Bra/Waistband Issues

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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 8/13/2012 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I'm a new member and this is my first post. I have been dealing with heartburn since my gallbladder surgery, and have been diagnosed as having GERD. I was told to avoid wearing tight waistbands, which have been a problem, and I've noticed problems with wearing a bra.

I've found some sites that have been useful for tips (e.g., avoid bras with underwire, etc.), but I wondered--has anyone found a good brand for bras or have any recommendations? Even buying different sizes, foregoing underwire, and seeking out front closures hasn't been helpful. It's to the point where I'm avoiding wearing anything with a waistband, and trying to stretch out my existing bras. It's so painful.

Any advice/recommendations welcome!

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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 8/13/2012 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have found stretchy inexpensive bras at Sears and WalMart. Lower waist style pants are more comfortable. Lands End has some reasonably attractive stretch pants with a flat waistband on front, stretch in back.

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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 8/13/2012 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, sunbeam48. I was actually considering buying a nursing sleep bra, just because it was so stretchy. I'll look into Land's End!

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   Posted 8/13/2012 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Playtex makes a good brand called comfort strap.
I heard genie bras are good too.
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New Member

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   Posted 8/13/2012 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I'll check these out!

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2012
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   Posted 9/7/2012 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm also experimenting with underwear and have just puchased online secret support bra-vests from Marks and Spencers. Unfortunately, although the elastic band under the bust is considerably looser than in the case of a wellfitted bra, I still feel as though I am being squeezed to death. I had limited relief with a (rather old) sports' bra but even that cannot be tolerated for more than a few hours. Another problem is swimwear - I can hardly wear a tent for aquajogging! Last week the underwired cups in addition to a most energetic workout meant that my GERD symptoms were as bad as they were before taking medication. I'm living and learning. Good luck in your search.

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 9/8/2012 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I like the Genie bras. I buy them in a size larger than I need to give me a looser band fitting. I've also started wearing sports bras in a size larger than needed to still give me support but not so much of a tight band.
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