Nurses and Moms Agree, These Are the Best Pairs of Maternity Underwear (2024)

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Comfy underwear can make or break an outfit. But until you’ve experienced the turbulent body changes that come with pregnancy, you probably didn’t realize just how game-changing the best maternity underwear is for expecting parents —it's the most important maternity clothing, in our opinion. And we’re not just talking about breathability or seamless fabrics (though three cheers for both), or the ability to wear the right pair under pregnancy outfits like maternity dresses and over-the-bump leggings.

To be honest, other comforts become more important as things start to shift and expand to accommodate a growing tummy. That could mean going up a size or two in your favorite cotton and microfiber styles, embracing over-the-bump silhouettes to better support you, or seeking out cooling fabrics, because fun fact: Pregnant bodies run warm. Lots of pregnant people also experience a new or worsening sensitivity to fabrics, or the seams and tags, in their old underwear —making dedicated maternity pairs even more important.

You may even end up using a few pairs earlier than you expect. “Your body begins to shift and change even before your bump starts to show,” says designer Jennifer Kelley. Of course, there’s also the postpartum factor, where supportive and stretchy undies will still be your go-tos. So to help you find the pairs you need during your entire pregnancy, we conducted hours of research on the best maternity underwear, evaluating styles on the materials, fit, comfort, and durability.After speaking to experts, surveying real moms, and drawing on our own experiences being pregnant, we landed on these top rated choices.

Our Top Picks

In This Article

  • Our Picks

  • Where We Stand

  • How We Researched

  • What To Look For

  • FAQ

  • Why Trust Byrdie

Best Overall

Kindred Bravely Grow with Me Maternity & Postpartum Brief

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The minute you’re pregnant, chances are high that you’ll be served ads for Kindred Bravely’s fan-favorite maternity briefs. Spoiler: The stretchy pair lives up to the hype. The ultra-comfy and featherweight design, made from certified OEKO-TEX fabric, grows with you throughout pregnancy and postpartum, offering full coverage that adapts to your changing body. We’re talking no digging or seam irritation, no moisture buildup, just airy, stretchy, feel-good comfiness. Nurse practitioner Emily Silver and style expert Naina Singla both said they loved the brand and recommended this pair to clients.

Material: 80% nylon, 20% spandex; gusset: 100% cotton | Colors: Beige, Black, Soft Pink, Twilight | Size Range: S–XXL | Care: Machine wash cold on gentle cycle; tumble dry low on gentle

Best Brief

Hatch The Everyday Brief

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Look no further than Hatch’s everyday brief if you’re searching for under-bump undies with a second-skin feel. They’re cool to the touch yet supportive, featuring a hold-you-in double layer at the front and a single layer at the back (so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a diaper). Plus, they’re designed with a bamboo viscose gusset that wicks away moisture and a hidden elastic waistband for seamless comfort. Silver recommends you check out all of Hatch’s offerings, because there’s a lot of good options onsite.

Material: 91% organic Pima cotton, 9% spandex | Colors: Black, Sand, Anise, Navy Petite Rosette, Petal Stripe, Demi Fleur | Size Range: S–XL | Care: Machine wash cold; tumble dry low

Best Bikini

Old Navy Maternity 2-Pack Soft Knit Low-Rise Bikini Underwear

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Old Navy makes some of the best undies out there that are ultra-comfy and budget-friendly. The same can be said for the brand’s maternity offerings, like this cotton jersey stretch bikini. They’re just like your favorite mid-rise, high-cut-leg pre-pregnancy panties but designed to sit comfortably below your belly with just enough coverage in the back. What’s more, they feature plenty of stretch at the crossover waistband and thigh openings for a dig-free fit you can live in 24/7. We also love how the brand makes them in five different skin tones.

Material: 95% cotton, 8% spandex | Colors: Black, Dark Walnut, Maplewood, Mocha, Beige | Size Range: XS–XXL | Care: Machine wash cold

Best Over-the-Bump

Bumpsuit Maternity Support Brief

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Over-the-bump undies are one of those very specific pregnancy styles that go the distance. Many support a growing bump, like this pair by Bumpsuit that’s double-lined and gently stretches with every change (and is probably the highest rise undie you’ll see on this list). But more than comfortable and accommodating through the trimesters, they also provide a styling hack unbeknownst to many mamas-to-be: they offer a thin and flexible barrier between skin and the sometimes-itchy stretch panels found in maternity jeans. So, rather than layer yet another camisole or tank under your go-to maternity tops for a potentially bulky look, these thin and breathable undies provide coverage and irritation relief. We love an undergarment that does the most in a good way.

