Of all of the maternity clothes you choose, it will most likely be your jeans that get the most wear. That’s why it’s important to find the right fit that will take you through to your delivery date and maybe even beyond.
What to look for in a pair of maternity jeans
There’s a few decisions to make when you begin your hunt for a pair of maternity jeans.
First things first, unless the brand suggests otherwise, you should go for your normal clothes size, as your changing shape has already been taken into account in the maternity design.
Perhaps the most important thing to decide next is whether you want jeans that go over the bump or under the bump. Or alternatively, there’s the option to get side-extenders.
Which style you go for comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer to opt for the over the bump option, as it feels nice and secure and there’s no chance of your belly popping out from underneath a top. However, this design is naturally warmer, so you may prefer under the bump if you’ll be pregnant in spring or summer or if you experience hot flushes during pregnancy.
You’ll also want to consider which type of fit you’d prefer. When looking for the best maternity jeans to suit your changing body, you may just want to stick to the style you’ve always worn. From mom jeans to boyfriend jeans, wide leg to skinny, there’s so many options available.
However, you might also want to consider which seasons you’ll be pregnant in and may prefer a looser style as your stomach gets bigger.
Finally, price may be a consideration too. When you’re choosing a pair of maternity jeans it’s worth remembering that while you may not wear them for many months in total, they’ll probably end up becoming one of your staple items of clothing during pregnancy. Another thing to think about is whether you’re hoping to wear them for potential future pregnancies or pass them on to friends or family, as well as if they can be worn postpartum.
To help you decide, we’ve searched around to find the best maternity jeans, whether you’re looking for a comfortable pair of jeggings for everyday wear or a pair of stylish skinnies for a night out.
JoJo Maman Bébé Light Wash Slim Boyfriend Maternity Jeans
If you’d rather avoid the super-skinny look during pregnancy, these slim boyfriend jeans from JoJo Maman Bébé are a good option. They’re cut close to the figure, but aren’t too tight. We also liked that the wide jersey waistband can be worn over or under your bump.
With the ankles rolled up, we thought these looked great for casual day-to-day wear. Plus, we liked that they include front slip pockets, as most maternity jeans have faux ones.
Made from a mix ofcotton, polyester and elastane, they have a good amount of stretch and are easy to move around in. They are available in sizes 8-18.
Buy now £39.00, JoJo Maman Bébé
Seraphine Slim Leg Over Bump White Maternity Jeans
It’s sometimes easy to feel like you’re in a bit of a rut with your maternity wardrobe. So if you’re pregnant in spring or summer and feel like brightening things up, these white maternity jeans from Seraphine would be a great addition.
The British brand, favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge during her pregnancies, is known for its stylish maternity wear and these jeans would look as great for weekend wear as dressed up for a party.
Made from cotton and elastane, they’re soft and stretchy with a slim leg. The over bump band also supports your stomach and provides plenty of stretch room for a growing bump.
They are available in sizes 6-18.
Buy now £55.00, Seraphine
M&S Maternity Mom Tapered Jeans
If you were a fan of mom jeans pre-pregnancy, then you’ll love these tapered ones from M&S.
The relaxed fit is really comfortable and we loved the vintage wash and distressed detailing on the knees which adds a little personality to the style.
Made from 99 per cent organic sustainably sourced cotton and one per cent elastane, these jeans feature an over bump waistband to grow with baby.
As with most M&S jeans, we were impressed with the length options of petite, regular and long, and the inclusive sizing options (these are available in sizes 6-24).
Buy now £45.00, M&S
Yours Bump It Up Straight Leg Jeans With Comfort Panel
Catering for women size 14+, the Yours Bump It Up range features a number of different styles and options for mums-to-be.
These attractive straight leg jeans include distressed detailing on the legs. Made from cotton and elastane, they include a zip fly and button fastening.
They also feature an over bump band, which provides plenty of growing room and are available in sizes 14-32.
