13 of the best maternity jeans

These are the most comfortable, well-fitting maternity jeans and where you can buy them


What are maternity jeans? 


Maternity jeans are jeans designed especially to accommodate your growing bump and will ultimately turn out to be a pregnancy wardrobe staple.

When should I buy maternity jeans?

You can start wearing maternity jeans when your normal jeans no longer do up.  But you’ll probably find that you need to buy maternity jeans when your usual ones no longer feel comfortable.  The good thing is, whether you live in your skinnies, love the relaxed feel of a boyfriend fit, or simply want a straight leg pair for every day, there are safe maternity jeans for every occasion, style, and size.  

What type of maternity jeans are there and how are they supposed to fit?

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 three main types of maternity jeans:

  • Over the bump – these jeans have a large stretchy fabric waistband that covers your bump up to your middle
  • Under the bump – these often have a discreet elasticated fabric waistband that runs under your bump
  • Side elasticated – these jeans have adjustable or non-adjustable elasticated side panels to grow with your bump

What size maternity jeans should I get?

When choosing a pair of maternity jeans the general rule is to go with whatever size you wore before you were pregnant, and think about what you will be doing in them – the most secure type are the over the bump styles.

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!

Here’s our pick of the best maternity jeans from designer to high street, to suit all budgets and sizes.


1. Envie de Fraise Maternity Jeans, from £39.99 – MFM Gold Award Winner

Best for: Wide range of styles 

Sizes available: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

Waist band: Over bump coverage, on belly, and under bump depending on style

Material: Cotton, polyester, elastane mix depending on style

With the likes of celebrities Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Mila Kunis choosing to wear Envie de Fraise, Europe’s largest maternity brand, it is no wonder it won gold in MFM’s maternity fashion award.

Designed in the heart of the fashion district in Paris, Envie de Fraise has a whopping 16 different styles of maternity jeans – including skinny, straight leg and bootcut.

And with colours from stonewash and grey, to classic denim, dark and black jeans – plus tons of brights in its cotton maternity trousers range – you will be spoiled for choice.

The dark denim Classic jean is a celeb favourite, and is slim cut with a low waist, and comes in UK sizes 6-18.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about Envie de Fraise:

“Nice designs, very Parisian in look and feel. Stylish and comfortable.” Puneet, mum of 4

“Stylish, simple, flattering fabrics, reasonable price.” Susie, mum of 3

“Some lovely styles. Good value for money.” Meena, mum of 2

Buy direct from Envie de Fraise


2. Seraphine Maternity Jeans, from £39.99

Best for: Mums after the ‘celebrity look’

Sizes available: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

Waist band: Over bump, or under bump depending on style

Material: Cotton, elastane mix

Seraphine made its name as the go-to maternity brand for Kate Middleton, but mamas-to-be have been raving about the quality and style of this chic range since its launch in 2002.

We love that there are more than 20 different styles of maternity jeans to choose from, which range from boyfriend cut, to straight leg, skinny, cropped, and even soft, elasticated ankle jeans.

But our favourites (along with the likes of Mila Kunis and Tamsin Egerton) have got to be the under bump distressed blue jeans.

With distressed legs, and finished with a frayed ankle, they are perfect for pairing with a tee and sandals, or dressing up with heels and a jacket.

Buy Seraphine Jeans from John Lewis, and Seraphine.


3. Freddy Maternity Dark Denim Skinny Jeans, £100

Best for: Hi-tech fashion lovers

Sizes available: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14

Waist band: Over bump coverage

Material: 80% cotton, 20% elastane

With Freddy jeans beloved by celebs including Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Abbey Clancy, Lea Michele, Hayden Panettiere, and Eva Longoria, the brand has now branched out into maternity fashion, hallelujah!

Using an extra light silicone membrane around the thighs and hips, and specially designed seams to define and support your buttocks, these jeans will accentuate your shape – no more baggy, ill-fitting denim.

The dark denim jeans with yellow stitching are available now, with black denim set for launch in winter 2017.

Buy direct from Freddy Clothing and ASOS.


4. Bump It Up Stretch Maternity Jeans, from £29.99

Best for: Larger sizes

Sizes available: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30-32

Waist band: Over bump

Material: 79% Cotton, 19% Polyester, 2% Elastane

The new Bump It Up maternity range from online retailer Yours clothing includes a wide choice of pregnancy fashion for larger mums-to-be, with sizes up to UK 32.

Denim options include trendy dungarees, jeggings and, of course, jeans – all designed to flatter curvier figures.

Its super stretch skinny jeans are made with a soft cotton mix, and come in either blue or black denim, ideal for dressing up or down.

Buy Bump It Up Maternity Jeans from Yours Clothing.


5. New Look Maternity Jeans, from £12.99

Best for: Budget conscious mums

Sizes available: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

Waist band: Over bump or 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.

There’s a choice of 18 different jeans – 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 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.

For a relaxed weekend look, check out the blue Under Bump Ripped Relaxed Skinny Jeans (£27.99), which have an under bump waistband, 5 pocket design, a raw hem and ripped knees.

Buy New Look maternity jeans from New Look.


6. J Brand Maternity Jeans, from £220

Best for: Designer maternity jeans lovers

Sizes available: waist 23-32 (UK sizes 4-14)

Waist band: Elasticated side panels

Material: Cotton, polyester, Lycra mix

If you’re after premium maternity jeans then look no further than J Brand.  These jeans are famous for being synonymous with perfect-fit, whether you’re pregnant or not. 

