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Maternity Bra Guide

Why do I need a Maternity Bra?

Approximately 3 months into your pregnancy your breasts will become more tender and grow in size. Your bra size might also start to increase and can go up from 2 to 4 sizes larger. At this stage it is important to ensure you purchase a good fitting maternity bra. These are specially made to prevent and minimise stretch marks and discomfort, keeping you cool and absorbing any leaking fluid.

What is a Nursing Bra?

These are for after you have given birth and allow you to undo the cups one-handed for easy feeding. They do not have under wires as experts including midwives do not recommend under-wired bras as they can cause pressure on your milk ducts which may lead to mastitis; infection of the breast tissue.

How Many Bras Do I Need?

This will obviously depend on each individualís circumstances; however Midwives recommend at least two maternity bras depending on how much your bust size changes. Once baby arrives, youíll almost certainly need at least three nursing bras as life becomes very busy. You may not have time to wash clothes when you want to and you will always need one available to wear. Nursing bras need washing frequently due to leaking milk and hung to dry because of their delicate nature.

Sizing guide.

Find your band size

Place a tape measure around your rib cage, placing it just under your bust at the front and making sure the tape measure is flat and straight across your back. Take the measurement in inches. Take this number and add 4inches. If itís an odd number, round up or down to the nearest even number and add 4 inches. This is your band size. (E.g. you measure 27.9in, round up to 28, add 4 and your band size is 32.

Find your cup size.

Wearing your normal bra, do as above but this time measure across the fullest part of your breasts. Make sure the tape measure is fairly loose and measure in inches.

Find your overall size

Find your band size in the left hand column; follow across the top row until you find your cup measurement. For example, if your band size is 36 and your cup measurement 38 you will be a 36C.

Band Size B C D DD E F
32 in 33 34 35 36 37 38
34 in 35 36 37 38 39 40
36 in 37 38 39 40 41 42
38 in 39 39 40 41 42 43
40 in 41 42 43 44 45 46

If you have any questions about maternity or nursing bras please contact us at customerservices@babyandchildstore.com where one of our team will be happy to assist.