Best Postpartum Jeans 2019 — Get the Best Pairs Now During Black Friday!

Finding the best postpartum jeans can be challenging. And if you’re like me and need to participate in newborn baby photos, you’re going to want to look nice and feel confident. So, getting the perfect pair of postpartum jeans is an important task. It’s not just about appearances, either. Jeans are a classic staple to any woman’s wardrobe and being able to fit in a comfy pair of jeans after childbirth will make you feel good about yourself. You may not totally have your pre-baby body back, but you can still rock a great pair of jeans and that’s a really good feeling! 

There are several options for postpartum jeans, and none of these involve you continuing to wear your maternity jeans. Even though you feel like you still look pregnant, there’s a very good chance that your maternity jeans are going to fall short of making you feel comfortable in your new body. Compression leggings and high-waist jeans are going to be your new friend, and thank goodness that high-rise options are stylish again! No low-rise jeans are ever kind to a postpartum belly. So you’ll find my favorite jeans below (I listed my absolute favorite pair first). Check them out and let me know which ones you like best. 

Postpartum Jeans Option 1: American Eagle Super Soft High Waisted Jeggings

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I love these American Eagle jeans because they keep my stomach hidden. And they also give my legs some shape too. They are also ultra-stretchy so you don’t feel like you need to take them off the minute you get home from being out and about. Also, unlike some high-rise Gap jeans that I have, these do not lose shape. Which is good, because come mid-day, the Gap high-rise jeans that I had were super slouchy and made me feel awful about my body. I also have another pair of these that I got in the long length so that I could cuff them.

Honestly, I was a little intimidated by the idea of buttons and zippers after baby but these over-delivered. It’s also important to note that they hold the shape in the front AND in the back, and that they don’t ride down so you’re not having to yank them back up all day long (how annoying is that?). All in all, I think these are a major win.  Now for my second choice, which is very similar.

Postpartum Jeans Option 2: Express High Waisted Stretch+ Performance Denim Perfect Leggings

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These Express jeans are structured, look slimming (particularly in the darker colors), and can be dressed up or down. Again, they feature a high waist which is good for aesthetics and for practical reasons right after baby. Plus, I love most jeans that have stretch. And because these jeans are more structured, they won’t lose their fit as the day goes on. These are a bit thicker than other jeans which is what, in part, allows them to be more structured. They don’t slip down so you won’t have to yank them back up throughout the day. They just stay where they are supposed to, thankfully, and they are comfortable enough for all-day wear. 

Depending on how much of your postpartum stomach you are trying to hide, you could also try mid-rise options, but the ones above are the tried-and-true pairs that I wear to this very day. Now, let’s look at some other really popular options for new moms. 

Postpartum Jeans Option #3: Bounceback Cropped Jeans

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If you’re not quite comfortable wearing regular jeans, but your maternity jeans are falling off, a good in-between option is Bounceback jeans. They have a lot of different styles and they are very affordable, too. These jeans have a compression waistband that holds you in. Also, they are high waisted, which is more flattering too. I wore these jeans almost exclusively when I returned back to work. They are super comfortable and give you support where you need it and flex where you need it, too. They also come in super cute styles so you can still look fun and fresh in your favorite jeans.

And, if you don’t find that cropped jeans are your thing, here’s the full-length version of the bounceback jean. These are honestly some of my favorites because they are so comfortable, the fit is great, and they are stretchy where they need to be while still holding things in where you want them to. It’s easy to see why these are a new mom’s favorite!

Postpartum Jeans Option #4: Underbelly Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans

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Okay, so these are actually maternity jeans but many moms keep wearing maternity pants for quite some time postpartum. I decided to throw at least one pair in here for that reason. And the underbelly style works well for some new moms. It depends a lot on your shape and size, and how you like your pants to fit, but it’s worth a try. The underbelly band gives you a bit of added support post-baby, and it’s great for when you still have some bloat or swelling. I couldn’t stand anything to snap or zip around my belly for a few weeks after, so these were a lifesaver. Depending on your body and the size and shape you’re still at, the underbelly style may not work for you. Again, some women find them supportive and some find a high-waist option to be preferred.

Postpartum Jeans Option #5: Bounceback V-Pocket Jeans

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Here’s another pair of Bounceback postpartum jeans and they are so comfortable. They are similar in style to the Express jeans but I find these give more support because they have a high belly band. It can really help you hold everything in place so you look good and feel better, too. These jeans give you a classic “mom jean” style and can be paired with anything from ordinary t-shirts to fancier shirts or sweaters. The name comes from the V-shaped design on the back pockets. They are supportive, comfortable, and have the patented “power mesh belly” that all Bounceback pants come with.

Now, let’s take a look at the other staple of a new mom’s wardrobe: compression leggings!

Compression Leggings

Compression leggings are comfortable, easy to get on and off, and when you get the right pair, you can hide your post-baby belly. Compression postpartum leggings are often very affordable — even more affordable than some of the other jean and jegging options I mentioned earlier.

Postpartum Leggings Option #1: Old Navy Compression Leggings

High-rise compression leggings are a close friend of mine, and my favorite ones are from Old Navy. Compression leggings are nice because they allow you to hide your stomach area in a flattering way. These leggings are also incredibly stretchy, which is perfect for a changing body.

I prefer my compression leggings to come in black as I’m usually in a rush to leave the house. Black is an easy color to match any top with, and it’s also slimming. Honestly, I have several in the same style and color because they go with everything and they are so comfortable to wear.

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PostPartum Leggings Option #2: Bounceback Leggings

A great pair of leggings goes a long way, and the perfect little black leggins are like a new mama version of the Little Black Dress. It’s a staple in your postpartum wardrobe. I really love these from Bounceback.

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Similar to Bounceback jeans, these leggings have a compression mesh waist that holds in your postpartum belly. These leggings are very soft, and I found these especially handy when I was returning to work. Trying to squeeze into anything with a real waistband was awful, so I’m glad the Bounceback line was available to me.

Postpartum Leggings Option #3: A Pea in the Pod Post-Pregnancy Leggings

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Another brand that I absolutely love is A Pea in the Pod. They have these fabulous post-pregnancy leggings that I found very comfortable as well. They are a classic, basic fit that works for all body types, are super comfortable even immediately after delivery and these pants go with any outfit. You’ll find you want to wear them all the time. They are high-waisted so they hold in your belly and give you the support you want. They are durable, so they don’t fall apart after a couple of washes. And did I mention they have pockets? It’s a win-win all the way around!

Postpartum Leggings Option #4: BOUNCEBACK Faux Leather Post Pregnancy Leggings

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When you need to dress it up a notch or feel really sexy post-baby, these faux leather leggings from BOUNCEBACK are the perfect fit! You can wear them with a regular tee or a dressier top. You can wear them with heels or flats, and you can dress them up or down. They work for a night on the town, a post-baby date night, or anywhere else you want to look and feel great. I know how hard it is to find nice pants to wear post-baby. You may feel insecure that you don’t have your old body back, and these are a great, affordable, comfortable choice that blends all of the things you need and want. They’re also machine-washable so easy to care for.

So, there are my top picks for postpartum pants. What are your favorite postpartum jeans and postpartum legging options? Are there some you’ve tried that you just want to wear all the time? Any you’ve tried that you would NOT recommend to other mamas? Let us know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!


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Monica is a mom to two boys and creates content to help other moms, particularly those who are raising newborns and toddlers.

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