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Best Bras for Pregnancy & Maternity

Written by Uplifted Lingerie on 02 October 2023

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The best maternity bras are made from soft seamless cotton, are supportive, and include functional features such as drop cups, multi-sized cups and wider, more supportive bands to see you through pregnancy, new motherhood and nursing if you choose to breastfeed. To combine practical, well-fitting maternity bras with pretty designs, consider brands such as Royce, Panache, Elomi, and Freya which are all available to buy from Uplifted Lingerie.

Key Features Of Pregnancy Bras 

  • Able to accommodate growing breasts through pregnancy - look for multi-sized cups
  • Comfort from soft, breathable materials and wire-free support from wider bands and straps 
  • Functional features such as the ability to fit breast pads into cups to soak up excess milk
  • Practical features such as drop-down or cross over cups to allow for hassle-free newborn nursing
  • Designed in prints and styles that you love 

Women’s tummies aren’t the only thing that expands during pregnancy and whilst every woman is different, on average, breasts are likely to increase by 1 to 2 cup sizes during pregnancy. In addition, your band size will likely increase too as you reach the later stages of pregnancy and your ribcage expands to make room for your baby to grow.

To accommodate all of these changes that your body is going through, buying a specialist maternity bra that offers the increased levels of support that you and your baby need are one of the most important pregnancy purchases that you can make. It’s also a much more appealing option than struggling to contain your growing breasts and changing shape into your existing bras, which don’t have pregnancy in mind.

What Size Maternity Bra Should I Buy?

If you're ready to buy a maternity bra, you might be wondering what size you should buy. After all, we've already talked about how breasts change and grow during pregnancy. You'll also find that your breasts become larger when your milk comes in after birth, so there could be more changes in size ahead. So, what size maternity or nursing bra should you buy? And do you buy maternity bras in your normal size, or do you need to size up?

The best way to work out what size nursing bra you should buy is to measure yourself. To do this, you'll need a flexible tape measure.

First, wrap the tape measure around your rib cage, directly underneath your breasts, where the band of your bra would sit. The measurement of your rib cage in inches is your band size. So, if your rib cage measures 34 inches, your band size is 34.

Next, wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your bust, level with your nipple, and read the measurement. You'll then need to subtract your band measurement from this number. For example, if your bust measurement was 42" and your band measurement was 34", the calculation you'll need to do is 42 - 34, leaving you with 8.

You can then use the table below to calculate your cup size.

Difference (inches)

Cup Size

Less than 1"




































So, in the example above, the maternity bra size calculated would be 34FF.

During the maternity period, we'd recommend that you measure your bust at the start of each trimester, to ensure that you are wearing the right size bra. Alternatively, if your bra begins to feel tight or uncomfortable, you should measure again.


Pregnancy Bras By Trimester

Your breasts will begin changing from just a few weeks into your pregnancy, and will continue to change and develop right up until your baby is born. In fact, your breasts may continue to change and fluctuate in size for several months after birth, as your milk supply adjusts to meet your baby's needs.

So, what kind of support will you need from your maternity bras at each stage of pregnancy?

Let's take a look.


Pregnancy Bras For First Trimester

During the first trimester, your body begins producing higher levels of the hormone progesterone. This can cause your breast tissue to swell and your breasts may feel heavier, fuller and more sensitive.

Many women find that their breasts feel tender when they don't wear a bra, which can make sleeping more difficult. Wearing a supportive maternity bra throughout the day can help to ease this soreness and make you more comfortable. In fact, if you find the right bra, you can also wear it to bed, helping you to get a more restful night of sleep.

Here are some of our favourite maternity bras for the first trimester.

royce blossom

Royce Blossom

If you're struggling to get comfortable at night as a result of tender breasts, the Royce Blossom maternity bra may be just what you need for a good night’s sleep. This soft and comfortable bra has been specifically designed for wear during the night, and is one of the best pregnancy bras for sleeping. It's made from a cotton-stretch material, which is gentle on your skin, and has wide straps to minimise any discomfort.

This bra is triple sized, so it will grow with you throughout your pregnancy. It also features nursing clips on the straps, so you can continue to wear this comfortable bra when your baby arrives.

