bravado maternity nursing bra

I definitely didn’t look after my boobs during my first pregnancy or whilst nursing. I continued to wear the same old underwired bras I’d always worn and just stuffed them in as best I could. Not ideal. As I have been through each pregnancy and nursing journey I have definitely come to appreciate my boobs. They might not be in the best state now but it’s what I have and I like to make them look the best they can as well as being comfortable at the same time.

I came across a post on Facebook the other day where a group of women were all discussing how pregnancy and breastfeeding had ravaged their boobs and they had been left with flaps of skin or ‘pancakes’ where they used to have perky D cups! It was actually quite sad to read.

Now, during my pregnancies I have tried pretty much every maternity and nursing bra out there but the one I’m currently wearing is a real game changer. It’s from Bravado Designs, I’m sure you’ve heard of them, and it’s the Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra. I have the bra in the limited edition shade ‘Dove Heather’ and have been wearing it for three days straight (I did take it off for bed)! I really don’t want to have to put it in the wash as it’s so unbelievably comfortable and soft against the skin I know it will make my other bras feel like torture devices. The Silver Breeze™ technology prevents the growth of odour-causing bacteria thus keeping the bra fresh and odour-free.

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It has all the usual features of a maternity and nursing bra; for example it has the easy to use nursing clips on the shoulder straps for easy nursing but it also has extra features which I think make it a cut above the rest.

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For example, the back of the bra has a multitude of clips and fastening which you can adjust throughout your pregnancy and breastfeeding journey and the back strap is lovely and wide for extra support. I love the elasticated band; it’s deep and provides enough elasticity to feel supportive yet comfortable. The bra itself also comes with a conversion kit to convert the bra to a regular bra once your nursing days are over or you can opt to have the straps in a criss cross formation – ideal for all you gym bunnies and yoga fanatics.

And, as you might be able to see, it’s not underwired but it doesn’t leave your boobs as a trip hazard. The bra uses the patented Silverbreeze™ technology to support low impact activity such as yoga or pilates or, if you’re more like me, shopping and getting your nails done. It provides a lovely shape even for my spaniels ears.

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Adjusting to being a mum to a newborn is hard enough already – give yourself one less thing to worry about and opt for the multi award winning Bravado Designs to keep you comfortable and secure throughout your pregnancy and nursing days. Check out the website as not only is it full of lovely products and images but it has useful information too such as how to fit yourself for a nursing bra.

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23 weeks pregnant bump

It doesn’t get any less exciting, for me anyway. No matter how many babies I have I still get that nervous excitement and at 23 weeks pregnant I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle of this pregnancy. I feel as if I’ve been pregnant forever but still have a lifetime to go before I reach my due date. I’m wishing the time away but not because I’m having an awful pregnancy I just really want to get to the finish line, meet this little girl and start our life as a family of six. SIX!

I’ve been feeling great. The pregnancy seems to be going swimmingly. Our scans have shown that little lady is growing along the average line and she seems to be developing well. That doesn’t make being pregnant easy. It’s so hard this time around. Carrying Elsie up the stairs makes me feel dizzy, lifting the pram out of the car four times a day hurts my back and if I sit for too long I seize up when I go to move. Most noticeably in the last week I seem to have developed SPD.

I’ve always had aches and pains during pregnancy but this time it’s different. When I get a bout of it I feel crippled. I get the most awful shooting pains in my lady area and a numbness down one leg. It’s usually when I’ve been carrying Elsie a lot or been sitting for a while. My pelvis feels like it’s crumbling. I don’t have another midwife appointment for four weeks so I’ll just grin and bear it until then. I’m not the sort to make a fuss. I’d rather die in agony then put anyone out.

I took a few bump pictures to share with you all yesterday and I compared them to my bump shots with Elsie. I am so much bigger this time around. I look now as big as I did at 30 weeks pregnant with Elsie. But I have been eating like someone’s starved me. I was also carrying an extra stone when I fell pregnant as I was only 4.5 months postpartum. I’m enjoying the kind of care free side of just letting my body be but I do feel uncomfortable and very, very unsexy. I’m looking forward to getting back in some normal clothes. I feel like I’ve been in the same maternity clothes for 18 months. Matt must wonder where his wife has gone!

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Sleep is as good as can be expected with a 10 month old baby in the house. If it wasn’t for her I’d probably sleep right through with one or two wee breaks. I feel constantly shattered and I’m trying to carry on like a normal, non-pregnant person but it’s getting harder and harder. I’ll have a few good weeks and then I’ll just crack and feel awful until I get some decent rest. I have no more rest or downtime than a person who isn’t pregnant and it’s hard. Sorry for moaning so much but I don’t really have anywhere else to say these things!

I hope you’re enjoying these little updates….I should imagine my next one will be when I am 28 weeks and have seen the midwife.

Read my last pregnancy update here.

