You very well may have heard this before, but a number of recent studies suggest that somewhere between 70-80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. It almost seems like how to choose the right bra should be something you learn in a class at school! It’s so important to get the right fitting/type of bra for a plethora of reasons; for a woman’s confidence, to reduce premature breast sagging, to reduce creases and bulges around the chest, and prevent discomfort and posture issues in the future.
It baffles me that there isn’t more of a career path established in this area, it sounds like something is amiss! We need to get this right for our women! There’s a few expert bra fitters out there (one who is going to contribute to this piece), but really…we’re kind of on our own to get it right…particularly when pregnant, until now. Bookmark this page if you’re wanting to get pregnant or you’re currently pregnant and searching for some new boob threads…we’ve got you covered!
So how do you find the best sports bra for pregnancy? To best answer this, I’ve once again called on people who are far more in the know than I! First off we have Kamni Raju-Russell, a Bra Fitting Specialist and owner of BABE (Bras and Briefs Expert), Lorraine Scapens creator of ‘The Fit Mum Programs,’ and a personal trainer who has worked with thousands of pregnant women for over 25 years and finally our own Cadenshae bra gugu – the fabulous Nikki Jay who not only knows all there is to know about pregnancy and postpartum bras (particularly Cadenshae ones!) but heads our Social Media Department.
Also, fact time – did you know that your breasts do not actually contain any muscle mass? They rely solely on the skin’s elasticity to maintain their lift and shape and if they are not properly supported, the breast tissue begins to break down. That is why the right bra is so important and to have 70-80% of us not wearing the right one is a real issue for the tissue!
If you’re on the lookout for a sports bra during pregnancy – what do you need to keep in mind when deciding on a purchase? Let’s make a list, we all love a good list right?
“Bras HAVE to be comfortable. There can be enough discomfort during pregnancy and the postnatal period without moms worrying about pieces of wire sticking into them or shoulder straps creating burn marks, OUCH!” – Lorraine Scapens.
“I’m a firm believer that if you’re in stylish activewear you’re more likely to get out there and do exercise…I haven’t done a study on it, but I’d say most people agree!” – Nikki Jay.
- Make sure your breasts are lifted off the stomach.
- There are extra hooks available on the band to be able to extend the bra band.
- For larger busts, it’s best that breasts are in an encapsulation style sports bras for maximum support and not crop style bras that compress the breasts.
- You can only squeeze two fingers between the straps and the shoulders.
- You can only squeeze two fingers underneath the band.
- When the bra is on, breasts should only move minimally, not too much.
- Make sure that the cups cover the whole breasts.
- Kill two birds with one stone, find a pregnancy sports bra with nursing clips so you can use it for breastfeeding postpartum as well. The best pregnancy sports bras on the market are those that grow and retract with you and can serve as both pregnancy and maternity bras. Save your coins!
- It’s probably worth purchasing more than one bra, one catered for higher intensity and/or lower intensity work-outs and one to sleep in. When you’re pregnant you want to be comfortable and supported all the time, not just when you’re exercising! So get bras that serve all purposes.
And voila! There it is, all you need to know about how to find the best sports bra for pregnancy. I sincerely hope with the help of our experts you have all you need to purchase with confidence. If you have any further questions however, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Cadenshae for more information – email@example.com
Look after those precious pregnancy enhanced boobs mamas, it’s so important, we can’t stress that enough! Happy shopping!
Written by Ellen Chisholm in conjunction with Kamni Raju-Russell, Lorraine Scapens and Nikki Jay.