Your breasts will get bigger during pregnancy, and even bigger post delivery when you start breastfeeding.
As though it isn’t already difficult to get a good fit for normal day-to-day bras, pregnant women have to buy bras for breasts which are constantly changing in sizes for the next one year.
For many first time mothers, this can be a baffling situation.
You don’t know the speed of this change, or how much it is going to change.
There were so many questions I had around buying a maternity bra.
Now that I have gone through the complex journey myself, I hope that the below helps you spend less time figuring out the best solution for you.
Please note that every woman are individuals and likely to have different experiences on this front. I am sharing based on my personal experience.
When should I transition to maternity bras?
I had to replace all my fancy wired La Senza bras (sadly) when I was 3-4 months pregnant.
They just felt so tight and I was suffocating in them.
This is a sure sign to change from a normal bra to maternity bra.
Do I need a maternity bra?
Unless your breasts or under bust did not change in size during pregnancy, I guess there is no reason to buy one.
However, the majority of women do experience increase in breasts and/or under bust size and have the following option:
1) Buy a bigger normal bra
2) Buy a maternity bra (the one with nursing clips for breastfeeding)
I would suggest going with #2 if you are going to breastfeed. This would be the cheaper option as you don’t have to buy both a bigger bra and a maternity bra.
Ideally, you should not wear wired bra during pregnancy as the wires might impact blood flow and the milk duct, which could affect breastfeeding at a later date.
What size of maternity bras should I get?
Do I need to go 1, 2 or even 3 cups up? What about under bust sizes?
I was so confused initially and decided to stagger my maternity bra purchase instead of buying them all at once.
I bought two pieces when I was 4 months pregnant, another two at 6 months and another two at 8 months.
This probably works if you are in your first pregnancy and have no clue on sizes as every woman’s breasts change at different volumes and speeds.
I was a 32C/70C pre-pregnancy and bought all my maternity bras in 34C/75C despite the different brands. They still fit me now 2 months into breastfeeding.
How many pieces of maternity bra would I need?
I found that 6 pieces is sufficient for me.
I change to a fresh piece every day and 6 pieces gives plenty of time for me to wash every 2-3 days.
Sometimes milk might drip during feeds and I will change it more than once a day.
Pre baby, I only do my laundry once a week. Post baby, I do a quick wash almost everyday.
So the quantity needed really depends on how often you change your bra and how often you do your laundry.
Which brands should I get?
There are so many maternity brands out there.
As I was so confused with my first purchase, I bought the super cheap Kmart ones at $10 each. They were alright but I probably wouldn’t buy it again if given a choice.
Then a friend recommended Bonds maternity bra, which I decided to try at $39 each. These were very comfortable but they were soft cups.
I then found out that there were t-shirt style maternity bras which is important if you are wearing a tighter shirt or dress. I bought my Autumnz maternity bra in Malaysia for only RM39.90 ($12).
These were my favourite as not only are they comfortable, they look good under any clothes, the cups don’t wrinkle after feeding and my breasts feel very supported with the thick 3-clips elastic strap. AND they are cheap.
I did browse through the more expensive Mothercare/Truimph maternity bras but did not see the point in spending a fortune in these.
Buying a maternity bra may be daunting at the beginning but I guess just go with the flow.
Needing one means that you are one step closer towards having your baby yay!
There are more exciting things to mull over such as your baby’s cot, pram, clothes etc so don’t waste too much time over this like I have.
Till next time! xoxo