The Best Maternity Underwear for Each Pregnancy Stage

Pregnancy is such a transformative and challenging time for women. It's a period filled with all sorts of physical and emotional changes that can be a bit overwhelming at times. And let's be real, finding comfort and support becomes even more crucial during this journey. While we often talk about many aspects of pregnancy, one thing that tends to get overlooked is the importance of good underwear.


Choosing the right maternity and postpartum underwear can truly make a difference in how expectant and new moms feel during this time. It goes beyond just the style and cut of the underwear; there are specific features that can provide the real comfort and support. From stretchy and breathable fabrics that accommodate a growing belly to gentle elastic bands that won't dig into sensitive skin, it is these small details that can make all the difference.

Moreover, the right maternity and postpartum underwear can boost confidence and self-esteem. As the body undergoes significant changes, it's natural for women to feel self-conscious. Having undergarments that fit well and provide the necessary support can help moms and moms-to-be feel more comfortable and at ease with their changing bodies.

Remember, every woman's preferences may vary when it comes to underwear styles and cuts, but the key is to prioritize the features that truly make a difference during this beautiful and transformative phase of life.

A few changes you can expect during pregnancy include:

  • Increase in breast size
  • Weight gain and changes in body shape
  • Sensitivity and stretching of the skin around the stomach area
  • Back and pelvic pain

Maternity and postpartum underwear are designed to accommodate these changes and provide support where needed. They are also crafted with soft, stretchy materials that won't cause any discomfort or irritation to sensitive areas. 

Choosing the right Maternity and Postpartum Underwear

  1. Comfortably Supportive Fabrics: During pregnancy and postpartum, it's important to choose underwear made from fabrics that are stretchy, breathable, and soft on the skin. Cotton is a popular choice as it is hypoallergenic and allows for air circulation, reducing the risk of infections. Modal and bamboo are also great choices as they are known for their softness and moisture-wicking properties. Avoid synthetic fabrics like nylon or polyester as they can trap moisture and cause discomfort.
  1. Underwear Styles: Every woman's body is different, especially during pregnancy and postpartum. That's why it's important to choose underwear styles that suit your body type and provide the right amount of coverage and support.
  1. Finding the Right Fit: During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes, and it's important to find underwear that fits  comfortably and doesn't restrict blood flow. Look for underwear with a stretchy waistband that will expand as your belly grows, providing support without digging in.
  1. Additional Features to Look For: Besides fabric and style, there are some other features that can enhance the comfort and support of maternity and postpartum underwear. Look for options with:
  • Seamless construction: This reduces the risk of chafing or irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • Adjustable waistbands: As your body changes during pregnancy and postpartum, having adjustable waistbands can ensure a comfortable fit.
  • Moisture-wicking properties: These help keep you feeling dry and comfortable, even during hot flashes or postpartum sweating.
  • Extra padding: Some maternity and postpartum underwear come with extra padding in the front for added support and coverage.

Remember, it's important to choose maternity and postpartum underwear that make you feel comfortable and supported during this special time in your life. Don't be afraid to try out different styles and features to see what works best for you. And remember, you can always switch things up as your body changes throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Take care of yourself and your changing body by choosing the right maternity and postpartum underwear.

A few maternity and postpartum styles we love


High-Waisted Pregnancy Briefs

One of the most recommended types of underwear for expectant and postpartum moms is the high-waisted brief. This style of underwear offers not only ample coverage and support, but also provides a comfortable and secure fit by extending below the belly button. High-waisted briefs are specifically designed to alleviate the discomfort of pressure on baby bumps and incision sites, making them ideal for moms who have undergone C-section deliveries. By providing an added layer of protection, these briefs can effectively assist in relieving pregnancy-related back pain and offer excellent support to the entire belly region, which is situated below the rib cage. With their combination of coverage, support, and comfort, high-waisted briefs are the perfect choice for moms seeking ultimate comfort and well-being during and after pregnancy.

Under-the-Bump Maternity Briefs 

Under the bump, you will find that many women prefer wearing underwear designed specifically for their changing bodies during pregnancy. These briefs offer minimal coverage on the belly, allowing for maximum comfort. With a lower and elastic waistband that sits comfortably on the hips, these briefs not only provide support but also showcase the beautiful baby bump in maternity shoots. You'll be pleased to know that some of our under the bump styles have been a part of the Hotmilk range for over 10 years, guaranteeing exceptional comfort during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. Rest assured that every detail, from fabric selection to seam placement and cut, has been carefully considered to ensure that these briefs are among the most comfortable you will ever wear.

