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Which Bra You Should Wear at Every Stage of Motherhood

Motherhood changes you—and not just your soul, but your body, too. From pregnancy to nursing and all of the stages in between, you can expect some changes and fit issues along the way (especially with your breasts).

To help you understand what you can expect at each stage, we wanted to take you on a journey from bump to baby, and which bra you need every step of the way.

1. Pregnancy.

Your breasts are one of the first things to change in pregnancy, often getting tender and increasing in size. Your rib cage will expand as your belly grows, so your band size will likely increase, too.

At this stage, try a wireless bra for soft support as your body changes throughout pregnancy.

2. Birth.

Baby’s here! Congratulations! As soon as you give birth, maternal hormones signal your breasts to produce milk. It can take a few days for your milk to come in, during which your breasts will swell.

Going braless, if you can, for the first few days might be most comfortable and easy, as you and baby get acquainted.

3. Nursing.

You’ll notice your breasts are larger and feel full before each nursing session, and smaller and a bit softer afterward. Your breasts may also leak a bit of milk, so nursing pads can help keep your clothes dry.

Having an extra nursing bra in your rotation can come in handy, especially in case of leaks or spit-up.

4. Back to daily life.

After the first few weeks of nursing, you’ll start to get into a predictable pattern. Both nursing and pumping are simplified with our easy-open clasps.

Did you know? If you’re pumping, looking at a picture of your baby can help with lactation and speed up the process.

5. Post-nursing.

Once you stop lactating, your breasts and will likely be a different size than they were pre-pregnancy. It’s important to find a bra that fits your new size.

Since your breasts and your rib cage may have changed, make sure you’re double-checking your band size, not just your cup size.

Shop the ThirdLove Nursing Bra Collection now to ensure you have a bra perfect for every stage of motherhood.

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