Let’s face it – pregnancy makes your boobs super-sensitive, as well as bigger, which means having a reliable sports bra to hold everything in place becomes extra important.
As well as stopping your chest from hurting during exercise, a brilliant bra will help prevent sagging.
Your breasts are composed of fatty tissue supported by the skin and fragile ligaments, which can become stretched during repetitive or high impact sport.
The right bra will help reduce movement, giving you a comfier, more supported workout and better long-term results.
Remember, fit is everything – your sports bra should be a snug fit, says Victoria Shelton, a garment technologist from Figleaves.com.
“Once you’ve got the bra on, stand in front of the mirror and move your arms around,” she says. “Your bra shouldn’t move or lift.”
“Next, try jogging and jumping on the spot. Your breasts should be fully encased with no movement. If they are spilling out the neckline or underarm try a bigger cup size. Sports bras are designed to fit snugly and to provide firm support so will feel tighter than a normal bra, but they shouldn’t feel restrictive or rub.”
So which are the best sports bras for you to invest your money in while pregnant? We tried out a wide range of bras, and can recommend the following…
Best maternity sports bras:
You’ve probably heard of the underband on a bra, but Maaree’s innovative designs feature clever overband technology: a curved panel that runs over the top of the breasts to reduce upward motion when exercising. It really works – this top quality bra is brilliant for running and high-impact workouts.
Seam-free to minimise discomfort, this Lululemon option is one of the best-looking sports bras out there. It also does its job well, with lightweight, breathable built-in cups engineered to soften bounce.
Great for smaller chests (it runs up to a D-cup), this minimalist bra has free-cut edges for a barely-there feel. The PureMove bra is made with smart fabric designed to react to your movements for absolute control and support, and is available in eye-catching colours.
This non-padded, non-wired bra is super-comfy and despite the lightweight design, still offers great support. With pique fabric and a mesh back its perfect for those who don’t want to feel like they’re wearing a contraption made of scaffolding!
Available in a range of prints and colours, this bra features separate cups to encapsulate each breast for a defined shape and reduced bounce during exercise. The adjustable straps can be worn apart or as a racerback, and the breathable outer fabric offers good ventilation.
Prefer an underwired bra? Try the Freya Sonic option, which has moulded cups to maintain a flattering shape and adjustable, padded straps for excellent support and comfort. A soft hook-and-eye fastening ensures there’s no rubbing at the back.
A good option for lower impact exercise or those with a smaller bust, this bra is comfy thanks to double-lined fabric and no irritating labels. The flexible fabric and racer-back design allow for a good range of movement too.
This bra has a great shape that helps you feel well-contained, as well as offering support to reduce bounce. The moisture-wicking fabric is perfect for sweaty workouts, with integrated mesh panels to ensure breathability.
A great price for a high-tech sports bra, this one is great if you prefer a hook-and-eye fastening at the back (rather than having to pull it on over your head). The full cups provide good support and coverage.
Next’s bestselling high-impact sports bra features a strong underband and racerback detail to help keep your bust in place. It’s available up to a G-cup and comes in a huge range of colours, including cute animal or leaf prints.