You may remember me complaining (Who me? Complaining? Never!) about my sincere hatred of maternity clothes because I can’t find anything comfortable or nice to wear. Well, it gets worse. Of course it does. Not only do clothes look awful on me, but hey my undergarments are less than flattering and well, let’s be honest, they’re down right painful. For me, the worst part is that god awful restricting bra. I swear, if I didn’t have to wear one, I wouldn’t. Investing in a decent and comfortable is the only way to go. Take a peek, ladies, at Hotmilk’s massive collection of stylish and oh yes, uber comfortable maternity and nursing bras. Did I mention I have one to giveaway!
I’ve always been skeptical of maternity and nursing bras thinking they were simply the same thing but overpriced. I suffered my first pregnancy with an abundance of ill fitting and uncomfortable bras resulting in even worse back ache. Bras that used to fit, cut into me, digging into my sides, grated on my skin and pulled on my back making my rib cage feel crushed and compacted. Isn’t pregnancy so glamorous?
You may not realise it, at least I didn’t realise it until near enough the end of my first pregnancy, but your body changes in more ways than just getting bigger and rounder during pregnancy. For your torso it’s not simply a case of fulfilling your other halves’ dreams with larger bosoms (Wahey!) Your body consistently changes, grows and moves – yes, muscles and organs move – throughout the nine months causing discomfort and pain. Let’s take a peek at your bust:
- Your breasts will feel swollen, sore, tingly and sensitive.
- You may go up a cup size or two. This can cause itchy breasts as the skin stretches.
- With the added weight of your breasts and belly, your centre of gravity and posture changes. These adjustments can lead to weakened muscles in your back.
- With hyperextension of your upper back you can suffer rib pain and difficulty breathing.
For these reasons, a proper and supportive bra will help see you through the whole nine months. Oh how little did I know just how much these maternity and nursing bras help! I noticed these changes almost straight away this time round, back in early October, when I was just five weeks gone. I knew what to look out for but, to be fair, I didn’t need to keep my eyes open. My cheap, old, uncomfortable bra taunted me, made jibes at me as it poked me and prodded me. My back was forever sore as a thin back band offered zero support. Poor straps and an underwire that dug into all the wrong places meant the accursed bra was whipped off the second I could get away without wearing one.
As you can imagine, I bought new bras. Regular bras, which would be perfectly acceptable If I was not a hormonal beacon for inconsiderate and quick body changes. I was chuffed when Hotmilk Lingerie got in contact and asked if I’d like to review one of their maternity or nursing bras. Well hello, my back screamed at me, you better say yes! Of course, I said yes.
I will, first off, admit to spending way too long browsing through the Hotmilk web store trying to determine if a maternity or nursing bra was best suited to my sprawling back and temporarily updated cleavage! The maternity bras I have come across in stores haven’t been the most flattering. Functional but not appealing to my feminine charm! Hotmilk Lingerie (what an awesome name by the way), however, have an abundance of bras suitable for every woman during any stage of her pre pregnant, pregnant and post pregnant life. With various styles, colours, and designs that ooze character and appeal high in the fashion stakes. I was pretty much in my element browsing through row after row of beautiful lingerie to make any hormonal, exhausted and worn out pregnant woman feel sexy!
In the end I chose a Nursing Bra in Fuscia with Leopard Print Straps called Forever Yours Wild. This t-shirt style, foam contoured bra is practical, functional, comfortable and also cute and sexy.
Comfort is of the highest priority for nursing and maternity bras, in my opinion, and to say this bra is comfortable, I’m afraid, is putting it way too mild. I’d rather say it is more like having the gods themselves protecting your bosoms and your back with a soft plume of feathers and gravity defying air! The moment I wore this bra, I felt the difference. There was no pulling, no tugging, no tightening, no squeezing and no chaffing. Says it all really.
So what makes this bra so great?
- The large and deep back strap supports your back and muscles.
- With six rows of hook and eye extensions on the strap, you can easily adjust the bra to your comfort as you grow throughout your pregnancy.
- All seams in the bra are away from the nipples avoiding any chaffing and scratching from fabric to tender and sensitive nipples.
- With wide side seams and a foam molding, this bra is comfortable and supportive of your growing chest.
- The straps are cotton lined and are convertible to a cross over back strap.
- The lining is cotton and breathable.
- There are easy one handed drop down cups for breastfeeding.
The last thing I have to say about this bra is, I love it and I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it throughout my pregnancy and afterwards when I’m in full nursing mode.
So, Who Wants One?
Hotmilk Lingerie are kindly giving away the Forever Yours Wild Nursing Bra to one of my readers!
Entries close midnight (GMT), 1st February. One lucky winner will be contacted directly by Hotmilk Lingerie to arrange delivery of your prize.
Giveaway Closed! The Winner is Laura S. Congratulations 🙂
*This is a collaborative post. All opinions are honest and whole heartedly mine*