Your Bra and Life Style
Women are often told to buy their maternity bras in the fourth month of pregnancy; instead, we recommend listening to your body and doing what is most comfortable for you. For example, your breasts might start to feel swollen well before the fourth month, so do be prepared to invest in a few new maternity bras to accommodate your changing shape as your pregnancy progresses. Generally, though, a maternity bra should fit you on the tightest hook when you buy it – you can loosen it, or even buy bra extenders – as you grow.
However many bras you need, comfort is always key. Your breast tissue is growing and will be very delicate, so underwired bras are best avoided if they haven’t been specifically designed for pregnant women. (Underwired maternity bras have a flexible wire that is longer than usual – this means that the bra is wider at the sides to avoid the underwire hitting your glands, which can cause mastitis.) What to look for? Comfortable, wide straps that don’t dig in, as well as a breathable fabric or one with a high cotton content to keep you cool. Don’t be afraid to try a sports bra – they are super-supportive.
A nursing, or feeding, bra is so-called because it has cups that drop open to allow your baby access for breastfeeding. Best time to buy? In the 36th week of pregnancy. When you buy your nursing bra, it should fit you on the loosest hook – your back size might well get smaller after the birth, so tighten it as you go along. And don’t worry if it looks a little generous in the cups – your breasts will grow as your milk comes in, and nursing bras are designed to cater for this.