Letitia poses the question – how do you know your bra’s life expectancy? When do you change it, and when is it time to get rid of it?
This is something that a lot of women don’t specifically know, and it really depends on many factors such as how many you own, how you care for them, how often you wear them, as well as the quality of the bra.
Like maternity bras, the same rules apply as caring for your normal lingerie, Tracey adds, the only difference is ideally you should change it after 6 months into your pregnancy, if it’s been worn frequently, as well to take into consideration breast changes which differ the most at the start and towards the end, and the different support you’d need to ensure you’re comfortable and continuously have a secure fit.
Cake Lingerie’s styles are also suited to particular periods, including non-wired bras during the first 3 months/first few weeks post birth, and flexible wire bras in 2/3rd trimesters and 3weeks+ post birth once your body [changes] have settled down.
This indicates you must be prepared to purchase maternity bras to suit the start and then near end of your pregnancy as your breasts can change up to 2-3 sizes throughout, and you want to make sure you are receiving the best comfort and support during breastfeeding with a newly fitted bra that you had during the start of your pregnancy.
An expectant mother should have at least 4 new maternity bras – 2 that are basics and 2 that a fashion that you can rotate with depending on the occasion (as well to last longer), to wash, to suit different periods of your pregnancy, and for which function is needed.
Letitia suggests a bra should be rotated at least every 2 days to prolong it’s life – the more you wear one bra, the more likely it is to lose it’s elasticity and shape quickly.
Quality is also very important in depending your lingerie’s life span. At the end of the day, something that was poorly constructed and cheap to buy will not last as long as a product that has been highly crafted and cost a bit more.
Yes, money is a defining factor, but you must remember you are buying a quality product that will last longer with the utmost comfort in mind. Letitia reminds you to look for something that runs tests for washing, wearing and durability to ensure you’re getting the best products for your money.
Lastly, caring for your lingerie is extremely pivotal in it’s life journey, and you should always aim for a cold hand wash, with the next best thing a cold machine wash in a lingerie bag. Did you know that the fabric may shrink causing the wire to pop out if not washed correctly?
- Be fit into your maternity bra from the 2nd trimester onwards
- Have at least 4 maternity bras – 2 basics, 2 fashion
- Cold hand wash/ cold machine wash in a lingerie bag
- Replace a maternity bra after 6 months – take size changes into consideration
- Do not reuse maternity bras from past pregnancies
- Never share your bras with a friend, even if the same size (it may have lost it’s full support/shape by then)
- Rotate your bras to prolong it’s life
For more information about your bra’s life expectancy, visit Assiere.com.