Why Are Maternity Jeans So UncomfortableJust because you are pregnant does not mean you need to stop wearing jeans, but which maternity jeans are best?  During your pregnancy, your body will continue to change shape and size so it’s important to be aware that something that may fit you perfectly today may not tomorrow.

Don’t feel as if you need to give up wearing your favorite fashion item just because your belly has expanded, or is going to. Some women continue wearing their non-maternity clothing well into their pregnancy.   Even normal, non-maternity jeans can be worn for many months. Belly bands are an option of extending the wearability of regular jeans too.


But let’s come back to the main concern, why are maternity jeans so uncomfortable?

There are two main reasons:

  1. You’ve purchased the wrong size maternity clothes or
  2. The cut or style of maternity jeans are not suitable for your shape

Let’s look a little closer at each point.

Maternity clothing size guide

We’ve put together a quick style guide when it comes to buying maternity clothes. The trick is to always remember to order your pre-pregnancy size. It’s that easy!

Styles of maternity jeans

Materials currently used to develop maternity wear have more give and stretch than ever before, and this includes jeans.  There are a wide variety of maternity jeans on the market and they are very popular because they look good and they can be dressed up or down as the occasion demands it.

When it comes to comfort however, it’s an individual choice but style definitely comes into it.

  • The right pair of maternity jeans can be worn throughout the whole pregnancy because they are designed to stretch and they come with adjustable, elastic waistbands which can “grow” as needed.
  • The right pair of maternity jeans should feel firm but comfortable without any sensation of pressure and should definitely not keep falling down!
  • The right pair of maternity jeans should never be too tight! Wearing tight clothes during pregnancy is unsafe.


There are 3 main styles of maternity jeans: Overbelly, under belly and side panels and plenty more cuts which can make choosing the perfect pair for you a little confusing.  Underbelly Waistband, Overbelly Waistband and Stretch Side Panels Maternity Jeans

The reason your maternity jeans may roll, fall down, cut into your belly or just feel ridiculously uncomfortable could very well be based on the style you are wearing.

TIP: Look for maternity jeans which have a wide, comfortable waistband with a good amount of stretch.  Some maternity jeans even have double layered elastic tummy bands to eliminate the sensation of the band “cutting into” the tummy.

In addition to the waistband, it is important to ensure that your maternity jeans are long enough from waist to crotch. Different cuts provide different lengths and of course varied comfort options. What may suit your pregnant friend may not be the perfect maternity jeans for you.

What are your tips on finding the perfect pair of comfortable, inexpensive maternity jeans?


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