Post # 1
I’m about 21 weeks now and am outgrowing my bras – I desperately need to be refitted for bras. I went to Motherhood Maternity yesterday, but somehow I’m not convinced the lady there measured me correctly so I’m feeling a bit discouraged. Where have you all been going for fittings and maternity/nursing bras? Any help or insight would be great!
Post # 2
Well, I’m not pregnant, but I’m passionate about well-fitting bras!
I would be suspicious of them measuring you correctly too. Even specialized bra stores sometimes don’t know what they’re doing. You might need to do a little trial-and-error, which is super frustrating, especially when your size is changing. But, it’s really the best way to get a good fit.
There are a TON of bra blogs out there, and they can all help with assessing fit. Measuring is not always the best method, so you can start out with how your current bras are fitting you. If the gore (the center) doesn’t lie flat and touch your chest, or if you are spilling out the top, you probably need a bigger cup size. Most women need to go up at least a cup size, but you might need 2 or 3. If the band is riding up in the back, or you find that you have to shorten the straps all the way when you aren’t particularly short, you probably need a smaller band. If you go down a band, you have to go up a cup to keep the same volume.
Check out bratabase.com, the Bras and Body Image blog, Curvy Wordy’s blog, etc. I’m blanking on some of the others but they all pretty much link to each other.
Bras and Body Image has a great post about putting your bras on correctly. Basically, if you don’t “swoop-and-scoop” all of your tissue inside of your bras, they won’t fit correctly, and you can even end up smooshing your breast tissue into your armpits and on your back over time (armpit fat or back fat anyone?).
As far as places to purchase bras, check out herroom.com. barenecessities.com, figleaves.com, bravissimo.com, and ewa-michalak.pl. They all have at least a few maternity/nursing options in a variety of sizes.
Post # 3
CHristine2809: Wow, that was quite comprehensive! Thanks for all the help, I’ll be sure to check those out. 🙂 I just wish there was a more scientific way to go about finding well fitting bras, haha!