The 8 Best Maternity Jeans to Buy in 2018

Outfit your wardrobe with the right pair for your pregnancy

Along with the morning sickness, changing hormones, and mood swings, soon-to-be-moms also have their changing bodies to look forward to. Of course, being pregnant is an amazing thing, but it does come with its fair share of uncomfortable moments. As such, finding the perfect pair of maternity jeans—something that feels and looks great—for your changing body is super important.

Not all pregnant bodies are built the same. Some women are tall, while others are petite. Some women prefer side panels while others are more comfortable in panels that cover their entire stomach. What's more, you won't just be wearing these while you are pregnant, many women wear these during the postpartum period as well.

When it comes to choosing the right size to get, most retailers will recommend you order your pre-pregnancy size and they have converted the jeans over to fit a pregnant woman. Though we always recommend reading the comments to see if anyone one else has the same shape concerns as you.

Whatever style or shape you’re looking for, here are some of the top maternity jean options out there.

Best Overall: Maternity Premium Full Panel Rockstar Jeans

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Courtesy of Old Navy

Just because you're buying maternity jeans doesn't mean you want them to look big and baggy (but you do want them to be comfy!). Old Navy has an extensive line of maternity jeans that can fit a whole range of shapes and comes in various styles including skinny jeans and more. The full panel Rockstars are modeled after their ever-popular Rockstar non-maternity jeans give you a true skinny fit but fit comfortably over your growing belly with its full-panel coverage.

This design comes in a whole range of washes and has a 29" inseam. It has decorative pockets so you won't be able to stash your phone in them, but it makes them look more fitted. Sizing works similar to your regular Old Navy size. You might want to go up a size or two if your legs are swelling.

Since these are full panel maternity jeans you might want to hold off on buying these till your belly gets bigger, so the second or third trimester is best. And these will work great for your postpartum period as well.

Best Budget: Planet Motherhood Demi-Panel 5-Pocket Bootcut Maternity Jeans

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Courtesy of Walmart

If you haven't already noticed, being pregnant and registering for a baby can be quite expensive. Not wanting to spend a lot on clothes that you will wear for a short amount of time is a common conundrum that many expecting moms share. Thankfully, Walmart has a large selection of affordable maternity clothes that look good but feel even better on the wallet. This bootcut pair comes in four different washes so you can buy what suits your wardrobe most or get a few pairs.

These jeans have an elastic waist that rises up more than most side panels but isn't as encompassing as a full panel. This pair would also work great postpartum because the panel isn't too high that it would feel weird a few months after your baby arrives.

Many reviewers commend the soft and comfortable jeans that actually have pockets you can use (many maternity jean pockets are just decorative). Though many noted the washes are not similar to what is shown, so be aware.

Best Side Panel: Good Mama The Honeymoon Low Rise Maternity Skinny Jeans

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Courtesy of Nordstrom

As your belly starts to grow you might not be quite ready for full-on maternity jeans but your pre-pregnancy jeans might be tight and uncomfortable. This pair from Khloe Kardashian's Good American brand not only looks good it feels good in those first few months of pregnancy and will also be a welcome relief postpartum.

This pair has side panels on the waist which will stretch as you continue to grow taking any pressure off of zipping too tight jeans. These are available in a black and blue wash and can fit pre-pregnancy sizes of 00-24.

Best Petite: Jessica Simpson Maternity Petite Skinny Jeans

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 Courtesy of Macy's

Petite pregnant women have a real challenge when it comes to finding the perfect pair of maternity jeans. With their growing bumps its hard to find something that expands with their size but is also tailored to their smaller frame.

Jessica Simpson (yes, that Jessica Simpson) makes a highly-rated pair of maternity jeans just for petite women like herself. This dark wash pair can be dressed up or dressed down while it also has a skinny cut, flattering those legs. This pair has a full panel for comfort up until the big day and beyond.

Many reviewers comment that these were the perfect pair for them because they are comfortable, soft, and have just the right amount of stretch. One reviewer noted that the ankle opening was a bit small so something to take note if you have large ankles or are dealing with a lot of swelling.

Best Tall: The Maternity Jean

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Courtesy of Long Tall Sally

 If you have long legs or are tall you've probably always run into the problem of finding jeans that are the right length for you. The challenge doesn't stop when searching for maternity jeans for tall people but the retailer Long Tall Sally makes clothing specifically for tall women and they make maternity jeans, hooray!

These skinny jeans come with a full panel and in a black/blue wash that will flatter all. The sizes start at size 6 and go up to 18 and all come at a 36" length.

One reviewer who is 6'4" said these worked well for her even though she normally wears a 37" inseam but noted the top-band was a little restrictive.

Best Plus-Size: Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Plus Size Crossover Panel Skinny Jeans

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Courtesy of Target

Plus-size girls—these are the maternity jeans for you. These dark washed jeans have a crossover panel which rides up over your bump in front but has a lower crossover panel in the back which not only supports your back it also helps keep you cool. The stretch in the jeans conforms to your growing body while the panel won't constrict you as you get closer to your baby's birth.

Reviewers love the crossover panel in the back, say they fit true to size, and they are very comfortable throughout pregnancy.

Best Bootcut: Secret Fit Belly Stretch Bootcut Maternity Jeans

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Courtesy of Motherhood

Not everyone wants a pair of skinny jeans and even if you do have a closet full of them sometimes it is nice to have some other options. This top-rated bootcut pair does double duty working with sneakers for a casual weekend or they can be dressed up with boots for date night. They have a full-panel and a 32" inseam so they are the ideal length for most average and tall women.

The sizing works as XS-XL so be sure to check the sizing chart to see which pair would work best for you. Moms-to-be comment these are comfortable and they don't slip down (a common complaint amongst maternity jeans) but yet they aren't too tight around the belly.

Best Distressed: 1822 Denim Destructed Maternity Skinny Jeans

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Courtesy of Nordstrom

While a classic pair of jeans is nice to have in your closet, a distressed pair gives your outfit some edge and is on-trend right now. These skinny jeans from 1822 Denim hug your body in all the right places but are still comfortable throughout the full 40 weeks. The cotton blend makeup provides just enough stretch where you need it, while the full-panel covers your belly and expands as you grow without being too tight or too loose.

Reviewers comment that these are comfortable and feel more like leggings than stiff jeans.

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