LIFESTYLE

Pregnancy Lingerie That Isn’t HideousYes, it’s possible to feel sexy right now

For some women, the moment you see a positive pregnancy test, you notice that your belly is looking a wee bit bloated. (Totally normal!) For others, it takes months for a bump to finally emerge, all cute and round.

Not only is your belly expanding, but your breasts may look and feel like they’ve grown a cup size (or two) overnight. And, yes, it’s true your hips can change shape, too.

And while you may think you have to now don a giant bra to keep the girls in or wear panties up to your belly button, you don’t. There are some sexy styles to dress the bump.

What’s more, many pieces of pregnancy lingerie are functional, too. Now’s the time when you probably need more support. You also likely want styles that can stick around after pregnancy is over, and many of these can be easily used as nursing bras, thanks to their handy drop-down cups. When it comes to undies, regular ones sometimes hit your stomach in an awkward place now that there’s a baby in there. You need pairs that sit below the bump.

Whether you have a raging sex drive, thanks to those pregnancy hormones, or it’s completely dried up, thanks to those pregnancy hormones (both can happen), we scoured the Internet for styles you’ll feel good about wearing in and out of the bedroom.

It’s time to build your pregnancy (and beyond!) lingerie wardrobe—one bra and panty at a time. These seven options are a great place to get started.

NEW LOOK MATERNITY LACE STRAPPING BRA
1/7 PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF COSABELLA
COSABELLA NEVER SAY NEVER MOMMIE MATERNITY BABYDOLL CHEMISE

This chemise is part sexy, part cute. The V-neck and sheer lace add some va va voom, while the bottom keeps you comfortable. This one works post-baby, too, as the padded cups clip down for easier boob access if you breastfeed. Black slims—even if you’re sporting a nice-sized bump.

Buy it: $148, bloomingdales.com

 

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MIMI HOLIDAY BLACK MATERNITY BRIEFS
2/7 PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BELABUMBUM
BELABUMBUM MATERNITY/NURSING JERSEY CHEMISE

We’re absolutely loving the lace trim on this chemise that spices it up. (The neckline can also handily drop down for future baby feedings.) Since it hits just above your knee and the material is super-soft, it’s just comfy enough that it can be used as an everyday nightie.

Buy it: $59, nordstrom.com

 

SERAPHINE MOCHA LACE UNDERWIRED MATERNITY & NURSING BRA
3/7 PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF A PEA IN THE POD
A PEA IN THE POD MATERNITY THONG

The waistband on this pretty champagne-colored thong will ride under the bump, so you’ll feel really good when wearing this. It’s also nice to sport a thong that stays put, rather than one that gets up in all the wrong places. Made from nylon, these undies also stay breathable and keep you cool.

Buy it: $16, macys.com

 

HANKY PANKY LACE ORIGINAL RISE THONG
4/7 PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF TARGET
GILLIGAN & O’MALLEY NURSING BRALETTE

You may be sporting bigger girls these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on the flirty bralettes. This bra has no wires, so it’s always comfy, and the cups drop down when babe needs the boob. Besides, just look at the back on this one—it defies everything you thought maternity lingerie would be.

Buy it: $17, target.com

 

COMMANDO SEAMLESS GIRLSHORT PANTY
5/7 PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF HEIDI KLUM INTIMATES
HEIDI KLUM INTIMATES ZOE WIRELESS NURSING BRA

Even when the pregnancy is over and you’re done nursing, you’ll still want to wear this bra around in all its vintage blue lace glory. And, while there’s a serious v-front here, it still has a lot of great coverage in the cups, so it’ll be able contain your suddenly larger chest.

Buy it: $68, nordstrom.com

 

ADORE ME ZOYA CONTOUR
6/7 PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF LE MYSTERE
LE MYSTERE SEXY MAMA UNDERWIRE NURSING BRA

Available in classic colors like black or ivory, this lace bra with scallop trim will make you feel sexy even when you spend your days walking around shirtless (#nursingproblems). This bra also provides full-coverage, which is so necessary right now, especially if you’re still getting used to your changing breasts.

Buy it: $66, nordstrom.com

 

ADORE ME RIYA CONTOUR
7/7 PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF COSABELLA
COSABELLA RACIE MOMMIE NURSING BRALETTE

This one’s perfect if you’re rocking an A- to C-sized chest. The stretchy lace grows with you, and it also transforms into a nursing-ready bra when the time comes. Black, blush, graphite (charcoal), and jasper (teal) are the four super cute colors available, and you’re going to want all of them.

Buy it: $79, nordstrom.com

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