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The 12 Best Postpartum Jeans for Every Body Shape and Size

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While there’s no rush to return to a pair of jeans after giving birth, here are the best jeans we’ve found for new postpartum bodies.

Bringing new life into the world is one of the most profound and transformative experiences anyone can have. After giving birth, it can take time for your body to heal and adjust to the changes it’s going through.

Finding comfortable and accommodating clothing for your postpartum body is essential for your physical and mental well-being. With that said, many new moms opt for their flowy pants or leggings after birth, but that’s not preferred – or even an option – for everyone.

I’ll never forget when I talked to a new mom who said she had to wear jeans two weeks postpartum because she couldn’t take any unpaid leave from work, and her job required it. Sometimes, our wardrobe choices are out of our control, even after birth.

 a mom sitting cross-legged on the floor nursing her newborn baby postpartum 

No matter when you’re ready for jeans again, we know they are a staple in practically everyone’s wardrobes. Finding the ideal pair of postpartum jeans can help you feel like yourself again in this new phase of life.

Today, we will explore the best postpartum jeans so that you can find the pair that helps you feel confident and comfortable during this special time.

Quick shop: postpartum denim picks

  1. Metietila Drawstring Joggers

  2. BLANKNYC Denim-Printed French Terry Jogger

  3. RAG&BONE Denim-Printed French Terry Jogger

  4. Ginger + Dandelion Bloat-Friendly Slim Jeans

  5. Mama Prima Post-Pregnancy Skinny Jeans

  6. Athleta Sculptek Ultra Skinny Jeans

  7. Everlane The Way-High Jean

  8. Old Navy High-Waisted Straight OG Straight Jeans

  9. AE Stretch Mom Jean

  10. Levi’s 314 Shaping Straight Jeans

  11. AE Stretch ’90s Straight Jeans

  12. Lee’s Flex Motion Regular Fit Straight Jeans

What kind of jeans should I wear after giving birth?

  • Breathable, stretchy materials

  • Elastic or drawstring waistbands

  • Mid to high-rise waist

  • Extra core support

It’s essential to give your body ample time to heal after you give birth, which includes being mindful of the clothes you wear.

Your body has undergone many changes over the last nine months, and you certainly won’t want to wear your regular jeans anytime soon after having your baby.

Luckily, tons of stylish denim options are specifically designed for the postpartum period (or could work well for this time without being actual “postpartum jeans.”

The best postpartum jeans are made with breathable and stretchy materials that provide you with the flexibility and comfort you need during this time.

Look for styles with stretchy waistbands that can be adjusted so you can comfortably wear them through the postpartum period and its changes. Jeans made of ultra-stretchy and soft materials are typically the best jeans for C-section moms.

These days, all your favorite styles of jeans are offered for recovering postpartum bodies. There are plenty of high-waisted postpartum jeans out there, which are great for helping you feel extra supported and stylish on those days you’re out and about or want to put on a cute outfit.

If you prefer skinny jeans, they might seem out of the question during this time, but thankfully, this is far from the truth. Several brands offer this style in cozy, comfortable materials (see below!), so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the best postpartum skinny jeans just right for your body.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your sense of style when you’re postpartum—we want you to have the resources for the cutest jeans while staying as comfortable as possible while you heal.

a stack of denim jeans from light to dark

When can I wear jeans after giving birth?

While you might not immediately go to the jeans in your closet (hello, yoga pants) right after birth, you’ll understandably want to know which postpartum jeans are the best so you’re prepared to throw a pair on when you feel ready.

The timing of feeling ready to wear jeans again after giving birth differs from person to person, so it’s essential to listen to your body and do whatever feels right for your personal needs.

There are no hard and fast rules. You can wear postpartum jeans within the first few weeks after giving birth as long as it feels comfortable.

You’ll likely have to hold off on wearing “regular” jeans until at least six weeks postpartum since these generally have a tighter fit with less give.

Also, don’t be shocked if you have to size up a size or two (or more) from your pre-pregnancy size. Your body will take time to adjust and heal to its new home after carrying and birthing a baby.

Remember that your healing journey will differ from everyone else’s. Honor the recovery process, do what feels right for you, and be kind to yourself always.

Our favorite postpartum jeans (shop by style)

We’ve broken out our favorite picks for postpartum jeans by style. Some of these are true “postpartum” jeans designed for those who just gave birth, but most are everyday jeans that make the perfect addition to a new mom’s wardrobe.


The loose fit throughout the body makes joggers an excellent option for postpartum jeans. They’re extra comfy (especially our picks) and easy to pair with almost anything.

1. Metietila Draw-String Joggers

With their loose fit, elastic draw-string waistband, and stretchy fabric, these jeans are perfect for postpartum bodies. Plus, they’re under $40, making them a great option for your postpartum wardrobe (and beyond!).

2. BLANKNYC Denim-Printed French Terry Jogger

You won’t believe it, but these jeans are sweatpants made from French terry cotton. To give the illusion of denim, the patterns and distressing are screen-printed onto the pants, so you get the visual of denim but the comfort of sweatpants (just what postpartum called for!).

3. RAG&BONE Denim-Printed French Terry Jogger

Like the above pair of joggers, these “jeans” are screen-printed French terry cotton joggers. Overall, there is less distressing, so the look is cleaner and more timeless, but the cost is significantly more.

