From the first month of pregnancy to the first days of motherhood, a specialist bra is an essential investment. As your body changes shape, traditional bras will be unable to sufficiently adapt but, don't worry, our easy-to-follow guide will help smooth out any bumps in your style.
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Dr Miriam Stoppard
As a doctor, businesswoman, journalist and writer, to date Miriam has published more than eighty books and sold in excess of 25 million copied worldwide on conception, pregnancy and birth, childcare and women's health. Her extensive knowledge and experience makes her a trusted expert.
Our exclusive Nurture range is specially developed using the expertise of both the Debenhams team and Dr Miriam Stoppard. Offering bras that are specially designed to take you from your first months of pregnancy through to motherhood, the range takes into account your changing shape and tenderness of your growing breast tissue. Together with Miriam, we've done the thinking for you - all you need to do is pick the bra that suits your style.
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During your first trimester the breast tissue may feel swollen and tender. Your underwire bra may not fit as it usually does and may cause irritation, as well fail to provide enough room for the underband to grow during pregnancy.
We recommend that you stop wearing underwired bras and opt for a non-wire bra to avoid discomfort on the breast bone.
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- Go up one back size, from your current size, beginning on the tightest hook, allowing room for future adjustment as your body develops.
- he bra does not need to be a specifically designed maternity bra, we also offer a wide range of non-wire bras available in a variety of shapes.
You should now be wearing a non-wire bra. In order to accommodate your growing baby, your ribcage will expand significantly and both your back and cup measurements will increase.
The bra you were wearing in your first trimester may be feeling tight.
Listen to your body, when the bra starts to feel tight it is time to come in for your second bra fit.
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- You may benefit from choosing a maternity bra rather than a regular non-wire bra at this stage, as the maternity bras offer additional underband adjustment, allowing for future growth to help it last longer.
Alternatively, you could use a back extender from our bra accessories range.
We recommend that your third bra fit take place around week 30 but, remember, if your bra feels tight before then pop into store for a re-fit.
Two weeks prior to the due date you should pop into store to be fitted for a nursing bra. Nursing bras are very similar to maternity bras, yet with the addition of a drop cup for feeding. Some styles have a sling to support the weight of the breast, while others offer a feeding hole.
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- Ensure you are fitted on the loosest hook and eye - remember your underband will reduce when feeding.