Discover the Royce Blossom maternity bra here

freya pure nursing bra

Freya Pure

If you'd prefer something with a little more shape, the Freya Pure moulded nursing bra is a great choice for everyday wear during the first trimester. It's made from a soft stretch material, which will support your breasts without putting any unnecessary pressure on them.

This bra is underwired, so it’s the perfect solution if you’re looking for a comfortable maternity bra but you’re not quite ready to give up the underwires. It also has drop-down cups, so you can easily feed your baby when the time comes.

Find the Freya Pure nursing bra here


Pregnancy Bras For Second Trimester

During the second trimester, your breasts will continue to grow and change. You may find that you need a larger cup size, as your breasts become fuller and heavier.

At this stage of pregnancy, many women also start to experience back pain. This is because your growing breasts can cause your posture to change and put additional strain on your back. Wearing a well-fitting, supportive maternity bra can help to alleviate some of this pain and improve your posture.

Here are some of our favourite bras for the second trimester.

royce luna maternity bra

Royce Luna

The Royce Luna maternity bra is perfect for wear during the second trimester. It's made from a cotton-stretch material, which is soft and gentle on your skin. The straps are also adjustable, so you can ensure that they're not too tight and causing any discomfort.

This bra is non-wired, making it a great choice for women who are experiencing back pain. It also has full cup coverage, providing you with the support and lift that you need.

Check out the Royce Luna maternity bra here




Pregnancy Bras For Third Trimester

The third trimester marks an important time for your breasts, as they prepare for the birth of your baby. During this time, the number of milk ducts within your breasts increases. In fact, did you know that your breasts gain more milk ducts every time your body goes through the journey of pregnancy?

You may also find that your breasts begin to leak milk during the third trimester. However, this is not the case for every woman, and not leaking milk does not mean that you will be any less successful with breastfeeding.

Most women will have switched to a maternity bra by the third trimester, as you will likely find that your pre-pregnancy bras simply aren't comfortable any more.

Let's take a look at some of the best maternity bras for the third trimester.

royce maisie nursing bra

Royce Maisie

The Royce Maisie maternity bra has been specially designed to support your breasts through pregnancy and nursing, and it is ideal for the third trimester.

This bra features a wide band that helps to distribute weight evenly to reduce back and shoulder pain. The straps are also adjustable to provide a customised fit, helping you to stay comfortable all day long. The fabric is also moisture-wicking and breathable, making it ideal for wear throughout pregnancy and nursing.

The Royce Maisie maternity bra also features a built-in nursing panel that can be easily removed for feeding. The nursing panel provides full coverage, making it ideal for discreet feeding. Overall, the Royce Maisie maternity bra is a great option for pregnant women who are looking for a supportive and comfortable bra.

Take a look at the Royce Maisie nursing bra here



royce charlotte nursing bra

Royce Charlotte

The Royce Charlotte maternity bra is a great choice for the third trimester. This comfortable and supportive bra is made from a cotton-stretch material, which is soft on your skin. The underwired cups provide you with support and lift, whilst the full cup coverage ensures that you are comfortable all day long.

This bra is available in sizes from 28DD - 40KK, making it suitable for almost every woman. It also features Royce's easy-release dro clip, for easy nursing once your baby arrives.

Overall, the Royce Charlotte maternity bra is a great choice for women who are looking for a comfortable, supportive and stylish bra.

Find the Royce Charlotte nursing bra here


Nursing Bras For Breastfeeding

Nursing bras are designed to make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable for both you and your baby. They usually have a number of features that make them different from regular bras, such as easy-access straps or panels that can be pulled down or to the side for feeding.

Nursing bras are also generally more comfortable than regular bras, as they are designed to support your breasts during pregnancy and nursing.

Here are some of the best nursing bras for breastfeeding.

royce indie nursing bra

Royce Indie

If you're looking for a nursing bra with a little more style, the Royce Indie is a great option. It has pretty lace detailing on the cups and straps, and comes in a variety of colours.

When it comes to feeding your baby, the nursing clips feature retainer straps, which enable you to have more skin-to-skin contact with your baby when you're feeding. Not only is this great for bonding, but it can also help to increase your milk supply by stimulating the release of oxytocin. What more could you want from a nursing bra?

