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      5 Top Reasons Why New Moms Should Wear Shapewear

      5 Top Reasons Why New Moms Should Wear Shapewear

      Being pregnant and giving birth gives you a whole new relationship with your body. You may feel awed by its ability to create life, you may have loved how you looked and felt when you were pregnant, but after you’ve had your baby, things often change.

      Your postpartum body is one that is recovering, often uncomfortable, and many new moms wish they could have a feminine shape long before they have the time, desire, and ability to get back into a healthy workout and eating routine. If you’re thinking about wearing shapewear after birth, you’re not alone. Here are 5 reasons why many new moms choose to wear shapewear postpartum.

      1.    Compression Can Help Your Muscles Mend

      While returning to waist trainers may have to wait a few weeks if you’ve recently given birth, wearing postpartum shapewear does actually aid in your recovery. In many countries around the world, hospitals and midwives will give new moms a belly band or fabric for belly binding so they can wrap their stomach and help it repair more quickly. When we have an injury, we are taught to ice – compress – elevate.

      It’s that compression element that is at work here. Your stomach muscles have been stretched, and compressing them can help hold them in position so your body can repair them more easily. This is even more beneficial for those who had a c-section.

       

      2.    You Look and Feel More Put-Together

      Being a new mom isn’t easy – you likely have sleepless nights, you’re dealing with poop and vomit more than you ever thought you would, and—let’s face it—your baby’s cute outfits are way more put together than your own. When you choose to wear shapewear after birth, you instantly feel more put-together, more comfortable, and confident as you go about your day. Since confidence can be hard to come by in those early weeks, so don’t be afraid to rely on your shapewear for a little more!

       

      3.    Compression Helps Reduce Inflammation (Swelling)

      Not only does compression help speed up how fast your muscles can mend, but compression also helps reduce inflammation. Inflammation is natural but can make you feel puffy, uncomfortable, and too much inflammation can work against you. Our bodies react with inflammation to ensure there is enough blood flow to attack any intruders and heal the injury as fast as possible. Of course, for long term problems or slow-healing “damage,” such as giving birth or surgery, that inflammation can delay healing and even distort tissues in the long run. It’s best to slow and reduce swelling, especially after birth, so your body can heal easily. Shapewear can help you do just that!  

      4.    Tighten and Tone Your Body

      Have you ever noticed how your stomach can look flatter after you’ve worn a pair of tight high-waisted leggings? That’s because the compression naturally helps you to shed extra water weight and holds your body in a better shape. While these results aren’t permanent (we wish!), repeated use will help prolong these effects and may even help give you a better shape in the long term since your body is still healing and recovering its shape.

      5.    Get Better Posture

      One of the benefits for anyone using shapewear is that it gently reminds you to sit and stand up straight. This is great for anyone’s posture but is particularly important for a new mom carrying and lifting their baby without the strength a strong abdominal wall can provide. While you’re recovering, belly binding and wearing shapewear after birth can help support your muscles so you can stand straighter, lift better, and regain your strength with proper form.

       

      Ready to try shapewear for yourself? Check out our postpartum range here.

      How Waist Training Works for Postpartum Moms

      How Waist Training Works for Postpartum Moms

      Having a baby puts a huge amount of strain on your body, no matter how you deliver. Our bodies have been pushed to the limits, our organs have moved, our muscles, have stretched and then suddenly – there’s no baby. That’s a big change, and it takes our bodies a while to recover. Many moms think about using postpartum shapewear and waist training to support their bodies as they return to their prebaby body.

      If you’re wondering how this may work for you and if it’s the right decision, keep reading.

       

      History of Stomach Binding for New Moms

      Stomach binding – the practice of wrapping the stomach with cloth after birth – isn’t a new practice. In fact, it has been extremely prevalent in Asia, Europe and Latin America for hundreds of years. They have different names all around the world, and many cultures understand the benefits that come from postpartum compression. When you think about using some form of compression postpartum, whether that be shapewear or a waist trainer, you are simply using a more sophisticated form of stomach binding.

