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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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READERS’ CHOICE | La Leche League New Pump Bra
We’ve tried out a few hands-free pump bras in the past, but this is wearable on an every day basis. It’s basically exactly like their Vanessa Soft Cup Bra, but it has a second layer to hold an electric breast pump. Perfect for working moms who could use free hands to check e-mails and continue working while pumping.
Get it from La Leche League, $33.50