Best Maternity Jeans 2024

There comes a point in every pregnancy when squeezing into your regular jeans is no longer feasible. Regardless of whether you’re on your first or fourth pregnancy, the trick to finding the best maternity jeans is selecting a pair that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Fortunately, the denim options for pregnant women have come a long way, with lots of chic and ultra-cozy options to flatter your bump and body. We’ve tried out more than a dozen pairs of maternity jeans—some good and some bad. My co-author and I share our favorite picks here, especially those with just the right amount of comfort and style.

Once your bump make its debut, regular jeans can suddenly feel too stiff and uncomfortable. That’s … [+] where the best maternity jeans can save the day.

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Celebrity stylist Kim Appelt, author of Style For Everybody, recommends leaning on the wisdom of mothers before you. “Maternity jean reviews are the compass that guides you to your perfect pair. Trust in those shared experiences. Moms often take the time to write a review to help out other new moms.”

Here, we’ve compiled the best maternity jeans based on personal experience, reviews and firsthand recommendations from real moms, as well as stylists. After you’ve finished reading this article, you might want to consider our other pregnancy favorites, including the best maternity clothes and the best shoes for pregnancy.

The Best Maternity Jeans At A Glance

Abercrombie & Fitch

Women’s Maternity Ankle Straight Jean

My teenage self might be surprised to learn that I still shop at Abercrombie & Fitch, but with maternity jeans like these, it’s hard to resist. Besides, the brand is experiencing quite the comeback at the moment. I’m partial to two of its maternity styles: the Ankle Straight and 90s Straight jeans for several reasons. They look like normal denim, are on-trend and yet, feel extremely comfortable. They’re also available in sizes ranging from 23 to 37 and come in multiple lengths and washes. The full-rise panels offer a bit of compression but can also be rolled down if you prefer.

What parents say: I love that the front pockets are actual pockets, not faux ones like many other maternity jeans and that the panel attaches to the interior of the jeans and not the top of the waistband. That small detail allows me to tuck in sweaters, T-shirts and blouses, which feels a touch more polished.


Motherhood Maternity Secret Fit Jeans

I loved these jeggings during my first pregnancy and was happy to pull them out of the closet for round two. They’re extra soft, stretchy and comfortable, which makes them ideal for an ever-changing pregnant body. They’re a great length, even if you have long legs or are tall, and the full panel stays up all day without bunching, slipping or stretching out.

What parents say: In general, it seems that other customers agree with me on the comfort of this pair, giving them an overall Amazon rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars with more than 1,700 reviews. Based on those reviews, it seems women of all sizes found the fit ideal, with the occasional complaint about a saggy butt. I did miss having real pockets with these jeans during my second pregnancy when I spent a majority of my free time with my toddler. Also, the belly band starts relatively low, so you need to wear a longer shirt with these if you want to cover it.


The Maternity Over-The-Belly ’90s Straight Jean

The ‘90s are back in fashion, and this bestselling over-the-belly pair from Madewell nails it with an old-school straight leg that feels very now. Available in both black and white, the latter of which is perfect for the warmer months, these jeans are cut lower in the front to keep you comfortable, but are snug through the hips and thighs with a higher rise in back to boost your butt and confidence. Overall, I found Madewell maternity jean, though not this specific style, to be a comfortable, functional and stylish option. The deep black wash can be dressed up or down.

What parents say: I absolutely loved the Madewell over-the-belly skinny jeans while pregnant. They’re the ideal amount of stretchy and supportive and looked like normal jeans (once my shirt covered the over-the-belly portion, of course). Reviewers agree. Of this pair, one writes, “You really can’t tell they’re not regular jeans once they’re on. Very comfortable, even sitting, and still cute and trendy.” 


Hatch The Boyfriend Maternity Jean

If you’re missing on-trend jeans during your pregnancy, these boyfriend-style jeans from Hatch could be the remedy. Although they’re pricey, I can attest that they’re just as stylish in person as they appear in photos. Not only are these (and really all Hatch jeans) cute, but they’re also that rare pair of maternity jeans with a side-panel that matches the wash of the jean. This makes them look like normal jeans and negates the need to wear extra-long shirts to cover the side panels. The rise of these jeans is also ideal, because it’s not so low that I fear that my underwear might show at any moment but not so high that they won’t be wearable the larger my bump gets.

