The moment your sweet little baby bump makes its first appearance in the mirror, your love-hate relationship with jeans will inevitably become that much more complicated. It’s hard enough finding a pair you love without a tiny human expanding your midsection, but hunting for a pair that gently hugs your growing babe and makes your butt look good? Now that can feel like mission impossible. And because we know sleuthing through maternity clothes in general isn’t exactly the most riveting activity, we’ve narrowed down the best maternity jeans to save you a trip to the mall.
Mamas come in all shapes and sizes — petite, tall, plus-size, etc. — with different preferences of what type of clothing makes them feel most comfortable in their bodies. Finding the perfect fit will come down to a few key details, such as the jeans’ waistband (under/over the bump or side paneling), their level of stretchiness and, of course, price point (if you won’t get a ton of wear out of them during your pregnancy or postpartum, it may not be worth shelling out the big bucks). At the end of the day, the best maternity jeans for you are the ones that check off all these boxes according to your needs, but in order to help you narrow down the options, browse our top picks below.
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1. Levi Strauss & Co. Maternity Baby Bump Skinny
If you were a fan of Levis before pregnancy, you’ll absolutely adore this pair of signature skinnies crafted specifically for expecting mamas. Each pair is made from the same soft, comfortable denim you know and love, and were made to hug all the right places from your hips, down your thighs and up to the skinny leg opening at the ankle. The super stretchy baby bump panel offers optimal support to moms throughout their first trimester, with a snug fit that doesn’t lose its shape week to week.
2. Motherhood Maternity Side Panel Skinny Overall
Overalls are one of those pieces that virtually anybody can rock but that look especially cute when paired with a pregnant belly. This set from Motherhood Maternity is incredibly stylish and made from mostly cotton with a hint of spandex that provides the perfect amount of stretch to grow with your bump. These maternity jeans also include side panelling for extra room for expansion, and they’re cut skinny at the ankle with a 27-inch inseam. Plus, this casual-wear staple also includes patchwork pockets that are nice and roomy to fit your essentials and subtle rips at the knee to remind the world you’re not just a regular mom, you’re a cool mom.
3. NYDJ Maternity Straight Leg Jean
Skinny fit isn’t for everyone and maybe overalls just aren’t your style. If you’re looking for the perfect, basic straight-leg style you can dress up or down during your pregnancy, this pair from NYDJ is your match. These are the type of jeans you can actually wear for your entire pregnancy: made from a blend of cotton, viscose, modal, polyester, elastane and nylon, they lift and contour from behind while offering support for your bump up front. The extra-high waist covers the entire stomach, so they’re nice and snug yet totally comfortable throughout your entire term.