Ugh, pregnancy boobs.
On the one hand I’m pretty darn pleased that the deflated spaniels ears that were left in place of my full buoyant boobs after my first pregnancy have been re-inflated, on the other hand I wish I could pull the plug on the inflation when they reached optimal pertness and size! Alas, no such luck, and so the inevitable ensued, a desperate search through my existing stash to see if I have any that will accommodate the beach balls whilst avoiding the dreaded under wire discomfort. This is when, to my horror, I stumbled across the two bras that saw me through my first pregnancy…a two pack in black and purple bought from Debenhams. WHAT WAS I THINKING? These things are the epitome of over the shoulder boulder holders. I literally shuddered at the thought of putting them back on again whilst wondering how the hell the bazookas can go from that mahussive to the poor excuses for boobs they turned into post baby. Seriously WTF nature?! No fair!!
“There must be something better out there” I wailed internally. And so, my search began. To my relief, I found some absolute crackers!
Side note – If you’re also on the hunt then I would advise not wasting your time on Victoria’s Secret. They only go up to DD in a tiny number of styles and don’t have a maternity section full stop. For a lingerie specific brand I think that is a pretty poor effort.
To my surprise Figleaves had by far the best range of non-wired and maternity styles on offer at really great value.
Figleaves – Panache Sophie Nursing Bra Sizes range from 30-40″ and cup sizes from D-J (Also available in Ivory/Pink)
Figleaves – Lepel Athena Soft Bar The sizes are far more limited in this bra but if you’re lucky enough to find your size it is well worth the purchase at only £11.20.
Figleaves – Gossard Supersmooth Lace Non-wired Plunge Bra I think this one is my favourite of all the bras I found. Sizes range from 30-38″ and cup sizes from A-E.
Figleaves – Heidi Klum Intimates Madeline Nursing Bra I had no idea Heidi Klum had released an underwear range! Very glad she did though as this bra is so so pretty and currently has an incredible 40% off as part of an introductory offer (it’s full price in John Lewis at the mo!!). Sizes range from 32-38″ with cup sizes C-G. Definitely getting this one for nursing!
M&S – 2 Pair Pack Maternity Cotton rich Spotted Non-wired Nursing Bras These are great staple bras at great value as you would expect from M&S. Sizes are a bit more restricted with a range from 34-40″ and C-F.
M&S – 2 Pair Pack Maternity Lace Non-wired Full Cup Same story with these pretty lace M&S bras. Great value and versatility. Sizes range from 34-40″ and C-G.
Debenhams – Iris & Edie Pink Lace Non-wired Bra This pretty lace bra is currently on sale at the bargainous price of £8.70! Sizes range from 30-36″ and A-DD. Being in the sale some of the sizes have sold out but I had to include a bargain like this!
Debenhams – Iris & Edie Red Lace Non-wired Bra Same bargainous price for this bra too! Sizes range from 30-36″ and A-DD.
Bravissimo – Freya Deco Soft Cup Bra This is a fab cut in fabric that will give nice support. Available in 28-38″ and D-G and also available in black.
Bravissimo – Panache Sophie Non-wired Bra Now you might recognise this from the very top of the list however, this is the non-nursing version which I thought was worth including as it has slightly less upper boob coverage (is that even a proper thing?). Sizes range from 28-40″ and D-J.
What I’ve got
So far I’ve bought the Panache Sophie Nursing bra from Figleaves which is super super comfortable and pretty. It is very soft though due to the requirement for nursing so doesn’t offer much shaping. Next on my purchase list is the Gossard Super Smooth Lace Plunge bra which I think will be amazing under Christmas party dresses. I’ll also be purchasing the Heidi Klum Intimates bra for nursing. So much prettier than the ones I had when nursing Poppy.
I did concentrate my search on the high street so please let me know if you know of any independent producers who are amazing.