Maternity Underwear Isn’t Only About Practicality – Here’s The Best Pregnancy-Friendly Lingerie For You And Your Bump

Something for when you just want comfort, and for when you want to feel sexy.

the best maternity lingerie

by Charlotte Pavitt |

We get it: the shopping list for expectant mothers just keeps on growing as you grow. And while the hunt for pregnancy style such as maternity jeans (an uphill struggle), and looking for a bump-friendly dress for any occasion feels stressful - there's one thing that helps everything feel better, getting your foundations right.

Whether you're looking for simple briefs that will continue to support you no matter what stage of pregnancy you're at, or hankering for something to feel sexy in - we've done the hard work so you don't have to. This is our comprehensive list of the best maternity lingerie.

The Best Maternity Bras

It's a simple equation - feeling good starts with good underwear. And let's face it, when pregnant there's nothing you want more than to feel good, especially when your boobs feel like they're growing at the same rate (if not quicker) then your bump. Couple that with an ever-expanding rib cape and tenderness, of course you don't want to be restricting the girls in your regular bras. There's where maternity bras come in.

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The best maternity bras

Seraphine, Pink & Mocha Seraphine Maternity & Nursing Bra, £25
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Seraphine founder Cecile Reinaud designed this matching set whilst she was breastfeeding her youngest son: Cecile says: 'Having tested many maternity bras, I wanted to create a range that would achieve the best flattering bust shape and allow you to wear low cut tops without showing the top of the bra. I think you will love the result'.

Sloggi, Go Allround Bra, £28
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Saving you money and hassle of buying new sizes at every trimester, Sloggi's Go Allround range - featuring bras and bottoms - can accommodate sizes XS to L in just one item.

Jojo Maman Bebe, Lace Trim Maternity & Nursing Sleep Bra, £14
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Designed to be so comfy you can sleep in it, the Jojo Maman Bebe maternity bra is made from cotton with just a hint of stretch, making it super gentle on delicate skin.

Jojo Maman Bebe, Emma-Jane Seamfree Maternity Bra, £16
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The Emma-Jane Seamfree Maternity & Nursing Bra is designed to adjust to your changing breast size and shape, and provide maximum comfort. The restricted stretch in the straps ensure extra support, leaving you feeling comfortable and confident.

Pour Moi, Twist Cotton Soft Non Wired Bra - Grey Marl, £20
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Featuring super soft grey marl fabric, this everyday bra has lightweight foam cups and an elasticated underband, for support that doesn't compromise on style. A great 'at home' bra.

M&S, 2pk Maternity Lace Trim Nursing Bras B-G, £30
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This M&S 2-pack is in high demand - 50 were bought in the last 24 hours - and we can see why. The cups re padded for a smooth, structured finish, and made with added stretch for comfort - plus they have a nursing clip to make breastfeeding that little bit easier later down the line.

Seraphine, Lace Maternity & Nursing Bralette, £19
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This soft Lace Maternity & Nursing Bralette is comfy, ultra-feminine & optimised for mums. The soft stretch lace, elasticated support & adjustable straps offer a flexible fit – perfect for size fluctuations throughout pregnancy.

Calvin Klein, Maternity Bra - CK Embody, £30
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This maternity bra is designed to fit you from bump to baby, featuring a supportive underband and softly padded triangle cups.

Next, Maternity Crop Tops 2 Pack, £24
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Not one for lace, padding or underwire before baby? That doesn't mean you need to compromise on your own style just for maternity-wear. This 2-pack from Next will last you all pregnancy, and are nursing friendly.

The Best Maternity Briefs & Panties

Whether you're looking for over-the-bump, under-the-bump, bump-supporting or even leak-proof - maternity underwear from the waist down is all about function. We love Sloggi's Go Allround pants that are a one-size-fits-all meaning they'll stretch from first to last trimester, making them super worth the money.

Look to ModiBodi for absorbent briefs that are great for pregnant and post-partum, a great thing to add to your hospital bag.

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Skims, Maternity Sculpting High Waist Brief, £34
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A high-rise sculpting brief with non-compressive core that supports and enhances your natural shape while allowing for your growing baby bump.

Sloggi, Go Allround Maxi Briefs, £28
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With LYCRA® that perfectly adapts to your body - the Sloggi Go Allround range provides maximum freedom of movement for all stages of pregnancy.

JoJo Maman Bebe, Maternity Support Knickers, £14
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Designed to fit throughout pregnancy, but especially as you approach your due date, they provide support under the tummy, reducing pressure on the lower back, easing aches and pains.

Modibodi, Maternity Brief, £25.50
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Designed with a wide v-shaped waistband designed to sit comfortably below your bump or post-baby belly, ModiBodi's Maternity Brief features their most absorbent lining ever to protect you from heavy discharge, postpartum bleeding or bladder leaks.

Seraphine, Black Hug-a-Bump Maternity Shorts, £25
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Perfect under dresses, these seamless shorts are made in cooling fabric & designed to pull up and over your bump, effectively eliminating VPL. They also feature hug-shaped detailing, designed to offer barely-there compression – just enough to feel comfortably cradled.

Calvin Klein, High-waisted Maternity Brief, £25
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This pretty lace-trimmed maternity brief has a flexible waistband that supports your growing bump. Made from smooth cotton-modal jersey for breathability and a comfy fit.

