March Bra of the Month – Royce Blossom Nursing Bra

Spring is on it’s way, but here in Cambridge, it is very wet and miserable today! Looking back at February’s Bra of the Month offer, February started in the same way!

Anyway, this month, the bra of the month is the Royce Blossom Nursing Bra.

Blossom Nursing Bra CandyThis innovative design from Royce is another favourite of mine since it was introduced back in 2011.

The super soft stretchy fabric allows the cup to expand and contract which covers 3 cup sizes – perfect for those early days of feeding when you experience fluctuation in your breast size.

There is also a hidden cord at the centre of the bra which allows you to change the style from a plunge style to a crop top style. Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

 

I particularly like the ‘slide slings’ which give support at the side of your breasts.

 

Royce Blossom nursing braThis bra is great for both pregnancy and breastfeeding and is available in black with white spots, or the lighter Candy (pink & white stripes) in the sizes shown in the grid below.

32 C / D / DD 32 E / F / FF 32 G / GG / H
34 C / D / DD 34 E / F / FF 34 G / GG / H
36 C / D / DD 36 E / F / FF 36 G / GG / H
38 C / D / DD 38 E / F / FF 38 G / GG / H
40 C / D / DD 40 E / F / FF 40 G / GG / H

Royce have made this video which explains how the bra works and I have previously reviewed the bra here.

The offer for this month is to get the Royce Blossom Nursing Bra for just £25 (RRP £30) by using the code BLOSSOM at the checkout.

Happy Shopping!

Emma x

Introducing the Large Cup Seamless Nursing Bra

So often I get asked for a seamless maternity or nursing bra larger than an F cup. The seamless nursing bras that I have in stock are all lovely and fit really well on ladies up to an F cup, but even the XL sizes will not fit or give support to anyone larger than an F.

Sugar Candy Fuller Bust Seamless Nursing BraSo hurray for Cake Lingerie who have filled a gap in the market and introduced the Sugar Candy Nursing Bra – a fuller bust seamless nursing bra.

This bra has been specifically designed for the large cup ladies, starting at a 30 band and from an F-HH cup, it has a reinforced bust platform sling and a double layer side support sling to give maximum support to heavy breasts.

It is ideal for during pregnancy, breastfeeding and as a sleep bra, so definitely one for the hospital bag for immediately post birth or for wearing around the house.

Sugar Candy Fuller Bust Seamless Nursing BraIt comes in 3 colours, the basic black and nude but also a gorgeous pink if you like a bit of colour!

The sizing is very simple so this bra will last you at a time when your breasts are changing shape and size during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

F FF G GG H HH
30 XS XS XS XS S M
32 S S S S M L
34 M M M M L XL
36 L L L L XL
38 XL XL XL XL
40 XL XL XL

So if you have larger breasts and want comfort and support, shop here for the Sugar Candy Nursing Bra!

January Bra of the Month

Each month, starting from this month, I am going to share with you a different bra and give you a special offer for the website. It might be money off, free postage, discounted or free matching briefs… it just depends on the bra for the month as to what the offer will be.

I am beginning this year with one of my personal favourites and one that I know lots of you ladies like too! It might not be pretty, but it is super comfy and supportive and is one of the bras that I recommend to the majority of my customers.

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra

The Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra.

For those of you who don’t know my story, I struggled with maternity and nursing bras during my first two pregnancies. I then discovered the lovely T-J who trained me in maternity and nursing bra fittings and I started my BraLady Cambridge business. So whilst pregnant with my third son and breastfeeding him, I had new bras which I knew fitted me properly, were comfortable and supportive.  I practically lived in the the Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra!

It is a soft, stretchy, t-shirt style bra and is ideal for pregnancy and breastfeeding because of its flexible sizing: Small – Extra Large covering 32B to 46F.

The new style Extra Large has had x2 cup sizes added to it, so it now goes up to G cup (although I haven’t yet got those in stock). If you want one of the new sized XL bras, then please email me at info@bras4mums.co.uk and I will sort this out for you.

This bra is ideal for your hospital bag, early days of feeding, or if baby arrives earlier than expected and you haven’t had your nursing bra fitting yet.  It is very versatile and can be worn during the day as it is supportive enough, or can be slept in at night as it has no seams to dig into your milk ducts.

The foam cups offer a firmer shape and cover your nipples or breast pads. Some ladies like the pads, others remove them immediately! I used them for the first few weeks of breastfeeding to help protect my sore nipples, but then took them out as I didn’t need them anymore.

The Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is available in a choice of colours: black, ivory and latte. I have a few pale pink left in stock and there are also seasonal colours available so a new colour is likely to be available in the spring.

Already discounted from the RRP of £30 down to £27, I am offering you a further 10% off this month. Just enter #braofthemonth at the checkout to apply your discount.

I hope you love this bra as much as I do!

Emma x

Mother’s Day Competition

To celebrate Mother’s Day here in the UK on 6th March, we are giving away a new Cake Lingerie Strawberry Gateau Chemise.

