Maternity and Nursing Bras
When purchasing a prenatal bra, make sure that the bra is done up on the tightest hook to ensure growing room. A cleavage is definitely out and there should be no bulges under the arm. If your bra is causing pressure on any developing milk glands then it may cause a blockage in your glands and this may lead to a painful condition known as mastitis. This is why underwired bras are not normally recommended when pregnant.
There are 2 main styles of bra to choose from – the traditional hook at the back or the crop-top. Each person prefers a certain style for different reasons and you won't know if it's right for you until you try it on. Either way, the crop-top style will obviously be more comfortable to wear at night.
If you intend to breast feed, you will need to buy your nursing bras in the last month of pregnancy, any time after 36 weeks. Again, try and get fitted properly, making sure that your nursing bra is fitted on the loosest setting to allow you to tighten the bra as you regain your pre-pregnancy shape. Choose an opening that allows easy access to each breast eg a drop cup.
Your maternity wardrobe is small compared to your usual wardrobe, so whereas you might wear a certain item of your main wardrobe maybe once a week, a certain pair of maternity trousers could be either in the wash or on. In other words, your maternity wardrobe gets a real hammering as it's constantly worn from the time you are about 20 weeks pregnant until a few months after the baby is born. So, it is worth investing in some items that you absolutely adore. Root out a specialist shop where the staff are knowledgeable and can give you the advice on how to buy wisely.
From bump-hugging dresses to waist length tops over panel free trousers, today's designs allow you to carry on 'being you'. Having a little 'alien' taking over your body is difficult enough without it taking over your fashion sense too! Baring your bump is not for everyone but wearing more fitted clothing can actually have a slimming effect. Try on lots of different specialist styles and find yourself again!
When buying a top, always make sure it fits correctly on the shoulders and bust. When purchasing trousers or a skirt check how your bottom and thighs are looking. When buying a dress – it's all your bits!