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Jeans are a wardrobe staple for most women. When you're pregnant, the right pair can help you feel chic and comfortable -- no easy feat when you're dressing around a bowling ball. We tried on tons of maternity jeans to find the best cuts and fabrics. And although you may want to splurge, the good news is that you don't have to. We found some great cheapie options in addition to designer styles.
Dark wash + funky, wide-leg cut = a totally slimming jean. Super-stretch denim and a wide, thick band make these super comfy too. These run big so buy a size smaller.
Japanese Weekend OK Wide Leg Maternity Jean, $98, available at www.japaneseweekend.com
Paige is known for their awesome fit, and that extends to their line of maternity jeans, which skinnify legs and hips. These feature a full panel, making them better for second or third trimester mamas-to-be. Dress these up for those soon-to-be-rare date nights!
Motherhood's developed the Secret Fit Belly -- a stretchy, seamless panel (think thick panty hose) that's among the most comfortable we've tried. This comfortable, basic jean can be dressed up or down, and works for the "fourth trimester" too.
Secret Fit Belly Super Stretch Boot Cut Maternity Jean, $36.98, available at www.motherhood.com
7 For All Mankind
Also outfitted with the Secret Fit Belly panel (here with a lighter-colored panel, designed to be less visible under thin tees), these 7s are an investment that you'll wear the whole nine months.
These were a favorite of Angelina Jolie and Katie Holmes during their pregnancies, and we totally get the rock star appeal. The low-rise waist fits under the belly (it expands as needed) so if you wore that style pre-pregnancy, you'll love these too.
Habitual Maternity Jeans, $179.99, available at www.chulamama.com
No fancy details, just a great pair of wear-to-death boot cut jeans that will never go out of style (so you can wear them for your next pregnancy too). We love how they come in regular women's sizes instead of just small, medium, and large. Order them in ankle, regular, or long for a truly customized fit.
Gap Demi Panel Dark Wash Boot Cut Jean, $79.95, available at www.gap.com
This go-anywhere style has the thick, stretchy band we love, since it accommodates everything from the "Am-I-really-pregnant?" bulge to a third trimester bump. A little extra room through the legs means they'll still fit even if you gain weight in more than just your belly.
Olian Boot Leg Maternity Jeans, $78, available at www.duematernity.com
Do you like a smaller or larger panel? The answer might change depending on how far along in your pregnancy you are. You can have both with this casual, whiskered jean. Roll it down when you're just starting to show, and then roll it up when the bump gets big.
Maternity Smooth-Panel Skinny Mini-Flare Jeans, $39.40, available at www.oldnavy.com
Also outfitted with the Secret Fit Belly, these stretchy jeans cling to your hot mama shape and won't lose their grip over the course of the day.
Joe's Jeans Socialite Secret Fit Belly Signature Pocket Boot Cut Maternity Jean, $195, available at www.apeainthepod.com
We love the flattering look of the button-flap pockets on this slightly flared style, along with the ultra-comfy waistband. Wear with trendy tops to hang on to your pre-maternity style.
Maternal America Megan Jeans, $92, available at www.tummystyle.com