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Pregnancy Breast Growth: What’s the Best Bra for Each Trimester?

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In Customer Service, we’re often asked which maternity bras are best for each trimester of pregnancy. Though each woman -- and each pregnancy -- is different, we thought it would be helpful to share the maternity and nursing bras our customers and team especially love during each trimester. Below are their tried-and-true recommendations:

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First Trimester

The first trimester is the beginning of your magical pregnancy journey, though it may not always feel magical. This period is often characterized by bloating, nausea, and exhaustion -- after all, it takes a lot of energy to grow a human!

Though many people continue wearing their pre-pregnancy bras during the first trimester, if you’re feeling tired, sensitive (emotionally and physically), or nauseous, you’ll want a bra that will bring you ultimate comfort. We have a couple of great options for you:

The Marvella Classic and Luxe styles offer molded cups for a smooth and polished look under your clothes. The deep V cut works with tank tops, V-neck tees, and dresses. Stretchy in the right places (read: chest band), the Marvella provides the same clean, sleek look you’re used to without uncomfortable underwire.

The Simply Sublime’s soft, stretchy cups accommodate growing breasts. The removable padding gives your bust a nice shape, and the buttery-soft material feels simply sublime on increasingly tender breasts (hence the name!). Due to its incredible stretch, this bra works great throughout pregnancy and postpartum.

In fact, so many moms told us how much they love the Sublime even well beyond nursing that we created a version without nursing clips for our sister brand, Davy Piper.

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Second Trimester

Many women find the second trimester to be the most enjoyable. Nausea and exhaustion often subside, and you may start to feel more comfortable in your growing body. During this period, your breasts may become fuller, and most women find their bump really starts to show, so comfortable, stretchy maternity clothes become a must.

If your energy increases during the second trimester, the Sublime Nursing Sports Bra will help you feel supported while you stay active, whether that means workout classes (with your doctor’s okay), walks in the neighborhood, or simply growing your baby! It provides moderate, snug support and has a racerback, just like your trusted pre-pregnancy sports bra. With easy-to-use nursing clips, this bra works through pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Another great option for your second trimester is our French Terry Tank Top (not a bra but we love it!). It’s the perfect mix of style and comfort in a maternity-friendly design. The top of this tank has a stylish crossover design and an elastic chest band to help support your bust. The generous cut with soft, flowy material provides ample coverage for your growing bump. It’s also long enough to cover the top of your pants, just when your bump is starting to make your regular shirts feel a bit short. 

If you’re looking for a bit more support for your growing breasts, the French Terry Tank pairs well with our Marvella or French Terry Bras. It’s comfy, cute, and flattering both before and after delivery!

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Third Trimester

During the home stretch, you may find your joints loosening and your hips and rib cage expanding. Underwire bras may start to feel particularly constricting as your breasts grow. Finding comfort becomes more and more elusive for many during the third trimester, but we’ve got just the bras for that!

The French Terry Racerback and Scoopback Bras provide light support for B-I cup sizes and are made of a rayon-bamboo blend that stretches easily -- so you won’t have to deal with restrictive bras, which can cause increased breast tenderness.

The Organic Cotton Bra has scoopback coverage and a more structured fabric that is great for B-G cup sizes. For ultimate comfort and light support during the night (or even during the day), these sleep bras can help you get the rest you need.

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Fourth Trimester?!

Yes, there is such a thing as the fourth trimester, though you’re not actually pregnant for four trimesters! This is what the three-month period after giving birth is commonly referred to in order to emphasize the enormous changes your newborn undergoes to adjust to life outside of the womb. 

It’s a period of great transition for you too, not only in your hormones, your body, and your overall life, but also in your breast size. As your body adjusts to breastfeeding, you may experience fluctuations in breast size

To give you the most comfort and avoid clogged ducts, a bra with stretchy cups is a must! The Sublime Bras and Tanks - as well as our sleep bras like the French Terry and Organic Cotton Bras - stretch to accommodate the changes in size that happen from day to day and feeding to feeding.

The Simply Sublime Tank provides the same comfort as the Simply Sublime Bra, with added coverage for your belly during the postpartum period (and beyond!); the tank has just enough support to help you feel “pulled back together” after giving birth. 

If you’ll be returning to work, exclusively pumping, or looking for an easier way to build your freezer stash of breast milk, the Sublime Hands-Free Pumping & Nursing Bra is a must. This is the postpartum unicorn that allows you to pump, nurse, or pump and nurse simultaneously -- all without changing your bra. It’s made of the same soft, stretchy, and supportive material as the other bras and tanks in our Sublime line, so you’ll get the support that you need in a sublimely soft fabric.

Our goal is to provide maximum comfort while you go through the amazing work of growing and nursing a child. The Kindred Bravely product line has been designed with each stage of pregnancy and nursing in mind, and we believe we have a maternity bra that will make you feel great, whatever stage you’re in.

Always measure before you order and order as close as possible to the time you expect to wear your garments. If you have any questions, reach out to us anytime; we’ll be happy to provide customized fit and style advice.