You are preparing for one of the happiest periods in your life – motherhood. Your body is also preparing hard – it is undergoing massive restructuring. One of the key aspects here is changing the size and shape of the breast. This article is aimed at providing you with all the necessary information about the right choice of clothes if you are preparing or have already become a mother. In the second article of the series, I will tell you how to choose the best bra for breastfeeding. I give you an overview of the most successful, in my opinion, brands, and models.
Choosing clothes during pregnancy
The biggest mistake pregnant women make is hoping to get pregnant in old clothes and postpone the purchase of new clothes until they start feeding. But – most changes with your breasts occur during pregnancy, and not during breastfeeding. And – the breast loses shape so much because it does not receive proper support during pregnancy. Therefore – it is important to start taking care of yourself already when you become pregnant. You not to postpone the solution of the issue of selecting clothes for later.
Most women never return to their size and shape before pregnancy, especially if this is your first pregnancy. The breasts are guaranteed to increase and change shape – and then lose in volume, will you feed or not. Therefore, prepare for the fact that you have to change your linen wardrobe because old linen will no longer suit you.
If I had the opportunity to give you just one good piece of advice on choosing clothes during pregnancy, then it would be like this: if you are short of money and you need to save, and then save on clothes for pregnant women rather than underwear. Yes, both maternity clothes and underwear are essentially “disposable”- you can hardly wear them later. But – correctly selected underwear of good quality will allow you to maintain the shape of the chest, protecting the Cooper ligaments from stretching.
No matter how manufacturers and sellers of special maternity bras claim, you do not need a” special “bra for pregnancy Yes, you will need to change your bra because your breasts will start to grow around the first trimester, and maybe even more than once, depending on how much you grow – but it can be a regular bra, not rivers laminated as a “special bra for pregnant women.”
I will say more: what in most cases is advertised as “maternity bras” is actually worse than a regular supportive bra. When your breasts grow, it becomes heavier, it needs support – and the “special bra for pregnant women” is often an elastic T-shirt, which, yes, adapts to changes in the volume of the breast, but – alas! – does not give good support. Meanwhile, swollen breasts are most in need of support, because Cooper’s ligaments inevitably stretch – and after pregnancy. Your risk remaining with the sad ears of the spaniel because the tissues have lost all their elasticity.
- Take the help of a professional and find a good bra in size. Do this when you begin to observe breast growth – around the beginning of the second trimester. A professional will pick up a bra for you on the TIGHT hook itself; this is the only exception to the bra-fitting rules – because when your ribcage expands, you can move the bra over more freely.
- Do not allow yourself to impose a bra with a stretched belt. Many women think that during pregnancy and lactation they will need a looser belt for comfort. It’s a lie! The belt, more than necessary, will create excess tension on the neck and shoulders, and your chest will hang limply on the straps. In a supportive bra is much more comfortable. The bra material should be soft — most pregnant women have very sensitive breasts — so prefer microfiber or fabric spacer technology. Cotton blends are good. But I don’t recommend bras from pure cotton, because clean cotton does not hold well and in a couple of washings will turn into an extended rag.
- Buy extenders. Since no one knows how much you really will increase in the chest, additional volume, if necessary, can create extenders.
- Closely monitor changes in breast volume. If you understand that you no longer fit in cups, even taking into account the loosening of the belt on the loosest hook and the addition of extenders (these manipulations, due to the increase in the total volume, not only expand the chest, but also increase the chest mass), or the bones started to pinch you or rub, you are uncomfortable – change the bra. It just means that you grew out of it. This is normal. And, believe me, this is not the biggest waste in your life – but necessary.
- I am often asked the question, “Is it true that pregnant and lactating women should not wear underwired bras?“. I answer – no, it’s not true. Rumors about the fact that you need to “switch” to underwear without stones because the bones harm the mammary glands and block the channels, are true only if your underwear underwire is NOT suitable for you in size. Naturally, the pregnancy hormones cause breast tenderness, and you need to change the size – and, if you choose the size correctly, an underwire bra is no more dangerous than an ordinary bra but, alas -. 85% of women in everyday life cannot and don’t know how to choose the right bra size – so, with pregnant women and the situation is no better. Ask a professional for help, which you will choose wisely underwear size.
- It is wise to buy one good bra for 6 months of intensive breast growth, then three worse quality ones. You’d better take down one “to the holes”, killing it with frequent washing, and then throw it out. Rather than leave three worn bras in your drawer, none of which intelligently served you.
- Preparing for childbirth. Nobody can tell you for sure how much your breasts will increase from the moment you start a pregnancy. Someone adds 5 cups in size, while someone increases not very noticeably. Ask your mom how it was with her – maybe your picture will be similar.
- You will need to take care of a nursing bra in the eighth month of pregnancy. Do not postpone the choice of a nursing bra until the moment you give birth – the first month you simply will not have time for such nonsense. You will have no choice but to be sad to ask relatives to buy you at least something. You can’t do this! I already wrote that a bra is not a product that can be bought in absentia or on the Internet. But I will repeat again, just in case.
- For the most part, women add 1-2 cups to the size they have in 2 weeks for delivery. It turns out that if two weeks before the birth your size is 75 F, then you need to buy a bra for feeding size 75 GH. It should sit on you on the FREE hook itself, while there should be space in the cups. At liberty, because when you give birth, your chest will decrease and you will need to make your bra tight. Take panty liners for your bra (we have it in the showroom) with you – colostrum in many people begins to flow before delivery, and by the time you have fully established lactation, you will often leak.
- After childbirth, the rib cage will again decrease – and you will return to your antenatal size in the bra belt. For example, if you wore a size 75 F before pregnancy, changed it to 80 H during pregnancy. Bought a size 80J bra as a nursing bra, and then from about a week to a month after giving birth you will again return to volume 75. This means that you will need to unfasten the tighter hooks on your nursing bra and remove the extender.
- About a month will pass before lactation is fully established. Until that time you will have huge leaps in the size of your chest. This is completely normal. And this is not a reason to wear stretched T-shirts – at this moment your breasts are the most vulnerable. She really needs support. Your bra will sometimes look very full, sometimes half-empty. Wait for the moment when the volume is more or less stabilized, and buy a couple more nursing bras.
- You will need at least two nursing bras. You will wear one during the day and sleep in the second. At least one of these bras should be pitted – it is uncomfortable to sleep in dense underwire. Of course, an underwired bra will create a more aesthetic shape for the breasts – and if you choose the right size, the bones will not bother you.