       

      So, how does waist training postpartum help? Let’s take a look at the benefits.

       

      Benefits of Compression Postpartum

      • More comfortable because it gives your stomach support
      • Helps your stomach muscles heal because it holds the muscles together
      • Helps support your back because it allows your stomach to brace against the trainer instead of trying to tense when you move or lift your baby
      • Helps many moms get back their prebaby body
      • Reduces inflammation because blood flow is increased

       

      Is it safe to waist train postpartum?

      Yes, but you should wait 6 weeks before using a waist trainer with hooks. This is because waist trainers have a very high degree of compression, and your body needs time to recover from birth. 0-6 weeks after birth, you should stick to shapewear, after that, you can introduce waist trainers.

       

      How can I start waist training as soon as possible?

      For all the benefits of compression we mentioned above, you can start wearing shapewear as soon as you feel able to do so after birth. You should always check in with your doula, midwife, or doctor to check that it is safe to do so in your circumstances.

      If you have had a c-section, you need to choose a form of seamless shapewear so your scar can fully heal. A seamless bodysuit like the NS8051 will work well for you, though you may want to look at our post-surgery range for those early days.

      If you have a natural delivery, everything will gradually decrease in size, so it’s a good idea to get shapewear with hooks so you can adjust the fit as your body changes. For example, you may find that your upper stomach leans out quickly, while your lower stomach around your uterus takes much longer to heal.

      Our two most popular shapewear options are the NS015 and the NS049.

      Our NS015 offers a high level of compression, so you may need to wait a few weeks before it is comfortable to wear. The NS049 is the most popular because it offers the most complete coverage. The Powernet material offers a high level of compression but is very soft and comfortable against the skin. See this video to see a full review of the NS015 and NS049 in detail so you can make the right decision for you.

      If you would like to learn more about how the process of waist training works, see our complete guide on how it reduces waist size.

      Using a Waist Trainer for Workouts Post-Partum

      Using a Waist Trainer for Workouts Post-Partum

      We’ve all seen pictures of celebrities working out in their waist trainers, and you may have enjoyed working out in your waist trainer before getting pregnant. But what about working out in your waist trainer postpartum? Today, we’ll guide you through what you need to know and answer all your questions about wearing a waist trainer for working out after having a baby.

       

      Is wearing a waist trainer postpartum safe?

      Yes – though of course you should always talk to your doctor, and you need to be careful and listen to your body. Postpartum binding is a popular practice throughout the world, and many women who have a c-section are encouraged to use some kind of abdominal compression as part of their recovery.

      You shouldn’t jump into waist training right away, however. Generally, you need to wait until your baby is six weeks old before you can wear a waist trainer. Other shapewear is suitable before this, however. You can read all about this in our Complete Guide to Waist Training for Postpartum Moms.

       

      When can I start wearing a waist trainer for workouts?

      Once you’re six-weeks postpartum, you can start introducing or reintroducing your waist trainer back into your life. It’s best to start slow, both with your waist trainer and with your workouts. Start just by doing brisk walks to increase your cardiovascular fitness. You can wear your waist trainer while you do this; just make sure it’s a suitable size. If you waist trained before your pregnancy, you’ll likely need to purchase a size or two bigger initially so you don’t put too much pressure on your body too soon.

      Once you’re comfortable and feeling capable of more, you can increase the intensity of your workouts while wearing your waist trainer. Remember to listen to your body. You’ll know the difference between something that’s difficult because you’re out of practice and something that hurts. Don’t push too hard.

       

      Which waist trainers are best for working out postpartum?

      We’ve got a few suggestions for you for the best workout waist trainers for postpartum moms:

      Our Top Pick: Gym Sweat Belt

      The waist trainer we recommend most to postpartum moms for workouts is our Gym Sweat Belt with Butterfly Logo. This waist trainer is great because it’s so adjustable and quick and easy to get on and off. When you’re first working out after you’ve had your baby, you will have to build up a lot of strength again, and this waist trainer can be easily and quickly removed if you find you need to catch your breath or loosen it for a specific movement.

