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The Best Maternity Underwear for Ultimate Comfort

Looking for the best underwear for pregnancy? We’ve got you (and your backside) covered.

There’s no denying that the shape of your body changes dramatically during pregnancy. You expect your belly to grow, of course, but your hips also widen to make room for baby—which means you may find yourself in need of new underwear. Instead of simply sizing up on your favorite before-baby undies, consider purchasing some maternity underwear that’s cut just for moms-to-be. The best underwear for pregnancy tends to be stretchier and have a fuller cut, which is just what’s needed when you’re sporting a baby bump.

The good news is that pregnancy underwear comes in lots of different styles, so whether you prefer a thong or a pair of full coverage briefs, there are plenty of options. Also keep in mind that there are varying cuts available, including over-the-bump and under. Comfort is key, so try on a few different styles before stocking up. We recommend grabbing at least one or two pairs that provide full coverage, as they’ll come in handy for the early postpartum days as well. Wondering where to start? Here are some of the best maternity underwear options around.

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Overall Best Maternity Underwear

Intimate Portal’s Under the Bump Maternity Panties consistently receive rave reviews. The classic crossover style of these pregnancy underwear allows plenty of room for a growing belly and is ideal for postpartum recovery, especially for moms recovering from a c-section. They’re made of cotton with a touch of spandex for maximum comfort, and the lace detailing adds an extra-feminine touch. Priced at just $28 for a pack of six, they’re a real bang for your buck.

Buy it: Intimate Portal Under the Bump Maternity Panties, $28 for a set of 6,

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Best Cotton Maternity Underwear

Among the best rated maternity underwear on Amazon, GIFTPOCKET’s Under Bump Maternity Panties have a low-waisted design that fits perfectly underneath a baby bump. They also offer plenty of coverage for your rear end as well. Sold in packs of two or more, they come in lots of attractive patterns and the lining is 100 percent cotton for maximum breathability.

Buy it: GIFTPOCKET Under Bump Maternity Panties, starting from $10,

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Best Plus Size Maternity Underwear

Plus size moms-to-be will love Motherhood Maternity’s Fold Over Briefs that can be worn either as over belly maternity underwear or folded down to wear under your bump. The cotton and spandex blend provides enough stretch for a comfortable fit, and the cut of the briefs gives ample coverage in all the right places.

Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Plus-Size Fold Over Briefs, starting from $15 for a set of 3,

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Best Maternity Thong

If you’re not prepared to let pregnancy stop you from wearing thong underwear, take heart: Gap’s Maternity Stretch Cotton Thong is cut just for expectant mamas. The low rise sits just under your baby bump, and the wider cut means a comfortable fit through the hips. Plus, the cotton and spandex blend gives these maternity thongs just the right amount of stretch as you and your baby grow.

Buy it: Gap Maternity Stretch Cotton Thong, $11,

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Best Maternity Support Underwear

Belevation’s Maternity Underwear Support Briefs are the perfect choice for expectant mamas dealing with pelvic and hip pain. Made of breathable nylon and spandex mesh, these maternity underwear comfortably stretch over your growing bump. Thanks to the built-in support panel, they provide gentle compression and lift to relieve some of the weight of your baby bump and make it easier to stand or walk for longer periods of time. Bonus: Belevation’s maternity support underwear are made with everyday comfort in mind, so you won’t feel constricted while wearing them.

Buy it: Belevation Maternity Underwear Support Briefs, starting from $19,

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Best Over Belly Maternity Underwear

For true full coverage of both your bump and your lady parts, there’s NBB Lingerie’s High Cut Brief. Made from extra-soft cotton, these maternity underwear also have a light built-in support band. The tummy section expands as your pregnancy progresses, and once baby arrives these can be worn for the postpartum healing period as well.

Buy it: NBB Lingerie High Cut Maternity Brief, $30 for a set of 4,

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Best Under-Bump Maternity Underwear

Like many pairs of pregnancy underwear, the Sept.Filles Maternity Underwear fit underneath a baby bump. So what makes them the best maternity underwear with an under-bump style? The sides are cut higher so there’s less risk of the panties riding down. Made from 95 percent cotton with a slight bit of stretch, these are soft and breathable. One thing worth noting: They tend to run on the slightly small side, so order one size up (especially if you’re not too far along in your pregnancy).

Buy it: Sept.Filles Cotton Maternity Underwear, starting from $12,

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Best Seamless Maternity Underwear

A Pea in the Pod’s Commando Seamless Girlshort Panty is your solution to visible panty lines. The low-rise style of this pregnancy underwear sits under the belly, and the generous cut ensures comfortable coverage in the front and back. The nylon and spandex blend plus the one-piece construction keep these panties smooth and seamless.

Buy it: Commando Seamless Girlshort Panty, $28,

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Best Sexy Maternity Underwear

There’s no reason an expectant mama can’t look and feel sexy. The same lacy undies that Hanky Panky is known for now come in maternity sizes. Billed as “the world’s most comfortable thong,” the low-rise maternity thong sits just below your belly. Crafted from organic cotton with a touch of spandex and edged in gorgeous lace, these are sure to please both you and your partner.

Buy it: Hanky Panky Maternity Cotton Low Rise Thong, $20,

Published February 2019

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