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Bras in second trimester

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SpecialStains Fri 19-Feb-16 13:50:24

I was wondering what other people did about bras in pregnancy? I've not gained weight and still fitting in size 8 pre-pregnacy clothes.. Except for bras! I was a 32C. At about 8weeks I got myself 2 32DD non-underwired bras from m&s, but I've already outgrown these. I also think I need to go up a band size.

How did other people manage the constant change in band size? I can't afford to buy new fitting bras every month, but also can't wear my old ones as they hurt my chest and are very uncomfortable.

I was thinking about just getting some crop top style bras in a generic medium size? Good idea/bad idea? What did other people do?

Also - if they've grown this much already, how massive will they be when baby arrives? I'm quite a small build so it is noticeable!

Thanks. smile

cheekstime Fri 19-Feb-16 14:45:52

Hi SS - know what you mean, Carriwell's is a good brand. They do all sorts some cover more than one cup in a size if that makes sense. Made from mostly cotton.

SpecialStains Fri 19-Feb-16 14:52:46

Ah, thanks cheekstime. I was thinking more the Calvin Klein balconette bras, but the ones on the carriwell website look perfect!

cheekstime Fri 19-Feb-16 14:58:08

I know bit more standard I know but who cares hey smile very soft adn supportive... NCT website may stock some of them bye

cheekstime Fri 19-Feb-16 15:01:00

or scaffolding :/

5madthings Fri 19-Feb-16 15:03:09

You can get bra extenders to increase band size and as long as they fit well you can buy cheaper bras from primark, asda etc.

Maybe go to bravissimo for a fitting, you don't have to buy from them.

And you may find the crop top styles work for you, I am 30Gg/h and so they don't offer me enough support I am still wearing underwired bras at 34wks just making sure they fit well.

Bravissimo do maternity/nursing style as well.

There are a few crop top styles about that may work.

SnuffleGruntSnorter Fri 19-Feb-16 15:03:18

Lorna drew bras have adjustable cups, or you can try bra extenders if you want to cheaply increase the band size for now. You'll probably change dramatically after the birth too so don't spend a fortune at this point if you can help it

Absy Fri 19-Feb-16 15:03:59

I just gave up around the middle of the second trimester and went for either cotton crop tops or those hidden support camisole things - normal bras were too painful to wear, even if non-wired. Pre-pregnancy I was 32c, and by now I'm at an e cup (I don't think there's much danger of me running around anywhere and them bouncing) and I don't feel unsupported.

What I wish I'd done earlier is get nursing vests like these, as you can wear them during and after pregnancy if you're planning on breast feeding (and therefore getting even more use out of them).

SpecialStains Fri 19-Feb-16 15:27:31

Thanks everyone, and thanks for that link to those vests absy. I am planning on breastfeeding, and they dont look too cute and mumsy! I'm not really that worried about feeling unsupported so they look good as well. Off to spend lots on online bra shopping!

If you all don't mind one more question - did anyone return to their pre pregnancy bra size, or do you tend to stay slightly bigger after you've finished pregnancy/breastfeeding?

5madthings Fri 19-Feb-16 15:55:31

Oh yes vests with support, or nursing vests, h&m do some that are good as do jojo mamam though Jo Jo are more expensive.

TriJo Fri 19-Feb-16 22:11:44

36 weeks on Sunday here - I went up 6 cup sizes to a 32J. I bought cheap Curvy Kate bras on Amazon every time I went up around 2 sizes - most recent one last week. Still in underwires because I need the support badly.

Junosmum Fri 19-Feb-16 22:17:44

I just bought cheapo primark ones as required, you aren't in them long enough to care about the quality.

lozengeoflove Fri 19-Feb-16 22:23:55

OP my dd is two and I never went back to my C cup, although I did go down from GG at the height of breast feeding to a modest DD cup. Now that I'm 31 weeks pregnant again my breasts have increased to a size beyond any bras I have at home and I'm too busy to get measured again.

I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll forever have massive boobs. For now I'm living in poorly fitted bras blush and hoping that it won't affect my milk supply!

fruitlovingmonkey Sat 20-Feb-16 07:44:15

I just bought soft cup maternity bras from JL. Actually one is a nursing bra but that was accidental. They are very boring but have lasted from about 14 weeks until 30 and I am still on the tightest strap position so I guess they will last until birth. They are like a crop top with stretchy cups inside and very accommodating.

SpecialStains Sat 20-Feb-16 09:30:46

Thanks all. I'll see how I get on with the soft crop top style bras. Sadly there's not a primark anywhere near me, as that would be a good option. I'm not sure how well bra extenders would work with it being both band and cup increasing, but will consider if the crop top bras don't work out.

fruitlovingmonkey I will check out John Lewis website, thanks for the advice.

lozenge I'm not sure how I feel about permanently loosing my c cups! They were just the perfect size for definitely being there, but also perfectly ok if I ever needed to go braless! Congratulations on your second pregnancy! flowers

QforCucumber Sat 20-Feb-16 09:39:48

I'm 37 weeks and have gone from a 32e to a 34g so far - bought a couple of t shirt bras from next and since last week (breaking up on maternity leave) have lived in sports/nursing bra type things which I bought from amazon in a 'm'
Going to try not to buy anymore now in the hope a size will settle when baby comes and is feeding properly.

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