Compression Garments or Comfy Clothes: What to Wear Postpartum After a C-Section?
Congratulations! After 9 long months, your sweet little bundle of joy is here and it's time to transition from maternity clothes to postpartum clothes! Now that you're on the road to recovery after birth, you're likely realizing there are some products that you should have added to your baby registry but in #RealLife fashion, 'you don't know, what you don't know.' The first items on most new mom's lists of items to wear postpartum are postpartum panties and other compression garments. It's estimated that about 1 in 3 women in America have a c section delivery and if your c section wasn't planned (and even if it was) you're likely just now figuring out the best clothes to wear postpartum after a c-section.
Should you go for compression garments and postpartum girdles, or are yoga pants and other maternity clothing acceptable? How can you fit into your pre pregnancy clothes faster? Well, there's great news on all accounts! Many of your maternity clothes can double as things to wear after a c section and can work well with postpartum girdles and other compression garments! We know you've got your hands full with your new baby, so we made it easy on you by curating our favorite c section and postpartum recovery clothes! Please let us know what you think in the comments below.
Things to Consider About Clothes to Wear After a C Section
C sections are common and many moms find themselves not fully prepared with the right items for their recovery after birth. If you've recently given birth and are transitioning from maternity clothes to postpartum clothes, you'll want to consider a few things first.
- Is the material breathable?
- Does it offer compression or support?
- Do I already have this item in my maternity clothes selection?
- Can I breastfeed easily in this?
- Does it have buttons or extra latches or devices that I'll have to fiddle with?
- How easy is it to throw on if I'm breastfeeding and need to open the door for a delivery or visitor? (Trust us on this one, your new mommy brain plays tricks on you and you may forget your boob is out and end up flashing the UPS delivery driver or your FIL without even realizing it)
It can take 6-10 weeks for your uterus to shrink back to its original size after birth, and while it's shrinking, expect your belly to also take time. These are the general guidelines when considering the best clothes to wear after delivery, especially if you've had a c section. The c section scar is typically about a four to six-inch incision made horizontally just below the pubic hairline. Taking into consideration where the placement of the csection scar is, the best clothes to wear after a c section are going to be those that either hold compression over the incision or those that avoid it all together.
The Best Clothes to Wear After a C Section
C-Panty: Postpartum panties
These are postpartum underwear that were specifically designed for c-section recovery and have medical-grade compression. They were invented by ER nurse, Catherine Brooks, after she underwent an emergency c-section and could not find anything on the market that was designed specifically for c-section recovery. Along with medical-grade compression, the C-Panty has a patented, silicone panel in the front that helps to speed healing at the incision site and minimize long-term scarring. Sold in stores at retailers like Babies 'R' Us, BuyBuyBaby, Pea in a Pod and Motherhood, you can also purchase it online at Amazon or UpSpring Baby.
Postpartum Yoga Pants
There's a reason people have declared that the 'mom uniform' consists of yoga pants and dry shampoo. Between breastfeeding sessions, baby snuggles and trying to heal after giving birth, moms want the easiest, most comfortable clothes and yoga pants are a great way to get mobility and comfort as you go about your day.
If you're making a trip to Target later, be sure to pick up a box of UpSpring Prenatal+ vitamins on the Women's Health aisle! Taking your prenatal vitamins, postnatally, can help your body recover and to pass along those nutrients to your breastfed baby.
Shrinkx Hips - Postpartum Hip Changes Support Belt
This patented, postpartum hip wrap utilizes the hormone relaxin to gradually bring the hips back together after birth with the help of compression. Relaxin is a hormone that is released during pregnancy and prepares the pelvis for delivery by loosening the joints and ligaments. The levels of relaxin are highest in a woman's body for up to 8 weeks after delivery. It doesn't matter whether you've had a vaginal birth or c-section, your hips were still impacted by relaxin. It's during these 8 weeks postpartum that women who apply gentle compression to their hips with Shrinkx Hips belt will see a narrowing of their hips and often go back to their prepregnancy size.
Below is a video of Steven Solomon, MD, explaining the science behind how it works!
Related Article: Postpartum Hip Changes are Real!
Postpartum Girdle or Belly Wrap
Believe us when we say, you're going to want to wrap your belly after giving birth. The use of a belly wrap after giving birth has been around for ages and for good reason. During those 9 months of pregnancy, your body's organs move to make room for the growing baby and have all become displaced. All pregnant women know the feeling of needing to pee every 5 seconds during pregnancy because our baby has literally been sitting on our bladder! It will take time for everything to "bounce back" (whatever that means) and a great way to help the healing process is to use a postpartum girdle or belly wrap.
No matter whether you've had a c section or a vaginal birth, you'll want to help your body with compression around the abdominal area to reduce swelling, inflammation and bloating. Belly wraps with built-in bone support can help support your lower back while breastfeeding as well as slim your belly faster by supporting the abdominal muscles as they heal and your uterus as it goes back to its original size.
Compression Tanks and Nursing Bras
If you're breastfeeding, you've probably realized the dire need to have your boobs available at a moment's notice! This can become complicated quickly if you are wearing a nursing bra, but it's under a non-nursing shirt. It's also the reason why many moms opt for nursing tanks. Nursing tanks double as a nursing bra and tank top that can be wore under sweaters or other open-fitting shirts for easy access for breastfeeding baby. It's especially nice in those first few weeks after birth, to have compression on your mid section, which is why we recommend the new Charcoal Fusion Nursing Tank. It's made of a bamboo charcoal fiber which offers unique therapeutic properties that helps increase circulation and metabolism. This nursing tank also offers moderate compression to help lose inches off your belly and seamless support with easy-to-use clips.
Giving birth has often been likened to running a marathon. It's a long, difficult process and your body will need the proper items and time for recovery. As you heal from birth, whether it was vaginal or via a cesarean, know that you are amazing! You've grown and birthed a human! As your body begins to heal, be sure to give yourself grace and buy quality postpartum clothes to wear after a c section that will help with your recovery. Between compression and comfort, is where you'll find the ideal mix for your postpartum recovery!