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Finding the right Maternity Bra

Brava is with you throughout your many life stages, especially the most important one – becoming a mum. Whether you're looking for a plain, pretty or sexy maternity bra, we've got the right maternity bra for you in cup sizes from D – K and back sizes 8 - 22. With the best maternity and nursing bra collection for bigger cups in Australia, you will find one thats perfect for you.

During Pregnancy

Your body will change significantly during pregnancy. Your breasts will increase in size (in a short amount of time), and they will feel heavier and more sensitive due to hormonal changes. Your milk ducts are also going through a process of being activated and require unrestricted support to help them function.

Changing to a Maternity Bra

The right time for you to be fitted into a maternity bra is when your breasts begin to noticeably swell to the point that your existing bras no longer fit or become uncomfortable. This is usually towards the end of the first trimester and usually about the same time you are busting out of your jeans. A well fitting supportive maternity bra will relieve breast strain, allow for breast growth, provide much needed support and help you to feel more comfortable.

Maternity Bra Fittings

Your maternity bra should have wider elastic under your bust for greater support around the diaphragm, and wide shoulder straps. This is especially important for larger cup sizes as you need extra support without putting strain on your back. If a maternity bra is purchased within a month of your due date, it should be fastened to the loosest eyes when purchased so that it can be tightened once the baby is born and the rib cage starts to return to normal. Although a maternity bra will have your changing needs incorporated into their design, it is important that the one you choose has enough flexibility to allow for fluctuations in your breast.

Wire-free Maternity Bras

Many women prefer underwire fashion bras and are confused when told these are not recommended during pregnancy or lactation. The reason for this is, once again, your changing breast shape. When breastfeeding, the breasts can increase and decrease in size during the day, as milk is produced and removed. Retained fluid in late pregnancy can also cause the breast to swell. Although only a slight change in size is occurring, a rigid underwire may put pressure on the breast when it is fuller. Such pressure can lead to blocked milk ducts or mastitis and it is for this reason inflexible underwire bras are not recommended.

However, there are now nursing bras available that have a flexible plastic support, similar to an underwire, designed to flex and change position with your changing shape. These are less likely to cause problems. Brava is happy to fit our customers with a flexiwire nursing bras as long as you understand the issues associated with wires.

Maternity Bra VS Nursing Bra

In Australia there is no difference between a nursing and a maternity bra, however European women will wear a maternity bra during pregnancy, which is the same as a nursing bra but without the clips.

Fitter's Comments:

  • It’s normal for your breasts to increase between 1 and 3 cup sizes and your ribcage to expand during pregnancy, so this means that not only a bigger cup size but also a bigger back size may be needed.
  • It’s important that you can fasten and unfasten the drop down clip with one hand while holding baby in the other arm.
  • The cups and straps should not slip while breastfeeding.

Read The Bra Fitter blog article on bra fitting for pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond.

Please feel free to call us on 1300 4 BRAVA or email us for all maternity bra fitting advice, it's important!

Brava's favourite maternity bras in large cup sizes

  • Panache Sophie Nursing Bra

    Panache Sophie Nursing Bra

  • Elomi Smoothing Nursing Bra

    Elomi Smoothing Nursing Bra

  • Hotmilk Eclipse Full Cup Nursing Bra

    Hotmilk Eclipse Full Cup...

  • Bravado Essential Embrace Nursing Bra

    Bravado Essential Embrace Nursing Bra


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