If you're pregnant, you have to add maternity and nursing bras to your get-ready-for-baby shopping list. But it's not just changing cup sizes that you need to keep in mind, even though your boobs double or triple in size.
You also need to ask yourself some practical questions. Will you be taking baby and stroller out for a run? Do you prefer natural fibers or no wires? How about padding or pretty lacy details? There are a variety of style options to consider that revolve around what fits best with your personal tastes, lifestyle, and wallet.
Today's maternity and nursing bras are not like the ones your mother wore. Besides the easier access for baby with one-handed clips, you've also got choices in materials and levels of support. There are lounge, sleeping, and sexy styles. You can go without wires (although many women wear them without problems), stick with everyday molded contour cups, or select unstructured models.
The options are ever expanding, not unlike pregnant breasts and bellies. I had a look at what lingerie brands have planned for the coming year while at the New York CURVExpo designer lingerie show earlier this month. It's clear expectant mothers will not be disappointed.
Here are a few new styles you may want to consider:
Cake Lingerie, the award winning UK maternity brand, showed off an innovative structured nursing sports bra. Cake's maternity intimate apparel line, including sleepwear, spans UK sizes from 32B to 40M. Their bras feature cotton lined cups and straps, extra hooks to accommodate expanding bodies, and even nickel free clasps to lessen skin irritation. The Cake Lingerie Sports bra is made to meet the needs of busy, active, new nursing mums -- anywhere.
Cake Maternity Orange Zest Sports Bra
The seamless molded cup Orange Zest has breathable mesh panels, wide straps, and supports without compressing sensitive lactating breasts. You can use the optional clip to switch to racer-back or pair it with adorable matching boy shorts. The Orange Zest is online and in stores October 2013. It comes in UK sizes 32D to 40H and retails for $79.90 (US).
US brand Belabumbum showcased some beautiful new vintage inspired prints. The company is now celebrating over ten years of dressing new mothers in lovely bras, comfy lounge and sleepwear, and stylin' maternity swimwear. (Don't miss their unbelievably adorable coordinating outfits for baby, too.) Their bras are all about the little details: from cotton lined cups, to delicate laces, sweet feminine bows, and soft fabrics.
The leopard print Belabumbum Lena microfiber peak-a-boo bra pictured above is straight up sexy and also comes with a matching high waist shaping panty. It's available in sizes S to XL (fitting 36B/C, 32D/E to 36-38 F/G, 40D/E) and is priced at $53.
Or pick from either light or dark floral patterns in Belabumbum's new Fleur mesh nursing bra. It's priced at $48 and sized the same as the lovely Lena.
Belabumbum Fleur Nursing Bra
Both new Belabumbum designs can be found online and in stores mid-September.
Canadian based Spencer Maternity is back with its second season of feminine nursing bras aimed at the practical younger market. You'll find them on-line and in stores across Canada and the US, including JC Penney. Spencer Maternity nursing bras offers a range of nursing styles; from molded padded underwire, to microfiber, and seamless wire-free comfort bras. Many styles, including their cotton/spandex sleep bra, are sold in convenient two-packs.
Spencer Maternity Lace Overlay Underwire Bra
The wirefree Spencer nursing bra pictured above will be available March 2014, in sizes 34B to 40DD. Even better news, the price point is right for many women, starting at around $28 (US).
What type of nursing bras do you prefer to wear? How much are you willing to spend per bra? Would you buy any of these brands?
Featured image: Belabumbum Lena Microfiber Nursing Bra