Finding a bra that doesn’t ride up your back, gape at your boobs and pinch your sides can be difficult. Throw pregnancy into the mix and finding the Holy Grail of bras seems, well almost impossible.
Luckily, it’s not. Finding a bra that’s comfortable, functional and attractive during pregnancy is possible (and important too, wearing an ill-fitting bra can lead to back and neck strain!). You just have to know what to look for and Tracey Montford, founder of Australian-owned CAKE Lingerie, has some essential tips for each trimester of your pregnancy, as well as when you’re nursing.
Your cup size will increase in the first three months of pregnancy, so Tracey recommends buying a stretchy, seamless maternity bra. “This will grow with you and help provide relief as you begin to develop.”
You’ll notice your breast growth start to slow down during these few months, but your ribcage will begin to expand. Tracey suggests wearing a flexible-wire, non-wire or contour bra with six hooks and eyes. “This will provide greater support and will allow extension with the body to manage growth.”
Your cup-size at this stage will be maintained into the first four weeks of nursing; Tracey advises buying a minimum of three supportive nursing bras so you’ll always have one to wear, one in the wash and one in your drawer. She recommends flexible-wire, soft cup, contour, or fuller figure bras.
Tracey explains: “Your breasts will swell and rapidly change size as they try to regulate milk supply.” Her bra solution? Use a non-wired, stretchy, seamless maternity bra that grows with you. A comfortable, non-restrictive bra can help avoid complications such as mastitis, an inflammation in the breast tissue.
TRACEY’S TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL MATERNITY UNDERWEAR SHOPPING
1. Select a bra that fits comfortably to the near-tightest hook to accommodate your ribcage as it expands from the second trimester onwards.
2. Your bra should comfortably fit towards the loosest hook. This will accommodate your ribcage as it contracts to its original size.
3. Your bra should provide good bust support and shouldn’t flatten or squash your boobs. Your breasts should appear separated and fit clearly into each cup.
4. If you only need to increase your band size, drop a cup size and vice versa. Bra bands are designed relative to body size.
5. Properly fitted flexible-wire bras provide superior, unrestricted support. When selecting one, ensure it sits under and behind the breast tissue.
6. As your cup size will vary with each pregnancy, it’s a good idea to recheck your bra size to ensure you receive the right comfort and support.
Have you ever had trouble finding the right bra during pregnancy? Do you have any tips for finding the right bra?