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13 Best Maternity Bras For Pregnancy Comfort

A pregnant woman wears maternity bras, cradling her bump on a bed, wears a triangle bralette from WAMA underwear, one of the best maternity bras.

Picture this—you’re lounging in comfort, your stomach perfectly round. You’re glowing, and soon you will go into an easy labor, and welcome your baby quickly to the world.

Now—erase that image completely, and let’s start fresh! Pregnancy and the postpartum period are rarely quite as glowy and blissful as we’ve been led to believe. Well, okay, it is a pretty blissful stage (although more sweaty than glowy), but it’s a lot more than that! Let’s be real, it’s hard work growing a human, and your boobs reflect that, too. Luckily, pregnancy bras do exist, and the best maternity bras will help your changing breasts stay as comfortable as possible. You can choose between a bralette vs bra, bra alternatives such as going braless, and other types of breathable underwear to maximize your comfort. Keep a-reading for a list of the 13 best maternity bras for pregnancy comfort.

Sustainable Hemp Bralettes

Triangle Bralette
Black

$44

Triangle Bralette
WAMA Green

$44

Sustainable Hemp Bralettes

Triangle Bralette
Black

$44

Triangle Bralette
WAMA Green

$44

Racerback Bralette
Black

$44

Racerback
$24

Racerback Bralette
WAMA Green

$44

Boy Shorts Underwear
$24


WHAT IS A MATERNITY BRA, AND WHY DO YOU NEED ONE?

 Pregnant woman wearing undergarments by WAMA underwear, including one of their pregnancy bras.

Rather than facing the dreaded “ugh bra strap falling down” feeling and dealing with other fit issues during pregnancy, it’s best to invest in pregnancy bras, which are designed especially for ladies who are bumpin’ it. The fact is, your boobs will change during pregnancy, whether it’s just tenderness, sensitivity, soreness, itchiness (OH THE ITCH), or size and shape in general. All these things add up, and you may find the bras you normally wear decidedly NOT comfortable, increasing not-fun things like boob sweat.

Maternity bras are defined as bras with wider straps, a soft cotton lining, extra hooks and eyes on the band, all specially formed to help your breasts stay as comfortable as possible during the most uncomfortable period of their little lives. And if you’re wondering where pregnancy bras fall on the underwire bra vs no underwire spectrum, they tend to skip the underwire, primarily for comfort reasons. The best maternity bras are designed to give your boobs room to change, and are made of soft, natural fabrics. One great natural fabric for preggo bras is hemp (and, no, it’s not weed—read about hemp vs. marijuana for more info!)

Pregnancy bras also provide extra support, and are made for all breast shapes and sizes. Pregnancy is hard on the back (and um, hips and butt and legs...but I digress), and anything you can wear to take the pressure off truly makes a huge difference!

Gosh, ain’t making babies a beautiful thing??


MATERNITY VS NURSING BRAS

Woman nurses her baby while wearing one of the best maternity bras by WAMA underwear.

Although the internet would have you believe that maternity and nursing bras are interchangeable, that isn’t quite true (hold the phone! The internet isn’t always right?). While most nursing bras could technically also be maternity bras, not all pregnancy bras are nursing bras.

Confused? I got ya! Nursing bras, like maternity bras, have wider straps, soft lining, and often extra hooks for maximum comfort. They are similar to maternity bras in that they generally don’t have underwire (partly for comfort, but there is some concern that underwire can cause clogged ducts and mastitis while breastfeeding), but the main difference is that they have an opening or hook to give you easy access when the little one is squalling away.

Trust me, the last thing you want to do while spraying milk everywhere and juggling a sobbing bebe is to be fumbling with your bra! The best nursing bras have two main modes of access: straps that can be unhooked in the front of the bra, or a crossover-vee that can be pulled aside easily.

Anyway. Moving on from spraying milk. (Although, can we normalize breastfeeding already, sheesh!). I’ve compiled a list for you that covers the best maternity bras and the best nursing bras out there—all made with sustainable fabrics. Just ‘cause I love you like that.

 

13 BEST MATERNITY BRAS FOR PREGNANCY COMFORT


1. WAMA UNDERWEAR TRIANGLE BRALETTE

A woman stands wearing one of the best maternity bras, a  triangle bralette from WAMA underwear.

Stage | During, before, and after pregnancy
Cut | Adjustable triangle with convertible straps
Material | Hemp & organic cotton blend
Patterns & Colors | Black, green and several shades of nude
Sizes | XS-3XL
Price | $44

This triangle bralette from WAMA Underwear gives you enough gentle lift and coverage without compromising on comfort, which is the main aim of pregnancy bras, after all. The triangle bralette is made out of hemp, which means it’s stretchy, breathable, and antibacterial. It’s also cute, which is an added bonus when you’re not feeling your best, who’s with me?


