Maternity Bras and Nursing Bras: Is There a Difference?


Your life takes a whole 180 degree turn when you're expecting a baby.

Suddenly you need … more of everything. There's the baby clothes, diapers, vitamin supplements. Don't forget the baby monitor, strollers, and a car seat.

It's annoying when the items that fall into the don't need category are disguised as must-haves.

A first-time mom can agonize over what is worth spending her hard-earned money on. One of these decisions might be buying a maternity or nursing bra.

Why not stick to your normal bra? It gets the job done, right?

Well, not really.

We’ll answer all the questions you are asking about maternity bras and nursing bras...

1. Do I Need a New Bra During Pregnancy?

To be honest, yes. Most likely.

Your body changes vary from expanding rib cages, weight gains, hormonal shifts, and later in your pregnancy your mammary glands begin making milk for your little one.

Your breasts are not left behind in this metamorphosis of your body. They become more sensitive to the touch and kick it up a few sizes.

The glandular tissues in your breast are developing and thus add on a few ounces.

Your regular bras are probably tempting you to make do with them. But regular bras aren’t suited to your pregnant or breastfeeding body and can cause you unnecessary pain and complications.

At the very least, invest in a couple of good bras for the comfort you deserve. 

2. When Is It Time to Get a New Bra?

Not to burn the bridge between you and your favorite regular bra, but you need one that takes into consideration the shape of your new body.

When it comes to comfort, tight… just ain’t right.

Signs you need a new bra:

  • Are your breasts spilling out of the bra cup?
  • Is the bra a little too snug?
  • Are there indentations from band straps when you take it off? 

If your answer to most of these questions is yes, then its time to get shopping.

3. What's the Difference Between Maternity, Nursing, and Regular Bras?

Regular Bras

It's going to be hard to say goodbye to your regular bra for the next nine months. It could be the color, style, or even price, but what you need now is… you guessed it, comfort!

This is definitely not the time to feel like you are simply 'putting up’ with your bra. A regular bra is ideal for regular occasions, and pregnancy is a far cry from anything regular.

When it comes to regular bras, all the appeal tends to be for fashion’s sake. The fabrication at least. This is why manufacturers often focus on single layers of fabric, exposed seams, or inferior elastic and trims.

This won’t make the cut during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Maternity Bras

A great maternity bra can see you through pregnancy and after your baby is born. Your breasts begin to grow during pregnancy. It could be a cup size or up to three cup sizes for some moms-to-be. Don't be tempted to get a bra you will simply “grow into”.

This is why maternity bras were made in the first place. They are designed to be supportive. They are made of stretchy fabric with straps you can adjust to make room for changes.

You need to note that every pregnancy is different. It can be a challenge to gauge the extent to which your breasts will grow.

This is where New Bloom comes in with our Everyday Maternity bra

We know the one thing new moms and moms-to-be really need is comfort. This is why we incorporate UGrow™ technology in every bra we make.

UGrow™ is a specially designed fabric developed in unison with a Danish medical fabric manufacturer. The aim is to provide the right amount of give to allow the bra to grow and stretch with your body.

You can learn more about UGrow™ here.

Nursing Bras

A nursing bra's design revolves around functional breastfeeding. It is common for women to begin shopping for nursing bras in their last trimester.

So what's the difference?

You can spot clasps or panels on a nursing bra. They expose each breast by letting the cups of the bra drop-down for easier nursing.

Moms not only want to feel good but look good too. The New Boom Beautiful Maternity bra cares about style and fit as much as it does comfort.

Lace undergarments are not advisable for comfort during pregnancy and nursing. That doesn’t mean you have to go out of style. This nursing bra has a touch of lace and a nice bow to complete the look!

If you want a bra that offers:

  • Heavy bust support 
  • Reinforced lower cups for added lift
  • Good cup coverage
  • Wide straps and band for back support
  • Extra hooks or clips for easy adjustments

Then you want a nursing bra.

Fit is essential in a nursing bra. Nursing bras are a bit trickier to purchase. You want to make sure you have a little room to grow because your breasts can go up or down a cup size when the baby arrives.

If you’re worried about fluctuating breast size, you should check out our Nursing Bralette.

It comes unlined, with no underwire and provides light to medium support. Its soft material (stretchy spandex and plush cotton) leaves you with the perfect fit, always.

One mum had this to say, “I thought I would only wear this at night because of the lack of padding but with nursing pads, I find it has enough coverage to wear during the day with a casual outfit like a T-shirt. Especially lately because of my state’s stay at home order I wear it all the time.”

It all boils down to what you prefer. Some women like to have a combo of different bras. Regular ones for the early weeks of their pregnancy. Maternity bras come in when changes start to manifest. Then the nursing bra becomes their go-to once the baby arrives and milk comes in.

4. How Many Bras Should I Get?

Your budget has the upper hand in this case.

Tip: don't go for price over quality. You want comfort, longevity, and practicality.

It’s true that nursing bras are not exactly on the cheap side but they owe that to their quality construction and fabric.

After a couple of washes, cheaper bras lose their ability to offer support and lose their elasticity.

At New Bloom, we often advise moms to have (at least) three bras during pregnancy. You need one to wear, one in the wash, and another in your wardrobe.

5. Can I Get a Bra to Match My Style?

First, you need to make sure it's the right fit.

You can get this done for free by a professional at a lingerie store or maternity store. You could also check out the lingerie section of large department stores.

Beyond that, your bra doesn't need to look or feel frumpy. Modern maternity bras are specially designed to factor in style as well as comfort.

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Choose New Bloom for All Your Bra Needs

You now know the value of having a maternity or nursing bra at your disposal. It's time to get one.

Our team is well-equipped to help you find the perfect bra to match your style and suit your body. We have a wide range of comfortable (and classy) maternity and nursing bras to check out.

You don't need to leave home. Make your order online right now and all you have to do is wait for us to deliver.

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