       

      Best for Walks and Light Compression

      If you’re looking for something comfortable for all-day wear but can also be worn during light workouts, our Smooth Powernet Waist Cincher is a great choice. It offers a lighter degree of compression and won’t make you sweat as much as our Gym Sweat Belt.

       

      Best for 12 Weeks Postpartum

      Once you’re 12 weeks postpartum, your body should be relatively well recovered. If your doctor gives you the all-okay for workouts, you can return to exercise as normal. Once this is the case, our Sport Latex Waist Cincher will help you get your prebaby body back – or better! It’s important to note you shouldn’t wear a latex waist trainer before you reach 6 weeks postpartum, as it will be too intense. This is a great waist trainer to use once you know you won’t need to adjust it during workouts.

       

      You can absolutely wear a waist trainer for workouts after giving birth, but you need to be conscious about how you do so. Listen to your body and remember what it’s been through – it will need time before it can do all the things it could before you reached your third trimester.

      10 Celebrities Who Waist-Trained After Birth

      10 Celebrities Who Waist-Trained After Birth

      We all know that getting back our pre-baby bodies is a struggle. At least, it is for us mere mortals – just a flick through a gossip magazine or browse blogs online and you’ll see stories of how celebrities got back to the prebaby weight just weeks after giving birth. So, how do they do it? Well, aside from likely utilizing the help of dieticians and personal trainers, many of them reap the benefits of waist training.

      So, which celebrities used waist training to successfully get their prebaby bodies back?

       

      1.   Kim Kardashian

       

      Kim K was one of the first celebrities to bring waist training into the spotlight, so of course we have to mention her first! Kim’s incredible hourglass shape helped trends transition from the fashionable boyish shapes of the 90s into the beautiful curves we strive for today.

       

      2.   Khloe Kardashian

      Khloe shocked everyone when she lost a ton of weight in recent years, even bouncing back fast after having her daughter. She doesn’t pull any punches when she talks about how much work she put in – she put in hours in the gym and completely changed her diet. Of course, her tiny waist has been helped along by religious waist training.

       

      3.   Kylie Jenner

      Kylie is well-known for her glow-up transformation, and it wasn’t a huge surprise when she bounced-back so fast after having Stormi, since she had the benefit of youth on her side. Of course, that didn’t mean she didn’t put in the effort – she started wearing her waist trainer as soon as it was safe to do so (six weeks).

       

      4.   Jessica Alba

      Jessica Alba has always taken a spot on “Hottest Celebrity” lists, and so it’s no surprise she puts in a ton of work to stay that way. After giving birth in 2011, she apparently wore a double corset day and night for three months to regain her prebaby figure. Fortunately, waist training can get you great results without resorting to such extreme measures!

       

      5.   Kim Zolciak

      Kim Zolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta fame is a mother of six! You’d never be able to tell, however, because Kim has a tiny waist. When accused of photoshopping her images, she showed off her waist trainer. She waist trains for five hours every day, and has lost an incredible 4 inches off her waist since she started.

       

      6.   Ciara

      Singer Ciara has always had a slim body, but after she gave birth to her son, she wanted just a little help. She decided to wear a waist trainer to workout in – she was so pleased with the results that she shared pictures of herself in her waist trainer online.

       

      7.   Snooki Polizzi

      Snooki gained fame on Jersey Shore, and is famous for representing us short gals! Snooki gave birth to her daughter Giovanna just a few months before her wedding, and so she was determined to get back in shape. Thanks to vigorous workouts and dedicated waist-training, she looked incredible on her big day.

       

      8.   Farrah Abraham

      Farrah is another star that had youth on her side when it came to bouncing back fast after becoming a mom, but it’s not that alone that helped her maintain a killer figure. Farrah used a waist trainer while working out to get back her flat stomach.

