The Best Maternity Jeans for Every Type of Pregnant Body

With a stylist's advice, we picked Madewell Maternity Vintage Jeans

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The 10 Best Maternity Jeans of 2022

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The past few years of sweatpants dominance combined with your now-growing belly may mean that it's been a while since you thought of jeans as your go-to pants. But we're here to tell you that maternity jeans are a helpful wardrobe staple; modern and comfortable, they go with everything.

Tested & Approved

Our favorite maternity jeans of the moment are the Madewell Maternity Over-the-Belly Perfect Vintage Jeans, which have enough stretch to be comfortable but still suit today's stiffer denim trend. If you're looking for something as stretchy as can be, the Spanx Mama Ankle Jean-ish Leggings are great, too.

"If you haven't worn denim in a while, the best advice is to keep it simple," New Jersey-based stylist Julie Holobinko tells Verywell Family. "One full length and one cropped style could last you your whole pregnancy."

As you start your search for the best jeans to wear right now, you'll have to decide if you want to relax in the stretch of jeggings or go with Holobinko's trend advice: "Denim styles have changed significantly over the past few years. A straight-leg jean with a more rigid denim looks much more modern and cool." We kept her words in mind, as well as budget, lifestyle, and the physical needs of changing pregnant bodies, while researching this list.

Based on what we learned, here are the best maternity jeans right now.

Best Overall: Madewell Maternity Over-the-Belly Perfect Vintage Jeans

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Madewell Maternity Over-the-Belly Perfect Vintage Jeans

Source: Madewell

Pros
  • Non-slip over-the-belly panel

  • Modern denim style

  • Just enough stretch for comfort

Cons
  • Costly

As fans of Madewell's denim, we love that this trendy style of straight-leg jeans is available in something comfortable enough for pregnancy, which is why this is our top pick. This relaxed silhouette looks like a modern mom jean, and it's available in two washes. The over-the-belly panel is soft, supportive, and designed not to slip down. With raw hems and a ripped style, these jeans are definitely a more casual choice, so if you're splurging on them, make sure they fit your look.

Size range: 23–33 | Material: 99% cotton, 1% spandex

Best Jeggings: Spanx Mama Ankle Jean-ish Leggings

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Courtesy of Nordstrom

Pros
  • Big seamless waistband

  • Three washes

  • Back pockets

Cons
  • No light wash

  • Expensive

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 denim 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 person, it's the best of both worlds: the comfort of leggings with the style of jeans. Two back pockets complete the jeans look. These are also highly recommended for all bodies and are easy to wear.

Size range: XS–XL | Material: Cotton/polyester/elastane blend body, nylon/elastane panel

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

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Courtesy of Walmart.
Pros
  • Wide range of sizes

  • Affordable

  • Demi or full panel options

Cons
  • Style may be more straight leg than skinny for some

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 bodies 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.

Size range: S–3X | Material: Cotton/polyester/rayon/spandex blend

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

Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women's Maternity Baby Bump Skinny Jeans

Courtesy: Levi

Pros
  • Belly panel is only in the front

  • Three color options

  • Free returns

Cons
  • Pricing varies based on size and color

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 parents-to-be, this is helpful for the first trimester, and some like that they look like regular jeans from the back, but they may not provide enough stretch or support to last through the entire nine months.

Size range: XS–XL | Material: Cotton/polyester/elastane blend

Best Shorts: Motherhood Maternity Secret Fit Cuffed Maternity Shorts

Secret Fit Belly Cuffed Maternity Shorts

Courtesy of Motherhood Maternity

Pros
  • 4.5-inch inseam

  • Full coverage belly panel

Cons
  • One color option

Feel stylish and comfortable even during those hot summer months, thanks to the looser fit on these shorts. They run true to size and feature a belly band to provide you with support during your day.

They're flattering no matter what you pair with them, whether it's a T-shirt and sandals or a flowy top. You can choose from a medium wash or dark wash, depending on which is your favorite, without having to break the bank because they're budget-friendly, too.

