Okay, so let’s get one thing straight: your body just did something FREAKIN’ MIRACULOUS. Truly. We said this in our roundup of the best maternity jeans and we’ll say it now: the goal is to help make the journey of finding jeans a bit less stressful so you can focus on feeling beautiful and embracing just how unbelievably awe-inspiring it is to have just supported another human life for nine months and then given birth.
Stress-free comfort is what we’re going for here, which is why we advise against trying to fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans for at least 3-4 months — although keep in mind that every woman’s post-baby body is different. So while it’s admittedly easier said than done, please please please (x a million) try to ignore any blog or ad or person or social construct that tries to tell you how to “bounce back and lose the fat, stat!” Also, I think we can all agree that we should really, really stop saying “muffin top.”
Here’s what we looked for when compiling this list of the eight best postpartum jeans for new mammas.
- Stretchy material
Soft stretch denim won’t irritate your scar if you had a C-section.
If you’d prefer that the jeans cover your recovering belly and sit at or above your belly button.
If you’d prefer the jeans sit comfortably at your waistline under your recovering belly.
- Smoothing, integrated front panel
If you’re looking for extra shaping.
Rubberband jeans go the extra mile in the sustainability department with jeans made from organic cotton and REPREVE recycled polyester. These right here are a solid, mid-rise option.
Available at Nordstrom, this high-quality classic bootcut is made with exclusive LiftTuck Technology that helps flatten the tummy and lift the rear. The high pockets and deep yoke (aka the part of your jeans in the back just below the waistband — essentially right where your butt goes) don’t hurt either.
Madewell combines denim with Tencel lyocell for jeans that are ridiculously soft…not to mention stylish (shout-out to that mini-flared leg!). Made with cotton, Tencel lyocell, polyester, and elastane, these have just enough stretch.
Yes, you can still wear your maternity clothes post-pregnancy, especially this pair of jeans from Ingrid & Isabel that has elasticized insets at the waist. They’re skinny fit and low-rise with an inseam of 29” and leg opening of 4.75”. The faded look gives ‘em a lived-in feel.
While we love ourselves yoga pants and leggings, there’s something special about a perfect pair of jeans that fits exactly how YOU want them to. So if there are any you LOVE that aren’t on this list, comment below or send us a DM…we want to hear from you, mom!
Revelle is on a mission to make women feel beautiful in their bodies every day by helping them find clothes that actually FIT, and we only feature the best postpartum jeans we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that the recommended items are based on availability as of the date the article was published. You can always get personalized recommendations by joining our community. Also, if you do purchase something by clicking on a link, we may receive a small commission.