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aternity bras sound complicated but soon you will be an expert. There are many changes to your body throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, and one of them is coming to terms with changing the style of bra you are used to wearing.

Over the course of the motherhood journey, your breasts will undergo a multitude of changes and require additional support. Specialists in maternity bras, Bendon Lingerie, design with maximum comfort, support and ease of use; specifically meeting the needs of pregnant women. They are there to celebrate and support you by providing you with the maternity bra styles and information you'll need. Why is it important to purchase a maternity bra? Pregnant women very quickly outgrow their regular bras, and while it may be tempting to make do with the bras you have, your breasts will require some comfier support. Both during and after pregnancy, the breasts undergo numerous changes such as enlarging, becoming heavier, denser, and more sensitive. Even though not all women gain weight, the diaphragm and rib cage will expand to allow room for the baby to grow. Therefore, while every woman is different, it’s not uncommon to go up two to four band sizes (the measurement around your body under your breasts) and two to four cup sizes during pregnancy. Therefore, it’s paramount that you are wearing a professionally fitted bra specifically designed to allow for growth and comfort. 64 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2022

While it is personal choice, we highly recommend wearing a soft cup wire-free bra during and after pregnancy. As your breasts are constantly changing during pregnancy and breastfeeding, you may find that having no underwire is a lot more comfortable. Wires can push into where the milk ducts are forming, which can cause discomfort and may cause damage/block milk flow leading to mastitis which is very painful and prevents feeding. When do I know it’s time for a maternity bra? Every woman is different, every pregnancy is different, and your breasts will change in a way that's unique to you. Depending on how you grow, you may need to go bra shopping several times throughout pregnancy. We recommend you have your first maternity fitting when your bras start to feel uncomfortable and your breasts start to change – typically this tends to be just after your first trimester (first three months). During the second and third trimesters (six-nine months), we recommend coming in store for a follow-up fitting, as you will most likely need to go up a size to keep up with your expanding bust and allow for baby growth in your diaphragm. Typically, women will grow at least another cup size a few days after birth when your milk comes in.