WHAT BRA TO BUY?
Firstly, congratulations on this incredible journey you are about to embark upon!
At such a remarkable time in your life, pregnancy can be quite overwhelming. The biggest change you will face is the way your body transforms to accommodate your growing baby and the necessity for new, comfortable lingerie to adapt to this.
Bra size guide
Most women tend to go up a size in the under-band as the ribs start to expand to fit a growing baby, whilst cup sizes can go up between two to four sizes.
It's so important for women to wear the right size bra, particularly during pregnancy or while nursing. A good way to determine if you're wearing the correct size is to try on a non-padded bra in the mirror, either at home or whilst getting professionally measured at a department store. The key areas to look out for are:
1) Front centre of the bra
This should be sitting flat against the skin on your chest and shouldn’t feel too tight or too loose.
2) The wire (or wireless seam) under your breast
This should fit comfortably encapsulating your breasts. If it sits directly on your breast then try a cup size bigger or similarly, if it is too low down or loose try a smaller size.
3) Bra cups
Your breasts should sit comfortably and fully inside the cups with no gaping space at the top, nor should the cups dig into the breast tissue.
4) The under-band
The under-band at the back should be sitting horizontally across the body. If the band is riding high up your back, then the band is likely to be too loose. If you cannot fit two fingers under the hook and eyes at the back, try a bigger size.
Note: If you go down a size in the under-band, you will need to go up a cup size to compensate.
5) Bra straps
The shoulder straps should sit comfortably without digging in or feeling too loose.
Bra measurement chart (in inches)
As a guideline, you may refer to the chart below by measuring your torso just underneath your breasts for under-band size, and measure around the fullest part of your breasts for cup size:
Maternity & nursing bras
Maternity bras are tailored for ultimate comfort for pregnant women. They are made with soft, stretchy, breathable fabrics that adapt to your changing body shape.
Nursing bras usually have fasteners that can be easily opened to allow your little one to breastfeed.
All our nursing bras have fasteners that are easy to unclip with one hand. Some have the ‘A-frame’ sling which holds your breast in place while feeding. Others have the 'side' sling which allows for more skin to skin contact but has less breast coverage. There is no right or wrong style, it just depends on personal preference.
All our bras have 4 hook fasteners at the back to allow for your changing under-band size.
We use incredibly soft, breathable bamboo fabric to line bra cups. This light, comfortable fabric has great anti-bacterial properties to help keep you odour free and has excellent permeability – perfect for leaking milk!
Wired or wireless?
A common question for most pregnant women, but the truth is that it's down to personal preference. There is no scientifically proven evidence that wearing wireless bras is more sensible for pregnant and nursing women. In fact, wired bras provide structure and support. It is more important to wear the correct size bra that is well fitted and comfortable.
For this reason, we have a range of wired and wireless bras across our maternity and nursing collections so you can find something that best suits you.
In order to maintain the quality of your Auralure lingerie, we strongly recommend you wash them in a mesh laundry bag and follow the care instructions sewn onto each individual garment.