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20 week pregnancy update

Hello! That’s right – I’m just over 20 weeks pregnant and it’s kind of hit me that I’m pregnant. I have a proper bump now and my cravings are out of control. Last night I thought about burritos for a solid half an hour at least. For the most part though I just want cake. Daily. I can’t keep using the “this is my last baby so I’d better enjoy it” excuse. I remember saying that about a year ago and now look!

A few days ago we went for our 20 week anomaly scan and once again baby decided to play peek a boo. Baby was curled up facing my spine so it made it rather difficult for the sonographer to get a good look at all the bits and bobs she needed to measure. We saw the chambers of the heart clearly but unfortunately baby was so curled up they were unable to get a clear image of the connections in the heart and so we will need to go back in a couple of weeks to get them rechecked.

I think I said this last time I was pregnant but I really can’t wait to not be pregnant. I want to give the house a really good spring clean and declutter and although there’s nothing stopping me from getting on with it, I don’t seem to be able to muster the energy or enthusiasm to actually do it. Elsie’s coming up 10 months now and is well and truly over the baby phase but instead of packing away her baby stuff it seems to be lingering around as it’s all going to be needed very soon. Her bedroom is a floordrobe! I have Elsie’s current clothing, clothing handed down from Florence and friends and clothes handed down from Elsie to the new baby! Trying to keep it all separate and organised is a mission in itself.

The plan, in terms of bedrooms, is to keep things as they are for now. All current children have their own room for the remainder of 2017 and baby sleeps in with us. Come 2018 we will be looking to put Logan, as he is only with us the equivalent of about 6 days in a month, in the smallest room. When I say smallest don’t imagine a jail cell for the poor boy – it’s still a double bedroom! Then the girls will share the larger room which Logan is currently in. It’s like a giant game of Tetris in our house!

At 20 weeks pregnant bump is coming along nicely and I do feel rather huge. My body is already groaning under the pressure of another pregnancy and my hips will probably need replacing by the time I’m 34 but hey ho! I can’t say I’m relishing the idea of donning a swimsuit in a few weeks during our holiday to Fuerteventura. My thighs are thunderous and I dread to think what my arse is doing. Thank goodness I can’t see it.

If you want to see what my bump looked like this time last year when I was about the same gestation click here.

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baby girls names

Now we know bump number four is a girl we’ve been deep in conversation about girls names. It’s kind of typical; we already had a boys name picked out so now we need to return to girls names and start narrowing it down.

Matt and I are on a pretty similar wave length when it comes to names. We like proper names which aren’t extremely common. I guess, based on our current girls names (Elsie and Florence), that you could say we like old fashioned names. We kind of have a short list, names which keep recurring in conversation, but we’re pretty far off making that final decision and still searching for inspiration so perhaps neither of us are 100% happy with the ones we have so far.

Both Elsie and Florence were in the running throughout each pregnancy along with a few other names. We waited until Florence was born to name her – I’m not sure why, I think I wanted to see what she looked like. With Elsie we had made the decision well before labour and I’d already ordered a personalised bib for her to wear. I think knowing what our daughter would be called actually helped me bond with her and we could talk to Logan and Florence about her in a way that sounded more familiar rather than just call her ‘baby’.

I’d like to settle on a name prior to labour this time around too but its got to feel right, I won’t settle on a name just for the sake of it.

I love hearing other people’s name choices and I know some people think it’s silly to keep the name a secret until the baby’s born but I think it makes it all more exciting for everyone involved. I’m also fascinated by people who choose themes for their baby’s names e.g. all names beginning with the same letter or all names which are also a type of flower. When choosing Logan’s name I didn’t even consider siblings or their names, I chose Logan’s name because I just happened to like it and, at the time, it wasn’t all that common.

So, without further ado here are my top five girls names, in no particular order; (these could quite easily change): Mabel, Edith, Bessie, Violet and Delilah. Elsie was almost a Delilah but we were a little worried about upsetting the religious part of the family – she wasn’t a very pleasant lady according to the Bible!

I’d love to hear what names you like and, if you have kids, what they’re called.

 

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16 weeks gender reveal

Daddy’s about to be very outnumbered – we’re happy to announce baby number four is yet another girl! We found out on Wednesday at a private gender scan and it was quite clear to see! I really didn’t know what to expect as my cravings have been so similar to my pregnancy with Logan; very salty and savoury. However, after two girls I couldn’t imagine having anything else but another girl. There has been a little gender disappointment but I’ll probably chat about that in another post.

We’ve been throwing a few names around and I feel like the pressure is really on with this being our final child. I’d love to know what names you love? My favourites are all the old fashioned names; the sort of names your gran or great gran would have had.

Lets not forget about the clothing either; I have enough girls clothes to open a store. I’m most excited to be able to use our The Essential One sleep suits again as Elsie barely got the chance to wear them and they’re just beautiful!

I’m not going to waffle on for too long but wanted to share our news with you all.

 

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