Maternity Bras 101

Tips on choosing a maternity bra

-To minimise irritation look for bras made largely of cotton without seams over the nipples.

-Check that the front of the bra fits flat against the breastbone and that the back of the bra sits at the same level as the front and doesn’t ride up.

-Try and avoid underwired maternity bras as there is a possibility these could interfere with blood flow and developing milk ducts.

-Choose bras with as much fabric covering the breast area as possible as these provide more support.

-Ideally you should choose bras with wide straps, deep sides and a supportive under bust band to minimise movement

-You may want to check that there is a little room to grow so if you seem to be in between sizes its usually better to round up so that you have room to expand.

-Try to choose a maternity bra with several sets of hooks and eyes on the fastening - if you are in the earlier stages of pregnancy you should check your bra fits comfortably on the tightest setting to begin with, and if you are in the later stages choose one that fits on the last eyes so that you can make it smaller after you have had your baby and your rib cage decreases in size.

-In the later stages of pregnancy it can be good value to go for a maternity/ nursing bra with clips or opening cups that can be used for convenient breastfeeding after you have your baby.

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