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The best maternity bras that are *really* comfortable

A maternity bra is a necessity for mums and mums-to-be as your breasts often change size and shape during pregnancy. 

Whether you decide to breastfeed or not, finding the perfect maternity bra has never been so important. We've spent time doing some research so you don't have to - from pretty and feminine to seriously practical, here are the best maternity bras on the high street.

Best maternity bras: 

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1) Seamless Maternity & Nursing Bra, NOW £15, Jojo Maman Bebe

If you think that maternity bras are enormous, ugly affairs, think again. This dual-use maternity and nursing bra from Bravado is seamless, while its moulded cups and removable foam inserts hide nipples and breast pads to create a smooth, flattering shape. 
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2) Buttercup Nursing Bra, £39, Bravado Designs

The apricot-hued bra is both pretty and comfortable, meaning it's great for everyday wear. The Buttercup Nursing Bra is available up to G cup and has super soft, foam cups that gently stretch to accommodate changing body shapes. It's never been easier for mums to select the perfect fit! 
 
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3) Milk Bamboo Sleep & Nursing Bra, £32.90, Cake Maternity

You won’t regret splashing out on high quality maternity underwear when the time comes and this milk bra from Cake Maternity is worth every penny.
Breast pads are concealed within a moisture-wicking, mesh lining, a godsend during those early first days, and the bra’s straps are covered in bamboo material, making them extra soft. As well as being stylish, the seam-free cross-over cups have been designed to be pulled aside for quick access to feeding, essential when you’ve got a hungry baby on your hands.
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4) Non Wire Padded Nursing Bras Two Pack, £30, Next 

You may find your breasts increasingly sensitive during this time so choosing a non-wired bra is a sensible option. This versatile black number also has a super-soft, lightly padded cup for added comfort and the drop-down clips makes nursing simple. 
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5) Maternity t-shirt bra, £36, Mothercare

Maternity bras don't have to be frumpy! This feminine lace bra has soft mesh cups in a nude colour, meaning it cleverly gives you a great shape under a tee. 
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6) Maternity & Nursing Bra, £25, Seraphine

Seraphine founder Cecile Reinaud created this nursing bra while breastfeeding her own son. "I wanted to create a range that would achieve the best flattering bust shape and allow you to wear low cut tops without showing the top of the bra."
She has achieved this using a silky smooth micro-fibre that stretches while still maintaining support. The lace trim is a pretty feminine addition. 
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7) Mamalicious nursing bra, £20, ASOS 

This maternity bra is incredibly comfortable and ideal for sensitive bossoms during pregnancy. The bra has a supportive wide-cute underband, which we love. 
 
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8) MAMA 2-pack nursing bras, £17.99, H&M

Your breasts become particularly tender during and after pregnancy so it's crucial you choose a bra that takes this into account. Both the bras in this set are made from organic and sustainable cotton, and with an on-trend grey and funky zig-zag design, they manage to be fashionable too. 
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9) Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra, £46.90, Cake Maternity

It’s important to stay fit and healthy while you’re pregnant and breastfeeding, and this innovative maternity sports bra allows you to enjoy gentle exercise without doing your bust any damage. Bounce is minimised thanks to flexible underwiring and a supportive shape, while its wide padded straps help disperse pressure and avoid back and shoulder pain.
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10) Emma Jane Seam Free Maternity & Nursing Bra, £13, Jojo Maman Bebe

Emma Jane maternity bras regularly win awards, thanks to their comfort and style and this seam-free version is one of their most popular. It’s made from a clever polyamide-blend fabric that stretches as your breasts change size and shape, so one cup size fits anything from a size B to an F. In contrast, the straps have restricted stretch so they’re supportive and good for your shoulder and back muscles.

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Charlotte is an award-winning journalist who's interviewed six Oscar winners, a Greek princess and a Cbeebies presenter.

She's written for GLAMOUR, Vogue, Stylist and The Independent during her career, and, though she writes about beautiful children's clothes, her own two children refuse to wear them.

She likes sunshine and log burners but not at the same time.  

 

 
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