The Best Sexy Maternity Lingerie Sets

No need to give up your lacy lingerie just because you’re expecting…

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Cosabella, Never Say Never Curvy Maternity Mommie Bralette, £56.40
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Cosabella are crafted in Italy with the highest quality materials, giving beauty and function with a maternity and nursing - designed for a fuller bust with a smaller band.

Cosabella, Never Say Never Maternity Boyshort, £26.40
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Low rise boyshorts that sit below baby bump.

Ann Summers, The Glorious Maternity & Nursing Non-Wired Bra, £18.20
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Ultra sexy, with soft cotton lining and padded inner sling for support, the non-wired cups open at both sides with magnetic clips for easy nursing access. Wear with either The Glorious Midi Brief or Brazilian for a matching set.

Ann Summers, The Glorious High Waisted Brief, £9.80
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With a high waist shape and a narrow double elasticated waistband, these briefs give a feeling of support and a great fit and feel.

Seraphine, Lace Maternity & Nursing Bralette, £19
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This soft Lace Maternity & Nursing Bralette is comfy, ultra-feminine & optimised for mums. The soft stretch lace, elasticated support & adjustable straps offer a flexible fit – perfect for size fluctuations throughout pregnancy.

Seraphine, Lace Maternity Briefs, £8
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Ultra-soft & feminine with a clean bonded finish, they feel fantastic to wear & are designed to grow with you through pregnancy & beyond.

Lindex, MOM Maternity brief with lace, £5.19
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Comfortable briefs with lace details at back, designed to fit a growing belly thanks to the high rise waist.

Victoria's Secret, Body by Victoria Wireless Maternity/Nursing Bra, £35
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The Body by Victoria comfort and look you love now made for pregnancy. Ultra soft fabric offers supreme comfort while still supporting your curves.

Victoria's Secret, Body by Victoria Maternity Lace Shortie Panty, £20
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Crafted with new mothers in mind, this shortie features lovely feminine details, plus a leak-protection lining for light to moderate days and a waterproof lining that keeps you comfortably dry, lending the postpartum support you need.

Debenhams, Lace Contrast Babydoll, £24.99
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The perfect combination of comfort and style, this babydoll will float over your bump to keep you feeling confident through the night.

Nursing mother? Looking for the best bras for breastfeeding? Look no further:

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SIX, Florence Nursing Bra, £47
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Recommended by Tanya, the Florence Nursing Bra has a pull-to-side cup for easy access, a wide elastic underband, and made from a soft Micromodal jersey, it comes with cute decorative lace inserts for a stylish finish.

Underprotection, Gilda Maternity Bra, u20ac48 (£39.92)
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Tanya also recommends the Gilda Maternity Bra with a nursing clip for a drop-down cup. Available in a bunch of stylish colours and gorgeous lace designs, it comes with a broad size range from XS to XL.

juem. Ray Bra, £49
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Juem offers a wide variety of comfortable bras made from GOTS certified organic cotton, including their popular Ray Bra with its minimalist chic design. It features a tortoiseshell colour button at the top for easy pull-down access, a wide underband, and stretchy ribbed elastane.

SIX, Maya Rib Nursing Bra Terracotta, £39
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Made from 95% super soft cotton, the Maya Rib Nursing Bra has a delicate rib finish all over and a nursing clip for easy drop-down access. Designed for a fuss-free yet stylish finish, it's available in sizes small to large.

LOVE STORIES, Mommy Darling Leopard Bralette, £67
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Perfect for stylish breastfeeding mamas looking for easy access, we're obsessed with Love Stories' leopard print bra. It has a soft stretchy fabric, thicker elastic underband for extra support, and a drop-down nursing clip access design.

Bravado Designs Adjustable Stretch-Recycled Nylon-Blend Nursing Bra, £36
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Bravado Designs has a great range of nursing bras including this adjustable number. Available in white, black, butterscotch and peony, it's seamless with a pull-down nursing clip with knit-in support.

Calvin Klein Maternity Bra, £36
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For a breathable, sporty look, go for the Calvin Klein Maternity Bra made from its signature modern cotton and with a wide elastic underband. It has a drop-down nursing clip, lightly padded cups, and a comfy, stretchy fabric.

Seraphine, Lace Maternity & Nursing Bralette, £19
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For an ultra-feminine look, the Seraphine Lace Maternity Bra available in black and blush is optimised for mums with a soft stretch fit, elasticated support, and adjustable straps. With easy-open clips, you can drop the cups down for quick nursing.

H&M MAMA Nursing Sports Bra, £17.99
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With space for nursing pads and nursing clips for easy access, this sports bra is made of a fast-drying functional fabric with a mesh racerback and wide elastic hem. Available in black, cerise, and old rose in sizes small to extra-large.

Cake Maternity, Rock Candy Nursing Bra, £39.90
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In four beautiful colourways, Cake Maternity's Rock Candy Nursing Bra is super soft and super supportive in a seamless design, made to lift, shape and support to make nursing a breeze.

Pour Moi, Love to Lounge Cotton Nursing Bra, £26
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Pour Moi's Love to Lounge Cotton Nursing Bra comes available in sizes A to G, making it an inclusive choice for bigger busted ladies. In an animal print or subtle spot design, it has an inner cotton side sling for extra support when feeding and a wide, comfy underband.

SKIMS Maternity Scoop-Neck Stretch-Jersey Bra, £44
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In neutral shades, the SKIMS maternity bra has is a lightweight layer that provides support and comfort, whilst making way for convenient feeding and nursing thanks to the accessible front clasp. It's also specially created for leak protection too.

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