Postpartum Style: 10 Slimming Items you need ASAP
In our opinion postpartum dressing is harder than dressing when you're pregnant. As a new mom I quickly learned you'll cycle through multiple tops and tees in a day (especially with a pukey baby) and between adjusting to motherhood and recovering from giving birth a go to wardrobe of clothing choices that make you feel great and not puffy and gross is important.
When pregnant nobody mentions the three dirty little secrets of pregnancy and childbirth:
- The timer doesn’t magically go “ding!” on your due date, and you could very likely go early or late.
- The definition of “sleeping through the night” – that holy grail every parent dreams of – is when your baby sleeps 6 hours in a row, not 8.
- After the baby comes, you still look REAL DAMN PREGNANT. For weeks, even months.
You can’t do much about #1 and 2 besides just get through the hard times. But for #3, you don’t have to suffer. All you need are the right postpartum clothes.
We all agree,it’s important to feel good about yourself. You’re sleep-deprived, everything you do takes twice as long as it used to, and you’ve got some wicked postpartum hormones running rampant through your body. If you can get dressed in the morning (even if it’s at 11:59 am) and feel good about how you look, tackling the day will be much easier.
1. ELASTIC WAIST MATERNITY PANTS/SKIRTS
Any maternity bottoms with an elastic waist that fits below the belly will be your friendafter baby comes. (Confession: I wore this skirt or these pants every day for two months after Charlotte was born, and they have oodles of colors to choose from.)
2. A NURSING BRA
3. A COMFY JUMPSUIT/ONESIE
RSING SCARF (CAN DOUBLE AS A CAR SEAT COVER!)
5. FLOWY MAXI DRESSES
6. NURSING SPECIFIC TOPS
7. BUTTON DOWN TOPS
8. HIGH WAIST LEGGINGS
9. CRISS CROSS FRONT TOP
A criss-cross wrap top not only leaves your core under the covers, it will also allow you to unveil a single teet at a time. Or opt for a draped cowlneck, the extra fabric cloaks you and your sweet suckling’s business.
10. A CUTE SCRUNCHIE!
Nursing specific tops are great because they have seams, zippers, and drapes to make nursing your little one a piece of cake. Pair a black nursing tank with a cute cardigan, or get a cozy nursing sweater to go with the black yoga pants in the fall and winter. You'll find yourself wearing it 24-7. (This mustard yellow crossover shirt is my favorite pick-up from my last pregnancy!)
If you can’t find any nursing tops you like, look for regular tops with a crossover bodice or an elastic neckline, or buy one size up for a flowy look so you can easily lift up the top to nurse.
HIGH WAIST LEGGINGS!
Leggings are another good option, paired with tunics or short dresses. However, I tried on several different brands of leggings and struggled to find a good fit. If they fit me length-wise and weren’t too baggy in the legs, they were too tight on the belly. What finally worked was a pair of high-waist leggings, but maternity leggings should work too.
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