Oh, sports bras. What a love/hate relationship I have with you.
To be honest, before I became pregnant, I didn’t give too much thought to sports bras. I had a drawer overflowing with them, the majority of which I’d had for years. I was a 34B and didn’t need a lot of support. My favorite sports bras (aka the most comfortable) were made of stretchy material that were easy to get off and on; and didn’t have a ton of structure to them. Some of my favorite running shirts had built-in bra shelfs, so I didn’t even need an extra layer of support to wear with them.
(One of my favorite tops with a built-in sports bra)
When I became pregnant, I immediately went up a cup size and the girls have only continued to grow since. The same sports bras I’d worn for years no longer fit, nor were they enough to get the job done. There were some runs where I literally had to hold my boobs in place to keep them from hurting. And then there was the time that I changed for a run at work and the sports bra I packed was so uncomfortably tight, that by the time I got the gym, I had to run to the restroom to remove it because I was having trouble breathing with it on.
It took me longer than I care to admit to finally cry uncle and find a sports bra that fit properly. I had my first sports bra shopping adventure around 20 weeks. I put a plea out to social media on which sports bras were the best for the D+ crowd and was immediately blown away by how many women recommended the Juno or Fiona by Moving Comfort. I went to my local running store during my lunch break and, since I had no idea what my current size was, headed to the dressing room with a few style options, as well as various sizes.
I immediately fell in love with the Juno. A lot of my social media friends had warned me that the racerback made it a little more difficult to get on and off, but the extra support it provided was well worth the effort. The gals just felt like they were in their place and they looked great too. No funky side boob, no awkward cleavage on the top, and everything was just smooth. The bra looked great under a running top, as well as a regular t-shirt. Hell, I’ve even worn the sucker under a dress. It’s awesome.
I also wanted to love the Fiona since it’s a lot easier to get in and out of with the simple clasp on the back. However, without the extra lift from the racerback, I just didn’t feel like I was getting the support I needed. I felt like I was wearing a regular bra, not a sports bra that was meant to keep everything in place.
I ended up bringing home the Juno in a 36DD and have worn it religiously for the last 10 weeks. It’s a great bra for both running and everyday wear (seriously, regular bras are just so uncomfortable recently). I really can’t say enough good things about this sports bra and can understand why it’s loved by so many. Again, it just feels like the girls are in their place.
(Rocking the Juno in Seattle!)
A couple of weeks ago the Brooks running team asked if I would like to go through the full sports bra fitting process with one of their Moving Comfort fit specialists. Umm… yeah! Even though I’d recently gone through a somewhat similar process, I know how boobs can grow and change during pregnancy (mine are different every. single. day.). Plus, when I’d shopped previously I was too shy to ask for outside help, which is crazy. If your local running store sells Moving Comfort sports bras, chances are one of their employees is a trained Moving Comfort fit specialist. The service is free of charge. They’ll take your measurements, help you select a style that will work with you needs, and give you pointers on what a good fit should consist of.
I met with Nicole at Fit2Run during a recent lunch break and went through the full fit process. First, she took two separate measurements: one at the middle of my breasts and the second at the ribcage right below my breasts. Based on both of those numbers I was either a 40D or a 42C. Hmm… those are different. I didn’t quite believe those sizes, but I decided to give it a try.
Nicole walked me through the different levels of support that Moving Comfort offers:
- Secure Collection: Beautifully uncomplicated, performance-ready bras appeal to women who crave comfort above all else. Crafted with state-of-the-art fabric technologies, they mold to–and move with–the body so intuitively, they may forget they’re even wearing one.
- Stabilize Collection: Dependable sports bras, each with a special twist. These versatile styles appeal to women looking for a high degree of support, shaping, and adjustability–well rounded options for a wide variety of activities.
- Control Collection: Performance-driven styles keep curves precisely where they belong. These bras appeal to women who have little tolerance for breast movement and prioritize it over any other need. These styles are beloved for their full customization and innovative construction.
Since I was looking for support above all else, I dove straight into the Control Collection selecting both the Jubralee and my tried-and-true Juno in the updated sizes. Nicole also suggested the Maia from the Stabilize Collection.
We decided to try the 40D in each style, but unfortunately the size was all wrong.
The band was too big (you essentially want to be able to comfortably fit two fingers under the band, not two fingers and then some) and the cup was too small. Nicole took one look and suggested going down in band size and up in cup size.
Next up, 38DD.
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner. The 38DD worked for both the Juno and Jubralee. By the way, the Jubralee is awesome. Like the Fiona, the back is just the clasp (and not the racerback) so it’s easier to get on and off. However, the support from the Juno is still there.
Unfortunately the Maia was a miss. I wanted to like it because of the underwire support, but the fit just wasn’t right. I tried a couple of different sizes and none of them were comfortable. Sigh.
In the end I selected the Jubralee and the Juno. I now have a handful of sports bras that I love and have an amazing fit. Seriously, I want to wear these all the time. And, thanks to the adjustable straps, they’ll be great for breastfeeding when the time comes.
If you’re in a sports bra slump, my biggest advice is to get fitted and try EVERYTHING on. You won’t know what you’ll like until you try it. Every sports bra comes with a different level of support, find what works best for you and your level of activity.
Now, who’s ready to run?
Rocking the Jubralee and a 30 week baby bump.