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The importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.

It is such a magical time in a women’s life when you find out that you are expecting! Your first thoughts are, I wonder if we are having a boy or a girl? We should start decorating the spare room… and most importantly, you have the excitement of choosing names.

After a while the over excitement wears off  and whilst you are still overjoyed you start to think about an notice the other side of pregnancy, such as the morning sickness, the weight gain and change in moods. Over the coming weeks you will feel more focused once your emotions settle down. You may feel the need to start nesting, and part of this is getting thing ready for when baby is born.

The nursery/babies room will more than likely be first on the agenda followed closely by which buggy/stroller to have, however as you start to show more you will need new clothes and underwear. The correct fitting nursing bra is a very important item to be on the list to purchase.

When choosing a nursing bra, it is important that you get a suitable comfortable and supportive bra. If you choose to breast-feed, you’ll need a nursing bra where the cups can open and close easily, with plenty of room for your little one to sit comfortably (and for you to feel comfortable too!). It’s essential that the bra is supportive but not constrictive as this can cause medical problems like mastitis or blocked ducts.

If you choose to breast-feed, you might find that using breast pads inside your bra helps to reduce any leakages: a night-time nursing bra can also be helpful for this.

One of the most important things to remember about buying a good nursing bra is not to jump the gun and get a new bra too early on in your pregnancy. You might have noticed already that your breasts have got bigger – it’s likely that they’ll grow even more after the birth so it’s important to wait until near the end of the pregnancy until you get measured for a nursing bra. importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.

Sophie Maternity Bra

Here are a few tips for buying a maternity bra

* Always invest in a good quality bras. It is most important that you are wearing a supportive yet comfortable bra, (some of the cheaper brands do not have the same structure and support as other brands)

* A correctly fitting maternity/nursing bra should still sit the same way as your everyday bra, flat against your ribs cage.

* A none wired bra is best as they are more comfortable and there is less chance of your underwires causing any issues with your milk ducts as your breast grow. Many nursing & maternity bras now have what is known as re-inforced cotton in place of the underwire. This is where designers have added extra cotton in the shape of an underwire to maximise support and comfort for each breast as they develop and become heavier.

* You will see that most good supportive nursing & maternity bras have wider straps that you may be use to on your everyday bras. This is to help support the growing weight of your breast as the become larger. It is your back that should take the weight of your breasts and to do this you will require good strong straps, the wider they are the less they will dig in to your shoulders and cause you discomfort.

* Maternity bras can be worn to bed if you feel comfortable doing this, it can help to prevent leakage in bed. Simply add a breast pad in to you bra before you go to bed, this should usually last till the morning, however you can add two for extra protection.

* When getting fitted you will be advised to purchase a bra that fits you on the tightest setting, this will help save money in the long run as it means that you can loosen your bra as your as you grow.

* We would recommend that you book in for a fitting when you start to show or when you notice that you everyday bra is no longer suitable, (this is usually around 12-16 weeks in to your pregnancy) and have regular fittings thereafter, (this does not mean new bras each time, but simply to make sure that your bra is still supportive and most of all comfortable for you) especially one at about 4 weeks before baby is due to make sure that your bra is still suitable for when baby is born and your milk starts to come through, this is when your breast will increase in size quite rapidly.

* As with all bras, we advise that you hand wash them. This will help preserve your bra and keep it looking newer for longer. Hand washing your bra will help to maintain its original shape and fit as apposed to a washing machine which will over time distort the shape and fit of your bra.

Some information sourced from Panache Website

 

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