And on today’s edition of things you definitely never thought about before you were pregnant; the best postpartum underwear! That’s right, you won’t be sliding right back into your pre-pregnancy panties. You and your body worked so hard creating your precious new baby, and after giving birth you are going to need to give yourself a little extra care to stay comfortable and happy.
Cesarean or vaginal birth moms will both need to look into postpartum underwear to keep things all good down there. Here are the best postpartum panties on the market now, plus a few tips for new moms.
Why You Need Postpartum Underwear
Postpartum underwear is designed to keep this messy and sometimes sore time in your life the easiest it can possibly be. Whether it is postpartum bleeding or just simply soreness, normal panties will likely not provide the same kind of help or be gentle enough for you post-delivery.
You will want to find a pair that provides you with support and protection with materials and shapes that won’t irritate stitching and are comfortable for your postpartum body.
They will likely also provide some type of compression which will help you to move around easier and heal faster. Compression underwear is something that you will be so happy to have and is one of the best underwear for after birth.
You want to look for a super breathable pair because this is what prevents infection by keeping your vaginal area dry and gives air to wounds that are still healing.
If you are in need of a some-more relief, check out our DIY padsicles, they are a lifesaver.
Materials to Look For in Postpartum Underwear
- Postpartum Mesh Underwear – You will likely find this material in disposable pairs of underwear. While it isn’t the strongest, you do not need it to last for very long. It’s extremely breathable which is one of the most important factors.
- Wick Moisture
- Microfiber- Microfiber is a bit stronger material than mesh, but is very absorbent.
- Cotton- This is the go-to comfy material for underwear, making it a great choice for postpartum. Your skin won’t be irritated by it and it’s still breathable like the others.
- Spandex- If you are a fan of compression style underwear for postpartum, they will probably be made of a spandex material.
- Silicone Panel – Some postpartum underwear styles have a silicone panel to help soothe C-section scars or a pocket to hold an ice pack.
Choosing Your Style – Best underwear for postpartum
There is really no right or wrong here. There are multiple types of underwear for postpartum. Your choice should be more about what you feel most comfortable in! Below are the most common options and highest rated postpartum underwear.
- Full Briefs
- Low Rise
- C-Section Specific
Best Postpartum Underwear
Kindred Bravely High-Waisted Postpartum Recovery Panties – 2020 Favorite
Kindred Bravely has our favorite nursing bras because of their amazing comfort. You won’t have to sacrifice comfort with these ultra-soft, high-waisted recovery panties – a must-pack for your hospital bag! These underwear can be used for vaginal delivery, post-op, or C-section recovery.
The postpartum underwear is made of ultra-stretchy fabric that sits above your waist (or C-section incision) and naturally conforms to your changing body. A perfect transition from your mesh hospital underwear, these panties offer plenty of room for pads, and the wide, lace waist won’t rub or dig in.
No one said that postpartum panties couldn’t be pretty! While many of postpartum panties are high waisted, these post-pregnancy underwear sit right under your bump, because yes you will still have one for a bit, and they come in multiple feminine colors with lace. They will hold a maternity panty just as well as any other option, but stray away from them if you have has a C-section because they won’t protect your healing scar. Check out their amazing reviews on Amazon – Over 5,000 Reviews and 4.5 Stars!
I think the name pretty much gets you on this one, they are beyond soft and that is probably exactly what you will be looking for. Fruit of the Loom is fairly inexpensive, so they will take care of the job. They are machine washable but you can toss them when it’s done.
These are great underwear especially in the first few weeks as your tummy shrinks down.
If you are worried about leaks, these are an option that will give you a little extra protection. They come in an assortment of colors and are made of a combination of spandex, nylon, and cotton.
These comfy black panties will give you the full coverage you need after giving birth. Many moms say they are a perfect fit and really great quality. They are super stretchy which is perfect for the changing body of a new mom.
Upspring C-Panty High Waist
Your body might not go straight back to normal, but that doesn’t mean your waist can’t have it all together. These high waist spandex blend panties will hold you in, in all the right places.
They pull up far over your belly button too. Thus, making them a great option for those dealing with a C-section recovery who need to prevent the band from rubbing against their surgery dressing. These also have the silicone panel to help soothe those c-section scars.
These panties come in various packs with fun colors and designs. More than being just cute, they are one of the few other great options for moms who don’t want to wear anything high-waisted. They criss-cross to fit under your bump without the pressure of a seam. They come in lots of sizes as well because every booty deserves a comfy fit.
You might not want to live with this postpartum phase of life forever, so these disposable pants are the perfect option. Instead of living in your drawer forever, they are meant to be thrown in the trash after 20 years.
Having options is always good, right? Sloggi makes a couple of different fits of underwear making it easy to find your perfect pair. Plus they’re comfy, soft, and breathable.
This is another pair of underwear that will help you hold it all together. Not only will the hold in those (ginormous) maternity pads, but they will help hold together your stomach muscles which will probably be in need of a little help too.
When you picture that aisle in your favorite grocery store”¦ or more likely Target”¦ that carries everything you need for your dreaded time of month there is probably one brand that stands out in your imagination. I know for me that brand is Always. They have my trust. Now they have come up with a disposable postpartum underwear option that has a built-in pad and odor protection.
In addition to Postpartum underwear check out postpartum girdles or belly wraps to help with your comfort level.
Ok mamas, I hope our breakdown of the best postpartum panties will help you find the right pair for you. There are a lot of great options for underwear after the birth of your child. Feel free to message us with any questions or visit our Facebook Moms group where we have a great group of moms helping each other out. There are a lot of great options now available.
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