Post # 1
I’m outgrowing my bras, and not sure what to do. I’m 16 weeks into my first pregnancy and my bras don’t fit comfortably any more. (Main fit issues are straps digging in at my shoulders and the center gore pressing against breast tissue about an inch up from my rib cage.) Before I got pregnant I was around a 32 DDD. I haven’t measured myself since I got pregnant, but I know I’m bigger (swollen breasts—that never went away—was my first pregnancy symptom). I am hesitant to buy new bras because they are so expensive, and I don’t know how much bigger my boobs are going to get. I am planning on breast feeding, fwiw. So I guess my questions are…
Did your breasts grow evenly throughout the pregnancy, or did they even out/stop at some point?
Should I bother buying nursing bras now? Are these good to wear during pregnancy?
Any other tips?
In general I prefer underwire, because if my boobs aren’t lifted and separated the uniboob is pretty unflattering (and makes me hot). I could deal with no-wire/soft cup, but most of those that I’ve seen are pull on, which I have a hard time doing.
Post # 2
LLEU: I might not be the right person to answer this, since the world of big boobs is new to me. I was an A cup before I got pregnant but while pregnant they grew steadily to maybe a D cup. My little guy is one month old now and I’m breastfeeding and I’m guessing my boobs are DD now, probably bigger (honestly, I’m kinda scared to know). Anyway, my MIL bought me a “big bust” nursing top from Glamour mom and it is awesome! I’m pretty sure it could be worn during pregnancy as well. I got on the website and ordered two more- they’re expensive but so worth it! Anyways, I’m sure some ladies with legit big breasts will weigh in (no pun intended, haha) but do check out the Glamour mom top if you’re interested- it’s made breastfeeding in public way easier for me. Congrats on your pregnancy and good luck!
Post # 3
MrsAKSkier: Thanks for the recommendation! I will check it out.
Post # 4
I’m not pregnant so I can’t answer you there. But I am the same size, a natural 32e or DD depending on cycle. I love the all cotton sports bras with underwire at Her Room. I sleep in them. They lift and give lots of support.
Post # 6
LLEU: First, it is absolutely worth measuring yourself and buying a new bra, even if you only wear it for a couple of months. It seems silly to suffer and be uncomfortable for the sake of, what, $40? So, I would start by measuring yourself/getting measured and getting a bra in the correct size.
Second, make sure you know how a properly fitting bra should fit (basically it should give a smooth outline ie not be digging in anywhere; the band at the back should sit below your shoulder blades; it should fit securely on the loosest band setting to allow for give (if it’s too loose the straps will end up doing most of the support, and that isn’t the aim)), so that when you try them on, you know what to look for. That will improve comfort and support.
Third, I would go for something soft and ideally stretchy eg a non-padded cotton/lycra blend. This should mean it will give a little as you wear it and so might last a little longer.
Fourth and finally, get one that is broad across the back, as this is the bit that provides all the support: flimsy single or double fastenings won’t cut it, look for bras with a triple fastening and decent quality fabric without too much give
Post # 7
barbie86: Thanks for all the great tips! Given my pre-pregnancy bust, I was already somewhat hip on the whole properly fitted bra thing, but with mixed success. Finding stuff in my size usually means shopping online, which feels like such a gamble for bras. Anyway, do you have any brands that are your favorite for the things you specified? (Cotton/lycra, wide band?)
Anyone further along in their life-with-babies want to chime in about nursing bras? Can they do double duty during pregnancy or better to wait?
Post # 8
lane bryant is really the only place I can get bras these days. I went from a 38 DD/DDD to a 42F. SIGH. Also, these bra extenders do wonders and cant beat the price
Post # 9
LLEU: I’m 26w3d pregnant, and a pre-pregnancy 32ddd as well. Honestly, I was getting close to needing a new bra when I found out I was pregnant, and since they are so stinking expensive, I’ve just decided to let this one stretch out and run it into the ground during pregnancy, and I’ll just get new ones after. I’ve gone from wearing it on the tightest hook to the loosest hook, and have loosened the straps. They also make rib extender things for the bands that are cheap and could help. My bra was a full-coverage one (I think… it’s victoria’s secret and seemed to be somewhere between a demi cup and a full coverage) and now my boobs have bust out the top of it but you can’t really tell with a shirt on, and I just keep an eye on them and tuck the boobies back into their cups when they pop out a bit.
HOWEVER. I went to Target the other day to try on some nursing bras, and there was one that was AMAZING. It’s a black lace nursing bra, and is really pretty, has an underwire that is cut wider than a normal bra of the same size to accomodate new-mom boobs, comes up nice and high on the sides for support, comes up high enough across the front to keep the boob-muffin-top from happening, and comes in sizes up to I want to say 40DDD. I tried either the 32 or 34 DDD and it was amazing. I felt that the cup was much bigger than my VS in the same size. Highly, highly recommend going there to try a bunch on. Plus, it was $20. Good luck!!
Post # 10
LLEU: Yep, go get fitted and then try Target online. I just did a quick search and saw that some of the nursing bras go up to a size 40F. I was a 42G before I got pregnant, so I plan on looking at Bare Neccessities, Amazon.com, etc. Oh! And I’m 22 weeks, 5 days today. 🙂
Post # 11
future_mrs_s: Thanks for the suggestion! I love looking somewhere I can try on in store. I’m still wearing my pre-pregnancy VS bras, and by the time I take them off at the end of the day, there are indentations where the center gore is sitting on breast tissue…..so I think I’ll check these out!
Post # 12
LLEU: I am the same size as you were pre-pregnancy (32DDD). I buy my bras at a specialty store or huge department store like Macy’s because those are the only places that sell such my size in these parts. I know that the specialty store offers alterations on bras to make them fit. You might want to find a bra that has the right cup size, regardless of band size, then take it in for alterations.
Also, I had to laugh at a PP saying it would cost $40 for one of these bras… um, no, I pay $80 or more for a bra my size!
Post # 13
I’m a 30H, so I definitely relate on annoying bra situations, but I’ve never been pregnant. I get most of my bras from http://www.herroom.com, http://www.bravissimo.com, http://www.barenecessities.com, http://www.asos.com, http://www.wellfitting.com, and http://www.ewa-michalak.pl. Asos has free shipping both ways, so it’s a good place to try things out. They have a weird size chart though above the D/F cup. This post explains it well: http://brasihate.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-quick-note-about-buying-bras-from-asos.html
Also, check out Bratabase for info on how bras fit. They also have a listings section where users can sell new and used bras. It’s a good place to sell off ones if you grow out of them quickly. I’ve purchased and sold on there several times with good luck. http://www.bratabase.com
Buying bras online can be annoying, but that’s the only place I can really buy mine. I have no advice for shopping for bras in stores, except that the fitters don’t always know what they’re talking about, so arm yourself with knowledge and don’t let them talk you into something that doesn’t feel right!
Post # 14
My boobs definitely grew throughout pregnancy, and I barely wore a bra for most of my maternity leave, but I’m pretty sure it took a couple months for them to settle down to a consistent size (34G). I didn’t wear underwire for a long while because it was just too uncomfortable. My favorites are the panache bras. I find them to be really supportive despite not having underwire, and they look pretty.
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