Toward the end of your first trimester, you may notice that not only is your waistline bigger, but your stomach is taunt and bending at the waist becomes more difficult. While you may be able to purchase a larger size pair of jeans, borrow your spouse’s jeans, or leave the button undone on your existing jeans and make do for now, you will find these are short term solutions. Maternity jeans are designed to grow with you, and many are designed to fit over your growing stomach or under it, giving you the ultimate comfort during your pregnancy.
How Maternity Jeans Grow With You
Depending on the style of maternity jeans you choose, one of several options will be utilized to allow you to wear the maternity jeans comfortably throughout your pregnancy. These options include:
Side panels that adjust with buckles, Velcro, snaps, or similar devices;
Designs with a low waist to fit below your growing stomach, which is also referred to as the bump;
The use of buttonhole extenders;
Inside waist cinch;
Jersey tummy panels.
Purchasing the Right Size Jeans
In general, you will purchase your jeans in one size larger that the same size that you wore prior to getting pregnant; however, you will find some maternity jeans manufacturers will allow for the normal change in size so that you would wear you prepregnacy size instead.
When to Purchase Your Jeans
If you are picky about your wardrobe, you will want to start shopping for jeans during the middle of your first trimester. Finding jeans that fit your style, body type, and wallet may take some time. Don’t forget though that you are only pregnant for once or twice (ok, maybe twelve times) throughout you life so you deserve to look and feel you best during this very special time of your life.