What parents say: The boyfriend fit makes them feel a bit oversized, but reviewers report that means you can even wear them to the bitter end of your pregnancy. Personally, I love the fit. They’re not too baggy and not too snug.

Joe’s® Jeans

Joe’s Jeans Lara Mid-Rise Cigarette Ankle Maternity Jeans

Joe’s Jeans have become my favorite maternity jeans. This specific style, the Lara, makes me feel my most confident. I own them in multiple washes and wore them frequently in both pregnancies. I particularly appreciated them in my second pregnancy when I showed far earlier and wanted something that wouldn’t immediately broadcast that I’m pregnant but that would remain comfortable all day. They’re a great thickness, and thanks to the side panels and mid-rise, you can tuck in a shirt or wear them with a bodysuit and blazer.

What parents say: While other maternity jeans can feel ultra-low-rise, these hit at just the right place to flatter your changing body. I also love the cut of the leg and the length. They’re a bit cropped, and, for what it’s worth, the tush is applause-worthy. The panels do stretch out a bit and require some pulling up at times.



H&M Mama Straight Ankle Jeans

Stylish maternity clothes too often require spending lots of cash, making the H&M Mama maternity jeans stand apart. At just $50, they’re far more affordable than most others while remaining chic. This pair has a looser and straight leg for trendy but comfort-craving moms. There’s an over-the-belly panel, but its mock fly makes them look more like regular jeans. The back pockets are real, too. You’ll likely reach for these over and over, no matter your destination.

What parents say: In speaking with moms for this story, several suggested H&M Mama maternity jeans, because they’re soft, comfortable and affordable. I was excited to try them for baby number two and am happy to report they deserve the praise. I tried the slim straight pair, and once they’re on, they hug the waist without feeling too snug. I found them to be the ideal amount of baggy in the legs for that laid-back boyfriend jean look. They felt soft against my skin but thick enough to last through additional pregnancies with a bit of compression.


Over Belly 90’s Straight Maternity Jeans

If you already love Ingrid & Isabel and don’t want to spend a lot on your maternity wardrobe, these trendy Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel jeans are definitely worth a look. I’ve tried (and really liked) other styles from the brand and can speak to the quality, fit and style of this affordable Target line. Like other Isabel Maternity options that I’ve tried, the full panel on these cuts low in the back for better ventilation. The touch of spandex provides the right amount of give; you may find yourself reaching for these in the postpartum period too.

What parents say: In reading reviews, it became apparent that we’re not the only Isabel Maternity fans. Many reviewers appreciate the stylish cargo pockets on this black pair for a trendy touch. “These jeans are so, so cute. I was looking for a more non-traditional maternity jean and these are perfect,” wrote one reviewer. “The straight leg and cargo style of the black pair is so good,” adds another. 


Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Women’s Maternity Boyfriend Jean

It can often seem that unless you’re willing to spend lots of money on maternity clothes, you won’t feel comfortable or confident. But that’s simply not true. Consider these cute cropped Levis in an airy and on-trend boyfriend style. They have hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon and are the perfect blend of comfort and style. They come in a light and distressed wash with sizes up to XXL—and they’re under $35, which is a steal. There’s a supportive full-panel with lots of stretch and smoothing qualities. “These are perfect for an apple or curvy body,” says Appelt. “The wide band will hug you in all the right places.” You might also consider these non-full-panel Levi jeans.

What parents say: Reviewers frequently call these jeans “comfortable.” One reviewer went on to explain, “These are the only maternity jeans I will wear. Even better, I don’t want to rip them off the moment I get home. I decided to try these after reviews of how comfortable they were and 100% they are. Enough room on the thighs, belly panel has plenty of stretch, and they are cute. Win win.”

