WHY DO I NEED A MATERNITY BRA?
CAN’T I SIMPLY CONVERT MY NORMAL BRA INTO A FEEDING BRA?
Pregnancy is a time in your life when everything changes. The first thing that happens most commonly is that your breasts get very sensitive and increase in cup and band size. It is not uncommon for a woman to go up 2-4 band sizes and 2-4 cup sizes in pregnancy. Once the normal bra starts to press, or even create visible marks on your body, you should switch to a maternity bra.
Sophie & Jane maternity bras have excellent features allowing you to cater for the expansions experienced in your diaphragm during pregnancy. Most of our bras come with 4 rows of hooks and eyes, wider underband and soft, stretchy fabrics for extra support and comfort.
CAN I BUY A BRA WITH UNDERWIRE?
In principle, the following applies: As long as you feel comfortable and the bra does not hurt you, you can wear an underwire-bra during pregnancy. However, as the milk ducts develop during pregnancy, wearing a normal underwire bra during pregnancy or in the early stages of breastfeeding can place pressure on the ducts. The wire could inhibit blood flow and hamper milk production or lead to a clogged duct or even mastitis.
Our tip: Make sure that the underwire completely surrounds the breast and does not press into the breast tissue.
HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE THE RIGHT FIT?
• The breasts should fill the cups fully and should not be spilling out the top, sides or bottom of the bra
• The band is snug enough and parallel to the floor
• The front middle of your bra must sit flush against your ribcage
• If you lift your arms up your bra and underwire should stay against your ribcage and not rise up
• The straps shouldn’t be sliding down nor digging into your shoulders
• Your band should fit firmly and horizontally across your back.
• Nothing must be digging, poking or hurting you
SHOULD I BUY A BRA A SIZE BIGGER?
It is not recommended to wear a bra a size bigger to “allow room to grow”. The bra will be unsupportive, not to mention uncomfortable. Most of our bras have 4 rows of hooks and eyes to allow room for expansion in the diaphragm. The straps on all our bras are adjustable. Furthermore, our fabrics in the cotton range bras all have stretch in them for support and comfort.
SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL AFTER MY BABY IS BORN TO BUY A NURSING BRA?
As your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy, some women might need a maternity bra as early as from 3 months in their pregnancy. Every woman is different and nursing bras that are bought during the early stages of pregnancy may not fit when your baby is born and the milk comes in. However, they will probably fit at some point in your breastfeeding journey and will usually be more comfortable than a regular bra.
Your breasts should have stabilized at around 7 months. Most nursing bras bought in the last trimester of pregnancy will see you through the birth of your baby and your milk flow arriving.
HOW MANY BRAS DO I NEED?
We would recommend 2-3 nursing/maternity bras. It ensures you will always have a clean, dry bra available when nursing. You may want to get a sleep bra too, as your breasts might leak milk during the night, as well as in the day. You may also feel more comfortable having your breasts supported at night-time.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY BRA?
Please make sure to follow the instructions on the garments care labels as this will help to make your lingerie look as good as new and last longer. Hand wash your Sophie & Jane bras in cold water with like colours and regular detergent. Bleach is best left to heavy duty washes, as it can weaken fabrics over time. If you need the extra disinfecting power of bleach, keep usage to every other wash to keep your underwear in tip-top condition.
Air-drying is the best and should be the only way to help your underwear look better and last longer. Make sure to avoid direct sunlight. The average home dryer can generate extensive heat, taking the stretch out of elastic and resulting in slack fabric and loose waistbands.