Supporting Your Breasts Throughout Pregnancy

It’s hard to accurately explain the level of change your breasts will go through during pregnancy, even if their outward appearance doesn’t seem that affected. On average, a woman’s breast size will grow by one cup during the course of a pregnancy but this is not set in stone, in fact some women report that their breasts barely change at all. But even if your breasts aren’t growing in size, you’re likely to notice that there are other changes afoot. Tenderness, tingling sensations and sensitivity are all side-effects of your breasts beginning to prep for milk production.

pregnant with Joe.

pregnant with Joe.

Once you experience these symptoms then you breasts are likely to grow. But even if they don’t, I’d strongly advise that you look into purchasing a new set of bras. The reason for this is that underwired and non-cotton bras are likely to add to your irritation. Underwires can press into the soft tissue and create an uncomfortable wear. Your nipples are likely to become larger, darker and more sensitive in preparation for breastfeeding (whether or not you choose to fulfill this) so cotton allows additional comfort that might make your days pass much easier.

You may not traditionally wear bras to sleep but after the third month of pregnancy your nipples are likely to start producing colostrum, the milk your body produces for a newborn. You can purchase sleeping bras that offer support when you sleep and also a place for nursing pads that sit against your nipples and absorb any leakage.

When purchasing new bras for the earlier months of pregnancy then make them as versatile as possible. During a fitting check that they can fasten on the tightest setting comfortably to allow for additional growth. Bras that have more than two lines of hooks are also advised as they offer additional support. You may also find that certain bra styles are no longer appropriate for your breasts. When I was an A cup I adored balcony bras but as I grew during pregnancy I soon found that these styles weren’t working for me. Full cup bras will offer the best comfort for growing breasts and also offer the versatility needed for maternity bras.

Maternity Support Bra

Maternity Support Bra

Late Pregnancy

When you’ve reached eight months of pregnancy then you should consider purchasing your post-birth maternity bras. These will include nursing bras, if you intend to breastfeed, as well as additional bras that will be correctly sized for your breasts once your milk “comes in”. It’s much easier to carry out a fitting before you give birth as you’re unlikely to have the time or convenience with a newborn.

You can opt to go into a store for your bra fitting, Mothercare being one of the big names for maternity clothing, or you can hold a fitting of your own. In the wake of online shopping there are many online bra shops that will allow you to purchase bras and return them within a window of time (usually 30 days) even if there’s nothing wrong with the product. This wake of “quibble free” return policies means that you have the opportunity to properly field test a maternity bra. You still need to pay for shipping to return bras that you might not want but it’s a small price to pay for a personal approach to getting the ideal bra for your pregnancy.

 

Mothercare Nursing Bras

Mothercare Nursing Bras

Online Lingerie Stores That Offer Maternity Bras and “No Quibble” Return Policies

 

The list goes on and on, including any local online stores you’re likely to find in your area. My advice would be to measure yourself with some dressmaking tape and get a few bras around your size to try on. This is only if you’re feeling self conscious but I know it helped me. Plus some changing rooms are not bump friendly!

Nursing bras are designed especially to facilitate breastfeeding and offer an easily removable cup. These can unhook in a variety of ways and offer easier access for your body. Make sure you choose a bra that is supportive even when only cup is in use and consider how easily you’ll want to be able to unhook with a hungry baby in your arms!

Purchase enough bras that you don’t wear one for two days in a row. This will give the elastic time to recover, giving you better support. You can reinforce this by hand washing your bras in cold water, which helps to “shock” the elastic back into shape. Your breast size is likely to fluctuate massively on a day-to-day basis, particularly if you’re breast feeding, so make sure you get as much wear and support out of your bra as possible.

Your breasts are dramatically changing in composition and function, which will restrict the bras you can wear. So whether they grow by a cup-size (or two) or remain very much the same, it’s worth considering moving away from the underwire non-cotton bras you may already have in your closet.

 

 

Vertbaudet’s Festive Favourites

Festive dressing is a whole lot of fun, it is the one time of the year when you can really go to town with your outfit, dressing as glamorous and sparkling as you want without anyone batting an eye-lid. But what about if you happen to be pregnant at Christmas. You still want to look your best, but also need to be comfortable and practical. This is maybe the one time in your pregnancy that you want to wear something other than those maternity jeans that you have lived in. Vertbaudet has kept this in mind and created a lovely collection of clothes and accessories that will allow you all the style, with all the comfort this year.

When I was pregnant with Joe, I found dresses in jersey fabric to be comfortable, but they also worked in that they meant I didn’t have to give up my usual style. Pregnancy shouldn’t mean shrouding yourself in smocks or velour jogging bottoms – if this wasn’t something you’d wear before you were pregnant, why wear it during? Vertbaudet has some really gorgeous dresses that are so versatile they could easily be worn for either daytime wear, or for an evening out. By adding accessories – you can change the look of these key pieces, and get quite a few different looks from them.

