Myleenes Top Tips on Maternity Bras
Our bodies undergo huge changes during pregnancy perhaps nowhere more so than our breasts. You may find that overnight, you suddenly have a cleavage to die for or that just a hug from a loved one causes unexpected tenderness!
While the experiences each woman goes through differ hugely, its fair to expect changes of some sort up until, and even after, your little one comes along. To help women with these changes, Marks & Spencer is launching an online support tool, the maternity bras guide, which will offer advice on body changes for every stage of pregnancy.
Before giving birth to daughter Hero Harper in March, the lovely Prima Baby columnist Myleene Klass caught up with M&S bra expert Julia Mercer and talked all things bodies, bras and babies.
Myleene said, When you first find out that youre pregnant, not only is it a really exciting time, it can also be a really scary and vulnerable time. But first and foremost, comfort is the key! I just completely forgot how much your body changes.
Myleene asked Julia lots of maternity bra-related questions
, some of which you may be pondering yourself as a mum-to-be. Read on for the answers
On getting fitted
Myleene: Okay so you find out that youre pregnant, whats the first thing you should do when it comes to your underwear?
Julia: The most important thing is to go along and get bra fitted because if youre in the wrong size bra and youre pregnant as well, youve almost got into the wrong size anyway. I would always recommend you go after lunch because thats when you will be your fullest.
Myleene: And how many times should you get fitted within that pregnancy period?
Julia: I think you should really say an average of three, within each trimester.
Myleene: Okay so the bottom line, as soon as you find out youre pregnant, go and get your bra fitted!
On wearing the wrong size bra
Julia: When you first become pregnant, the first thing youre going to notice is actually the underband. The underband becomes very tight on the bra youre wearing. You dont really associate the two things to start with but, literally, the heart doubles in size.
Myleene: I just didnt realise that! So what kind of damage can you do if youre wearing the wrong size, especially if youre pregnant?
Julia: Well, youre contracting the ribcage more than it should be and you need your body to be able to grow!
On the right style of bra
Julia: The very first thing is obviously to avoid wearing wires.
Myleene: Im wearing a wire right now!
Julia: Yeah, as long as its for short term wear. I mean if you were going out for an evening and you had a really low solution bra on you could wear it.
Myleene: And you dont recommend bra extenders?
Julia: No because if you extend the back of the bra the wires are going to naturally come into the front, arent they? Because theyve got to go somewhere.
Myleene: So its better really to go get bra fitted and really look after your breasts during that period that youre pregnant.
On size changes
Myleene: On average, how big a change is there in a cup size?
Julia: On average, somebody who started off a 34B would go up two underband sizes, so theyd go up to 38 and then four cup sizes.
Myleene: Thats quite a lot isnt it? Three days into having my daughter, they were just GInormous they were big as my head!
If you still have questions on maternity bras, visit the M&S Lingerie
website where you can also watch Myleene and Julia discuss bra tips on video and read further information on the maternity bras on offer at M&S.