During and after pregnancy, your breasts change in size and shape. 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 highstreet.
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.
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.
You may find your breasts increasingly sensitive during this time so choosing a non-wired bra is a sensible option. This pretty nude number also has a super-soft, lightly padded cup for added comfort and the drop-down clips makes nursing simple.
While many women love the fuller bust that pregnancy brings, it can also pose difficulties if you're not used to being top-heavy. Mothercare has designed a lace bra especially for this, with a four hook-and-eye fastening and a centre that sits comfortably above your bump. And it comes in both black and white.
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.
Nursing pads become your new best friend in the early stages of breastfeeding so the clever people at asos have created a bra that comes with its own removable and washable pad. It's pretty too with a peach-coloured lace overlay and subtle drop-down nursing clips.
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.
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.
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.
This non-padded full cup bra is M&S’s best-selling design. It fully covers your growing bust for a smoother shape and the built-in sling supports the breasts during feeding. Made from sustainable cotton, this two-pack comes in pretty pink or a lace trim grey marl so you can mix and match, depending on your mood.