Pregnant and Pretty: Maternity Jeans for Moms to Be

This compensated post was written by our guest contributor, Sophie West.  She has a passion for women’s fashion and enjoys blogging about great looks for every stage of life.

Maternity Pose

Designers have created a fabulous range of maternity jeans that allow you to go through your entire pregnancy in comfort and style without having to resort to baggy tracksuit bottoms during the final months. Every possible cut and style is available from skinny jeans to flares and all include an elasticated waistband that will accommodate your growing belly. There are a few different types of maternity jeans, and some are designed to stretch over your belly whilst others will sit just below it. The style you pick depends on your own personal taste, and whatever waistband you find to be the most comfortable during your pregnancy.

Do I Need Maternity Jeans?

During the first stages of pregnancy you may be able to extend the life of your regular jeans by purchasing a maternity band. This works by attaching to the waistband of your regular jeans and holds them up so you can leave the button and zip undone. This is an ideal option for the early stages of pregnancy, but as your body grows in other places such as your hips and thighs you may find that you need some extra room. Many women are tempted to purchase regular jeans in large sizes instead of maternity jeans, but these will sag around the seat and will not be able to fit comfortably around your new shape. After the first few months, maternity jeans will be the best option as they are specially cut to fit snugly through the legs and hips whilst leaving plenty of space for your bump.

What Style Is Best?

Bootcut jeans are a fabulous option as they flatter every figure and are easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion. Skinny jeans can be worn during the first half of pregnancy or if your bump is relatively small, but wearing them with a huge belly will make you resemble a lollipop. Three-quarter length jeans are a nice option for summer and can be worn with flip-flops and a flowing tunic for a casual look.

What Are The Different Types Of Maternity Jeans?

Maternity jeans come with many different waist bands, and it is best to try all the options to decide which is the most comfortable for you. A stretchy, elasticated band made from either jersey, lycra or spandex is attached to the top of the jeans and will stretch with your body as it grows during your pregnancy. The most popular type of band can be stretched over your entire bump providing the most coverage, and this is usually the most comfortable method. Another type of band is designed to sit underneath your belly and has a reinforced elastic rubber band built-in to stop the jeans from slipping down. The third option can be rolled over your bump or left underneath your belly depending on the level of cover you prefer. Maternity jeans feature either a button and zip or a drawstring at the front to close them.

How Do I Know Which Size to Choose?

Maternity jeans are sized in the same way as regular jeans therefore if you were a size 12 before pregnancy then chances are you will need the same size in maternity clothes. However, if you have gained a lot of weight around your hips and thighs then you may need a larger size. The elasticated bands are also available in different sizes, so it is important to measure your waist and refer to the manufacturers size chart to find your perfect fit.

Most maternity jeans are made from a lightweight denim that is blended with some form of stretchy material such as elastane for added comfort. Whilst dark colors such as navy blue and black are traditionally seen as more slimming, this does not mean that you cannot experiment with a range of different colors. Pastel shades such as baby pinks and lemons are preferable to bright neon colors, and team these with some super-comfy Uggs or tennis shoes. Whatever styles you preferred before pregnancy such as ripped or faded denim and diamante details are all available in maternity versions, and the wide range of different options allow you to dress your baby bump in style without having to sacrifice your personal comfort.

Sears: Maternity Clothes up to 70% Off

SearsOne of our readers, Peggy, found a great deal at Sears where  maternity clothes are marked down 70% off!  I’m not sure if this sale is nationwide but it’s worth a look, right?  She said that she was at Sears yesterday and picked up 8 pieces of maternity clothing for under $100.  What an incredible deal!

To let me know about this deal Peggy commented on another maternity sale I had posted,  Huge Sale & Free Shipping at Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity, & A Pea in The Pod! Always, always, always feel free to post a comment, email me or contact me anyway you know how to in order to share a great deal.  Thanks, Peggy!

Huge Sale & Free Shipping at Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity, & A Pea in The Pod!

Destination Maternity

I’m excited to announce that you expecting mothers can enjoy free shipping at Destination Maternity and its family of brands.  T promotion only lasts for 4 days and is sure to get quite a bit of attention!  They have sales up to 75% off!!!  Order now to make sure they don’t run out of your size in the sales and clearance section.  The coupon code is valid July 21-24, 2011.

Free Shipping at Destination Maternity on orders over $100. Use Code: FSDM7

Free Shipping at Motherhood Maternity on orders over $75. Use Code: FSMH7

Free Shipping at A Pea In The Pod on orders over $150. Use Code: FSPEA7

Bashful Bump Giveaway – A Maternity Essential Ends 4/20

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, moms come up with the best products!  The product I’m reviewing (and giving away!) today is no exception.  Creative mom, Amy Naylor designed and sells what is in my opinion a maternity essential, the Bashful Bump bodysuit.

Amy wanted a solution for tugging at her shirts all day so she could avoid having her stomach or back showing.  Being a woman with a long torso I can totally sympathize.  Especially as the months of pregnancy pass by it becomes harder and harder to stay covered.  I think this would also be a great solution for shorter, more petite women who might look swallowed up by longer maternity shirts.Bashful Bump

Bashful Bump bodysuits are made of an ultra soft fabric that I love!  The fabric is breathable, soft, and not at all see through.   There is a slight amount of ruching on the sides to flatter your figure as your baby belly grows.  There is also a built-in shelf bra to provide a little extra support.  The body suit “hooks” like every other bodysuit, with snaps.  I have to tell you that I was worried about how I was going to maneuver myself to get in and out of this.  However, I found out that the snaps are moved forward for a much easier reach than I expected.

I love that I don’t have to be self-conscious about showing skin.  This is an essential for every maternity wardrobe!  I chose to review the three-quarter length sleeve shirt and it has been a lifesaver for me.  I wore it under vests when I first received it and now as it’s warming up a bit I can wear it alone.  Because it’s a simple black you can dress it up or go informal.  I love the versatility and comfort it gives me.

The bodysuits are available in both full-seat and thong styles.  There is a tank, cap sleeve, camisole and three-quarter length sleeve option to choose from.  You can also buy a black or white bodysuit.  The camisole and tank tops retail for $44 and the cap sleeve and three-quarter length sleeves retail for $48.

Ready to win a Bashful Bump bodysuit of your choice?

You can enter to win by doing one or more of the following; just be sure to leave a separate comment for each way that you enter.  I’ll draw the winner, via, on April 20th.  The winner willl have 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.  This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only.  Good luck everyone!

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Disclosure: I was given one Bashful Bump bodysuit to facilitate my review but the opinions expressed are solely my own.

Kohls: Maternity Clothes on Clearance

Kohls Maternity

Kohl’s has a number of maternity clothes on clearance but hurry, they are going fast!

When you use coupon code “FIFTEEN4U” you will get an additional 15% off.

Shipping is only $0.99 per item which makes some of the items under $5 shipped!