Pregnancy can be one of the most enjoyable periods of your life. It can also be one of the most uncomfortable. You’re contending with a mixture of teary troublesome hormones, an expanding waistline as well as changes to your breasts. All these changes can happen quite rapidly, so the best way is to be prepared for whatever comes your way.
There is one way to make life a little bit more comfortable during your pregnancy, and that means investing in a comfortable and long-lasting maternity bra. As your breasts feel the strain of rapid growth, it’s important that you keep them as supported as possible.
Top tips for choosing the perfect maternity bra:
Maternity vs. Nursing
Firstly it’s important to address the common misconception that maternity and nursing bras are the same. In short, maternity bras are pre-natal and nursing bras are often post-natal. Maternity bras are designed to support you during pregnancy, whilst nursing bras have special clips to offer your baby access to your breast during feeding with minimal fuss for you.
Know Your Own Body
The time when expectant mothers tend to purchase maternity bras varies from person to person. The general rule of thumb is that when you start feeling uncomfortable, it’s the perfect time to switch.
Buy in Bulk
We’re not saying that you need to derail every item in the underwear department, but it’s advised that you buy at least two or three maternity bras. During your pregnancy, your breasts can leak unwanted milk and become more sensitive. Buying more than one bra means that you can mix and match to your daily needs.
Look For Adjustability
Those pesky pregnancy hormones can make your breasts fluctuate at the drop of a hat, and with daily fluid retention you can expect your breasts to vary in size frequently. Look to buy a bra that not only offers comfort, but the ability to grow with your body and adjust when the time is needed. This means that the bra may last you your entire pregnancy, and even several months afterwards.
Comfort and Style
We would all love to look like a glamour model during our pregnancy, but sometimes it’s better to go for substance over style. A bra with a fuller cup and more fabric will give you all the support you need. Thankfully, at Panache, we’ve provided a solution which offers the best of both worlds. The Sophie Maternity bra is made of stretch lace and soft fabric to provide support, with six fastening positions to accommodate changes in body shape. It’s also perfectly pretty, available in a pastel pink or black lace.
Finally, if you are unsure of your size, go to your favourite bra retailer or department store and make sure you get professionally measured. During your pregnancy it can often be difficult to size up your breasts as they are constantly changing, so getting a professional fitting will ensure you get all the support you need from a bra, as well as helpful advice from a friendly sales assistant if you have any queries.
Pregnancy has different symptoms and side efforts for every woman, but some aspects remain the same. Comfort is the key to a happy pregnancy, so get the support you need to enjoy this life-changing journey.