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The 18 Best Maternity Pants, According to Reviews (2021)

Enjoying your pregnancy has a lot to do with making yourself as comfortable as possible during this special—and uncomfortable—and fleeting—phase of life. This is when comfy pants truly have their moment and are at their most indispensable. But opting for comfortable maternity clothes doesn’t mean you can’t look your best while wearing them. Read on for a look at the best maternity pants across a range of categories.

Best Maternity Work and Dress Pants 

Motherhood Maternity Secret Fit Belly Straight Leg Maternity Pants

These straight-leg maternity pants by Motherhood Maternity strike the perfect balance between corporate and comfortable. The polished plaid pattern pairs well with a white button down or blazer and can be dressed up or down with flats or low heels. “I really love the fit of these pants,” says a verified buyer on Motherhood.com. “The belly has stretched along with my growing belly and the style is perfect in my office setting.”

The Curie Secret Fit Belly Twill Slim Ankle Maternity Pant 

For a fresh summertime look when you’re expecting, these cropped, ankle-length pants cut a slim profile and pair beautifully with a flouncy top or bump-hugging tank. The Secret Fit Belly feature pulls up high to support your growing middle. “I did not expect to love these pants as much as I do,” says a reviewer on a Pea in the Pod’s website. “They are actually flattering and comfortable, which is a rarity in maternity pants. I’ve been able to wear them to work throughout my pregnancy, from little bump to gigantic.”

Best Maternity Yoga Pants

Motherhood Maternity Women’s Maternity Essential Stretch Full Length Secret Fit Belly Leggings 

Amazon reviewers swear by these ultra-comfortable leggings that stretch in all the right places to make pregnancy yoga as comfortable as it should be. The Secret Fit Belly panel pulls up high over your bump, too, for added support as you grow. “They don’t have the waist band bump that’s so annoying with other leggings,” says one Amazon user, “They’re smoothing, comfortable, they stay up, and you can’t see your underwear through them. Best leggings ever.”

Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Boot Cut Maternity Yoga Pants 

Super comfy and roomy through the legs, these boot cut maternity yoga pants by Motherhood are likely to hold your interest off the mat, too. The jersey knit cotton/spandex blend hangs just right to wear with sneakers or flip-flops, and the pants have the Secret Fit Belly panel that fans of the maternity brand swear by. Like one Motherhood.com verified buyer, you may enjoy them after you deliver, too. “I ended up having a c-section,” she says. “I bought these pants to wear home from hospital. They are so comfy and not too tight around my incision. My go-to pants if I have to leave the house now!”

Maternity Crossover Panel Active Leggings—Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel 

Made with four-way stretch fabric with antimicrobial and moisture-wicking properties, these active maternity leggings have a special crossover paneling designed to provide extra back support to pregnant women. For a flattering look for your next workout, they’re hard to beat. Attests a verified, then-pregnant purchaser on Target.com: “Excellent workout legging. Not see-through, very comfortable, flattering fit, and stayed up during the entirety of my hour-long walk/jog yesterday.” 

Best Maternity Scrub Pants

Cherokee Workwear Professionals Women’s Maternity Soft Knit Waistband Scrub

Available in 17 different colors to ensure no day at the hospital or doctor’s office is the same (when is it, anyway?), these scrub pants by Cherokee are the far and away Amazon favorite. They’re made of a poly-cotton and spandex mix and have a stretchy belly panel and cargo pockets, as well as a dedicated cell phone pocket. They’re a favorite with taller women, too, as one Amazon user attests: “They were the perfect length with the tall length and stretched with me,” she says, “And you couldn’t tell they were maternity scrubs.” 

Cherokee iflex Women’s Mid Rise Straight Leg Pull-On Scrub Pant

Here’s a more slim-fitting option for maternity scrub pants by Cherokee that comes in 23 cheerful colors and has a comfort knit waist band that’s shorter (from top to bottom) than the usual belly panel. Made from 94 percent polyester and six percent spandex, the Cherokee iflex scrubs also excel at keeping wrinkles at bay.  Two cargo pockets, a coin pocket and a hidden waistband pocket are good for stashing keys, your phone and other things. “They are a nice material, not your typical scrub material and almost silky,” says an Amazon user. “Sharp looking scrub.”

Med Couture Women’s Knit Waist Maternity Scrub Pant

With side vents on the boot cut legs, these popular maternity scrub pants by Med Couture fit well with those comfy, big-profile hospital shoes made by brands like Crocs and Dansko. The knit waist panel provides support for your bump and the pants have a single cargo pocket on the side of one leg, as well as a rear pocket for a sleek, fitted look. “If you are in search of maternity scrub pants that look similar to normal scrub pants then these are the ones for you!” gushed one Amazon user. “Once on you will look as though you are not wearing maternity scrub pants at all!”

