Bras for pregnancy in Abu Dhabi

We speak to Tiffany Karam, maternity underwear expert for K-Lynne Discuss this article

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Your life changes so much when you have a baby: from the shape of your body to your lifestyle. And motherhood is such a hectic time it can be easy to forget the simple things, like making sure you’re wearing the most comfortable underwear. We spoke to expert Tiffany Karam about the perfect undergarments for pre and post pregnancy.

At what point in your pregnancy should you start considering buying nursing bras?
As soon as you notice the under band getting tighter on the bras you currently wear, it is time to invest in a more supportive one. Most women think buying one size up of what they’re currently wearing will work, but if the bra you’re wearing to begin with is the wrong size, you won’t be doing yourself any favours! We highly recommend getting fitted because this will change the way you feel about wearing bras. Particularly when you’re pregnant, breasts can be very tender and sore, so a proper fitting will leave you with a supportive bra that will prevent discomfort and unnecessary strain on your neck and shoulders. For nursing bras, it is best to wait until your eighth month to buy one, since your bust size should stabilise by that time. Buy one cup larger than your measurement at eight months to accommodate extra room once the milk comes in after birth.

What are the things you should look for, in terms of the practical considerations?
For pregnancy, look for a comfortable bra to wear that has wide side bands and shoulder straps to support growing breast tissue. Shoulder straps should have some cushioning and not stretch. Find a bra with three or more levels of back closures to offer the most flexible fit. Make sure to fit the bra on the tightest hook when you buy it – this will allow you to loosen the band as you grow. Bra back extenders are a good option, too. These hook onto your bra and provide extra room.

Make sure the cup gives you the right amount of coverage and depth.

If the cup is not large enough for proper coverage, some of the breast tissue may spill out on top and under the arms, which can result in inadequate support.

If you are pregnant during the summer months, or you find yourself getting hot easily, look into bras made with microfibre to stay cool.

For nursing bras, look for something that provides convenient, easy access and allows the cup to be opened with one hand, which can be helpful when you’re holding your baby and preparing to breastfeed.

Fit the nursing bra on the widest hook because after birth, your band size will get smaller.

Some nursing bras these days are padded and underwired like normal underwear. Is it advisable to opt for these kind of styles?
As long as the bra is properly fitted, it will not cause any problems during pregnancy and breastfeeding. That being said, soft cups or wireless bras are usually more comfortable when breasts are at their fullest, so the choice is totally up to you. If you do choose to wear an underwired bra, it is imperative that the wire fits well under and behind the breast tissue.

By Angela Beitz
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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