How do you know when it’s time to make a trip to the lingerie section at the store? We tell you the five signs you need a new bra.

1. Your Weight Has Fluctuated
We often put on or lose weight, at times without always realizing it. But if you have noticed a significant change in weight, you know it’s time to go for a new bra. One of the first signs you will see that tells you it’s time to change is if your bra is either too tight or too loose. Your bra can only give you the right support when it fits you perfectly.

2. You Haven’t Changed It In The Last 2 Years
Your bra does have an expiry date, even though it isn’t written on the product. Once your bra has crossed the two-year mark, it will lose its elasticity and support feature. This means that your breasts will start to sag, even though you feel you are wearing the perfect bra.

3. Your Straps Don’t Get Tighter Any More
Another sign that it is time to replace your bra is when your shoulder straps cannot be adjusted anymore. This means they have reached their limit of stretching, and will now need to be replaced.

4. The Underwire Support Shifts Off Your Skin
If you wear a bra with underwire support, you may notice the wiring shifting off from your skin. In this shape, it will not be able to provide you with any support. Besides, if the wires are hurting, it’s time to replace them.

5. The Band Is Loose
The biggest player in giving your assets that support is the bra band. Once this gets loose, it’s time to replace your bra. If the band still feels loose after the bra has reached its tightest hook, it’s time to trash it.

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A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.