Sports Bras for Pregnant and New Moms: Our Top Pick & Giveaway
Today’s post is one of our favs so far: sports bras for pregnant and new moms. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the value and importance of a properly fitted sports bra cannot be overstated. Bra expert Jené Luciani shares that, “Researchers say an un-supported breast moves up and down about 6 centimeters when we’re working out. Not a good thing for the ‘gals.’ It’s always a good idea to support any and all breast tissue with a proper-fitting sports bra.”
During and after pregnancy is a tricky time because breasts can change frequently, in terms of size, sensitivity, soreness and engorgement. A common mistake many women make is to wear the same sports bra they wore before pregnancy, even if it doesn’t fit properly, provide enough support or feel comfortable.
The three key areas to focus on are proper fit, support and comfort. Luciani recommends that moms get a fitting (or multiple fittings as breasts change) and opt for a cup sized sports bra that offers a lot of support, depending on the exercise. For comfort, look for features like wide and padded straps, adjustable straps, or sports bras that have 3 rows of rungs for adjustability if you’re larger one day then the next. Instead of the basic compression sports bra that you have to pull over your head, opt for an encapsulation bra that clasps and goes on just like a regular bra.
For more in depth information on sports bras and bras in general, check out Luciani’s The Bra Book.
Since sports bras for pregnant and new moms seems to be such a hot topic, Fit for Expecting conducted a survey of real moms to find out which sports bra is the top pick for this time in a woman’s life. Thanks to everyone who participated.
By an overwhelming majority, the top pick is Champion! Honorable mention goes to Moving Comfort.
We’re pleased to announce that Champion has agreed to giveaway two sports bras. Two lucky moms will be able to choose a sports bra in one of these two styles:
To enter you must:
1. Join Fit for Expecting’s email list (click here and enter your email address under “Subscribe by Email”)
2. Leave a comment below, “I’d wear my Champion sports bra for _______.” (e.g. running, yoga, hiking)
Good luck and special thanks to Champion for their generosity!
Be sure to check out Champion’s website, which includes lots of resources on fit and support as well as lifestyle tips.
*An entry is considered incomplete and therefore ineligible if both steps above have not been followed. Limit one entry per person. Entries must be received by 11:59pm PT on July 21, 2013. Fit for Expecting will select two potential winners from all eligible entries. Fit for Expecting (firstname.lastname@example.org) will email notifications to the two potential winners. If an email response is not received by 11:59pm PT on July 28, 2013, that individual is no longer eligible and Fit for Expecting will select another individual.