How to fit a maternity bra
Friday, 16 August 2013 | Mummy and Little Me
Ok so you're newly pregnant, and your boobs have ballooned, or perhaps they're just tender and a little bigger.
Unfortunately, many people will initially go to high street stores like M&S and see a couple of maternity styles - and then leave in horror! Or worse, be fitted by somebody who thinks they knows best about how you feel in that bra, or just gives you one two sizes too big, and you walk out having spent money on an ugly bra that doesn't fit and you don't even like!
Now don't panic, but the best thing is probably to come out of underwired bras. It's not a hard and fast rule - if you still feel comfortable in a well-fitting wired bra, then fine. But the likelihood is that you will be more comfortable in non-wired. But fear not - in the right bra, fitted well, you can still achieve great support AND a great shape (yes, we all still want a nice cleavage!).
But what is the difference between a maternity and nursing bra? We hear you (and lots of other ladies!) ask.....
Well, essentially, not so much.
If you'd like to try breastfeeding your baby when the time comes, it's worth remembering that if you wait and decide to buy some nursing bras, that haven't had any other use, very late into your pregnancy, and if you then unfortunately are unable to breast feed, it would be an awful waste of money. Our ethos is, get some lovely bras that are maternity AND nursing styles, and get your money's worth!
However you may ask, "is it not too early get a nursing bra?", if you are only 20 weeks or less. Well, with Mummy & Little Me fitting you, no it's not. As long as we know how many weeks along you are, we are able to give you a professional fitting based on how you're likely to grow throughout your pregnancy from the stage you're at when you come to see us, both in your back size, and in your cup.
Now's where we come back to talking about your rib cage - from about 15 weeks, to make room for baby growing inside you, you will find your rib and diaphragm area lifting slightly and expanding. This might be up to 2 sizes in your back size, so if you were a size 32 back before getting pregnant, you may find you fit a 34 or bigger at your peak of pregnancy.
To account for your changing back size - expanding during pregnancy, and coming back in again when baby's born when you may be nursing - we stock bras that have between four and six rows of hooks and eyes on the back. This allows you to adjust your bra with your changing size (meaning that you don't have to buy and new bra every time you go up a size!).
Now of course, nobody can guarantee just how much your cups will fill with milk when baby arrives, but on average we would say that during maternity, if you can fit your hand inside your bra cup comfortably and the fabric stretches nicely - this is a good guide. This should take you to at least one cup size bigger if you need it. You'll also feel confident that if you're nursing, at different points your cups will be fuller, or fuller on one side than the other, and these bras will also accommodate that nicely.
One of our all time favourites, and best selling bras is the Bravado Seamless bra.
This bra ticks all the boxes you're likely to have!
The Bravado Seamless is like an every day, easy to wear t-shirt bra, but if you're looking for something a bit more sexy (yes, this is still allowed when you're pregnant!) then we have lots of these styles to choose from, too; we even have maternity and nursing plunge bras!
We have a lovely air conditioned boutique where you can try them on at your own pace and we are there every step of the way to provide guidance.
Here are our top tips and advice for bra fittings:
- Some people prefer to wear trousers and a top rather than dresses when you come for a fitting, so that you only need to take off your top for the fitting
At Mummy & Little Me you're in safe hands - you don't need to book for a fitting - and if you're not local we can advise over the telephone.
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