Many pregnant women wonder if there really is any difference between a maternity bra and a traditional bra. Some believe that as their pregnancy progresses, they can continue to wear a regular bra but just in a larger size. However, as easy as this sounds, it really is not a good idea. Pregnancy presents a unique situation where women needs special features in a bra.
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Pregnancy is a time in life when many changes occur to a woman’s body. A woman’s breasts become larger throughout the duration of her pregnancy as well as for some of the time beyond. A regular bra simply does not provide the kind of support needed by a pregnant woman. Maternity bras are designed differently to other bras to provide this support. They feature a unique construction and shape aimed at providing support. There should be a row of at least six hooks for maximum support. The fabric used in their creation is specifically chosen for support and comfort. Cotton is used to line most maternity bras as it allows the fabric to breath. Maternity bras are also able to adjust, as a woman’s breasts increase in size.
Regular bras also won’t work when breastfeeding. Maternity bras are designed to be worn after birth for nursing. Maternity bras are specially designed to provide convenient access to the nipples to nurse a baby. Maternity bras are specially designed to accommodate the changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy.
Generally, pregnant women can keep wearing their regular bra until about the fourth month of pregnancy. By this time, they will usually have outgrown their normal bra size. At this time, it is important to obtain a maternity bra to provide appropriate support as well as accommodating a woman’s growing breasts during pregnancy.