The one sure thing about modern pregnancy is that you are never at a loss for information. The content is deep, with everyone from mommy bloggers and celebrities to the Meghan Markles from around the world weighing in, advising, and explaining what they do. Though every woman -- and every pregnancy -- is different, I thought it would be helpful to share the maternity and nursing bras our customers and we especially love during each trimester. Below are our tried-and-true recommendations to help you find the perfect maternity bra.
First Trimester - The first trimester is the beginning of your magical pregnancy journey, though it may not always feel magical. This period is often characterized by bloating, morning sickness, and exhaustion -- after all, it takes a lot of energy to grow a human! Though many women continue wearing their pre-pregnancy bras during the first trimester, if you’re feeling tired, sensitive or nauseous, you’ll want a bra that will bring you ultimate comfort.
Look for wide straps that provide light support for your breasts. 100% Cotton bras will stretch easily -- so you won’t have to deal with restrictive bras, which can cause increased breast tenderness. Irotica maternity bras are also great sleeping bras. They have a wide back coverage and a more structured fabric great for all cup sizes. The stretchy cups of our maternity lingerie line can accommodate your growing breasts and changing bra sizes. The removable padding gives your bust a nice shape, and the buttery-soft material feels simply sublime on increasingly tender breasts. Due to their incredible stretch, our bras work great throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
Second Trimester - Many women find the second trimester to be the most enjoyable. Nausea and pregnancy exhaustion often subside, and you may start to feel more comfortable in your growing body. During this period, your breasts may become fuller, and most women find their baby bump really starts to show, so comfortable, stretchy maternity clothes become a must.
If your energy increases during the second trimester, the Irotica nursing bra offers support while you stay active, whether that means virtual workout classes, walks in the neighborhood, or simply growing your baby! It has removable padding, provides moderate support, and with easy-to-use clips, this bra works through pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you’re looking for a bra with a little something extra to help you feel like yourself, our maternity bra features soft, stretchy fabric that will move with you as you grow.
Third Trimester -During the home stretch, you may find your joints loosening and your hips and rib cage expanding. Underwire bras may start to feel particularly constricting as your breasts grow. This pregnancy breast growth makes finding comfort more and more elusive for many during the third trimester, but we’ve got just the bra for that! At Irotica, we have the perfect solution for third-trimester - soft, supple fabric feels like a dream on your sensitive skin, and it provides light support while simultaneously making you feel like you’re barely wearing a bra. The shoulder straps are adjustable, and the padding is easy. Plus, the pull-aside nursing access means it'll easily transition to your post-birth needs.
P.S: Pro Tips...
Weeks 1 - 17 - We recommend you stop wearing wired bras, as the wires can dig into sensitive breast tissue and potentially trap milk ducts.
Weeks 18 - 28 - You may also want to start wearing a soft sleeping bra at night to keep you comfortable and supported while you sleep.
Weeks 29-40 - By this stage, the average pregnant woman is two underbands and four cup sizes bigger than her normal bra size.
Breastfeeding - All Irotica nursing bras are anti-microbial, supportive, comfy, versatile and convenient with easy-to-use drop-down cups to make it easier to breastfeed.
At Irotica, our ultimate goal is to provide maximum comfort while you go through the amazing work of growing and nourishing a child. The Irotica Maternity Bra product line has been designed with each stage of pregnancy (and easy access for nursing) in mind, and we believe we have the best maternity bras to help you feel great, whatever stage you’re in. Always measure before you order and order as close as possible to the time you expect to wear your garments.
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