Material: Body: 78% nylon, 22% spandex | Colors: Beige, Black | Size Range: XXS/XS, S/M, L/XL | Care: Machine wash and tumble dry on low heat

Best Thong

Quince Second Skin Maternity & Postpartum Thong (6-Pack)

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If you're not ready to give up your thongs in pregnancy, never fear, because there are maternity options! Quince recently expanded its quality-yet-affordable offerings into the maternity space, and its underwear feels luscious. Their thong is particularly nice, since it's designed to dry quickly and look and feel undetectable (without the bunching and tugging you can sometimes get with thongs). And did we mention you get six pairs for less than $40?

Material: 76% nylon, 24% spandex; gusset: 100% cotton | Colors: Sand, Cocoa, Black | Size Range: XS–XL | Care: Machine wash cold, do not bleach, tumble dry low

Best Plus-Size

Belevation Maternity Support Underwear

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Jen McLellan, certified birth educator, particularly loves Belevation for inclusive maternity underwear as pairs go up to size 26. They've got good compression, an absorbent crotch, a seamless feel — which helps it feel less itchy —and an abdominal support panel. The four-way stretch fabric moves with you while the thick waistband ensures they won't roll down. For an above-the-bump everyday pick, this is the one: they even won a Mom's Choice Award.

Material: 100% cotton | Colors: Nude, Mocha, Black | Size Range: 0–26 | Care: Machine-wash warm, tumble dry low

Best Bamboo

Kindred Bravely Bamboo Hipster Panties

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As explained by Chelsey Oliver, maternity clothes designer, bamboo is a hypoallergenic and temperature-regulating fabric with antibacterial and moisture-wicking properties. So these undies are a comfortable and cooling under-the-bump pick (with a hint of nylon and spandex for accompanying stretch). The non-rolling waistband is a savior for not having to adjust every five minutes. Reviewers do note that it’s best to size up.

Material: Body: 72% viscose from bamboo, 22% nylon, 6% spandex; gusset: 100% cotton | Colors: Soft Pink, Beige, Grey Heather, Black | Size Range: S/M-XXL/XXXL | Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low

Best Cotton

On Gossamer Cabana Cotton Hi-Cut Brief Underwear

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While not technically a maternity style, for those who like a high-cut brief, these cotton undies are incredibly comfy throughout the trimesters. They’re made from Peruvian Pima cotton, feeling lightweight and breathable with everything from oversize T-shirts and pajamas to athleisure and flowy dresses. The delicate crochet trim lends extra style points, which in and of itself is worth it when pregnancy challenges get you down. Going up a size or two from your usual makes all the difference for maximum comfort. Note: these are hand wash.

Material: 79% cotton, 15% nylon, 6% spandex | Colors: Black, White, Champagne | Size Range: S–L | Care: Hand wash cold and line dry

Best on Amazon

Intimate Portal Maternity Underwear (6-Pack)

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If you love a good Amazon find, look no further than these highly rated under-bump maternity briefs with more than 23,000 five-star reviews. The crossover waistband sits smoothly under your bump (like, way under — this is the lowest rise on this list) for optimal comfort while offering full coverage in the back. The non-itchy and breathable cotton and spandex blend is also soft and airy. And as a six-pack, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck with lots of color options and patterns to choose from, including versatile neutrals, pretty colors, and even a lace option.

Material: 95% cotton, 5% spandex | Colors: Multipacks include various neutrals, colors, and prints | Size Range: S–XXL | Care: Machine wash

Best with Lace

Natori Bliss Perfection Brief Underwear

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For a comfortable but pretty brief to wear during pregnancy, Kelley points to this lace-adorned design by Natori. Featuring a full-coverage belly panel, they’re designed with a 360-degree stretch jersey to grow with you throughout the trimesters, with a silky smooth feel. They also offer full rear support that remains seamless under clothing and doesn’t dig thanks to the lace finish. It should be pointed out, though, that this is another pair to hand wash.

