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Bella Mama Fitting Room

When you’re short on time as a new mum, we know how important it is to ensure you choose the right size first time when ordering online and also select the best type of nursing openings to suit you. We’ve put together this information to help you make the right decisions about our clothing. If you need more help, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Clothing size when pregnant.

If you are pregnant, select your pre-pregnancy size as our clothing and fabric are designed to adapt to your changing shape. All of the maternity clothing at Bella Mama is Transition Wear. This clothing is specially designed to suit your changing body shape as you transition through pregnancy and back again. Cleverly designed without the traditional “bump”, A-line shape and extra fabric of conventional maternity clothes, this clothing fits and flatters perfectly. This versatility allows you to wear the clothing for at least a year, as your body changes through pregnancy and gradually moves back towards your pre-pregnancy shape.

Clothing size when breastfeeding.

Nursing clothing is cut with a little more room in the chest and tummy area to account for a post-natal figure. Post-natally, your current chest measurement will give you a good indication of your size, in most cases your pre-pregnancy size will still be the one which fits you best! Please refer to our sizing guides for each item for a perfect fit as sizes do vary slightly between different brands and styles. If in doubt please feel free to contact us for more individual advice.

Please use the chart below as a guide.

Chest up to
Waist
UK size
EU Size
XS
34”
25.5”
8
36
S
36”
27”
10
38
M
38”
29”
12
40
L
40”
31”
14
42
XL
42”
33”
16
44
XXL
44”
35”
18
46

 

Some of the tops we sell tend to run slightly smaller than these sizes. Although these are still labelled S-XL, to help you select the correct size the closest dress size will also be listed on the website.

If you are in any doubt about the best size to order, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

How to measure yourself

It’s best to measure yourself in your underwear.

bust

Bust

With your hands on your hips and with assistance, measure around your bust at the fullest part, making sure that the tape measure is straight across your back and parallel to the floor.

waist

Waist

Your natural waist is the narrowest part (the bit where you bend!).

Please ensure you measure without breathing in!

hips

Hips

Measure around the widest part of your hips, remember to keep the tape measure straight across your bottom.

What type of Nursing Bra should I choose?

At Bella Mama we offer a selection of nursing bras styles from a range of fabulous designers. The designers we stock have been picked for providing a wonderful blend of comfort, style and high quality bras for pregnant and nursing mamas. We aim to make your transition from mama-to-be to breastfeeding mama as easy as possible.

During pregnancy and nursing, there are several different types of bras available. With all types of bras, it’s important to ensure that you get a well fitting bra to support breast tissue, ensure healthy functioning of the lymphatic system in the breast and ensure that milk supply is not compromised.

When buying a bra during pregnancy, ensure that it will fit you on the tightest hook to allow for rib cage expansion and growth. When buying a nursing bras, wait until around the 36th week of your pregnancy and ensure that the bra will fit on the loosest hook to allow for the decrease in your ribcage post-natally. Allowing a little extra room in the cup size of your nursing bra will give your breasts room to expand as your milk comes in, as well as giving room for nursing pads.

The best bras on the market will show the expertise of the designers who really understand the needs of new mamas and the anatomy of the breast during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The better designers will not only provide support, but also comfort, flexibility, convenience and style. They’re also prettier, more feminine, and they can make an astonishing difference in the appearance, attitude and outlook of the new mama!

maternity bra

Maternity and Transition bras

This type of bra is made from soft, stretchy fabric and will fit your changing shape as you transition through maternity to breastfeeding. There are usually several hooks to allow for adjustment as your ribcage expands, and the soft fabric accommodates a changing cup size. Nursing access is via drop down cup.

soft bra

Soft Cup Nursing Bras

Non-wired nursing bras are recommended by many breastfeeding advisors, and are a great choice when establishing breastfeeding in the first months after your baby is born. These bras provide support for your breasts, and great comfort due to the soft fabrics which feel gorgeous against the skin. Nursing access is via drop down cup.

sleep bra

Sleep Bras

Sleep bras are super-soft, lighter weight bras which provide support for your breasts whilst you are sleeping or napping. Many women find these invaluable to support tender breasts whilst establishing breastfeeding, as well as being able to wear nursing pads in them at night-time. Nursing access is usually by pulling aside the stretchy fabric of the bra.

nursing tank

Nursing tanks

Nursing tanks are soft, stretchy tanks which feature a built-in nursing bra that offers superior breast support and tummy coverage for discretion. These are brilliant to wear during the first few weeks as your milk comes in and breastfeeding is established, as they are very soft and comfortable on full, aching breasts. These are perfect for layering during the day, or wearing as a pyjama top at night. Nursing access is via a drop down cup, which can be opened using one hand.

WOMAMA sizing

SIZES
X Small
Small
Medium
Large
X Large
2 XL
Bust (cm)
90 - 93
93 - 98
98 - 103
103 - 108
108 - 113
113 - 118
Hips (cm)
91 - 94
94 - 97
97 - 102
102 - 107
107 - 112
112 - 117
Pre Pregnancy Size
8
10
12
14
16
18
Maternity Size
8
10
12
14
16
18

If you are in doubt, measure yourself without pulling the tape measure tight and refer tothe size chart. If you can't decide between two sizes, choose the larger. To measure your bust, measure across the fullest part. To measure your hips, measure around the fullest part of your seat - approx 22cm from the waist.

Size Chart Glamourmom

Nursing bra tanks, nursing bra tops

UK
Europe
BUST
CUP
BUST
CUP
Small
28-32
AA-C
70-80
AA-C
Medium
32-36
B-D
80-90
B-D
Large
36-40
C-DD
90-100
C-DD
X-Large
40-44
D-F
100-110
D-F

Belabumbum Sizing

 
UK
Small
32-36
B-C
Medium
34-38
C-D
Large
36-40
D-E
X-Large
38-42
E-F
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