Big changes are coming your way, but sacrificing your fashion isn’t one of them! An expanding baby belly doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to denim for the next nine months. Instead, look for a comfortable pair of maternity jeans that will grow along with you.
Here’s what to look for as you search for the perfect pair of maternity jeans.
Comfortable Waistbands Are Key
Your maternity jeans will take you through your nine months as well as the postpartum period, so it’s important to find a waistband style that’s comfortable for you.
- Demi and full waistbands feature an elastic panel that goes up and over your bump. A demi panel hits right around your belly button while a full stretch panel hugs your whole belly for extra support.
- Underbelly waistbands feature a curve in the band so they hug the base of your baby belly. Underbelly waistbands typically feature an elastic waistband all the way around.
- Elastic panels are going to be your best friend if you love the waistband of a traditional pair of jeans. Strips of elastic are strategically placed around the pocket area of your jeans to give you the stretch and flexibility you need.
Stylist Tip: Not ready to give up your non-maternity jeans just yet? Try a belly band. Leave your jeans unbuttoned and slip the belly band around the waistband of your jeans and over your stomach.
Add Some Stretch to Cradle Your Curves
Let’s be honest: pregnancy is an incredible period of your life, but it also makes you grow in some surprising and unexpected places. Give your new curves some confidence with stretchy denim that makes your jeans as comfortable as your favorite PJs. Denim with spandex, lycra or polyester content will ensure that your denim stretches to hug you in all the right places without stretching out.
Give a New Denim Silhouette a Try
Embrace the change and try a new style of denim while you’re at it. Wider leg silhouettes like bootcut or boyfriend jeans are ideas as they give you room to grow throughout your hips. So, if skinny jeans are your go-to, change it up with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a relaxed yet flattering fit. With these looser fitting jeans, try a soft fitted tee and layer a cardigan over to keep you covered and cozy.
Stylist Tip: It’s natural to consider sizing up in maternity jeans to accommodate the duration of your pregnancy. However, you should stay put or even size down as many maternity jean designers already take your need for looser fitting denim into consideration.
— Sheri F.
Needing a comfortable pair of maternity jeans? We’ve got you covered.