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How to choose a maternity bra

More hints and tips from Berlei about finding a good maternity bra.

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It's something we all dread about pregnancy, breastfeeding and ageing: sagging breasts.

You may be able to minimise the problem by wearing a comfortable and supportive bra which reduces the stretching of breast tissue. 

Most women start shopping for maternity bras at about 16 weeks, as their breasts begin to outgrow traditional bras. It's a good idea to have a professional fitting as bodies change so much during pregnancy.

Choosing the right maternity bra is important for support and comfort.

Choosing the right maternity bra is important for support and comfort.

When looking for a maternity bra, choose one which allows you to adjust the back clips and straps as you grow bigger. Also make sure to try opening and closing the bra cups to make sure you will be able to do this easily while nursing. Centre front and shoulder clasp styles are available.

It used to be thought that underwire was a no-no for maternity bras, however there are now nursing bras available that have a flexible plastic support  designed to change position with your changing shape.