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Founded in 1992 at a kitchen table by two breastfeeding mums, maternity lingerie brand Bravado started life with one leopard-print offering, which remains the company’s best-selling line more than 20 years later. The award-winning brand, which scooped gold and silver awards in 2013’s Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards among others, test-wears its products on hundreds of pregnant and nursing mums each year in a bid to make them perfect. It also has a host of celebrity clients including Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba.
At 18 weeks pregnant there’s no getting away from it: it’s time to dress the bump – or bumps. I’m quite literally bursting out of my usual underwired bras, which have not only become several cup sizes too small, but are also painful to wear thanks to the wiring. Unlike many milestones of pregnancy, which are filled with joy, this is not one I reached with enthusiasm, mainly because of the uninspiring designs lining the shelves of many high street baby shops. So it was safe to say, I was a bit sceptical before I tried the Bravado Bliss maternity bra.
What’s in the box?
- Bravado Bliss maternity bra
- Bra extender
- Conversion clips
Any additional extra?
What were your first impressions?
When I first saw the Bravado’s Bliss maternity and nursing bra I feared my suspicions were confirmed; the plain ivory sheen of the fabric and sheer size of the cups made me think of the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders, more akin to old ladies than mums-to-be. However when I took my outgrown, underwired bra off and put Bravado’s offering on I quite literally sighed with relief.
How comfortable is the nursing lingerie?
I cannot describe how comfortable this bra is! The smooth, padded foam cups felt like silk against my angry, swollen skin and the straps offer a sports bra-level of support without digging in at the shoulders. Without a doubt this is the most comfortable maternity or nursing bra I have ever come across.
How did it compare to your normal bra underneath your clothing?
The t-shirt bra’s unique ‘flexi-fit’ support gave me the shape and lift of underwiring without the now-painful wire. It also really moulded to my shape meaning I could wear it seamlessly under my clothing. It has a low neckline, which means I can pretty much wear it with anything.
Was it easy to take on and off?
Yes, being a maternity and nursing bra, it comes with clips on the straps for easy access when breastfeeding. But for me at this stage, the only downside is that, if I wear the bra under the thin straps of a vest, the thick straps and clips are clearly visible. However, this is a small price to pay for a bra that will clearly see me through pregnancy to birth and beyond.
Will the bra adapt with your various changes throughout pregnancy?
Yes, as well as a choice of four sizes of hooks at the back to accommodate your expanding cleavage, it also comes with a ‘bra extender’, featuring a further three settings should you need them. Then once you’re done breastfeeding the bra comes with ‘conversion clips’, so you can change it back from a nursing bra to a normal one.
How was the Bravado Bliss maternity bra when breastfeeding?
The nursing clips are easily opened with one hand, which is essential, and also sit nice and flat against your skin so won’t stick out under clothes. Once the clips are opened the whole cup drops down for full access to your breast, which is great for skin-on-skin contact with your baby.
Is it value for money?
At £34 this bra is by no means cheap, but there’s no doubt a couple of these will see you through the rest of your pregnancy and early motherhood. I’ve been throwing mine in the washing machine with the rest of the whites and it seems really durable and by no means weakened by the wash as some underwear can be.
In a nutshell:
I would highly recommend this bra for anyone from pregnancy to nursing and beyond. It offers great support, room to grow, maximum comfort and really moulds to the body to suit your own shape. It will also make a great nursing bra.