For many of us, jeans are a style staple pre-pregnancy, so it’s definitely worth investing in a great-fitting pair of maternity jeans that will carry you comfortably throughout your whole pregnancy and beyond. Comfort, quality and versatility are all important when shopping for maternity jeans, so you can get the most mileage out of your wardrobe. Maternity jeans go by the same sizing as regular jeans—they’re just built for growth, so you can start by selecting the size you wore pre-pregnancy. Keep in mind: Sizes vary by designer, so check the sizing charts. Opt for a jean that’s super-soft with a nice stretch to better accommodate a changing body. Make sure the fabric is fitted, but you should also be able to stretch the fabric a little away from your body to allow room to grow. Styles with the Secret Fit Belly panel are a great option, since it can be folded up for maximum comfort or down for post-pregnancy support.
Expert: Olivia Capone Myers, Style Director for Destination Maternity Corporation, the world’s largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel.