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At Seraphine we understand that selecting the best size for you during pregnancy can be a tricky business, and especially when it comes to selecting a nursing bra, as your breast size will tend to fluctuate. Every woman is different, but we’ve tried to cover all the most commonly asked questions to help you find the perfect fit.
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Most women tend to buy a nursing bra at some point during their third trimester, although you may find that you need a different fit far earlier on in your pregnancy. The easiest way to tell that it’s time to switch to a nursing bra is when your usual bras no longer feel comfortable or fit correctly.
Wear the bra you feel most comfortable in at the moment (it shouldn’t be padded or restrictive). Stand up straight, keeping your breathing relaxed, and place the measuring tape flat against your back, wrapping it around your ribcage underneath your breasts. Ensure the tape is taut and as straight as possible: This is your under bust measurement. Take a second measurement, this time wrapping the tape over the fullest part of your bust and around your back keeping the tape fairly straight, and be sure to wrap the tape into the area between your breasts: this is your over bust measurement.
Seraphine’s nursing bras, like our maternity clothes, are specifically designed to adjust to your changing body shape, with stretchy fabrics and multiple hook and eye fastenings to accommodate and support the size fluctuations you may experience during pregnancy and nursing. Choosing the best bra for you all comes down to personal preference. Here are a few things you may want to consider when buying a bra;
-How Does This Nursing Bra Fit Into My Lifestyle?
-How Much Shape Do I Need? (Hint – Seraphine's designs help to create a balance between comfort and shapely silhouette)- How Long Do I Plan To Breastfeed? (Hint- If you are planning to extend the breastfeeding phase we suggest that you purchase an under wired nursing bra for a little extra shape and support.
Yes you can! There is no health risk associated with wearing a bra around the clock whilst nursing and you may find that wearing a nursing bra at night is essential during your first few months of feeding. When selecting a sleep bra, opt for thicker straps and an elasticized under bust panel. Wider cups will also be beneficial in helping to hold breast pads in place.
Cotton lined bras are generally more practical and comfortable. Cotton helps to soothe and prevents breast and nipple irritation, and the natural fiber helps to wick away moisture in your bra. Cotton also helps to regulate your temperature and is washing machine friendly.
Your breast size may fluctuate quite dramatically throughout pregnancy, so finding a bra that will fit comfortably through pregnancy and nursing can seem like an impossible challenge. We find that the best way to calculate what size nursing bra you’ll need, is to take your measurements at 26 weeks and add 1 additional cup size and 1 additional band size to your bra size. So for example, if at 26 weeks you are a 34C, you would most likely fit into a 36D as you move into your 3rd and 4th trimesters. Find out your size with the Bra Calculator above!
Every woman is different, but on average, during pregnancy your bra size will increase by 1-2 cup sizes and 1-2 band sizes from your pre-pregnancy size. After your baby is born and during the nursing stage you will typically grow by an additional cup size on top of your pregnancy size. After 8 weeks of nursing your band size will generally decrease to your pre-pregnancy size, and your cup size will be 1 size up from your pre-pregnancy size.
When you try a nursing bra it should fit you on the middle hooks and the strap adjusters should have enough space to be repositioned allowing for loosening throughout pregnancy, and tightening as your band size decreases during nursing. You should be able to run two fingers under the band of your bra, and your hand should be able to fit inside the cup ensuring you have enough room for padding. When you try a nursing bra on, lift your arms up over your head: If the band curves at the back and the cups ride up over your breasts you should consider exchanging for a bigger band size. If your bust is spilling over the cups, you will most likely need to exchange for a bigger bra in both cup and band size.
If you want to wear an under-wired bra, ensure that you purchase a specific under-wired nursing bra. These typically have softer and more flexible support wires, usually made out of bamboo-like materials. Non nursing specific under-wired bras can be very uncomfortable and in some cases can lead to Mastitis. It is not advisable to sleep in an under-wired nursing bra.
It’s a good idea to have a nursing bra ready for the birth of your baby, however you may prefer to pack a supportive nursing top as an alternative if you are feeling uncomfortable wearing a bra straight away.