Last week on Instagram I posed the question, “Moms, where did your buy your postpartum jeans for the early days right after baby?”
Let’s be real, the first couple months after having a baby aren’t exactly kind to your body. Your belly is still squishy and a little swollen, your hips are wider than ever (at least it feels that way!), and your thighs just aren’t what they used to be 9 long months ago. It’s not a bad thing by any means – your body just grew a freakin’ human! And then pushed it out! And now you’re, for the most part, back to normal! (Like whaaaaat??) But, I think we’d all be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to getting back into some non-maternity clothes as soon as possible.
I want to preface this post by saying I’m all about giving my body grace and patience during this “fourth trimester” time. I’m in no rush to squeeze back into my pre-babies size small everything and I’m honestly okay if I never do. I’m not a big fan of the phrase “getting your body back” after baby, and I think it just sets you up for disappointment during a time that’s supposed to be bursting with joy. The magic of childbirth is truly a miracle, and it’s beyond me how a woman’s body is even capable of such a feat. But, I don’t want my “old body” back. My body after babies is way more amazing than it was before babies, and I’ll forever respect that. Sure, I want to get back into shape and feel healthy again, but the body I’m striving for isn’t the same one, and will always be different.
During these early postpartum days, as much as I am proud of my body for bringing life into this world, I’m also so ready to feel put together, confident, and well, comfortable. (Plus, nursing in a dress is a huge pain, so two-piece outfits are the way to go!) The idea of finally putting jeans back on after a long, hot pregnant summer is so exciting! Bring on fall, cooler temps, and not having to shave my legs every day. But, there’s absolutely no way these birthing hips are fitting back into my pre-pregnancy jeans anytime soon, and if we’re being honest, no part of me wants to squeeze back on my maternity jeans either. It’s not that they won’t fit, but it’s just that they’re stretched out, worn out, and I want to mentally move on and reward myself by wearing real clothes! I also don’t want to look at a stretchy belly panel again for a long, long time. Ha!
So, this mama needs some new jeans! I don’t want to invest a fortune because I’m confident that over time I probably will settle back into my pre-pregnancy jeans, or will at least drop another size. I’m thinking two pairs will do – a classic light wash and a dark wash, with a skinny leg cut. Low-rise fit won’t cut it anymore, so mid to high-rise fit is going to be where it’s at. Muffin tops anyone? #noshame. As expected post-childbirth, my jelly belly didn’t shrink back overnight, and even though I can put my old jeans on and pull them up, I could still practically drive a semi-truck between the gap in the waist. I’d need some serious help getting those things buttoned again! To remedy this comical problem, and to help pass the time, I’ll be sizing up as much as necessary, and NOT feeling bad about it for however long it takes. Mamas – now is not the time to get caught up on the number!
When I asked my Instagram mom friends, I got lots of great ideas for where to shop for postpartum jeans. I also got lots of requests to share the ideas I received, so this post if for YOU! The majority of the advice shared was to hit up Old Navy’s Rockstar line of denim, or to just succumb to a life in leggings. The latter of which I’m banking on to get me through the winter season!
Here are some of the ideas I received. I loved reading them because I think it just shows that we’re all in the same boat. This crazy thing called motherhood is a lot easier when you know you’re not alone, especially when it comes to post baby body image.
I have Old Navy jeans 2 sizes bigger than normal that I keep as my postpartum go-to’s until my body gets sort of back to normal.
Walmart has some cute ones for like $15 and you can size up so easy if you’re just looking for cheap comfy ones to transition into.
Levi’s 721 high waist jeans, and also Zella leggings.
I didn’t even wear jeans until about 6 months postpartum!
I just kept wearing maternity ones.
Old Navy, and I just went one size up and purposefully bought the high waisted one with stretch.
The Oh Mamma brand – they are comfy and super cheap!
Old Navy Rockstar jeggings.
Can’t go wrong with Old Navy!
I had a pair of control top Marika yoga pants that I loved. I felt like I needed the support but my maternity pants were too stretched out.
I would say try Old Navy for pants or J Crew Factory if you want some cheaper but nice looking shorts.
LOFT high waisted!
I invested in a good pair from GAP, game changer!
I did exactly that – 2 sizes bigger than normal and gradually moved back down to my normal size.
Jeggings from American Eagle are the best thing ever! They are comfy, look like jeans, and stretch.
Old Navy High Rise Rockstar Skinny covered up my jelly belly nicely. I went up one size because the stretch in them is pretty forgiving.
I got two pairs a size or two up from American Eagle.
Old Navy elastic waist jeans are the best jeans ever invented!
H&M pull on jeans!
I honestly wore leggings for a long while, but check out Target’s new line. The jeans are so comfy and only $20!
Old Navy for sure!
Old Navy Jeans are the best!
Old Navy and Kohl’s – a few sizes up and that made do just fine.
Old Navy – they have jeggings that were all I wore after both babies. They look like real jeans but you pull them on and they are so comfy!
I wore maternity jeans with a belly band for a long time!
What about those wide leg dressy pants that are back in style now? Or flowy chambray pants? They have loose wastes, are trendy, and at Old Navy!
I wore a lot of skirts and dresses postpartum for work. If they have an elastic waist they can shrink with you!
I bought a couple pairs of stretch denim from Old Navy 2-3 sizes bigger and they fit great.
High rise super skinny from Old Navy! They come all the way up to the belly button and hold it all in!
I actually bought a pair over the weekend from Target. I had a gift card, and with my Red Card offering 5% off, I figured it would be a good, cheap start. I ended up going with a pair of Universal Thread Mid-Rise Jeggings in the medium wash.
For this particular fit, I went with one size up from what I was wearing pre-Barrett. The mid-rise fit seems to fall perfectly on my torso, and holds everything in with just the right amount of stretch. I found that the high-rise fit was way too high for me, and was honestly not very comfortable. It came up over my belly button and just felt awkward. Maybe if I were taller the extra coverage would be fine, but I just felt like I was back in maternity jeans. They were $24.99 and so far I’m impressed. I’ll still be hitting up Old Navy at some point though – I’ve always been a fan of their Rockstar jeans, and according to all the mamas, now is the perfect time to snag a new pair!
Where did you buy postpartum jeans? Do you agree with “getting your body back?”