Trick #1: Sew Elastic into Your Current Jeans
Don’t want to spend around $50 on a new pair of jeans? Well, if you have a pair of jeans you are willing to experiment with, then you can make your own elastic hip jeans in 15-20 minutes and only around $7. By cutting the pockets out and adding knit ribbing or elastic, you can give the jeans a stretchy waist and midsection to carry you through the next few months. Plus, you’ll get amazing post-baby jeans too!
For detailed instructions, visit our article called How to Make Your Own DIY Maternity Jeans for Under $7
Maternity jeans with elastic hips! These are different than normal “stretchy jeans” or even elastic-waist jeans. The jeans below specifically have elastic regions on the sides that give you extra space all throughout the hips and lower belly, not just in the waist of the jeans. You can buy these from most maternity boutiques. This particular brand is Ingrid and Isabel and sells from around $30.
Trick #2: The Famous “Belly Band”
Check in your drawers for an old loose tank top you know longer wear! By cutting the bottom half of the tank (with fabric scissors) you create a simple band to wear throughout your pregnancy. This literally takes 30 seconds and costs nothing!
Belly Bands are a classic maternity staple! The idea is that they let you wear your jeans but leave the button unbuttoned to give you an extra inch or two in the waist. The problem with this is that you have to leave your fly down! So, you use the belly down to cover that up. This particular belly band is also from Ingrid and Isabel from Amazon and was around $20.
Trick #3: Use a “Waist Extender” to Get an Extra 1-2″ Instantly
By using a hair elastic or rubber band, you can loop the hair tie through the buttonhole and then hook the other end onto the button of the jeans. This is great for early on in pregnancy and if you’re like me then you have about a thousand of these laying around the house.
Waist extenders are nifty little widgets that work with your existing pants, jeans or skirts and will allow you to still close them up, even as your uterus grows. This particular brand comes from Comfy Clothiers, who is the sponsor of Wardrobe Hackers. They come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials if you want to match your pants or jeans. They are great in that they are temporary, and you don’t have to permanently sew or alter anything. And you get an instant 1-2 inches of space. The main negative is that they only extend the waist and not the rest of the mid-section of the pants so it can prevent you from zipping up all the way. But you could use them in combination with a belly band (see #2 above) to fix that. Plus, you can use them post pregnancy when you are working your way back into your skinny jeans 😊
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