Material: Body: 62% nylon, 38% spandex; lace: 85% nylon, 15% spandex; gusset: 100% cotton | Colors: Black, Cameo Rose | Size Range: S-XL | Care: Hand wash and line dry

Best Crossover

Aerie SMOOTHEZ Everyday Boybrief Underwear

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The moms we surveyed loved this pair and wore it all throughout pregnancy. This boybrief has a crossover waist, so it sits higher on the sides and lower in the middle (making it an easy transition into the first trimester and beyond). They don't dig into your waist or thighs, and the underwear doesn't shift uncomfortably as you walk. They're also pretty invisible under clothes, coming in 10 different colors to suit different skin tones.

Material: 80% nylon, 20% elastane | Colors: 10 | Size Range: XXS-XXL | Care: Use a mild detergent and cool water, hand wash for extra care, air dry

Best Fold-over

Motherhood Maternity 3-Pack Fold-Over Panties

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If you're not familiar, a foldable waistband can be worn above or below the bump (thanks to its ability to, as the name suggests, fold over). This makes the pair more versatile, allowing you to switch between high and low-rise depending on your outfit and mood. You can also fold down the waistband in postpartum, when you don't need such a high-rise but could still do with some support. We like these that combine the crossover, foldable waistband with a bikini cut and light and breathable cotton. You’ll be reaching for these pre, during, and post-pregnancy.

Material: 95% cotton, 5% elastane | Colors: 7 | Size Range: S–3X | Care: Machine Wash

Best Boy Short

Blanqi Seamless Maternity Over Belly Support Boyshorts

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Whether you just want the most support (and hate it when your underwear rides up), or you're hoping to prevent chafing between your thighs, this delivers. These boyshorts offer gentle compression from the tops of your thighs to over your bump. The expandable belly panel means you can wear it at all stages of your pregnancy. Not only is the fabric breathable and moisture-wicking, but all the seams are flat to prevent any irritation when your skin is extra sensitive.

Material: 89% nylon, 11% spandex | Colors: 6 | Size Range: S–XXL | Care: Machine wash on gentle cycle, line dry

Best High Cut

Kindly Yours Women's So Comfy Crossover Waist High Cut Panties (2-Pack)

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Another non-maternity crossover style, this pair sits high on the waist then angles down to sit below your bellybutton in the center. This makes it a surprisingly functional maternity choice, since it'll sit right below your belly in pregnancy, without pinching or rolling down. The high cut leg eliminates panty lines while still providing full coverage in the back. Reviewers rave about how soft and stretchy the fabric is. And for less than $10, you get two pairs in fun colors, so you might as well stock up.

Material: 80% nylon, 20% lycra adaptiv spandex | Colors: Black/Ginger, Blazing Orange/Coral, Floral Leopard/Green, Halogen Blue Spots/White | Size Range: XS–XL | Care: Machine washable

Best "Invisible"

Everlane The Cotton Bikini

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If you're hoping to avoid the "visible panty line" problem, these Everlane beauties are just the thing. They're not a dedicated maternity style (so size up one from your usual), but they sit just underneath the bump without riding up. No one wants to deal with unnecessary tags and seams when pregnant, and this bikini has a tagless design and a smooth waistband. Double-layered Supima cotton provides extra support while providing breathability and comfort. The moms we surveyed loved this style throughout their pregnancy when they didn't need something quite as full coverage.

Material: 92% Supima cotton, 8% elastane | Colors: Black, Gray, Burnt Sugar | Size Range: XXS–XXL | Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low

Best Multifunctional

Bodily All-In Panty

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If you only want to buy a single type of underwear from your first weeks of pregnancy through postpartum, the aptly named "all-in panty" is your go to. Made from the softest, stretchiest micromodal fabric, this panty is crafted to accommodate your fluctuating bump. And for those who had a c-section, the wide waistband hit above the incision, so there's no rubbing or chafing. The gusset is also wide to comfortably hold a maxi pad. If you choose the three or five pack bundle, you can save on the cost of each individual pair.

