Maternity underwear is essential. Not only are they specifically designed to accommodate your growing baby bump but they’re also meant to be super comfortable. Find a style that is right for you.

Underwear – we wear them every day, and we immediately notice if they’re uncomfortable or shift and move throughout while we go about our day. That is why maternity underwear is ideal when you’re pregnant. They are specially designed to fit around your belly, and are soft and easy to wear. There’s a variety of under-the-bump or over-the-belly styles, depending on what is most comfortable for you. Bonus points if you can find maternity underwear that also provides additional support to your growing stomach and aching back.

Maternity underwear is even great post-pregnancy for the same reasons: they are comfy and they give you added support where you need it most.

Don’t try and squeeze into your pre-pregnancy panties – add a few pairs of maternity underwear to your wardrobe. It’s all about making mom as comfortable as possible during one of the more uncomfortable phases of life. It’s a worthwhile investment.

Maternity underwear has several roles. Number one: They need to be comfortable. There is nothing worse than wearing underwear that shifts or bunches up. Secondly, they should be form-fitting so that they look seamless under your clothing. They come in many different styles – look for a design that works well with you. If you prefer less coverage, opt for maternity underwear that rests comfortably underneath your tummy. If you want to smooth out your figure, full coverage undies or even underwear built into shapewear are probably better suited to you. Finally, they need to last. Maternity underwear should be made of good quality fabrics and be able to withstand repeated wear and washing. That way, you can continue to use them in those first few months after the baby is born.

1. Editor's Choice: Intimate Portal Maternity Underwear

This bikini maternity underwear features a unique crossover design to support your bump and stay comfortably in place.

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The Intimate Portal Maternity Underwear is designed with pregnant mamas in mind. They are extremely soft, with 95% cotton, plus some spandex for flexibility, and they have a one-of-a-kind crossover design that keep this underwear under the stomach, making them especially useful for those who are carrying low (they are also ideal post-partum as they sit below a C-section incision, so it won’t irritate it). Given their low-rise fit, they lessen the pressure on your abdomen. This underwear is also free of harmful chemicals and heavy metals. They come in a pack of six different colors and prints, so they are the only bikini maternity underwear you’ll ever need.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Low-rise
  • Pack of 6
Cons:
  • Not very breathable
2. Runner Up: Peauty Baby Bump Premium Maternity Shapewear

Shapewear like this offers full coverage and conforms to your figure for a smooth look.

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The Baby Bump Premium Maternity Shapewear from Peauty is like underwear and shapewear, all rolled into one. It offers full coverage of your belly and goes down to mid-thigh, so you can wear them under skirts and dresses for a smooth, seamless look. They are made of a silky yet stretchy and breathable material, making them very comfortable for extended wear, and these fabrics help to prevent any chaffing on the thighs when you walk or move around. A wider hem on the bottoms of the legs keeps them securely in place – they will never fold, shift, or roll up on you. Never see-through, this shapewear is a pregnancy must-have basic.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Full coverage
  • Breathable
  • Stays in place
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small

3. Best Over The Bump: Mama Cotton Women’s Over The Bump Maternity Panties

This maternity underwear is perfect for those mommies-to-be who are looking for basic bump coverage.

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While some maternity underwear sits just under your growing tummy, the Mama Cotton Women’s Over The Bump Maternity Panties offer belly coverage instead. They are manufactured out of a cotton spandex blend for softness and elasticity and have a 100% cotton lining in the crotch area for increased protection. Given their design, they also provide added abdominal support. An adjustable button design allows you to adapt the waistband according to your needs, and they wick away moisture, so you’ll never overheat. This five-pack of maternity underwear provides great, thorough coverage too.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Provides belly support
  • Adjustable
  • Full coverage
  • Pack of 5
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small
4. Best Adjustable: Angelhood Womens Maternity Panties

This maternity underwear can be adjusted to your optimal fit and preference.

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Not all pregnant bodies are created equally, which is why Angelhood Womens Maternity Panties are so helpful – depending on your preference, these can be worn as is for partial coverage or folded down for under-the-belly wear. Made from mostly soft viscose fiber and some spandex too, this underwear is breathable and eco-friendly too. The lining is 100% white cotton so you can easily detect any discharge. These are also great to wear after your pregnancy while you’re recovering. They come in a pack of five different neutral colors.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Adjustable fit
  • Breathable
  • Pack of 5
Cons:
  • Not very supportive
5. Best Hipster: SUNNYBUY Women’s Maternity High Waist Underwear

This maternity underwear is best suited for those whose usual style of panties is hipster.

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Manufactured from a mix of super soft bamboo, nylon, and spandex, the SUNNYBUY Women’s Maternity High Waist Underwear deliver full over-the-tummy coverage as well as a smooth, seamless look, meaning you can wear them under almost anything (dresses, skirts, shorts, and leggings). While they keep your tummy protected and well-supported, the material is breathable too, so you won’t feel too overheated in these undies. They are easy to wash and will never fade. They come in a pack of four.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Pack of 4
Cons:
  • Sizing can be tricky (too big or too small)
6. Best Brief: Sept.Filles Maternity Pregnant Underwear

These are your best all-around brief-style maternity underwear.

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Sept.Filles’ Maternity Pregnant Underwear come in a five-pack and are both comfortable and easy to wear. They are made entirely of cotton, making them super cozy and soft, and have a low-rise V-shaped style on top so they rest just underneath your growing baby bump. Their wider thigh accommodates those beautiful budding curves, and their seamless design fits effortlessly under any garment without any noticeable lines. We especially love the cute two-tone color of this maternity underwear.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Pack of 5
  • Wider leg holes and waist
  • Seamless
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small
7. Best All-Around: Motherhood Maternity Women’s Secret Fit Shaper Panty

This is the only shapewear you’ll need during your pregnancy.

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It’s one thing if the maternity underwear that you’re wearing is comfortable and looks shapely underneath your clothes – it’s another when it also offers you some much needed support. The Women’s Secret Fit Shaper Panty from Motherhood Maternity is easy to pull on and contours seamlessly to all your curves for a chic, sophisticated look. The material in which it is made allows it to not only be comfortable but also flexible. It features a soft waistband and a panel that is integrated into them for back and belly support where you need it most. With this shapewear you’ll have a flattering silhouette and smooth hips, thighs, bottom, and belly.

Pros:
  • Supportive
  • Seamless
  • Comfortable
  • Flexible
Cons:
  • Not very breathable

8. Best Full Coverage: Rnxrbb 4 Pack Seamless Maternity Underwear

These maternity underwear offer complete waist-high coverage in soft bamboo fabrics.

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It could be that you live in a colder climate, or that you just prefer more coverage and support than other styles of pregnancy panties – the Seamless Maternity Underwear from Rnxrbb have got you covered. Made from soft bamboo fibers and a nylon/spandex blend for elasticity, these over-the-bump underwear are extremely comfortable for wearing while pregnant and postpartum too. This maternity underwear is seamless and provides ample room for your tummy to grow without bunching up or sagging on your waist. This four-pack of undies can also help support both your bump and your back.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Seamless
  • Flexible
  • Pack of 4
  • Supportive
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small

Maternity underwear comes in a wide range of styles, and it’s important to know which one is right for you. They are made to grow with your blossoming belly and provide you with seamless, easy comfort. Whether you want low-rise or high, no coverage or full support, there’s a pair of maternity underwear that’s right for you.

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