Benefits of Maternity Shapewear during Pregnancy

Benefits of Maternity Shapewear during Pregnancy

Wearing shapewear while pregnant is somewhat of a controversial topic as women are often worried about the safety of their growing foetus. This is because compression wear is associated with restriction which doesn’t sound too comfy when you are sporting a baby bump. 

Many women, including celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian, are known to have worn body shaping garments while pregnant. If shapewear is made for the pregnant body, it’s meant to be comfortable and less of a strain on your body than constricted shapewear. 

It is true that during pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes a massive transformation, but when with suitable shapewear, women can still flaunt their curves and have a flattering look. It makes a lot of sense when you think about wearing shapewear when pregnant because it gives your body the support it needs, feels comfortable and improves body posture.  

However, the appropriate shapewear for pregnant women is Maternity Shapewear. This is because maternity shapewear is designed to ‘shape’ your body while leaving room for your baby which is more convenient than the regular shapewear. The regular shapewear might be too tight and put unnecessary pressure on different areas of your body. 

Besides creating discomfort, it can also cause pain, reduced blood circulation, heartburn, and swollen feet. Maternity shapewear with styles that have a high waist, with an opening in around the belly or styles with a light stretchable mesh around your tummy are not bad at all.

Maternity shapewear is meant to be more comfortable for you and less of a strain on your body than regular shapewear. When considering whether or not to use maternity shapewear while pregnant, it is imperative to think about you and your baby first. Will it make you feel better about yourself? If so, then wear it. But more importantly, it should be comfortable to ensure maximum safety for you and your baby.


Medical researchers are of the opinion that for the first three months of your pregnancy, you can continue to wear your regular shapewear without harming your baby. Reason being that the uterus is located under the pubic bone and the baby is safe even with a tight girdle. But after three months, the baby needs extra space to grow. it is then better to put aside your pre-pregnancy shapewear for maternity shapewear.


There are a number of reasons why you should consider maternity shapewear.

  • Makes you slimmer: It gives you a slimmer silhouette while shaping and adding support to your body for a few months.   

  • Good for your back: They are good for your back. Posture can be improved and enhanced from wearing maternity shapewear as it supports the spine, taking the pressure off the lower back & reducing back pain.   

  • No visible panty lines: With maternity shapewear, you won’t worry about visible panty lines for your entire pregnancy.

  • They widen your wardrobe: The shapewear doesn’t stop with high waisted pants. Most brands are utilizing the shaping technology within leggings, tights, and jeans to give a variety of styles that will ensure you feel comfortable and confident at all times.

  • They’re safe: As long as you choose maternity-specific shapewear and not the regular constricted versions, then this form of underwear is a great choice throughout your pregnancy.

  • No-slip or protruding: When your baby bump is growing, your old underwear and shapewear might become uncomfortable either by riding up or slipping down. Maternity shapewear perfectly stays in place for easy wear all day long.

The sole purpose of maternity shapewear is to allow you to feel and be more confident of your body without harming your baby. When pondering pregnancy and shapewear: What’s safe and what’s not, you should be careful to avoid wearing one that would constrict your belly. Look for styles that stretch with your baby bump.

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9 thoughts on “Benefits of Maternity Shapewear during Pregnancy”

    May 26, 2020 at 8:30 am

    True talk, wearing maternity shapewear not only make you look good during pregnancy but also allow the baby to be comfortable in the womb.

    Adebayo Olalekan
    May 26, 2020 at 8:36 am

    This is very educative, wearing shapewear is good but may not be all the time.
    If you are in a temperate region, you may feel more uncomfortable if wore for long period.

    Akingbolu Ayodeji
    May 26, 2020 at 8:43 am

    This is educative due to the fact that those who could not know the benefits wearing shapewear will now have bettet understanding.

    Daniel Osei
    May 26, 2020 at 8:47 am

    According to Sherry A. Ross, MD, author of
    she-ology. The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period
    , it depends on the shapewear, and on when and how much you wear it.
    “Shapewear worn during pregnancy that fits too tight or puts unwanted pressure on different areas of the body is never a good idea,” she says. “Besides creating a lot of discomfort, it can also cause pain in different parts of the body, reduced blood circulation, heartburn and yeast infections.”
    In other words, Dr. Ross says that if your shapewear is too constricting it can cause a host of problems. If you feel way too uncomfortable, have trouble breathing, or you’re in pain while wearing your shapewear, that’s a sign that it’s probably too tight for you.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I never knew wearing shape wear could be good I always thought it could harm the baby buh like u said wearing maternity shape wear with an opening on the tummy is good I am really gonna recommend this to the pregnant women.

    May 26, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Im hearing about maternity shapewears for the first time, i guess its a good option for people that wear it regularly

    Blessing Olorunsaiye
    May 26, 2020 at 10:17 am

    This is very enlightening..never knew about maternity shapewear until i saw this..i can say that its really going to be great for pregnant women..thanks for sharing

    Ojo Oladapo
    May 26, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Well, wearing maternity shape wear is good for pregnant women. It makes both the mother and the baby comfortable. It also makes the mother looks gorgeous and beautiful.

    May 26, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Wow I never knew one can wear shapewear during pregnancy, thanks for this knowledge. I will use it to enhance my body in subsequent pregnancies.

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