Hudson Jeans

Hudson Utility Wide Leg Cargo Maternity Pant

Hudson Jeans prove you can still dress like yourself even when you’re expecting. These effortlessly-cool Utility Jeans look just like a premium pair you’d purchase prior to pregnancy. They don’t scream maternity, which is exactly what so many fashionable moms-to-be are after. They’re high quality, exceptionally comfortable and stylish. Made from a premium stretch denim, they have a mid-rise waist and four functional pockets for stashing your cell phone, lip gloss or tiny toys and treats for big siblings. Appelt says these are “great for an inverted triangle, rectangle or hourglass mama-to-be.”

What parents say: “I love these jeans,” writes one mom. “They fit true to size. They are so comfortable, and look so good. I am so happy that I finally have something that I am excited to wear while being pregnant.” She does however warn that they may not be a great option for shorter women, unless you plan on getting them hemmed.


Paige Noella Maternity

Paige denim is respected for its quality and flattering fit, as well as its laid-back but polished aesthetic. Its maternity jeans are no exception. These look every bit the on-trend vintage wash high-rise denim that you see many cool moms wearing, with one minor change—the stretch panels that make them wearable all through pregnancy. Unlike other side panel options, this pair has over 10 inches of rise, making them akin to higher waisted jeans. The backside appears to be a bit higher than other options too. I wish the side panels weren’t as apparent as they are, but that can be hidden with a longer shirt. This is the most expensive pair on our list, however, and there’s less give or stretch in these, especially compared to other maternity jeans.

What parents say: This particular pair of Paige jeans came highly recommended by a mom friend and after familiarizing myself with them I can see why. While I’ve yet to try these myself, my friend and reviewers raved about them. “They are perfect—[they] wear like real denim jeans with a minor stretch,” wrote one. “I always preferred maternity pants with stretch and a button closure over material that went up over my belly, and Paige has some of the best,” says mom-of-three Ariel Boorstin, cofounder and CMO of Cooper, a parent coaching service. “You don’t sacrifice style for maternity comfort, which can be such a struggle. Truth be told, I’ve even worn my Paige maternity jeans a few times post baby because I like them that much.”

Citizens of Humanity

Maternity Isola Mid Rise Cropped Boot In Ascent

Citizens of Humanity is another high-end denim maker with legions of fans. If you have a bit more room in your budget and are looking for an option to potentially use through multiple pregnancies, Citizens Of Humanity jeans are an excellent option. This brand was a favorite of mine during my first pregnancy. The pair I’ve had for years offers a stretchy side panel, and so do these. While it’s obvious in the lighter washes, the panel blends right in with the black pair, opening up even more styling options. But the way these are constructed the panel almost looks like an intentional style detail, so we could see these jeans being just as cute with a tucked-in tank and sneakers or sandals. Unfortunately, this brand doesn’t make many maternity pairs, so you may want to double up on your purchase if this is your favorite fit.

What parents say: These jeans are truly long-lasting and high quality. The pair of Citizens maternity jeans that I had was passed down from a friend who wore hers through two pregnancies—and they still looked brand-new when she handed them to me. There was no fading, no overstretched panels and no warping in the seams or denim.


ASOS Maternity Over-The-Bump Skinny Jeans

I’ve heard great things about ASOS maternity items from friends and reviews, and I appreciate that ASOS offers options that are extremely affordable, with maternity jeans ranging from $10 on sale to $4o or less full price. The pockets on this specific style are faux, but I do appreciate that there’s a real button and that the wash is ideal for daytime. While I selected ASOS for best skinny jeans because of the price and style, the retailer offers essentially every style and color of jeans, with many trend-focused options, making them very much worth consideration.

What parents say: This specific style is one of the brand’s bestselling options and has strong reviews—and so it tends to sell out fast. One reviewer wrote, “Best pair of mat jeans. So comfy and fit perfectly.” Another added that they’re “really comfy and stretchy. Highly recommend.”

BAE The Label Australia

Maternity Jeans Joggers

The Australian maternity brand Bae The Label has a broad range of denim styles (with lots of skinny options) and overwhelming positive reviews. The price points are midrange, but the quality is top notch. Plus, there’s free shipping to the USA when you spend $150 or more. Its skinny jean maternity selection in particular caught my eye, especially these jegging-like joggers, as they’re made to wear after baby arrives, too. In a soft, washed stretch denim jersey, they look like jeans but feel like sweatpants. An elastic waistband easily accommodates a growing belly, and an adjustable drawcord ensures they fit great postpartum too.

