Are you looking for a well-fitted bra? Let’s see how to choose the best posture corrector bra.
Correct your posture and relieve back pain with correcting bras
Women with D size cups and above can experience pain in the back that further affects their posture – rounded shoulders, slouched back and potbelly can all be a result of poorly chosen undergarment.
The opposite is also true: when you wear a correctly chosen bra, the weight of your bust is well distributed, you regain your upright posture and gait, which also works miracles for your self-esteem – it is a two-way street process.
Luckily, the diversified availability of construction techniques and materials used in underwear and corsetry allows infinite opportunities for customizing your undergarments and achieving several goals. Even women with particularly bodacious curves with typical pulling pain in the neck and shoulders can take advantage of top quality products from the standpoint of comfort and elegance. Countless custom-made bras are available designed specifically to improve both the silhouette and the posture: these are in particular quality products ideal for enhancing the shapes on one side and for allowing the practice of sports on the other, thanks to their anti-trauma characteristics.
Practical guide for choosing a bra that correct posture
The first thing to pay attention to is the supporting characteristics. Overlooking this essential parameter can cause traumas or strong pains in the shoulders or in the neck, especially when you are practicing a sporting activity (the most classic example is running or cycling). The market today offers a wide range of latest-generation bras with excellent weight-distributing features for everyone to choose from according to their preferences.
Your bra should provide just the right amount of support for your breasts so that it is not too loose, but not uncomfortably tight either. The goal is to feel supported, not constricted. Special attention should be paid to such characteristics of the straps as the width and the material. Even if you prefer lacey models, the lace should not be too thin or crisp. Make sure that the straps feature an even width throughout so as to avoid the painful etching of the material into your skin.
When trying on your bra, pay attention to the way it fits; in the fitting room, try leaning forward to see if this feeling of support and stability is still there as you move around. The idea, again, is that you should experience the comfort of having your breasts cupped in a firm but not constringent way.
The bra should sit tightly around the body to provide optimal support, but never so hard that it becomes uncomfortable or hurts and leaves marks. The wider the back of your lingerie, the more area to distribute the support over and the less the bra will cut in. If you prefer bra with lace, make sure the lace is not too thin or brittle. If it is very thin then it is good if it is lined to provide extra stability. Your bust shouldn’t either “spill over” or have any extra room within the cups.
Tug gently at the material to make sure that it will be able to hold its form as you use the product; there should be no extra stretch to the material no matter what direction you tug it in.
Some models are built up by several parts with varied stretch directions; thus, the lower parts of the cup can have a vertical stretch to them, while the upper parts will have a horizontal stretch vector. This compartmentalized approach is exercised in order to achieve more size adjustability. However, models that do not yield to tugging in whichever direction provide the most support and retain their original form, being better resistant to wear and tear.
Orthopedic bras and pregnancy: when your posture is in especial need of a boost
When the baby bump grows, the way you stand and move changes and often you experience pain and discomfort. This is why it is important to correct your posture during pregnancy. It is a well-known fact that the belly grows irreparably without interruption during these 36 weeks. What gets notoriously less attention is that the growth of the belly is directly proportional to annoyances and pains caused by a wrong posture.
Therefore, to avoid suffering and compromising one’s well-being, in addition to that of the child, it is necessary to understand how to correct the posture using every possible means. When the baby grows, the way you stand and move changes and often you experience pain and discomfort. This is why it is important to correct your posture with an added layer of dedication.
You cannot avoid the changes to your posture that come with the territory of carrying a baby, the posture changes because the structures and the weight change: the push forward has a decisive role. What happens? The pain that most pregnant women complain of is back pain, the result of a number of factors, and poorly chosen bra that aggravates the posture is one of them. So let’s see how to solve and prevent the pain in the back.
During pregnancy, you will need to pay more attention to the breast, too, so wearing a suitable orthopedic bra kills two birds with one stone. The breasts have no muscles and are therefore supported by the muscles of the rib cage. If not properly supported, they are more prone to stretch marks and sagging; therefore, it is time to wear a bra, even if you’ve never felt the need before.
Check the status of your bras, and if they no longer support the breast or compress it too much, take the measurements and buy some that are suitable for the purpose. At the end of the nine months, you may have a couple of extra measures not only of the cup, but also of chest circumference which is natural when the rib cage expands to accommodate your baby. After the birth and the interruption of breastfeeding, the breast and the cage rib both will go back to their normal size, but probably will never reach the same size that you had before the pregnancy.
For most of the pregnancy, you won’t need to change the size of your bra, but you will surely need the well-adjusted orthopedic bra to help you avoid the pain in your back. If you regularly experience discomfort caused by incorrect distribution of your bust weight, this problem will only add to the burdens of pregnancy. And eventually, you’ll have to change your bra size, too – I recommend that you do it as soon as the measurements increase enough to make you feel uncomfortable and “trapped” in your underwear.
For some women, buying a bigger bra is already necessary around the 8th week, while others can wait until the 24th. In most cases, then, the bra has to be changed again around the 36th week and it is therefore advisable, in this case, to directly purchase a model that is also suitable for breastfeeding. However, as each woman gains weight in her own way, do not follow the calendar to the letter, but rely on your measurements and the shape of your body and your feelings. If the breasts become particularly large and heavy, a lighter bra to wear during the night could help you feel more comfortable.
Before buying a bra for pregnancy, verify that it has the following orthopedic characteristics:
- wide and adjustable shoulder straps: too narrow shoulder straps are less comfortable because they leave a mark on the skin and do not distribute the weight as effectively
- made of modern fibers allowing skin transpiration
- ample border under the cups: high-border bras better support growing breasts
- adjustable clasp: the ideal clasp has four eyelets and hooks because it allows the bra to be lengthened as the breast grows
- without underwire: the underwire could puncture and damage the tissues of the breasts.
Best orthopedic bra to wear for posture or pregnancy
After quite a bit of shopping around, I found a model by Ortorex that fits the bill to a “T”. Since the backside of the product is the most important factor to pay attention to in terms of providing the needed support for your bust, Wireless Bra Posture Corrector is an optimal model with the right back and strap width that are equal to the task. There should be at least three hook-and-lift buttons – Ortorex actually features 7 of those.
The moment I tried it on in the fitting room, I experienced an instant pain and strain relief. Now, I feel catwalk ready in under 1 minute as I put it on, with my self-esteem propelling into the stratosphere.