|Eight months pregnant and miserable, with my sister.|
East Side Bride got a #boobsweek question that she felt might be more appropriate for my blog, and seeing as I probably have a few more pregnant and once-pregnant readers than she does, I figured she was right. Here goes nothing.
I do actually have some boob related questions. Mine fall on the small
end of the scale generally, though my life/world was changed for the
better a few years ago when I went in for a fitting and discovered I
shouldn't be wearing a 36A but a 30DD (mind-blower right there). But,
it's been a few years, and I'm due for a re-visit. I've also been
knocked up (can I say that if I'm married?) and all of a sudden I
can't wear any of my bras, and some of my clothes are a bit indecent
or unflattering. I know you don't talk about pregnancy-related often,
but I really could use some advice about pregnancy-related boob
expansion. How big can I expect them to get? I'm at 22 weeks right now
and will see what size they come up with when I stop in the bra shop
tomorrow, but these cups runneth over. How long will they be sticking
around? How many bras should I have for this time period? I managed to
by one non-terrifying maternity bra, and while it feels really strange
to be wearing a nursing bra, it's wireless which apparently I need to
wear now. How much money do I need to be spending on these things if
my boobs are going to keep growing? What do I do about sports bras?
And what about how ugly maternity clothes are? I've been getting by
with wearing my looser fitting normal clothes, but that's getting to
be a less viable solution. I'm short too, so my belly seems to be
growing faster than on taller pregnant ladies. Celia mentioned empire
waist dresses for big boobs in an earlier post, and I love those, but
can't seem to find them anywhere.
Thank you for bringing Celia back, even if she doesn't get to these
questions I'm sure I'll learn a few things regardless!
Dear 22 Weeks,
Dude. How bad does it suck to be short and pregnant? I was in maternity jeans by the time I hit 10 weeks, so getting through the first trimester before spreading the news was an impossibility for me. Are your nipples the size of your face, yet? I don't remember when that little surprise came about, but I know that it was seriously frightening for all parties involved (meaning, myself and Joe).
First off, congratulations on getting properly fitted. Wearing a 36A when you should be in a 30DD is no joke and the type of mistake that, unfortunately, too many women make. As for pregnancy boobs and growth, you may as well learn now that just as no two babies are alike, no set of chi chis are alike either. If I remember correctly, I noticed the most growth in the first and last six weeks of pregnancy, and then again right after Cheech was born (at which point they got so large, I was willing to bet money that they'd end up exploding). So, here's my two cents: If you have the time and money, then by all means feel free to get fitted every 4-6 weeks and buy all the maternity bras that your little heart desires. However, all the hassle can just as easily be skipped.
A good and proper fitting bra should do two things for you. It should offer excellent support, and it should make you look your best. On the support side of things, that belly of yours is going to give you FAR MORE back/neck/joint issues than your tits could ever dream of causing. You're going to be so intensely uncomfortable for the next few months, so just go ahead and accept it. Now, by no means am I telling you to throw your bras out the window. I'm simply stating that keeping up with the constant expansion of your chest size probably isn't going to make that much of a difference. When I noticed that my cups started to runneth over, I bought two underwire bras (didn't know you weren't supposed to wear those... why, exactly, is that the case?) that were once cup + one band size larger. So, I went from a 32DDD to a 34 DDDD. The bras probably only fit me properly for about 10-12 weeks of my pregnancy, but they did offer enough support to help me out for the rest of the time. I also bought a sports bra in the same size that I used mostly for sleeping purposes. My pregnancy was FUCKED UP, so besides daily [slow] walks, I wasn't really doing much vigorous exercise. Also, sleeping without a bra was so unbearably painful, but I found that a sports bra was much more comfortable at night than a regular bra.
And now, nursing bras. Even the best nursing bra cannot offer the support of a regular bra, so if you ask me, I'd hold off on that for at least a little while longer. By the time I got to my 9th month, I don't think there was a regular bra in the history of regular bras that could have contained my massive mammaries, and that's when I switched to a nursing bra. Nursing bras are made for the sole purpose of whipping a tit out on command, so I can't say too much for them otherwise. Yes, their ability to stretch from here to forever does make them incredibly comfortable and appealing for women who are pregnant/postpartum and miserable, but they really do suck in the support department. Therefore, they shouldn't be worn for longer than necessary. You'll most likely be nursing on demand for those first few months and probably up until even around the year mark, but once the 24-hour milk factory starts to stay open less hours, it's time to get fitted and invest in proper bras again. Pregnancy wreaks a nasty havoc on a woman's body, and it's important to take the best care of ourselves as soon as possible.
Finally, maternity clothes and looking cute while you're pregnant. Here's the thing... YOU'RE GROWING A HUMAN BEING INSIDE OF YOUR BODY. It's Ok to just be comfortable and maybe not worry so much about how you look when YOU'RE GROWING A HUMAN BEING INSIDE OF YOUR BODY. Every time I see some stupid picture of "cute maternity style" on Pinterest, it makes me want to punch faces. As women, there's SO MUCH pressure to look good all the time. Can't we at the very least get a break when WE'RE GROWING HUMAN BEINGS INSIDE OF OUR BODIES? I mean, am I the only one who thinks that spending hundreds of dollars on one piece of maternity clothing is just The Man trying to stick it to us?
But, I get it. Your clothes, even the bigger ones, just aren't cutting it anymore. I've been there, too. I realized, while pregnant, that I looked my best when I felt my best (not exactly an easy thing to do). Yes, some women are blessed and can glide through pregnancy effortlessly while managing to wear size 28 jeans up until they go into labor, but those women are few and far between... and they are assholes (there, I said it). Anyway, I suggest that you invest in a few very simple basics that are effortless and relaxed. When I was pregnant, I found that H&M, Gap, and American Apparel (Ok, not actually maternity, but their stuff does flatter a pregnant belly) all had pretty fantastic maternity options. I also wore a lot of vintage dresses because the skirts were fuller, allowing me to wear them as empire dresses. You're about to be a mom, which will simultaneously turn your life upside down and bring you a world of happiness that you never could have imagined. So get your waddling pregnant ass to the closest mall, buy yourself some stretchy pants, and own that shit.