Shopping for the right girdle or corset for your post pregnancy recovery will depend on a variety of factors — namely, what type of support you’re looking for, the delivery you had (vaginal vs. c-section), your style preference, and sizes.
But how do you make sure you choose the best garment in the sea of online products and avoid wasting money?
Doing your due diligence in product research will save you time and money in the long run. You’ll avoid ill-fitting garments and inferior quality materials if you spend a little time researching your options.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the best practices for postpartum girdle shopping, tips for sizing your girdle, and common questions about wearing an abdominal binder for postpartum recovery.
At the end of the article, we’ll offer several top-selling options and walk you through each feature, and you’ll be well on your way to shopping for the best post-pregnancy girdle for yourself.
- Does Wearing A Girdle After Pregnancy Help?
- What To Look For In A High-Quality Postpartum Girdle
- Tips On How To Pick Your Postpartum Girdle Size
- Bellefit Postpartum Girdles And Corsets
- Bellefit Dual-Closure Girdle: Most Flexible And Comfortable
- Bellefit Girdle Pull-Up: Traditional Girdle Style For Natural Child Birth
- Bellefit Corset Thong: Say Good-Bye To The Panty Line
- Bellefit Bodysuit Corset: Open Bust-Design Best For Extra Back Support
- The Perfect Follow-Up To Wearing A Postpartum Girdle
- To Wrap Up: The Best After Pregnancy Girdle
Before shopping for a girdle, many women ask the question…
Does Wearing A Girdle After Pregnancy Help?
Absolutely! A high-quality girdle can help speed postpartum recovery in several ways:
- Decreases abdominal swelling and inflammation
- Increases lymphatic fluid drainage
- Improves posture and provides back support to relieve strain in the lower back
- Protects the abdominals and c-section incision
- Improves the integrity of your workouts by supporting the core
- Speeds the recovery time from diastasis recti
- Gives the appearance of a flatter belly and eliminates the dreaded muffin top for a confidence boost
The key to taking advantage of these benefits is shopping for the best postpartum girdles.
There are many types of post-pregnancy recovery binders out there from belly bands, belly wraps, corsets, and girdles. The best value for your buck will provide you with comfort and high-grade compression in a flattering, body-shaping design.
What To Look For In A High-Quality Postpartum Girdle
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed when you’re shopping for a pregnancy girdle with the number of products there are on the market. To ensure you’re making the right shopping choices, follow this no-brainer checklist that highlights qualities you want to look for in a postpartum support garment.
- Multiple size options — If you’re diligent about wearing your pregnancy girdle, you will eventually need to size down. To continue reaping the benefits of wearing a postpartum girdle, look for a brand that offers multiple sizes in the styles you love.
- Breathable, flexible material — For a speedier recovery process postpartum, make sure your garment is comfortable to wear all day and even through the night.
- Hook and eye closures — Help give you options when it comes to adjustable compression tension.
- FDA-registered medical device — This ensures safe, high-grade compression for the postpartum belly.
- Easy to use — Truly, less is more when it comes to design. You don’t want to struggle to put on and take off your garment.
- Reinforced belly control panels — This will help to keep the mummy tummy under control and help to give you a slimmer looking waist.
Belly Bands And Wraps Are NOT The Same As A Postpartum Girdle
If you’re genuinely looking for a garment to support your postpartum needs, belly bands or wraps aren’t worth the money.
While wraps may help you achieve a slender look, they’re not designed to support the post-pregnancy recovery process.
Many women have tried a post-pregnancy recovery belt in the form of a wrap or band to reduce their healing time only to feel disappointed in their purchase.
A postpartum girdle and a belly wrap are not the same things. Don’t be tempted by the cheaper price point of a belly wrap — there’s a reason for it. Postpartum belly wraps are usually bulkier underneath clothing, made of inexpensive materials that shred, don’t hold enough compression around the belly.
Here are the differences between the three garments in a nutshell:
|Postpartum Belly Wrap||Postpartum Belly Band||Postpartum Girdles/Corset From Bellefit|
• Cheaper material
• Can easily become displaced
• Velcro fastening
• Inconsistent compression
|• Light, elastic material|
• Soley designed to reduce the appearance of the belly
• Can easily become displaced
• Doesn’t offer a strong enough compression
• Only comes in a few sizes
|• Designed to support the postpartum recovery process|
• Offers full-coverage support — styles available to wrap around the torso, crotch, and butt for full support
• Hook and eye closures and easy to use zippers to keep the garment in place
• Made from hypoallergenic, breathable material
• Is more discrete underneath clothing
• Medical-grade compression
• Comes in sizes XS – 3XL
Tips On How To Pick Your Postpartum Girdle Size
If a company has a one-size-fits-all option or only offers one or two sizes — back away from that site. Women’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s no way a one-size-fits-all garment exists to address every woman’s recovery needs after giving birth adequately.
Always reference the company’s sizing chart before selecting a size.
The best time to measure your belly for a girdle is at your eight-month pregnancy mark because this will be the size of your hips after giving birth, and the best time to start wearing a postpartum girdle is a day or two after delivery.
