If bra shopping isn't your idea of a great time, trying to find the best maternity bra for your body might seem like a daunting task. Images of enormous straightjacket-like getups with eight tiny clasps down the back instantly come to mind. But if there's one thing many pregnant ladies have learned the hard way, it's that an amazing and supportive bra can make all the difference as your body starts to change and grow.
One of the biggest complaints women have with bras intended for new moms? That they're all, well, just plain frumpy. But here's the thing: comfortable maternity bras don't have to look like turn of the nineteenth century garb in order to offer great support in all the right places. Some of them are even downright sexy. Whether you're into chic lace cuts or cute polka dot patterns, there are bras out there that will fit your pre-pregnancy style and enhance your overall maternity wardrobe.
Romper asked eight women who are currently, or have recently been, pregnant what their go-to maternity bra has been for ultimate comfort and style through three trimesters and beyond. Here are their top recommendations, along with helpful anecdotes revealing what they liked about these picks in particular, from surprisingly sexy silhouettes to designs that actually allow for low-cut dresses and shirts.
"I loved this bra for sleeping throughout most of my pregnancy, although I did have to order a larger size in my third trimester. It's also great for nursing in those first few weeks when everything is really tender." Jill S., 38DD
"I wasn't willing to give up sexy bras straight away just because I was pregnant. The polka dots made me feel a little like my old self even though my boobs were certainly new." Amy F., 32B
3. Bravado! Designs Maternity Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra, $40 - $59, Amazon
"This bra is comfortable, supportive, and doesn't look weird under clothes. It gets one billion good reviews as well." Carolyn L., 34B
"Not technically a nursing bra, but super comfortable and easy to just pull down to nurse. It might not work for larger busts, but I loved the slim lines when I was pregnant and the convenience for nursing later." Carrie B., 36C
5. Cake Lingerie Waffles Flexible Wire Maternity/Nursing Bra, $52 - $65, Amazon
"I knew I needed extra support when I got pregnant, but I wanted something similar to what I was used to wearing. I loved this Cake Bra — it definitely gave more support but still looked like a normal bra." Emma C., 38E
"I ordered a few standard maternity bras when I was pregnant with my first baby, but by the third trimester they just seemed really boring. I ordered this Sexy Mama Bra and found it to be just as comfortable as the ugly bras. Win-win." Jamie E., 36DDD
"I'm a runner and knew I needed a super supportive bra when I found out I was pregnant. This La Leche League bra keeps the girls from bouncing until I'm so pregnant I have to waddle instead of run!" Kristin L., 34C
"Most maternity or nursing bras I found offered so much coverage, I couldn't get away with wearing them under certain shirts or dresses. This bra had a different shape in front and back that meant it was perfect for occasions and odd necklines while I was pregnant." Erica Q., 38E
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