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?

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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.

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