When women are in their first trimester of pregnancy, they will usually notice a change to their breasts. Some may increase a cup size or two, and other women may just have a feeling of more fulness.
This size usually then stays the same for the majority of your pregnancy. You may also notice that the band on your bra feels tighter, which is because your ribs are expanding to allow room for your baby. This is the reason that nursing bras have 6 rows of hooks around the back, as you can wear them during your pregnancy too.
Lactation Consultants suggest not to wear any underwires during your pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester, as this can impede the development of milk ducts. Another reason why you can wear a nursing bra during pregnancy, as none of our HOTmik bras have underwire.
What’s the ‘best time to asses your bra’ is another common question. The answer to this depends on whether the bra that you are wearing is comfortable. If yes, then continue wearing. If no, then measure and get a new bra.
Generally your bust size when you are around 36-38 weeks pregnant is a good indication of the size you will be after baby is born. If you are trying on bras, along enough space for your fingers to slide in the cup, as this will allow for your milk fluctuations during the day as you are feeding baby. (Try our online bra sizing guide)
After your baby is born, breasts will generally still have a fuller feeling for the time that you are breastfeeding. Though after about 6 months many mothers report that their boobs don’t seem to be full, this is simply because they are making milk on demand for your baby, rather than storing it (and feeling full).
If you miss a feed, or have a longer gap than usual between feeds, then your breasts will start to feel engorged. Feeding baby will relieve that pressure.