Best Pregnancy Bras- A Guide to the Must-Have Maternity Bras

by Adrina Palmer |

Your belly isn’t the only thing growing and changing during  your pregnancy. Time for some new bras ready to support your newly enhanced cleavage! A great maternity or pregnancy bra is your best defense against an achy back.

But with so many bras out there, which is best and why? Here is all the information you will need to keep your girls happy and supported without any of the work. Well, you may have to click a few buttons and scroll but otherwise, the research is done and you can relax while you wait for your new bras to arrive!

Product Category Why It Is Best Mom Rating
Gratlin Racerback Support Seamless Maternity Bra Racerback, Affordable, Seamless ♥♥♥♥♥
Bravado! Designs Maternity Seamless Nursing Bra Wide Waistband, Pump accessories, Comfortable ♥♥♥♥
Kindred Bravely Padding, Fun Colors, Separation ♥♥♥
Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Lightly Wireless Separation, Wireless, Cup Sized Bras ♥♥♥♥
Gratlin Maternity Nursing Sleep Bra Crossover, Wide Straps, Nursing ♥♥♥♥
Bravado Designs Belle Wire, Busty Sizes, Supportive ♥♥♥♥♥
Cake Lingerie Sports Bra Sports Bra, Full Coverage, Five Hook Closure ♥♥♥♥♥ 
Hot Milk Luminous Pretty, Supportive, Busty Sizes ♥♥♥♥♥

Best Pregnancy Bra 

Gratlin Racerback Support Seamless Maternity Bra

Best Overall Pregnancy Bra

Image of the Gratlin Women's Racerback Support Seamless Maternity Nursing Bra Black/Beige L

The Gratlin Racerback Support Seamless Maternity Bra might not win any awards in the sexy or pretty department but will win awards in comfort and shape. You need a dependable bra to keep your girls up without the discomfort of underwire digging in because pregnancy is no joke and you are already extremely uncomfortable in your own skin.

What I Love

Design: This racerback bra has three hooks and adjustable straps, plus full coverage to avoid spillage as your breast grow as well as spandex to allow your ta-tas some room. The front unhooks to allow access for nursing. 
Comfort:  Not pretty, but certainly not your grandmother’s bra. The bra offers some definition between your girls and a wide band for comfort with no wire. Seamless and none padded to avoid irritating your nipples or showing through t-shirts. 
Price: The prices of bras have reduced greatly over the years and this comfy one is no exception.
Quality: This bra will survive your pregnancy and take you right into nursing your newborn!

What I Do Not Love

Support: No surprise, a bra with no wire will only keep young breast in line. Maybe wear around the house or have a stern talk with your girls about location.
Size:
This tends to run on the small side.

Bravado! Design’s Maternity Bra

Best Soft Cup Pregnancy Bra

Image of the Bravado! Designs Women's Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra and Maternity Bra,Black,Medium

The Bravado! Designs Maternity Seamless Nursing Bra will be come your boobs’ best friend with it’s seamless design, four way stretch fabric and removable foam insert (for mis-behaving nipples).

What I Love

Design: The design is a simple seamless bra with a wide band and drop down sides for future nursing and hook and closer in the back. A bit of spandex allows room for growth. Plus, tons of colors to choose from. 
Comfort: This bra will disappear under your shirt while keeping your girls in line.  
Bonus: If you plan to pump breastmilk, this bra comes with an award-winning attachment to pump easier.

Image of the Bravado! Designs Women's Maternity Clip and Pump Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory, Dove Heather, M

What I Do Not Love

Size: Girls on the larger side of their cup size may need to go up for a bit extra support. 
Price:
The price is kind of expensive compared to some bras, but you are paying for the brand name. 
Quality: Previous bras by Bravado (you know the ones no longer made because you liked them during your last pregnancy) were of higher quality than this new addition to the collection. It’s all those newfangled fabrics.

Kindred Bravely Maternity Bra

Best Busty Soft Cup Pregnancy Bra

Image of the Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Nursing Bra for Breastfeeding and Maternity (Grey, Large-Busty)

The Kindred Bravely Bra allows busty ladies a little support while lounging in sweats (because your normal clothes no longer fit but you aren’t mentally prepared to buy maternity clothes). Grab a bowl of popcorn and relax your prego body with some Netflix and this comfy bra.

What I Love

Design: This bra comes with the typical design and simple nude color (or you can pick from a few fun colors). The cups drop down, and the wider back band will add some extra support without wires. Padding provides some discretion. 
Comfort: Think of this bra as sweatpants for your boobs. A bit of built-in separation will help prevent uni-boob but grow with your pregnancy.
Size: This bra comes in the typical size of small through extra large, but also has busty options for each size. This is nice because pregnancy may add a full cup size or you may just be well-endowed to begin with. 
Price: The mid-range price won’t break the bank.
Quality: This sturdy bra will get you through the pregnancy and nursing. You may want to wear it after the pregnancy. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.

What I Do Not Love

Size: While listed for larger breasts, you may need to go up a size still, especially with pregnancy growth. 
Support:
Spandex is necessary for comfort but neither nylon or Spanx will hold up full water balloons. 

Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Bra

Best Pregnancy Plus Size Bra

Image of the Motherhood Maternity Women's Maternity Plus-Size Lightly Lined Wireless Nursing Bra, Black, 40H

Full-bodied ladies can enjoy the Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Lightly Wireless bra for comfort and wireless support during their entire pregnancy and during nursing.  This bra isn’t quite full coverage but will give some beautiful cleavage while hiding nipples behind a light layer of padding.

What I Love

Design: Unlike the other bras with less definition between the boobs, this bra understands that there are two breasts. The design is a simple bra with drop-down cups and four hook closures in the back. 
Comfort: No wire means your boobs can relax without being poked and prodded. 
Price: The price won’t hurt your wallet especially since it will last for over a year. 
Size: Options start at 40D and go all the way up to 46G.

What I Do Not Love

Quality: Your new bra will start to sag after use and nursing because that’s what spandex does.

Gratlin Maternity Nursing Sleep Bra

Best Pregnancy Sleep Bra

Image of the Gratlin Women's Plus Size Soft Wrap Wire Free Maternity Nursing Sleep Bra Beige - Sleep Nursing Bra M - (36C, 36D, 38B, 38C)

Gratlin has earned another spot on this list as the new ringleader of maternity bras with their Maternity Nursing Sleep Bra. The simple crossover and racerback design offers support and comfort through your pregnancy before assisting with nursing in the wee hours of the night.

What I Love

Design: This bra has a simple crossover design with wide straps leading to full back coverage. The band is wide and wireless, perfect for comfort. Also, there’s several color choices to choose from. The cups move to the side to allow easy access for nighttime feedings. 
Comfort: No wires, a little bit of spandex for growth and wides straps are the recipe for a pleasant bra. 
Price: When you see the price you just might by one for every day of the week.
Support: This bra will offer the right amount of support and ease during long nights.

What I Do Not Love

Fit: The crossover makes nursing easy, but miss behaving boobs may pop out the middle, especially for side sleepers. 
Quality:
As with all bras that use spandex for growth, this bra will lose its shape and sag with use. 

Busty Alternative- Kindred Bravely

Kindred brand makes the Bravely racerback bra for busty ladies who want a simple crossover sleep bra for nights and nursing. This will work much better than the Gratlin sleep bra if you have a bigger chest!

Image of the Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra for Maternity/Breastfeeding (Medium, Black)

Bravado Belle Maternity Bra

Best Pregnancy Cup Size Bra with Wire

Image of the BRAVADO! DESIGNS Belle Underwire Nursing Bra - 34DD - Bare

The Bravado Designs Belle Maternity Bra will keep your girls in check with a little wire while still offering drop down cups for easy nursing after the pregnancy. With high ratings and larger cup sizes available, this bra will take you out of the house in style!

What I Love

Design: A wired bra with full drop-down cups and the benefit of space giving spandex. The wire was specially designed to move with moms while supporting the breasts. Comes in three colors: beige, black or amethyst. 
Comfort: Underwire might not always be comfortable, but some women are more concerned about keeping the breast closer to the neck than the belly button, those ladies will love this bra. If the wire does bother, tuck a bit of fabric between the skin and the bra for more comfort and to catch sweat. 
Price: The price is decent but may limit how many you can buy. 
Size: The sizes start at 32B and go all the way to 42DDD. Ladies in harder to find sizes like 34G will be happy to find a simple t-shirt bra in their size!

What I Do Not Love

Size: Breasts already change shape and size with pregnancy so be prepared with this bra to try a few different sizes. 
Fit:
Denser breast may find this bra gives an elongated fit or could spill out of the bra. Also, some women found the underwire can stab in the armpit area. This is normal for many bras and can be fixed with medical tape for long-lasting comfort. The straps could be wider since it is meant to hold up heavy ta-tas. 

Cake Lingerie Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Sports Maternity Bra

Best Pregnancy Sports Bra

Image of the Cake Lingerie Nursing Bra With Underwire| Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Sports Maternity Bra Racerback, Multi, 34G UK/34I US

The Cake Lingerie Sports Bra gives pregnant ladies the ability to go to the gym with happy boobs instead of angry boobs trapped in compression chambers of torture. Cake’s bra even has drop down cups for nursing and full coverage so no wayward cleavage can escape.

What I Love

Design: This bra is a work of art with wide straps that can be hooked together in the back for more support, five hook closure, and extra fabric for modesty. Simple gray color with teal and lime green looks attractive without drawing attention. Drop down cups allows new moms to nurse even at the gym. Underwire and a wide-bands ofter support so you can even run without hitting your chin!

What I Do Not Love

Design: The cups are shallow for compression but may not be deep enough and you may have to go up a size. The straps are only partially adjustable. Finally, the hooks make a clicking noise. 
Price:
The bra is pricey and may make your wallet cry. Maybe put this on your registry, or call your mom.

Hot Milk Luminous Maternity and Nursing Bra

Prettiest Pregnancy Bra

Image of the Hot Milk Women's Luminous Maternity and Nursing Bra, Champagne, 10/32E

The Hot Milk Luminous Bra is the prettiest most comfortable bra that offers support without wire.

