Pregnancy changes a lot about a woman’s wardrobe — before and after the baby arrives. First comes swapping jeans for stretchy maternity pants, eventually needing to size up in bras and shoes, but then come the post-delivery switch-ups. As beautiful as childbirth is, delivery takes a toll on a woman’s body; it also takes a toll on your underwear drawer. So for the new mama anxious to slip right back into those silky bikini bottoms as soon as you’re out of the hospital, hold off. Instead, invest in a few pairs of postpartum panties — you’re going to need them.
The unfortunate reality is that while you now have an adorable newborn to love on, you’re also going to have to love on your nether regions a little more, too. To wit, if you have a vaginal delivery, you’ll experience lochia, a vaginal discharge not unlike a heavy period that lasts anywhere from four to six weeks, so you’re going to want extra padding to make it more comfortable. You’re not off the hook if you have a cesarean, either, as the incision is made right above the pubic hairline, so you’ll need a pair of undies that are especially gentle around the area.
Granted, none of this sounds particularly glamorous, but we promise “postpartum panty” doesn’t translate to granny panty — though to be fair, not every pair is going to be unbelievably sexy. That being said, your body has been through a lot over the past nine months, and needs a little time to get its groove back. Grant yourself that grace, and invest in a few pairs of the best postpartum panties before you give birth.
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1. Kindred Bravely High Waist Postpartum Panties
Not all postpartum panties are going to be super chic, but this five pack from Kindred Bravely definitely is. New moms can choose from three sets — a solid colors assortment, lacy neutrals or print/solid combos — depending on your style, and sizes range from XS to XXL. The undies are made with nylon and spandex, and feature a full-coverage, slimming, wide lace band that’s soft, non-itch and won’t pinch. They’re functional, fashionable and can be comfortably worn up to 12 months postpartum.
2. Wirarpa Women’s Briefs Underwear
It’s an age-old question: boxers or briefs? For new moms, we’re going to go with the latter. Wiarpa’s cotton/spandex postpartum panty features a stretchy, double-layered high-waisted band that rests snuggly along the waistline and a wide, breathable crotch area that’s roomy enough for extra padding when you experience lochia or have your period. And because there are no panty lines, you can feel comfortable and confident sporting a pair under dresses, skirts or in yoga pants and workout leggings.
3. Motherhood Maternity Postpartum Seamless Panty
A cesarean is major surgery, so for new moms who recently endured a C-section, you need to stock up on postpartum panties that are both supportive yet gentle on the healing area. Mother Maternity seamless panties provide the optimal balance of both. Each pair is made from a blend of cotton, nylon and spandex, and combined with the brand’s seamless technology are made breathable for comfortable all-day wear. Note: these panties do have fold-over waistbands, but the fabric isn’t bulky, so you can still wear them under clothes sans panty lines.
4. Innersy High Waisted Briefs
Yet another brand making a case for briefs postpartum, Innersy pairs offer both post-delivery support and tummy control. Of course, no one expects your body to bounce back to what it was pre-baby, and even if it never returns to its original shape, that’s also totally fine. You should never feel pressured to look a certain way after giving birth (or, you know, ever), but there’s also nothing wrong with wanting a little help shaping and smoothing that area. That being said, Innersy’s postpartum panty features high-waisted tummy control via a 360-degree tightening effect that’s gentle yet effective. These panties also offer wearers full back coverage and add a little light to your bum, so you can feel a little sexy and accentuate those postpartum curves a little more proudly.
5. Annenmy High Waist Brief Panties
Annenmy’s high-waisted panties are essentially a hammock for your lady parts. These comfy briefs are high-rise with the waistband resting just below the belly button for optimal tummy support and slimming (if that’s what you’re looking for). They’re also made from a combination of cotton and nylon, so they feel as soft as they look.