Material: OEKO-TEX 93% micromodal, 7% elastane | Colors: Black, Ember, Clay, Gray | Size Range: S–3X | Care: Machine wash warm, tumble dry low

Best Sustainable

Parade Vintage High Rise Brief

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Parade makes their underwear in sizes up to 3XL, which means they can accommodate growing bellies even though they're not a dedicated maternity brand. This brief is super-stretchy with a high-rise and cheeky coverage. Made from post-consumer upcycled cotton scraps and tencel lyocell, the fabric uses 95 percent less water than traditional cotton and is naturally antimicrobial. And, even though it's not a crossover style, the top still tapers up to sit higher on the waist.

Material: 75% Tencel lyocell, 19% Tencel x Refibra, 6% elastane | Colors: Eightball, Dew Drop, Vine Pop, +more | Size Range: XS–3XL | Care: Wash gentle, lay flat to dry

Best for Postpartum

Mother Mother Postpartum Underwear, 5-Pack

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Postpartum dressing is just as important as the comfortable styles you wear while carrying your baby. Kelley suggests Mother Mother’s disposable five-pack of undies made from a flexible mesh material for the recovery period right after birth. “They’re clothlike, breathable, and hold a pad securely in place,” she says—a crucial feature whether you opt for ice packs, liners, or both. They’re designed for short-term use but feel like regular underwear and can be washed many times before discarding—when properly cared for, you’ll get at least 10 wears out of each pair.

Material: Polyester and spandex | Colors: Black | Size Range: One size | Care: Disposable, but to extend use, hand wash or put in a wash bag and use cool-warm water with your washing machine set to delicate; air dry or tumble dry low

Best for C-Section

Hatch The High Tuck Brief

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Singla loves this pair from Hatch for its full coverage and high quality cotton and spandex blend. There's a double layer of fabric at the belly to provide good coverage post-C-section. Plus, it sits high on the waist, so there's no worry it will rub against the incision. Reviewers also write that this pair got them through the final stages of pregnancy, too, without feeling restrictive.

Material: 94% pima cotton, 6% spandex | Colors: Black, Sand, Anise, Petite Rosette | Size Range: S–XL | Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low

Where We Stand

Overall, our favorite maternity underwear is the Best Overall Kindred Bravely Grow with Me Maternity & Postpartum Brief because the fabric won’t irritate the most sensitive of skin and stretches with you throughout all stages of pregnancy. If you're plus-size, go for the Belevation Maternity Support Underwear. If you're going to be dealing with postpartum recovery that includes a C-section, opt for the Hatch The High Tuck Brief. And, for postpartum recovery in general, opt for Mother Mother Postpartum Underwear right after birth.

How We Researched

To find the best maternity underwear, we interviewed six different experts, ranging from nurse practitioners to childbirth educators to fashion stylists. We also surveyed real moms who recently gave birth to learn what brands and styles they enjoyed wearing. With their product recommendations and advice, we compiled the list of the best maternity underwear, evaluating each style on these attributes:

  • Materials
  • Size Range
  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Value
  • Ease of care

What to Look for in Maternity Underwear

  • Fit: Like regular undies, maternity options range from briefs, boy shorts, and bikinis to high-waisted silhouettes and thongs. Cut and style is all about personal preference, but the fit is where things get more specific. "While compression can help with certain pregnancy pains, don't wear anything so tight it leaves marks on you," says McLellan. The waistband and leg openings are other details to focus on, especially when your bump grows significantly, to avoid irritation. “You want to make sure the waistband is fit to dip under your bump slightly or up and over a full belly, and the leg opening is designed to have plenty of stretch and recovery, so it won’t cut into you,” says Kelley. McLellan also recommends looking for styles with a wider crotch area, like the Bodily The All-In Panty, for pads during postpartum healing.
  • Under or Over the Bump: There’s also the choice of whether you prefer under-bump or over-bump underwear during pregnancy and postpartum. "For my first two pregnancies, I hated the feeling of tight fabric over my growing belly, and it made me feel itchy. So, I preferred [pairs] that were low cut and sat under my bump," says Silver. "But, for my third, I didn't seem to have this sensory issue again. I liked the way it felt to pull the fabric up and over my bump, and it seemed to smooth out the fabric of my T-shirt or dress, which I thought looked nice." If you’re unsure which style you prefer, consider a foldable design like Motherhood Maternity Fold Over Panties, so you can try them out and see which better suits your bump. For those recovering from a C-section, it’s recommended to wear high-rise styles, like Hatch The High Tuck Brief, to avoid any irritation around the scar.
  • Material: There are other key features to look for when buying underwear, like soft and stretchy fabric. “Soft fabric is important so that you don’t experience chafing or irritation,” says Kelley, recommending naturally breathable fibers like cotton, modal, and bamboo. Breathable and cooling fabrics are also helpful features, as you run a few degrees warmer and tend to sweat more while pregnant, according to Kelley. "Moisture can lead to things we want to avoid during pregnancy, like yeast buildup or urinary tract infections," says McLellan. So, look for moisture-wicking fabrics like bamboo, polyester, and nylon. We love how Kindred Bravely Bamboo Hipster Panties keeps you cool and dry.


