Pregnancy can be rough…
From nausea, to exhaustion, to bloating…
It can really take a toll on your body and emotions, but one thing that has really helped me is having clothes that fit during pregnancy. With that being said, pregnant or not, jeans are one of the most difficult things to fit just right. Every woman has a different body-type, so once you find the ones you love, there is no going back!
Hello, I’m a jeans girl. I love them. And wear them almost every, single day throughout the fall and winter.
When I was pregnant with Lydia, I had to get maternity jeans pretty early on – around 17 weeks. My hips and bump seemed to be bigger. Since she was my first, I feel as though my body was completely preparing for birthing a child, but with Luke, I haven’t quite felt that transformation. At 30 weeks now, I still, at times, stick to my favorite Level 99 jeans with a Belly Band. You can leave your jeans unbuttoned with the belly band to smooth overtop.
Here are some maternity jean options (each pair is hyperlinked in the image below):
As with regular jeans, there are lots of options with maternity jeans at many different price points. Waist bands are one of the biggest options that you have to choose from with maternity jeans. Really, it just comes to personal choice on this one, and what feels most comfortable to you.
A demi panel is a band that sits lower on the belly, but creates comfort for you. A demi panel is featured in the Old Navy, Gap, and Boden jeans above. I personally own these Gap jeans and love them! They are extremely comfortable, and the waist band is really durable. An elastic side panel is a normal waist band with elastic sewn into the sides, so they grow with you as baby grows. This style is featured above in the Zara and Paige jeans. I love the concept of this style because you still have the complete look of the denim with the button and zipper. A full panel waistband is another option, but I personally did not feature any options for this. The waist band completely covers your belly. I had a pair of full panel jeans all through my pregnancy with Lydia. They were a little bit pricier and did not hold up. Due to so much fabric in the waist band, they did not stay up on my hips and the waistband started ripping at the seems. I was not impressed.
Your best bet is to try on several pairs, and keep what you love. I would definitely wait until your second trimester to get a feel for how your body is changing. As I mentioned before, I gained weight in my hips, thighs, backside, and belly. With Luke, I have continued working out, and feel as though I’m mostly belly. So, not only does everyone’s body grow differently, your same body can grow differently with each pregnancy you have. So, find the best fit for your current you. If you order online, order a couple of sizes, and make sure you are able to ship back. And always read the reviews!
As far as price goes, it doesn’t mean it may be the best quality if they are more expensive. You can be wearing these babies for 11-ish months, so get something you know you will love! Also, be daring and rock your colored/printed denim. Make a statement, and make that baby bump pop!
Bump Day: 30 Weeks for Baby Luke and I
I went for a more casual look with my denim.
Jeans: Gap Maternity. Top: sold out – Apricot Lane Boutique -Louisville, KY. Scarf: sold out – Apricot Lane Boutique – Louisville, KY. Earrings: Robert David Pearls. Booties: Crown Vintage.
‘Til next week Mamas!
-Alyssa (soon-to-be Mama of 2)