Posted by UpSpring on 4/13/2015 to Post Baby Body
What’s with compression panties? Are they really helpful for a postpartum belly? Learn the history of this unique piece of clothing, and why you might consider wearing a pair of compression panties after giving birth.
Compression Panties: The History and Status of this Helpful Garment
Compression garments have come a long way! Long gone are the old fashioned postpartum girdles our grandmothers would squeeze themselves into. Today, who can image life without yoga pants and Spanx, two highly popular compression garments that help women look and feel better? But how did we get to modern day postpartum compression wear?
Historical Compression Panties
According to fashion historians, the girdle was invented by French designer Paul Poiret in the early 1900s. Postpartum girdles were worn by many women up until the late 1960’s to smooth and flatten the waist after childbirth. But very popular postpartum girdles were also very rigid and not comfortable to wear. Many featured straps and snaps and even attached to stockings.