During pregnancy your breasts tend to increase in size. It is important that you have a bra that is comfortable, well fitted and supports the breasts.
In the early stages of pregnancy women tend to experience tender breasts and possibly a slight increase in breast size. Make sure that the bras you wear at this stage are comfortable so that your tender breasts are not aggravated by an ill-fitting bra or uncomfortable fabric or stitching in the bra. Comfort and support may be achieved by wearing:
· Sports bras.
· Soft cotton bras.
· Bras without underwire.
· Bras that have wide shoulder straps that will support the weight of your breasts and prevent the bra straps from digging into your shoulders.
· Bras with a comfortable band under the cups.
· Support bras.
If your normal bras start to be uncomfortable it is advisable to be properly fitted for a bra as many women find that just increasing the bra size is not satisfactory because it is your ribcage as well as your breasts that increase in size.
The breasts may increase in size again during the latter half of your pregnancy (after weeks 20-24) and it is at this time that you may wish to be fitted for a new bra or even a maternity / nursing bra as the breast size you are during the last half of the pregnancy is generally the size you will be after the birth.
A maternity / nursing bra has cups that open so that breast-feeding is possible. You don't need to wear a maternity bra during pregnancy, but many women wear one because they are comfortable and supporting.
If you would like any help and advice in finding a suitable bra to wear during pregnancy then contact the Ample Bosom office and one of the team will be more than happy to advise you.