Almost every day a Mom-to-be comes into our store and ends up wearing her newly purchased bra out of the store, because she can't bring herself to put her old bra back on. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is helping a Mom-to-be find the perfect bra. And that’s not too difficult since we offer bras for almost everyone, 34B to 42DDD, in maternity and nursing styles.
Our Sales Associates are trained to be experts in bra fitting so you know you’ll be leaving with the right bra in the right size, and that’s important for all women, pregnant or not!
When maternity bras are worn regularly, they can help minimize stretch marks (wonderful news, isn’t it?), because they provide the proper support to the breast. At Thyme, we offer three maternity bras:
· Convertible Bra: this bra includes two sets of straps (transparent and elastic) to achieve a halter, racer back or regular style. It has seamless padded cups and is available in black, white and nude.
· High Tech Bra: this bra offers padded built-up straps, seamless padded minimizer cups and is offered in sizes up to DDD.
· Fusion Bra: this is our newest and most exciting bra because the fabric will stretch up to 2 cup sizes with the heat of your body. This Bra is perfect for the Customer who is experiencing a great deal of change.
As you can imagine, we get a lot of questions about nursing bras and how they differ from maternity bras. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:
When should I buy mine? Boy do we hear this one often! It is suggested that you buy your nursing bra 2 or 3 weeks before baby's due date. Why? Because sometimes the baby has dropped and it is easier to measure for the band size and the cup size which should allow a little room for engorgement and nursing pads. In addition, the back closure of the bra should be positioned on the last hook at the time of purchase. After baby, the size of the rib cage will decrease and this will allow for proper adjustment.
Can I wear a bra with underwire? One concern I often hear is: "my doctor says that nursing bras should be without underwires." When an underwire bra is fitted properly, there is no risk of blocking milk ducts. When I am fitting a bra, I check to make sure that the underwire is on the chest wall and not pushing on breast tissue. The “Padded Nursing Bra” is our most popular as it is the ultimate t-shirt nursing bra. We also have the “Allover Lace Nursing Bra” with underwire, which is a great bra for sizing as it can accommodate up to a 40DDD.
Why do I need a bra for night time? There are a number of reasons - our “Sleep Bra” offers an inner cotton spandex sling to support the breast and keep nursing pads in place. The reason you need a nursing pad is that while you are nursing on one side, the other breast is most likely leaking.
How many bras do I need? I suggest 3 bras; 2 underwire and 1 soft-cup. One underwire to wear, one to wash and one soft-cup for night time feeding.
What’s new in nursing bras? We’ve recently added to our Nursing Bra line with the new Lace Collection. There’s a soft-cup (no underwire) mesh/lace combo and an allover lace underwire, both with ribbon detail that discreetly hides the nursing clips so it can be worn long after breastfeeding. We also offer matching cotton/spandex hipster panties with lace. It’s a complete set!
I’m excited about ensuring that we’ve got you covered with the best bras for your entire pregnancy and beyond! I hope you will turn to us to help you find the right bra for all your needs.
See you soon!