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#1 integriti

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

So first post, and I've gone and started a new topic! happy.gif Way to introduce myself!
1st pregnancy so struggling on the basics...
Do I really have to wear bras without underwires? I just hate the sweatyness when the girls are not supported correctly! Does anyone have any experience with underwires through pregnancy (surely I can't be the only one)
And everything I've read says I need to wear underwear below the bump. I've only just started to "bump" and the undies sit right on where I cramp/get pains. I'd much prefer full briefs without the top elastic like Bonds rolltops...
Any advice/suggestions? Pros & cons?

#2 hopefullysoon

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

I can't really help you with the undies - I have only just started to show (though it still just looks like I ate too much at christmas wacko.gif ) and my normal ones are still quite comfortable.

As for bras though - my boobies exploded at about 5/6 weeks and I have always worn underwires as I like the support and shape they give.

I found some good maternity bras give me just as much support and a good shape biggrin.gif I have some berlei ones and loveable ones - not too expensive either!

#3 w-emma

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

I bought some Elle McPherson maternity bras on sale from the Bendon website. They give me great shape: which surprised me because before pregnancy I only wore underwire. They both have matching undies which sit under my bump and are comfy. Other undies I've found good are the seamless ones. HTH!

#4 MangoTango

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:00 AM

Hi OP, I was told that wirefree bras are a pregnancy necessity as underwire bras can impact blood flow and interfere with milk ducts developing.

I bought 2 Bonds wirefree bras and whilst I don't love them they are more comfortable than underwire but on the downside they don't offer as much support. Think I might need to move to proper maternity bras soon (I am approx 17 weeks) as my breasts are becoming fuller/heavier.

As for knickers, I'm in the same situation as you, I prefer fuller briefs but they're starting to cut into my growing belly/bump (I notice it more so at the end of the day when I feel full and bloated). I am curious to hear recommendations from others too!

Not sure I've helped much but there you go!!  huh.gif

#5 MangoTango

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:01 AM

PS Congratulations on your pregnancy, I'm sure you'll find lots of useful information on this site (I certainly have!).

#6 Corella

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:16 AM

An underwire is going to give you issues so while there are no pregnancy police (it just feels like that sometimes!) it's something you should consider very carefully as your health is precious and having blocked ducts and breast issues suck.
With undies - I really liked the Bodywise v front bikinis as they still covered my bum while not cutting into my bump. In that case though I think it's over advertising to tell you that you need special unders for a pregnancy. Wear whatever you want!

#7 IsolaBella

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:21 AM

My OB made a point (as I was 10E starting PG) of saying so long as your bra fit properly, wear under wires. I wore then until 28wks first PG, 24wks 2nd Pg and only lasted until 8wks 3rd PG.

First two my bibs hardly grew early on, third PG I was going up a size every 2-3wks.

All three times I ended up with 12J being too small

Although I only BF for 6wks each time, no blocked milk ducts.

Edited by lsolaBella, 05 February 2013 - 07:22 AM.


#8 Feral timtam

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

I came in from Recent Topics but Bras N Things does an underwire maternity bra that you can remove the wires from on the days where you are a little larger. It's a really comfy bra too (I have four of them)

Target has maternity briefs at the moment, they're bikini style though. Apparently Bras N Things are getting maternity briefs to match their more popular maternity bras early this year too.

HotMilk does maternity briefs and really comfy bras that hold the breasts apart for the more well endowed women that don't have underwire.

This site also has a good range of maternity underwear http://www.nursingangel.com.au/categories/...ured&page=3
You can get 10% maternity bras from them with the code "thanksangel" as well.

#9 Mollyksy

Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:25 AM

I've found some maternity bras that have 'flexiwire' that is apparently OK (mine is Elomi brand).  I didn't find them too much different from my ordinary underwire bras but a tonne better than without any underwire.  Might be worth a look?

Can't help you with underwear though sorry.  I wear quite full briefs and they are still fine at 15 weeks!

#10 FERALfoxgirls

Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:43 AM

Gosh, must I break all the rules?  biggrin.gif I had no idea about not wearing underwires.

