After going through a number of available brands and styles, you may realize that finding the best bra for pregnancy may not be easy after all. There are so many things that you have to consider. Added to this is the fact that your breast may grow bigger than it does during pre-pregnancy. Finding the right fit during the first trimester may not fit right a few months later. Finding the right bra may not be the only challenge that you have to face. Wearing one may also make you feel sore. At times you may even just give up the thought of finding the right brassiere, instead settle for not wearing any at all.
Some would opt for a bigger sized bra instead. However, most primary health providers recommend wearing a nursing bra instead. As your pregnancy progresses, your cup size will change. That is especially true during the last trimester and after giving birth. Also, once you start nursing your newborn, your breasts will become larger as your breasts will supply the milk that your newborn requires. As your baby adjusts to a regular feeding routine, your breast size will start to normalize as well. For this reason, nursing bras are designed to accommodate the changing band and cup sizes throughout pregnancy and nursing periods.
What differentiates nursing bras from a regular brassiere?
Nursing bras are constructed to be comfortable and provide easy access during lactation. Their functionality does not override style and appearance, however. Women of today opt for brassieres and other undergarments that provide the same appeal as those of the bras that they were during pre-pregnancy and manufacturers understand that.
Like regular bras, nursing bras are designed to have closures or hooks at the back. Nursing bras, however, have four hooks instead of three to alter the band size. The hooks are also designed to be two-deep (sewn at the top and at the bottom) for added support and a more comfortable fit for the growing breasts. Most of these nursing bras are cut to be wider than regular bras so they can provide adequate support to milk-filled breasts.
The major difference between these two is in the cup design. Most nursing bras have clasps at the top of the fabric of the cup. This can be folded down when it is time to feed the newborn baby. Other nursing bras to have snaps in between the breasts. This allows the fabric flap to be folded toward the armpit and make it easier for the baby to access the mother’s breast. Whatever design that you may find available, make sure that you opt for one that will make it easier for you to unhook or undo the clasps when it is time to feed your hungry baby.
What bra material will provide the most comfort when worn?
Like many other garments, cotton is the most favored material when it comes to comfort. Cotton dries quicker than others, hence makes it easier for any spilled milk to dry faster. This allows the nipples to stay dry when feeding.
How do find the right fitting nursing bra?
Wearing a nursing bra that is just too small for the breasts, the bra will add pressure on the breasts and strain the tissues under the skin. This may cause the milk ducts to get plugged. It is important that you know the right measurements before you look for the right nursing bra to buy.
To find your bra measurement, wear a non-padded, well-fitting bra. Then, wrap the measuring tape tightly around your rib cage under the bustline. The measurement that you will get will be your band size. To find your correct cup size, place the measuring tape around the fullest part of the breast. Then, subtract the second measurement from the first measurement (band size). The resulting measurement will determine your cup size. For instance, you got a 36 band size and the second measurement is a 39. Your bra size then would be 36C.
Should you consider buying a brassiere with underwire?
There are several brassiere styles that come with underwires. Wearing underwire bra can also cause pressure to the breast tissue and lead to the clogging of the milk ducts. Though they are safe in general, there are some cheap underwire bras that can be made with metal sheets. These could be quite irritating to the skin. They can also pose a problem for women with highly sensitive skin.
What is the proper way of washing undergarments like a nursing bra?
You can extend the life of your brassiere and ensure that it does not lose its elasticity and shape. Gently wash your brassiere and other undergarments with mild detergent and water. Allow it to air dry overnight. You can also wash your undergarments after taking a shower to save time. Remember not to put your brassiere in the dryer, however.
When looking for the right bra, consider the comfort that it provides when you try it on. If you see that the bra is quite loose, you know that your breasts won’t be supported properly. If on the other hand the bra is too tight, you will feel too uncomfortable. Remember that you will be using your bra as you feed your baby, so make sure that it won’t just be comfortable when worn but also when you are feeding your newborn.
There are so many options available online and on brick and mortar stalls so there really is not a reason for you to be in a hurry. Take note of all considerations (comfort, quality of materials used, the style, and what other users say about the product). Don’t just pick a bra that others say looks good on them. It is best to compare reviews on different sites (if you consider buying online) and buy from a store that offers product exchange and refund.
Remember that though you won’t be using the bra longer than your normal undergarment, you and your baby’s comfort is at stake, so you need to be careful when looking for the best nursing bra to buy.