Check out the Royce Indie nursing bra here

panache sophie nursing bra

Panache Sophie

The Panache Sophie is a firm favourite amongst many nursing mothers, and it's easy to see why. This comfortable and stylish bra is designed to offer great support, with a four-part cup construction and side support panels.

There's no need to feel anything other than your best when you're breastfeeding, as the Panache Sophie offers the perfect balance of style and comfort. It features an elegant lace overlay, with a soft cotton lining to protect your skin.

The straps are also adjustable, so you can find the perfect fit for you. The Panache Sophie nursing bra also features drop-down cups for easy feeding, making it quick and easy to feed your baby, wherever you are.

Take a look at the Panache Sophie nursing bra here


Best Bra During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also be a difficult one. Your body is going through so many changes, and it can be hard to know what bras to wear during pregnancy.

A maternity bra is best suited for your needs during pregnancy. It is designed to support your breasts as they grow, which is why many women will find a maternity bra more comfortable than a regular bra during pregnancy.

There are a few things you should look for in a good maternity bra, such as support, comfort and style. It’s these factors that will determine what is the best bra during pregnancy for you.

At Uplifted Lingerie, we offer a wide range of maternity bras to suit all sizes, styles and personalities. These include the Royce Blossom, the Panache Sophie and the Freya Pure. Whatever it is you're looking for in a pregnancy bra, you'll find the perfect maternity bra at Uplifted Lingerie.

Shop our full range of maternity bras here


Best Maternity Bras For Large Bust

If you are blessed with a larger bust, you may be wondering what is the best maternity bra for large busts? After all, great support is all the more important when you're carrying around a larger chest.

The good news is that there are plenty of great maternity bras for large busts on the market, so you're sure to find one that offers you the support and comfort you need during pregnancy.

Some of our favourites include the Royce Charlotte nursing bra, which is designed for women with a larger bust, and the Panache Sophie nursing bra, which offers excellent support thanks to its four-part cup construction and is available in sizes up to a 40J.

No matter what your size, we have a maternity bra that will offer you the support and comfort you need during pregnancy.

Maternity Bras Online 

At Uplifted Lingerie we stock a wide variety of maternity bras from brands that make it their mission to design comfortable and supportive bras to see you through pregnancy and the early stages of motherhood. 

Within our collection, you will find bras offering practical and design features to support you when nursing, during maternity, and bras for sleeping in, available in sizes 28DD to 42JJ. 


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We’ve had the pleasure of supporting thousands of women in their pregnancy journey by supplying brilliant bras that last and as a result have plenty of experience to share. Read on for some of our key things to consider when choosing your bra along with some of the best examples of maternity bras to choose from. 


Maternity Bra Basics 

Nursing mother

If you’re usually a one bra for everything kind of girl, or this is your first pregnancy, then you may be wondering what is so different about a maternity bra when compared to a regular bra. 

A maternity bra, also referred to as a nursing bra, boasts plenty of practical features that take them above and beyond your regular bras and are perfect for use as you grow and nurture a brand new life. 

Keep an eye out for these features that a good maternity bra will deliver on: 

  • Able to accommodate growing breasts throughout pregnancy
  • Soft, breathable materials, no wires and support from wider bands and straps 
  • Ability to fit breast pads into cups to soak up excess milk
  • Options of drop-down or crossover cups to allow for easy newborn feeds 

Just like regular bra shopping, once you’ve found a bra that has all the right features in a design that you love, then it’s a good idea to try on a few different sizes or styles to try on to see which you feel more comfortable with. This is particularly useful when it comes to deciding which style of access to the cups that you prefer for breastfeeding and we’d recommend trying this out well before you have a hungry newborn in your arms! 

Getting The Right Fit

A properly fitting bra that supports your breasts in all the right places is important at the best of times, and especially important to get right throughout your pregnancy and post-birth months. As breasts expand in size, as we know they do during pregnancy, they need more support than they did before and you may need to adjust your sizing several times during this period of your life. 

The additional support is required to protect the delicate breast tissue which doesn’t have a lot of muscle from stretching beyond its limits, reducing sagging and stretch marks, or causing discomfort as your larger chest moves around. A good maternity bra will incorporate additional support features within the band, straps and cups to protect the integrity of the breast wall and prevent ligament damage arising from too much moving around. 

