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      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! 

      About to Become a New Mom? Here’s What to Expect After Birth

      About to Become a New Mom? Here’s What to Expect After Birth

      Whether you’re just days away from your due date or only just discovered your pregnancy (congratulations either way!), you’re likely wondering what you can expect after you give birth. Understandably, your life will change massively!

      Life as a new mom can be extremely busy; you’ve got ever-changing nap times, breast or bottle feeding, nappies, and finding time to take care of your own needs on top of all that. You can easily become overwhelmed during this time, so it’s good to prepare as best you can. 

      Here are a few things to expect and how you can best prepare for them so your new life with a baby starts as smoothly as possible:

      What to Expect After Birth & How to Prepare

      1.    Don’t try to be superhuman!

      We all hope that we’re going to take to being a mom like a duck to water – we’re going to be full of energy, get back into shape, be awake for every feeding, do our hair and makeup every day, get back to work as soon as possible or keep the house as clean as possible. If you’re shaking your head – you’re ahead of the rest of us! It’s normal to want to be supermom and keep on top of everything, but you need to understand that it’s okay to look for help during this time.

      Make a list of names and numbers of people you can turn to when you’re struggling or have a question. This may include:

      • Your mom/dad/guardian/mother-in-law/another parental figure
      • Other friends and/or family members you can call on for help, advice, or just a chat
      • Neighbors you’re close to
      • Groups you’ve joined online
      • Doctor(s), doula
      • Other experts you may need to reach out to, such as physical therapists, lactation consultant, therapist, etc.

      For the latter, you may never need those numbers or website addresses. But if you find yourself struggling, you’ll thank yourself for having spent 15 minutes doing the work to put that list together.

       

      2.    Make self-care in the weeks after birth easy

      In the first few weeks postpartum, your body will go through a lot of changes. In some cases, new moms have to relearn how things work – your body has literally made another human being, so give it some grace! Prepare your home for your self-care, as well as your baby. Consider ensuring you’ve got:  

      • Sitz baths to be filled with hot water and sitz herbs. This can be healing for your urethra and any vaginal tearing.
      • A donut-shaped cushion to sit on. Sitting down postpartum can be tricky, so eliminate this issue by having something comfy at the ready. 
      • High-waisted padded underwear. This can help wick away any postpartum bleeding or hold your pads in place.
      • Medium-to-high compression shapewear – this isn’t just to help you feel better about your figure post-baby, it’s actually incredibly helpful in assisting your body to return to it’s normal shape and make you feel more comfortable. Our High Waisted Strapless Body Shaper is a perfect candidate for this, and we have many other suitable options should you want something with more or less coverage.  We’ve got a complete guide you can watch here.
      • Something to make going to the toilet easier. After having a baby, the last thing you’re going to want to do is to push, so have some prune juice or stool softeners to hand just in case.
      • A heating pad. You’ll want to stay warm and comfortable, and an electric heating pad can help reduce discomfort. Cold packs are another good thing to have to hand.
      • Make lists of books you can read on your phone (much easier to hold and read when holding a baby – Kindle Unlimited may be a good choice), invest in audiobooks, find new podcasts, and TV shows you can watch for comfort when you’re caring for your baby. There are some great podcasts out there for new moms, so find a few you like now so you can find comfort in others when you need it.

       

      3.    Don’t make plans until after you’ve had a day or two at home

      The most effective way to ensure you can care for your baby is by being well-rested. You probably already have plans for how you’ll introduce your new baby to family and friends, but resist the urge to make plans until after you’ve got home. You can’t know now how good you’re going to feel, so delay setting dates or making plans until you’ve got the baby home.

       

      4.    Consider Buying a Journal

      “What…?” You say. This may sound odd, but having a journal to hand to record how you feel and talk to yourself and think through how you feel is a good idea. You are going to have a huge identity shift, face struggles, and feel all over the place emotionally thanks to your hormones. You don’t need to write in it every day, but it’s a good way to wind down if you can’t get to sleep and just need some quiet time to reflect.

       

      5.    Sort Your Food Ahead of Time

      Make room in the freezer, because it’s time to stock up on easy to heat up foods. If you’ve got friends and family around who want to help, ask them to make you meals and drop them to you after you give birth. This will give them an excuse to drop by, and you get a cooked meal out of it.

      Consider:

      • Making and freezing meals you can reheat later
      • Buy easy-to-eat frozen meals
      • Consider investing in a meal delivery service for 2-4 weeks after your due date.
      • Grab healthy-ish snacks – they don’t have to be perfect, but don’t binge on chips and chocolate!

       

      This is going to be an exciting and stressful time as you recover and relax into your new role as a mom. Do all you can now to ensure you have everything you need so you can focus on yourself and your baby as you recover.

      20 Best Types of Cardio and Prenatal Exercises for Moms-to-Be

      20 Best Types of Cardio and Prenatal Exercises for Moms-to-Be

      Finding out you’re pregnant brings a whole load of different emotions and thoughts. It’s so exciting and you feel so happy but there are also worries about how your pregnancy will go. How will it affect your body? How can you do the very best for your developing baby? Will you still be able to do the activities you love and carry on with your normal life throughout your pregnancy?

