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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 UNDERWIRE MATERNITY BRA | Pea in a Pod Full Support Soft Cup Underwire Maternity Bra
If you prefer the support of underwire (especially during this time of growth), we love this full-support, soft-cup maternity bra from Pea in a Pod. Besides being comfortable (which is a must!), the bra actually looks quite pretty on and feels more like a regular bra than a sports bra. (Keep in mind, however, that this is strictly a maternity bra rather than a nursing bra.) And if you’re worried about damaging your milk ducts, most lingerie stores have employees certified in bra fittings – which we can’t recommend enough. Even if you’ve never had a problem fitting yourself, it’s more important now than ever to have a bra that fits correctly.
Get it from Destination Maternity, $36