Motif postpartum garments provide long-term changes

Top 5 Reasons Postpartum Compression is Different than Spanx

By Rebekah Mustaleski, CPM

You’ve just had a baby – congratulations!! – and now you’ve entered into the transitional period called “postpartum.” Since your baby is no longer occupying the space in your abdomen, all of your organs and muscles are settling back into their usual places. Your abdominal muscles, which stretched apart to make room for baby, are slowly coming back together. Your connective tissues and ligaments that softened to make space for the birth are shrinking and firming up. Your hips, pelvis, and spine are re-aligning too.

Lots of change is still happening inside and using compression is a great way to support all of the work your body is doing. It may be tempting to pick up your trusty old Spanx, but let me tell you my top five reasons why Motif’s Postpartum Compression Garment is a better option!

1. Abdominal Support vs Tummy Sculpting

Spanx are designed to sculpt your tummy and make your body look smooth on the outside, which may be what you want for a night out on the town, but you’ll want a long-term fix for your abdominal muscles after you’ve had a baby.

Spanx can help your tummy look good for an evening, but a postpartum recovery garment will help bring your abdominal muscles back together and avoid persistent diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation). When these muscles are given the support they need in the postpartum, you’ll be setting yourself up for a firmer, flatter tummy, even without the Spanx!

Motif Medical postpartum recovery band

Spanx are designed to sculpt your tummy and make your body look smooth on the outside, which may be what you want for a night out on the town, but you’ll want a long-term fix for your abdominal muscles after you’ve had a baby.

Motif postpartum recovery garment build a strong core

Spanx can help your tummy look good for an evening, but a postpartum recovery garment will help bring your abdominal muscles back together and avoid persistent diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation). When these muscles are given the support they need in the postpartum, you’ll be setting yourself up for a firmer, flatter tummy, even without the Spanx!

2. Pelvic Support vs Side Slimming

With so much of your core unable to support you during postpartum, I can see why some side slimming might sound nice, but sometimes it causes more trouble than it’s worth! Think of your abdomen like a tube of toothpaste: if you squeeze the middle of it, where does all the toothpaste go? To the top and bottom, right? So, one of the issues with side slimming in the postpartum is that it increases the pressure that’s put on the pelvic floor.

Your pelvic floor is one of the sets of muscles that has been relaxed and stretched during pregnancy, so it’s not in any condition to support that increased workload and this can lead to prolapses and hernias. No one wants that!

Motif’s Postpartum Recovery Garment supports both your pelvic floor and your abdomen so that all of these areas will come back together to form a strong core. Once these sets muscles have had the time they need to be a firm foundation around your abdomen, they will hold you steady during your daily activities and hopefully you’ll have avoided any additional problems along the way.

With so much of your core unable to support you during postpartum, I can see why some side slimming might sound nice, but sometimes it causes more trouble than it’s worth! Think of your abdomen like a tube of toothpaste: if you squeeze the middle of it, where does all the toothpaste go? To the top and bottom, right? So, one of the issues with side slimming in the postpartum is that it increases the pressure that’s put on the pelvic floor.

Your pelvic floor is one of the sets of muscles that has been relaxed and stretched during pregnancy, so it’s not in any condition to support that increased workload and this can lead to prolapses and hernias. No one wants that!

Motif Medical postpartum recovery garments provide pelvic support

Motif’s Postpartum Recovery Garment supports both your pelvic floor and your abdomen so that all of these areas will come back together to form a strong core. Once these sets muscles have had the time they need to be a firm foundation around your abdomen, they will hold you steady during your daily activities and hopefully you’ll have avoided any additional problems along the way.

3. Good Posture vs Smooth Silhouette

Spanx-like products are known for giving women a nice smooth silhouette, which is lovely. But do you know what’s even more lovely? A woman who is standing straight and tall with good posture. A smooth silhouette with a slouched back (maybe from the hours spent feeding or changing a baby?), doesn’t look so great–not to mention all of the aches and pains that come from spending your day with your spine hunched and out of alignment! Keeping good posture is particularly difficult in the postpartum because of the lack of core strength available in the first several weeks.

Postpartum compression has been shown to help new moms keep good posture, even with all the time spent looking at and caring for their baby. As the muscles and ligaments firm back up, and with the spine in proper alignment while that happens, you’re setting yourself up for a gorgeous silhouette—and fewer aches and pains.

postpartum compression improves posture

Spanx-like products are known for giving women a nice smooth silhouette, which is lovely. But do you know what’s even more lovely? A woman who is standing straight and tall with good posture. A smooth silhouette with a slouched back (maybe from the hours spent feeding or changing a baby?), doesn’t look so great–not to mention all of the aches and pains that come from spending your day with your spine hunched and out of alignment!

Keeping good posture is particularly difficult in the postpartum because of the lack of core strength available in the first several weeks.

Postpartum garments help keep good posture

Postpartum compression has been shown to help new moms keep good posture, even with all the time spent looking at and caring for their baby. As the muscles and ligaments firm back up, and with the spine in proper alignment while that happens, you’re setting yourself up for a gorgeous silhouette—and fewer aches and pains.

4. Long term Effects vs Temporary Help

One of the most important differences between a postpartum recovery garment and Spanx is the purpose behind each one. Spanx isn’t designed to make any lasting changes to your body. It’s made to be a temporary fix for a few hours. A postpartum recovery garment, however, is specifically created to facilitate long-term, lasting changes as your body restores itself after delivery.

Postpartum garments provide long term effects unlike Spanx

Postpartum compression helps rebuild a strong core, maintain good posture during the long nights and days of parenting, and provides the support many women need as they resume their daily activities. By using a postpartum garment, you’re aiding your body in the work of postpartum recovery and giving yourself a head start in looking your best the next time you’re ready for a night out on the town!

5. Out of Pocket vs Covered by Insurance

If the first four reasons haven’t already convinced you that a postpartum compression garment is different than Spanx, here’s one more: Motif’s Postpartum Recovery Garment is an FDA-listed Medical Device and is eligible for coverage by your insurance company. This isn’t just spandex to make your waist smaller—this is a device specifically created to be used after delivery and shown to be helpful in reducing complications and creating a smoother recovery. Even the insurance companies have seen the difference this garment will make in getting you back to your everyday activities!

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Rebekah Mustaleski, Certified Professional Midwife

About the Author

Rebekah Mustaleski is a Certified Professional Midwife with Roots & Wings Midwifery in Knoxville, TN, where Rebekah promotes evidence-based maternity care for families seeking an out of hospital delivery. She is working to improve maternal outcomes during the childbearing year and to promote a sustainable business model for midwifery practices across the country. Rebekah is co-owner of Roots & Wings Midwifery, LLC as well as Treasurer for the Tennessee Midwives Association.

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