I wore underwires with both pregnancies one and two breastfed DD1 for 12 months, and fed DD2 for over 2 years, never had a problem with supply  ph34r.gif

On the advice of a close friend, I had a few singlets and crop tops to wear right after baby was born and waited to get maternity Bras once my milk had come in.

#11 livvie7586

Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:51 AM

QUOTE (foxgirls @ 06/02/2013, 07:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gosh, must I break all the rules?  biggrin.gif I had no idea about not wearing underwires.

I wore underwires with both pregnancies one and two breastfed DD1 for 12 months, and fed DD2 for over 2 years, never had a problem with supply  ph34r.gif

On the advice of a close friend, I had a few singlets and crop tops to wear right after baby was born and waited to get maternity Bras once my milk had come in.


same, but i knew i was breaking all the rules Tounge1.gif

i fed DS for 21 months, DD for 17 months, and i'm still wearing underwires now at 33 weeks with #3, although my boobs don't grow in pregnancy (so they don't cut in etc)



#12 Beancat

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:05 AM

Apparently underwires are a big no-no because they can restrict the development of the milk ducts.  Agree with PP - Hot Milk are the way to go.  I am a DD and these bras are awesome.  have a look at breastmates.com.nz - they usually have some stock for less than half price.

Re undies - wear what you like.  Target do have full size maternity briefs atm.  I just bought a three pack last week for $15.  Advice  - they are quite large. I am a 14 and bought them at 26 weeks pregnant and I they are slightly too big - I could have got away with the 12s

#13 Fire_fly

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:21 AM

I also wore underwire the whole time through pregnancy and breast feeding and I fed my dd up until the age of 2. Without one blocked duct.

I had rather large and saggy boobs and just couldn't feel comfortable without an underwire.

I guess it's what you feel comfortable doing.

#14 integriti

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

Thanks lovely ladies!!! You've certainly made me feel a lot better about my decision to stick with underwire... I'm prepared to look into wire-free maternity bras my next cup growth but until then I'm gonna keep the girls secure!
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#15 littlemissmessy

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

I wore underwire bras my whole pregnancy and I had no problem. I wore my undies over my bump when they fit and below later on. Wear whatever is comfortable for you.

#16 riverkirst

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

Bras n things actually have an underwire maternity bra I think it's a personal choice I think no underwire is just mainly for breast feeding to prevent blocked milk ducts

#17 jpatto

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:57 PM

I found I got one maternity bra around 5-6 weeks and it is so comfortable supportive etc that I then bought heaps more and have been wearing them since! I may never go back to normal bras, occasionally I wear a pre pregnancy bra but find the underwire cuts in and is uncomfortable.

#18 cinderellainsydney

Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

I am 10 DD/E cup, when the milk came I was an H cup!!! There is no way I can wear a bra without underwire. I have to - otherwise I literally flop around all over the place and it hurts, and the bigger I got, the more comfortable the underwire felt. Sometimes I wear, and wore during pregnancy two bras: one ordinary underwire and then a sports crop top (no underwire, thick straps, extra back support) on top.

I had no problems with supply, probably an oversupply if anything.  However, after the milk arrived I no longer found underwire comfortable, it cut in a lot and my breasts were like footballs.

Underpants - I actually preferred G strings while pregnant and the smaller the better! Actually, I found as I got bigger, the gs got smaller and smaller....

Around the home while breasfeeding, I used to wear singlets with built in bra and they were comfortable and got me through.

#19 RellBell

Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:45 AM

I had never heard of this!

But I looked up the Australian brestfeeding association and they have an info page. It says that most of the changes in your breast have happened by 16 weeks and that underwire can cause problems with blocked milk ducts and can cause mastitis because when you breastfeed the breast gets smaller and larger during the day (when you feed and when milk comes back in I assume) and the underwire is restrictive when your breasts are full.

The only thing it says about pregnancy where underwire is bad, is about 37 weeks if your breasts start to swell from fluid. Based on this, i'm going to keep wearing my underwire bras (because my big boobs get yuck and sweaty and I already feel unnatractive enough as it is!)





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