Bra Measurements After Mastectomy

Band Size (underbust)

First measure underneath the bust line from the centre front all the way around. 

This gives your underbust measurement (band size). Step 1: Body/band size is measured around the torso just under the base of the breasts, where the band of the bra sits. The woman should be standing and may have her bra on. The tape measure should be firm and snug.

Cup Size (overbust)

Next, measure from the middle of your chest over the fullest part of your remaining breast, all the way around (B). This is your overbust measurement (cup size). Step 2: The cup size is measured around the fullest part of the breast. With your tape measure, measure at the fullest part of the remaining breast, from the centre of the sternum/ breastbone to the centre of the spine. If there is no bra to measure in, measure with the woman bent forward.

The above instructions should be able to assist on how to take measurements and this can be done in both inches or centimetres. I hope with this new information one will be able to make their bra shopping as pleasant as possible. 

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DEALING WITH STRESS

Is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes
you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. It's your body’s reactions to a challenge or demand.


Symptoms of stress

Physical
· Headaches · Frequent infections · Fatigue · Chest pains/ rapid heartbeat

Cognitive
· Making hasty decisions · Impaired judgment · Negativity · Nightmares · Memory problems


Emotional
· Loss of confidence · Irritability · Depression · Feeling overwhelmed

Behavior
· Loss of appetite/ eating too much · Loss of sex drive · Insomnia/ sleeping too much · Isolating oneself from others · Using alcohol or drugs to relax

Managing stress
· Physical activities · Being present/ living in now · Conflict resolution skills · Meditation · Relaxation techniques · Eating a balanced diet

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HANDLING ANXIETY

It is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to
come.


Symptoms of anxiety
 trembling  increased breathing rate  restlessness  trouble thinking, concentrating,

or making decisions  excessive worrying  unexplained physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches  agitation  feeling nervous or powerless  having a sense of impending danger or panic  sweating



Managing anxiety
 Getting enough sleep  Meditating, deep breathing, relaxation  Staying active and exercising

 Avoiding alcohol  Avoiding caffeine  Develop realistic goals  Nurture your spirituality

 Keep a journal/ diary for venting out   Good communication  Regular exercise

 Utilize your support system; this could be friends, family, individual therapy

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Ruth Wambui Mwaura

Ruth is a Clinical Psychologist and the CEO of Thalia Psychotherapy, she is also a mental health advocate who has been featured in different media platforms to discuss matters of mental health, she has also been a panelist in different forums as an expert in mental health. She has over 3 years of experience in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of mental health disorders using evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions.


Ruth Wambui Mwaura | Clinical Psychologist

P.O Box 75252- 00200, Nairobi

Email; ruth@thalia.co.ke

Tel: +254 721 162 101