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Best Maternity Appropriate Sports Bras

Maternity Sports Bras

It’s a nightmare experienced by most pregnant and breast feeding women, a rapidly changing body and breast size leaving women insecure and constantly under prepared to cope with their ever changing shape.

Not only does a whole new wardrobe and set of bras need to be acquired, but you may find yourself needing to update sizes frequently. Who can keep up with that?

And one of the most common grievances we hear about is the inability to find a supportive Sports Bra to keep active or get moving again. There are a few simple guidelines to choosing the best maternity appropriate option.

1. Go wire free. Not only will this ensure milk ducts don’t become blocked, which can help to avoid mastitis but it will give you a bit more flexibility in size as your breasts change volume.

2. Front adjusting straps are a great bonus. Straps that you can alter from the front ensure you are easily able to adjust the firmness of your bra once you’re in it. They work as a bonus when breast feeding as the straps can be undone for front access. On top of that, by releasing the strap length a little you can somewhat alter the breast volume the bra will allow for which helps when you’re changing shape rapidly.

3. Coverage is key. No Sports Bra should show cleavage, so choose a bra with a high neckline. This will leaving you feeling secure and supported as you move.

When we talk ‘Maternity Sports Bra’, we’re really referring to ‘Maternity appropriate Sports Bra’. We find these options fall within brands that specialise in Sports Bras, rather than brands that specialise in maternity wear. This makes sense to us as these are the companies that have spent the necessary time and research into developing products specifically for activity.

We have some ‘favourites’ for this category, which are really bras that tick all of the points above. That being, are wire free, have front adjusting straps and offer great coverage.

These include:

Moving Comfort Jubralee (A – E cup, although this does fit a little small in the cup)

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2XU Ultimate Run Bra (typically can fit a B – D cup, comes in XS – XL sizing)

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Moving Comfort Juno (B – DD cup)

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Moving Comfort Rebound Racer (B – DD cup)

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Some other popular options (that don’t necessarily tick ALL the boxes above) include:

Shock Absorber Active D+ (D – H cup)

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Enell Sports Bra (has it’s own sizing system, typically relevant for DD – K cup)

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2XU Contour Bra (typically can fit a B – D cup, comes in XXS – XL size)

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Sports Bra selection for breastfeeding Mums

With most nursing mothers in a frenzy to shed the weight post pregnancy, it’s not uncommon to see breastfeeding mothers battling it out on the pavement. Unfortunately it’s equally as common to see some obvious mistakes being made with their Sports Bra selection.

Here are a few tips for all the breast feeding mothers out there…

It is seriously unlikely that your bust size is what it was pre-pregnancy, so there is very little chance you can get away with wearing that Sports Bra you’ve had since you were in your final year of Uni. Get rid of it.

Your bust is also likely to change in size and shape a number of times over the next year or so, so it’s a good idea to start thinking about the potential need to invest in a number of different Sports Bra options over the next little while.

A good way to ensure you are not purchasing too often if to avoid Sports Bra’s with underwire. A soft cup bra eg the Moving Comfort Juno (image below), will give a firm level of support without pushing your delicate breast tissue in to cups lined with underwire. This will give you a bit more flexibility to wear the bra as your breast increases and decreases in volume.

When avoiding underwire, often women will be drawn towards the crop top style Sports Bra. This can be a dangerous move for nursing mothers already conscious of their changing shape. The crop top should be avoided if you are trying to stay away from the uni-boob look which is unflattering all round.

For this reason, a bra that offers support using the encapsulation method will have you feeling great about your shape, and offer the flexibility for your changing bust size as mentioned above. The encapsulation method of support separates the breasts from one another and holds them firmly in place.

Most well designed, high impact Sports Bras will have a high neckline that will also aid in modesty and leave you feeling secure and comfortable with your shape. Add this to your ‘must have’ list for extra confidence.

There are plenty of Sports Bras on the market with front fastening which is an obvious inclusion for any breastfeeding mum. This includes options that secure at the front using a zip or clasps, there are also plenty of options that fasten at the back but have adjustable velcro straps at the front (see Moving Comfort Juno below). Both will allow for easy unfastening to breastfeed.

Remembering that nursing Mums can unfortunately experience pain in their breasts for any number of reasons, I hope that by following the guidelines above you should leave yourself with the best chance of feeling comfortable and confident when returning to exercise post pregnancy. Good luck!

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