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Bra Fitting During Pregnancy

During your pregnancy your abdomen and lower rib cage increase in size to allow for the growth of the baby. This will cause the under band measurement (right underneath your breasts) to increase during the pregnancy, from the first trimester onwards.

Your breasts start changing in preparation for feeding a baby early after conception. Women often find their breasts are tender, and this may be their first indication that they are pregnant. Breasts are likely to increase about one cup size during the first trimester.

  1. Ensure the maternity bra is fitted firmly on its tightest fitting so that there is space to grow into as the rib cage expands.

  2. Ensure the breasts are fully covered by the bra cup to support the growing and changing breasts. A deep centre on the front of the bra is a good guide to ensure a fuller cup. Even if this is a style you’re not used to you may find it more comfortable with heavier breasts.

  3. Ensure the fabric is not pressing on the breast tissue. Check the top of the breast and under the arm especially.

  4. Choose a soft-cup bra rather than one with a wire – with the body and breasts constantly changing, a wired bra may fit well when bought, but may not fit in a couple of weeks time!

  5. Get re-fitted/checked regularly during pregnancy to ensure the bra is supporting the breasts if you choose to wear an underwired bra, and/or if you feel uncomfortable in the bra you’re currently wearing.

  6. If there is a large difference in breast size between left and right, fit the larger breast, and use a soft filler in the smaller cup to even up the look. Differences in breast size are often accentuated during pregnancy.

This is only a guide and every bra will fit differently. If you want to talk through how your bra is fitting, or about how your breasts are changing during your pregnancy, please ring or email me, I'm here here to help you!