Which Postpartum Corset Is Right For Me?

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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廿一世紀美麗優雅, 衣著時尚的産後媽媽最關注又最貼身的課題(除了育嬰以外)相信就是産後修身吧? 而挑戰這課題的成敗關鍵就非選擇最適合自己的[産後束腹帶]莫屬. 選對了, 有事半功倍之效, 但選錯了非旦白費心機, 而且有可能對妳的健康有影響!

[産後束腹帶]是緊貼着媽媽,從胸部延伸到臀部下方的的內衣,我們穿上它的主要目的是為天生愛美的我們塑造優美的體型。它的主要功能是作為我們身型的模具,如框架般, 通過壓縮和誘導排汗的組合, 自然的去促使分娩後媽媽的身型塑造及體重的下降。

KAREN   小貼士

這裡為大家分享一些在你未購買任何[産後束腹帶]之前必須考慮到或注意的事項:-

  1. 當穿上[産後束腹帶]時感覺應該是很牢固,很少彈性的。如果[産後束腹帶]太鬆的話,那它就失去應該具有所需的整形效果,穿了也白費你的心機與努力。
  2. 盡可能選擇“複合式”設計而非“笠式”設計的[産後束腹帶]. “複合式”設計的[産後束腹帶]方便妳在上洗手間時能快速又自如的鬆開而上完洗手間後可再輕鬆自如的綁好. 否則,這日常上洗手間的小事會因妳穿上了[産後束腹帶]變得非常繁瑣和費時的 – 你嘗試幾次後可能會乾脆放棄不再穿上那[産後束腹帶]從而失去修身機會, 那豈不是太可惜了!
  3. 若妳有皮膚過敏症就盡量不要選擇以”膠乳”為原料的[産後束腹帶].
  4. 盡量避免選擇在胸圍下方有金屬絲支撐的[産後束腹帶]. 當妳坐下來時它有可能捅入妳的乳房或大腿. 若金屬絲支撐是在左右兩側那會比較舒適.
  5. 盡量選擇”高桶內褲“ 型的[産後束腹帶]. 這從下腹向上延伸到胸圍的設計可以給予妳整個腹部完整無缺的, 均勻的壓縮讓妳的身體自然的重塑.
  6. 市面上有些[産後束腹帶]或(褲)的設計非常短, 它們只覆蓋到媽媽肚臍的部位.  我不建議選擇這些[産後束腹帶]因為它把沉積在下腹的脂肪往上推, 但又因為設計短的原因造成腹部贅肉橫向地在[産後束腹帶]頭凸出, 非常不雅. 英文有個非常有趣而又很貼切的形容詞為[muffin-top] – 我故且就翻譯成[鬆餅頂部]的效果吧, 嘻!
muffin-top-w724

Muffin-Top 源自Glamour.com

下面我會圖文並茂為妳剖析市面上六類最常見的[産後束腹帶]設計. 一旦妳掌握了這些[産後束腹帶]的基本設計和目的及它們之間的差異後, 選擇一個適合你身形的[産後束腹帶]就可以是一件輕而易舉的小事一樁了:-

Tummy Wrap

腹部包裹型

腹部包裹型 (Belly Wrap)

  1. 適用於擁有較短的軀幹身型的媽媽,這類設計可以覆蓋較短軀幹身型媽媽的整個腹部.
  2. 擁有較長的軀幹身型的媽媽必須避免選擇這類設計,因為它會形成一個[鬆餅頂部]的效果,並導致過多向腹部位置往下推的壓擠力,很可能會傷害子宮和盆底肌肉。 
Waist Cincher

腰夾式塑身型

腰夾式塑身型 (Waist Cincher)

  1. 適用於擁有較短的軀幹身型的媽媽,這類設計可以覆蓋較短軀幹身型媽媽的整個腹部.
  2. 擁有較長的軀幹身型的媽媽必須避免選擇這類設計,因為它會形成一個[鬆餅頂部]的效果,並導致過多向腹部位置往下推的壓擠力,很可能會傷害子宮和盆底肌肉。
  3. 市面上流行的腰夾式塑身型[産後束腹帶], 是由非常有彈性的材料縫製,並且在胸圍下方有金屬絲支撐. 坐著時可能會捅着媽媽的乳房或大腿。
C-Section Support Belt

剖腹產型 – 腰帶或包裹

剖腹型 – 腰帶或包裹 (C-Section Support Belt / Wrap)

  1. 通常是棉製, 它是每位剖腹產媽媽的最佳拍擋, 其特點是幫助剖腹產媽媽C-部分和子宮的自然癒合。
  2. 這類設計不應該被用作[産後束腹帶]因為它的寬度太小,不能以均勻舒適有力的壓縮力覆蓋媽媽的整個腹部所以未能達到重塑身型的目的.
  3. 若媽媽有脂肪沉積在腹部就可能會形成[鬆餅頂部]的效果。
C-Section Panty

剖腹產型 – 內褲

剖腹型 – 褲 (C-Section Panty)

  1. 像剖腹產型腰帶或包裹,這設計是每位剖腹產媽媽的佳音, 其特點除了是幫助剖腹產媽媽C-部分和子宮的自然癒合外,並提供舒適的壓縮力促使手術後留下的疤痕的癒合。
  2. 這褲的壓縮力無法被調整,所以當肚子尺寸進一步的縮小時, 可能需要買一個更小尺寸的褲, 穿不足一兩個月就棄用, 不環保也有點不划算!
  3. 這褲的設計一般只覆蓋到媽媽的肚臍部位,因為不能覆蓋媽媽的整個腹部所以未能達到重塑身型的目的.
Postpartum Panty Like Corset

産後束衣 – 內褲型

産後束衣 – 褲型(Postpartum Panty-Like Corset)

  1. 我會推薦此設計,因為它給產後媽媽提供了全方位腹部的覆蓋。
  2. 若媽媽的腹部沉積了較厚的脂肪, 使用此設計的束衣有可能會形成一個[鬆餅頂部]的效果.
  3. 擁有較長的軀幹身型的媽媽必須避免選擇這類設計因為此設計無法覆蓋驅幹較長的媽的整個腹部.
  4. 緊記要選擇有左右兩側金屬絲支撐的款式.
  5. 如果沒有左右兩側金屬絲支撐的支撐, 産後束衣的頂部可能滾下來, 不適也不雅觀。
High Waist Panty Like Corset With Strap Support

高腰線産後束衣 – 內褲型(緞帶)

高腰線産後束衣 – 褲型(緞帶) (High-Waist Panty-Like Corset with Strap Support)

  1. 這是迄今為止市面上流行, 最舒適和最有支撐力的[產後束腹帶].
  2. 緞帶的支撐防止[產後束腹帶]頂部滾下來; 此設計也不須要金屬絲支撐, 非常舒適.
  3. 高腰線設計給予產後媽媽的腹部一個完整的覆蓋,即使擁有較長軀幹身型的媽媽也適用.
  4. 這款式也可以用來兼任C-部分的癒合.

下星期我將與你分享為什麼要正確使用[產後束腹帶], 它與妳的健康又有什麼關係!記得回來噢.

Restoring Mums創辦人和治療師 Karen Loke

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