During your pregnancy your breasts will change – they’ll get bigger, they’re likely to get sore and they might even change shape, so you’ll want a bra that takes care of your new boobs. Maternity bras are designed to support you through pregnancy – you might start needing one from as early as six weeks but it’s more likely that you’ll be closer to your second trimester before you need to invest.
During early pregnancy some mums-to-be stick with underwired bras but in later pregnancy, when your breasts get bigger (and bigger), it’s recommended that you stop wearing wired bras – the wires can dig into sensitive breast tissue and press against your growing milk ducts.
Most maternity bras also double as nursing bras, with cups that open or drop down, so you can breastfeed your baby without removing all your undies. But your boobs are likely to grow more towards the end of your pregnancy, so best to wait until a couple of weeks before your due date to invest in expensive nursing bras – and make sure there’s plenty of room for when your milk comes in.
Panache Sophie Maternity Bra, £29
A sexy, stylish maternity bra that will make you feel a million dollars, the Panache Sophie Maternity scored top marks from our reviewer for comfort, support and style.
Non-wired, this bra has six fastening positions to accommodate the changing shape of your body during pregnancy. Available in two beautiful colours – Black Nude and Ivory Pink, this is a pretty and practical bra. And there are matching knickers too.
Size range: 28D – 40J
Cantaloop Pregnancy Bra, £22
A practical, non-wired pregnancy bra available in five sizes, the Cantaloop bra has no seams or straps and is very lightweight, making it super comfy.
With ample coverage, our reviewer compared this bra to a sports bra – it’s not the most glamorous bra out there – but the tight-knit fabric under the bust offers a good level of support for a non-wired bra.
Ideal for wearing under t-shirts, this is a bra that can be worn by day or at night and at £22 it’s good value for money.
Size range: 28A – 45F
Cake Lingerie Orange Zest Sport Bra, £44
Sporty, pregnant ladies will love this Orange Zest Sports Bra, one of the few sports bras for mums-to-be on the market. The racer-style back gives excellent support for higher impact activities, like Body Pump and it’s equally suited to Pilates or yoga. Breathable and sweat absorbent, the Orange Zest Sports Bra washes well and maintains its shape.
With a big range of sizes from 32D to 40K and 70D – 90K this is a truly versatile bra with a big range of adjustment at the back and at the shoulders.
Size range: 30B – 40H
Amoralia Nougatine Maternity Bra, £40
A gorgeous package of style, sexiness and comfort this is Amoralia’s best selling bra. The cups are lined with silky-soft bamboo fabric and the fit is different for small and larger sizes. This is a non-wired bra but the thick straps gives ample support, according to our reviewer who said, “It’s so comfortable you can easily sleep in it without any sort of discomfort”.
Available in three colours – Black/Blush, Caramel and Ivory buy the matching camisole and knickers to make yourself feel really glamorous.
Size range: 32B – 38G
Emily B Daisy Maternity Bra, £30
A lovely, pretty maternity bra that strikes a balance between functionality and style. With cotton-lined cups, broderie anglaise straps and outer lace layer and pink satin and pearl decorative bows this is a good-looking bra that’s available in a range of sizes.
The Emily B Daisy Maternity Bra is non-wired, so the support from this bra comes from the under-band and wide straps (even wider on larger cup sizes). There’s also an underwired version available but this won’t suit everyone.
Size range: 30B – 40J