“Shopping for jeans is one of my favorite activities,” said no one ever.
Even on a good day, trying on endless pairs of jeans is a real feat. But when you’re feeling bloated, exhausted, nauseous, and your old tried-and-true denim doesn’t fit anymore, the last thing you want to do is go maternity jeans shopping.
Don’t stress — when it comes to finding the best maternity jeans for your growing bump, we’ve scouted the options on the market for short and tall women, women with more weight, and those who are particular about stretch and fit.
What are maternity jeans, anyway?
As your baby bump grows, it can be tempting to let leggings and jeggings replace stiff jeans that constrict your belly and thighs.
Maternity jeans, however, are designed to allow for more room in the belly in one of two ways: They either have stretchy side panels and go under the belly, or a front panel, which is a piece of stretchy fabric that goes over the belly.
Pregnant people everywhere have strong opinions about which way is better, but it’s truly a personal choice. Some want the coverage of a front panel, while others don’t want anything on their stomach due to skin sensitivity or the heat factor of an extra layer.
Sure, spending extra money on a pair of jeans you’ll only wear for a few months might not be at the top of a mama-to-be’s to-do list. However, if your jeans can bring a little extra comfort and confidence into your pregnancy, we think it’s worth it.
How we chose
We chose jeans based on a combination of style, comfort, positive feedback from pregnant women, price, and quality. And if wearing jeans in the summer just sounds like a recipe for overheating, read on to find some crops and shorts in the mix.
- $ = under $50
- $$ = $50–$100
- $$$ = over $100
Best side panel maternity jeans
Best demi panel maternity jeans
This pair of skinny jeans from Levi Strauss & Co fits tight through the hip and thigh for a sleek look. They’re made intentionally for the first trimester, but reviewers say the demi panel and cotton denim is stretchy enough to adapt to your growing baby bump.
One review for these adorable skinny jeans reads “They stay up! OMG OMG OMG,” addressing a common problem women experience with front panel maternity jeans. However, it’s worth noting: shorter moms might have to roll the cuffs of these jeans as they have a 29.5-inch inseam.
Best full panel maternity jeans
Best plus-size maternity jeans
These larger sized maternity jeans seem to go like hotcakes, but since the reviews are so great, we figured we’d continue to spread the good word! They offer a few different styles and shades, but the overall opinion is that PinkBlush jeans fit well and the price is right.
One mama says “Cute jeans are hard to find, these are amazing.” Another reviewer loves her own booty in the jeans, saying the length and “rear shaping” are nice.
Best maternity jeans for petites
Best maternity jeans for tall mamas
Tall ladies rejoice: ASOS has plenty of options for long-legged moms-to-be. These black skinny jeans (hello, date night!) are made of a stretch denim fabric and have a jersey over-the-belly waistband.
While the ASOS website doesn’t give an inseam measurement, the model in the photos is just shy of 5-feet 9-inches.
Best maternity jeggings
Best splurge maternity jeans
If you’re going to drop some dough on jeans that will last, Madewell is the place to go. This pair has a low cut front and high cut back for support and style.
The stretchy side insets are perfect for hot months when you don’t want fabric on your stomach, and the adjustable fit allows for multi-trimester wear.