Cake Lingerie Strawberry Gateau Chemise

Cake Lingerie Strawberry Gateau Chemise

This gorgeous chemise is perfect for pregnancy and breastfeeding and will make a great treat for any new mum!

Good luck to all those entering and please share the competition with your friends!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Are you looking for some gift inspiration for your wife or partner for Mother’s Day?  Look no further, we have some fab gift ideas for you!

Royce Poppy Nursing Bra

Royce Poppy Nursing Bra

First up is the gorgeous Royce Poppy Nursing Bra. This bra is great for wearing throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding and is very popular with our customers.

With its gorgeous vintage-inspired floral print, this lovely new ‘Poppy’ nursing bra has moulded cups for great shape and a subtly contrasting cuff and cradle – making it both practical and fashionable.

Available in sizes 32D-40FF.

Price £30.00

 

HOTmilk Lure Nursing Bra

HOTmilk Lure Nursing Bra

New to our range this year is the HOTmilk Lure Nursing Bra, which has immediately become a favourite of ours.

This full cup bra is smooth under clothing with the flat lace paneling and smooth, soft microfibre. The flexible underwire offers a higher level of support and expands and flexes with your body reducing pressure on the breast tissue.

We don’t recommend wearing an underwired bra during the first 12 weeks of breastfeeding, but this would make a great gift for that mum who wants to continue breastfeeding beyond that time.

This can be matched with the HOTmilk Eclipse Bikini Brief for a matching set.

Available in sizes 32D-38J.

Price £39.95.

Cake Lingerie Strawberry Gateau Chemise

Cake Lingerie Strawberry Gateau Chemise

This is the lovely new chemise from Cake Lingerie. Functional yet contemporary, it is an ideal loungewear item for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It has nursing clips to make breastfeeding during the night simple and the racer back design ensures the straps stay in place whilst sleeping.

Available in S, M, L, XL.

Price £45.80

 

 

Aroma Spa Collection

Aroma Spa Collection

Or what about the Aroma Spa Collection from Forever Living.

A luxurious three-piece collection for an in-home aromatherapy spa experience. Perfect for indulging your body with high quality ingredients including aloe vera, lavender, white tea and essential oils found in the Relaxation Bath Salts, Relaxation Shower Gel and Relaxation Massage Lotion.

Price £62.86

Sonya Skin Care Collection

Sonya Skin Care Collection

And finally, the Forever Living Sonya Skin Care Collection.

Five signature products which combine the importance of cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising to leave you with beautiful, healthy skin. The collection includes Aloe Purifying Cleanser, Aloe Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator, Aloe Refreshing Toner, Aloe Balancing Cream and Aloe Nourishing Serum.

Price £130.67

So whatever your budget, we have something to treat that special person in your life, whether it is your partner caring for your new baby, or maybe your own mum who you want to say ‘thank you’ to.

 

Why do people tell me not to wear wired bras during pregnancy?

It’s not because we don’t understand that you’ve always worn wired bras and know nothing different. It’s not because we want you to feel unsupported during pregnancy. And it’s certainly not because, “that’s what we did in our day”.

Your body changes as soon as you conceive your baby. Some of you will have noticed changes immediately, others it takes longer. Your body starts to prepare for your baby over the whole nine months. To start with, your breasts grow and you may notice your nipples alter colour and size. As you start to reach the end of your first trimester, your ribs start to grow to allow space for your baby to get bigger.

anita underwired maternity bra

Anita 5035 underwired bra

Underwired bras often use quite a firm wire to give the bra good support and shape. This will be quite rigid, and will be unable to adapt to your changing body shape and size. You will find that the wires start to dig into your breast tissue and may cause discomfort, or even blocked ducts – yes, even during pregnancy this is possible!

So, when a bra fitter tells you that they advise you to wear soft cup bras during pregnancy, it’s usually because this will save you money, (not buying new size underwired bras every few weeks). It’s also to keep you comfy and your breasts safe from harm.

Having said that, there are some great underwired bras for wearing during pregnancy, which uses specially designed softer wires, which stretch with your changing shape. They may not suit everyone, and with a great variety of supportive, pretty and sexy maternity bras out there, you may not need wires to keep you smiling during pregnancy!

If you have any questions or concerns about underwired bras for pregnancy, please ask our Bra Lady team.

Welcome Chelle, a new Bras4mums ambassador

chelle bras ambassadorChelle is mama to a feisty red head called Fizz wife to Gav. Since 2009 Chelle has been on a massive career and life changing journey – first being a mama then returning to work all while blogging her journey. Chelle blogs at Unique and Chic – a website she says covers everything unique even when you don’t feel quite as chic – sharing her own and others parenting stories along the way. You can find her on twitter as @chellemccann.

I have known TJ since 2010 – I had just finished breastfeeding but I knew what a fabulous website and how helpful it could be for new mums to be both with products and the great advice. You may have seen me blogging on the site before!

