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As the trimesters tick by and your pre-pregnancy bras become snug and uncomfortable, it's time to head to the maternity lingerie section. While it might be tempting to just buy a regular bra in a larger size, maternity bras are specifically designed to support breasts that seem to grow by the hour.
If you're planning on breastfeeding, you might want to skip past maternity bras and invest in a few nursing maternity bras, which have a convenient drop-down feature for easy and discreet feeding. Again, these bras are specifically designed to provide the support and comfort needed for heavier breasts that fill and empty throughout the day.
Most importantly, investing in a well fitting, quality maternity bra is absolutely crucial for your body both now and in the future. If you don't have the proper support now, you could feel the strain in your shoulders and back - and don't you have enough aches already? Plus, having adequate support can help prevent stretch marks.
In order to help you on your quest for the ultimate maternity and/or nursing bra, we compiled our favorites for every preference, budget and lifestyle.
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BEST NO-WIRE MATERNITY BRA | Pea in a Pod Soft Cup No Wire Maternity Bra
While you’re probably focused on buying the most supportive bra you can find (next to the most comfortable, of course), you might be weary of underwire bras because some experts warn that a poorly fitting underwire bra could possibly damage your milk ducts and expanding breast tissue. But are wire-free bras as supportive? After testing numerous bras on both sides of the fence, we say yes – but you need to find the right one. And this Pea in a Pod no-wire maternity bra is it. With comfortable, forgiving fabric and full-coverage support, we found it to be as supportive as any underwire bras that we tried. And for those who have a ways to go – and grow! – in their pregnancy (as well as those who don’t plan on breastfeeding), this bra is one of our favorite non-nursing options.
Find it at Destination Maternity for $35