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.

 

 

Easter Sales – some of my top picks from Next, M&S and Mothercare

With Easter comes those mid-season sales, although it is hard to think we are actually in the new season at the moment, with the wintry blasts still ruling the weather fronts, and winter woolies the items we are all grabbing from our wardrobes.

But in many ways, the weather makes it the ideal time to grab for some bargains. There are some great bargains from last season out there that are still perfect with the inclement conditions we are experiencing, whilst there are also some great new season colours and picks that you can buy now and wear later.

With Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis all having flash sales, there are plenty of great items just waiting to be purchased. Here are a few of my fave finds from some other High Street giants.

Marks and Spencer

The Marks and Spencer sale is now underway and there are some really nice pieces included. There is an amazing ‘up to 75% off’ offer which means a chance of real savings on selected womenswear. I love the print of the v neck zig zag dress, whilst those nude stilletoe heels obtain that Kate Middleton look for less than £20.

V-Neck Zig Zag Print Dress now £26 click to visit Marks and Spencer

Limited Collection Stiletto Heel Platform Court Shoes now £15.60

Toe Cap Aztec Print Pumps now £9.50 click to visit M&S

 

Peter Pan Collar Swan Print Blouse now £10 click to visit M&S

Next

Everyone knows that Next is the High Street queen of sales. Those special 48hour offer events are much anticipated, with people being known to queue overnight to take advantage of the 50% off everything. But what many people do not know is that the Next website is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of great offers, with a highly stocked clearance section that is always worth a look. Current great buys include the very pretty coral frill front blouse – a great colour for spring but with those all important longer sleeves, cute Daisy Print hi tops, a snip at just £10 and the gorgeous monochrome biker jacket that is the perfect cover up for this chilly season.

Ruffle Front Top now £8 click to visit Next

Daisy Print Hi Tops £10 click to visit Next

Monochrome Biker Jacket £30 click to visit Next

Mothercare

Mothercare is another great High Street name that currently has a brilliant sale, offering up to 57% off selected lines. I found this one whilst searching for a new bed for my little boy this weekend, and I think that the furniture offers are really hard to beat. There are also some fabulous Mothercare discount codes available at the moment which are offering further discounts like free delivery, or special discounts if you shop through the Mothercare phone app.

Mothercare 2ft 6 inch Single Bed - Antique Pine £49.99 clcik to visit Mothercare

Mothercare Sanctuary Wardrobe £50 click to visit Mothercare

Mothercare Loved So Much Dresser £100 click to visit Mothercare