“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Maternity Bras „
During pregnancy, bras with wires and seams becoming increasingly uncomfortable to wear. It was at around twelve weeks' pregnant that I decided I needed to buy a couple of bras that were especially made for pregnant women, so I had a look in Mothercare and bought a two pack of maternity bras from them for £28.
Mothercare's maternity range is called M2b and they have a good variety of underwear. These particular bras are 100% cotton, with cotton-lined cups, and "provide the ultimate in comfort and support" as well as being available in a wide array of sizes (34, 36, 38 and 40, plus cup sizes B, C, D, DD and E). They suggest you get yourself measured at Mothercare before buying bras, but I didn't, as I'd been measured at Marks and Spencer quite recently. I bought 38C and they fit fine.
The two pack consists of a white bra and a black and white one. The white bra is quite plain, but pretty, as it has two lacy panels with a little white bow in the centre. The black and white one is black with little white spots, again the matching lacy panels and the little white bow. There are four different hooks at the back to adjust for comfort and the shoulder straps can also be moved as you would expect.
I have been wearing these every day since buying them and have found them really comfortable but also supportive enough. They also wash well at 30C or 40C and they haven't lost any of their shape yet, after a month or so. They seem well made and haven't ripped or frayed or anything either. I like the idea that maternity bras can still be pretty and quite sexy, while still being practical and doing what they need to do. During pregnancy, your breasts grow a lot and are often really tender, so they need to be supported well, but it is also important the bras you wear are comfortable. I think I could sleep in these if I needed to.
When I bought them, I did feel that £28 was quite a lot to spend on two bras that will probably only last me a few months before my breasts outgrow them. However, I now think it was a worthwhile purchase as I have been wearing them every day and they are so much more comfortable than my old bras with seams and wires. It is good that they are attractive too as even though you may feel you are becoming huge and not feeling at your best, it makes you feel a little better wearing pretty underwear.
Mothercare also make matching knickers to go with these bras. They do a two pack of matching shorts for £8, which again includes a white pair and a black one with white spots. These are called Maternity Spot Shorts.
On Mothercare's website, the bras are called Maternity Spot Support Bras - two pack, but on the box, it just says '2 maternity bras for pregnancy' so it is a bit confusing. The code number on the packaging and the bras themselves is 19 110/T 7811, while the website just has the code T7811. If you order the bras from the website, you'll have to pay a delivery charge of £4.95, though they are currently offering free delivery on all orders over £50. The website is www.mothercare.com and there are branches of the shop in most big towns and cities.
I have bought quite a few items of maternity clothing from Mothercare since I found out I was pregnant and I have been very impressed with the quality, though they do tend to be quite expensive, so it is always good to look out for any sales or offers they may have on. These bras are amongst the best items I have bought from there and I would definitely recommend them to any pregnant mothers.