When you’re in the newly pregnant stage, your breasts are often tender and subtly—or dramatically—fuller, and probably the only part of you that actually looks pregnant. Hellooo, hormones. Every woman's body changes at a different rate. If your current bras aren’t comfortable anymore, consider a stretchier bra that will grow with you throughout your pregnancy.
In your second trimester, your breasts continue to grow (thanks to increased blood flow and expanding milk glands), and you’ll most likely be craving more support than your regular bras can offer. Choose bras that offer comfortable stretch and support to make your days that much more comfortable. One of these bras are guaranteed to become your favorite and in some cases you'll be able to wear the bra right through until the baby is born and beyond. Note: Bravado also has a special converter to turn your bra into a "regular" bra when you're finished nursing.
Because your rib cage has expanded to accommodate your baby, your rib band could be one size larger than it will be after you deliver. Your cup size has increased one-to-two sizes from pre-pregnancy, and could go up one more size (really!) in the first days after your baby is born. Bottom line: buy bras where the band fits comfortably on the loosest setting, so you can tighten it after your baby is born, and with stretchy cups that can handle the changes in breast size.
Your changing body has one big finale: your milk comes in during the first few days after giving birth. This can be when your breasts are at their largest, usually one cup size up from your third trimester. Other changes include a higher body temperature and tender nipples, so for breathability and comfort, opt for cotton bras with flexible cups. Most moms feel more comfortable sleeping with a bra at this stage so be prepared with a comfortable and well-fitting bra for sleep and everyday. Bravado bras offer key features that are so important during these early days and throughout your breastfeeding journey, including full drop-away cups so that the baby has skin-to-skin contact and access to the breast, plus, an easy, one-handed clip.
After you and your baby get used to breastfeeding, your breasts will adjust too, going down one cup size from when you were nursing a newborn. You will likely tighten your bra band as your rib cage decreases in size. After breastfeeding has been established, around 6-8 weeks, you can choose whatever bra you prefer, including a professionally fitted underwire nursing bra. Remember that your bra should not be uncomfortable or tight—constriction can lead to plugged milk ducts and breast infections.