When expecting moms think about shopping for maternity clothes, underwear might not immediately come to mind. When it comes to accommodating your growing belly and widening hips, the underwear currently in your dresser drawer probably isn’t going to cut it — you’re going to need maternity underwear. You see, as your baby grows, your regular underwear won’t expand with you and will dig into your skin instead. Your usual underwear might also not stay where you want it to, riding up or down and forcing you to adjust it constantly.
While you might be tempted to buy larger sizes of the underwear you’re rocking now, it still isn’t made for expecting mothers. If you’re thinking about investing in new underwear anyway, you should think about buying undergarments that are tailor-made to your changing body. The last thing you want in your third trimester is elastic digging into your lower belly underneath the comfy and stylish maternity dresses you so carefully selected.
Unlike your usual suspects, maternity underwear provides you with coverage and support. The underwear is usually waist-band free, so it won’t be causing any elastic-related discomfort. This type of underwear sits lower on your hips and below your baby bump. It won’t restrict you as you grow. Certain types of maternity underwear are foldable, so at the beginning of your pregnancy, the underwear can go all the way up to your navel and support your burgeoning baby bump under jeans and your regular clothes. As your pregnancy progresses, it can be folded lower as your bump becomes more prominent.
Here are some of the most comfortable, supportive pairs of maternity underwear to carry you through the end of your term.
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1. Intimate Portal Women Under The Bump Maternity Panties Pregnancy Postpartum Underwear
Designed for both pregnancy and postpartum, this under-the-bump maternity underwear set from Intimate Portal provides comfort to growing bellies. Intimacy Portal made these maternity panties according to infant clothing standards, so expecting moms can have peace of mind knowing that harsh substances aren’t present in this fabric. The underwear is 95 percent refined cotton and five percent spandex, which means it’s breathable and stretchy. Each pair of panties has a built-in white liner, so expecting moms can feel comfortable knowing they will be able to spot anything unusual instantly. You also won’t have to worry about any unsightly panty lines showing up during a time when some moms are primarily rocking leggings. This underwear is also made with postpartum moms in mind, so you don’t have to rush out and try to find yet a new type of underwear after giving birth. The low-rise design won’t interfere with or irritate any C-section scars, which will make moms more comfortable while they heal.
2. Motherhood Maternity Women’s 3 Pack Fold Over Brief Panties
Made to last through all three trimesters of your pregnancy, this Motherhood Maternity set is adjustable to fit your needs. During the beginning of your pregnancy, the underwear will sit high around your midriff and provide support for your brand new baby bump. As your bump grows, you can fold down the top band of the underwear to create a low-rise fit and take the pressure off your belly. The underwear is made out of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent and spandex that will allow your stretching skin to breathe. Shopping expecting moms know that sometimes it can be challenging to find fun or stylish maternity undergarments. Motherhood Maternity gives you seven different color set options. Whether you want Space Dye or black-and-pink striped underwear, Motherhood Maternity has a variety beyond the typical nude or black underwear.
3. Kindred Bravely Under The Bump Maternity Underwear/Pregnancy Panties – Bikini 5 Pack
Available in a 5-pack, this underwear set from Kindred Bravely is designed to sit underneath your baby bump and to take the pressure off of your lower abdomen. You choose your size based on your hip measurements. The underwear is made out of 95 percent Rayon and five percent Spandex, so it will stretch and expand as your hips do. Sometimes a problem with other maternity underwear is that it doesn’t adequately cover your butt, which can make pregnant women feel uncomfortable and exposed. This underwear doesn’t bunch, ride up or slip down. It’s not itchy, so you won’t have to worry about discomfort while you’re experiencing a lot of exciting, but sometimes uncomfortable physical transformations. The soft bikini-style underwear comes in black, blue, pink, beige and gray. We suggest air-drying this underwear instead of tumble-drying low as the care label advises to prevent shrinkage.