Can You Wear Shapewear While Pregnant? 

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Pregnancy is a time when being comfortable is of the utmost importance. Though this isn’t always easily achieved, certain clothing can help you feel more comfy on even the most uncomfortable days. If you’re a lover of shapewear, you might be wondering if it’s all right to wear your shapewear pieces during your pregnancy. The answer is yes, but with a few stipulations. 

Maternity shapewear is a great option for most women during pregnancy for a number of reasons. For many, shapewear can increase overall comfort and security while your body changes during pregnancy. It can also give much-needed support for portions of your body that are stretching and growing. There are definitely a few things you need to know when choosing maternity shapewear, though. Here’s what you need to know about what to look for (and what to avoid) with maternity shapewear. 

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Choose the Right Fabrics

If maternity shapewear is all about comfort and support, then it’s vital to choose fabrics that will help make that happen. When looking for shapewear to wear during your pregnancy, look for fabrics and styles with optimum stretch and light compression. This way, you’ll be able to move around and won’t need to deal with any painful constriction. Many of our maternity shapewear pieces feature our SkinFuse® technology that provides light compression just below the belly and lower back and more expandable material in the belly area. 

Purchase Pieces That Fluctuate with Your Size

It’s no surprise that your body does some growing during pregnancy. It’s a normal and healthy part of the process that ensures the growth of your child. For this reason, you should consider purchasing adjustable shapewear garments or pieces that feature light compression that keeps your secure but not constricted.

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During postpartum recovery, our High-Waisted Firm Compression Postpartum Panty with Adjustable Belly Wrap is perfect to wear to get to your pre-baby body. The PowerSlim® fabric features firm compression and the adjustable belly wrap helps you get the perfect fit as your body sheds baby weight.

Avoid Hooks and Zippers

You’ll want to stay away from anything that can pinch, grab or poke you when searching for good maternity shapewear. That being said, painful hooks and difficult zippers should be a no. Shapewear with Velcro is going to be your best friend during your pregnancy because it’s easy to pull on, more comfortable to wear and won’t jab you in any of the wrong places! 

Only Use Light Compression Styles

As we’ve said above, it’s best to only wear shapewear pieces that feature light compression. Though it might seem like a no-brainer to avoid extreme pressure on your growing belly, this one is super important. Some might think that belly compression might relieve pain or soreness, but it’s actually more important to target the lower back, hip and underbelly areas for these issues. Maternity shapewear with light compression in all the right (and none of the wrong) places can help to keep you comfortable and relieve pain even if you spend most of the day on your feet. 

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Focus on Legs, Butt and Thighs

This is the trifecta of shapewear happiness when it comes to maternity shapewear pieces. Giving more support to these areas can help keep things lifted, making you more comfortable in the long run. When shopping for maternity shapewear, make sure to look for light compression or added support in these areas of the body. 

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Stay Comfortable 

Above all, it’s important to stay cool and comfortable during your pregnancy. Maternity shapewear should be chosen with you and your baby’s well-being in mind, not physical appearance or efforts to change the way your body looks. This goes for postpartum shapewear as well! If you’re wondering what to wear after a C-section, Leonisa has shapewear options for that, too. Postpartum shapewear pieces offer more support in places that shouldn’t move around as much after giving birth, keeping you safe, healthy and comfortable as your body heals. 

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