After having my daughter it took quite a few years (nearly 4 in fact) to even consider having a second child in our house. After a few years of non existent and very irregular periods as well as scans to find out what was wrong we found out that we were pregnant 2 days before our daughters 4th birthday. Time wise I have a thing about how dates work out – 2 days before my 30th birthday I found out that we were expecting Fizz. A good omen perhaps?

Pregnancy this time around has been pretty different and since I am already in the third trimester I feel like I have some catching up to do with the Bras4Mums readers.

So what was so different in the first and second trimester….

Flutterings: When I was pregnant with Fizz I felt these for the first time around 18-19 weeks. I knew that often mums can feel these much earlier in subsequent pregnancies. I started to feel something around 12 weeks but convinced myself that it wasn’t possible so early. Turns out it is.

Appointments: This time I have less with the midwife and more with various other people. Level 11 is becoming pretty well known to me already for glucose testing, blood testing, scans and next up a consultant.

Bumpage: The bump is huge at 16 weeks. It has taken me by surprise!

Sickness: woahhh it was no where near this bad last time. This time I have actual vomiting. My head feels like it wants to explode afterwards.

Tiredness: Yes I know with a small person around it was bound to be more tiring this time. I am so lucky that I work freelance now. I have had to adapt both my working hours and Fizz’s nursery hours to ensure that tiredness does not have a knock on both areas. Fizz seems to love full nursery days so thats a win now as is the fact that daddy can do drop off and pick ups too.

What did you find surprising second time around?

The Pregnancy Diaries – 26 weeks

Mama to 2 little ones with a new baby on the way. Just reaching the 3rd trimester discusses the mounting things she needs to do and the the pregnancy symptoms she is starting to suffer from.

Vi blogs at Goriami Family and talks about family life, thrifty living and fashion.

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Huge excitement this morning after a night of horrible heartburn and reflux, I realised I had made it into the third trimester! This feels like a huge milestone, and I’m part delighted, part terrified to be 26 weeks pregnant!! Suddenly I realise I am going to need to start thinking about buying some things for baby, you’d think as this is going to be baby number 3 I’d easily decide on where baby should sleep, but suddenly I find myself indecisive between Moses basket and crib! Still, by the time baby arrives I’m sure I will have made up my mind..(I hope!). I’ve recovered the breast pump from the baby stuff I’d put away, but I confess I’ve already found myself looking at it with some confusion and struggling to remember how to put it all together..I think I need to re-read the manual! 

As I’ve already explained, I am suffering with reflux and heartburn, I’ve also been told to increase the dose of my iron tablets, so I think between now and the end of pregnancy I will be found armed with a hip flask full of Gaviscon and a bag of spinach to help my iron levels! The best thing my midwife said to me at the last appointment was “dark chocolate is great for low iron levels..” I don’t know whether she was just saying that but I’m not going to check if she was joking as who needs a better excuse for eating chocolate (and I do love plain chocolate!). Other pregnancy woes include waking up at 2am with sore hips and then rolling from side to side trying to get comfortable! I do find keeping as mobile as I can during the day does help a little – though then i find I’m really stiff in the morning and struggle to get out of bed!

Physically my bump is now obvious to anyone, and people have started to ask when baby is due – not sure if they think I suddenly look huge or just suddenly look pregnant?! My breasts have changed hugely, they’re darker in colour, with prominent nipples and are very full, I think I might be giving Dolly Parton a run for her money when the milk comes in after baby arrives! I’ve been picking T-J @bras4mums brains to ensure I’m wearing the right sized bra and also the right style for me, and suddenly realising that it isn’t as simple as just picking out a maternity bra off the rail! Different styles/fabrics of bras do suit me better than others, and writing it sounds so obvious I’m cringing but without someone to help me decide which works I have been (in honesty) wearing completely the wrong bras, but it’s OK we’re rectifying that!

Vita x

Pregnancy and your body

Hotmilk chic nursing bra

Hotmilk chic bra black & pink

During pregnancy your body goes through such a drastic change, it may not seem such a big deal, however, the reality is – you’ve created and are growing a human being, see what we mean?  There are so many tips and advice thrown around, we’re sure you’ve been inundated with advice, but here’s our own experiences and findings we wanted to share. Continue reading

Pregnancy Diaries: Jo & Daniel’s Birth Story

After a fairly uneventful pregnancy until 36 weeks, when I was moved onto consultant care due to concerns over baby’s size (I was discharged from them at 39 weeks) and managing to get through Christmas and New Year without an early appearance of baby, I was ready for the end at 40 weeks. I had a sweep with my midwife at 1.15pm on Friday 10th January at 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant.  After returning home and sitting down for a bit, I started getting some strong irregular cramps at 2.15pm. After another hour of pretending to be normal (looking after the toddler and doing housework) and breathing through the contractions when they came, I realised that it was definitely labour and started calling the family to sort out who would look after Thomas, our 2 year old. My dad came over to stay the night with Thomas in case we needed to leave for the hospital in the middle of the night. I called our doula, Manie from Opal Aura and told her not to rush but to come over when she could as things were moving up a gear now with the contractions coming stronger and closer together.

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