What parents say: “My favorite jeans, super comfy and look cool,” wrote one mom. Another calls them, “hands down my favorite jeans I have ever worn. The fit is incredible and so so comfy. The quality of the design and the fabric, I just love everything about these jeans. The pockets are a practical size too, and you can actually fit your hands into them.”


Gap Maternity Inset Panel Cheeky Straight Jeans

Much like its traditionally sized jeans, Gap maternity jeans are stretchy, comfortable and generally available at a great sale price. These straight leg jeans don’t give off major “maternity jean” vibes, which I always appreciate, and they offer a lovely wash and fit for many shapes. This specific pair even has an option to tighten the sides, which make them far more wearable during the first and fourth trimesters. The only downside is if you’re tall, they end up looking more capri-like than you might want. In general, I also find Gap jeans to be soft, easily wearable and generally classic, which makes it easy to take them from pregnancy to postpartum. Appelt likes this pair too, noting they’re “good for a rectangle or inverted triangle body type.”

What parents say: A friend who swears by these maternity jeans told me they’re exceptionally comfortable, but perhaps not the most flattering on the bottom. Reviewers say: “They are extremely soft and comfortable. I ordered my usual size pre-pregnancy and they feel like sweatpants” and that “the fit and length are perfect for me.”


DL1961 Premium Denim Patti Straight Maternity Vintage Jeans

DL1961 maternity jeans are a favorite of many moms for being comfortable—and cool. The quality is exceptional and they look like on-trend jeans you might have worn prior to pregnancy, with almost imperceptible side panels (at least in the case of this black pair). I love that the panels on these aren’t too wide or long, so even if they didn’t blend in with the wash of jean, they’re easier to conceal than some other side-panel options. The width of this straight leg and the raw hem make them feel a little more fresh and on-trend.

What parents say: These jeans offer plenty of stretch and give with its fabric blend (cotton, polyester, Tencel and Lyrca), which I liked, but this also meant that they stretched out a bit more than I would have liked. The rise is comfortable but perhaps a bit low for some. The brand does offer other styles that advertise themselves as less stretchy. It’s also worth noting that the front pockets aren’t functional, but the back ones are.

Old Navy

Old Navy Maternity Front Low-Panel Wide Leg Jeans

If you’re looking for a fashion-forward and inexpensive pair of wide-leg maternity jeans, Old Navy has quite a few. My millennial mom coauthor Elizabeth Mitchell Kadar says as someone trying to break out of her skinny jean rut without breaking the bank that these black wide-leg maternity jeans appeal. They have a faux fly and low, smooth elastic jersey panel in the front for support and look like regular jeans from the back. The pockets are perfectly functional, and the wide leg gives it that insta-cool look. Available in short, regular and long inseams, it’s easy to find the perfect fit.

What parents say: So many moms told Kadar that they lived in their Old Navy jeans throughout pregnancy. One mom in particular loved this style, noting how comfy and easy to get on and off they are. “They deliver the perfect casual wide leg and look much more expensive than they are,” she says. “My only con is I wish the back pockets were a little larger.” Another reviewer praised how well they “fit around the hip area without a weird/awkward puckering like so many maternity jeans have.”


Seraphine Organic Slim Boyfriend Fit Maternity Jeans

Maternity brand Seraphine is hugely popular in the UK, and was even worn by Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, during her pregnancies. Moms have praised its quality to Kadar—as well as its fast shipping. We love the wide variety of trendy (and timeless) maternity jeans styles offered on its site, including these Organic Slim Boyfriend Fit jeans that you’d never know were maternity if not for the soft, over-the-bump belly band. It has functional pockets, reinforced belt loops (for pulling up) and a unique tee-tuck gap at the front for extra styling versatility and achieving that effortlessly cool, tucked-in look. The organic cotton is super soft, and the slouchy fit is very 2024.

