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Breasts during pregnancy

Your breasts will grow throughout pregnancy and soon your old bras won’t fit. To help save yourself from dreaded back pain during pregnancy, there are options: bra extenders add length to your current bras, maternity bras offer extra support with wide straps and soft lining, and nursing bras are comfortable during pregnancy and indispensable once your baby arrives. If you buy a nursing bra while you’re pregnant, allow some room for growth – you may go up a cup size or more during pregnancy and after your milk comes in.

What are maternity bras – and do I need one?

Maternity bras are souped-up versions of regular bras – designed to comfortably support your growing breasts during pregnancy. Standard maternity bra features include wider straps, a soft cotton lining, and extra hooks and eyes on the band. Some have underwire, some don’t. You’ll most likely need a few maternity bras. Like the rest of your body during pregnancy, your breasts are changing, becoming bigger and more sensitive to the touch; you can put all this down to hormonal shifts, weight gain, an expanding rib cage, and, later in pregnancy, mammary glands that are preparing to make milk for your baby.

What’s the difference between maternity bras and nursing bras?

The main difference between a maternity bra and a nursing bra is that nursing bras have clasps or panels that allow easy access to the nipples for breastfeeding, while maternity bras don’t. Many women prefer a combination of both, buying maternity bras or larger sizes of their favourite pre-pregnancy bras in the beginning of their pregnancies, then switching to nursing bras somewhere in the middle of the third trimester. Many nursing bras offer soft, wire-free support, so they’re ideal for late pregnancy when you may be feeling uncomfortable and exhausted. Plus, you’ll need them postpartum if you breastfeed your baby. It’s a good idea to go shopping for nursing bras to wear postpartum around 36 weeks. If you do buy nursing bras to wear during pregnancy, make sure they give you room to grow. Your rib cage can  expand until then, and your breasts may go up another cup size or two after your baby arrives and your milk comes in. Choose a bra that fits when the clasp is on the tightest setting, so you’ll be able to let it out.

Our chiropractors at CBH are here to help your musculoskeletal system throughout your pregnancy journey, so please do give us a call to see how we can help with yours.

Source: British Chiropractic Association