The Californian label makes jeans in loads of styles, including band on trend skinny and boyfriend cuts, and its Mama J maternity jeans come with a comfortable, low front rise and soft, expandable waist panels.

We love the Mama J Skinny Midrise Maternity Jeans in dark denim, which have patch back pockets and elasticated side panels.

They aren’t cheap, but they are likely to last you through 2, 3 or even 4 pregnancies, and with these price tags, you’d want them to.

Buy J Brand maternity jeans from Selfridges.


7. Topshop Maternity Jeans, from £36

Best for: Shorter or longer legs

Sizes available: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

Waist band: Over bump and on-bump depending on style

Material: Cotton, polyester, elastane mix depending on style

Good old Topshop doesn’t disappoint when it comes to maternity fashion, and its pregnancy jeans go beyond skinnies and straight cut to include funky patterned and embroidered designs too.

There are more than 50 possible jeans to choose from, with over-bump bands and the shorter on-the-bump waistband style too.

We absolutely adore the cross-stitched roses on the Jamie jeans but, for practicality, our pick of the bunch has got to be the Joni jeans, which come in regular 32 inch leg, but are also available in a 28 inch petite style, and 36 inch tall version.

Buy Top Shop maternity jeans direct from Topshop.


8. ASOS Maternity Jeans, from £25

Best for: Petite or tall mums to be

Sizes available: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Waist band: Over bump and under bump depending on style

Material: Cotton, polyester, viscose, elastane mix depending on style

As well as bringing together a whole bunch of fashion brands, ASOS has its very own in-house maternity collection, including a fab selection of denim.

A mix of maternity skinny jeans, mom jeans and boyfriend jeans, from smart to shredded, there are styles to fit petite mums to be under 5ft 3ins tall, as well as those taller than 5ft 9ins.

ASOS also scores on its eco credentials, with its Ridley Ultra Skinny Jeans supporting the Cotton Made in Africa (CMIA) sustainable farming initiative.

Buy ASOS maternity jeans direct from ASOS.   


9. Vertbaudet Maternity Jeans, from £27

Best for: Variety of jeans styles 

Sizes available: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Waist band: Over bump

Material: Cotton, polyester, viscose, elastane mix depending on style

A favourite in France for more than four decades, Vertbaudet has now clocked up 20 years since it first brought its quality styles to the UK.

Vertbaudet’s maternitywear is just part of a huge collection of clothes and homewear for babies, children, and their parents – and its jeans combine classic design with great value.

Keeping it simple, there are just four styles – pick from skinny, straight, boyfriend or flared maternity jeans.

But the range of colours, different leg lengths (30inch or 33 inch), and denim finishes mean there are almost 20 possible maternity jeans to choose from.

Buy maternity jeans from Vertbaudet.


10. Gap Maternity Jeans, from £44.95

Best for: Bootcut styles

Sizes available: waist 24-33 (UK sizes 4-16)

Waist band: Over bump, under bump and elasticated side panels depending on style

Material: Cotton, polyester, polyurethane mix

As might be expected from one of the architects of the denim revolution, Gap has got an impressive 47 different pairs of maternity jeans in its collection.

There are tons of skinny maternity jeans, cropped styles and girlfriend jeans, all in an array of colours, leg lengths and with a choice of waistband.

Gap is one of the few maternity jeans retailers to sell a wide range of bootcut pairs though, so if that’s your favourite fit, then this could be your denim utopia.

Check out the maternity inset panel baby boot jeans which come in indigo or black, with a 32.5inch inside leg length.

Buy maternity jeans from Gap.


11. H&M Maternity Jeans, from £29.99

Best for: Skinny jeans styles

Sizes available: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Waist band: Over bump and elasticated side panels depending on style

Material: Cotton, polyester, elastane mix

You know exactly what you’re going to get from high-street fashion brand H&M, affordable, good quality clothes that’ll be comfortable to wear and functional.

H&M have a decent collection of jeans to choose from that are all machine washable at 40°.

You can buy the H&M jeans here.


12. Paige Maternity Jeans, from £155.29

Best for: Premium denim

Sizes available: waist 24-34 (UK sizes 4-16)

Belly band: Over bump or elasticated side panels depending on style

Material: Rayon, cotton, polyester, Spandex mix depending on style

Promising to keep you feeling chic and relaxed through every trimester, many of the jeans from US brand Paige use its special ‘Transcend’ fabric, which won’t go baggy, no matter what.

There are 29 styles to choose from – ranging from cute cropped maternity jeans and ultra skinnies, to those with a fashion forward edge, like the black coated denim Verdugo Full Panel Maternity Jeans (£163.50)

Buy maternity jeans from Selfridges.


13. Jojo Maman Bebe Maternity Jeans, £35

Best for: Comfort

Sizes available: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

Belly band: Over bump

Material: Cotton, polyester, elastane mix depending on style

If you’re searching for comfortable maternity jeans, then look no further than Jojo Maman Bebe’s selection, which have been designed with a hint of stretch for comfort.

The 14 designs include denim maternity dungarees, straight leg maternity jeans, cropped and skinnies.

Plus there’s a bootcut version, which also comes in two leg lengths – 30 inch and 32 inch.

Buy maternity jeans from Jojo Maman Bebe.


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