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Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes to a woman’s body — and her breasts are definitely no exception. Suddenly, there are all kinds of new factors to consider when buying bras. The breasts may become fuller, heavier and potentially more tender. As a result, pregnant women often need to buy different styles and sizes than they were previously wearing. And one of the most common questions that come up revolves around whether it’s OK to wear sports bras during pregnancy.

In this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about wearing sports bras while you’re pregnant:

Are sports bras safe to wear during pregnancy?

Good news for all you athletic mommies-to-be! The short answer is: yes, most sports bras are totally safe to wear throughout your pregnancy. So whether you’re participating in some mommy-to-be yoga classes, doing some solo strength training, or simply going for power walks around your neighborhood, rest assured that you can wear a sports bra for maximum comfort.

What should I look for in a maternity sports bra?

During your pregnancy, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your bras are providing adequate support. So if you plan to wear sports bras during those nine months, make sure you opt for styles with specific features.

For one, you’ll definitely want to seek out sports bras that have an adjustable band and straps. As your bust line will likely expand over the course of your pregnancy, adjustability is key because it ensures that you can tighten or loosen the bra as needed to get the right amount of support.

Also, you’ll likely want to look for sports bras that contain a wide underband and wide shoulder straps. This is especially crucial for women with larger/heavier breasts. The sturdier your bra, the more it can minimize breast movement, which is key for preventing any discomfort or stress on the ligaments that keep your boobs appearing perky.

If you do plan to exercise during your pregnancy, opt for sports bras that are made of moisture-wicking, breathable material. That way, you can ensure that sweat doesn’t get trapped near the skin during your workouts — which can lead to chafing. As for whether you should wear a sports bra with or without underwire, we recommend consulting with your doctor. Some experts advise against wearing a bra with underwire during pregnancy. If that’s the case, there are plenty of wireless sports bras that are just as supportive.

Related: What’s The Difference Between Maternity Bras and Nursing Bras?

Fit tips

Whether you want to continue working out during your pregnancy or simply like the comfort of sports bras, there’s no reason why you can’t resume wearing them throughout every phase of maternity. The fit is undoubtedly the most important factor to keep in mind while shopping for maternity sports bras, and as your size is bound to fluctuate, you will definitely want to get fitted at least once (ideally a few months into your pregnancy and again about six months in). A professional will be able to measure you as well as suggest styles that work best for your breast shape. By double checking that you are wearing the correct size, you can ensure that you get adequate support from all of your sports bras. And as you may know, support is imperative when it comes to protecting your breasts from any strain during physical activity, thus warding off premature sagging. So be sure to make a trip to your local lingerie boutique or department store for a fitting before you invest in any maternity sports bras.


As long as you seek out sports bras that have extra supportive features, such as an adjustable band and straps, a wide underband and straps, and separated cups, it’s totally safe to wear them throughout your pregnancy. As for underwire — that’s a matter of personal preference. Luckily, you can find supportive sports bras that contain wire or are wire-free, so the choice is up to you!

Related: Where To Buy Maternity Bras

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Happy bra shopping!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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