Maternity jeans – sounds like an oxymoron, right? Except that doesn't need to be the case at all for the jeans-loving mamas out there. Maternity jeans have come such a long way in both comfort and style that you may find yourself preferring them to loungewear, even in the later stages of pregnancy!
That's why we've put together this buying guide and list of our ten favourite maternity jeans available online in the UK, spanning black skinny jeans and jeggings to floaty wide legs and boyfriend cuts. Expect fabulous finds from classic maternity brands like Seraphine and Mamalicious alongside offerings from the likes of Topshop and ASOS Design. Blooming lovely.
Shopping for maternity jeans doesn't have to be complicated if you know what you're looking for. In this section we will cover the most important things to consider to help you look resplendent throughout your pregnancy.
You've probably come across jeans being referred to as low, mid, or high rise, but do you know what it actually means?
The rise refers to the distance from the seam in between your legs to the top of the waistband. Low rise jeans are perfect for those with shorter torsos as there is literally less fabric, whereas mid-rise pairs have slightly more to them with their cut hitting right at the hips.
High-rise jeans are often the most flattering option, sitting right at your belly button or just below which defines your waist and makes your legs look longer. Your height and size is a good thing to consider when deciding which rise will be the best for you during pregnancy.
You'll have a few options when it comes to the waistband and bump support of your maternity jeans, the intricacies of which are worth getting clued up on. Hopefully the jeans you buy will be with you throughout pregnancy and into the future, too, so it's crucial to choose the right ones.
Bump bands can vary from small ones covering just across the bump, to over-the-bump bands covering the whole tummy. Which one you choose will depend on what stage of pregnancy you are at, what else you might be wearing with the jeans, and generally what you find the most comfortable.
Made from stretch jersey, cotton, or a cotton blend, bump bands start from the waistband and keep you feeling secure and comfy. In the first months you may want a thinner, smaller or more discreet band, especially if your tummy is more on show.
When you're further along in your pregnancy, however, your jeans might fit better wearing an over-bump band, and you may welcome the added tummy support, too!
An alternative to a bump band is an elasticated waist, which looks and feels more like the waistband of "normal" jeans. Because of their minimalism, they can be a little easier to get on and off and will feel slightly cooler in the height of summer.
If you're looking for more minimal support, jeans with elasticated inserts above the front pockets are even more discreet than an elasticated waist. They're also a good pick if you like to tuck in your t-shirts and tops.
However, they are probably better for the earlier stages of pregnancy as they don't provide quite as much stretch and give as bump bands, which you might miss when you're further along.
With so many different styles and cuts of maternity jeans available nowadays, it's pretty much a case of swapping your favourite pair for their bump-friendly equivalent. However, depending on which one you go for, we have a couple of pointers to ensure maximum comfort as well as good looks.
Stretchiness is one of the most important factors when buying maternity jeans, especially if you're hoping to wear them all the way through your pregnancy and possibly afterwards, too.
Skinnier jeans can seem intimidating during pregnancy but high-performance stretch denim does exactly what it says on the tin. Alternatively, lots of maternity jeans are advertised as "soft and stretchy" which is another good claim to look for in slimmer jeans.
On the other hand, some styles of maternity jeans are made with a firmer, less stretchy and more structured cotton in order to achieve a certain look. Straight or wide leg jeans and jeans with a relaxed fit are often made with firmer cotton, which is a good thing to be aware of when you are shopping online.
If hardier or thicker material is what you're into, go for a very relaxed or slouchy fit or even buy the next size up. Comfort is key!
At the end of the day, no matter how much of a fashionista you usually are, in pregnancy you'll probably want to go for maximum comfort at all times!
However, it's actually a common misconception that you have to go a size (or a few sizes) up when buying maternity jeans, as features such as a bump band or a stretchier material should totally allow for your growing tummy.
That said, we realise it's normal for our own body size and weight to change during pregnancy, so be sure to check the size range of the brands you love.
