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Many women think that when they are pregnant they need to stop wearing jeans. And if you’re one of those who love and just about live in their jeans, this could be a bit of a shock. But don’t despair, you won’t have to give up wearing jeans entirely. You’ll just need to make sure you get a pair which are specific to pregnancy.
Advances in fabric technology, research and innovation mean that the materials currently being used to develop maternity wear have more give and stretch than ever before, and this includes jeans. The fabric used in maternity clothing also has better recoil capabilities so that after stretching, the garment resumes its original shape and tension.
The baby’s growth, fluid retention and weight gain all mean that a pregnant mother’s shape is constantly changing, so it makes sense that the clothing she wears has to have the potential to accommodate these changes. Don’t feel as if you need to give up wearing your favourite fashion item just because your belly has expanded, or is going to.
Every woman and her pregnancy are unique. There is no specific period of gestation when all women will no longer fit into their usual clothing. But it is fair to say that women who have had a baby previously, tend to “show” earlier than those who are having their first pregnancy. This is because the abdominal muscles have already been stretched and aren’t quite as firm as they once were.
Some women continue wearing their non-pregnancy clothing well into their second trimester, especially if they favour loose fitting pants and skirts. Elasticised waists are very forgiving and accommodate a growing belly much better than those with firm waistbands. Even normal jeans can be worn for many months of pregnancy, especially if they are a low rider style and sit under the bump, rather than over the top of it. Pregnancy belly bands are an option of extending the wearability of normal jeans, rather than the maternity variety. But the zip and bulk of jeans does not generally sit underneath the belly band as well as trousers which are made from softer fabrics than denim.
Probably because of the same reasons that jeans are such a popular clothing choice. They look good and can be dressed up or down as the occasion demands it; they are comfortable and there are lots of different styles, colours and shapes to suit individual choice. They also give the right level of protection and warmth during the cooler months and if comfortable, can be worn from morning through to night.
The unique benefit of maternity jeans is that one pair can be worn throughout the whole pregnancy. This is because they are designed to stretch and adapt as the pregnancy advances. Maternity jeans come with adjustable, elastic waistbands which can “grow” as needed, to accommodate the mother’s enlarging belly.
They should feel firm but comfortable without any sensation of pressure. They should also give the feeling of security and that they are going to stay up, without constantly needing to be hoisted up because they are riding down.
When laundering your maternity jeans, turn them inside out for the wash cycle and use cold water rather than hot. This will help to prolong the life of your jeans as the spandex/Elastene fibres will deteriorate more quickly in hot water. If your maternity jeans are black or dark blue, you may also want to consider using a specific detergent for dark clothing so the colour is retained in the fibres. Similarly, hanging them in the shade, rather than direct sunlight will help to preserve them.
Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to wear daggy jeans.
There has been a revolution in jeans styles for everyone and the range of maternity jeans is no exception.
Remember that it can take a few months or longer for most women to return to their pre-pregnant weight and size. You will probably find that you still get some wear out of your maternity jeans for a while after you have your baby. Simply because they are comfortable and have the expanded waist option.