Cake Lingerie Maternity Bras
Review by Emily Hirschmann
One of the strangest things about becoming pregnant is that everyone suddenly feels as if they have a right to tell you what you should do with your body. Friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, even strangers you meet in a café or on the street; they all have their views. You don’t want to be doing this; you should be trying that; don’t even think about attempting the other. It can feel a little maddening, not to mention confusing as half of the advice conflicts with either something someone else has said, or sometimes your own experience.
One of those issues about which EVERYONE has a view is feeding, consequently underwear has come into the equation – and who knew that nursing bras could be the subject of such vehement contention? ‘Don’t bother,’ said one friend, ‘they’re a waste of money.’ ‘Oh you MUST,’ said another, ‘but go for an expensive brand, otherwise they’re useless.’ A third recommended sticking to a standard wireless t-shirt bra, claiming the clips on the nursing designs were unworkable. Caught up in the conflict, I did what I usually do in times of confusion: I turned to cake… But this time it had a capital C.
All underwear needs must be a personal choice – I, for example, would never wear a thong, while many wear nothing but – and it’s catering for the individual that Cake are specialists in. They’re not bespoke – I couldn’t afford that! – but they do design for a variety of body shapes, and every one of their designs is beautiful.
For the last weeks of pregnancy and first weeks of motherhood when your size is fluctuating, the Cake Luxury Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra (RRP £32.90) provides unbeatable comfort. The fabric is super-soft, yet still supportive, allowing you to maintain an attractive shape when it feels like everything is heading south! The seamless over-the-head with back fastener design is little short of genius, making it incredibly easy to put on and so comfortable that I’d happily wear this as a sleep bra – ideal for when you’re in hospital – while the clips which hold the cups in place are easily opened with a slide of the thumb, even if you’re struggling with post-natal carpal tunnel they shouldn’t prove a problem. Seriously, this is the most comfortable piece of underwear I’ve ever worn.
Once you’re over the truly tender stage, Cake have a really attractive range of offerings available, including the first wired nursing bras I’ve come across. My favourite is the Smoothing Seam-free Flexi-wire Nursing Bra (RRP £42.00); the design isn’t just comfortable and flattering, but actually rather pretty – not something that much maternity wear manages to achieve. Again, the cup clips are easy to use and the fabric is so soft against the skin that even now I could happily wear it for a few hours, if not a full day (it’s going to take me a while to get back to wires!).
Available in a range of gorgeous and fun colours – freeing you from the mumsy monotony of whites and nudes – Cake Lingerie really have maternity covered. My only regret is that I didn’t discover them sooner – their lounge pants, PJs and undies probably would have made my pregnancy much more comfortable.
Oh, and as a final point, I just have to give a massive thumbs up for the company’s use of ‘real’ models; it’s really good to see a brand truly showing that big can indeed be beautiful, and that women come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I hope others follow suit soon.