If you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant and are wondering what to wear, don’t worry, you can still keep wearing jeans throughout your pregnancy.
In the very early stages of your pregnancy, you might be able to wear low to mid-waisted jeans to sit under your bump. I’d recommend the James Jeans Twiggy or Mother Looker The Skinny as the best skinny jeans as they have a lot of stretch. If you prefer a boyfriend style jean, try J Brand Aidan or Current/Elliott The Boyfriend which can both be worn low-rise and loose.
After a few months when you start to grow, one option is to try a pair of maternity jeans like the J Brand Mama in Pitch, a classic black wash, which features built-in elastic panels. These are really comfortable and you can wear them after your pregnancy too. If you have a pair of jeans which you love and would like to wear throughout your pregnancy, we offer a maternity alteration at Donna Ida where we add elastic panels into the waistband. The best thing about the alteration is that it is fully reversible, so that we can change them back to normal afterwards.
A lot of people come to us just after they’ve had a baby to find a new pair of jeans, they might be carrying a little bit of extra baby weight or they’ll have a caesarean scar and they don’t want a pair of jeans hitting them where the scar is. The Goldsign Jem Leggings have a fantastic stretchy waistband so you don’t have to worry about any buttons or zips. High-waisted jeans are also a good option as they miss your scar and then go in at your waist. Try IDA jeans in a classic wash which are not too tight but will be firm enough to hold you in, especially as you might lose weight after your pregnancy.
The important things throughout your pregnancy are:
1) Be comfortable – choose a fabric and stretch that works for you.
2) Consider the height – low rise will be best before and during but high-waisted are the best afterwards
3) Alterations – if you love your jeans, they can always consider altering them to wear throughout your pregnancy. See here for more information.