Pay attention to the three key fitting areas of your bra which are the cups, band and straps:

  • If your breasts are spilling over the front or sides of the cups, you need to size up. 
  • If your band is digging into your back or front and leaving red marks on the largest setting, or keeps riding up your back, then you need to size up. 
  • If your straps are digging in causing soreness on your shoulders, they should be first adjusted to a looser setting and if that doesn’t provide the support you feel your breasts need, you should adjust the size of your band. Remember that the majority of the support in a bra comes from the band, not the straps.

If the idea of heading into town and spending an age in a hot fitting room to find your perfect maternity bra doesn’t sound all that appealing right now, the good news is there are plenty of resources online to ensure that you can get a properly fitting bra when trying on in the comfort of your own home. 

Take a look at the uplifted lingerie fitting guide for comprehensive instructions, images and videos to ensure that you are wearing a properly fitting bra during your pregnancy. What’s more, with our hassle-free returns policy, you can order and try on as many different options as you like! 

Maternity Bra Must-Haves 

Pregnant women in maternity bra

Whether you’re looking for the right bra to put into your hospital bag for postpartum nursing or want to build up a stash of super comfortable, beautiful bras to see you through your whole pregnancy, keep your eyes peeled for the following features that will ensure you have the comfort, support and practical features that you need from a maternity bra.

Wired Or Non-Wired - It’s Up To You

The choice of whether to opt for a wired or non-wired bra during pregnancy is entirely up to you as there is no medical reason to avoid wires whilst carrying your baby. This means that If you’re wearing a properly fitting bra, wires should cause no issue with comfort. 

Most women do tend to opt for non-wired maternity bra options though as it removes an element that could lead to discomfort, particularly when breasts are increasing in size quite quickly! Not having to worry about wires sticking in can be a bonus and isn’t something that needs to be considered with a non-wired bra. Opting for non-wired bras also means they can be worn to bed, great for when you’re too exhausted to change or just need a quick lie down! 


Soft, breathable fabrics that are free of irritation or itchy seams are key when it comes to choosing your maternity bra. As you progress through your pregnancy, it’s not uncommon to feel hot and bothered which can lead to being a bit sweatier under or between your breasts than usual. Opting for natural fibres such as cotton or silk is a good way to keep you cooler for longer. 

A Style That You Love 

Long gone are the days that maternity underwear was boring, frumpy and lacking in personality or style. If you love the feeling of wearing matching underwear or if putting on a cute patterned bra in the morning lifts your mood, then there are plenty of stylish maternity bras and matching knicker sets available that offer the support you need in a style that you love. 

Wider Straps Or Underbands For Additional Support 

The majority of a maternity bra’s support comes from the band whilst the straps provide additional support that helps to distribute the weight of the breasts evenly across your shoulders. Wider straps also tend to feature additional padding so they’re less likely to slip off your shoulders when properly adjusted. These features all add up to a more comfortable fit all around, which you'll appreciate as you get used to the heavier weight of your growing chest through pregnancy. 

Multi Cup Sizing To Allow For Growth 

Some maternity bras offer the brilliant feature of dual or even triple cup sizes within one bra. This is a great way to ensure that your bra grows with you and also helps to save on the cost of having to buy a new bra for every cup size you go up on this journey! 

Nursing Options 

Maternity bras feature nursing options that your regular bras won’t have and allow you to drop the cup quickly and easily to provide nursing access for your baby. Keep an eye out for drop-down cups that unclip when it’s time to feed or cross over cups that you simply push aside the fabric for no-fuss access. 

With over 15 maternity bras to choose from and speedy delivery options, you can try on all the bras that you want to in the comfort of your own home when shopping with Uplifted Lingerie. 

Here are just a few of our favourites. 

Royce Charlotte Nursing Bra 

Royce Charlotte Nursing Bra

This beautiful nursing bra is comfortable, supportive and easy to wear. The mesh top cup makes it stylish as well as supremely practical, and it comes with easy-release drop cup clips like all Royce nursing bras.

