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Which Postpartum Corset Is Right For Me?

One of the few key challenges facing many mums who try to get back to their pre-baby figure is getting to know which postpartum corset is right for me. Choose the right postpartum corset helps you jumpstart your quest to get back to pre-baby figure on the right track.

A corset is a tightly-fitting woman’s undergarment extending from below the chest to the hips, and is worn to shape the figure. It acts as frame or mould for your body and encourages weight loss following childbirth through a combination of compression and induced perspiration.

Before getting a postpartum corset, these are few considerations you must take into account:-

  • Postpartum corsets should feel really firm, with very little elasticity. If the corset is too loose, it will not have the required shaping effect and your effort from wearing it day and night will be wasted.
  • Look for a corset with a special flap for easy bathroom use; otherwise you will have to take off the entire corset for each bathroom visit, which is very cumbersome and time-consuming – you might just give up after a few attempts!
  • Try to avoid latex materials if your skin is prone to allergy.
  • Avoid wire supports that sit vertically below your bust, as they either poke uncomfortably into your breasts when you sit down, or onto your thigh. Wire support on the sides is far better for you and more comfortable.
  • Choose a corset that is panty-like and supports your lower abdomen up to just below your breast. That way, you have your entire abdomen covered and compressed.
  • Some corsets are very short, covering just above the navel. Such corsets aren’t recommended in this instance, as the lower abdominal fats are pushed up and out of the corset, creating an unsightly muffin-top look. 
Muffin-top

Muffin-top Source: Glamour.com

Choosing a postpartum corset that works for your body shape can be a breeze once you have a good grasp of the differences between their fundamental designs and purposes:-

Tummy Wrap

Belly Wrap

1. Belly Wrap

  • Appropriate for woman who has shorter torso, so the wrap can cover the entire abdomen
  • Not so for woman with longer torso as it creates a muffin top effect, and causes too much downward abdominal pressure that may harm the womb and pelvic floor muscle.
Waist Cincher

Waist Cincer

2. Waist Cincher

  • Appropriate for woman who has shorter torso, so the wrap can cover the entire abdomen
  • Not so for woman with longer torso as it creates a muffin top effect, and causes too much downward abdominal pressure that may harm the womb and pelvic floor muscle.
  • Some waist cincher are made of very elastic materials with wire support at the front which may poke into your breast or thighs when sitting.
C-Section Support Belt

C-Section Support Belt

3. C-Section Support Belt / Wrap

  • C-section support belt made of cotton is a great tool to support C-section healing and the womb.
  • This should NOT be worn as abdominal binders as the width is too small to cover the entire abdomen.
  • May give a muffin top look if you have a thicker layer of fats in your abdomen.
C-Section Panty

C-Section Panty

4. C-section Panty

  • Like the C-section Support Belt, a C-section Panty is great for C-section healing and provides comfortable compression for scar healing.
  • Compression cannot be adjusted so when your tummy size shrinks further, you may need a smaller size panty
  • The panty normally covers below your navel and therefore not a good choice if you’d like to compress your entire abdomen.
Postpartum Panty Like Corset

Postpartum Panty Like Corset

5. Postpartum Panty-Like Corset

  • Recommended type of corset among all others as this corset provides good abdominal support entirely.
  • May create a muffin top for woman who has thicker fat deposits on your abdomen
  • Woman with longer torso may find the corset not able to cover the entire abdomen
  • Choose one with wire support on the sides
  • The top of the corset may roll down if there is no wire support for this type of corset.
High Waist Panty Like Corset With Strap Support

High Waist Panty Like Corset With Strap Support

6. High-waist Panty-Like Corset with Strap Support

  • This is by far the most comfortable and supportive postpartum corset
  • Strap support prevents the top corset to roll down during use and wire support are not necessary for these type of corsets
  • High waist model covers the entire abdomen well, even for woman with longer torso
  • This could double up as C-section healing support.

Don’t forget to check in again for another article where I will share with you the tips on why it is so important to use the postpartum corset correctly!

Karen Loke, Founder and Practitioner, Restoring Mums

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