       

      9.   Jessica Simpson

      After having baby number three, Jessica Simpson joked about doing stretches while working out in her “rubber corset”. The star had a rough time in the media for her weight gain for a while, but currently looks sexy as hell! Clearly, the waist trainer magic is working!

       

      10. Nicki Minaj

      Okay, so this one’s cheating a bit since, at the time of writing, Nicki’s baby is only just over a month old. But she’s quickly approaching the six-week mark, and Nicki has always been such a huge fan of waist training that it seems certain she’ll be training again soon!

       

      Thinking of giving waist training a try to bounce back after having a baby? It’s absolutely worth it! Make sure you read our Complete Guide to Waist-Training for Post-Partum Moms next!

      Your Complete Guide to Waist-Training for Post-Partum Moms

      Your Complete Guide to Waist-Training for Post-Partum Moms

      Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a new mother’s life; there’s the joy of the growing bump, preparing for the baby’s arrival, and finally welcoming them into the world. Many of the physical changes we experience caused by your body adapting to make room for the baby.

      While some mothers love the feeling of being pregnant, others can’t wait to have the baby in their arms and return to their pre-baby body. In that respect, some compression and extra support may help to kickstart this process.

      From simple Velcro-wraps and abdominal compression binders to waist trainers and cinchers, there are plenty of options. Some doctors recommend that new mothers wear abdominal compression wraps to strengthen their pelvic floor and align their abdomen until their organs and muscles can bounce back from the birth.

      Whether you’re new to waist training or wish to return to it post-partum, here’s your guide to everything you need to know about waist training after you’ve had a baby.  

      (If you’re completely new to waist training, check out our guide to waist training so you can understand how it works.)

       

      Your Guide to Waist Trainers for Post-Partum Moms

      Your body has just been through a huge amount! Your body won’t magically return to how it was before you got pregnant – it is a process. Shapewear can be a great way to support a successful return. Many women wear them to regain strength in their stomach muscles, and some women wear them to help with postpartum cramping. From a practical standpoint, a wrap, faja or postpartum trainer can be helpful and act a little like weightlifter’s belt – providing your abdominals with additional support as you move car seats, carry your baby, and wrangle strollers and more!

      Here, we’ll explore the various shapewear pieces depending on how far along you are on your postpartum journey.

       

      Weeks 1-6: High-Waisted Strapless Body Shaper

      We don’t recommend using a waist trainer in the first six weeks after birth.

      Instead, stick to seamless shapewear to help you feel comfortable. Wearing seamless shapewear can help give you a held-in feeling without pressuring your body to do something it isn’t able to do. We have two seamless shapers we recommend to new moms:

      We recommend these because they are seamless with no buttons or zippers that can lead to too much pressure or discomfort. These choices will allow your body to breathe, while helping you feel a little more put together when you’re likely feeling vulnerable.

      Make sure you purchase a size that doesn’t restrict your movement – it’s a good idea to go up a size or two. If you wore shapewear like this during your pregnancy, stick to it for the first few weeks and size down when you feel it’s no longer supporting your shape.

      Check out our video What Shapewear Should I Wear After Birth? for more information.

       

      Week 6 Onwards: Waist Trainers

      Once you’ve been cleared by your doctor or your postpartum discomfort has dissipated, you can move on to waist trainers.

      Again, we have a few different waist trainers we recommend to new moms depending on how you’re feeling and your needs.

      For Those New to Waist Training & For Working Out

      For moms who want to return to exercise and working out quickly, our Gym Sweat Belt is ideal. It fastens with Velcro, which means you are completely flexible to tighten and loosen it depending on how you’re feeling, how much support you desire, and even so you can feel comfortable as you move from exercise to exercise.

      Of course, it’s also ideal for new moms who are also new to waist training because the Velcro gives you the flexibility to ease into your waist training carefully.