What parents say: “Moms in my local parent Facebook group praised Seraphine’s quality and fit to me repeatedly when I asked about their favorite brands,” says Kadar. While there’s no review section on Seraphine’s site, the brand has a whole slew of celebrity fans, from Kate and Pippa Middleton to Kate Hudson, who rocked a similar pair of boyfriend jeans from the brand when she was pregnant with her daughter Rani in 2018.

AG Jeans Outlet

AG Jeans Maternity Prima Ankle

AG Jeans are known for incredible quality, soft stretchy fabric and an undeniable cool factor. This Prima Ankle maternity pair is on sale for more than half off at the AG outlet, making it such a steal. Kadar especially loves the incognito, no-bunch elastic waistband, which can be adjusted for a tighter fit in the early months and loosened up for when you hit the later stages of pregnancy. It comes in several hues if you’re not a darker wash denim kind of girl. This pair is especially great for dressing up, the office or a night out.

What parents say: After polling a large network of PR friends and moms to share their favorite trendy maternity jeans brands, AG Jeans came up “again and again,” says Kadar. “Any and all jeans by AG Jeans is always a go-to for me,” mom-of-two Eliza Gwendalyn told us. “The fabric is so stretchy and soft and super forgiving for every body. Its maternity line was a lifesaver for me and my growing belly. I was still able to rock some of my ‘trendy’ outfits even with a bump.”


Spanx Mama Ankle Jean-Ish Leggings

If regular jeans aren’t your jam, these denim-like pants from Spanx are the perfect compromise to keep you cozy and looking polished, whether you’re headed to the office or hanging out at home. Similar to the rest of Spanx slimming styles, they’re designed to flatter and grow with you thanks to the seamless waistband that sits right beneath your boobs to support your ever-expanding bump. Unlike your go-to Lululemon Aligns though, these Jean-ish Leggings offer a more refined look and feel, like that of actual denim, for dressing up or down. You can buy them in black, dark blue or white.

What parents say: “Most comfortable maternity jeans I’ve found,” writes one reviewer. “I got them in month five and they are still comfortable in month eight. Also they’re cute.” Many reviewers praise the quality, versatility and chicness of these leggings, too. “These pants look amazing anyway you style them,” says one. “I would highly recommend these for any mom-to-be. You may be tempted to go with a cheaper option like I was, but believe me, they are worth the money in quality overall appearance.”


1822 Denim Butter Maternity Jeans

Pregnancy is already uncomfortable enough, right? There’s no reason to wear stiff or scratchy jeans while pregnant. Few brands do buttery-soft denim better than 1822 Denim. In fact, its bestselling line of Butter styles is what initially put the brand on the map, making them a must-have for every trimester. These dark-wash skinnies feature a soft over-the-belly waistband and are super versatile for date nights or just paired with an oversized tee and sneakers for a perfectly pulled-together playdate look. If skinnies aren’t your thing, try the Better Butter Over the Bump Maternity Flare Jeans or this cute Over the Bump Frayed Ankle Straight Leg style

What parents say: Best pregnancy purchase ever, write several reviewers: “They’re a super soft jegging material. Unlike other bottoms, I can wear these all day. Most comfortable pair of jeans I own.”

Why Trust Forbes Vetted

Here at Forbes Vetted, we’ve researched, tested and shared our thoughts on many of our favorite brands and places to shop for maternity clothing, as well as tools and supports, such as pregnancy pillows.

For this story, I relied on my expertise as a mom who has experienced two pregnancies and also interviewed other parents. This article was updated by coauthor, Elizabeth Mitchell Kadar, a mom of three small children with a background in fashion. Finally, it was edited by another mom of three, Rose Gordon Sala, with a vast knowledge of all things maternity and baby gear, who despises maternity jeans that don’t stay up. Needless to say, between the three of us, we tested a large majority of these jeans firsthand throughout our combined eight pregnancies and consulted several stylists. This story is regularly updated and was last reviewed and revised in March 2024.

How We Chose The Best Maternity Jeans

As a shopping writer specializing in lifestyle subjects, fashion and parenting, I researched the best maternity jeans, gathered firsthand feedback, tested many pairs of maternity jeans on this list myself and also spoke with a stylist as I honed in on my choices. Of course, not every brand or pair of jeans I tested made the cut.

