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With all the hype around Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy and her underwear, I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about maternity bras. Being pregnant is a beautiful thing. When your body starts to change, there are a million questions bound to be running through your mind, especially concerning your breasts. Do not be alarmed, it’s very normal to be confused about what kind of bra to wear during and after pregnancy.  Here’s some help to finding the right bra for you!

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I’m pregnant. How Do I Know When To Buy a New Bra?

Just like all the other bras you own, you’ll know when it’s time to make a new purchase – like the minute you notice that you feel uncomfortable and tight in your current bras. As we always say, if it doesn’t fit, don’t wear it.

Your breasts and your back (corresponding to your band size) can continue growing until up to 36 weeks of pregnancy, and sometimes beyond. Depending on your budget, you can buy anywhere from one bra to ten different ones. After giving birth, within the next couple of days, you’ll notice your breasts growing and filling up with milk. So, it is always good to buy a bra with a little bit of breathing room.

Why is it important to get a new bra during pregnancy?

It’s never healthy for you to wear a bra that’s too small – especially when your breasts are growing heavy with milk. Wearing too-tight bras can disrupt the natural internal circulation of your muscles, tissues and lymphatic system. Not to mention, if you’re wearing a bra that’s too small, you’re lacking the fit and support you need for your new and changing body. This can cause neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and other medical issues that can potentially be preventable by wearing a bra that properly and evenly distributes the weight of your breasts.

What is the difference between a nursing bra and a maternity bra?

Maternity bras are worn during pregnancy, as the breast and ribcage (back size) are expanding. This wire-free seamless bra by Naturana is an example of a bra that is great to wear during pregnancy because it’s supportive yet stretchy, and the wire-free cups offer more room for growing. Not to mention, the fabric stretches with your body for optimum comfort.

Soft Cup Bra Double Moulded Soft Cup Bra by Naturana Lingerie

A nursing bra is normally purchased within about a month of giving birth. Since your size can keep changing, it’s not advisable to invest in a nursing bra too early on in your pregnancy. Nursing bras tend to be wire-free, with additional support for your heavy breasts, and a front clasp so you can breastfeed easily and discreetly. However, for you ladies that don’t want to give up your underwires, underwired nursing bras do exist – like this beautiful and lacy Florence nursing bra by Change.

Florence Lace Nursing by Change Of Scandinavia Lingerie

What Type Of Bra Is Best For me during pregnancy?

Of course this question is a very personal one and depends on the style you usually like to wear. Maternity bras are quite popular as they offer stretch and support throughout your pregnancy, but you can also opt for a bra that isn’t specifically in the maternity category.

The features you should look for in a maternity bra are, according to Celine our Bra Doctor: cups that offer a partial stretch and medium to full support, a back closure and not a front closure so you have more fitting options, wider straps for support and comfort, and preferably bra cups without underwires.

A lesser-known maternity bra fitting tip from Celine: If your bra’s cups are fitting properly but your back is a bit snug on some days, just add a bra back extender! Hook it onto your bra’s hook and eye back closure and voila! You have an extra 1-3 extra inches of space in back for the breathing room and comfort you need. (And you can keep using it for any other bras you have that are too tight in back but fit at the cups.)

Above all, make sure your maternity bra is comfortable! Even though you’re only wearing it temporarily, feeling good and being healthy are extremely important – not just while you’re pregnant, but all the time.

One thing is for sure: it’s  time to get a proper bra fitting! Luckily, if you just don’t have the time to go hunting for someone who actually knows how to fit someone according to their size, our Bra Doctor, Celine can help you over the phone or via email.

Need help shopping for your maternity bra? Do you have questions about maternity or nursing bras? Feel free to comment below, on Facebook or Twitter. You can also contact Celine directly for personalized bra fitting help anytime at

See you next time!




Soft Cup Bra Double Moulded Soft Cup Bra by Naturana Lingerie:

Charlotte Wire-Free Semi-Sheer Full Support Drop Cup Nursing Bra by Royce Lingerie:–Wire-Free-Semi-Sheer-Full-Support-Drop-Nursing-Bra-by-Royce-Lingerie&category=nursing-bras&itemtype=1&size=&brand=&color=

Florence Lace Nursing Bra by Change of Scandinavia Lingerie:

Nursing Bra Information:

Maternity & Nursing Bra Information:

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  • Cassie

    These are wonderful maternity tips and I would also like to add that wearing maternity shapewear can make a great difference in how you look as well.

  • admin

    You’re so right, Cassie! Thanks for sharing this link with all of us.

  • Michelle

    I would like to know how to choose the correct size bra when you are nursing. My problems is two fold. First, there is a big difference between when my breasts are full, and when they have been drained. I don’t want to go shopping with engorged breasts (gross and painful), just to get the correct size. Secondly, my breasts are very different sizes, D and barely B.

  • admin

    Hi Michelle,

    Great question. Lots of Moms have problems with uneven boobs when they are nursing, but the differences between your breasts may be minimized/less apparent after you are finished breastfeeding. It’s difficult to choose sizing when you are nursing, which is why I almost always suggest wire-free nursing bras for optimum fit and comfort during this variable time.

    I have had very good feedback from women who wear the 839 Lauren wire-free nursing bra by Royce Lingerie, and it’s available from D to H cups. You MUST shop for your bra to accommodate when your breasts are bigger. Do you have a bra at home that you can use to compare the difference between when your breasts are engorged vs. drained? You can always try to use the bra as a means to compare how other bras will fit.

    I hope some of this helps you, but I can help you better if you contact me directly:

    Good luck and congrats on your new baby. 🙂

  • Sophie

    Hi Felicia!

    Loved your review here, but I’m still really stuck on which nursing bra to get. I really like the bras that amoralia make, but I can’t find many reviews about them.

    Have you heard much about them?


    Soph x

  • Felicia

    Hi Sophie,

    I’m so happy to hear that you liked my review! 😀 Unfortunately, I have not heard about Amoralia but we have many different bras specialized just for nursing. For more help please email our Bra Doctor,

    I hope that helps!

    Felicia xo

  • Alizee

    The Jasmine is my personal holy grail. I really just need to bite the bullet and buy a new one in the size I’m currently wearing.

  • admin

    Hello Alizee,

    We agree; it’s a beautiful style! We’re happy to hear that you love it. When you find a style you love that works well for you, it’s definitely worth the investment.

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