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The best maternity jeans for every stage of pregnancy

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The best maternity jeans for every stage of pregnancy

Maternity jeans are one of the first fashion purchases pregnant women make on discovering they’re expecting. 

They're comfortable, flexible and flattering but, whether you’re in the early days of a burgeoning bump or the late stages when you’re ready to pop, finding jeans that work for you isn’t always easy.

Which shops sell maternity jeans?

From the likes of Topshop, ASOS and New Look, to more specialist maternity-wear shops such as JoJo Maman Bebe, you won't struggle to find a pair of maternity jeans. As we mentioned above, it's worth trying on a number of different pairs and styles if you have the time, so you can find the ones that fit your growing bump the best.

The best maternity jeans & jeggings

Add to your maternity denim collection with these mid stone wash over the bump Joni jeans. 69% Cotton, 26% Polyester, 5% Elastane. Machine wash.

Its soft stretch cotton ensures all day comfort, and this is designed to last wash after wash, providing the perfect fit every time. It comes with wide jersey waistband to wear under or over the bump, and its made with 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane and machine washable at 40 degrees.

Cover the basics with these blue jeggings, pairing an oversized white t-shirt and trainers for a casual look. This comes with a under bump fit, a classic 5 pocket design and a skinny fit. The shell is made with 69% Cotton, 28% Polyester and 3% Elastane and the bump band is made with 95% Cotton and 5% Elastane. 

This is comfy and flattering. It was crafted in our high-performance stretch denim; these jeans work hard to sculpt & smooth your curves, while a comfortable over bump band provides a flawless fit at every stage of pregnancy.

These mid-rise Eden jeggings are flat-fronted and have a smooth look with faux-front pockets and fly detailing. They have the appearance of a skinny jeans and comfort of a leggings. It's made with 74% cotton, 24% polyester, 2% elastane and machine washable.

This is a wardrobe staple with high-rise waist and under-the-bump waistband. It comes with two back pockets and a 
skinny fit. It was designed to fit through all stages of pregnancy.

This ankle-length jeans in washed stretch denim with fake front pockets, real back pockets and tapered legs. It comes with wide jersey ribbing at the waist for best fit.

How tight should maternity jeans be? 

As we mentioned, getting maternity jeans to stay put can be tricky, but you also shouldn't wear trousers too tight. As a general rule, if you feel like the jeans are uncomfortable or cutting into you, they are probably the wrong size or style. 

What size maternity jeans should I buy? 

Most brands say you should buy the same size maternity jeans as you would normally buy, as the jeans will have extra panels to support your growing bump. That said, a lot mums-to-be report various amounts of slipping, as of course, every bump is different. 

When it comes to maternity jeans, there are two different styles - under-the-bump and over-the-bump. When it comes to under-the-bump style jeans, they should fit comfortably below your belly and will usually have a soft elasticated waistband.

A lot of women opt to wear these in their second trimester and the addition of a belly band can help them stay in place. There's also over-the-bump syles that have a built-in stretchy band that fits over your tummy, as the name suggests. These are often a good idea for when your bump gets bigger. Our best advice is to try a number of different styles to see which work best for you. 

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Charlotte is an award-winning journalist who's interviewed six Oscar winners, a Greek princess and a Cbeebies presenter.

She's written for GLAMOUR, Vogue, Stylist and The Independent during her career, and, though she writes about beautiful children's clothes, her own two children refuse to wear them.

She likes sunshine and log burners but not at the same time.  


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