How to choose a maternity bra

Pregnancy is a wonderful period. Your body is transforming quickly and your breasts are too. They are becoming bigger and more sensitive to the touch as they are preparing to produce milk for your child. However, before buying a new bra, you should need a couple of things that will guide you through the choice. In this blog, we have collected the most necessary facts about choosing and wearing bras during pregnancy and after your baby has been born.

So, how do you know when it is time you bought a new bra? The first and the key indicator is that if you feel tight wearing your old one, you should take it off and check: if there are indentations at places where straps and bands were, or your marks of the cups, you should forget about wearing till your breasts will come back into their regular shape. Some women have their breast changing throughout the whole period of pregnancy, while others notice some growth only during the first trimester.

Some women are not sure they know the difference regular, maternity, and nursing bras, which is crucial to understand before you shop for one. In fact, a maternity bra is just a more convenient version of your regular bra. It typically has soft cotton lining, some extra hooks, and wider straps. So, if your regular bra possesses the same features, you can use it as well, without any considerable difference. As far as nursing bras are concerned, they have panels or clasps that allow easy access to the nipples to make breastfeeding easier no matter if you are at home or out.

Now that you know the difference between the types, it is time to go shopping. Every woman is sure to know that choosing a perfect bra is challenging even if you are not pregnant, especially taking into account the fact that there is no size calculator that would be totally fail-proof. Be prepared for a lot of trials and errors. Don’t get upset. Our tips will guide you through the process.

Before you pass on to trying different variants, measure your size very accurately. You should put the tape below your underarms around your chess to know your band size. Then, measure the fullest part of your bustline (try not to press too hard – a bit loose is fine). Finally, to know your cup size, you should subtract your first (band) measurement from your second (bust measurement). Now, you know approximately what you should look for.

Since your bust is going to grow, the first thing to pay attention to is the band because it will give you the support you need for your new cup size. Opt for a wider band that is secure enough but is not too tight because you do not need it to cause any unpleasant feelings.

Finally, do not forget about adjustable straps that rest on your shoulders without pinching or digging them. No red prints are acceptable.

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