Maternity jeans are jeans specifically designed to accommodate your growing bump during pregnancy, with stretch panels and clever pattern cutting. If you’re a dedicated denim wearer, they will become one of your pregnancy wardrobe staples and if you find the right pair for you, they’ll be so comfortable you’ll probably end up wearing them way past giving birth.
When should you start wearing maternity jeans?
You’ll know when you need to invest in a pair of maternity jeans when you don’t feel comfortable in your regular jeans anymore or you simply can’t do them up! The great thing is, whether you live in your skinnies, love the relaxed feel of a boyfriend fit or simply want a straight leg pair for everyday wear, there is a fantastic array of maternity jeans to suit every taste and size.
What type of maternity jeans are there?
Your choice of maternity jeans, like non-maternity jeans, will come down to personal preference and it’s worth noting that not every style will fit every mum-to-be, so make sure you try before you buy. There are 3 main types of maternity jeans:
- Over the bump – these jeans have a large stretchy fabric waistband that pulls up over your bump keeping you nice and snug and preventing any accidental tummy flashes
- Under the bump – these hug your hips and often have a discreet elasticated fabric waistband that runs under your bump. Less fabric over the bump means less bulky layers under tops and no overheating.
- Side panel elasticated – these jeans have adjustable or non-adjustable elasticated side panels to grow with your bump
What size maternity jeans should you buy?
When choosing a pair of maternity jeans the general rule is to go with the size you wore before you were pregnant. It’s a good idea to think about what you will be doing in them – the most secure type are the over the bump styles but some people find under bump jeans less restrictive and cooler to wear, which might affect your choice if you’re heavily pregnant in the warmer months of the year.
Try before you buy
It’s definitely worth trying on a few pairs and giving them a good test run, bending over and reaching up to make sure they will stay put and figuring out which style feels more comfortable for you.
Here’s our pick of the best maternity jeans from designer to high street, to suit all budgets and bumps…
1. Envie de Fraise Slim Cut Maternity Jeans, from £29.99
Best for a wide range of styles
Sizes available: 6 to 18 | Waist band: Under bump | Material: Cotton, polyester and elastane
Envie de Fraise is Europe’s largest maternity brand and with a roster of celebrities including Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Mila Kunis choosing to wear the label, it is no wonder they won gold in MFM’s maternity fashion award in the past.
Designed in the heart of the fashion district in Paris, Envie de Fraise has a whopping 16 different styles of maternity jeans from £39.99 – including skinny, straight leg and bootcut. They even do super cute denim dungarees.
The dark denim Classic jean, £29.99, is a celeb favourite and is slim cut with a low waist and no belly band for anyone who just wants a straightforward pair of jeans cut to accommodate a bump. Our MFM tester Meena, mum of 2, particularly liked how good value for money they are.
With colours ranging from stonewash and grey through to classic denim, dark and black jeans – plus tons of brights in its cotton maternity trousers range – you will be spoiled for choice.
Available from: Envie de Fraise
2. Topshop Over the Bump Mom Jeans, £42
Best for staying on trend
Sizes available: waist size 26 to 36 | Waist band: Over the bump | Material: 100% cotton
The high street hero has really put a lot of thought and care into creating jeans that not only fit well but also look on trend and crucially, just like maternity versions of the jeans you would choose to wear anyway, so you don’t feel like you are compromising on your style.
We particularly like the cool casual feel of the Maternity Washed Black Mom Tapered 30″ Jean, £42, which look great with converse or chunky boots. Their slouchy fit will be super comfortable and there are 6 colour choices to choose from.
The range of cuts in the rest of Topshop’s maternity range also includes straight leg, tapered mom jeans and a range of skinny cuts. With every classic denim shade covered and a few styles with rip details you’ll definitely find something that works for you and at a fairly reasonable price.
Available from: Topshop
3. Jojo Maman Bebe Mid Wash Straight Leg Maternity Jeans, £35
Best for chic cuts
Sizes available: 6 to 18 | Waist band: Over the bump | Material: 67% Cotton, 31% Polyester, 2% Elastane
If you’re looking for variety of cut and lengths of jean to suit every weather, Jojo Maman Bebe is the brand for you.
We love the relaxed cut and colour of the Mid Wash Straight Leg, as well as the options to turn up the bottoms for a more casual style. The jersey waistband will fit snugly against your bump and will take you from early pregnancy right through to your third trimester, as one customer found.
She says, “The wide cotton jersey waistband is really comfortable and fits my bump nicely still at 6 months. In earlier pregnancy, when my normal jeans would no longer button up, I wore the waistband doubled over (‘under-bump’ style), which seemed to hold the jeans up well enough.”
Jojo Maman Bebe’s other maternity jeans include boot cut, skinny, super skinny, straight cut and boyfriend cuts as well as ¾ lengths and shorts for the summer, there is something for everyone here. All jeans are of the over the bump style and are cut on the generous side so you may want to size down rather than up.
Available from: Jojo Maman Bebe
4. Seraphine Organic Cotton Over Bump Maternity Jeans, £55
Chic and comfortable jeans perfect for smart events
Sizes available: 6 to 18 | Waist Band: Over the bump | Material: 70% organic cotton and 17% recycled fabrics
International maternity wear brand Seraphine has been honing its craft since 2002, and its jeans are one of the strongest elements of their collection.
It’s known for its chic cuts and commitment to comfort and in fact, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a black pair on an official visit while pregnant with Louis, so there are definitely some very smart options within the range.
Our favourite pair from the collection is the Organic Cotton Over the Bump style, which doesn’t compromise on comfort or style, with a stretchy jersey band to fit over your bump. This was something our MFM tester, Tracey, found, saying “The material for the belly band is smooth and comfortable, not too tight and doesn’t encourage itchy skin.”
