The answer is I don’t know just yet.
I’ve never really been one for fancy lingerie. Every once in a blue moon I will buy a pair of matching underwear, which very quickly becomes non-matching when I wear my new favourite bra 50 x more than the new matching pants. Much to my boyfriend’s dismay, I’m a little partial to big, comfortable pants and knowing I’m about to undergo a radical change in breast size, I have held off buying new bras to replace my existing ones that are pretty much falling apart.
However, I am a planner and so questions as to, do I need bras for after surgery and how soon do I need them, are currently on my agenda.
What I do know?
- I know I can’t wear anything with under-wire because of the wounds and stitches
- I know I should get one that does up at the front as I’m likely to have limited movement in my arms
What I don’t know (and this is the long one)?
- Do I wear a bra straight away? Some sources say you do and that I’ll need to sleep in one for a while? Other sources say it depends on the individual and what the surgeon advises
- Will the hospital give me a bra or should I have a couple ready for the hospital?
- Do I need to get a bra the size of where my reconstruction will end up or do I go conservative for more support?
- And the one that’s flummoxed me: Once all is well and I have a new set of boobs, do I need to wear a bra ever again? Christina Applegate, who was diagnosed with cancer and then found she had a BRCA gene mutation made this claim on Oprah and I don’t really know how I feel about it. http://www.oprah.com/health/Christina-Applegates-Breast-Cancer-Battle
Part of being a woman is wearing a bra and you never forget how happy, not to mention relieved you were when you could finally justify wearing one. And whilst I am a big fan of being able to go sans boulder-holder to the coffee shop on a Sunday morning, I’d don’t know how I’d feel about doing that on a daily basis. You never know, having my current boobies taken away from me, I may treat my new ones a little better and invest in something nice to carry them in.
Myself and Mr F are off to the plastic surgeon next week so I will endeavour to find out as much as I can. In the meantime, I am impatient and love to be prepared, so I’m going to buy a couple… just in case. I’ll come back and will show you what I decide upon and where I’ve found some good options.