Size range: XS–XL | Material: Cotton/spandex blend shorts, nylon/spandex panel

Best for Fourth Trimester: Asos Bandia Maternity Ankle Grazer Skinny Jeans

Asos Bandia Maternity Skinny Jeans

Courtesy of Asos

Pros
  • Removable belly band

  • Five pockets

  • Free delivery and returns

Cons
  • One color option

It's so convenient to have a pair of jeans to last you through your entire pregnancy and postpartum. These maternity jeans feature a removable bump band and extension tab to ensure you have plenty of room and can remain comfortable as your belly grows. Once you've delivered, simply remove the stitch for the waistband, and you have a regular pair of jeans.

While many love this innovative approach, others also appreciate the zip fly, belt loops, and skinny fit. Made with cotton and spandex, they'll feel comfortable all day long.

Size range: UK 6–16 | Material: Cotton/spandex blend

Best 'Mom Jeans': H&M Mama Mom Loose Ankle Jean

H&M Mama Mom Loose Ankle Jean

Source: H&M Mama

Pros
  • Two color options

  • Wide size range

  • Full belly panel stays up

Cons
  • Not available in stores

Stylist Julie Holobinko advises women looking for a casual fit to focus on some newer styles. "Think mom jeans or boyfriend jeans for an even more relaxed silhouette," she says. These H&M picks come in two washes and feature a loose fit in an ankle-length style. The denim is thicker and has covered elastic at the waistband. This style is a change from skinny jeans, so women with a maternity wardrobe from previous pregnancies may want to add this modern pick to their closet.

Size range: XS–XXL | Material: Cotton/Spandex blend

Best Tall: Abercrombie & Fitch Maternity Ankle Straight Jeans

Abercrombie & Fitch Maternity Ankle Straight Jeans

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Maternity Ankle Straight Jeans

Pros
  • Wide range of styles

  • All have Tall options

Cons
  • Limited free shipping and returns offers

We are not alone in being pleasantly surprised with the maternity jean offerings from Abercrombie & Fitch. Wonderful for long-legged ladies, the jeans all come in Tall options, so choose from skinny, straight, and legging styles. There's also a wide range of washes and sizes, so they are truly size and style inclusive. All the A&F maternity jeans feature full-panel belly bands and functional pockets, making them comfortable and practical at the same time.

Size range: 23–37 with Extra Short, Short, Regular, Long available for some styles | Material: Cotton/elastane blend denim, polyester/elastane panel

Best Straight Leg: River Island Mid Rise Straight Jeans

River Island Mid Rise Straight Jeans

Source: River Island

Pros
  • Modern style

  • Full belly panel

Cons
  • Black panel will show under lighter tops

These jeans have a modern look and will be a versatile addition to any wardrobe. "Pair them with a T-shirt and blazer or sneakers, and you could go anywhere while looking pulled together," suggests stylist Julie Holobinko. We love that these sizes include short, regular, and long and are made with a heavier weight true denim. Also, they won't stand out as maternity jeans since there are belt loops, five pockets, and a button and zip fly. Don't worry; there's a full belly panel for comfort!

Size range: 2–14, with Regular, Short, and Long options | Material: Cotton/elastane blend

Best Side Panel: Hatch The Crop Maternity Jean

Hatch The Crop Maternity Jean

Source: Hatch

Pros
  • Three washes

  • Can tuck in shirts

Cons
  • Expensive

If you prefer a side panel fit, these cropped maternity jeans are a great, albeit expensive, option. Available in three washes, the side panel jeans feature a bamboo/spandex wedge on both sides of your waist, so the jeans will grow with your belly. Some like this style because it means you can tuck in your shirts and the jeans fit below the belly. We love how the cropped fit keeps them modern and is sure to show off your shoes.

Size range: 25–33 | Material: Cotton/elastane blend

Best Flare Leg: Pink Blush Wide Leg Maternity Jeans

Pink Blush Wide Leg Maternity Jeans

Source: Pink Blush

Pros
  • Wide-leg style

  • Affordable

Cons
  • Only dark wash available

It's hard to find wide-leg maternity jeans, so if this is your preferred style, scoop them up! Available only in a dark wash, these do have some distressed detailing, adding some interest and making them a bit more casual. The wide leg looks great with both heels or sneakers and can be a fun addition to your wardrobe. A full belly panel grows with your body.