  • What is maternity underwear, and is it necessary?

    “Maternity underwear is designed to grow with your body and add coverage and support where you need and want it,” says Kelley. Besides the extra stretch, maternity underwear tends to be softer and more breathable to accommodate extra sensitive skin. Styles range from briefs and French cuts to thongs, boy shorts, and over-the-bump silhouettes to serve as a base for any outfit in your pregnancy wardrobe. “Having the basics, like good underwear and bras, in your wardrobe is so important and will be the building blocks that keep you comfortable and supported throughout your pregnancy,” says Kelley.

  • How do you know what size maternity underwear to buy?

    When shopping for underwear from maternity-specific brands, Kelley suggests sticking to your regular size. “The fit of the underwear will accommodate for the shifts in your body without making it necessary to size up,” she says. Also, check out the reviews to see whether people took their regular size. If you choose to stock up on favorites from non-maternity brands, going up by a size or two will often feel the most comfortable.

  • How many pairs of maternity underwear do you need?

    Kelley says the ideal maternity underwear collection should consist of around seven to ten styles that are super comfortable and keep you covered for all the different outfits you will wear and activities you love to do. “You could have something super comfortable with good coverage that will not shift around during sleep, like a great boy short," she says. “A thong or something seamless with no visible panty lines is also a good option. A bikini brief is a go-to for comfort, good coverage, and great mobility, especially during exercise where you are moving or stretching a lot.”

Why Trust Byrdie

Laura Lajiness Kaupke is a seasoned editor and commerce writer expecting her first child this year. As a Byrdie contributor, she’s constantly on the hunt for and trials products that are not only stylish but make life easier, including pregnancy-related essentials. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Claire, Glamour, Town & Country, InStyle, Esquire, Women’s Health, WWD, Footwear News, Brides, and more. She holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and a minor in art history from the University of Arizona.

Full-time freelance writer Katherine J. Igoe has been writing for over 12 years in the areas of style, lifestyle, and parenting; her work can be seen in the New York Times, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, SELF, Parents, Bustle, and more. As a style lover (who has also been through two pregnancies), she has a ton of knowledge about maternity underwear, backed up by personal experience, product testing, and interviews with the below experts.

  • Jennifer Kelley is the director of design at Ingrid+Isabel, focusing on intimates and bringing innovation and versatility into maternity and postpartum essentials.
  • Chelsey Oliver is a mother of three and the creative and brand director at Seraphine, with over 15 years of experience designing maternity and nursing clothes. She heads up an in-house team of design experts, many of whom are mothers themselves.
  • Jen McLellan, CBE, is a certified childbirth educator, founder of Plus Size Birth, and hosts the popular Plus Mommy Podcast. She's recognized by major media outlets like The New York Times and Glamour and is a trusted expert on plus size pregnancy and body positivity.
  • Naina Singla is a recognized style expert, stylist, fashion authority, and on-air commentator who has been featured in WSJ, Forbes, InStyle,, Good Morning America, People, The Zoe Report, Byrdie and other outlets. Naina has spoken on a broad range of topics, from seasonal fashion trends to red carpet looks and fashion week trends.
  • Emily Silver, NP-C, IBCLC, is co-founder of NAPS, a newborn and parenting support service based in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Aaronica B. Cole is the maker and mom behind The Needle and the Belle. She's a mom of three who believes in holistic living, loving out loud, and taking the path of least resistance.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough maternity underwear from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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