Every woman’s pregnancy is a unique experience. But, I would contend that there are two irrefutable universal facts about pregnancy.
The first is that they are costly affairs. Especially in the case of your first baby, the shopping list is daunting. Pram, pushchair, baby clothes, bibs, bottles, a steriliser, food processor, nappies, the list goes on.
The second is that as a well as being one of life’s exceptionally beautiful moments, pregnancies can be a little on the fraught side, with many things to prepare, plan and organise. Naturally, all parents can be a little nervous at this time, with the mother and babies health a constant preoccupation.
Given this, many women forget to think about one very important aspect of their health, that of looking after their breasts. When summing up the costs of a new baby-to-be, maternity and nursing bra can seem a relative luxury, and many women tell themselves they can get by with what they already have, or buy a cheap new bra in a larger size.
This is a mistake. If you look after your breasts correctly while pregnant, you really reap the benefits later.
Your breasts usually start to grow between twelve and sixteen weeks into your pregnancy. This is the time to pack away your underwired bras. From now on until you stop nursing, you should only wear soft cup bras.
It is usual for a bra size o to increase 2 to 4 sizes during pregnancy. This increase in size and weight will of course cause your skin to stretch and the breast to drop, which is why it is so important for women to wear proper maternity bras.
When selecting a maternity bra, make sure that you give yourself room to grow. Wear it on the tightest hooks, and gradually loosen it outwards as your breasts and ribcage expand.
Taking these measures will help to maintain the shape and support of your breasts after pregnancy.
Along the same lines, once your baby is born, you may be in a position where you are able to breast feed. If you choose to do so, again, do not underestimate the importance of a good nursing bra.
A quality nursing bra is made from soft fabrics that are kind on your skin. Breasts and nipples can be extra-sensitive at this time. For the same reason, good nursing bras do not have seams. It is important that nursing bras should provide easy and comfortable access to the breast for both mother and baby. Bra straps should be adjustable with fasteners, but firmly connected. This gives your breasts support and prevents the straps from slipping backwards when opened.
When buying a nursing bra, check you can fit your hand inside the cup so that you will have enough space for breast pads.
It is recommendable to buy your nursing bras at the beginning of the eighth month of your pregnancy, as your weight won’t change much after this and your breasts have usually stopped growing by then. Measure yourself at eight months and buy that back size, but buy one cup size larger as your breasts size will increase when lactation begins after birth.
Investing in a maternity or a nursing bra is an important way of looking after your breasts, at a time when it is all too easy to forget about looking after yourself. The Dublin Lingerie Company was created with the belief that pretty and sensual lingerie should be available to all women, and offers a wide selection of carefully chosen maternity and nursing bras online, as well as plus size lingerie, sports lingerie, teenage girls lingerie, and post operative and mastectomy lingerie. You can watch a helpful video guide to measuring your breasts on their website to help you choose bras in the right size, over 70% of women are wearing bras which are the wrong size. Buying your bras online is a great way to save time, letting you enjoy and concentrate on your pregnancy.