  • Sizes available: 28DD- 40KK
  • Available in size L in Black Only
  • Colours available: Skin, Black and White 
  • Drop Cup Clips 
  • Four sets of Hook and eyes for adjustment.
  • 2 per row for sizes DD to FF and 3 per row for cup sizes G to K



Royce Blossom Maternity Bra 

Royce Blossom Maternity Bra

This gorgeous polka dot Royce Blossom maternity bra offers the perfect mix of cute styling and bags of practical features for a great everyday bra during maternity and nursing. This bra works in so many ways with its triple-sized cup options that grow with you, it can be turned from a plunge bra into a crop style that is perfect for sleeping in, and its classic print makes it our fastest selling maternity bra and a must-have for all hospital bags.

  • Available in dual sizes 32 C/D/DD-40G/GG/H
  • Colours available: Black and white spot
  • Easy-release drop cups
  • Converts from plunge to crop top for sleeping 
  • Four sets of Hook and eyes for adjustment with 2 per row for cups C/D/DD - E/F/FF and 3 per row for cup sizes G/GG/H - HH/J/JJ



Panache Sophie Non-Wired Nursing Bra

This stunning nursing bra with lace overlay is perfect for mums that want something a little special in their maternity wardrobe. Available with matching thong or shorts, Sophie provides a little bit of maternity glam whilst delivering the practical features you need including adjustable straps, nursing access and a secure back.

  • Available in dual sizes 30 DD - 40GG
  • Colours available: Black or Ivory 
  • Clip drop nursing access



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When Do You Start Wearing A Maternity Bra?

Most women start wearing a specific maternity bra towards the end of their first trimester. It’s at this point in their pregnancy that most women start to notice their breasts increasing in size. As every woman is different, you may feel that you need the additional support that a maternity bra can provide earlier or later in your pregnancy. 

From this point in, you may need to reassess your bra fit again as your breasts continue to grow and this is why bras featuring multi-cup sizes are brilliant as they allow for more growth before having to buy a new bra. Even post-birth, your breasts may continue to get bigger as milk is produced and this nursing period is often referred to as the fourth trimester! 


Tips For Nursing Bras 

If you are planning to breastfeed, you might want to wait until a month or so before giving birth before purchasing a maternity bra with a specialist nursing feature so you know the right size to get as by this time it may feel like your breasts are growing daily! 

There are several styles of nursing bras available including drop cups or crossover, but whichever you choose, it’s worth practising the open and closure method so you’re a dab hand before the baby arrives. If you don’t want a specific nursing bra, there are other options available to make feeding your baby as easy as possible including a simple soft bralette or crop top style bra or nursing camisoles. 

As you progress through pregnancy and following the birth of your child, whether you choose to breastfeed or not, your breasts will get bigger and feel more sensitive than usual. We hope that this article has given you plenty of options to consider when choosing the best maternity bras and has outlined the key features to pay attention to when shopping for bras that will provide maximum pregnancy and post-birth comfort. 

Key Features For Maternity Bras 

  • Able to accommodate growing breasts through pregnancy - look for multi-sized cups
  • Comfort from soft, breathable materials and wire-free support from wider bands and straps 
  • Functional features such as the ability to fit breast pads into cups to soak up excess milk
  • Practical features such as drop-down or cross over cups to allow for hassle-free newborn nursing
  • Designed in prints and styles that you love

Whatever stage of your motherhood journey you are at, you can find an excellent range of comfortable, supportive, easy fastening bras in the maternity range at uplifted lingerie. We also stock pretty lingerie, sports bras and beautiful bras to flatter breasts of all shapes and sizes, so when you’re not elbow deep in nappies and are ready to shop for your post-birth shape again, you can view the full range here.

If you need any further advice on any of our ranges please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team by email or the Live Chat option on our website. 

 maternity bra guide

Whether you’re currently expecting a baby or you’ve already welcomed your new addition and are navigating the world of breastfeeding, you’ll need to invest in a supportive maternity bra.

But is there a difference between pregnancy, maternity and nursing bras, and how do you know which one is right for you?

Here is your ultimate guide to maternity bras to tell you everything you need to know. From how a maternity bra works, when you should buy a nursing bra and how to figure out which size to buy, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve also put together a few of our favourite nursing bras, helping you to find the right maternity bra to support you through your journey into motherhood.


What Is A Maternity Bra?

During pregnancy and the maternity period, your breasts will go through many changes as your breasts prepare for the important job of nourishing your new baby. This is due to an increase in your levels of oestrogen and progesterone, as well as prolactin - the hormone that will cause your breasts to begin to produce milk.

