My journey through motherhood has been the most bittersweet story I could ever tell. From being a young first time mother at the age of 22 with a husband deployed overseas, to losing Identical Twins due to preterm labor while having a 4 and 1 year old, to carrying our rainbow baby four years later, I can honestly tell you that not only has my heart been forever changed, but so has my body physically and mentally. Today, I wanted to share our Top 4 Maternity and Nursing Bras that have been lifesavers these last 8 months and gave me one less thing to think about while carrying our rainbow baby.
These are subjects we’ve touched on lightly here at The Bee but how do we connect with you all without sharing our full story and full experiences? It is my hope to reach each of you who may have similar stories to remind you that you are not alone.
Photo By: Lacey Irving
I am 33 weeks pregnant with our third baby here on Earth (5th overall), and this is the last baby we’ll be bringing home. This journey has flown by with the blink of an eye, and while it has proved to be an easy pregnancy, it’s been one to definitely remember.
I began showing early on in our pregnancy, and it’s no lie when they say, “You pop sooner with each child!” Seeing how our baby girl is our 5th little blessing, my body knew exactly what to do and instantly grew and took shape for our sweet girl. While I have been gaining the correct amount of weight (not too much or too little), there are areas of my body that have taken on some more weight than others. My chest has grown larger as it prepares for nursing, and I’ll do you all a favor by not mentioning my thighs. HA!
I knew growing was inevitable, and after experiencing horrible back pain following my third pregnancy, for which I couldn’t use my regular CBD cream for sale that I’ve found for back pain when I’m not usually pregnant, I knew I needed to search for maternity and nursing bras that were comfortable and gave me great support.
Shannon and I are both expecting just two days apart. I shared with her early on the importance of great and comfortable maternity and nursing bras. We both searched high and low for the perfect bras and tank tops that not only would last us throughout nine months of pregnancy but also be worn after we bring our babies home.
We both have heard great things about Cake Maternity. Cake Maternity is a maternity lingerie company that was built from a personal need by a woman for women. They are proud supporters of mothers who work and 80% of their headquarter staff is working moms who work in and around their family’s needs. After reading their story, we instantly connected to their mission to help other women feel comfortable during such an important season of life all while honoring working moms. Each product is made with luxurious fabrics on the outside and comfortable cotton on the inside. As a former Fashion Design college student, I can appreciate the time founder Tracey Montford took to ensure these bras, tank tops, sleepwear, etc, are quality pieces that last.
Every new mother needs a nursing bra that is discrete and comfortable. Shannon hit the jackpot when she ordered this Coral Rock Candy Seamless Nursing Bra because the options are endless. There are 6 hook and eye clips for greater adjustability which will make this bra last longer as her body continues to change and begins to lose the weight. It also has a regular bra back opening which makes it super easy to put on and convenient. And we cannot say enough about the comfort of this bra. Friends, you have to order it to feel it yourself!
I personally chose the Navy Milk Bamboo Sleep and Nursing Bra because I wanted something comfortable to sleep in, wear during delivery and again after bringing Charley home. This bra is seamless, soft yet supportive, and contains concealed moisture wicking breast pad pockets! That is huge for me! From experience, I know the importance of being able to wear breast pads for protection. I seriously cannot take this bra off. It’s beyond comfortable and made beautifully.
Reusable nursing pads? And all the mothers yelled, AMEN. And here’s why:
The best part is they come packaged in a small travel bag that is great for storing in my hospital bag and/or diaper bag just in case I need to swap them out!
After nursing two babies, I knew I wanted to purchase a quality and comfortable nursing tank top. To my surprise, Cake Maternity had one that was perfect to wear now with my ever-growing belly and following our delivery. The side ruching adds a flattering touch, the built-in bra provides under-bust support and the nursing clips are great for quick and easy access for nursing.
And our final Top 4 Maternity and Nursing Bra belongs to Shannon. She is in love with her black Mousse Padded Plunge Wireless Nursing Bra because it’s wireless and has side slings that provide side support and forward projection. After seeing how well it fits her, I’m planning on ordering the same bra because I’ve always had an issue with side support, especially when my milk comes in.
Photo By: Lacey Irving
This new season has proved to be a beautiful one even if we don’t always feel beautiful in our own skin. We are grateful for these two little blessings, and for these Top 4 Maternity and Nursing Bras that have relieved some of our uncomfortable moments and helped us feel comfortable and beautiful again.
Disclosure: Please note, this post was sponsored by Cake Maternity, however the opinions stated in this post are our own