One of the first questions I get asked by women once they find out that they are pregnant is ‘When should I get fitted for a maternity bra?’
Recently I have had a lot of ladies a few weeks into pregnancy who have come to me as they are just so uncomfortable in their ‘normal’ bras that they need something softer. Changes in their body will mean that the bras that they are used to wearing are no longer the right size or shape to give them the support they need.
As soon as you discover you’re pregnant, you’ll probably notice a change in your breasts. For some ladies, this change is what first alerts them to the fact that they may be pregnant! Breasts can be tender, tingly, sore and they can feel bigger from the very early stages of pregnancy.
I recommend you get a comfy maternity bra for this very early stage, particularly if you have sore breasts. Something like the Anita maternity bra, or Emma Jane maternity bra are ideal at this time. For larger breasted ladies, the Cake Lingerie Sugar Candy Everyday Bra is an ideal solution.
You may find that wearing a bra at night helps with the tenderness, but we’re all different. What works for your sister or friend may not work for you!
Your first bra fitting for a maternity bra should be towards the end of your first trimester. This can be from week 10 – 14. Anything pressing on your breast tissue can cause discomfort and blocked ducts, even at this early stage! Depending on your height, the bras you get at this stage should last you until the end of your pregnancy.
When you try bras on at end of the first trimester, make sure they’re fitting firmly when fitted on their tightest setting i.e. you can’t see any other hooks on the back of the bra. This way, the bra will last you during your pregnancy when your ribs grow during the rest of your pregnancy.
The only time this doesn’t always work, is if you’re on the shorter side! Your ribs will grow more than a taller lady during your pregnancy. You may be able to get away with using bra extenders, but as you can see from this photo, a bra extender may make the bra too wide for your shoulders & a new size bra may be the best option for you.
You can choose any bras that are comfy and support your whole breast. These can be with or without nursing clips as they don’t show through clothing and you have more choice from suppliers like Cake, Bravado and HOTmilk. You may notice that one breast is bigger than the other – this is totally normal, and is often a more noticeable difference during pregnancy.
Underwires or no wires?
I suggest you avoid bras with wires in during your pregnancy, mainly for comfort, but mainly because they can be very structured and not flexible enough to move around your growing breasts and body. If you do want to wear wired bras, then I’d suggest the Anita underwired bras as they use more flexible wires and the fabric is more suitable for pregnancy.
If all goes well, your maternity bra will last until 35-36 weeks when it’ll be time to get your nursing bras fitted. This way, you get the best value out of all your bras during your pregnancy and breastfeeding.
I hope this helps give an overview of when to get fitted for a maternity bra during your pregnancy. I’m here to help answer your queries, and offer personal advice by phone, email, twitter or Facebook – whichever suits you!