 Click for more info about Metietila Women’s Casual Pull-on Distressed Stretch Jeans Elastic Waist Jean Denim Joggers Pant...    

Click for more info about [BLANKNYC] Womens French Terry Distressed Printed Denim Jogger, Comfortable & Stylish  

Click for more info about Rag & Bone/JEAN Women's Miramar Joggers

Skinny jeans

Always classic, skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple and work well with flowy, postpartum-friendly tops and tees. The ones we’ve picked out are super stretchy, so you can get the look of skinny jeans without all the constriction.

4. Ginger + Dandelion Bloat-Friendly Slim Jeans

Unlike any jeans we’ve tried before, the bloat-friendly jeans from Ginger + Dandelion  are like a wearable magic trick.

Thanks to their Tummy Technology™, their denim designs combine a relaxed waistband that lays flat on your stomach while allowing breathing room and an inner panel that smooths your tummy without compression. 

The fabric learns your body over time, is soft and stretchy, and offers a gentle, supportive feeling many seek after birth.

5. Mama Prima Post-Pregnancy Skinny Jeans

These skinny jeans are made specifically for postpartum mothers and feature a built-in power mesh support belly for extra support and hold after birth. They’re a skinny fit with Cotton/Spandex blend fabric, offering plenty of extra stretch and give.

6. Athleta Sculptek Ultra Skinny Jeans

Made with a unique fabric designed to stretch in every direction  (and then stretch right back!), these super-stretchy skinny jeans are perfect for life after birth. 

Plus, they’re very washer and dryer friendly, so toss and wash easily.

   Click for more info about Post Pregnancy Skinny Jean  

 Click for more info about Sculptek Ultra Skinny Jean Pant in True Blue

“Mom” jeans

Mom jeans are an excellent choice if you want more modern-fitting denim after birth. They are all high-rise, making them a comfortable option for those who had a cesarean birth or want extra support throughout their core.

7. Everlane The Way-High Jean

With 98% cotton and 2% elastane (hello, stretch!), these super high-rise jeans are perfect for holding in your postpartum belly and providing comfort. They’re available in almost a dozen washes and different inseam lengths.

8. Old Navy High-Waisted Straight OG Straight Jeans

What makes these postpartum-friendly jeans extra special is the “clever secret-smooth front pockets hold you in for a smoothing effect,” making them the perfect choice for after birth and when you’re ready for denim. Plus, the fit is flattering and comfortable.

9. AE Stretch Mom Jean

These stretchy mom jeans are available in two washes, different inseams, and a wide range of sizes. The high-rise is extra comfortable, especially for C-section moms,  as the waistband can easily rise above the incision line.

 Click for more info about The Way-High® Jean    

Click for more info about High-Waisted OG Straight Built-In Warm Ankle Jeans for Women  

 Click for more info about AE Stretch Mom Jean

Straight-leg jeans

An update to skinny jeans, straight-leg jeans are less “legging-like” in style and offer a straight cut from the hips to the ankles. They’re easy to pair with anything in your closet and can be worn dressed up or down.

10. Levi’s 314 Shaping Straight Jeans

Made with extra comfortable, super-soft, and stretchy fabric, these straight-leg jeans are the MVP for postpartum moms. They also have an innovative tummy-slimming panel and enhanced comfort with supportive stretch for extra postpartum core support.

11. AE Stretch ’90s Straight Jeans

These looser-fit straight jeans are extra comfortable thanks to their roominess and are designed for everyday wear. Plus, they have a high rise and a special stretch fabric that holds its shape and won’t bag out with wear.

12. Lee’s Flex Motion Regular Fit Straight Jeans

With built-in elastic waistband technology,  these straight-fit jeans sit just below the waist with a relaxed seat and thigh or extra comfort. 

Plus, they’re available in nine washes, and the cut is classic enough for extended wear, whether you have to dress them up or down.

 Click for more info about 314 Shaping Straight Women's Jeans   

 Click for more info about AE Stretch '90s Straight Jean  

 Click for more info about Lee Women's Flex Motion Regular Fit Straight Leg Jean

Tips for embracing your new postpartum body

Embracing your new postpartum body might take some time. Many changes are happening simultaneously as your body is working hard at healing, among other things.

Your postpartum body is a beautiful reflection of the miracle you created and brought into the world. It’s normal to feel many emotions about your new body but try your best to remain kind, patient, and compassionate toward yourself during this time.

More on finding the perfect pair of postpartum jeans

The postpartum recovery period is a special time when taking the best possible care of your body is vital. Finding the best postpartum jeans to wear after birth can exponentially help how you feel as you navigate this new phase in life.

The right pair of postpartum jeans will be comfortable, breathable, and accommodating to your changing body. Finding the right style might also take some time.

There are so many options available on the market today, so research the styles you prefer, whether that’s skinny or high-waisted postpartum jeans, to find the perfect fit for you.

Remember to be kind to yourself during this time – it may be easier said than done, but your body is strong and reflects the incredible journey you went through to bring new life into the world.

Rest as much as possible, eat well, surround yourself with support, and throw on your favorite pair of postpartum jeans whenever you feel ready.

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