       

      For Moms Ready to Start Waist Training

      Our Smooth Powernet Waist Cincher a great place to start once you’re ready to start waist training in earnest, but want to stay comfortable all day. This piece of shapewear is specially designed to flatten your stomach and shape your waist and hips, creating an hourglass figure. It is made with comfortable spandex material (no latex) and offers moderate compression, supporting good posture and strengthening your core muscles.

      Our Sports Latex Waist Cincher is also suitable for everyday use and can be worn for shaping and weight loss. It is designed to reduce the size of your waist and smooth out the edges of your midsection. This is a good option if you’ve done waist training in the past, though many moms new to waist training will find this as comfortable as the other options above. This offers some of the best results – just make sure you don’t rush the process!

       

      Whether you are considering wearing postpartum wraps for comfort, or you’d like to encourage your body to return to its prepartum state, there are plenty of products to suit your needs. Just remember that you won’t be able to return to your pre-baby waist trainers right away – it’s a good idea to size up for the first few months until you are ready to size back down to your other waist trainers. If you have any sizing queries don’t hesitate to reach out to our team and they’ll help you find the perfect size that will be most comfortable for you.

       

      Can I Wear Shapewear While Pregnant?

      Can I Wear Shapewear While Pregnant?

      Pregnancy is one of the most difficult things a woman can go through, not just through a physical perspective, but a mental one. Our bodies change drastically, and while some women find it easy to embrace their new body, others find it much more difficult to continue feeling comfortable on their own skin. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this! If you want to continue to feel your best and not have to worry about extra lumps and bumps or your thighs rubbing, then you are likely asking the question, “Can I wear shapewear while pregnant?”

      Below, we’ll answer that question for you so you know what you can and can’t wear safely during your pregnancy.

       

      Is It Safe to Wear Shapewear During Pregnancy?

      Yes and no. The majority of shapewear garments are going to be absolutely fine from a medical perspective for you and your baby, as long as you are comfortable. You should, however, avoid wearing waist trainers and corsets. Remember that this kind of shapewear is trying to encourage your waist to shrink in size, something it can’t physically do as your body changes and the baby grows.

       

      Can I Continue Wearing Shapewear During My Pregnancy?

      Yes, you can, but you need to be careful about what you wear. As we talked about above, anything that puts pressure on your stomach isn’t going to do you or your baby any good. However, if you feel comfortable wearing it and the focus is on your thighs, butt, and other areas of your body, then you should be good to go!

      Another thing to keep in mind as you choose your pregnancy shapewear is to choose seamless shapewear, ideally with no hooks or zippers. This will ensure you’re as comfortable as possible and don’t have anything that may irritate you, or try to suck in your stomach. For example, our High Compression Tummy Tuck may be a good choice for those post c-section, but is not suitable during your pregnancy.

      However, a  Seamless, Light Weight and Low Compression Shaper is perfect because it has no seams, tight closures, and also has an open gusset which not only makes your life easier, but is the most suitable choice for pregnant women. Everything is much more sensitive during your pregnancy, and so you want to do all you can to avoid yeast infections and similar issues. An open gusset ensures nothing gets too hot.  

       

      Should I Size Up My Shapewear During Pregnancy?

      It can be a good idea to, yes. Of course, your stomach will be changing shape and you’ll likely see some extra weight gain, so it’s a good idea to buy your shapewear in a size or two bigger than your normal, and adjust as your pregnancy goes on.

       

      Can I Wear High Compression Shapewear During My Pregnancy?

      While there won’t be any medical reasons to avoid high compression shapewear (though you should if there is a built in waist trainer or similar), you will – generally – find it incredibly uncomfortable.

       

      Should I Buy Shapewear Designed for Pregnancy?

      Again, it can be a good idea to. Shapewear which is designed for people recovering from pregnancy, surgery, or shapewear designed to help shape the thighs and butt with a low compression across the stomach is best.

       

      In most cases, you can use your common sense – if it’s going to put pressure on your stomach or be so tight you can’t move around properly, put it away until after the baby is born. If you try a low-to-medium compression garment and it feels comfortable, then you’ll be good to go. The key here is to listen to your body! 

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