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I am currently about 8 months in to my second pregnancy and having bought these jeans from Red Herring during my first pregnancy, I feel that I have had plenty of wear from these and am able to write a review on my experience with them. Red Herring clothes are available from Debenhams and they are one of the few such concessions that I have found to offer a very good and diverse range for maternity wear.
These particular jeans I purchased a couple of years ago and they cost me around £25 at that time. They are a darkish blue (I would describe as a deep blue rather than a light stonewash denim or really dark almost navy blue) and have an elasticated waistband at the top. This sits around your tummy and is more under the bump than over (although it seems to sit on my bump rather than either of these options!). There are two pockets at the back, with studded detail and two at the front too. The jeans are pretty fitted around the legs but are bootcut at the bottom, which means that they are looser here and fit neatly over winter boots - which is ideal for the colder weather that is now approaching.
As with all maternity clothes, I purchased in my regular size and I found this to be a good fit. I am quite tall but the length was fine for me - as long as I wear flat shoes and, especially when pregnant, this is what I tend to wear anyway. The denim is quite thick but soft to the touch so they are quite comfortable to wear. As they are pull on - pull off, this also means that they are easy to put on - especially handy during the latter stages of pregnancy when bending can be uncomfortable if not impossible. The waistband is comfortable and has a little bit of give in it - so these are good for the early stages of pregnancy as well as when your bump starts to blossom. As I say, these are now in their second outing and the elastic in the waistband is starting to go a little which means that I am pulling these up at various points throughout the day and they are sometimes sitting a bit lower than I am comfortable with.
The jeans have washed well though and, having washed them countless times now, they have only faded very little. It is not noticeable and I can only really tell by comparing their colour to that in the seams. They still look smart and can be dressed up or dressed down so they are very versatile too. The only other problem that I have recently had with these is that a couple of studs on the back pockets have worked loose and they have become slightly uncomfortable to sit on. However, these jeans have seen me through two pregnancies with a lot of wear and, for the price I paid, this is great value. I would definitely recommend Red Herring maternity jeans to you as they are a very good quality and comfortable to wear too.
I have just bought a pair of these jeans in the sale from Debenhams, and have since been back to buy another pair. Especially in the sale, the price is really good and the jeans definitely have value for money. I find a lot of maternity clothes seem really overpriced or are just not that nice, but even full price these are no more expensive than a normal pair of jeans in a high street shop.
I am only 4 months, so I am hoping these will last me through my pregnancy, but I have had to start buying maternity clothes now as none of my normal clothes look or feel right any more. The jeans are really flattering in a stretch denim and bootcut so can be dressed up or down, but most importantly for me, they are really comfy. And they have all the typical jeans features, side pockets and detail stitching. They go over the bump with a soft elasticated band which is great. Nice and warm but not too thick either. I have found this especially good as I am still bad with sickness and nausea, so can't stand anything around my tummy, so swapping over to these maternity jeans has made me a lot more comfy when out and about.
The only problem I have had with these is that they do tend to drop a little and I am forever pulling them up. I'm guessing this has more to do with the size of my bump not being that big at the moment, so the elastic band is not having to stretch that much. But other than that, I have found these jeans great in this annoying in between stage of having a bump starting, but not quite big enough for a lot of maternity clothes.
I purchased these Red Herring maternity jeans couple of months ago and have been wearing them since. Red Herring for those of you unaware is sold via Debenhams.
The jeans themselves are designed as blue boot cut jeans they feature a soft stretch jersey waistband that sits over the stomach. There are three front pockets with a light crease detail to the upper thigh and belt loops to the waist. The jeans are machine washable too.
At present I am 7 months pregnant so not at the biggest I am going to get yet. The jeans themselves are nice and soft to touch and whilst they are not soft and smooth like my jersey maternity trousers the material itself is nice and soft on my skin. The over bump section is a mixture of cotton and elastic that is nice and supple so whilst it holds it shape it doesn't actually dig into my bump in anyway. I personally prefer over bump style trousers and jeans as I find that if I wear under bump ones then I feel like my bump is hanging out and I just look over weight and feel very self-conscious. The other advantage to over bump trousers and jeans at this time of the year I find is they give me added warmth in the cold weather which is another plus and the over bump section of these jeans does this perfectly. The cut of the jeans in the legs and length I find to be very flattering and they lie very well across my body.
The section on the jeans that I do dislike is the false jeans waist band section this I find at times can actually dig into my bump if I am sat down for a lengthy period. When I first got them this waist band section didn't dig in and it is only as my bump has got bigger that it has started to dig in a bit. I think it would have been better designed if this had an elasticated section too or as some of my maternity trousers have a bit that has buttons on either side to extend the waistband. The difficulty I can see with these jeans is as I get bit a bigger the waistband may cut in a bit more and become more uncomfortable.
The jeans have washed very well and I have noticed no colour running or fading from the jeans despite being wash several times and am more than happy how well they cope in the washing machine.
These are a comfortable pair of maternity trousers but not the best pair I have in my collection and I prefer the over bump jeans I have from Mamas and Papa as they do not have a false jean waistband that digs in. I personally think these jeans are better suited to the early pregnancy days when you want something more comfortable than normal jeans but as I get closer to the end of my pregnancy the false waist band before you get to the very comfortable over bump section means that they are no longer as comfortable as they could be. At £28 they are cheaper than most jeans from Mamas and Papa's but if you are wanting a pair to last the whole pregnancy I would recommend shopping there rather than getting these jeans. I will however continue to use these till I can as it is nice to have a second pair whilst one is in the wash.