Making Bras for Plus Size Women More Comfortable

As useful as they are, even the best bra for plus size women can get a little uncomfortable. Most women revel in the thought of removing their bras after a very long day at work but perhaps there’s more to the discomfort they feel. Ill-fitting bras can cause a lot of displeasure and irritation on your skin. Fortunately, there are ways you can make wearing you bra more comfortable to avoid these problems apart from wearing the right size.

Cover Them Up

Some girls might know the embarrassment of lying down and then finding out later that their breasts have spilled right out of their cups. That leads to more awkward moments when you try to pop them back in while you’re out and about. Go for bras that offer full-coverage to save you from having to adjust your breasts several times a day. Continue reading

Are you Wearing an Ill-Fitting Bra?

It’s easy enough to walk into a lingerie shop with an extensive collection of bras and check out the one whose color or shape you seem to like. Beware, however, on choosing a bra that ends up being too big or too small for you. Ill-fitting bras can cause chest and back pain, and tight ones could even lead to conditions like breast cancer. Here are questions you should ask yourself to find out if your bra is the wrong size for you.

Does it press uncomfortably against your skin? Beauty might sometimes require a degree of pain, but an ill-fitting bra isn’t one of them. You might need a better-fitting bra if you notice that the underwire is digging into your chest, or the straps are leaving red marks on your shoulders. Continue reading

Breastfeeding: Importance of Ample Breast Support

Breastfeeding is indeed best for babies, but it can also create considerable discomfort for moms as the breasts become engorge with milk. Furthermore, mothers with bigger bosoms tend to experience more difficulty. If you’re a plus size woman bent on breastfeeding your baby, here are ways to minimize pain as you feed your little one:

Support your breast during feeding time.

Forming a C shape with your free hand, put your fingers below the breast tissue while keeping your thumb on top of the breast for good support when latching. If you don’t support your breast, you may have sore nipples as the baby clamps harder so as not to lose it to gravity. Another alternative is to use a wash cloth or towel and place it under your chest wall for support.

Find a comfortable bra.

Your breast will likely further increase in size after you give birth so find a bra that can accommodate them comfortably. The best plus size bra have broad and stretchable bands and straps that won’t dig into the skin. It should also come with a zipped front for easier breastfeeding. You wouldn’t want to wear a tight bra like those with stiff underwire as it can result to blocked milk ducts and even affect your milk supply. Opt for one which is stretchy enough for sleeping and provides all-night support and utmost comfort.

Finding the Right Plus Size Bra for Athletic Women

Big breasts may look chic on a sports magazine cover but many athletic plus size women are familiar with how uncomfortable they can be. Then again, living an active lifestyle is possible for plus size women as long as they find the right bra.

According to a sports bra researcher from the Oregon State University, if the sports bra is not specifically designed to support larger breasts, the straps may be too narrow and exert extra pressure on the shoulders. When the pressure compresses the area where the nerves and blood vessels exit into the upper arms, a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome can result, characterized by arm, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in the forearm and extremities.

Here are four things to look for in a sports bra:

  1. Look for a bra that has athletic features such as wider, adjustable straps, a higher neckline, and wider bottom bands that provide both adequate support and breathing room.
  2. Find a bra with moderate stretch: not too lose yet not too restrictive, particularly in areas like the band, straps, and cups.
  3. Moisture control. Opt for one with moisture wicking fabric that speeds up evaporation to keep you comfortable during a workout.
  4. Separate cups. Big breasts need separate support, which traditional flat panel sports bras can’t provide. A bra with separate heat-molded cups for a round seamless shape is ideal.

Possible Causes of Breast Itchiness

Every woman has likely had her share of itchy breast episodes. Usually, it subsides on its own but if it’s persistent, there might be a bigger underlying cause.

Dry skin. The drier the skin, the more easily it can get irritated. Try applying a hypoallergenic cream or oil before you go to sleep when you’re not wearing bra.

Contact allergy. You may be allergic to the underwire in your bra, to the detergent you’re using, or to the fabric itself. To avoid itching, opt for products that are hypoallergenic. Continue reading

Plus Size Bra Buying Tips for Better Fit

It’s no secret that plus size women struggle to find bras that would provide a proper fit. In fact, this is a problem women all around the world are facing. A study conducted by a large undergarment company reveals that eight out of ten women in the U.S. are wearing the wrong cup size. It doesn’t help that bra manufacturers have different standards when it comes to sizes larger than the D cup. To ensure that you buy the right bra with a proper fit, here are a few tips you can follow:

  1. Don’t choose a bra by cup size.

As mentioned earlier, bra manufacturers differ when it comes to sizes, so in buying a bra, it would make sense that you do not base your decision on cup sizes. Try to find out the numerical equivalent of a cup size, instead. Continue reading

Breast Surgery Post-Op Tips

The first few nights after your breast augmentation surgery will most likely be painful and uncomfortable. Getting up, moving around, and reaching for things can be a challenge, so remember these tips to help your recovery period go more smoothly:

Stack Those Pillows

Post-surgery, you may find it challenging to get out of bed especially when you have to lie on your back for quite some time. Stacking up pillows will give you the extra elevation that you need to get up easily. Continue reading