Wearing a pregnancy bra is all about taking the weight off your shoulders – quite literally. Maternity bras have adjustable four-hook fastenings, giving you more support than a regular bra. The straps are thicker and include padding to help support your growing bust and prevent rubbing. They’re also made from breathable fabrics like cotton to help keep you comfortable while your body temperature rises. If you find yourself feeling a little warmer than usual (carrying a little one can have that effect), we also have bra liners to help wick away any under-band moisture. We have even more helpful information about buying maternity bras in our online guide.
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What makes for the “best” nursing bras? Simple, Nguyen says: “If it fits, if it’s comfortable, if it’s easy to nurse in and you like the style.” No matter what you decide are the best nursing bras for you, Brown suggests picking up two nursing bras for daily wear (so you’ll always have one on hand when the other is in the wash) and one to sleep in. Keep in mind, Brown adds, “It's not unusual to change bra sizes within the first few weeks of breastfeeding”—so, if you’re shopping before baby arrives, consider buying one or two sizes larger than usual, so you have one ready to wear after birth.
• Support. Breasts filled with milk are fuller (and heavier), so you’ll want more support than you had before baby. A supportive nursing bra also prevents sagging breasts after baby graduates from breastfeeding. “The band under the bust should be snug,” says New York City stylist Samantha Brown, but make sure the straps don’t cut into your shoulders. “An ill-fitting bra can impact a woman’s posture, and lead to strain and tension headaches,” Brown says.
Noppies has specialised in designing clothing for pregnant women for over 25 years. Our collections are made of soft materials and come with handy details such as adjustable waistbands, jersey belly bands or nursing designs. They provide optimum support and additional comfort during pregnancy. And you can also wear them once you've given birth because as well as being comfortable, they look great and fit beautifully.
When you shop our great selection of maternity clothing online, you'll find easy, lightweight styles made of high-quality fabrics and designed with you in mind. We offer a wide selection of sizes so you can easily find the right size for you and keep up as you change throughout pregnancy. Super soft jersey and cotton have just the right amount of stretch for you to comfortably wear the latest fashion-forward styles. Choose from jeans and dresses with elasticized waists and breezy tunics with flowing silhouettes. Our fitted tops are stretchy without stretching out, so they fit comfortably over your curves while maintaining their shape. It's important to be comfortable when you're expecting, which is why we design these styles with incredible attention to detail and fit. Whether you're going to work, hanging out at home, going out, or running errands, there are styles that will keep you feeling your best from A.M. to P.M.
• Comfort. This should be at the top of your nursing bra must list during the first four to six weeks after having baby, says Stephanie Nguyen, founder of Modern Milk and a certified lactation consultant. She recommends stretchy nursing bras to accommodate the breast changes mom experiences during this time. “Look for nursing bras in soft fabrics,” Nguyen says. You'll also want to pick a maternity bra with thick back closures that have four or more hooks; wide, cushioned straps and a band that doesn't ride up in the back.
Noppies knows that it is important for every woman to feel comfortable with her own style. We therefore have a wide range of maternity clothes, including Noppies, Esprit for mums, Supermom and Queen mum. Prefer skinny jeans or a regular fit? During your pregnancy, it's up to you! You don't need to make concessions in terms of style, but can enjoy the advantages of that little bit of extra comfort.