Available from: Seraphine
5. ASOS Maternity Tapered Boyfriend Jeans, £35
Best for fashion lovers who like plenty of choice and good value
Sizes Available: 6 to 20 | Waist band: Over the bump | Material: 100% cotton and Trim: 96% Cotton, 4% Elastane
ASOS had been devoting a huge amount of attention to their maternity range for several years now and have a fantastic selection of own brand as well as guest brand maternity jeans to suit every possible taste.
A stand out pair of jeans from the range is the ASOS DESIGN Maternity Tapered boyfriend jean with d-ring waist details. They look so fresh and we love the waistband detail. They’re a slouchy fit but we like that you can dress them up with a pair of heels or keep them for casual days.
It also does wide legged versions, sequin trimmed versions, cropped. And if you’re looking for maternity jeggings there are also plenty to choose from here.
Available from: ASOS
6. New Look Maternity Blue ‘Lift & Shape’ Under Bump Jeggings, £17.99
Best for budget conscious mums
Sizes available: 8 to 18 | Waist band: Over bump and under bump | Material: Cotton, polyester, elastane mix depending on style
New Look has some seriously good, purse-friendly maternity fashion, and its jeans range proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to look good while pregnant.
For a fab skinny look jean with added bump support, its Maternity ‘Lift & Shape’ Under Bump Jeggings are designed to give your bump an extra hug and cost just £17.99.
There’s also a choice of 18 different jeans in the rest of New Look’s range – plus another 12 jeggings styles – from pale blue denim, to indigo, ripped or distressed, and lots of options that have either an over the bump band (£27.99 on Amazon) or an under-bump band.
The best part is that many of the jeans come in a choice of regular 30 inch leg, or longer 32 inch leg, so you can find the right fit for you.
Available from: New Look
7. Gap Maternity Jeans, £54.95
Best for bootcut styles
Sizes available: 2 to 20 | Waist band: Over bump | Material: 87% Cotton, 12% Polyester, 1% Polyurethane
As might be expected from one of the architects of the denim revolution, Gap has over 50 different pairs of maternity jeans in its collection.
Gap is one of the few maternity jeans retailers to sell a wide range of bootcut pairs as well, so if that’s your favourite fit, then this could be your denim utopia.
We love the look of the maternity inset panel baby boot jeans which come in indigo or black, with a 32.5inch inside leg length. They’re made from 87% cotton so have a super soft feel that lasts, which one customer praised. She says, “I’ve already washed them a couple of times and they still fit like new with no shrinking.”
There are also tons of skinny maternity jeans, cropped styles and girlfriend jeans in Gap’s maternity range, all in an array of colours, leg lengths and with a choice of waistband.
Available from: Gap
8. Paige Maternity Jimmy Skinny Jean, from £140.30
An investment buy that’ll last through more than one pregnancy
Sizes available: Waist 24 to 34 | Waist band: Side panel | Material: 54% Rayon, 23% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 1% Elastane
This designer denim brand, founded in LA has serious celebrity credentials and are regularly spotted on the likes of Rosie Huntington Whitely, Gigi Hadid and Kate Hudson.
Famed for their perfect fit, founder Paige Adams-Gellar, a former top denim model, has applied the same obsession with cut and comfort to her maternity range. The jeans feature deep inset, elasticated side panels to allow for ease and stretch as you expand.
We’re big fans of the Jimmy Skinny Jean which has the option of a deep fold-over cuff at the bottom for more casual days. These premium jeans come at a premium price but they really are built to last.
The rest of the range includes long length skinnies, boot cuts and culottes style jeans as well as shorts for summer months.
Available from: Amazon
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9. Bump It Up Straight Leg Jeans with Comfort Panel, £33.99
Best for larger sizes
Sizes available: 16 to 32 | Waist band: Over bump | Material: 79% Cotton, 19% Polyester, 2% Elastane
The maternity range from online retailer Yours clothing has a fantastic selection of on trend and flattering jeans and jeggings for larger mums-to-be, with sizes up to UK 32. The Bump It Up collection features a comfort panel which pulls up over your bump to create a sense of security and support.
We love the classic Dark Blue Straight Leg Jeans With Comfort Panel. The deep indigo shade is a classic colour and the pockets on the back are nice and high.
The ‘super stretch’ fabric provides comfort as your bump grows and they also fit well on petite frames, with one customer saying, “I’m 5’3 and these were not really long at all, go perfect with boots.”
Other denim options in the collection, include a great pair of indigo denim dungarees, longer length denim shorts, jegging shorts and some fab black coated, leather effect jeggings, all designed to flatter curvier figures.
Available from: Yours Clothing
10. Freddy Maternity Skinny Jeans, £89
Best for hi-tech fashion lovers who love to feel well supported
Sizes available: 6 to 14 | Waist band: Over bump | Material: 78% Cotton 22% Elastam
The Italian jeans brand beloved by celebs including Britney Spears and Eva Longoria has now branched out into maternity fashion.
Known for its WR.UP shaping technology that lifts and defines the bum, Freddy’s flattering and supportive design can now be worn during pregnancy a time when frankly the pelvic girdle really does need as much supports as it can get.
We really like the Maternity Skinny Black model which looks super sleek with the brand’s signature contrast stitching.
They’re also great for spring and summer months, as they’re made from a polyester fabric that Freddy’s says is designed to move sweat away from your body.
The maternity models come in black denim, indigo denim and they also offer a snug fitting pair of skinny dungarees.
Available from: Freddy Clothing