In what is a wonderfully exciting time full of lots of changes to your body and
anticipation at the coming event, there are some less exciting aspects to
pregnancy. Some can be avoided! I dreaded the necessity of wearing a dull
maternity bra when my bust increased at around the end of the first trimester.
However I did finally have the opportunity to wear gorgeous, feminine maternity
bras which made all the difference - and my body thanked me for it too!
Designer maternity bras do look gorgeous, they use luxurious fabrics, are
fashion forward and feminine but above all afford your body the comfort and room
for expansion which will be necessary. Too many people just drag their old,
stretched bras from the back of their drawers to get them through their
pregnancy. I recommend a visit to a professional bra fitter - your pregnancy
lingerie should be something you purchase as soon as you notice a change in
comfort and fit with your regular lingerie. It will take you beyond the birth of
your baby if you buy well.
Maternity bras typically have openings at the top of the cup to allow for
easy opening at feed times. Make sure the bra you choose has an easy to open
maternity clip and that you can carry out this manoeuvre one handed. Making the
choice to wear pregnancy lingerie during your pregnancy means you will be
provided with excellent support and flexibility - your bust does increase and
sometimes significantly. Depending on the development of your bust size you
should be fitted again at approximately seven months, however if you feel your
bra is restrictive in any way, make sure you get checked straight away.
Your maternity bra should give you the same shape and bust profile of a well
fitted regular bra. The designer aspect of it means that you will feel fabulous
and that the bra is expertly designed. New Zealand maternity lingerie
designer Cassie Sweden is adamant maternity bras should not have underwires. "Underwires
can restrict the growth and changes in breast size and shape during pregnancy
and milk flow during breast feeding, which may in turn cause conditions such as
mastitis." Having personally experienced the difference in wearing gorgeous,
well designed maternity bras, I would certainly not go back.
There are a number of important considerations in choosing a maternity bra.
Make sure it is lined with soft cotton and with seams constructed to ensure no
rubbing or chafing. The back panels of the bra should incorporate strong power
elastane for extra support. Wider straps and back adjusters ensure superior fits
for larger sizes. Multiple rows of eyes at the back - six would be best -
provides for expansion in the diaphragm.
And don't forget the designer element when you're making your choice! Fabrics
and laces which are carefully chosen to provide maximum support and comfort for
your maternity bra, should also be complemented by exquisite matching underwear.
I know you will feel feminine and sophisticated when you too wear this luxurious