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Lynsey Eidell
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The 20 Best Maternity Jeans for Every Style

Whether you’re a distressed denim kind of gal or prefer classic skinnies, these are the maternity jeans you’ll practically live in throughout your pregnancy.

Maternity jeans can be the bane of a pregnant woman’s existence. The hunt seems never-ending, the trying-on can be defeating and the entire process of buying and returning is exhausting. It’s a lot of effort, sometimes for very little reward—but that’s where we come in. We’ve done the dirty work for you, finding the best maternity jeans, no matter your body type, style preference or stage of pregnancy. These are maternity jeans you won’t just tolerate for the next nine months, but truly love. You might even be sad to pack them away once baby arrives. Here, we’ve gathered up the best maternity jeans by style, cut and color.

Photo: Courtesy ASOS

Best Maternity Overalls

Want an easy way to look adorable throughout your pregnancy? Invest in a pair of maternity overalls. You can’t go wrong with this classic pair from ASOS—we love the timeless blue wash, relaxed fit and adjustable straps and side buttons (for your growing bump). All you have to do is add a T-shirt for a look that’s effortlessly cool.

Buy it: ASOS DESIGN Maternity Denim Overall in Rinsewash, $67, ASOS.com

Photo: Courtesy J Brand

Best White Maternity Jeans

The perfect white jeans are hard enough to find when you’re not pregnant; add a growing bump to the mix and the task can seem near-impossible. But the holy grail of white maternity jeans does exist, and it comes to you via J Brand. Their White Mama J maternity jeans manage to be both flattering and not see-through, thanks to a thick denim material that hugs in all the right places. These jeans are so great, in fact, some users said they continued to wear them well beyond their pregnancy. On the flipside, if you’re not trying to hold onto your pregnancy jeans post-birth, this pair is conveniently available to rent. (Rental maternity clothes? Truly genius, Rent the Runway.)

Rent it: J Brand White Mama J Maternity Jeans, $30 for four days, RenttheRunway.com; or buy it: J Brand Mama J Skinny Jeans in Blanc, $188, Bloomingdales.com

Photo: Courtesy PinkBlush Maternity

Best Plus-Size Maternity Jeans

PinkBlush has a killer plus-size maternity jeans selection. We love these dark-wash skinnies with fashion-forward frayed hems, but there are tons of other options where these came from. Whether you’re into any of the other latest fads, like step and tulip hems, love ripped maternity jeans or tend to stick to the basics, there’s something in their plus-size maternity jeans collection for you.

Buy it: PinkBlush Navy Blue Faded Maternity Plus Skinny Jeans, $67, PinkBlushMaternity.com

Photo: Courtesy H&M

Best Maternity Skinny Jeans

If wearing a pair of skinny jeans while pregnant sounds unappealing, you probably haven’t found the right pair. Enter the MAMA Skinny Jeans by H&M, which are so well-made and comfortable, you can rock them right up until the day you deliver. The right amount of stretch makes these maternity skinny jeans comfy without sagging, the ribbed, full-panel waist actually stays up and real back pockets and belt loops make it even easier to keep the waistband in place. Two added bonuses: They come in 14 washes and won’t break the bank. And FYI, H&M’s maternity jeans collection doesn’t stop here. Check out the brand’s super-skinny, shaping skinny and skinny ankle jeans too.

Buy it: H&M MAMA Skinny Jeans, $50, HM.com

Photo: Courtesy J Brand

Best Black Maternity Jeans

Black maternity jeans are a pregnancy wardrobe staple. They can take you from day to night, the office to dinner out, everyday life to special events. Given their versatility, it’s worth investing in a quality pair—and the best is the darker hued sibling of the J Brand white maternity jeans mentioned above. The Black Mama J’s are a top-rated favorite; their only downside is that you’ll wish you had found them sooner.

