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I So Wish I Had This Maternity Bra Guide During Pregnancy

During pregnancy your boobs will change a lot and will undoubtedly grow, along with your maternity bra size.

Why does my bra hurt?

My bra is digging into me like crazy!

My bra is too tight!

Sound familiar? By the end of my pregnancy, I had grown from a 32D to a 36DD.  But it didn’t happen overnight, it was a gradual growth. A maternity bra guide would have been very useful…I wish I had had one!

…which is why I’ve put together the types of bras you’ll need during pregnancy. Including the maternity bras that were my favorite.

BTW, here’s how to know if you’re pregnant.

Oh, and when I say “maternity bra”, I don’t mean a bra that is meant specifically meant for a pregnant woman. You don’t need to buy bras specifically for maternity as they’re really ugly and serve no additional purpose.

Seriously, the maternity bras on the racks always horrify me!

I went maternity bra shopping many times while pregnant because I kept outgrowing my bras, so prepare yourself girlfriend. There’s no escaping the maternity bra shopping. Keep reading for my maternity bra guide…

How many bras will you need while pregnant?

At the very least, you’ll need a few comfortable everyday bras, one sleeping bra, and one sports bra. Sorry to say (or not sorry?), but your boobs and rib cage will continue to grow until the day you have your baby. And then your boobs will grow even more if you’re nursing!

Should You Buy Nursing Bras While Pregnant?

I’ve heard that you can buy and wear nursing bras while pregnant to prepare for when you have the baby. And to save on having to buy additional bras.

This, however, is not a good idea as your nursing bra will fit very differently post-partum as it will fit while pregnant.

One week after having my baby, I went bra shopping. My fit was a 32DDD or 32F, compared to the 36D or 36DD that I was towards the end of my pregnancy.

Here’s a maternity bra guide measuring tutorial so that you know what size you are if you’re bra shopping online from home. Just keep in mind that when buying your nursing bras while pregnant, your band size will decrease slightly and cup size will increase after the baby comes. If you’re nursing.

Keep in mind. There’s no skimping around the bra issue! If your bra hurts, you need to buy a bra that feels nice.

You must be comfortable in your bra while pregnant or you’ll go ape s*** mad! I went crazy for the first 4 months until my mom dragged me into Neiman Marcus to buy some Chantelle bras. LOL.

Maternity Bra Guide

Read on for my maternity bra guide including 15 bras that you’ll love while pregnant (I certainly did).  I’ve recommended everyday maternity t-shirt bras, sleeping bras while pregnant, and sports bras for pregnant women that work post partum too.

Oh, and forget about the push-up bras, you won’t need these! haha!

1. Everyday Maternity T-Shirt Bras

Being pregnant isn’t often too comfortable, as you have to see yourself grow on a daily basis. None of your clothes will fit past the first trimester. As your belly grows your legs will begin to throb, your boobs will become very sensitive, and you will likely be a bit agitated as you struggle to get dressed everyday.

Your daily bra should be a joy to wear!

As I mentioned, I didn’t go bra shopping until the 4th month into my pregnancy and I was about climbing the walls. I was so uncomfortable! My recommendation is to find 1 or 2 nice bras that fit well and feel great or you’ll find yourself itchy, bitchy, and witchy more often than not.

I really like the Victoria’s Secret Perfect Shape Full Coverage Bra, the Chantelle “Merci” bra, and Chantelle Underwire T-Shirt Bra. See below for my favorite everyday maternity bras.

2. Sleeping Bras During Pregnancy

Prior to pregnancy, I never slept in a bra. I didn’t think I needed to and I thought it would be uncomfortable. I decided to try sleeping in a bra during my pregnancy when I saw how much I was growing.

We’ve all heard that your boobs will permanently change because of pregnancy and they will likely get stretched out and saggy. Ahhhh!

This has always horrified me, so I wanted to add the sleep bra to my pajama routine to try and escape the post-pregnancy boob issue. It works. Believe me! Not to mention, they’re really cute and make you feel pretty at night.

Today, after baby has come, I still love sleeping in a bra! The Cosabella bras are lacy, pretty, and so comfortable that you won’t even realize you’re wearing a bra. Here’s my favorite and it comes in a variety of colors. I also love this one and it can be worn overtop a bra during the day too.

TBH, I love that my boobs are supported 24/7. Because this means no sagging…ever! I’ll never sleep without a bra again.

See below for some of my favorite sleeping bras that will work for both maternity and post-partum.

3. Sports Bras During Pregnancy & Post-Partum

During pregnancy, my workouts changed drastically. I went from running long distances to hardly being able to walk up and down the farmer’s market street. LOL. As my belly grew, my sports bras became very uncomfortable. Any sort of tight pressure that you have on your rib cage while pregnant is just the worst!

For any sort of walking or light weight training workouts that I did, I wore an adjustable sports bra that had maximum support. But also had lots of stretch and adjustability too.

Instead of a 36D bra size, I opted for a 38D sports bra so that I didn’t feel like I was being strangled. 

My favorite maternity sports bra which I still enjoy wearing post-partum is this Champion Sports Bra from Target. It’s inexpensive and cute. I love that it’s not too tight, the straps are adjustable, as well as the back band. The other sports bra I liked and still like is the Lululemon Tata tamer, just remember to size up!

See below for some more of my favorite sports bras that worked well during pregnancy.

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About The Author

Gretchen is a plant-based, laid-back, spontaneous gal who loves discovering new cool things. Her mission is helping her fellow readers to improve their lifestyle through fashion, beauty, and health. Gretchen is the Editor In Chief and always loves to hear your thoughts. Follow her on Twitter: @nubry and Instagram: @nubry.

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