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One of the first physical signs that many women have proclaiming their pregnancy is an increase in breast size. This is something that will be a work progress right through until the baby is born and the breasts are ready to work providing the milk to nurse your baby. Although this increase in size varies from pregnant woman to pregnant woman - and in some cases from pregnancy to pregnancy, it is more than likely that the first item of maternity clothing you will purchase will be a maternity bra.
Underwear for pregnant women isn't as appealing as the sexy lingerie you will find in most department stores, and it will be more expensive, but the extra support and comfort your growing and sensitive breasts will get from it far outweigh the lack of fashionable merit. You will need to purchase at least 2 maternity bras initially. Even if you don't usually do so, make sure you are professionally measured so that the bra is perfect for your size. When you buy it, it should fasten on the first hooks so that there is room for comfortable expansion. The cups should be large enough to comfortably cover your breasts, and the straps wide enough to take the additional weight without cutting down into your shoulders. There is a debate about whether or not underwired bras are suitable for pregnancy/nursing with the majority of experts coming down on the negative side; however there are bras on the market now which have a plastic "wire" which are not quite as restrictive.
As your pregnancy nears its conclusion, you will need to take another trip to the store and be re-measured, especially if you are intending to nurse the baby once it's born. This time you will need to purchase 3-4 bras to allow for the fact that you may leak milk and need to change your bra a number of times each day. Purchase a design which gives you maximum comfort but allows you to access each breast easily with one hand while holding the baby. Try on a number of different designs and practice opening and closing each side with one hand so that you are confident you will be able to do this once you have the baby in your arms.
The desire to get out of "underwear" and into lacy lingerie may be great once your baby is born and your body is returning to its original shape, but put comfort first for a little while longer and you will find nursing a lot less stressful on your body.