Pregnant or breastfeeding, this is the time when you will have to take the most care of your breasts. Of course, whether nursing or not, pregnant, young, old – whatever you are, the quality, size and fit of your bra is always a big deal, right? However, when you’re nursing, your breasts are a lifeline – and they need to be treated with the utmost care! That’s also not to mention that as a mom with a newborn, anything that adds convenience into your busy day is always a bonus. What may surprise you is that when it comes to buying a maternity bra, a lot of women have no idea where to start.
Time is limited, we understand. So instead, simply avoid making these common mistakes when shopping for maternity bras and you’re good!
Mistake No 1 - I'll Buy A Few before Delivery, A Few after Birth - A considerable percentage of women wear the wrong bra size. It is generally recommended to get a full coverage maternity bra in a perfect fit. Because an incorrect size will not merely support you and may result in ligament damage or long term sagging. If you are buying online, then don’t forget to check the size guide that is usually present along with the product.
A woman’s breasts will continue to change in size throughout her lifetime, and it is particularly noticeable around pregnancy and post-birth. It is my recommendation that you take the time to get fitted at around eight months of pregnancy before baby arrives. This is the size your breasts should be at approx. 8 weeks post birth when your body has learned to regulate its milk supply.
Mistake 2 - I'll Buy Bras With Extra Room 'Just In Case' - Many women purchase maternity bras that have a little extra room in the cup just in case their bra size was to change. However, avoid making this common mistake because a poor-fitted cup won’t give you the well-needed support you need. Instead, purchase a high quality, fitted-cup nursing bra that has stretchy fabric over the cup. This allows for some changes that occur as your breasts start to produce milk.
Mistake 3 - I'll Buy Underwire Bras For Future Use - This is one of the biggest mistakes you want to avoid making. While underwire-nursing bras can certainly be great, if not properly fitted, they can actually obstruct your milk ducts. As a result, you’re putting yourself at risk of getting mastitis. Since breastfeeding can be a challenge to begin with, you definitely don’t want a bra that makes it harder.
Mistake 4 - I Don't Need Too Many Bras - A right cotton sleeping bra will typically last for 6-8 months. And with multiple washes and heavy wear, it begins to lose its elasticity, or either the fabric loses its supporting ability. Certainly, it is better to buy at least 4-6 pieces of the same size. Otherwise, wearing a bra that is not supportive enough will only and only result in discomfort or sagging.
Mistake 5 - I'll Buy A Few For The Heck Of Buying Nursing Bras -Consider your wardrobe. There are many nursing bras available in the market ranging from everyday basics, contour, soft cups to beautiful fashion bras. Purchase nursing bras that will work in with your lifestyle and make you feel great.
The right and correctly fitted maternity bra will not only make you feel amazing but will also provide your body with that much needed support. Good luck mommies
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