After giving birth, a new mom has much to think about. One thing you may not have thought of is postpartum underwear. Whether you have given birth vaginally or by C-section, you will still need to consider your options. Fortunately that does not necessarily mean granny panties or adult diapers.
First, let's think about why you need special undies after giving birth. Let's face it. You will be sore and there may be some bleeding. You will need something gentle and comfortable. It will also be a good idea to look for something with a little compression. That will make movement easier and help with the healing. Your body has taken some significant stress and may feel somewhat beaten up.
Another issue is always the concern about infections. Keeping the vaginal area dry will give everything a chance to settle back into position. So, it needs to be breathable.
Postpartum Underwear Fabrics
Fabrics will vary from one brand to another.
- Mesh – This is one of the most breathable fabrics and you can easily find them in disposables. They are not very sturdy, but you won't need them for the long term.
- Microfiber – This is stronger than mesh and is nicely absorbent.
- Cotton – An old favorite, cotton is natural and comfortable. It is absorbent and breathable.
- Spandex – If you need some compression, this is the fabric of choice.
- Silicon Panel – Some styles are designed with a silicone panel that will help with C-Section scarring or even a pocket to hold an ice pack.
Postpartum Underwear Styles
Under normal circumstances most women have a style preference and it is good to know that will carry over into postpartum underwear.
- Full briefs
- Low Rise
Here are some other ideas:
- Heavy bleeding – Some women are just prone to bleeding more than other ladies. Lochia is a postpartum discharge. It can contain blood, mucus, and uterine tissues. It can last between four and six weeks. There are brands of underwear that are designed for this purpose.
- Abdominal strengthening – Your belly has been under a lot of stress for nine months and it will not just miraculously pop back into that firm tummy you would like. Some women feel that having some support to make their clothing feel more comfortable and to aid in self confidence. They come in smooth, contained and high rise styles.
- C-Section cut – For women who have undergone a C-Section, they are advised to avoid touching the scar area. For one, you don't want an infection and two, it is pretty sensitive. Women usually opt to go with low rise or high rise. These may not stay in place as you would like them, so you might consider underwear specifically designed for C-Section moms.
Don't obsess over size designation. In fact, don't even let it come into your vocabulary. You deserve to be comfortable and you need to select the best coverage for your belly and bottom.
These underwear options come in a number of price ranges and you may be able to snag some multipack savings. Realize that you are dealing with a temporary issue but it is still important to find the right underwear during this time.