These Are the Best Maternity Jeans (And I Would Sleep In Them If I Could)

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There comes a time in every pregnant woman’s journey when her normal jeans no longer button and the hunt for maternity jeans becomes a top priority. Prior to my bump’s arrival, I was a Levi’s wedgie devotee. But with zero stretch, a button fly closure and corset-like high-waist, I officially outgrew my jeans at about the same time my morning sickness subsided.

Since not wearing pants is generally frowned upon, I knew I needed a maternity-friendly solution quickly. The issue? I found that a lot of maternity clothes are kinda, well, matronly. Lucky for me, a friend pointed me in the direction of the NYDJ’s maternity version of the popular Ami Skinny Jeans and I’ve been wearing them on repeat ever since.

The NYDJ Ami skinnies are $139, and if that seems like a lot for jeans, I’d like to point out that I wear these about 5 out of the 7 days of the week. In my normal life, I’d think that’s kind of gross, but I’m not about to buy a whole new baby bump-friendly jean wardrobe. That said, the price was easy to justify.

When the black and Big Sur shades came in the mail, I was pleased to find that while they look like normal jeans, they feel like leggings. So even on baby’s largest days, it feels like I’m basically wearing sweat pants. They’re also flattering on the derriere and offer tummy support via a wide waistband that helps to create a smooth silhouette. The jeans are made with Sure Stretch denim technology that allows you to wear them again and again without them stretching out or losing their shape. Because they’re so stretchy and soft, I’ve—no joke–done a quick yoga session in them (What? I was feeling too lazy to change) and seriously considered sleeping in them. (Same reason. Don’t at me.)

Another, albeit shallow, plus? The sizing runs a little differently, so you should order one, or even two sizes down. I’m typically a size four, but I have plenty of room for my growing hips and baby in the size zero. And, as taboo as it is to say, it’s kind of nice feeling little while I’m growing a human and consuming much more pizza than usual.

So if you, like me, need a little stretch to cover that basketball in your stomach, check out the NYDJ Ami skinny jeans before they sell out in your size. If you need me, I’ll be noshing on that aforementioned pizza.

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Cat mom, yogi, brunch enthusiast

Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.