Maternity Intimate Apparel Size Guide
Find your perfect fit for optimal wearability during pregnancy and postpartum. Follow the measurements and helpful tips for optimal comfort.
Choosing the correct size of maternity intimate apparel is essential to ensure comfort and support during pregnancy.
Below is a general guide to help you find your size and useful tips for a perfect fit.
The first thing to do is to measure your body. You will need three fundamental measurements: bust size, underbust size, and hip size. Use a measuring tape to get the most accurate measurements.
Bust Size: Place the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, keeping it straight across the back.
Underbust Size: Place the measuring tape around your ribcage, just below the bust.
Hip Size: Place the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips, typically around the buttocks area.
SHIRTS, ROBES, AND KNITWEAR
In addition to measurements, also consider the style of maternity shirts you desire.
Some maternity shirts have stretchy cuts and panels on the sides to accommodate a growing belly, while others may have a looser style that allows you to wear them even after pregnancy.
Choose a style that you like and that offers the desired comfort during pregnancy.
MATERNITY AND NURSING BRAS
A properly fitting bra should have cups that fit well around the breasts, including the sides, and the underbust should not be too tight or leave marks.
Maternity bras are usually worn starting from the fourth month, which is why the closure should be done in the tightest position so that it can be adjusted in the following months.
Nursing bras are purchased before delivery. It is advisable to choose a size larger in circumference and cup as the breasts will still increase in size.
Consider size variations: During pregnancy and breastfeeding, breast measurements can change. Make sure to choose a maternity or nursing bra that is adjustable to accommodate breast changes throughout the day.
Choose the most comfortable size: In addition to measurements, consider comfort. A maternity or nursing bra should provide adequate support without being overly tight. Make sure the elastic bands are soft and do not cause discomfort.
Adjustable options: Maternity and nursing bras often offer additional adjustments, such as adjustable hook closures at the back or adjustable straps. These options allow you to customize the bra to your needs based on body changes and personal preferences.
GIRDLES, BANDS, AND PANTIES
Choose the coverage and style you prefer. Some women prefer girdles that cover the entire abdomen, while others may prefer smaller bands or panties.
Girdles for pregnancy are usually worn from the sixth month. Pay close attention to ensure that the waist and leg circumference are not too tight.
Postpartum bands are necessary immediately after delivery (even in the hospital). You should purchase the size you wore before pregnancy.
Choose maternity tights made of stretchy materials that comfortably accommodate your growing belly. Make sure they offer the right level of support for your belly without being overly tight.
Check the instructions for proper wearing of maternity tights with graduated compression, as they may require some attention to ensure the effectiveness of the compression.
Graduated compression: Some maternity tights offer graduated compression, which means they exert greater pressure on the ankles and gradually decrease as they go up the leg. This compression can promote blood circulation, reduce swelling, and provide additional support during pregnancy.