Wearing a Sports Bra After Breast Reconstruction
Nancy Staib, manager of Fleet Feet Hartford, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy in 2011 followed by breast reconstruction surgery. Surgery changed the way her sports bras fit, so she had to find new bras that worked for her.
Staib says her doctor recommended she wear a soft sports bra with minimal compression for the first three to four months after surgery. She transitioned to a more supportive bra after her scars healed, but now she can't wear underwire bras because they hurt her reconstructed breast.
Now, her favorite bra is the high-impact Rebound Racer from Brooks. Staib's favorite bra uses compressive, molded cups that have limited stretch, which she says is supportive without being too tight.
“Since my reconstructed breast is smaller than my other breast, I find it easier to wear a bra without encapsulation,” Staib says.
While other women will find different bras that work for them, Staib recommends starting with a bra that feels good even when you’re not active—a bra that provides good support without uncomfortable constraint.
Brooks’ Fiona sports bra is another good option, Staib says, because it gives medium-impact support without using an underwire, and it employs a hook-and-eye closure so you don’t have to pull it on over your head.