Where to shop for maternity bras?

black bras displayed on a chairAnonymous messages:

I'm looking for a good place to get fitted for and buy maternity bras (hopefully without breaking the bank.) I know you must have plenty of moms as readers... maybe they could help?

As with any question like this, a sentence or two explaining your suggestion can be a big help.

Got advice for Anonymous? Please share!

Earlier on AOA: Getting the girls the support they deserve (2008)

Comments

High quality bras, and maternity bras in particular, are always costly. However, they are vastly more comfortable and durable than the items you can find in Target or VS.

Mme Pierre Femme Corset Shop on Western Avenue (near Crossgates) has very knowledgeable staff.

This site provides some nice guidelines:

http://www.motherhood.com/shop_motherhoodnursing/nursingbrasizefittingguide.asp

I was never fitted for a maternity bra, but I wish I had done it because I ended up with lots of different sizes and none of them really fit well. That being said, once you figure out your size, Target has a lot of options that are all reasonably priced.

I've never bought 'maternity' bras - nursing bras are another thing entirely, and those are worth specializing in if you're going that route. But for my pregnancy I just headed over to Macy's, had the saleswoman measure me, and bought a couple of quality brands off the sale rack. Fit and quality matter - you've got enough else going on, there's no reason to subject yourself to bras that don't fit or that dig. "The ladies'" size may fluctuate tremendously, so I say just get a decent brand that you think will hold up, and then just get two that you can rotate. Because in a couple of months you may well need another size. Or not - in which case, go back and grab another. But getting measured is really the key.

When it comes to nursing bras, get the size you are now, and a size up. Get comfy ones that fit and support, but for the first month or so I wouldn't sink a ton of money into them. You're not running or anything, and you mostly want something that's going to accommodate the ladies' changing size while not digging in anywhere. When you're maybe a month out and are doing more than going from couch to bed to chair (maybe to work, but hopefully not running around there), the ladies will have settled into the size they'll be (more or less) till the little one starts eating solid foods and that's a decent time to invest in some that will last longer and offer more support.

Try Naturally Grown in Troy - 282 River Street.

I had good luck with Bravado online, but local stores carry the line: http://www.bravadodesigns.com/shop/store-locator

I would skip maternity-specific bras and head straight to nursing bras if there's a chance you'll try nursing (then you're not spending $ for just the 9 months of pregnancy, but could wear them after baby arrives). I was glad to have a nursing bra to wear when I left the hospital because I was really not comfortable going braless at that point. See fitting assistance at http://www.bravadodesigns.com/faq or call their Certified Fitters, Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM EST at 1-800-590-7802.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Holiday charities 2014

This month we talked with a bunch of people about holiday gifts, both giving and getting . And one of the questions was about favorite... (more)

Springwood Studios

Troy woodworker Jim Lewis has a spiritual and emotional connection to his work. The self-taught craftsman has created furniture, liturgical pieces for churches around the... (more)

Crisan to close cafe

Updated at 3:40 pm: We spoke with Crisan's owners about the changes coming to the bakery in the new year. News from Lark Street today:... (more)

The Airing of Grievances 2014

Once again we're celebrating Festivus with a traditional Airing of Grievances. So, what are your small annoyances, complaints, or frustrations? Gather round the unadorned aluminum... (more)

Morning Blend

On Friday Tiffany VanAlstyne -- the 19-year-old cousin of Kenneth White -- was charged with second-degree murder for the death of the 5-year-old boy. Authorities... (more)

Recent Comments

I wish the thermostat in my office would work properly... it's either Satan's nether-orifice or ex-planet Pluto's shady side.

Holiday gifts: Daniel B.

...has 2 comments, most recently from Kater

The Airing of Grievances 2014

...has 33 comments, most recently from Sally

Holiday charities 2014

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jamie

Crisan to close cafe

...has 13 comments, most recently from Anthony

The Time Warner Cable Yule Log: now in 3D

...has 3 comments, most recently from Steve