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Maternity Bras Guide

A maternity bra is designed to be safe and comfortable for pregnant women. When you are pregnant, your breasts are heavier and can be more sensitive than usual, which means that you will need excellent support. Many women are confused about the difference between a maternity bra and a nursing bra. The main difference is that a maternity bra is worn during pregnancy, whereas a nursing bra is used after your baby is born. Common features of maternity bras include non-underwire cups, a band with extra size settings and cups with enough stretch to accommodate growing breasts. Maternity bras do not have pull-down clips, as these are not necessary while you are pregnant.

I highly recommend wearing a maternity bra for the last trimester of pregnancy. If you notice that you are uncomfortable in traditional bras earlier than the third trimester, you may want to switch to maternity bras sooner. Women who "carry high" will often need to wear soft cup bras throughout their pregnancy for more comfortable support.

During pregnancy, your bra size can change often and unpredictably. It's important to be mindful of how your bras are fitting, so that you won’t damage your breast tissue by wearing old bras that no longer fit. For more information about how to find your bra size when you are pregnant, see Maternity and Pregnancy Solutions. Another fitting tip for maternity bras is to purchase a bra that fits on the tightest set of hooks. As your ribcage expands, you will be able to make the bra larger to suit your needs.

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