I included jeans to work with a range of body types and budgets as well, and I looked carefully at customer reviews, considering any repeat complaints. My coauthor, Elizabeth Kadar, also spoke with stylists and gathered firsthand feedback from real moms on several included pairs.

Are Maternity Jeans Worth It?

It really depends on your day-to-day style and comfort, but many people (like myself) find a lot of use in maternity jeans. Sure, you can get through pregnancy in dresses, skirts and leggings, but if you frequently wear jeans, you’ll likely want to invest in a pair. A belly band can help you wear traditional jeans for a portion of your pregnancy, but once you get into your second and third trimester, maternity jeans are just more comfortable and useful. I found that once I invested in maternity jeans, I wore them nearly every day.

Katie Carreiro, who works as a professional fashion stylist with Dresscode, an on-demand styling and wardrobe curation service, suggests: “Check the brands you already like for maternity styles but also consider utilizing resell platforms or asking friends who recently had a baby.”

Are Jeans Comfortable In Pregnancy?

Everyone’s body is different, but most people will find traditional jeans less comfortable as your bump begins to develop. Maternity jeans are typically made from stretchy materials, such as cotton with spandex or Tencel, so they’re far more comfortable during pregnancy.

Instead of a typical waistband, maternity jeans feature side-stretch panels or an over-the-belly panel that allows you to wear them as your bump grows and changes. Whether you prefer a side-panel or over-the-belly one is up to your personal style and comfort. As Carreiro says, “Continuing to dress like yourself will help you remain comfortable during pregnancy,” so if jeans are part of your personal wardrobe, it’s worth it to find some that suit you during pregnancy.

Should You Size Up In Maternity Jeans?

No—usually. Most brands make maternity jeans sizes equitable to your pre-pregnancy size. So, if you’re a size 27 jean before pregnancy, it’s likely similar when purchasing maternity jeans. Some pairs might be sized XS to XL, because there’s no firm waistline. Often these will equate to other pant sizes that you can apply, such as 0 to 2 and 10 to 12, and so on. Read the sizing description as some brands will suggest sizing up or down from your standard size. Carreiro suggests “[ordering] an extra size to compare,” as well, which will prevent you from getting frustrated as your body changes seemingly day to day.

Can You Wear Regular Jeans While Pregnant?

The short answer? Not for long. As Carreiro explains, “For a while your normal jeans may still work,” she says. “Thankfully, lower and looser jeans are very in and especially comfy. Maternity styles fitting under the belly with extra supportive side panels tend to feel good with a small to medium bump while styles with a stretch panel rising over the belly are comforting for a big bump.”

That said, your traditional denim high-waisted jeans may work until you hit about 20 weeks, at which point you’ll likely need to swap them for maternity jeans.

What Kind Of Jeans Should I Wear While Pregnant?

When looking for the best maternity jeans, Liz Robitaille, Stitch Fix stylist, recommends clients prioritize those with stretch panels or adjustable waistbands to ensure a comfortable fit. Some women love an under-the-belly fit while others will find an over-the-belly panel much more comfortable. It’s such a personal preference.

“Like any pair of denim, it’s important to choose a wash that can be worn for various scenarios so consider a classic denim wash or opt for a black pair of maternity jeans that offer maximum versatility,” she says. “Skinny, bootcut or straight-leg designs are popular choices, but invest in whatever silhouette best matches your unique style preferences.”

What Week So You Start Wearing Maternity Jeans?

Every pregnancy is different. Robitaille always advises clients listen to their body when transitioning to maternity wear. “That said, clients generally transition to maternity jeans when the baby bump becomes more noticeable or when their regular jeans feel restrictive or uncomfortable around the waist.”

When Should I Wear Maternity Jeans?

As soon as you’re ready and, well, can’t button your regular jeans anymore or they start to feel uncomfortable. “Maternity jeans are ideal for the moment the client feels and sees the most changes in their abdomen,” says Robitaille. “The stretch of maternity jeans offers comfort for everyday wear and can still be styled for day and evening activities.”

Does Good American Make Maternity Clothes?

Yes, however styles tend to sell out quickly so at the moment the only option available in Good American’s maternity collection is a jacket.

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