not too stretchy, and look great. To accommodate a growing bump, there are lots of ways to tailor their fit during all stages of pregnancy.

From the adjustable elasticized band at the back of the waist that offers support, to the adjustable button closure hardware on the sides and the adjustable racerback straps, this pair will last you the full nine months. The dropped front waistband hugs the belly and there are slant pockets in the front, and patch pockets on the butt. The sides run a bit low, so a long shirt is recommended. The inseam measures 28 inches.

Final Verdict

The best maternity jeans can carry your wardrobe—and style—through all three trimesters. Since fit (and the ability to stay put) is one of the most important factors when selecting the perfect pair, you can't go wrong with the Mama Ankle Jean-ish Leggings (view at Spanx). They fit like the brand's beloved leggings while providing that classic denim look.

Why Trust Verywell Family?

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's a mom of a 9-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. With maternity jeans lasting over three pregnancies, her pants were in style, went out of style, and then back in style again. 

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