Just as pregnancy bras differ in various ways from your regular bra, so too does the way it should be fitted. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect pregnancy bra.
Having been frustrated by inferior bras fit on many occasions during my first pregnancy, I decided to launch my own maternity lingerie company and I do believe I solved the problem! One important factor in determining the right pregnancy bra for you is to take the time to visit your nearest specialty lingerie store to be measured. After being properly measured by a professional bra fitter, it is now time to fit the bra.
Every pregnancy bra will fit slightly differently and not every bra will suit every bust shape, so do ask to try a few different styles of nursing or pregnancy bras. Before fitting the bra, lengthen the shoulder straps out right to the end. Slip the straps over your shoulders and whilst holding both ends of the bra, lean forward into the bra so your bust will fall naturally into the cups. This is particularly important when fitting your pregnancy bra as your breasts will be a different shape than they were pre-pregnancy and by doing this, you will ensure you are fully in the cup.
Straighten your posture and fasten the back closure to the second tightest set of eyes. All well designed pregnancy bras have six rows of hooks and eyes to provide room for expansion in the diaphragm, which will allow for the bra to be loosened (on average) one set of eyes per month during pregnancy.
Note: If you are seven to eight months pregnant when you are being fitted, the bra should be secured on one of the looser set of eyes.
Pull the bra down firmly to position the back fastening underneath the shoulder blades. Now lift the bust into the bra cups by using the opposite hand to the breast. It is important that your breast is correctly positioned in the cup and is not sitting under the band or spilling over the top of the underarm.
Note: There should be enough room in the cup to allow you to slide your hand into the upper cup of the pregnancy bra for expansion when the milk flow arrives.
Lastly adjust the shoulder straps so they give a firm but comfortable uplift to your bust. Your pregnancy bra should give you the same beautiful silhouette and support you experience from your regular lingerie. To see this for yourself before you purchase your new lingerie, make sure you try your own clothes over the top and observe yourself in the mirror. Gorgeous!