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13 Best Maternity and Nursing Sports Bras for Pregnancy & Beyond

Women's Health UK Logo By Abigail Buchanan of Women's Health UK | Slide 1 of 14: Listening to your body on your maternity journey is important but if you want to stay active, make sure you upgrade your kit. You'll need to accommodate a growing bump and boobs as your body changes to get the most from your workouts - remember to have fun and stay comfortable. If that means swapping out your regular leggings for maternity versions or investing in some new big knickers, it's worth every penny.Why do I need a maternity sports bra? A supportive sports bra is an essential piece of kit for all women, but if you're a mum-to-be then it's more important than ever. As your bra size changes and you adjust to pregnancy workouts, the importance of a sports bra that's a) comfortable, b) supportive and c) keeps everything in place is paramount. What should I look for in a maternity or nursing sports bra?So, where to start? There aren't a huge number of sports bras that are specifically geared to pregnancy/maternity out there, however there are a few helpful features to look out for.High-impact support: Good support is as important as ever in pregnancy, so look for a well-fitting sports bra that will keep your breasts in place. If in doubt, do the bounce test – this is, as the name suggests, simply jogging on the sport to assess how well a sports bra supports you as you move. A zip-front: Some women might find a zip-front design useful in a maternity sports bra, especially as you progress through your pregnancy and it comes a nursing sports bra. A zip-front makes a bra really easy to get on and off and gives you a degree of flexibility in the fit.Space for nursing pads: If you're going to be wearing this sports bra postpartum, it's worth considering some of the maternity-specific styles on the market that have easy-open cups for nursing and space for nursing pads. Comfort: Comfort is key – especially during pregnancy. Look for soft, supportive fabrics with minimal clips and seams for a comfortable fit. 13 Best Maternity and Nursing Sports Bras

Listening to your body on your maternity journey is important but if you want to stay active, make sure you upgrade your kit. You'll need to accommodate a growing bump and boobs as your body changes to get the most from your workouts - remember to have fun and stay comfortable. If that means swapping out your regular leggings for maternity versions or investing in some new big knickers, it's worth every penny.

Why do I need a maternity sports bra?

A supportive sports bra is an essential piece of kit for all women, but if you're a mum-to-be then it's more important than ever. As your bra size changes and you adjust to pregnancy workouts, the importance of a sports bra that's a) comfortable, b) supportive and c) keeps everything in place is paramount.

What should I look for in a maternity or nursing sports bra?

So, where to start? There aren't a huge number of sports bras that are specifically geared to pregnancy/maternity out there, however there are a few helpful features to look out for.

  • High-impact support: Good support is as important as ever in pregnancy, so look for a well-fitting sports bra that will keep your breasts in place. If in doubt, do the bounce test – this is, as the name suggests, simply jogging on the sport to assess how well a sports bra supports you as you move.
  • A zip-front: Some women might find a zip-front design useful in a maternity sports bra, especially as you progress through your pregnancy and it comes a nursing sports bra. A zip-front makes a bra really easy to get on and off and gives you a degree of flexibility in the fit.
  • Space for nursing pads: If you're going to be wearing this sports bra postpartum, it's worth considering some of the maternity-specific styles on the market that have easy-open cups for nursing and space for nursing pads.
  • Comfort: Comfort is key – especially during pregnancy. Look for soft, supportive fabrics with minimal clips and seams for a comfortable fit.

13 Best Maternity and Nursing Sports Bras

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