2021: 14 Best Nursing & Maternity Sports Bras

Here you will find the perfect maternity and nursing sports bra that is durable, comfortable, and convenient. When you’re an expert on bras, you get asked most every question you could imagine. People don’t have uniform boobs most of the time. Yes, it’s normal for a pregnant woman to change cup sizes up to four times. Having breastfed will cause your breasts to lose fullness. Also, yes, a new pregnancy-friendly sports bra will be needed (typically around 32 weeks, you’ll actually start to notice the milk coming in, but growth could start even earlier).

Sports bras for pregnant and nursing women: what to look for

After you give birth and breastfeed, you will need new sports bras to fit your newly expanded breasts. When you’re growing you’ll need bras that grow with you from the bottom up, so you’ll need to find ones that are flexible and adjustable. (Just like jeans, they don’t last forever!) Flexible cups (as opposed to rigid ones) with multiple points of adjustment are essential.

When you are pregnant or nursing, support is vital for sports bras as well. Whether you exercise at a low or high intensity, you move a lot in the breast area. You shouldn’t underestimate the shift that comes during downward dog. Jessica Pfister, VP of Le Mystere, says that while pregnant it’s necessary to look for sports bras that fully encase the breasts, so you are assured of the support you need. Pfister suggests a no bounce strap to keep breasts in place during high-impact work outs so as to prevent movement, chafing, and bouncing which cause pain.

When you’re just starting to exercise again after giving birth, try wearing a low-impact sports nursing bra. They provide support and flexibility (without the discomfort that accompanies rigid bras). Since they’re basically just good nursing bras in stronger, techier fabrics, you’re likely to wear them all day. Consider investing in a more expensive, high-impact sports nursing bra when you’re ready to take your workout to the next level. It ultimately depends on how you feel and what is right for you.

Pregnancy and postpartum sports bras that are best

If you’re only 6-7 months along in your pregnancy, you should choose a bigger cup size. As your breast size doubles or triples, you’ll also want to account for the fullness that comes with nursing.

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Underwire sports bra from Le Mystere – $60.00

Moisture-wicking and mesh are combined in this sports bra to provide maximum breathability. If you have larger breasts (up to 38DDD), this bra has an underband that is wide and supportive, adjustable straps and a J hook if a racerback is more comfortable and supportive as you grow.

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Sports bra from She Fit at a price of $65.00

Whatever your cup size, a front zip is a great solution when you are feeling full in the cup. A velcro adjustment at the shoulder strap of this super soft sports bra allows for easy on-the-go adjustments when your boobs are like rocks and your size fluctuates.

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The Anita AC Sports bra costs $79.00

With this wireless sports bra, you’ll feel comfortable and supported whether you have a small or large cup size. A mesh underboob and modesty cups that keep your nips covered are placed where you need them (underboob sweat). Buying the smallest hook on the closure allows you to expand it; it is great for adjustable fitting.

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AirSupport Bra for CDDDD Cups by Lululemon – $99.00

This supportive running bra features injected foam, padded straps and a brushed underband that make it feel as light as air. Full-busted women can run with this design since it minimizes bounce (hallelujah). (Which is pretty much all of us while pregnant or nursing.)

Underwire sports bra by Le Mystere – $62.00

With a lightweight foam pad and cushioned underwire, this soft, microfiber sports bra provides comfortable support. An adjustable shoulder strap (J hook, too!) and three rows of hooks and eyes make this a great adjuster for pre- & postnatal use. Those little extra bits (you know what we mean) are held in place by the power mesh wings and smoothing leotard back.

Nursing sports bras are perfect for breastfeeding moms. The clips are key, but so is the ease of the open/close that comes with a good nursing bra. You should be able to open these with one hand, effortlessly, and get a feeding in before/during/after a workout.

Breastfeeding sports bras with low impact

Yoga bras, walking shoes, and pretty much any routine that involves being active are perfect for these nursing bras. As they are comfortable and very flexible, they offer light support without compressing your breasts, whether they’re full or just fed.

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Nursing Demiette – Ruby Ribbon – $69.00

This easy-to-wear nursing bra easily hides beneath your favorite tees when you are breastfeeding. Breasts are lifted and separated with the supportive sling construction.

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The Everything Bra by Body by Body – $48.00

Thanks for letting me know. When nothing else is comfortable, doesn’t compress enough, feels too tight, itches too much (may we go on?) this is all you’ll wear. Pack it in your hospital bag, as this baby can be worn home and through recovery giving you coverage as well as one-handed nursing capabilities all in a soft-stretch fabric. Also, it can be used for light exercises.

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Congratulations! Silk Seamless Rhythm Nursing and Maternity Bra — $20.00

Considering that your cup size changes constantly, it’s best to stick to a simple sizing chart. Small to XL sizes are available, so you’ve got options (just measure before you buy). Space dye fabric gives you support without compressing your body. However, it does provide breast and back support even though it goes over your head.

Nursing Sports Bra with Knitted Beads by Kindred – $40.00

This luxurious sports bra is available in sizes Small to XXL (with the word ‘busty’ as a size range). With its simple clips and wide underband, it is ideal for nursing. Wear this during the first year of your pregnancy even if you buy it late.

Sports bras for nursing that are high-impact

You can run with these high-impact nursing bras if you’re interested in high-impact exercises. Unless you are breastfeeding, Van Dis says, you should not wear a bra with compression. When you’re nursing, you’ll need a bra that’s snug, supportive, and comfortable without being tight enough to be painful. If anything aids milk production, don’t deter it–even when you’re working out.

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Sports Bra – Venice High Impact by Sweat and Milk – $58.00

An MBA-holding prenatal yoga teacher mom created this bra. There is extra room for comfort and support without compression in the shoulders and back. This, as well as the 6-row hook and eye back closure, feel like they’re custom fitted, regardless of how your body changes hourly (or minutely in some cases). Another plus here is the full coverage. Despite having full breasts, you’re supported and covered, ready to feed one-handed.

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The MAMA Nursing Sports Bra is available at H&M for $25.00

Simple and straightforward, this sports bra costs only $25. This fast-drying fabric, lined with nursing pads, is functional and fast-drying. Simple clips make it perfect for workouts both on-the-go and at home (you know how it is).

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Wireless Wacoal Allyson Sport Nursing Bra – $32.00

If you want the comfort of a regular bra with nursing capabilities, this sports bra is your best choice. This wireless bra works well for workouts with medium-high impact thanks to the ease of opening, the molded cups (for coverage), and the wireless band.

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Nursing Sports Bra by Cake Maternity Zest – $25.00

Here’s a boob-retaining workhorse that feeds the BB and keeps it in place. Offering all the features you would expect from a bra, this one comes in sizes 32-40K. We also offer comfortable cotton-lined slings, six row hook and eye, J hook, padded/adjustable straps, and more. In other words, you really get it.

A mother’s mental health is especially affected by exercise during pregnancy and after childbirth. Our question to Bobbie Medical Advisor, Board Certified OB-GYN Jane Van Dis, was which exercises to take up postpartum and at what time. Walking postpartum is always recommended unless complications from delivery or the postpartum period prevent it. This applies to both vaginal and cesarean mothers. Improves circulation and helps prevent blood clots. Those who have delivered vaginally without complications need to follow their bodies’ instincts, she says, for exercising will probably feel difficult for them.

As Van Dis explains, “for Cesarean moms, a lot depends on their level of exercise before, during, and after the birth.”. Exercise can be really beneficial for addressing postpartum anxiety, depression, or mood disorders, as 80 percent of moms experience baby blues. Each new mom has a different set of needs. There is no “right” recommendation.”

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