Here are a few key ideas from Vertbaudet for wearing over the Christmas period and beyond.

The perfect black dress

I love the simple style of this little black dress. I would add a little red or mustard cardigan for daytime wear, with shoe boots and long silver chains and jangling bangles for an evening look.

Maternity Dress now £22 click to visit Vertbaudet

Maternity Dress now £22 click to visit Vertbaudet

Jersey Maternity Cardigan with Removable Brooch £29 click to visit Vertbaudet

Jersey Maternity Cardigan with Removable Brooch £29 click to visit Vertbaudet

 

The stripe trousers

These trousers are just so smart, with a silk stripe running down the side, tuxedo style. The pretty white blouse would look great with them, and I would also add a pre-pregnancy tuxedo jacket or blazer for that shrunken feel. Add a red silk scarf for a splash of colour.

 

Maternity Blouse now £23.40 click to visit Vertbaudet

Maternity Blouse now £23.40 click to visit Vertbaudet

 

 

Long Stretch Maternity Trousers - inside leg 33" now £23.40 click to visit Vertbaudet

Long Stretch Maternity Trousers – inside leg 33″ now £23.40 click to visit Vertbaudet

The Skinny Jeans

Maternity jeans needn’t mean baggy and boyfriend styles. These skinnies will be great when you hit the Christmas sales, and adding the gorgeous raspberry pink top keeps the look fresh and bright. Add a snood scarf and a cute beanie hat and you will be good to go!

Fancy Maternity T-Shirt now £15.20 click to visit Vertbaudet

Fancy Maternity T-Shirt now £15.20 click to visit Vertbaudet

 

Stretch Slim Cut Maternity Jeans Inside Leg 78 cm now £22.40 click to visit Vertbaudet

Stretch Slim Cut Maternity Jeans Inside Leg 78 cm now £22.40 click to visit Vertbaudet

The jumper dress

It may be cold outside, but when you’re wearing this dress it will feel like Spring. A knitted dress can be layered with a cardigan and scarf, or worn over leggings, but you can also wear this with tights and heels for a dressier look. You could also change the look but wearing a thicker belt higher up the dress to create an empire line.

Knitted Maternity Dress now £27.30 click to visit Vertbaudet

Knitted Maternity Dress now £27.30 click to visit Vertbaudet

Leather Maternity Belt £39 click to visit Vertbaudet

Leather Maternity Belt £39 click to visit Vertbaudet

 

To view all the fab range at Vertbaudet, click here.

 

 

 

Get the Celebrity Look featuring Fearne Cotton, Michelle Dockery and Rosie Fortescue

A new month, and a new season. September has brought a chill to the air which has seen many of us looking again at our wardrobe, putting the sandals away for another year, and generally getting excited about all the new trends, styles and collections that are appearing in stores.

It seems that the celebrity world is no different. Fearne Cotton has been spotted in a very cute and fluffy knit from Monsoon, whilst Peaches Geldof has been one of the first to get her hands on the beautiful leather and shearling Iris rucksack from Reiss. Michelle Dockery and Big Brother’s AJ Odudu and Jennifer Love Hewitt are amongst the ladies who are rocking the long-sleeved look, a clear sign that some of us have started shivering in the cool air.

My absolute favourite buy this month are the stunning chandelier earrings as worn by Louise Roe, totally stunning and a real steal at just £12 from High Street fave Accessorize.

Jennifer Love Hewitt wears Isabella Oliver

Ruched Midi Maternity Dress £105 click to visit Isabella Oliver

Fearne Cotton wears Monsoon

 

Anka Textured Space Dye Sweater £55 click to visit Monsoon

LucyMecklenburgh Wears Forever Unique

Charlotte black jersey jumpsuit £180

Michelle Dockery – Get the look

Red Zip Waist Dress Was £35.00 Now £28.00 click to visit Wallis

Thandie Newton get the look

Preen Edition Designer black monochrome panel dress £52 click to visit Debenhams

Black and ivory pencil dress Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Louise Roe wears Accessorize

Deepi Chain and Crest Elaborate Earrings £12 click to visit Accessorize

Rosie Fortescue wears Zara Taylor London

Zara Taylor Chunky Chain Necklace £20 click to visit Zara Taylor

Zara Taylor Pointed Jewel Ring £30 click to visit Zara Taylor

AJ Odudu wears Celeb Boutique on BBBOTS

Sabina backless bandage dress £99 click to visit Celeb Boutique

 

Mercy Blue tribal dress £129.99 click to visit Celeb Boutique

Peaches Geldof with the Reiss Iris Bag

 

Iris SHEARLING RUCKSACK BLACK £295 click to visit Reiss