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FAQ's at Bertha Church

Below are some answers to the most FAQ's at the store.  If you still have a question or concern, please email us  here or contact us directly by a phone call or visit!


What's the lifespan of a good quality bra?

There is no correct answer to this, it depends on the following factors:  1. How many bras do you own?  2. How well do you care for your bras?  3. What is the quality and craftsmanship of your bra?

Without knowing the above information, we would have to say the average lifespan for a bra is about 8-12 months.


What's the best way to wash my bras?

No ladies, you do not have to hand wash your bras!  Follow the directions here to get the best results using a washing machine:  

                              1. Place your bras in a lingerie wash bag and clasp the back of the bra to

                              prevent them from tangling. 

                              2. Wash in cold water, use a gentle laundry detergent and set the machine to delicate. 

                              3. NEVER PUT YOUR BRAS IN THE DRYER, the heat will break down the fibers.  

                                                        For more details read up more here on our BLOG!


My straps keep falling down. What should I do?

If you are experiencing this problem you should consider trying bras that have close-set straps.  Racerback style bras, convertible bras, and bras with a J-hook in the back are all good contenders.  Certain bra styles and bra accessories were specifically designed to solve this problem, so come on in and we can help you find one!




How do I prevent my bra from riding up my back?

Majority of the time the reason your bra is riding up your back is because the band size you are wearing is too large.  The band on your bra should be as snug as it can be without being uncomfortable to help maintain the position of your bra. 

How many bras should I own?  Which bra styles should I have in my bra wardrobe?

Having about 7-10 should work well.  Including the following styles:  Molded t-shirt bra, a sexy demi cut bra, a convertible bra, a push up bra, a strapless bra, a top of the line sports bra, and an unlined seamless bra!


When should I start buying nursing bras?

A We recommend that you come in for a bra fitting at least 3 during your pregnancy.  Once in the first trimester after your breasts have their first growth spurt.  A second time during the end of your second trimester.  At this point your rib cage will have expanded and you will need to go up a size from your first fitting.  It is smart to start buying nursing bras during this time.  These bras will fit you a few months into nursing and you will get more usage out of them rather than if you were to purchase more non-nursing bras.  During a time of severe transfomationIt is VERY IMPORTANT to gradually build up your nursing bra collection and go in for fittings as often as you can.  

Should my maternity bras be softcup or can they have underwire?

A well fit maternity bra with wire will cause no harm during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.  However, a softcup bra is generally more comfortable.  The key here is "well fit."  If a wire bra is worn and does not fit properly, you run the risk of getting a plugged duct or a breast infection.  

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