Seamless Maternity Briefs

For moms seeking unparalleled comfort during pregnancy and postpartum, seamless maternity underwear are an excellent choice. These briefs are specially designed with no seams or edges, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin. Not only do they provide a smooth silhouette under clothing, but they also minimize the risk of chafing and irritation.

Our collection of seamless maternity underwear includes various styles, such as the My Necessity Bikini Brief and the Over the Bump Pregnancy Brief. The My Necessity Bikini Brief features a low-rise design and a breathable, stretchy fabric that adapts to your changing body shape. The Over the Bump Pregnancy Brief offers full coverage and a soft, supportive waistband that comfortably accommodates your growing belly.

With our seamless maternity briefs you can enjoy all-day comfort without sacrificing style. Whether you're lounging at home or going about your daily activities, these briefs provide the perfect blend of comfort and functionality. Treat yourself to the ultimate comfort during this special time with our seamless maternity briefs.

Leakproof Briefs

For new moms, leakproof underwear is a must-have. These briefs are designed with an absorbent layer that helps to prevent leakage from postpartum bleeding. They also come in various styles such as hipsters or briefs for extra coverage and support. Leakproof underwear can give new moms peace of mind while they navigate the changes in their bodies during the postpartum period. Hotmilk had a range of leakproof briefs in different styles and absorbency level. These are also great as period underwear once your cycle starts again.

Breathable Underwear

Breathable underwear is a great choice for pregnant women as they allow for air circulation in the vaginal area, reducing the risk of itchiness, infections, and discharge. A lot of our underwear is constructed from certified bamboo as the fabric is soft to the touch, stretchy, flexible, and comfortable. Breathable maternity underwear is ideal for everyday wear and can be worn under any type of clothing. All Hotmilk Maternity and postpartum briefs have been designed in breathable fabrics for comfort and style.

Disposable Mesh Underwear

For the first few days after giving birth, disposable mesh underwear may be an ideal choice for new mothers. These underwear come with a high waist, allowing them to sit well above any sutures during recovery. Mesh underwear is also intended to hold postpartum pads in place. For added comfort, these pairs of underwear can be worn over regular maternity briefs.

Now we have established what styles and features to look for, let's take a look at what to wear when. This is just a suggestion, you will know what feels best throughout your journey. 

The Best Maternity Underwear for Each Pregnancy Stage

  1. First Trimester - Under the Bump Underwear: During the early stages of pregnancy, the belly bump is not yet prominent, and most moms-to-be still feel comfortable in their regular underwear. However, under the bump maternity underwear can also be a great choice. They are designed to sit below the belly, providing the necessary comfort without exerting pressure on the growing bump.
  2. Second Trimester - High Waisted Briefs: As the belly becomes more prominent in the second trimester, high-waisted briefs become more suitable. They offer excellent support to the growing belly and provide ample coverage without digging into your skin or leaving any marks.
  3. Third Trimester - Breathable Maternity Underwear: In the last trimester, breathability becomes a crucial factor due to increased blood flow and potential swelling. Breathable maternity underwear, made from fabrics like bamboo or cotton, are perfect for this stage. They keep the skin cool and dry, reducing the risk of itchiness or discomfort.
  4. Postpartum - Disposable Mesh Underwear: After childbirth, comfort and hygiene are key. Disposable mesh underwear are the go-to choice for this stage. They are high-waisted to sit above any sutures and are designed to hold postpartum pads in place. Plus, they can be discarded after use, ensuring maximum cleanliness during recovery.

Remember, each pregnancy is unique, and comfort levels can vary. Take the time to find what works best for you at each stage. Don't hesitate to invest in your comfort during this beautiful and transformative period of your life.

← Older Post Newer Post →





Changes to My Breasts During Pregnancy | HOTMILK

By Kelly Fisher

Our shared experiences as mothers fuel our commitment to creating lingerie that goes beyond functionality. We are a smalll dedicated team of working mamas who...

Read more

Difference between Wirefree or Flexi Underwire Maternity Bras | HOTMILK

By Kelly Fisher

Pregnancy comes with an overload of advice, some factual and some not. When it comes to bras, however, the truth is straightforward: an improperly fitted...

Read more