Pregnancy can be beautiful in many ways, but moms’ bodies go through a lot to bring a baby into the world. From stretch marks to C-section scars, moms’ bodies need some time to recuperate and bounce back to their pre-pregnancy form. Unlike popular shapewear products that moms may have used before pregnancy, specially designed postpartum compression garments can help moms recover from labor and delivery. Every woman is familiar with shapewear products, but there are some essential differences between postpartum compression products and shapewear that new moms need to know. 

 

Materials

One of the most noticeable differences between compression garments and shapewear is the materials used to make these products. Compression garments are designed with extremely breathable and lightweight fabric that helps moms stay comfortable as they heal. Shapewear products, on the other hand, are often made with less breathable fabrics that can irritate skin or sensitive areas like C-section or episiotomy scars. Recovering mamas should look for postpartum compression garments that are made with breathable fabric to promote safe, gradual healing.

Support

Whether it comes from a spouse helping with late-night feedings or a new grandparent moving in for a few weeks, new moms are usually thankful for some extra support. Shapewear products do exactly what they say–they shape the body through padding and compression to slim the waist, hips, or buttocks. Postpartum compression products, however, are designed to help moms heal with strategic support and compression aimed at the most vulnerable parts of moms’ bodies. Made with abdominal and pelvic support to help reduce swelling and repair muscles, postpartum compression garments are made to support new moms through every late-night breastfeeding session and diaper change.

Insurance Coverage

Babies aren’t cheap, and any opportunity to save a few dollars is welcome for many parents. Conventional shapewear products are not covered by insurance because their primary purpose is aesthetic with temporary shaping support. On the other hand, specially made compression garments for new moms are often covered through insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Insurance covered postpartum garments are considered medical devices and often need a prescription from a doctor, but many moms can receive free postpartum recovery garments through their insurance.

Comfort

Moms who have been living with swollen feet and a growing belly for months deserve some comfort, which is not always a priority in an average piece of shapewear. Postpartum compression garments are designed with only moms’ comfort and recovery in mind. These compression products may not be as comfy as a baggy pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt, but they are designed to help stabilize weak or stretched muscles, promote circulation, and reduce swelling so moms can feel their best after delivery. Additionally, the best postpartum recovery garments are designed for different delivery methods. A compression product for C-sections should have a side zipper and a seamless design to prevent irritation of the scar on moms’ abdomens, while a compression product for vaginal deliveries should have additional crotch supports that promote recovery and protect episiotomy incisions or perineal tears.

Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are not easy. Thankfully, specially designed postpartum compression garments can help moms speed up their recovery. But it’s probably best to leave the shapewear in the closet for now.

 

At Pumps for Mom, we are passionate about making moms’ lives easier, whether we are helping an expectant mom find the best insurance breast pump or working with a new mom to find the perfect recovery garment. Our range of postpartum compression garments are covered by most major insurance providers and are made with high-quality materials designed to help moms recover from the physical challenges of labor and delivery. You don’t have to do this on your own–work with the experts at Pumps for Mom and order your compression garment through insurance today!