Buy now £31.99, Yours
Topshop Maternity Underbump Joni Recycled Cotton Jeans
If pregnancy is causing hot flushes or the warm weather has you overheating, these under bump jeans will help you to stay cool, calm and collected throughout the summer.
Made from cotton, polyester, recycled cotton and elastane, we liked that this black pair of slim-fit jeans could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
They are available in waist 24-36” and length 30 and 32”.
Buy now £36.00, ASOS
Seraphine Post Maternity Shaping Jeans
When you’ve just had a baby, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is squeezing back into their pre-maternity jeans. So these post maternity jeans from Seraphine are a great option to be worn for as long as you need after the birth of your little one.
Celebrity favourite label Serpahine has designed these jeans especially for postpartum. The soft stretch denim features a high-waisted compression band which supports your back and smooths your shape
When worn with a top over them, they look just like regular skinny jeans. We found them to be so comfy that we’d actually consider ditching our normal jeans for them full-time.
They are available in sizes 6-18 and also come in petite and long lengths.
Buy now £65.00, Seraphine
Isabella Oliver Super Stretch Recycled Maternity Skinny Jean
Another option from a retailer with green credentials are these recycled maternity skinny jeans by Isabella Oliver.
Made from cotton, recycled polyester and elastaneâ, these are an eco-friendly staple for your maternity wardrobe.
Soft, stretchy and comfortable, these make a stylish choice. We particularly liked the stretchy belly band in addition to the over the bump panel.
Buy now £65.00, Isabella Oliver
Beyond Nine Lola Black Denim Jumpsuit
If where your clothes come from is an important part of your decision-making process, then this sustainable Lola jumpsuit from Beyond Nine is a great considered option.
All Beyond Nine’s denim is produced with an ethical denim laundry where they reduce water use by 80 per cent as well as the use of chemicals, and recycle waste fabric turning it into new recycled cotton denim.
In addition to this, the Lola feels really well made. The denim offers a little stretch for growing bumps and is really stylish
We loved the two deep front and back pockets and its relaxed shape, which is great for any stage of your pregnancy.
Although on the pricier side of maternity wear, this jumpsuit could definitely be worn postpartum and we loved that the drop arm holes provide easy access for breastfeeding.
Made from organic cotton, cotton and elastane, the jumpsuit is available in sizes 2XS to XL.
Buy now £125.00, Beyond Nine
Love Leggings Black Ankle Grazer Maternity Jeggings
If you love the look of denim, but you’re all about the comfort, a pair of jeggings are the perfect solution.
We loved the stretch on these black ankle grazer jeggings from Love Leggings and felt that they could be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.
They’re nice and stretchy and have a soft over the bump band to support your growing bump.
They are made from cotton, polyester and elastane and have two back pockets.
These are a great budget option for maternity jeans. Plus, we were impressed with their size range, which is 6-28 in petite, regular and tall.
Buy now £28.00, Love Leggings
Next Maternity Grow With You Skinny Jeans
If you like the idea of a pair of maternity jeans that grow with you, these Next skinny jeans include an adjustable under bump waistband which can be extended throughout your pregnancy.
We liked that the sizing of these jeans can be controlled by the wearer, with no fear that they’re going to end up being baggy on the waist before your bump grows. Plus, once you’ve given birth you can make them smaller again to be worn as postpartum jeans.
Made from cotton, polyester and Lycra elastane, these feel really comfortable for daily wear and are available in short, regular or long in sizes 8-20.
Buy now £45.00, Next
For the perfect, everyday pair we’d opt for the JoJo Maman Bébé Light Wash Slim Boyfriend Maternity Jeans. They offer a comfy fit and a versatile waistband to accommodate how you’re feeling on the day. We can see these getting loads of wear during pregnancy. However, if you’re looking for the perfect outfit to see you through pregnancy and beyond, invest in a Beyond Nine jumpsuit which has lots of thoughtful details like the drop arm holes for breastfeeding, if needed.