You may find that your breasts feel more tender and become heavier during this time, as well as increasing in size. In fact, it’s not uncommon for women to go up a cup or two in size during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

All of these changes mean that you’ll need more support from your bra, which is where a maternity bra comes in.

A maternity bra is designed to offer maximum support and comfort during pregnancy and breastfeeding. They usually have wider straps and a more comfortable band to offer additional support, as well as cups that can accommodate your changing breast size.

You may also find that some maternity bras have clip down straps or cups, which can be handy for when you’re ready to start breastfeeding.

You might hear maternity bras also referred to as pregnancy bras or nursing bras. All of these bras are designed to be worn throughout the maternity period, whether you’re currently pregnant or you’ve already welcomed your new addition.


How Do Maternity Bras Work?

If you’re pregnant or you’re breastfeeding, you might be wondering how do maternity bras work.

Maternity bras work in a similar way to regular bras, with the main difference being that they have been designed to offer additional support during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

We’ve already discussed some of the changes that your breasts will experience during the maternity period. A maternity bra is specially designed to support your breasts through this period, helping to ensure your comfort, as well as reducing the chances of developing mastitis – a common breast infection that can be caused by wearing the wrong bra.

Let’s take a look at some of the features of a maternity bra, along with how each of these can offer you comfort and support during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Wider Straps

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, you may notice that your breasts increase in size and feel heavier. This is a result of your hormone levels changing, and your breasts getting ready to feed your new baby.

Maternity bras usually have wider straps that help to distribute the weight of your breasts more evenly, helping to reduce the pressure on your shoulders. This can help to prevent back pain, as well as maximising your comfort levels. 


Comfortable Band

The band of a maternity bra is usually made from a stretchy material, which helps to accommodate your changing breast size. This stretchy band will also help the bra to fit more snugly around your body, offering additional support.

Some maternity bras also have an adjustable back, which can be handy for when your breasts increase in size. This allows you to adjust the tightness of the band, ensuring a comfortable and supportive fit.


Nursing Clips

If you plan to breastfeed your baby, whether that's for days, weeks, months or years, it's worth investing in a nursing bra that has clips on the straps. These clips enable you to feed your baby quickly and discreetly, wherever you are, without having to remove your bra completely.

You'll find that most nursing bras have these clips on the straps that can be undone with one hand, making it easy to feed your baby even when you're on the go.


Cups That Grow With You

During pregnancy, it's not uncommon for women to go up a cup or two in size. This is due to the increased levels of hormones in your body, as well as the increased blood supply to your breasts.

A good maternity bra will have cups that can accommodate your changing breast size, ensuring a comfortable and supportive fit.


What Is The Difference Between A Maternity Bra And A Nursing Bra?

So, what is the difference between a maternity bra and a nursing bra? Or are they the same thing?

A maternity bra is a type of bra that is designed to provide support and comfort to a woman during pregnancy. This is a time when your breasts are going through a lot of changes to prepare for the impending arrival of your new baby, so they require a lot of support.

In contrast, a nursing bra is a type of bra that is designed to support your breasts after your baby arrives, especially if you choose to breastfeed your baby. Nursing bras usually have clips which enable you to quickly and discreetly feed your baby, whether you're in the comfort of your own home or out and about.

Whilst maternity and nursing bras have some differences, you'll find that for the most part, they are very similar. In fact, many manufacturers make maternity and nursing bras very similar so that they can be worn throughout the whole maternity and nursing period.

For example, most nursing bras will be designed to wear during pregnancy, with stretchy fabric and an adjustable band. The majority of maternity bras will also have clips on the straps to enable you to breastfeed your baby after birth.

So, whilst maternity bras and nursing bras are distinct types of bras, they can usually be used interchangeably. However, as with anything, it's always best to check before you buy.


When To Buy Nursing Bras

You may not need to invest in a maternity bra straight away, and you may find that your regular bras still offer enough support during the early stages of pregnancy. However, as your breasts begin to grow, you’ll probably start to feel more comfortable in a maternity bra.

So, how do you know when to buy maternity bras?

