Turn your favorite jeans into maternity pants with this smart & simple DIY pregnancy hack

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Belly button jeans extension - pre-maternity pants
Easing the transition from your favorite jeans to maternity pants

Pregnancy comes with all kinds of changes — and having to switch to maternity clothes is just one of the most visible.

One of the frustrating things about this switch, however, is that you tend to outgrow your regular clothes before you’re completely ready for full-fledged maternity wear.

Enter the famous hair-tie hack for maternity pants

“When I was home last weekend, my sister asked, ‘Do you know the rubber-band trick?'” said expectant mama Rena Tom.

The trick is a simple way to extend the life of your pre-pregnancy jeans or pants when you’re expecting.

Belly button jeans extension - pre-maternity pants

If you don’t want to go full maternity pants yet

Many pregnant women don’t want to switch to maternity pants too soon. There are many reasons for the reluctance.

It might mean spending money on clothing with a finite lifespan, leaving behind your favorite pairs of jeans, or just wanting to avoid getting burned out on the preggo clothes that you’re going to have to wear for the next several months.

The rubber band trick is a simple alternative to switching into maternity pants, or paying for something like a Bellaband to extend the life of your jeans, slacks, trousers, shorts, pants, capris, bottoms or whatever else you wear on your bottom half.

Rubber band trick - make your jeans or pants last into pregnancy

A couple of ways to make your own (temporary) maternity pants:

A: Loop one end of the rubber band through the other, then use the free end over the button on your jeans. (This is the method that is illustrated below.)

B: Loop one side of the rubber band around the button on your jeans, run the other end through the buttonhole, then also loop the second part of the rubber band over your button.

This also works with a strong elastic ponytail holder, which — if in black or a color that matches your jeans or pants — might provide a more camouflaged look.

Of course, this is something you’re going to want to wear with longer, looser tops, and not belly-hugging (or midriff-baring!) shirt styles.

Photo and tips thanks to Rena Tom