There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to wearing a bra to bed during your pregnancy, as the decision ultimately comes down to comfort and personal preference. Your body is unique. However, many women choose to wear a bra to bed to help support their breasts.
Some doctors recommend that pregnant women wear a bra even if they don’t experience any breast pain or discomfort. Others believe that bras can cause unnecessary tension in the neck and upper torso, which may lead to discomfort and poor sleep.
Generally speaking, if your breasts have grown or started leaking milk, wearing a bra during bedtime may be more comfortable. If you are sleeping on your side, wearing a bra to bed will counteract the pull of gravity on your breasts, reducing sagging in the long run.
Let’s take a deep dive:
Should you wear a bra at night while pregnant?
The general consensus is that if your breasts are comfortable without a bra, then you can go sans-bra at night. Bras can be restrictive, uncomfortable, and can irritate sensitive skin. Instead, try wearing a soft and supportive maternity tank like the Kindred Bravely Bamboo Maternity Tank:
However, many women find that wearing a maternity bra helps support their breasts during sleep, keeping their breasts from sagging after they give birth.
If you do choose to wear a maternity bra to bed, make sure it’s not too tight Breathing properly with a growing belly is hard enough without a restrictive bra in the mix!
This Cake Maternity Bamboo Sleep Bra is soft, stretchy and looks sexy:
What are the benefits of wearing a bra to bed when pregnant?
For starters, a bra can provide comfort and support during sleep. Wearing a bra helps keep your breasts from pulling, which can be quite uncomfortable when you’re sleeping on your side. This is especially important later on in the pregnancy when breasts may become increasingly heavy.
Another benefit of wearing a bra at night is that it can help reduce back and neck pain. This is because bras help redistribute breast weight more evenly, which takes some strain off the back muscles. If you find yourself achy and sore in the morning, try wearing a bra to see if it helps.
Gravity is not your friend when it comes to breasts. Gravity is hard at work, even when you’re asleep. Wearing a sleep bra will help support your breasts and prevent the Cooper’s ligaments from stretching, reducing your risk of premature breast sagging later on.
Sometimes, your breasts can leak milk during pregnancy itself, especially in the third trimester. Wearing a bra to sleep can prevent your sheets from getting sticky with milk. It’s easier to wash a bra than to wash your sheets, theat’s for sure.
How to choose the right type of maternity bra for sleeping?
Your main priority is to sleep soundly and comfortably so you’re well rested the next day. Pregnant women have a lot of trouble sleeping. I know I did. Between trying not to sleep on your back and the baby kicking you just as you’re about to fall asleep, I didn’t get much quality sleep. A sleep bra needs to help you sleep, not hinder it further. That’s why it’s important to choose one with these qualities:
- made of breathable material so you don’t sweat. Cotton, modal and bamboo bras are the best.
- soft and comfy, enveloping your breasts rather than restricting it. I find bamboo sleep bras the softest.
- wireless – never wear a wired bra to sleep. You don’t need wires while you’re asleep and they are so uncomfortable!
If you have a regular wireless bra that still fits and is comfy enough, you can wear that.
However, if your breasts have grown or you don’t have a bra soft enough, I recommend buying some nursing sleep bras. You’ll be able to use these throughout pregnancy, during your hospital stay and for breastfeeding as well. Heck, many women continue wearing nursing sleep bras to bed just because they are the most comfortable bras they have ever worn in their life.
The Kindred Bravely French Terry Sleep Bra is one of my favorites:
You can read my review of the best sleep bras for more options.
To wrap up
Wearing a bra to bed while pregnant is a personal choice. Some women find it more comfortable to wear a bra to bed, while others do not. There is no right or wrong answer, as each woman’s body is different. If you are pregnant and not sleeping comfortably, try wearing a comfy bra to sleep. It might be just the thing you need.
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