2. BOOB DESIGN 24/7 BRA

A pregnant woman stands in a kitchen, wearing one of the best pregnancy bras by Boob Design.A pregnant woman stands in a kitchen, wearing one of the best pregnancy bras by Boob Design.

Stage | During and after pregnancy
Cut | Wrap front and scoop neck back
Material | Tencel lyocell and elastane
Patterns & Colors | Black, gray, soft pink and tofu
Sizes | S-XXL
Price | $69

One of the best maternity bras out there, the Boob Design 24/7 gets its name from the innovative comfort that lasts you, you guessed it, twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. This pregnancy bra is made mostly out of sustainable Tencel, without any clasps and thick straps for maximum comfort. This bra can also be pulled aside for nursing, if you so wish. Please and thank you.


3. INGRID + ISABEL MAMA LOUNGE BRA

A pregnant woman sits on a bed, wearing one of the best maternity bras from Ingrid + Isabel.

Stage | During pregnancy
Cut | Scoop neck and back
Material | Lenzing Modal & elastane
Patterns & Colors | Black with lettering
Sizes | XS-XL
Price | $28

Ingrid + Isabel is known for their comfortable, affordable pregnancy clothes—but they also have pregnancy bras and underwear, too! Specifically, this Mama Lounge Bra. Not only is it SO CUTE with the matching underwear, it’s also made out of Lenzing modal, an oh-so-soft fabric that also happens to be carbon neutral. Say whaaat!


4. BODILY THE EVERYTHING BRA

A woman with long black braids turns around while wearing one of the best maternity bras by Bodily.

Stage | Before, during and after pregnancy
Cut | U-shaped front and deep-V back
Material | Micromodal & elastane
Patterns & Colors | Black, gray, dune, and clay
Sizes | S-XL
Price | $48

The word “everything” in Bodily’s The Everything Bra probably gives you a solid clue—but this bra is designed for all the stages of your life. Made primarily with sustainable micromodal, this bra has been compared to boob clouds. I’ll leave that up to you to decide, but this bra is a cozy lil number, that’s for sure! As a bonus, it’s nursing friendly, too.


5. MAJAMAS EARTH THE ORGANIC EASY BRA

A woman lounges in one of the best pregnancy bras by Majamas.

Stage | Before, during, and after pregnancy—also great post-op!
Cut | V-neck crossover front and scoop back
Material | Organic cotton & spandex
Patterns & Colors | Black, ivory, heavenly pink, rifle green
Sizes | S-XXL
Price | $43

USA Made! Eco-friendly!
GOTS certified! Flattering! Supportive! Lots of claims on this everyday bra that doubles as one of the best pregnancy bras. Majamas Earth’s The Organic Easy Bra is simple yet easily adapted to all different stages of your life—from pregnancy to nursing and beyond. A bra that will take you to infinity and beyond! Or something like that.


6. STORQ EVERYDAY BRA

A blonde pregnant woman stands against a blank wall, wearing one of the best maternity bras from Storq.

Stage | During and after pregnancy
Cut | Triangle
Material | Modal & spandex
Patterns & Colors | Black, fog, blush, cafe
Sizes | XS-XL
Price | $46

The Storq Everyday Bra is a soft, flattering, pretty choice to keep those changing boobs as happy as a clam (...clams? Is this something we want to use in reference to our boobs? Undecided) during both pregnancy and postpartum. The bra, made from modal spandex jersey, is also nursing friendly. One review says it feels like you’re not wearing a bra, and hey, if that’s not an endorsement for a pregnancy bra, I don’t know what is.

WEBSITE
storq.com


7. CAKE MATERNITY TUTTI FRUTTI NURSING BRA

A pregnant woman sits while wearing jeans, a flannel, and one of the best maternity bras from Cake Maternity.

Stage | During and after pregnancy
Cut | Plunge
Material | Bamboo viscose, cotton, nylon & elastane
Patterns & Colors | Mocha, rust, black
Sizes | S-XL; cup sizes B-E and F-H
Price |
$55

The Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Nursing Bra sounds strangely delicious...and it is delicious...for your boobs! Hmm-mmm!

A cute, cozy silhouette that will work for you throughout pregnancy and into your postpartum nursing life, should you so choose to have one, this pretty little thing is made from bamboo viscose which is just… like, totally soft, you guys, and also a star in the antibacterial underwear world, like our beloved high waisted underwear. (However, note that if you’re choosing between hemp vs bamboo, hemp will win, and bamboo viscose is not as eco-friendly as hemp and other fabrics).


8. DK ACTIVE CHLOE MATERNITY CROP

A pregnant woman practicing yoga looks at the camera while wearing one of the pregnancy bras from DK Active.

