When you can no longer do up the button on your favourite skinny jeans, it might be time to invest in a maternity pair designed to accommodate your growing bump. We know these are trousers you might only wear for four to five months, but there are plenty of affordable options out there – from the high street as well as pregnancy specialists. Take it from us: swapping a digging-in waistband and trousers two sizes too big that you have to hoick up every few seconds, for something actually made to fit a growing little human is pretty liberating.
So, which trousers will work for you? Maternity jeans come in a range of styles. There are under-the-bump and over-the-bump options, or those with stretchy panels designed to expand with your impending arrival. The under-the-bump pairs should fit comfortably below your belly with a soft elasticated waistband. The over-the-bump styles come with an integrated stretchy band that, as the name suggests, fits over your tummy and helps keep you feeling together.
Some mums-to-be may find that under-the-bump styles work best for the second trimester and then move on to over-the-bump options as they get bigger. You might also find that a belly band can help any under-the-bump pairs stay where they should if you are finding your crotch heading for your knees. The best way to see what works for you is to try on a range of styles and see how you get on.
1. Asos Ridley Skinny Jeans: £28, Asos
Several of our mums-to-be swore by these affordable skinnies from Asos. They come in a range of washes – black, as well a few different blue hues – and in under-the-bump and over-the-bump options, as well as in a bigger-than-average size range (6-20). Tall or shorter ladies love the fact that they are also available in longer-leg and petite sizes.
2. Seraphine Dark Slim Leg Over the Bump Maternity Jeans: £49, Seraphine
We were impressed with London-based Seraphine’s comfy jeans. This slim-fit pair are a good compromise if you’re not a skinny jeans fan. We found that unlike many, these stayed up without unladylike tugging and have a button and fly beneath the concealed over-the-bump band, so if your top creeps up they look pleasingly like an ordinary pair of jeans. We just wished they came in more than one leg length.
3. Topshop Maternity Leigh Jeans: £38, Topshop
We like the fact that this under-the-bump pair comes in a 30 leg, so are ideal for the vertically challenged. They are super-comfy and a flattering fit. The wide waist band is comfortable, however we did find there was some slipping down, so we’d suggest the added support of a maternity bump band (New Look does a good set of three). These also come in black. The cut is a bit more generous than the standard Leighs, so bear that in mind before you buy.