How to Choose the Right & Comfortable Maternity Bra

One of the things that will change tremendously during pregnancy is your breast size. Pregnancy hormones trigger glandular development and increased blood supply in the breast area, which leads to tender and fullness of breasts. This means that you need a type of bra that can go along with the changes in your breasts without compromising comfort.

 Maternity Bra vs. Standard Bra

First, let’s define some terms.

A standard, ordinary bra is a type of undergarment worn by women for breast support. You can have it either wired or non-wired.

On the other hand, a maternity bra is different. Although the main purpose is the same, a maternity bra comes with added features for extra support and comfort that will differentiate it from the standard bra. These features, which you have to take note of when choosing a maternity bra, include:

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  • Wide elastic diaphragm for support
  • Extended hook and eye
  • Drop feeding cups
  • Soft cotton lining for extra comfort
  • Cushioned inner sling for support inside cup and to keep the strap in place when you are feeding

Owning a Maternity Bra

You might be wondering when you should start buying a maternity bra. The answer is as soon as your breasts become more sensitive and start to feel uncomfortable. It is important that you pay attention to your breasts since extra pressure could affect them in the long run, particularly during breastfeeding.

You don’t need to buy a dozen or more maternity bras. Three will do – one for wearing, one in the drawer, and the other one in the laundry. You can own a few more for convenience and to avoid washing very often if you’d like.

Wired vs. Non-Wired: Which is Which?

The question now is should you go for wired or non-wired?

It depends. As much as possible, it is recommended that you stick to non-wired maternity bras for extra comfort and to prevent pressure on your breasts, especially when they are fuller, thereby minimizing mastitis. In case you prefer underwire bras, go for maternity bras with flexible low-gauge wire support.

If you are wondering the difference between non-wired maternity bras and non-wired nursing bras, it’s all about functionality. Nursing bras have drop cups and retainer straps to hold the strap in place during breastfeeding. These nursing features are not present in maternity bras.

Tips for Choosing a Maternity Bra

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Now that you know the basics, here are tips for choosing your maternity bra:

  • Cups should be made of breathable fabric, preferably 100 percent cotton for added comfort.
  • Aside from the fabric, the cups should fold away.
  • Bra flaps should be easily opened with one hand. If you can find a bra that you can refasten with one hand, then that’s even better.
  • Avoid underwire bras, especially during your early postpartum weeks to avoid obstruction of milk ducts.
  • Choose a bra with several rows of hooks to help withstand the changes of your breasts and rib cage expansion.
  • A maternity bra should fit your breasts perfectly and must follow the correct sizing appropriate to your breasts.

Aside from these tips, it is important that you wear a bra appropriate for your size and one that is able to withstand the physical changes in your body. You may ask a salesperson to assist you in finding the right size. At the same time, it helps if you fit the bra starting from the tightest hook to allow your rib cage to expand as your tummy gets bigger.

What are you waiting for? Happy maternity bra hunting!

Looking for Un-Maternity Wear?

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If you need to add some maternity clothing to your wardrobe, but don’t want to spend money on pieces you’ll only wear for a short period of time, then head on over to Melody Lane for the best in regular clothing that is versatile enough to wear before, during, and after pregnancy! They offer trendy, classic, and comfortable clothing that is hand-picked for all the life stages women usually experience. With nothing over $100, always free shipping, and new styles featured every season, Melody Lane makes sure your “fashion meets life”.

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For more information on selecting the right bra for your body, check out the 411 on Maternity & Nursing Bras

Photo Credits: You! Lingerie, 4buythebest, tagshunt

This guest post was contributed by You! Lingerie.

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Ashley Sisk
Ashley Sisk
Ashley lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids and Kitty Paw. She’s a work-from-home mom with a natural light photography business and a passion for sharing everything she knows. Since leaving the corporate world, she now spends her time trying to get through elementary school with her daughter, chasing her firefighter loving little boy, writing and finding ways to enjoy life. You can find her on Facebook, Google + or on her website.