A. Wearing a maternity bra in the early stages of pregnancy is optional. Many women prefer to wear a wire-free bra. Most important is that a pregnant woman is fitted for a new bra as soon as there is a noticeable increase in size in the bust. As a general rule this occurs around the third to fourth month of pregnancy.
Q. How do I know if I have the correct fitting?
A. In the early months of your pregnancy the bra should be fitted on the tightest hook and eye fastening to allow for growth across the back and diaphragm. The cup should also allow room for extra growth of the bust. As a guide, slide your hand into the upper section of the cup to see if there is sufficient room for expansion. However, the lower cup should fit well for support.
Q. How often should I have my fitting checked?
A. Depending on bust development, you should have another fitting at approximately seven months.
Q. Can I wear an underwire bra during pregnancy?
A. It is recommended that during pregnancy you do not wear an underwire bra. A wire free bra is less restrictive through the underbust and will allow for growth. They are just as supportive as an underwire bra.
Q. Should I wear my maternity bra while sleeping?
A. If you are feeling uncomfortable you should wear a maternity bra. Wear a maternity bra that stretches with your movements. It is especially handy for those night time feeds.
Q. How many bras will I need?
A. During pregnancy, you should have at least have two maternity bras. If you're washing one, you'll have another one to wear. During breastfeeding stages, you may want to purchase a third or fourth bra, particularly because of the moisture associated with breastfeeding.
Q. How should I wash/care for my maternity bra and underwear?
A. Hand wash in warm water. Do not use bleach or fabric softener. Hang your maternity bra in the shade to dry. Avoid use of a clothes dryer, as the heat intensity will crack or break the elastic fibres in these garments, reducing the life span of the bra.
Q. How long should I wear my maternity bra following delivery, if I'm not planning to breastfeed?
A. For approximately six weeks following the birth of your baby, you will still need the support of your maternity bra for your breasts, shoulders, neck and back
*Taken from Triumph's fact sheet