It is important for pregnant and breastfeeding women to have supportive, comfortable bras. During this time, a woman’s breasts are constantly changing. Finding the perfect nursing or maternity bra may seem like a daunting task, but don’t be discouraged! Our guide to wearing a maternity bra will help you find your way.
How Do Breasts Change During Pregnancy?
Oh boy where do I start! One of the first signs of pregnancy is full breasts. All women are different, of course, but on average, women grow one to three sizes throughout their pregnancy. In addition to fuller breasts, your enlarged tummy will require you to wear a bra with a larger band size.
after the birth
You will experience congestion about two to six days after giving birth. This is the moment when the milk “goes in” and is also the point where your breasts are the largest.
Your breast size will change from day to day when you first start breastfeeding, but will soon return to its constant size once breastfeeding is on a regular schedule. However, your breast size will likely change! Most women will revert to their pre-pregnancy band size, but will be up to three cups larger than before.
It is important to remeasure yourself during and after your pregnancy. Your body and breasts are constantly changing, and you want to make sure you’re in the right size and size.
Maternity Bra – What is it?
Maternity bras are designed specifically to be worn by pregnant women. There are some “regular” bras that can be worn by pregnant women, but they must have the right features. Here are some features to look for in a bra when pregnant.
- It should fit on the tight hook when you first buy it. This way, you can expand when your breasts grow.
- If you’re carrying high, wear a non-wired bra.
- Non-wired bras are great in the third trimester.
- Maternity bras should be supportive and comfortable to prevent back pain.
Buying maternity bras to fit your growing body can be expensive. One tip to save money is to wear nursing bras after the seventh month. Nursing bras provide many of the same benefits as maternity bras and can be used after giving birth.
Why wear a maternity bra?
One of the reasons women wear maternity bras is for the comfort level. In addition to supporting your growing breasts, the maternity bra helps prevent back pain and even reduce stretch marks. It’s especially important to wear a bra that fits your size, as your breasts are the heaviest during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many maternity bras are also allergen and toxin free for sensitive skin.
When should I buy a nursing bra?
I recommend getting your first nursing bra between 30 and 32 weeks. Most women are the same size bra at 30 weeks after swelling; It’s a great time to measure yourself. Your first nursing bras should be soft cup bras. These are non-wired bras and provide room for your growing breasts – flexible sizing helps you stay comfortable. You should also have two soft cup nursing bras – these will last longer if you use them alternately. You can also use these bras as sleep bras when your cup size gets smaller.
Once you and your baby breastfeed regularly, you can start having fun with your nursing bras! Modern nursing bras come in a variety of colors and styles – you can feel and look sexy! Most women can also wear an underwire nursing bra during this time. Underwire nursing bras provide optimal support for heavy breasts, but it is very important that you wear the right size. The underwire should fit comfortably under the breast and should not interfere with milk production.
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More nursing bra questions? Ask Linda for help determining the best maternity and nursing bra for you.