Motherhood, Musings

Maternity Bras for the busty woman.

My gosh it’s a nightmare right?

I would love to be able to wear a cheap maternity bra from H&M or a crop top style jersey thing that is all soft and comfortable and so easily available. But alas. With ‘the girls’ it is just not meant to be.

I managed to get to about the half way mark before I had to completely give up on my normal bras.

The under-wiring was super uncomfortable and I was spilling over the top. I already have a nightmare finding bras so I wasn’t particularly looking forward to hunting for non underwired ones.

A booby woman needs a wire right?

To keep them up where they should be and stop the inevitable back ache.

I went to Marks and Spencers and tried on about 5 different types of bra. A gorgeous lacey bralet that I had seen Hannah Gale mention on her Instagram and then a few more standard sports / maternity and nursing options.

Nothing fit.

Nothing was comfortable.

Nothing was supportive.

So I turned to Instagram where I found Cake Maternity.

I had already seen a few bits from Cake on ASOS so I was vaguely familiar with the brand already. I got in touch with them and was lucky enough that they wanted to work together and send me a few pieces for me to try out in return for an honest review.

I ordered the Fuller Bust Seamless Nursing Bra in XXL in both black and pink.

At ¬£39.90 they aren’t cheap – sure.

But then again if you are busty and want a decent bra you will be used to having to pay those kinds of prices anyway I’m guessing. It isn’t ideal but it is what it is.

Maternity Bras for the busty woman.

The sizing was a concern when I was ordering.

XXL was the biggest size they did so I just went for it thinking that if it was too big I would almost definitely grow into it once my milk came in when the baby arrived. There is a handy chart to help you decide which size you should order though so definitely have a look at that.

I also decided on a bra with nursing clips so I could continue using it not just during this maternity stage but also when I was breastfeeding. Like I said, I know I didn’t pay for these myself but nevertheless I’m not going to throw money away and buy more nursing bras when I can get some that work for both stages.

I love the quality of the bras.

They feel really sturdy and are most definitely supportive. The material is so soft and lightweight on the cup and yet sturdy and supportive in the straps and the band. There are 4 rows of hook and eye clips at the back so you can adjust it to fit you within the size you order.

They also come in the most beautiful packaging.

A gorgeous box all tied up with a ribbon. It feels so damn fancy.

Maternity Bras for the busty woman.

The bras themselves aren’t the prettiest things in the world but if you are a big boobed woman you will never be able to wear a lacy, pretty non underwired nursing bra.

Them’s the breaks I’m afraid.

The nursing clips are super simple and straightforward – even for someone like me who has spoons for hands most of the day.

I do find that they are ever so slightly tight by the end of the day because there is quite a lot of material on the band around the bottom, which is obviously there to offer support in the absence of the underwire. If you’ve been lounging about it can bunch up a bit and be a bit constrictive but I found that if I just rearranged it back into place it was fine.

Maternity Bras for the busty woman.

I may order a couple of bra extenders just to give myself a bit of wiggle room once baby gets bigger and higher up in my belly. I carry my bump quite high as I have a short torso so I think I will need a bit of extra space in the next few months or so. Like I said earlier – I ordered the biggest size at an XXL (I am normally somewhere around a 38E) so a cheap 4 row bra extender doesn’t seem like a big deal for me.

It makes such a difference though.

The support that these bras offer and the lack of wire makes them so comfy.

All in all – I’m really glad I have found these. I may well order a few sleep style bras with a bit less structure at a later date. I don’t think these ones would be quite comfy enough for me to sleep in.

 

 

 

*In the interests of full transparency, as always, Cake Maternity sent me these two bras free of charge in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I haven’t been paid for this post.

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