As a general rule of thumb, it's a good idea to start thinking about buying maternity bras when you start to notice that your regular bras are feeling a bit tight. You may also find that your breasts are starting to feel heavier and more sensitive. This is usually around the second trimester. However, some women may find that they need a maternity bra from their first trimester, whilst others may not need one until their third trimester. It really is a personal choice.

maternity bra vs nursing bra




Do Maternity Bras Grow With You?

Maternity bras are designed to grow with you, so you don't need to worry about them becoming too tight as your pregnancy progresses. You'll find that some maternity bras are sized to span two or even three cup sizes. For example, the Royce Blossom is triple sized, so you can choose from cup sizes C/D/DD, E/F/FF, G/GG/H and HH/J/JJ. This means that you shouldn't need to keep buying new maternity bras every time your breasts change size or shape.


How Many Maternity Bras Do I Need?

How many maternity bras you'll need will depend on your individual preferences, as well as whether you plan to breastfeed after birth. If you're planning on breastfeeding, then you'll need at least two nursing bras, as you'll want to have one to wear while the other is in the wash. There's also a chance you'll be leaking milk, so you may need to wash your nursing bras more often than you might otherwise.

You may also want to consider buying a few different styles of maternity bra, as your needs will change throughout pregnancy and after birth. For example, you may want to invest in a sports bra for pregnancy, as well as a nursing bra or two.

At Uplifted Lingerie, we offer a wide range of maternity and nursing bras to suit all needs and budgets. Whether you're looking for something simple and functional or something more stylish, we have the perfect bra for you.


When Should I Start Wearing A Maternity Bra

There is no definitive answer to this question, as it will depend on your individual body and how your breasts change during pregnancy. However, many women find that they need to start wearing a maternity bra around the four-month mark. This is when their breasts are likely to start growing and changing shape.

If you're not sure whether you need to start wearing a maternity bra, then it's always best to err on the side of caution. Many women find that they are more comfortable in a maternity bra from the start of their pregnancy, even if their breasts don't seem to be growing.

The important thing is to listen to your body and wear what is most comfortable for you.


Can You Wear Normal Bras During Pregnancy?

If you're comfortable doing so, then there is no reason why you can't continue to wear your normal bras during pregnancy. However, many women find that their breasts become larger and more sensitive during pregnancy, which can make wearing a normal bra uncomfortable.

If you wear a bra that is the wrong size, then it can also cause discomfort. If that bra is wired, you may also find that it presses on your milk ducts, causing them to become blocked. This can lead to mastitis. This is only a problem if the bra that you are wearing is the wrong size, which is why it's so important to regularly measure yourself as your breasts change.


Can You Wear Underwired Bras When Breastfeeding?

You might have heard the myth that you cannot wear underwired bras when you're pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because many people believe that underwires will press into your breasts, damaging your milk ducts and causing them to become blocked and potentially leading to mastitis (a breast infection).

However, recent research has proved that this is not the case. Underwired bras are not inherently a problem during pregnancy or breastfeeding. The issue comes when you wear a bra that is too small, as the underwire may dig into the breast tissue.

The solution is to regularly measure your breasts and to ensure that your bra fits properly. This means that your breast tissue should be comfortably contained within your bra cup and the underwire should not be digging into your breast tissue.

Providing you wear a bra that fits correctly and you check regularly for any changes in your bra size, underwired bras are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Is Wearing A Bra Important During Pregnancy?

Another myth is that it is essential to wear a bra during pregnancy, and that your breasts will sag if you don't.

Pregnancy hormones cause your breasts to grow, leading the skin to stretch. This may cause your breasts to sag slightly after birth, or when breastfeeding ends.

The decision on whether to wear a bra during pregnancy and breastfeeding is completely personal. Many women find that they are more comfortable with the support of a bra, while others prefer to go without.

If you do choose to wear a bra during pregnancy and breastfeeding, make sure that it fits properly and that you are comfortable in it.


In Summary

The world of maternity and nursing bras can feel daunting, as there is so much information to take in. We hope that this guide to maternity bras has answered some of your questions, as well as giving you a deeper insight into what is available.

If you have any questions, we're always happy to help. Use the live chat option in the bottom right corner of our site during office hours, or send us an email here.

If you're ready to get shopping for your perfect maternity bra, take a look at our full range below.

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