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, here’s how to know if you’re pregnant, which is why I’ve put together the types of bras you’ll need as well as which maternity bras were my favorite.
Oh, and when I say maternity bra, it doesn’t mean it is 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.
I went maternity bra shopping many times while pregnant because I kept outgrowing my bras, so prepare yourself girlfriend, there’s no escaping the bra shopping.
How many bras will you need while pregnant? Read on for our maternity bra guide, but, 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 and 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. Had I purchased my nursing bras while pregnant, I would have been s*** out of luck, see?
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!
Maternity Bra Guide
Read on for our 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!
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 the first trimester and 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!
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.
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. 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.
Now, I 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.
I love that my boobs are supported 24/7, which 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. As my belly grew, my sports bras became very uncomfortable because 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. 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. I love that it’s not too tight and the straps are adjustable. See below for some more of my favorite sports bras that worked well during pregnancy.