What I Love

Design: This bra was made by a woman for women. Each of your girls is cupped individually and the band, it wide to give more support along with fully adjustable straps and it’s so pretty!  Also, gotta love the drop down cups for easy breastfeeding. 
Comfort: This bra offers enough support to keep your back from aching without poking wires to cramp your style. 
Appearance:  It’s so pretty!!! Lace and a cute bow with a sparkle for charm will make you feel beautiful!
Price: The price heads towards the nosebleed section, but it’s well worth the cost. 
Size: From 32C to 42D, this bra also comes in larger sizes, including 32H and 34GG, to accommodate many sizes and shapes.

What I Do Not Love

Fit: This bra is not a great fit for everyone and the armpit area may be uncomfortable. The sizes are a little off, so try it on before you wash. 

Guide to Selecting a Maternity Bra

Most maternity bras are made to transition into nursing bras and to give your breasts room to grow, which means spandex and no wire.

Room to Grow

Spandex is a necessary evil, one that gives space but not forever. The best thing to do is look for a bra that has less than 10% spandex, so you get the space you need but slow the wear out process down. Think of your favorite stretchy jeans, some have too much spandex and you spend the day pulling up your pants around your waist, but your favorites give you room to breathe without falling down.

No Wire

Some outfits, heck some breasts, need the support of wire to maintain their correct position. If possible avoid underwire when pregnant or nursing. Underwire can be uncomfortable on your ribs as your belly grows and later, underwire can cause milk ducts to clog.

Soft Cups or Seamless Cups

All the hormones raging through your prego body cause your nipples and breasts to be sensitive to touch. Seams that land on the nipple will drive you crazy in just a matter of minutes. Find a seamless or soft cup that will not annoy your nipples. Padded bras can be helpful as a barrier, but each woman is different. Try both and see which works for you.

Shoulder Straps and Waist Band

As breasts grow, they cause more strain on your back and shoulders. Try to find a wider waistband to give extra support. Look for more hook closures in the back for more support. Avoid skinny, spaghetti strap bras, as they will dig into your shoulders.

Comfort 

If you read the reviews of each of the bras above, you saw the word comfort a lot! Comfort is the most important aspect of a maternity bra, right after support. A bra that is not comfortable could ruin your whole day, especially with all those hormones- you might find yourself crying in the bathroom yelling at the bra. Try a few on and see what works for you.

Proper Fit

If your breasts spill out of a bra or it does not stay where it belongs, chances are the fit is not correct. An ill-fitting bra will be neither supportive nor comfortable. If you find a bra you like, but it’s not comfortable or supportive, try a different size as breasts can change in shape and size just a few weeks into the pregnancy.

Coverage

As your body changes you may find yourself shy about showing parts you didn’t mind displaying before.  A full coverage bra will not only take the girls of the spotlight, but also provide more comfort and support.

FAQ’s about Pregnancy Bras

How many maternity bras do I need?

You will need 2-4 bras during your pregnancy. Buy more if you like to wash them often or prefer a variety. A good rule of thumb would be purchase 1 lounge bra to wear around the house, 1 work bra, and 1 sleep bra, plus 1 more so the others can be washed.

When should I buy maternity bras?

Buy your first bra or two once your normal bras are no longer comfortable. This will be different for every woman, but basically, buy as you need. Otherwise, you could end up with the wrong size, as your breasts could grow along with your belly. Also, buy for the size you are now during your pregnancy. If your bras last into nursing, that’s great, but many women put on a size or two with pregnancy and another size or two when their milk comes in.

How should I wash my pregnancy bras?

Toss your bras in the washing machine on low spin with cold water. Never, EVER put bras in the dryer, as dryers tend to ruin bras and ruin the shape. Even if you have one of those fancy bra bags for the dryer, the heat will affect the fabric. Better to be safe and never put any bra in the dryer.

Why can’t I wear my pre-pregnancy bras?

If you are one of the few women whose breasts do not grow with pregnancy, then wear your old bras all the way through.  Once you are nursing, you will want to avoid underwire, as stated above.

Do I need a sleep bra?

You may still find your newly sensitive breasts will need more support at night and you will need a sleep bra to keep the sheets and blankets from attacking your nipples.

Do I need to get measured for a good fit?

Getting measured is always a good idea. The better the fit, the better the comfort and support.

Do I need drop cups on my maternity bras?

No. Most maternity bras have cups for once you are ready to nurse.

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Adrina Palmer
Christian and Mom Blogger
Adrina Palmer is a stay-at-home-mom to three wonderful children and a wife to an amazing husband. She has a bachelors degree in Religion from Liberty University and works as a blogger, copywriter, and reviewer. Adrina is a Christian hoping to help other stay-at-home moms find the joy and simplicity as a mother and wife. In her free time she enjoys many crafts, writing, spending time with family, and reading. She would love to hear from you!

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  1. That underwire corset is what denial-enables the pot-kettle fashion that never goes out of fashion to look in the mirror, not see itself, & like what it sees. All that is bringing a knife to a bear fight.

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