What is the Best Postpartum Shapewear that Works?

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When it comes to having a baby, your body goes through a lot of changes. It’s not surprising that you may need extra help in getting it back into shape once your son or daughter is born.

best postpartum shapewear

Postpartum shapewear has been around for centuries. Women use belly wraps to bring their stomach back together; hip compressors to shrink hips that may have widened during pregnancy, corsets to bring their ribs back together, leg/butt shapers and so much more.

There’s been a lot of debate about whether or not postpartum shapewear and even shapewear in general really works but I want to assure you that, if it’s used properly, it absolutely does.

If you want to read more about exactly how it works, particularly how postpartum shapewear brings your body back together, I have a post here dedicated just to that.

Just make sure that as you’re looking for postpartum shapewear you always keep in mind that it’s just a tool/healing aid for your body. It’s not a magical fix that’ll give you a perfect figure if you wear it 24/7.hips wider after pregnancy

You MUST use the postpartum shapewear IN ADDITION to a good workout routine that is targeted to first rebuild your core then the rest of your body.

Postpartum shapewear on it’s own is not going to make you lose weight, it’s not going to give you an hourglass figure. You’ll find that if you use shapewear as your only solution, it’ll give the appearance of working but, within a day or two of you not using it, your body will quickly go back to how it was.

That’s because the underlying problem was never addressed. Your body is in the state it’s in after pregnancy because it stretched and gained weight to accommodate your growing baby.

Your body can’t just automatically fix itself because your baby is no longer inside you. Your muscles need to be strengthened and you need to shed any excess pounds you may still have.

That is accomplished through exercise and diet. The shapewear is there to hold your body in place as it heals and you use exercise to strengthen the weakened muscles so that they can come together properly.

leg shapewearThat said, let’s look at some great postpartum shapewear options. The areas you generally want to focus on are your hips, ribs, waistline, butt, breasts,  legs, and stomach. (Most of my favorite shapers aid in several of these areas so you don’t need to go out and buy something for each.)

Just like your body was made to be able to carry a baby, it’s also designed to heal afterwards but it doesn’t always come back together without extra help.

For the best results, you should wear the shapewear in question from the day your baby is born because that is when your body is rapidly trying to heal itself and it is going through the most changes. The hormone relaxin is still present in your body and, with that present, even your hips/ribs can be shrunk back to their previous size.

Once that healing process is done, it’s much harder, if not impossible, to make them smaller.

Postpartum Shapewear for Your Stomach

When it comes to shapewear for your stomach, I’ve had the best experience with girdles/belly wraps that are pulled up like a pair of pants or that have a latch on the bottom to prevent them from riding up and your stomach spilling out the bottom.

Also make sure that the shapewear in question is long enough to come up just underneath or over your ribs. Some of them stop in the middle of your stomach and that’s really no good because then your stomach spills out the top instead of the bottom.

Three of my favorite pieces of shapewear are:

  • Rating: 5 out of 5postpartum shapewear that works
  • Best Place to Buy: Amazon
  • Designed for C-Section Recovery: Yes
  • Product Description: This is a body shaper that is designed to be used for postpartum recovery whether you had a c-section or a natural birth. What I really like about this one is that it completely covers your ribs and stops just underneath your breasts to offer them extra support. The straps are also removable if you’d rather not have those on. Keep in mind that many people have said this shaper runs small.
  • Benefits:
    • Holds your stomach in while also holding up your butt and breasts.
    • Sleek design that isn’t noticeable under clothing.
    • Can be used for shaping your hips, ribs, waistline, butt, breasts, and stomach.
    • Fairly comfortable under clothing.
    • Designed and recommended for daily wear immediately after your baby is born.
    • Helps improve posture and provides back relief.
    • Shoulder straps are removable

  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Best Place to Buy: Amazon
  • Designed for C-Section Recovery: Yes
  • Product Description: This is an abdominal binder that covers your entire midsection from your ribs down to your hips. I love this one because it’s adjustable so that you can start at the largest size when your baby is born then decrease the size as you get smaller. It also has an opening at the bottom that makes it very convenient for bathroom use. Take note it also tends to run small.
  • Benefits:
    • Holds your stomach and hips in while also holding up your butt.
    • Sleek design that isn’t too noticeable under clothing.
    • Helps improve posture and provides back relief.
    • Can be used for shaping your hips, ribs, waistline, butt, and stomach.
    • Fairly comfortable under clothing.
    • Designed and recommended for daily wear immediately after your baby is born.
    • Adjustable to three sizes.
    • Has elastic band at the top to keep it from rolling down.
    • Has an opening at the bottom for easy bathroom use.

