After your growing bump, your boobs are the next part of your body that changes the most during pregnancy. We're talking increased size, darker nipples, tenderness... That's why it's so important to get yourself a maternity bra while you are pregnant. But when exactly should you buy one? We caught up with Bravado Designs to find out more...
When to buy a maternity bra
You should ideally buy a maternity bra in your first trimester. As anyone goes through pregnancy, it’s a given that our bodies will change. You may need a supportive nursing bra as early as the first weeks of pregnancy as you immediately notice fuller, tender breasts, thanks to those surging hormones.
But it doesn't stop there... by the second trimester, your breasts will continue to grow, because of increased blood flow and developing milk ducts. Lastly, in the third trimester, your rib cage has expanded to accommodate your growing baby, so you need a bigger band size. Similarly, your cup size will increase by one or two sizes from your pre-pregnancy size.
All those changes mean your old bras are just not going to fit and reliable nursing bras are going to be essential. While navigating physical changes to your body, it can do wonders to find comfortable bras that offer support, comfort and style.
Maternity bras to buy
1. Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
Achieving the trifecta of comfort requirements: this maternity bra wire-free, seamless and knit with a luxuriously soft fabric. It's made with 3D molded cups allowing extra capacity to allow for breast size fluctuations without causing compression. This bra grows with you, molds to your changing body and supports you where you need it most.
2. Original Nursing Bra
The most recommended bra by lactation consultants and ideal for the first days of breastfeeding. Made with an ultra-soft, breathable blend of sustainable materials, it features super simple nursing clips that are tested to hold up to 25 lbs. With a stretchy bottom band and comfortable racerback style that keeps everything in place, this bra is perfect for all day wear and night while breastfeeding.
3. Restore Bra
With LYCRA® BEAUTY 360-degree stretch technology, it’s perfect for all stages of pregnancy, nursing and beyond. The Bravado Designs Eco-Stretch™ fabric can expand when (and where) needed without losing shape as your body changes. Moisture-wicking and with easy nursing access, this crossover bra style is great for breastfeeding. But trust us, it will be a favourite during pregnancy too.
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