Choose a bra

As your body prepares for baby, your breasts will grow larger during the second trimester. This is the time to invest in a good quality, supportive, and proper-fitting bra. Sales professionals at your local maternity shop and finer department stores specialize in fitting bras. Try on several styles to find ones that fit you best, are comfortable, and suit your style.

To estimate your correct bra and cup size, measure like this:

  • Bra size: Measure around your chest, placing the tape measure high and snug under your armpits. Round to the nearest even number, for example 34, 36, 38, or 40.
  • Cup size: Wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your breasts. To estimate your cup size, calculate this measurement as follows: If your breast measurement is less than 1½ inches larger than your bra size, you are an A cup. If it is 1½ to 2½ inches larger than your bra size, a B cup is best; 2½ to 3½ inches larger, a C cup is best; and 3½ to 4½ inches larger is a D cup.

For example, if your chest measures 36 inches and the fullest part around your breasts is 39 inches, your breasts are 3 inches larger than your chest, so you would buy a size 36 bra with a C cup.