 


  • Rating: 3.8 out of 5
  • Best Place to Buy: Amazon
  • Designed for C-Section Recovery: No
  • Product Description: This too is an abdominal binder that covers your entire midsection from your ribs down to your hips. It’s medical grade is designed to be very durable. It has a reinforced abdominal panel for extra support with an opening at the bottom for easy bathroom use.
  • Benefits:
    • Designed and recommended for daily wear immediately after your baby is born.
    • Sleek design that isn’t noticeable under clothes.
    • Durable, medical grade material.
    • Has elastic band at the top to keep it from rolling down.
    • Has an opening at the bottom for easy bathroom use.
    • Helps improve posture and provides back relief.

Postpartum Shapewear for Your Hips

Women commonly find that their hips are much wider after they’ve given birth and they don’t always go back to size they were before they had their baby.

To address this, they use shapewear but often find that even though the shapewear might wrap around your hips, it’s often not tight enough to pull them back together. Because of this, I’d recommend wearing a Hip Compression Belt on top of an abdominal binder/shaper.

The hip compression belt should be worn for the first 8 weeks after your baby is born to get the best results. After this time, your body is mostly healed and you may not be able to move your hips back into place.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5hip compression belt
  • Best Place to Buy: Amazon
  • Product Description: This is a hip compression belt that is designed to bring your hips back together after a baby. In the image below you can see a picture of the typical woman’s hips after she’s given birth and notice how spread apart they are. The second image shows how they look after using this belt. This belt must be worn during the first eight weeks after your baby is born for it to work.
  • Benefits:
    • Can be worn under or over your clothing
    • Can be worn 6-8 hours a day (not recommended at bedtime)

hips wider after pregnancy


  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Best Place to Buy: Amazon
  • Product Description: This is a 3 in one abdominal binder. Usually I don’t go for shapewear that only wraps around your body because it tends to ride up or down but this one I ended up trying because it has three separate parts to focus on your hips, ribs, and stomach. Each of the three parts can be adjusted to your liking and I found it seemed to work just as well as the hip compression belt and offered the same amount of support. I also didn’t have too many problems with it riding up/down as long as I was wearing it properly.
  • Benefits:
    • Meant to be worn under your clothing (it’s a bit bulkier than the other options).
    • Can be worn 6-8 hours a day (not recommended at bedtime)
    • Supports your lower back and helps shrink your uterus back to its normal size.
    • Has 3 pieces that can be worn together or separately to wrap your hips, ribs, and stomach.

Postpartum Shapewear for Your Legs

The last area I wanted to focus on is your legs. Sadly, it seems like a good percentage of the weight you gain during pregnancy goes to your legs and using shapewear helps to hold it in firmly in a way that doesn’t make you look like you just gave birth.

Though some of these options go clear up to the ribs, I don’t like them as much for my stomach because they don’t provide as much support as the options I listed above. They are perfect for your legs though.

  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Best Place to Buy: Amazon
  • Product Description: These are high waist slimming shorts that are great shapewear for your legs and butt. They’re barely noticeable under clothing and help give your legs and butt the extra support they need while you rebuild your body.
  • Benefits:
    • Can be worn under your clothes without being noticeable.
    • Helps to shape your postpartum legs and butt. Offers great support
    • High waisted band that stays firmly in place.

 


  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Best Place to Buy: Amazon
  • Product Description: This is shapewear that is mean to shape your body from your legs to the bottom of your ribs. It is made of good, comfortable material and offers excellent support to your legs and butt. It’s a bit firmer than the first option and may be okay as an abdominal binder as well as long as it covers your full stomach.
  • Benefits:
    • Meant to be worn under your clothing and be unnoticeable.
    • Supports your stomach, butt, and legs to give you the extra contouring support you may need.

