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Maternity & Nursing Bras
One of the most important items in your wardrobe during your pregnancy and while nursing your baby is to ensure you have a good quality, well fitting bra which not only will correctly support your breasts but also ensure you have the correct posture therefore helping to avoid backache.
When you first become pregnant you might not realise that the tenderness you are experiencing in your breasts is because you are pregnant. You will also discover that your nipples darken, and both the tenderness and the change in colour are caused by pregnancy hormones preparing your body for breastfeeding.
At first it is fine to continue to wear your usual bra, but at around the third month of your pregnancy you should be investing in a maternity bra to help support the delicate breast tissue, and to avoid any strain on the ligaments as your breasts begin to increase in size.
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Your bra size could change at least 4 times while you are pregnant and increase in weight by up to 2lbs so it is a good idea to ensure your bra fits correctly every 6-8 weeks. You may also find that for comfort you need to sleep with a bra on at night to give yourself some additional support and a special sleep bra which looks a bit like a cropped top will help to support but also to allow you to sleep without feeling too restricted. Then just a few weeks before baby arrives, around 36 weeks, invest in a good nursing bra.
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But, you might be wondering how you can tell what makes a good bra? You should ensure that the bra you buy is not underwired as this might dig in to the developing tissue. The straps both on your shoulders and around your back should be wide to give additional support. After baby is born you will be glad you made this decision as if your breast are not correctly supported during your pregnancy you could damage the ligaments which can lead to permanently sagging breast after baby is born. And don’t think that this will make you look frumpy, as there are plenty of stylish maternity bras and underwear sets on the market to still make you feel gorgeous.
Nursing Bras usually feature simple clips on the straps so you can drop down one of the cups enabling you to feed baby discretely wherever you need to. When buying a nursing bra you might need to allow a bit of extra room as once the milk comes through your breasts will increase even more in size especially during the first few weeks when your body needs to work out how much milk it needs to produce. You should also ensure there is space for a breast pad.
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Knickers & Tights
You may want to continue wearing your usual knickers throughout your pregnancy but you might find that your bump forces them to slip and they become uncomfortable. You can however decide to wear special ones designed for pregnancy which are designed to sit either under you bump or others are available that actually pull up over your bump giving support. If you worry about your underwear showing through your clothing you can also buy a maternity version of a thong.
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If you want to wear tights, then maternity tights are the best to choose as normal everyday tights tend not to fit correctly either cutting into your bump or slipping down beneath it. The maternity version have a generous section to pull over your bump and if you are on your feet a lot during the day or have started to develop varicose veins then maternity support tights are a must have item.
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