The Best Maternity Bras to Get You Through Your Pregnancy (and After)

If you’re pregnant and asking yourself if you need to buy a new bra, the answer is undoubtedly yes. I am currently six months along and have swiftly transitioned from a B-cup to a D-cup in the blink of an eye. Breasts increase in size pretty early during pregnancy (around six to eight weeks), and many will find they outgrow their bras rather quickly. The hormonal shifts, weight gain, and expanding rib cage associated with pregnancy contribute to this growth, as will mammary glands preparing to make milk later in pregnancy.

I was tempted to squeeze into my regular bras for as long as possible, but I quickly realized how uncomfortable my pre-pregnancy lacy bras were becoming, and they simply couldn’t support my heavy (and itchy) breasts. Time for an upgrade. There are a few options as you’re growing. 1) Buy a larger size of your normal pre-pregnancy bra. 2) Switch to a maternity bra. 3) If you’re somewhere in the middle of your third trimester, buy a nursing bra. Many, like me, prefer a combination of two or all three.

So how are maternity and nursing bras different from regular bras? Think of a maternity bra as an improved version of a regular bra—designed specifically for comfort as your breasts grow during pregnancy. Some features include a soft cotton lining, wider straps, extra latches on the band, etc., and they tend not to be underwired. Many regular bras offer these features too, which will work just fine during pregnancy.

Nursing bras differ in one way from maternity bras: They feature clasps on the straps that allow for easy breastfeeding access. If you buy a nursing bra to wear during pregnancy, make sure there is enough room for you to grow, as your breasts tend to go up another cup size or more after your baby arrives. Many of the bras available are maternity/nursing hybrids, which provide support throughout pregnancy and after.

Officially ready for a new bra? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite maternity and nursing bras that will get you through and beyond your pregnancy. And remember: If it feels tight, then it isn’t right. Find your correct size by getting measured at the lingerie department or do it yourself.

With its soft fabric and seamless design, this seamless bra is a customer favorite for during pregnancy and after.

 

Smooth, stretchy fabric and lightly padded cups make this ultra comfortable throughout the day and night.

Designed to move with you from pregnancy and beyond, this minimalistic bra features stretchy, nursing-friendly surplice cups.

This silky-soft, stretchy bra is supportive enough for day wear and comfortable enough to sleep in. 

If you're looking for a comfortable strapless bra throughout your pregnancy, then look no further.

Made of a cotton-modal blend, this soft and breathable bra is designed for comfort and support throughout pregnancy or after as a daily nursing bra or cozy nursing sleep bra.

Although this is technically not a maternity or nursing bra, I've found it extremely comfortable and supportive through my first six months of pregnancy.

A good choice when you're exercising, this wire-free maternity/nursing bra with removable foam cups accommodates your changing figure.

Pretty and comfortable. The wide back enhances support.

You'd never be able to tell this is a nursing bra. Gorgeous lace adds romance while clips are easily unfastened for breastfeeding.

Your beautiful bralette just got an upgrade. This meets all the specific needs of a nursing mother. Plus, it's so pretty.

Lightweight and easy to maneuver, Chantelle's nursing bra fits best three weeks before your due date or later.

Your everyday bra, found. Available in black and beige, this maternity and nursing bra is designed for maximum support.

I already wear these under my casual tees for support and comfort.

Customers love this bra for its ultra-soft-feeling fabric and comfort.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Judith Jones. Up next, these are the summer maternity outfits to try right now.