This is a very good question and one that a lot of women will be asking them selves.
During pregnancy a women’s breasts will go through a lot of change hormonally. Many women will increase up to 3 cup sizes, feel discomfort and experience itchy skin, which is a result of sudden growth.
Mainstream bras are not always designed for comfort. They look beautiful but can be restrictive, contain heavy wires and itchy due to lace being exposed to the skin.
A maternity bra is specifically constructed and designed to give the wearer maximum support, comfort and a great fit. A good supportive maternity bra is vital to ensuring good breast health and will help to illuminate pre-mature sagging and stretch in the breast.
NOT ALL BRAS ARE CREATED EQUAL
As you are probably aware, there are many different types of maternity bras in the market. Prices range from $10-$100. You get what you pay for.
Cheaper brands skimp on the necessary features that make a good maternity bra.
WHAT FEATURES SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR WHEN I AM BUYING A MATERNITY BRA?
6 hook and eyes, which allow room for the rib cage to expand
Cotton lined cups, which allow the skin to breath and keep cool
Cotton lined cups for comfort
No itchy lace exposed to the skin
Cotton lined straps for extra support and strength
The lower cup is infused, which prevents the fabric from stretching. This provides support and lift
Upper cup has stretch to allow for movement in the breast
Double layered back band for extra support and strength
Nickel Free hoops, sliders to prevent an allergic reaction
It is my recommendation that you get fitted for your first maternity bras at about 3 months of pregnancy. By this time your breasts will have stabilised.