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The 7 best maternity bras that will grow with you during every trimester

That means comfort at every stage.

With pregnancy comes a range of changes; your growing belly, for starters, your appetite, your energy levels, and most notably, your breast size.

Most women will experience significant breast growth during pregnancy, especially in the second trimester, meaning it’s usually a good time to invest in maternity bras.

When should I start buying maternity bras?

According to Bras N Things, you should start making some changes to the bras you wear as soon as you find out you’re pregnant.

That can look like opting for soft cups, crop tops or sports bras during the first trimester, as these are your best options for support and comfort, and will accommodate your changing body.

Your second trimester is typically the best time to be fitted for your first maternity bra, as it’s “likely by this time the initial changes to your breasts will have settled down, and you will likely need to go up at least one cup size and back size than your regular size.”

Finally, your third trimester is when you should do your final fitting to ensure your maternity bra is going to accommodate your breast changes during the final stages of pregnancy.

Which bras are best during pregnancy?

Below, we’ve gathered some of the best maternity bras available in Australia to start adding to your cart before – or after – your newborn arrives.

Panache Katherine Maternity & Nursing Wire-free Bra

Panache Katherine Maternity & Nursing Wire-free Bra, $102.95 at Curvy

Offering a stylish loungewear look with practicality in mind, this bra has drop-down cups for feeding and a side sling that feels soft against your skin.

It also comes with six fastening positions for greater adjustability and comfort throughout the different stages of pregnancy, making this nursing bra perfect to see you through both pregnancy and nursing.

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Triumph Gorgeous Mama Lace

Gorgeous Mama Lace, $59.95 at Triumph

Enjoy fantastic support and unbeatable comfort with this pretty, supportive bra.

Featuring a side sling and drop down cup for feeding, plus a padded under-bust in soft micro-feel fabric for comfort, the Gorgeous Mama Lace Bra is available in nude or black and in sizes 10B – 16E.

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Body Bliss Maternity Wirefree Bra

Body Bliss Maternity Wirefree Bra, $59.99 at Bras N Things

Wire-free for comfort with a cotton-lined underbust seam, this bra also has a soft foam cup to flex up and down with the natural fluctuation of the bust.

“This is so amazingly comfortable wish I found this in my first pregnancy,” said a five-star reviewer.

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Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Maternity Nursing Bra

Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Maternity Nursing Bra, $79.95 at The Iconic

With a flat brushed band that sits smoothly against the skin, Calvin Klein’s Modern Cotton Maternity Nursing Bra is a top drawer essential for every new mum.

It has layered soft cups with a nursing clip to each apex for discreet access, a side insert for nursing pads, and an adjustable hook-and-eye back for convenience.

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modibodi Breastfeeding Cami

Breastfeeding Cami, $70 at Modibodi

This bra combines stylish designs with superior fabrics for a great feel and its hi-tech protection prevents the need for nursing pads.

The Modifier Technology protection is inbuilt into the bra cups and milk leaks through to an absorbent layer, so mum stays dry.

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Triumph Lace Maternity Bra

Triumph Lace Maternity Bra, $52.46 (usually $69.95) at Myer

With functional drop-down cotton lined cups and thick straps, this soft, Cotton Lace Maternity Bra from Triumph is designed for comfort and support when you need it the most.

“I really love this nursing bra, I have two. Very comfortable and easy access. Much better than cheaper ones I have purchased previously,” said a five-star reviewer.

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Life Maternity Seamless Bra

Life Maternity Seamless Bra, $64.95 at Berlei

Berlei’s Life Maternity Seamless Bra is made to move, hug and shape to you whilst supporting you throughout your pregnancy journey.

“Best maternity bra I have worn yet! Comfortable and doesn’t dig in anywhere. Also provides great support for someone who only ever wore underwire prior to pregnancy and breastfeeding,” said a five-star reviewer.

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