She's been providing a thorough insight into her pregnancy since she announced she was expecting her first child earlier this year.And Ashley James
She’s been providing a thorough insight into her pregnancy since she announced she was expecting her first child earlier this year.
And Ashley James revealed that her ‘ever increasing’ breasts have been giving her ‘intense back pain’ in a lengthy Instagram post on Friday.
The London-based influencer and DJ, 33, shared a makeup-free snap showcasing her blossoming bump in a black bra as she told how she had a ‘meltdown’ at a bra fitting.
Honest: Pregnant Ashley James has said her ‘ever increasing’ breast size is giving her ‘intense back pain’ as she reveals she had a ‘meltdown’ at a bra fitting on Friday
The blonde beauty also explained how in the past she has been judged for having bigger boobs which attracted ‘unwanted attention’.
In the emotional post the former Made In Chelsea star penned: ‘Let’s talk pregnancy & boobs. So after having a bit of a meltdown today after a bra fitting, I wanted to talk about my experience with big boobs and pregnancy. Because after talking about it on stories it made me feel like I wasn’t alone. So if you relate, you’re not alone.
‘I first discovered I was pregnant at only 2 weeks because my boobs were so painful. For my entire first trimester they felt so painful I could barely move, I had to invest in a sleep bra, and they felt swollen and uncomfortable.
Candid: She penned: ‘Let’s talk pregnancy & boobs. So after having a bit of a meltdown today after a bra fitting, I wanted to talk about my experience with big boobs and pregnancy’
‘It’s weird because as they became more swollen, the more unwanted attention they’d attract, both online and offline. It was weird to feel they were seen in any way attractive or sexy, because to me they became unbearable.’
Ashley went on to say she is experience intense back pain in her second trimester.
She said: ‘I can’t keep up with their ever increasing size, they swell out of all my bras and I’m at a loss with what to do for bras. My bump is now visible, yet they still attract the same unwanted attention.
‘I decided today, I’d go and educate myself and therefore be able to help any of you struggling too and off I went. I learnt so much and the lady was so helpful, but I left in my same tiny bra feeling overwhelmed before bursting into tears.
‘Apparently the average woman grows 8/10 breast sizes during pregnancy. I’ve already gone up 5 sizes and it’s just overwhelming to think they might still grow. Most of us big boob girls have struggled with how to dress our bodies our whole lives, finding it hard to strike a balance of looking and feeling ‘frumpy’ or feeling sexier but attracting unwanted attention.
Progress report: Ashley gave her fans an update on her pregnancy journey on Friday morning, when she revealed plans to go for the maternity bra fitting
‘We’ve been taught to cover up to avoid the attention, as if it’s our bodies that our the problem. We’re made to feel silly for complaining, because we should love the attention, and if we don’t want it we should cover up. There’s an inner misogynist in all of us, even women. How many of us judge a women for having her boobs out, even if she’s in a vest top?
‘If you relate to this, I understand. And thank you to everyone who supported me today. We’ve got this!
She signed off by saying: ‘I’ve since ordered 3 bras online in my new size, and can’t wait to share what I learnt about maternity bras.’
Ashley gave her fans an update on her pregnancy journey on Friday morning, when she revealed plans to go for the maternity bra fitting.
Update pending: She took to Instagram to share a shot of herself modelling her own black bra as she discussed her need to update her collection
She took to Instagram on share a shot of herself modelling her own black bra as she discussed her need to update her collection.
Cradling her baby bump as she filmed herself, she said: ‘Today I’ve decided to go and get a bra fitting at Bravissimo in Oxford Street, just because a lot of you guys are are asking about help with bras for maternity and I’m struggling as well.’
Motioning to the bra she was wearing, she continued: ‘This is an old one that just about fits, not really. So I’m going to go to their team, do an in-person and I’ll let you know what kind of bras I find and if any of them are helpful.’
She added: ‘These are my Spanx jeans. I’m still kind of like not used to the fact that they’re so low, because I’m used to having my buttons up here, so it feels really weird. But they are super comfortable.’
The star – who is half way through her pregnancy – is having a baby boy with her boyfriend of nine-months Tom Andrews.
First time mum: The star – who is half way through her pregnancy – is having a baby boy with her boyfriend of nine-months Tom Andrews