Why do I need a special bra?

From around six weeks into your pregnancy you may start to notice a change in your breast size. At first you may think this is merely pre-menstrual breast tenderness, but when the test confirms you are pregnant the sensitivity and swelling won't diminish, and your breasts will continue to grow right up to - and after - the baby is born.

Breast changes are usually more noticeable during your first pregnancy. Symptoms include: an increase in breast sensitivity, darkening of the areola area around the nipple and veins around the breasts become more prominent. All of these symptoms are your hormones getting your breasts ready for feeding your baby in a few months' time.

Although you'll be able to continue wearing your old bras for a while, it won't be long before they become uncomfortable. That's when it's a good idea to get fitted for a couple of new bras - ideally non-wired - and to continue to return to be re-fitted every six weeks. Then, if you're planning to breastfeed, 36 to 38 weeks is the ideal time to get fitted for a feeding bra.

For further advice, read our maternity bra buying guide here

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