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When to Wear a Maternity Bra

Experts advise that you buy maternity bras as soon as your old bras stop fitting, or in the 4th or 5th month of pregnancy if you're still wearing your old bras. With a wide variety of maternity bra styles, we've got great options for you to wear:

  • With t-shirts
  • Under work clothes
  • While you're running errands or working around the house
  • While you're sleeping
  • When you're nursing
  • When you're working out

There's no time when it's bad to wear a maternity bra - most women find that they prefer the extra support and that it alleviates neck, back and shoulder strain, so they wear maternity bras even while sleeping.

NOTE: There's no truth in the myth that pregnant and nursing women can't wear maternity bras that have underwires! Underwire maternity bras can be great when you want extra support for your growing breasts. If you do want to wear an underwire bra while pregnant or nursing, though, make sure it's properly fitted - the underwire should curve around your breasts and lie flat against your chest wall, and it shouldn't squeeze or pinch. If the underwire is resting directly on your breast tissue, it could potentially cause blocked ducts or mastitis - so it's critical to get the fit right on underwire maternity bras.

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