      There’s no reason to make drastic changes to your daily life, especially in the first two trimesters. Maintaining an active life throughout the stages of your pregnancy has benefits for both you and your growing baby.

       

      Why is it good to exercise throughout your pregnancy?

      You know how good exercising is for your mental well-being, and during pregnancy it will help reduce stress and anxiety, and help you maintain your figure as much as possible throughout your pregnancy.  

      You can prepare your body for the changes it will undergo and build strength in the areas that will carry new weight in the future. This can mean less back pain, less extra weight gain plus more energy, and a better body image. Women who keep fit have a lower incidence of hypertensive disorders and gestational diabetes during pregnancy and a faster recovery after birth. If you exercise you will return to your pre-pregnancy body shape much sooner too!

      It actually has benefits for your baby, too. There is growing evidence that new babies whose mothers regularly exercised have improved heart and brain function. There is a lower incidence of preterm birth among mothers who exercise, and fewer emergency cesareans. It can reduce the chances of a low birth weight giving your baby the best possible start in life.

       

      Can I Continue Going to the Gym When Pregnant?

      If you are someone who already has a high level of fitness, there is no reason you can’t carry on with your usual exercise until late in your pregnancy, but check in with your doctor about what you’re doing regularly. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day.

      They recommend swimming, walking, and running if you run regularly. In the gym, the elliptical, stair climbers and stationary bikes are good choices. You can continue to lift weights, but again, check in with your doctor if you lift heavy.

      You can do classes such as low-impact aerobics and Zumba, but make sure your instructor knows you are pregnant so they can guide you through the best moves for you.

      Best of all find a prenatal exercise class. You will get the support and friendship of other new moms, learn relaxation techniques, and have the benefit of a program designed especially for the needs of pregnancy.

       

      Prenatal Exercises to Do at Home

      You can also exercise at home to build up muscle strength and prepare your body for the changes in posture and weight distribution it will experience. 2-3 days of strength training targeting the major muscle groups every week will bring great benefits, improve spinal mobility, and strengthen those important abdominal muscles.

      We’ve outlined some of the best exercises below, but don’t forget you can also do those outlined for the next trimester if you want to.

       

      1st Trimester

      Plank and crunches – unless your doctor has told you otherwise, you can still do the majority of ab exercises, so make the most of it while you can still see your toes easily!

      Squats – squats are an ideal prenatal exercise. If you find them hard, use a chair for balance or use a chair, poof, or exercise ball to sit down on at the bottom of your squat.

      Kneeling pushups – like normal pushups, but do them from a kneeling position. Try wide stance and narrow to target your triceps.

      Bicep curls with small weights – you’d better leave the one-rep-max and personal best until after you’ve given birth, but continue working out with weights that are a comfortable test for you.

      One-arm row with small weights – as above. Bend at the hips, soften the knees, keep your back straight and pull your elbows back to row. You can combine this with triceps kickback too.

       

      2nd Trimester

      The second trimester is often the time of your pregnancy when you feel best but you need to be careful with physical activity and avoid jumping and high impact and don’t overdo it until you are exhausted.

      Pushups against a wall – If you no longer feel comfortable or able to do kneeling pushups, move to using the back of your couch or the wall.

      Step up and down – a simple step up and down, with or without weight, is an easy way to work out your lower body without putting unnecessary stress on your body.

      Standing boxer twist – stand up with your feet hip width apart. In both hands, hold a dumbbell out in front of you, with one hand on top of the other. Gently twist from side to side. Keep the movement slow and controlled, don’t be tempted to swing.

       

      3rd Trimester

      You will be feeling less mobile so take easy. Be aware of your body and stop if you feel any discomfort or pain. Concentrate on a few exercises such as:

      Plie – this is a ballet term which involves essentially doing a wide squat. Place your feet slightly wider than shoulder with, and gently lower your hips as far as comfortable, and then straighten. Keep your back straight and hold onto something for balance if necessary.

      Lying leg raises – lie on your side with the leg under you bent. Straighten the leg on top and raise it carefully up and down. You should feel the burn in your hip, thighs, and glutes. Place a soft yoga mat or pillow under your stomach to make yourself more comfortable.

      Gentle abdominal exercise – this is best if you’ve already been doing it throughout the course of your pregnancy. You can do anything gentle, and even plank, but stop if you feel uncomfortable.

      Walking – get outside and walk! It’s one of the best ways to get exercise at this point, plus you’re essentially carrying a weighted backpack. Walk with friends, family, a podcast, or just to the sounds of the world passing. It’s a good opportunity to relax and be with yourself.

       

      Don’t Forget To Exercise Safely

      A few essential things to remember:

      • Always consult your doctor and Health Professionals before doing an exercise program
      • If you are new to exercise start slowly
      • Don’t do too much!
      • Make sure you don’t get too hot
      • Always warm up and cool down
      • Listen to your body at all times
      • Don’t lie on your back for too long
      • Avoid full sit-ups, double leg lifts, jumping, bouncing, sudden changes in direction and jerky movements
      • Make sure you drink plenty of water
      • Make sure you eat to keep up your energy

       

      If you continue to exercise throughout your pregnancy, you’ll likely find it easier to give birth, and find it easier to return to your pre-pregnancy weight. It’s a win-win!

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