How to Choose Post-Pregnancy Shapewear and Compression Leggings

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It’s tough to find post-pregnancy clothing that’s comfortable but doesn’t make you look like you’re being tented for termites! It’s frustrating that your maternity jeans are too large but your pre-pregnancy clothes are too small. Your first thought is probably shapewear but you might have to wait for a month or so before you can use them, depending on your delivery type and your individual recovery. You would also have to get the approval of your healthcare provider. This is where leggings come in – the unsung heroes of postpartum clothing. Leggings are comfortable and stretchy and they hug your body in all the right places to give you some much-needed confidence. The best thing about leggings is that they come in a variety of colors, styles, and fabrics so you are spoiled for choice.

Tips to Choose Post-Pregnancy Shapewear and Compression Leggings

1. Get the RightFit

You might be tempted to buy a smaller size than what you actually require because you believe that this will make you look slimmer. However, this is a bad idea because buying a smaller size of postpartum leggings can be detrimental to your comfort and recovery process. Tight leggings can constrict your blood flow, leading to discomfort. They can also cause or exacerbate swelling or fluid retention, which is common after childbirth. Overly tight shapewear or leggings can put too much pressure on your abdomen and pelvic region which can slow down the healing of the muscles and tissues in these areas. Instead, get the right size by following the manufacturer’s sizing guide. You can look at reviews from other parents in the community and experts’ advice on the best postpartum leggings to help you choose the right one for you.

2. Try before you Buy

If possible, try on different types and brands of shapewear or leggings in-store to find the best fit and comfort level. If you are buying online, check the return policy to make sure that you can exchange the item if it doesn’t fit.

3. Opt for gentle to Moderate Compression

Leggings that have a high waistband provide gentle compression to the abdominal area which makes them perfect for postpartum moms. The support to your core will provide a soothing effect to your abdominal muscles that have been stretched and strained during your pregnancy. The light compression of your leggings works in a similar manner as compression stockings – they improve circulation by gently squeezing your legs to move blood up your legs. This also helps to reduce swelling in your feet which is a common issue during the first few weeks after childbirth. Avoid all high compression shapewear until your doctor gives you the go-ahead. Even then, if you must use shapewear garments, use them only for short durations.

4. Pick the right fabric

One of the best things about leggings is that they can be dressed up or down, depending on your needs. They are also available in different types of fabric so it’s important to keep your needs in mind when choosing leggings. For instance, leggings with a high cotton or modal content are soft and breathable which makes them ideal for when your skin is still sensitive and comfort is your top priority. However, if you are looking for fabrics that offer support, you would be better off with leggings that have a nylon or spandex blend as they provide a snug fit. If you’re buying leggings for postpartum exercise, then bamboo fabric would be a good choice as it is soft, highly breathable and moisture-wicking, which helps keep you dry.

5. Consider Design and Purpose

While design is important, don’t ignore functionality either. Some leggings are designed to improve posture and reduce back pain. This is particularly important during the first few weeks of breastfeeding as hunching over your baby increases the strain on these muscles. If you had a C-section or if you experienced abdominal separation (diastasis recti), you would benefit most from leggings that have a supportive waistband to help with the healing process. Seamless leggings or shapewear will reduce the risk of skin irritation. You should also choose leggings that are easy to put on and take off, especially during the initial postpartum period when your body is aching and you have difficulty even with everyday tasks. Sweating is a common issue after childbirth so leggings with mesh panels will let you stay cool and comfortable.

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I am Lindsay, a Mom to two daughters and one son. My greatest role in life has been a mother. I work quite hard to be the best mother and a good blogger. I love writing about my everyday experiences as mother. My journey can benefit you too. Thanks for stopping by. Please subscribe to my blog before you leave and lets connect on social media.

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