First of all, congrats on developing the entire human being inside of yourself! And, secondly, it’s essential that would-be moms are 100% comfortable in the clothes they are wearing, especially those closest to the skin. At some point, you will feel that your regular bra no longer fits you as it used to fit. This is the sign to start looking for a maternity bra.

With these easy but essential tips, you’ll be a true pro at recognizing what suits you best!

Maternity nursing bras are made so that the cup is easily stretched and expanded together with your changes. We’d recommend looking for a bra that is one band size and one to three cup sizes larger that your regular bras.

Note that post-birth, your cup size may continue growing, since your milk will be coming in.

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Most moms say they would like to continue wearing an underwire nursing bra. This is fine as long as it fits and will stretch along with your growth.

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A less “structured” bra type is called a comfort nursing bra, they usually come in small, medium, large, etc. sizes. They are easy to get used to and love! Most popular bras in this category are the Body Silk Nursing Bra and the Original Nursing Bra, both by Bravado Designs, also The Original Nursing Bra Full Cup, or Cake Lingerie's Rock Candy Nursing Bra.

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There is another popular maternity bra type called a sleep bra. They are soft, elastic, criss-crossed style bras that allow the breast to come out by moving the fabric over to the outside of the breast. True to their name, they are perfect for night-time nursing, or for maximum comfort while being at home with the baby. This bra, however, provides little support, so it might not be the best choice to go out.

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Another sensible option is trying a nursing tank that will offer decent support and can be worn on warmer days or as a second layer on chilly days. We’d recommend the Dream Nursing Tank by Bravado Designs and Toffee Shaping Seamless Nursing Tank by Cake Lingerie in this category.

This is how to measure yourself for a fitted nursing bra:

First, determine your band size. Bring the measuring tape above your breasts, around your back and under your armpits.

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Next, determine your cup size. Do the same but this time, around the fullest parts of your breasts.

Now, subtract your band size circumference from the mid-breast circumference to find the cup size. Each cup inch stands for a bra cup size (A, B, C, D, etc.). For instance, your band size is 36, and you have a 40-inch mid-breast circumference, then you have 4 inches worth of cup size. If you measure between cup sizes, choose up.

But the true way to determine whether your bra fits is if it fits you completely. Make sure the band is not binding, not too loose, and that the underwire isn’t cutting into your skin.

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