Some brands have pregnancy ranges that go up to size 16, whereas others like ASOS not only go up to size 20+ but have plenty of options in tall and petite, too. Whatever wild and wonderful things your body decides to do during this time, you can still find your perfect pair by following this guide.
Now we've shared our top tips with you on finding the perfect maternity jeans, it's time to move on to our favourite picks found online in the UK. From skinny to relaxed and with pairs suitable for all occasions (and some that you can wear postpartum too) you're sure to find a pair that fit like a glove!
|Waistband||Elasticated stretch waist, suitable after birth|
|Cut||Straight fit, regular length with rolled cuffs|
|Waistband||Small over-bump band|
|Cut||Relaxed fit, cropped length|
|Sizes Available||Waist 26-34"|
|Waistband||Over-bump band, concealed fly, belt loops|
|Cut||Skinny, regular length|
|Waistband||Built-in jersey bump band, faux fly, suitable after birth|
|Cut||Regular fit, wide cropped legs|
|Waistband||Elasticated stretch cotton blend, bump band with adjustable elastic, hidden button|
|Cut||Slim, regular length|
|Sizes Available||Waist 27-32", leg 32-34"|
|Waistband||Elasticated bump band, firm-stretch denim|
|Cut||Slim, sits above the ankle|
|Waistband||High-performance stretch denim, over-bump band|
|Cut||Skinny, regular length|
|Waistband||Elasticated waist inserts, two pockets|
|Cut||Straight fit, slightly cropped|
|Waistband||Stretch-jersey over-bump band, belt loops|
|Cut||Regular, kick flare leg|
|Waistband||Over-bump band with adjustable elastic, hidden button|
|Cut||Slim, regular length|
|Sizes Available||Waist 26-33", leg 32-34"|
Lola Slim Fit Maternity Jeans
Stretch Crop Kick Flare Jeans
Recycled Florence Authentic Straight Leg Jeans
Dante Overbump Maternity Skinny Jeans
High Rise Farleigh Slim Mom Jeans
Santos Slim Fit Maternity Jeans
Maternity High Rise 'Easy' Wide Leg Jean
Maternity Molly Overbump Skinny Jeans
Maternity Mom Underbump Jeans
Maternity Straight Leg Jeans in Mid Wash
A Stretchy but Slim Fit for Mamas of Any Age
Effortless Style With an Extra-Comfy Over-Bump Band
Relaxed, Adaptable and Sturdy
Crafted From High-Performance Stretch Denim
A Maternity Wardrobe Staple
Cool and Stylish Yet Comfortable
An On-Trend Autumnal Look
A Glam Choice for Smarter Occasions
An Edgy and Fun Take on Maternity Jeans
Maternity Jeans With an Urban Feel
|Waistband||Over-bump band with adjustable elastic, hidden button||Stretch-jersey over-bump band, belt loops||Elasticated waist inserts, two pockets||High-performance stretch denim, over-bump band||Elasticated bump band, firm-stretch denim||Elasticated stretch cotton blend, bump band with adjustable elastic, hidden button||Built-in jersey bump band, faux fly, suitable after birth||Over-bump band, concealed fly, belt loops||Small over-bump band||Elasticated stretch waist, suitable after birth|
|Cut||Slim, regular length||Regular, kick flare leg||Straight fit, slightly cropped||Skinny, regular length||Slim, sits above the ankle||Slim, regular length||Regular fit, wide cropped legs||Skinny, regular length||Relaxed fit, cropped length||Straight fit, regular length with rolled cuffs|
|Sizes Available||Waist 26-33", leg 32-34"||6-20||6-20||8-16||6-20||Waist 27-32", leg 32-34"||6-20||6-18||Waist 26-34"||6-16|
Whether you are at the beginning of your pregnancy journey or things are in full swing, check out our related articles for more ways to feel comfortable whilst staying stylish.
We hope this article has been helpful to you in finding your perfect maternity pair. Whether skinny, relaxed, cropped or super-stretchy are the ones for you, it's all in the jeans!
Author: Melanie McPhail
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