Rent it: J Brand Black Mama J Maternity Jeans, $35 for four days, RenttheRunway.com; or buy it: J Brand Women’s Mama J Super Skinny Maternity Jeans in Seriously Black, $198, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Madewell

Best Side-Panel Maternity Jeans

Side-panel maternity jeans have—you guessed it—stretchy side panels that adapt to your changing body. This style of under-belly maternity jeans is excellent if you prefer a freer bump. These sleek Madewell maternity skinny jeans look near-identical to your regular denim, except they’re probably way comfier courtesy of the elastic waistband.

Buy it: Madewell Maternity Side-Panel Skinny Jeans Adjustable Tencel Lyocell Edition, $138, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy Citizens of Humanity

Best Maternity Jean Shorts

Jean shorts that are both mom- and bump-appropriate? Yep, we’ve found ‘em. These not-too-long, not-too-short, side-panel denim shorts from Citizens of Humanity will keep you cool (and looking cute) throughout the hottest months of your pregnancy.

Rent it: Citizens of Humanity Skyler Maternity Jean Shorts, $35 for four days, RenttheRunway.com; or buy it: Citizens of Humanity Skylar Loose Maternity Shorts, $208, Shopbop.com

Photo: Courtesy ASOS

Best Distressed Maternity Jeans

Looking for edgy, distressed maternity jeans? Look no further than this pair from ASOS. With stylish knee rips, stretchy fabric and a comfortable under-belly waistband, this denim pair will be one you reach for again and again. Better yet, they ring up under $50, making them another pair of affordable maternity jeans.

Buy it: ASOS DESIGN Maternity Lisbon Mid Rise Skinny Jeans in Mid Wash Blue with Frayed Knee Rips and Under the Bump Waistband, $40, ASOS.com

Photo: Courtesy Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.

Best Maternity Boyfriend Jeans

It can be tempting to reach for your partner’s roomier jeans as your pregnancy progresses, but skip the closet theft and invest in your own pair. Opt for a comfy yet flattering look with these Levi’s slim maternity boyfriend jeans, which manage to be roomy without looking messy, thanks to the slight distressing, cuffed hem and just the right amount of bagginess. And you’ll love that they ring in at less than $50. Yes, there are plenty of quality affordable maternity jeans out there!

Buy it: Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women’s Maternity Slim Boyfriend Jeans, starting from $26, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy PAIGE

Best Bootcut Maternity Jeans

Finding any pair of bootcut maternity jeans can be surprisingly challenging—and locating a good pair is even more of a struggle. These maternity jeans may be a bit of a splurge, but the polished, everyday style is bound to become a staple in your pregnancy wardrobe. That means the cost per wear will go down fast. Bonus: The denim is ultra-soft, which is just what you deserve. It’s also designed to adjust to your bump without losing shape over time. Trust us, that’s no small feat.

Buy it: PAIGE Transcend Manhattan Maternity Bootcut Jeans, $199, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy LOFT

Best Petite Maternity Jeans

Jeans that don’t require any alterations are a petite person’s dream—but when you’re a petite pregnant person, that dream seems more and more like a fantasy. LOFT is one of the few retailers that carry petite sizing in their maternity line, and their denim is top-notch. Our two favorite features? A nude over-the-bump panel that’s easily concealed under tops, and a 27-inch inseam that negates the need for any hemming.

Buy it: LOFT Petite Maternity Skinny Jeans, $80, LOFT.com

Photo: Courtesy Show Me Your Mumu

Best Maternity Flare Jeans

Flare jeans are making a major comeback, and Show Me Your Mumu makes one of the trendiest maternity pairs out there. They’re fitted in all the right places without being too constricting. Buy the retro, boho-chic bell jeans in either the light or dark wash and prepare for tons of compliments.

Buy it: Show Me Your Mumu Maternity Berkeley Bells in Light Ocean, $146, ShowMeYourMumu.com

Photo: Courtesy H&M

Best Maternity Jean Skirt

The best maternity jeans aren’t all pants. Love the look of a cute jean skirt? Turn to this affordable H&M pick. It’s got a low jersey waistband for stretch and easy fit, plus a fun frayed hemline that adds just a touch of edge. Hello, casual-cool comfort.

