Even women who qualify as avid shoppers somehow tend to make some major mistakes when it comes to shopping for maternity bras. On the face of it, many of these could look silly, but they are indeed vital for your comfort as well as looks all through the final months of your pregnancy and the nursing days. We have collated some of these mistakes for you, and hopefully, you will gain from them:-
Choosing the wrong size
Surprisingly a significant percentage of women end up wearing the wrong sized bra during childbirth and the nursing days. The best way to go is to get your maternity bra fitted professionally. A wrong sized bra cannot provide the support and that you will need and can lead ligament damage and sag over the longer period.
Price over quality
Quality fabrics and trims are important for your maternity bra. In most situations, you should not have any difficulty assessing the quality of material that your maternity bra is made of. The elastic needs to be firm and should not stretch too much. If you choose a good quality maternity bra, you will notice multiple layers and substantial feel when you touch it.
Cheaper bras, on the other hand, will have inferior trims and fabrics. Often, the elasticity on these bras will be lost after a couple of washes. When you buy quality maternity bras you are not only assured of the much-needed support but also comfort for a longer duration in time.
Incorrect styling with regard to your body shape
The structure of our body, breast form and shape are different from one individual to the other. Therefore, it is not a one size fits all kinds of situation. For instance, when you have smaller busts, plunge bars are excellent since your breasts tend to be heavier at the base. On the other hand, for women who have a rounder breast with an even distribution of weight in their breast, the balcony styled bras do a great job. For women having a larger bust, the full coverage bras are considered more ideal. The full cups are designed in a way that it covers the entire area of the breast giving added support apart from a secure fit.
Too big a back band
This is perhaps among the most common mistakes that many women make. BFree bamboo maternity bras have a back band, fitting firmly and parallel across your back, which neither rides up nor give you a loose feel. If the back band feels loose after it is placed on the tightest hook, you are better off buying a new one than suffer the discomfort. Remember that some 80% of the comfort you get from wearing the bra is attributable to the back band.
Professional fitting will no doubt cost you a few additional dollars. But, considering the comfort and style that it brings along, the money is spent for a good reason. Conversely, if you choose the readymade, getting one that gives you the perfect fit can be pretty challenging.
Bigger cup size does not help
Many women think that they should buy a bra with a bigger cup size so that there is enough room for fluctuation. No, this is not the case, and the extra room will, in fact, present more inconvenience and discomfort. Further, it will not sit nicely under your outer garment, and the support you get will also be poor. When you are buying maternity bras, you should be looking for bras with top cups stretch. This is the best way to provide for fluctuation and marginal breast growth.
Restricting the numbers
During the 9 months of your pregnancy and for several weeks following childbirth, your body experiences a series of changes. During the first trimester and 6 weeks after childbirth, supportive seamless bras are fine. This type of bras can stretch and keep pace with the changing shape of your breast.
Once the nursing period is over and your body, as well as the breasts, stabilizes, you can switch to flexible wired or a non-wired bra that specifically supports cup sizes. Ideally, you should be buying 3 bras for the period till a few weeks post childbirth and 3 more for the subsequent period when body stabilizes. This way, you are always assured of one piece readily accessible when you need it.
Storing away the maternity bras for your next pregnancy
Yes, some women do this, and particularly so, women who plan their pregnancy at regular intervals. But, they forget the fact that heavy wear and multiple washes across several months will impact the ability of the fabric and elastics to provide support. Thus using the same maternity bras for multiple pregnancies is not a great idea because:-
- The structure of your body and the size of your breasts may not remain the same throughout all pregnancies
- The bra will eventually have lost its supporting ability and can lead to premature sagging, ligament damage and discomfort to you.
Buying a bigger size because your size is not available
This is a mistake that happens with many women. You walk into the shop and find something that is really attractive, and your mind gets glued onto it. But, when the salesperson takes a look, it is either bit too large or bit too small for you. Maternity bras work at their best when you choose the size that is the best fit for your body and not be swayed by visual appeal.
Synthetic fabrics can be great when you are not looking for maternity bras. But, during pregnancy and the postnatal days, you are better off choosing maternity bras that is liberal in its cotton component. Cotton will give you more comfort and help you keep cool too. Synthetic fabrics, on the other hand, can deny you the comfort since it does not breathe and can potentially cause skin irritation.