Being a new mom is full of surprises. There is no “normal” when it comes to your changing body & emotions, and when it comes to boobs, forget about it!
We see loads of expecting women and new moms every week, some of whom know very well that things can be very different with each pregnancy. You’d think there would be a pattern of some sort, but surprisingly (and sadly) – there isn’t.
Here are a few common questions we get asked at the shop from our expecting moms.
What’s the difference between a “maternity” bra, and a “nursing” bra?
You may find some styles that are one or the other, but most Maternity & Nursing bras are the same thing these days.
Maternity Bras are designed to support growing breasts & rib cages. Many of them are wire-free, but you’ll find more and more flex-wire options appearing in stores and online.
Nursing Bras have the same features as maternity bras, but are also designed to allow breast-feeding without having to take the entire bra off.
What are the benefits of wearing a maternity bra as opposed to a regular bra during pregnancy?
As I mentioned before, maternity bras are designed for changing bodies. They have many features to help offer support and comfort before, during, and after pregnancy!
When should I start shopping for maternity or nursing bras?
Some women experience major changes within the first trimester, including weight gain and breast growth, but some don’t experience these things AT ALL! Whenever you no longer fit into your normal bras, or if you find them uncomfortable, it’s time to
get a maternity bra. If you find that your breasts are growing very quickly, be sure to tell your fitter. Although most of them are already designed for breast expansion, it may be a good idea to get one that’s slightly too big in the cups to accommodate significant future growth!
What styles are most recommended?
To start, seek a professional fitter to get you into a great fitting every-day bra, and a sleep bra. I usually recommend starting with one of each, because you may grow out of them very quickly.
Your best bet would be to start with a seamless every-day bra (Cake “Toffee” or Elomi “Smoothing”) that will allow you to wear anything in your current wardrobe. If you prefer no wires during the day, try the Elomi “Beatrice” (which offers separation and max support for larger cups), or the Elle Macpherson “Momamia” (mild support, max comfort for smaller cups). For your sleep bra, try the Bravado “Original” (cotton, comfy, and supportive!).
If you have a sensitive rib cage (like many of my clients), be sure to tell your fitter. You don’t want to sacrifice support for a looser fitting band… that will only cause more breast soreness. Instead, try a wire-free option, or a bra with a wider band that distributes the pressure evenly around your rib cage.
Remember that comfort and support are the MOST important things to look for when purchasing maternity/nursing bras. Good luck mamas!