Buy it: H&M MAMA Denim Skirt, $35, HM.com

Photo: Courtesy Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel

Best Cheap Maternity Jeans

Not looking to spend an arm and a leg on clothes you can only wear for a few months—but also don’t want to skimp on quality? Target’s Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel jeans are the answer to your budget-friendly prayers. They have a designer look and feel with several washes, cuts and styles to choose from at less than $30 a pair, leaving you extra cash to spend on baby essentials—the ultimate pregnancy win-win.

Buy it: Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Crossover Panel Skinny Jeans, $30, Target.com

Photo: Courtesy Indigo Blue

Best Tall Maternity Jeans

Being born with a long torso and long legs may seem like a blessing, but when it comes to looking for maternity jeans, it can quickly become a curse. Over-the-bump panels often don’t stretch high enough and inseams are frequently too short, leaving the fit a hot mess. Motherhood Maternity Tall Secret Fit maternity jeans solve both of those problems with a 34-inch inseam, a long bump panel and multiple styles to choose from, including this sophisticated straight-leg style.

Buy it: Indigo Blue Tall Secret Fit Belly Stretch Straight Leg Maternity Jeans, $35, MotherhoodMaternity.com

Photo: Courtesy Motherhood Maternity

Best Maternity Capri Jeans

Maternity jean capris are a great option for those mamas who are pregnant in the warmer months but don’t love maternity jean shorts. These on-trend cropped jeans come in straight and plus sizes, as well as a few different washes. We like the rolled, slightly distressed hems that make them feel fresh and modern.

Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Women’s Maternity Indigo Blue Deep Cuff Secret Fit Belly Crop Denim Jean, starting from $29, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy DL1961

Best Designer Maternity Jeans

There reaches a point in every pregnancy when the only comfortable pair of pants to wear is leggings—unless you own these Emma Power Legging Maternity Jeans by DL1961. Yes, they’re an investment, but the side-stretch panels extend the life of these jeans, making them work when you’re just showing, ready to pop and postpartum. Plus, the thick, legging-like material helps sculpt your legs without feeling restrictive. Based on sheer comfort alone, these designer maternity jeans are worth every penny—but throw in how awesome they make you look, and it’ll be the smartest money you’ve ever spent.

Buy it: DL1961 Women’s Maternity Emma Power Legging Jeans, $198, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy 7 For All Mankind

Best High-Waisted Maternity Jeans

Consider yourself a diehard fan of high-waisted jeans? This pregnancy pair lets you get the look without bothering your bump. From the back, they resemble your favorite pre-pregnancy pair. And thanks to subtle side-panels, they look great in the front too—even with your top tucked in.

Buy it: 7 For All Mankind Maternity b(air) Denim High Waist Skinny in Blue Black River Thames, $189, 7ForAllMankind.com

Photo: Courtesy Bandia

Best Adjustable Maternity Jeans

Get the most bang for your buck with these convertible maternity jeans. The slouchy, aptly named “mom jeans” have a chic vintage wash and an extra-cozy worn-in fit. But the coolest feature is actually the removable bump band. The design makes it easy to unstitch whenever you’re ready to transition back to regular jeans, earning it a place among the best maternity pants out there.

Buy it: Bandia Maternity Over the Bump Mom Jean with Removable Bump Band, $64, ASOS.com

Photo: Courtesy Seraphine

Best Organic Maternity Jeans

What’s better than soft, stretchy jeans? Soft, stretchy, organic jeans. These cotton maternity jeans boast a flattering fit and an under-bump band made of comfortable jersey, all while being more eco-friendly. No wonder pregnant celebrities flock to Seraphine for maternity clothes.

Buy it: Organic Cotton Under Bump Maternity Jeans, $79, Seraphine.com

Updated September 2019

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