Oh, motherhood. All of those “what to expect” books left out the part about what happens to your boobs. I mean, is it just me? Because my boobs have seen a VARIETY of shapes and sizes over the past 4 years as a mother. Today I’m partnering with ThirdLove again to chat about the many boobs of motherhood and the bras you should be wearing with them. I truly believe undergarments have a say in our confidence and the way our clothes fit, and it’s important we invest in well-fitting bras to accommodate our body changes! So let’s chat boobs (again), shall we?
THE MANY BOOBS OF MOTHERHOOD
Pre-Motherhood Boobs. These are the days long forgotten once you become a mom. This is the stage of perfect, perky boobs that you achieved after puberty. These are the days when you feel totally confident rocking that string bikini because, hello, perfect boobs. No support is even needed (unless you’re well endowed) because they have the perfect perk factor since nothing has sucked the life out of them yet! I miss these boobs tremendously, ha!
Pregnancy Boobs. AKA, the best boobs of your life! Or at least MY life. Since I’m not all that well-endowed, my pregnancy boobs were heaven sent. Slightly bigger than pre-motherhood boobs, pregnancy boobs are even perkier and fuller, and just look incredible. I would be permanently pregnant just for the boobs, if it was possible!
Milk Boobs. These boobs are also nice, but it depends on the time of day and how long a feeding was 😉 My milk boobs with my first kid were INSANE, but I did not reap the same benefits with baby #2. Which makes me entirely too nervous for the next stage because I’m afraid they’ll be nonexistent, ha! I have a photo from when my milk came in with Landon and I don’t even recognize my boobs, they’re so huge. These ta-tas requires liiiiiitle more support than our previous two stages, given their new functionality!
Post-Milk Boobs. K, this is where I’m at right now. Post-milk boobs are downright depressing to look at. The perkiness is gone, they sag, and they just won’t be the same ever again! I swear my boobs SHRUNK in size and my pre-motherhood bras no longer fit. I feel like they left without warning! Almost two years of amazing boobs and then NADA! I feel like I completely lost an entire cup size once I was done nursing. Womp womp.
Okay, now that we’ve discussed the stages of boob changes we experience through motherhood, let’s discuss the “hardware” we need to keep them looking and feeling their best. As a mom, bras are one of those items we unfortunately can no longer go without, and they become a staple part of our wardrobe (especially those post-milk boobs!). I truly believe that being well supported underneath your clothes is of utmost importance because it makes your clothes fit so much better! I invested in a variety of bra types to keep my hoo-has looking good, even if they are itty bitty. Here are my suggestions for the best bras during motherhood.
STAPLE BRAS FOR YOUR MOMIFORM
A t-shirt bra. These are actually my favorite because of how comfortable they are on. They offer enough support, and there’s no extra padding which makes me feel like I’m wearing nothing at all. These bras are great for almost all boob types, too. I personally love ThirdLove’s 24/7 Classic T-Shirt bra, and I’m usually always wearing it if I’m home! I have one in a nude color so I can wear it with everything. ThirdLove also makes the Classic T-Shirt bra with lace, which adds a bit of sexiness! Ow owwwww!
A push-up bra. See “post-milk boobs.” This bra is a PRIORITY for me. I need, need, need a bit of push-up in my life, and I have zero shame about it. I typically wear my ThirdLove Classic Push-up Bra when I’m going out or dressing up a bit so I look a little less…..flat? I feel some of my clothes look better with a push-up bra, so it’s a staple item in my wardrobe. This bra is especially good for us smaller chested ladies (or saggy..or as ThirdLove calls it, “relaxed” 😉 ), but I like that it’s not too much of a push-up where it looks fake.
Strapless bra. A strapless is a MUST depending on the clothing item you’re wearing! And you NEED a good one that won’t fall down mid-day (no one has time for that!) I have ThirdLove’s 24/7 Strapless Bra and it stays up ALL day. It’s made to fit all boob shapes and sizes, and should be a staple in your lingerie drawer! I typically wear mine a lot in the summer due to off shoulder tops or strapless dresses. It definitely gets it’s use!
A bra that makes you feel sexy. Maybe this isn’t a priority, but it should be. You’re a beautiful woman who deserves to feel beautiful! I realize that motherhood can change the way we look at ourselves in the mirror. Our hips are wider, maybe we have stretch marks, and our boobs are sagging amongst other things. But we’re still amazing women who created these amazing babies, and we deserve to feel good about ourselves. I recommend having at least ONE bra that makes you feel like the hot and sexy mama you are. Maybe there’s a little lace or peekaboo mesh, or maybe it gives you awesome cleavage! Whatever makes YOU feel sexy is what matters. Right now I’m obsessed with ThirdLove’s Perfect Plunge Contour bra and their Front Closure Lace Racerback bra. The delicate details make me feel feminine and sexy, even under my clothes.
ThirdLove has an awesome “Try Before Buying” program where you can try the bra for 30 days (with the tag removed!) before deciding if you love it. Use their Fit Finder to size yourself right in the privacy of your own home (see my last post on this here!), pick your bras, and test drive them for the month! Well-fitting bras are a wardrobe staple, so treat yourself to this, mama! Your boobs will thank me 😉