Just because you have always worn a particular style and size of the bra doesn’t mean that you need to stay with the same design. As your body changes during pregnancy, you might want to adjust your options as well as your lingerie drawer.
There is nothing wrong with owning a couple of comfy maternity bras while pregnant (in addition to a collection of regular bras) so that when you’re ready to feed, you are prepared for the next phase!
Here are the 7 essential things you should consider before buying an ideal maternity bra:
Decide on a Style
You have two options when it comes to maternity bra styles: underwire and wire-free. We generally recommend selecting the type of bra that you are already accustomed to wearing.
In other words, if you typically wear an underwire design, continue doing so in pregnancy because it’s likely that’s what you’ll need for support. If wire-free is your preference, stick with it.
Choose Your Cup Size
Regular bras are sized according to the band and cup size system. For example, a 32B bra has a measurement of 30 inches in the back under the “band” (just an elastic strap) and has cups designed to fit a B-size bust.
So, when you size yourself for a maternity bra, you should do so according to the same measurement system described above: band (around your chest) minus 4 inches, or cup size.
For example, if your band is currently lined up with an elastic strap that measures 36 inches, your band measurement in maternity bras will be 32 inches (36 – 4 = 32).
You should buy one cup size larger than your current bra size and two sizes more significant for the band measurement as a rule of thumb.
Specific Size matters when it comes to shopping for a maternity bra. Why? The current sizing system for bras does not apply once you are no longer a “B” cup. It is important to find brands that expand beyond the size they label their underwire and around your torso so that you can be sure of a comfy fit.
Know Your Body Type
Some women are genetically blessed with generous breasts and a relatively small rib cage. Others are the opposite, with a smaller bust line and broader frame. In either case, it is essential to identify your preferences based on your shape. Once you know what works for you, you can shop online or in malls that offer maternity bras in stock.
Find Your Ideal Level of Support
You don’t need to go braless or sans-underwire while you’re pregnant, but there is a middle ground that provides adequate support without the discomfort of an underwire. Wire-free bras are popular among expecting moms because they use a combination of wide elastic straps and molded cups to provide lift and shape.
Look for Bras with Comfort Features
Maternity bras with padding are another great option because they provide a more natural-looking bust while offering enough support to last through the day. Additionally, most maternity sports bras incorporate some level of padding!
Always Practice Proper Laundering and Drying of Bras
Washing your delicates should be done only in delicate cycles using mild detergents. Look for bras made of quality materials, with soft cups and durable elastic straps to ensure they stay in great shape through repeated washings!
Avoid drying your delicate pieces in a dryer unless the label indicates that it is safe to do so.