Did the Ahh Bra make me go Ahh?
We’ve all seen infomercial products and we have all been tempted to buy. There is something about the sales approach that just captivates the audience. Lucky for me, I do not have cable TV so I miss out on a lot of those products. But some still get brought to my attention, especially those that may be useful to ladies that are recovering from surgery. Recently I had the opportunity to review one of these products, the Ahh Bra.
The Ahh Bra is made and designed by Rhonda Shear Intimates. There is actually a large range of products in Rhonda Shear’s line, the Ahh Bra to leggings, to sleepwear and shapewear, and even some wired and wireless bras. I was contacted by a PR company about the possibility of trying and reviewing some of these products. Because of the nature of my blog I asked for products that could be used more as a post operative bra. So I was provided with four products to try, free of charge. I want to note here that even though these items were free my review of them is my thoughts alone.
I want to start with the product that has worked the best for me, the “Ahh Generation” bra. This bra and the regular Ahh Bra are essentially the same bra, with the addition of a set of removable inner cup pads. I was provided with the “Ahh Generation” and the Ahh Bra both in size medium based on my fullest bust measurements.
The two photos above are of the “Ahh Generation” bra and the removable pads. As you can see the pads are easily removable through the pocket opening just below where the strap sits above your underarm. The pads look to be of good size, but they are actually quite small. I could definitely use a larger pad. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo that shows how disproportionately small they are when compared to the rest of my breast. But the ability to have those pads in place is what makes this bra better for me then the regular Ahh bra. Why? Well when you are recovering from breast surgery or are pregnant you may have something in common, out of control nipples that randomly decide to do their own thing. Those pads are perfect for hiding post operative headlights or out of control pregnancy nipples. They do add a touch of support, but not enough to factor into the overall support of the bra.
This photo was taken a while ago when I was still easily wearing a 28J bra. As you can see the band part of the bra is nice and wide, which can be great for some women. But when you are rocking a baby bump (or post surgery bloat from anesthesia) it will roll up under your breasts. You can also see how much this bra will stretch. That is due to a combination of materials, Nylon with a bit of Spandex. Unfortunately all this stretch does not do much to keep the breasts lifted.
This photo is a regular bra in a 28J (the Freya Faye, I think). Sorry about the inside out shirt, but the designs on the shirt were a bit distracting. The photo below is the same shirt with the Ahh bra under.
You can definitely see a difference in regards to the lift of a regular bra vs the lift of the Ahh bra. So for women with natural breasts, women who are recovering from a breast reduction or a breast lift (with our with out augmentation) this bra is probably not a daily wear option for you. Ladies that are recovering from augmentation or reconstruction surgery that are looking for a softly supportive wireless option, this may be an option for you. It does not provide any compression, so if your surgeon wants you in a bra that provides compression this is not an option to consider. But if you need light support to encourage your new implants to settle properly into position then this may be a good choice for you. As with any part of your recovery, be sure to check with your surgeon.
For a maternity bra, this could be an option for many woman. But if you are on the fuller bust side of your bandsize it may not provide the support you need. When you compare it to the many self style tank or bra options that are already out there, there is not a bunch of difference. I find it to be pretty comfortable for a maternity bra though I’d like more support. I’ve tried a few full bust options that are band/cup sized and not had much luck. The stretch of this particular bra helps during size fluctuations where a bra sized in band/cup does not stretch as easily.
This could be an option for a sleep bra as well. It doesn’t offer anything better than many of the soft cup options already out there for full busts (most of which are maternity bras). There is no cup separation, so your breasts will smoosh together if you are laying on your side. There is no extra side support, laying on your back will still allow your breasts to move to the sides. The stretch is great for size fluctuations, no need to change bras around your hormonal cycle. But the fabric is not as moisture wicking as it could be. I’d like to see that improved in the Ahh Bra line.
So bottom line, who is this bra for?
1. Surgical recovery. Both for breast surgeries (ask your surgeon) and for shoulder or back surgeries that may limit arm movement. This bra could easily be pulled up from the feet and over the breasts vs over the head or hooked around the body.
2. A maternity bra. Of course try to find something in your band/cup size that may work for you, but if that fails then this is an option. With so much of the maternity market being sized in a similar manner definitely look at price comparisons. A basic maternity tank at Target will run about $20. Shelf bra options for comfort while pregnant can run more depending on the store.
3. A sleep bra. Like I said before, it’s not perfect, but when you compare the cost of an Ahh bra with that of other options it may be worth it for you. Make sure that the bra works for your shape as sizing may be an issue. The sizing instructions on the website are not what I would go by, this is definitely something you need to try on to ensure you get a good fit for you. I’d never say that your shirt size (sizing guide on the Ahh bra website) will be a great guide for what size to buy. We all have different ideas of what makes a shirt fit. The Rhonda Shear website expands on this to include bust measurements. I wear a size small shirt, but based on fullest bust measurements I’d need a large Ahh bra. The medium is my best fitting option.
So take a look, see if this is a viable option for you. Personally during my recovery from my first augmentation I think this would have been a good option. My second surgery was to repair a complication and I do not think this would have been supportive enough. Now as a sleep bra or maternity bra I find it to work with my needs. For a daily wear bra (outside of pregnancy) I’d like more support. But depending on your bra size and your needs in a bra this bra may be an option for you, especially with some of the other options available through the Rhonda Shear website.