A Fitting Gone Wrong: Pregnancy Bra Advice That Didn’t Work For Me
All right, as promised, today I’m going to dive in with some of the pregnancy bra fitting advice that *didn’t* work for me!
One very reputable store I went to tried their very best to fit me, but here’s what happened when I wore the new bras I purchased from them. Sorry for the gruesome photo, but this is simply a case where the picture explains it much better:
So what happened here?
That is a photo of my cleavage. You might not guess it from looking at it, but these gashes came from a bra with a center gore that actually sat flush.
The advice from the fitters at this store was to get: 1) a band that fits on the tightest hooks, and 2) a cup size where you can slide a whole hand in the top. Both of these are in order to allow room for you to grow as your pregnancy advances.
They put me in a 32JJ. Here’s how it fit:
As you can see, the cups were much bigger than usual on the top, the bottom, and the sides. At the fitting I asked about my breasts not filling up the bottom of the cups. The fitter asked me to readjust my breasts in the cups, but even after doing so it still left empty space. The half-adjustable straps were tightened as far as possible on both sides to try and give some more lift, but the only way I could have gotten enough lift for my breasts to maybe settle in the bottom of the cup would have been if the straps were fully adjustable and tightened up over my shoulders. Of course, then the straps would have been doing too much of the lifting and supporting–remember, 80-85% of the support comes from the band of your bra!– and I don’t think it would have fixed the fit issues. Because this was the cup size where the fitter felt best about how much room was at the top of the cup, though, this is the one she recommended.
After wearing the 32JJ bra one day and taking it off in agony to discover the wreckage of my poor boobs, I noticed that the band had been sitting lower down than where it usually did. I had felt like it was really digging into me all day, but now I saw that it was also riding low. Here’s a photo of the bottom of my breast tissue, with the red line showing where the band had been sitting on me–maybe 1/8-1/4″ further down than usual:
I also purchased the same bra in a 30K because I was worried about how loose the 32 band felt at the time of the fitting, so I tried that bra the next day, starting on the middle hook, to try and get the band to stay up. (I went up in cup size, from the JJ to the K, to get the equivalent volume cup; remember, you gotta go up in cup if you go down in band size to keep the volumes the same!) I still had the same cup issues: gaping at the top, extra space on the bottom and sides. The band still ended up sitting lower, although not as bad as the 32JJ, but dug in terribly. Again, agony. So I went back to the store and asked for help.
This time, they suggested a different style bra in the same size, 32JJ, so I gave that a try. But after wearing it around the hotel room while getting dressed, it started to look the same as the other bras: the band sitting lower, extreme gaping of the cups at the top, empty space on the bottom of the cups, my cleavage line feeling very sore. Nervous I’d rip my tender tissue up even more, I returned the bra.
What went wrong?
Totally confused, I asked Linda from Linda’s Bra Shop about my experience, explaining how the band sat about 1/8-1/4″ lower than usual and the fit of the larger cups. I thought maybe it was that my breasts are so full on top that it just made the bras a poor fit. But Linda had some interesting feedback.
Check back tomorrow for my Q&A with Linda about what happened with my bras and how to avoid fit problems in pregnancy!