Best Tall Maternity Pants

Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women’s Maternity Skinny Ankle Jeans

Stretchy premium denim pairs with a smooth knit panel for your tummy in these maternity jeans that suit tall women well. Do be aware that the belly panel isn’t as supportive as those in some other pants. But for a slimming look and length, these are a winner. “I am 5’10, preggo, and wore a size four before pregnancy,” says an Amazon user. “I got a medium pair of these pants soon into this, as this is my second baby and I am gaining faster. The pants themselves are very comfortable, but the belly band is not as supportive as I’d like it.”

The Maia Tall Secret Fit Belly Skinny Ankle Maternity Pants 

The smooth stretch fabric that keeps its shape after washing and skinny fit through the leg and ankle of these skinny angle maternity pants by Motherhood make them a favorite for work, brunch and more. Tall women, in particular, rave about the perfect fit. 

Says a Motherhood.com verified buyer: “Very flattering and very comfortable.  I’m 5’10” and the length is perfect. Will be buying another pair.”

Kindred Bravely The Louisa Ultra High-Waisted Maternity Leggings 

With 15 percent spandex in the mix with these luxurious maternity leggings by Kindred Bravely, you can look forward to lots of stretch and comfort. They only come in two figure-flattering colors (charcoal grey and black). And while the extra length may bunch at the ankles of shorter women, it’s ideal for long-legged ladies. “The (belly) panel sits just at my bra line, which I absolutely love and the length goes to my ankles,” says one 5’10” Amazon user. “I have never spent this much on a pair of pants, but honestly I am at a desperate point in my pregnancy where I NEED to be comfortable… They are soft, stretchy, breathable, and SO FLATTERING.” 

Best Petite Maternity Pants

Indigo Blue Petite Secret Fit Belly Stretch Straight Leg Maternity Jeans 

One of Motherhood’s favorite petite maternity jeans, this petite-friendly pair by Indigo Blue has a classic straight leg that looks just as good loose as it does cuffed for a cropped, summertime look. You can pull the Secret Fit Belly panel up or fold it over, depending on what best suits your figure. One Motherhood.com verified buyer called them her best maternity jeans. “I’m short (and) usually petite sizes run smaller, too, but not these pants,” she says. “They were perfectly true to size and fit me wonderful (sic).” 

Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women’s Totally Shaping Pull-on Skinny Jeans 

While not technically maternity jeans, these wildly popular pull-on skinny jeans are perfect for the petite pregnant woman, especially in the first and second trimester (and possibly into the third, too). They have a stretchy pull-on waistband and low tummy-slimming panel you can fold over to let the jeans ride low as your grow. One 4’11” Amazon user who says she can never find jeans that fit her is in love. “I have a two year old, an awesome mom pouch, and a healthy love of bread,” she says, “These jeans make me look even better than I did before I grew another human being.”

Maternity Crossover Panel Skinny Jeans—Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel

With a low back to keep you cool but a full supportive panel up front to reign in your growing belly,  these dark wash petite skinny jeans, available at Target, can be dressed up or down. One Target user called them the “perfect maternity jeans,” adding, “They look just like the actual skinny jeans I wore pre-pregnancy. And aside from not being able to tuck shirts into a waistband, I don’t feel like I’m missing anything.”

Best Plus Size Maternity Pants

Motherhood Plus Size Essential Stretch Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings 

Soft and super comfy are among the accolades repeated over and over about these plus-size maternity leggings by Motherhood. Like many other expectant moms, one verified user on the site proclaimed that the leggings “don’t bag or lose shape throughout the day,” either. 

Plus Size Indigo Blue Secret Fit Belly Skinny Leg Maternity Jegging

The look of skinny jeans with the comfort of leggings. What’s not to love about these plus-size jeggings by Motherhood and Indigo Blue? According to a verified buyer on Motherhood.com, not much. “You’ll never want to go back to regular jeans,” she says, “These jeans are stretchy and very comfortable. Plus, they’re pretty cute for maternity wear. Great price as well!” To which we say, “Sold!” 

Best Cheap Maternity Pants

Ecavus Women’s Maternity Palazzo Lounge Pants 

With a waistband that can be folded over or pulled up over your belly, these wide-leg classic palazzo pants come in a range of colors, patterns and lengths. They fit particularly well in the later stages of pregnancy, according to reviewers. An Amazon user was pleased with the quality-to-price payoff. “As cheap as the price was for these maternity pants compared to other retailers, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised,” she says, “I love them and they are so comfortable! I pretty much wear them every day, even to work at my office because you can dress them up or keep them casual.”

JUST MY SIZE Women’s Plus-Size Fleece Sweatpant

While not technically maternity pants, these plus-size sweatpants do the trick when you’re expecting and want some extra room to breathe. They might be your most comfy pants yet, with a cord-free, ribbed waistband that makes them easy to pull on and off and a soft, fleecy inside. Do note that these pants don’t have pockets at all. “These pants are very comfortable and cozy,” says a verified Amazon purchaser. “There was a bit of shrinkage when washed, but didn’t affect the overall fit for me. I like the fact the lower leg is loose and the hem is stitched and not cuffed.”

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Terry Ward
Terry Ward lives in Tampa with her husband and their two young children. She covers family travel, adventure, scuba diving and more for such publications as Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, Afar, FamilyVacationist, and CNN.