Stage | During and after pregnancy
Cut | V-shaped neckline and longline fit, crossover back
Material | Lycra blend
Patterns & Colors | Black
Sizes | XS-XXL
Price | $80

I don’t know about you, but a multi-functional item of clothing is always a thumbs up for me. The Chloe Maternity Crop from DK Active is a maternity bra, a sports bra, a crop top, and a nursing bra all in one snug package. Made from sustainable fabric, with ethical practices, this maternity bra is moisture-wicking, breathable, secure and stretchy. Yes please!


9. KINDRED BRAVELY ORGANIC NURSING & SLEEP BRA

A pregnant woman sits on her bed, holding her belly, while wearing one of the best maternity bras from Kindred Bravely.

Stage | During and after pregnancy
Cut | Crossover v-neck, high coverage back
Material | Organic cotton
Patterns & Colors | Black, beige, gray and tie-dye
Sizes | S-XXL; also comes in busty fit
Price | $35

If you’re looking for one of those pregnancy bras that is so comfortable, you can sleep in it, the Kindred Bravely Organic Cotton Nursing & Sleep Bra is right up your alley. I mean, they even put the word 'sleep' in the name, so they clearly meant business. This bra is sustainable, as it’s made from organic cotton. In the debate between
organic cotton vs cotton, organic cotton is way more eco-friendly.

Oh, and this bra is definitely parfait for both maternity and nursing, and, because I can’t stress this enough, sleep friendly!


10. BRAVADO DESIGNS ORIGINAL NURSING BRA

A woman stands on a beach, holding her baby and wearing one of the best nursing bras from Bravado Designs.

Stage | During and after pregnancy
Cut | Plunge front and racerback
Material | Organic cotton & Tencel Modal
Patterns & Colors | Black, dove, pink leopard & white
Sizes | S-XL
Price | $37

This sporty and supportive maternity and nursing bra lets you stay cute and stylish during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Oh, and it also comes in full cup sizes… gotta love it when a brand is more size-inclusive! Plus, it’s sustainable, in organic cotton and Tencel modal. Pic above with a baby for attention, because babies, but the bra is nearly as cute.


11. OLLI ELLA ORGANIC COTTON BLOOMA NURSING BRA

A woman stands against a stone wall, wearing one of the best nursing bras by Olli Ella.

Stage | During and after pregnancy
Cut | Deep scoopneck
Material | Organic cotton blend
Patterns & Colors | Blossom, ochre
Sizes | XS-XL
Price |
$60

This adjustable, wireless and organic maternity bra is designed to be charming, with its soft colors, ruffle details, and the adorable matching briefs. The Organic Cotton Blooma Nursing Bra from Olli Ella also has clips for the easiest access for nursing possible. A bra that works during and after pregnancy? Now that’s what I call charming.


12. BAMBOOBIES SUPER STRAPPY NURSING BRA

A woman stands in her baby’s nursery, wearing one of the best nursing bras from Bamboobies.

Stage | During and after pregnancy
Cut | Scoopneck front, strappy back
Material | Bamboo viscose
Patterns & Colors | Black and pink
Sizes | XS-XXL
Price | $44

Bamboobies started out making natural, soft, reusable breast pads and their natural next step was making some of the best nursing bras out there. The Super Strappy Nursing Bra gives you a fun, unique look in a nursing bra, while still being
très
supportive and comfy.


13. UNDERPROTECTION LUNA MATERNITY BRA

A woman unhooks her lace maternity nursing bra from Underprotection.

Stage | Before, during and after pregnancy
Cut | Plunge triangle
Material | Recycled polyamide & recycled elastane
Patterns & Colors | White, beige, clay, black, violet, grey—all in lace!
Sizes | XS-XL
Price | $65

While serviceable, uber-comfy maternity and nursing bras are definitely necessary, every lady (or person that wears a bra) deserves to wear lace, whether or not she’s bumpin’ it or feeding a tiny human round the clock. Enter this gorgeous lace bra, the Luna Maternity Bra, from Underprotection. This bra is certified vegan, made responsibly of recycled materials, and, like, really pretty.

Sustainable Hemp Bralettes

Triangle Bralette
Black

$44

Triangle Bralette
WAMA Green

$44

Racerback Bralette
Black

$44

Racerback
$24

Racerback Bralette
WAMA Green

$44

Boy Shorts Underwear
$24

Sustainable Hemp Bralettes

Racerback Bralette
Black

$44

Racerback Bralette
WAMA Green

$44


IN CONCLUSION: THE BEST MATERNITY BRAS CAN BE COMFORTABLE AND SUSTAINABLE

A pregnant woman kneels on a bed, wearing hemp underwear from WAMA underwear, a company that also makes the best maternity bras.

The best maternity bras for pregnancy comfort are...the ones that give you the most comfort, really. Which isn’t as simple as it sounds—enter this list! Any one of the pregnancy bras from this list will give you that comfort and ease, all in a sustainable fabric. It’s not magic, it’s just smart design!

Have you tried any of these bras? Would you/have you worn them while pregnant?

 




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