What do you think of this postpartum shapewear? Have you tried any and, if so, were you happy with it? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

-Jessica

Jessica Camden

Welcome to Your Post Baby Body! I'm Jessica and have been blessed with 3 beautiful little boys, Conner, Jackson, and Jayden. I've learned throughout each of my pregnancies that building your post baby body can be quite difficult. I've learned what works and what doesn't, where to start, and how to build up. My dream is help other moms get the post baby body they want through diet, exercise, and natural remedies!
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12 comments

  1. Larry says:

    Hi Jessica, I read you page on, What is the Best Postpartum Shapewear That Works? What an interesting article, very informative, and helpful for your readers, especially for your readers that are in need, of you products. Also when you talked about, after having a baby, the process of healing afterwards, and that diet, and exercise has to be included that’s also going to be very helpful to your readers.I a 65 yr. old male that doesn’t know much about your article. but I was informed well in a subject I new nothing about’
    Larry

  2. Kerryanne says:

    Having two little darling ones myself I Know how the body can change. I really thought the only way to get your body in better shape was with good exercise.After looking at your wonderful site I am happy to say that I will be definately purchasing some body shapewear through you.Thanks for all of the information and solutions for post baby bodies.
    -Kerryanne

    • Jessica Camden says:

      I’m happy to you found my site helpful 🙂 You definitely need regular exercise after a baby, but with the help of postpartum shapewear you’ll find your recovery time should be less and your body will come back together much better.

      -Jessica

  3. Hannah Levi says:

    Ohh my, I wish I knew about this before I had my 5 children! Is it too late now? My youngest is 14 years old. Can this still help me to get my body back to how it was? I do eat healthily and exercise but I’d love to have my figure at least 90% back. Or is this only for women who have just had babies? Please let me know.

    • Jessica Camden says:

      Some of them, like the hip compression belt are recommended for use right after your baby is born. Once all the pregnancy hormones have left your body, it’s hard to get your hips back to their normal size.

      The others for your stomach and legs can definitely be used right now if you wanted. Their purpose is to offer you extra support where you might need it as you strengthen your core and your legs. I’ve tried several kinds as well as none at all and would always recommend you at least start with one of these and use it for a couple weeks.

      As you use them, make sure the exercises you do are targeted at the correct muscles to bring your stomach back together. Once you feel that you no longer need the extra support you can continue exercising without the shapewear (you’ll see a big difference and should be able to tell if you need it or not after seeing the difference it makes).

      -Jessica

  4. Linda says:

    Nice! Oh how I wish they had these when I gave birth and had a cesarean. I did get my body back to almost normal, but it took working out and being mindful of what I ate. You still have to do those things, but when you have a window of time to get your body into pre baby state, we could all use all the help we can. I thought that was very interesting about the window of time to heal. Thanks for a great article and will keep these in mind for my young adult daughters for someday.

    • Jessica Camden says:

      I feel so lucky to have my kids now in a time where things like this are available!

      Thank you for reading and I wish you all the best!

      -Jessica

  5. Jackie says:

    For whatever reason postpartum shape wear was not on my radar when I gave birth to my daughters years ago. In theory it seems like it’s key to getting body parts back to where they were before pregnancy. But I wonder if wearing this kind of undergarment affects your breath. (shallow breathing). I only ask because I wore a Spanx to my daughter’s wedding a few years ago and I noticed all night that my breath was shallow. I felt like I just couldn’t make a connection to my breath. I know there’s a connection to breathing deeply and allowing the belly to take it’s natural shape. Expanding and contracting your belly with the breath strengthens your abdominal muscles in a balanced way. I’m not in ANY way saying these garments are a bad thing… Just that our organs are vital to life and our belly is our best friend for calming nerves, improving digestion and elimination, boosting immunity and revitalizing reproductive organs so it’s just something to be aware of and maybe not to wear too long? Do you suggest women wear them at night while sleeping? How long should they be worn after birth?
    I really like your site and writing style. Great job, great post! Very informative.

    • Jessica Camden says:

      If they are too tight they can be uncomfortable. It’s important to get the right size for your body and for the pieces that are tighter like the 3 in 1 above, you shouldn’t wear them overnight.

      Some of the others actually aren’t very tight at all and should be safe to wear overnight.. They just gently hold your stomach in so it’s not drooping out unnecessarily straining your weakened abdominal muscles.

      It’s usually recommended you wear one of these for six weeks after your baby is born. I actually use them for about 12 weeks after to make sure I’ve given my body adequate time to heal and come back together properly.

      Thank you for reading hun, I’m glad you found this helpful!

      -Jessica

  6. Judy says:

    Jessica,

    This information is great for me to pass on to my daughter. Many people have problems with their backs after childbirth, so this will be very helpful for them.

    I like the fact that you also included where to buy and the rating. Thanks.