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How to fit your maternity and nursing bra

Thursday, 5 November 2015  |  Admin


The best way to fit a maternity or nursing bra is not by measuring yourself, but instead by trying on one of your best-fitting bras (on the loosest hook – underwired is fine, but padded is not), and answering the following questions :-

Is the bra band riding up at the back? ie is it higher at the back than it is at the front? 
Is your bust sagging, or does it look fully supported?
Are there marks on your shoulders where the straps have been digging in, therefore indicating it is tight on the straps?

Now once you have worked out whether the back and cup size fit you simply go up or down accordingly! As a general rule of thumb you often find that as you end your pregnancy your rib cage will go up and out ready for the birth of your baby, which means you go up at least one back size. Your cup size again will also grow, generally most grow 1-2 sizes depending on how they were to start with. 

Again don't forget that once you have had the baby your rib cage will move slowly back in so you will need a smaller back size, or at least have the option to make the one you are wearing tighter. If you still are not sure use this guide as well to help .... or even better give us a call and we will do a blind bra fitting! Yes we really are that clever here ....


1. Find your band size by pulling the tape measure around your rib cage underneath your breasts, placing it just under your bust at the front and making sure the tape measure is flat and straight across your back. Pull the tape nice and tight (remember that a bra will stretch, but a tape measure doesn’t) and measure in centimetres.

Measurement (cm) Band Size
69, 70, 71, 72, 73 32
74, 75, 76, 77, 78 34
79, 80, 81, 82, 83 36
84, 85, 86, 87, 88 38
89, 90, 91, 92, 93 40
Over Bust

2. Now find your cup size by measuring across the fullest part of your bust. Try to keep the tape measure nice and horizontal all the way round, not dipping at the back, and not too tight. Measure in centimeters.


Cup Size/Band Size 32 34 36 38 40
B 84-85 89-90 94-96 99-101 104-106
C 86-88 91-93 97-98 102-103 107-108
D 89-90 94-96 99-101 104-106 109-111
DD 91-93 97-98 102-103 107-108 112-113
E 94-96 99-101 104-106 109-111 114-116
F 97-98 102-103 107-108 112-113 117-118
G 99-101 104-106 109-111 114-116 119-121
H 102-103 107-108 112-113 117-118 122-123