Size Range: 24–31 | Material: Cotton/polyester/spandex blend

Best Boyfriend: Hatch Collection Boyfriend Maternity Jeans

Hatch Collection Boyfriend Maternity Jeans

Source: Hatch Collection 

Pros
  • Relaxed cut

  • Soft material

Cons
  • Hatch sizing can be confusing

Boyfriend jeans inherently have a loose fit and are slouchy and relaxed looking. If this comfy casual fit suits you, don't let a baby bump prevent you from wearing your preferred silhouette. The Hatch Collection maternity jeans are expensive but worth the splurge if you like this look and prefer the side panel stretchy wedge.

Size range: 25–34 | Material: Cotton/elastane blend

Final Verdict

Shopping for jeans, and especially maternity jeans, is such a personal choice. Go with a style that makes you feel great and is comfortable for your body. For a confidence-boosting on-trend style from a trusted brand, pick up a pair of Madewell Maternity Over-the-Belly Perfect Vintage Jeans. For a versatile look that's easy to wear, the Mama Ankle Jean-ish Leggings are a versatile addition to any wardrobe.

How We Selected

While we have shopped for our own maternity jeans, we have also researched the best places to shop for maternity jeans online right now. We aimed for sites that offered a variety of styles and sizes, affordable prices, and comfortable clothes that pregnant women want to wear. Other factors included the recommendations of stylist Julie Holobinko, shipping and return policies, and size inclusivity. We also took into account user reviews (and complaints) to find brands that live up to their promises of quality, accurate sizing, and customer service.

What to Look for When Buying Maternity Jeans

Style

Pregnancy is probably not a time to stray from the norm, stylist Julie Holobinko tells us. "Women should look for maternity denim that looks similar to styles they wear not pregnant. Start with one or two styles that are pretty basic, so you can get a good bit of wear out of them during your pregnancy."

Fit

Use the size guide on each retailer's website. "Start with your pre-pregnancy size. The best way to get a good fit is to try on a variety of sizes and styles," says Holobinko. Some sizing is based on pre-pregnancy waist measurement, while others are a more general sizing. This will vary by brand and style, so read the details before any purchase.

Denim Wash

There are so many options of denim colors. Pick what appeals to you and your style. From a stylist's perspective, Holobinko tells us, "Denim washes on the darker side with no distressing are the most neutral/versatile."

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What week do I start wearing maternity jeans?

    Everyone makes the switch from regular pants to maternity pants at different times. Some find that their clothes are way too tight right away and need to switch to sweatpants or yoga pants as early as six or eight weeks. Some don't really "pop" until about 12 weeks, which is when the uterus has expanded beyond the pelvic area. Still, others don't really need to wear clothes with a more flexible waistline until about 20 weeks in, when the abdomen begins to significantly expand.

    When shopping for new jeans, consider waiting until at least the second trimester (12 weeks). The changes your body goes through in the first trimester don't usually involve your growing bump, so it might be hard to gauge what size you need until you are further along. You can use the rubber-band trick (loop around the button hole and attach to the button) to give yourself a little extra room in the waist early on in pregnancy.

    That said, some people find that wearing jeans even just a few weeks into pregnancy is super uncomfortable. So if having a good pair of comfortable jeans is important to you, purchase a pair of maternity jeans early on.

  • What jeans can I wear while I'm pregnant?

    While some people can rock non-pregnancy jeans halfway into pregnancy or even longer, most find that non-maternity jeans start to become too tight and constrictive as early as a few weeks into pregnancy. Even though your belly hasn't popped yet, you may still experience bloating and cramping.

    So you could need to purchase a few pairs of maternity jeans at some point during your pregnancy. Luckily, there are many styles of maternity jeans to choose from, so you can find jeans that fit your style and budget, and that feel great.

  • What type of maternity pants are the best?

    There are so many brands that make maternity pants that it's easy to feel overwhelmed as you try to pick out the perfect pair. There isn't really a "best" pair of maternity pants, though—it's more about the best maternity pants for you.

    Everyone's body changes in different ways during pregnancy. Some people are "all belly" and don't gain significant weight in their thighs and butts; others expand all over. You might want a pair of jeans that is more supportive of your growing belly. Or, you might want a pair made with stretchier, more breathable material overall.

    Your budget, lifestyle, and style sensibilities will also dictate what the best pair of maternity pants is for you.

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 10-year-old son, a 7-year-old son, and a 3-year old daughter. Over the course of her three pregnancies, her maternity jeans were in style, went out of style, and then came back in style again.

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