What to look for in a Maternity Bra

I found this old post that I wrote back in February 2012 when I was around 8 months pregnant with #3 son.  This was before I took over at bras4mums and about 2 years after I had trained as a bra fitter with the BraLady Network.  I’d forgotten that I’d written this, so thought I would share with you all now!

Emma x

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I thought I would write this post now as it is a topic that has been very important to me over the past eight months!! During my first two pregnancies, I was wearing the wrong the sized bras and it is only in this pregnancy, since I have become a bralady, that I am now wearing the right size. I can honestly say that I have been much more comfortable this time round and I know I have also helped other pregnant women over the past year to be supported throughout their pregnancies as well.

Your breasts start to change in pregnancy not long after you have conceived. Some women find that the first ‘sign’ they have that they are pregnant is when they notice changes in their breasts. It is normal for your breasts to increase a cup size in the first trimester and for me, I needed to go up a cup size after about 6 weeks in my first pregnancy.

During pregnancy, your abdomen and lower rib cage increase in size to allow room for the baby to grow. This means that the band measurement right underneath your breasts will increase during your pregnancy so it is important that there is room in your bra to grow too! Your maternity bra needs to be fitted on the tightest fitting so that you can expand it as your ribcage grows. By the end of your pregnancy, you might even find that you need a bra extender for the final few weeks just to give you that extra bit of comfort without needing to buy another new bra.

As your breasts are continually changing throughout your pregnancy, it is best to choose a soft cup bra rather than an underwired bra. Soft cups will fit your changing breasts throughout your pregnancy whereas an underwired bra is likely to only fit you for a few weeks.

It is important that you get checked regularly throughout your pregnancy to make sure that your bras are still supporting your breasts. By looking after your breasts in pregnancy, you can help prevent mastitis if you are planning on breastfeeding. Even during pregnancy, your breasts are getting ready to produce milk and if your bra doesn’t fit properly, pressure on the milk ducts can lead to blockages and eventually mastitis. A supportive bra through pregnancy could also help to delay ‘sagging’ which many women experience once they have breastfed!

These are just a few guidelines of things to be aware of when you are buying a maternity bra and different styles of bras will fit differently, so it is important that you try several different bras before making a final decision. Remember, you will be wearing these bras for the rest of your pregnancy and you need to feel comfortable! Being pregnant can be tiring and uncomfortable as it is so by having a well fitted bra, at least you know that your breasts are being supported!

 

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