In your underwear, run the tape measure around the fullest part of your hips and match it to the sizing chart below.
|Girdle Size||Weight (Lbs.)||Hips (Inches)|
|XS||Up to 105||32″ – 35″|
|S||106 – 125||35″ – 38″|
|M||126 – 145||38″ – 40″|
|L||146 – 165||40″ – 42″|
|XL||166 – 185||42″ – 45″|
|2XL||186 – 225||45″ – 49″|
|3XL||226 or more||49″ – 53″|
To get the most out of your garment, it should fit snugly around the midsection but not so tight that it restricts your movement and breathing. Many women choose to purchase two sizes to maximize benefits and help them get back to their pre-pregnancy sizes sooner.
The measurement you take around your eighth-month mark is the garment you’ll wear immediately after giving birth when swelling and fluid retention is at its peak.
The second garment is for months after you’ve lost most of your pregnancy weight, and the first girdle no longer offers the same level of compression. Thanks to the adjustable hook and eye closures of our garments, you should get a lot of use from your first abdominal binder.
This second girdle should be a closer measurement of your pre-pregnancy hip size. Moms suffering from diastasis recti can gain a lot of benefits from extending their abdominal compression therapy, as it can help you perform your core exercises by adding stability to your abdominal muscles and lower back.
Now that we’ve highlighted what to look for in high-quality postpartum garments, let’s discuss some of the features that make Bellefit girdles and corsets truly the best on the market.
Bellefit Postpartum Girdles And Corsets
Bellefit is in the business of giving moms the support and confidence they deserve after pregnancy. We have the only girdle on the market that’s doctor recommended for its medical-grade compression to support women’s postpartum healing.
Our compression binders are made from hypoallergenic polyamide fabric and elastane. It’s designed to move comfortably with your body while allowing extra support to your lower back and abdominal muscles. The microporous materials prevent skin irritation by enabling the skin to breathe, making most designs suitable for both vaginal and c-section deliveries.
When you’re shopping with Bellefit, the best postpartum girdle will come down to your style preference and how you intend to use the garment. We’ve outlined the best selling garments and their features to help with your shopping decisions.
Bellefit Dual-Closure Girdle: Most Flexible And Comfortable
This award-winning design is ideal for both natural births and c-section recovery for a wide range of women’s body shapes.
The two, triple-reinforced front compression panels and the four, individually sewn back panels, evenly distribute tension for medical-grade compression.
The three-rows of adjustable hook and eye closures at the front of the garment and the cushioned size zipper make this garment easy to put on and wear. And — like all our girdles in this collection — this style includes an adjustable crotch opening that can accommodate heavy flow pads and easy access to the area without having to remove the entire garment.
Bellefit Girdle Pull-Up: Traditional Girdle Style For Natural Child Birth
Don’t underestimate the simple, slip-on design of the girdle pull-up. It still features the two front triple-reinforced compression fabrics and the four, individually sewn back panels plus an inner spiral boning to add body-shaping benefits and to prevent the garment from rolling down the torso.
This style is better suited for natural deliveries, and it’s an excellent choice for moms who don’t want to fuss with hook closures and zippers. It’s a favorite style for wearing underneath activewear because it’s discreet, while still offering you high-grade support for your core stabilizer muscles to help you stay true to exercise form.
Bellefit Corset Thong: Say Good-Bye To The Panty Line
The corset thong offers a lot of versatility in a simple design — it has adjustable straps that you can wear classic, cross-back, or strapless.
It features the Bellefit front and back panel design for maximum, safe compression benefits to the belly, hips, and lower back for a flattering silhouette. It’s a favorite style among moms who are looking for a high-grade postpartum compression garment to wear under form-fitting outfits for a flawless physique and zero traces of a panty line.
Bellefit Bodysuit Corset: Open Bust-Design Best For Extra Back Support
The bodysuit is the best option for women looking for extra back support. The breathable compression panels of the bodysuit begin between the shoulder blades to the lower back for the most comfortable back support.
There’s no need to worry about accessibility. The open breast is a design feature that allows quick access for breastfeeding, and the adjustable straps allow you to wear this style with many different outfits.
The Perfect Follow-Up To Wearing A Postpartum Girdle
Bellefit Waist Trainer Corsets: For Panty-less Options
The abdominal binders and waist-trainers are the best follow-up garments to your postpartum girdles and corsets.
We have five styles to choose from in this collection from sizes XS – 4XL to instantly shape and reduce up to 4-inches from your waist and flatten your belly.
Like we had previously touched on earlier, many moms opt for two garments — one to start wearing right after childbirth and another for when they’ve sized down considerably after pregnancy and are still looking to lose the last stubborn lbs. Luckily, we’re offering an extra $20 off when you buy two garments.
To Wrap Up: The Best After Pregnancy Girdle
The best girdle to help you get back to your pre-baby body and speed your recovery process should first tick off all the boxes we’ve outlined in the “What To Look For In A High-Quality Postpartum Girdle” section.
Second, you want to choose a style that suits your wardrobe needs and comfort — shopping with a brand that has a wide variety of styles and sizes to choose from helps with this decision.
Lastly, take advantage of the $20 discount when you buy two girdles or corsets with Bellefit. There are a lot of benefits to gain from prolonging your abdominal compression therapy long after childbirth.
Postpartum recovery isn’t easy — but you can certainly make it look like it is with the help of a high-quality postpartum girdle. We want to help you through this process by providing the best medical-grade after pregnancy support garments designed to increase your muscle stability and slim your belly.