Mesh underwear after birth

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If you’re planning on having a vaginal birth chances are you’re going to want something to take care of the good china after you’ve had your baby.

Hospitals will often give you mesh underwear and/or maxi pads that look like something from a 1978 public health film, but there’s a great way to upgrades those thunderpads.

Padsicles!!

Yep, padsicles are a frozen treat for your sore exit and they are incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. My guess would be six would do the trick (you can always make more).

Here’s a quick video to show you how to make a padsicle:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Extra Heavy Over Night Pads – the bigger the better because there ain’t no party like thunderpad party. Try to get them without wings if you’re wearing mesh underwear or boyshorts because they just get in the way.
  • Witch Hazel – skip the alcohol. Save booze for your face bits, not your lady bits
  • Aloe Vera Gel – be sure it’s unscented and free from alcohol because that would probably jack up the sting factor
  • Lavender Oil (optional) this helps speed healing and smells nice.
  • Large Ziplock bags – to hold your pad stash in the freezer.

Padsicle Step-by-Step

  1. Unfold your pad – if it has wings, remove the tabs but save them because you’ll need to put them back on
  2. Saturate the pad with the witch hazel – about three or four tablespoons so the pad is good and soaked
  3. Pump or spoon about two tablespoons of aloe onto the pad
  4. Add one or two drops of lavender oil (Feel free hum a Mary Poppins tune here)
  5. Use the back of a spoon to spread the aloe and lavender evenly over the pad
  6. Gently refold your pad (reuse your wing tabs so the whole thing doesn’t stick together)
  7. Put your pads in your Ziploc bag and pop it in the freezer

Once you’re ready to feel the ‘ah’, simply remove the pad from the freezer and let it thaw a bit (you want cold, not frozen because you don’t want to have to explain that kind of frostbite) and use it as you would a regular pad. These do get wet so consider sitting on a towel or in a place where you don’t mind leaving a bit of a puddle.

It sounds like 6 or 8 will get you through the storm, but they are pretty easy to make so feel free to just make a couple to see what you think.

If you’re lucky, someone will give you a set of these with a tub of ice-cream and a frozen lasagna. Chill, Mama!

Have you made these? I would love to know how many you ended up using. Did you find them helpful? Let me know in the comments! You know I always love your feedback.

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  • Fridababy, the company that makes the NoseFrida, has launched a new line of postpartum recovery products for women.
  • The Frida Mom line includes disposable postpartum underwear, cooling pads, witch-hazel-infused pad liners, and healing perineal foam.
  • The products are available at Amazon, Target, and Buybuy Baby.

It’s time for some blunt truths: It’s crazy what a new mom is told to do in the hospital to help her postpartum recovery. First, there’s the mesh postpartum underwear — it’s stretchy, but not very soft, and certainly worse than any Granny undies you’ve ever seen. Then, she has to figure out a way to put ice, sometimes straight from the hospital vending machine, into it — perhaps by trying to keep it contained in a newborn diaper that’s been ripped open for these purposes.

After that, she’s got to find something to absorb the bleeding, like the thickest, roughest maxi pad you’ve ever seen. And on top of that, she needs something for the swelling. The only item available? Hemorrhoid pads, which only come in circles designed to go up the bum, so she has to line her maxi pad with them like she’s making some kind of weird, open-faced salami sandwich.

When she’s all done, she has to fit that all between her legs into a very raw and sensitive area — but how?! — and then sit on a doggie wee-wee pad so that the melting ice doesn’t make a puddle in her bed. Then, the next time she has pee, she has to cross their fingers and pray that none of it has shifted, so she doesn’t have to dig around and find a loose hemorrhoid pad stuck to God-knows-where.

When she finally gets to leave the hospital, to re-create this all at home, she’ll have to go to about seven different aisles in the pharmacy to collect all the different products she needs to make her postpartum recovery sandwich. And that’s only if she managed to sneak some of the mesh underwear out of the hospital to take home. (At my hospital after I gave birth, they kept them under lock-and-key and doled them out once a day.) And this is all while dealing with sleep deprivation, fluctuating hormones, and, oh, yeah, a newborn baby.

It’s literally insane.

Thankfully, Frida Mom has stepped in and launched a new line of postpartum recovery care products that are actually, specifically designed for women to use after they give birth. (You may know the brand from its Fridababy products, like the parent-beloved NoseFrida.) Now, new moms can ditch the loose patchwork of hacks and work-arounds, and instead get products that solve a lot of the pain points new moms feel in their recovery.

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There are a few ingenious items available in the line: The disposable postpartum underwear is latex-free, sturdy, more comfortable than its mesh counterpart, and stretchy enough to fit everything else that has to go in it. It holds an instantly cooling maxi pad, which is both super-absorbant and able to stay cold for 20 minutes without any ice, the way a first-aid ice pack stays cool without a freezer. That gets topped with a witch-hazel-infused cooling liner, which replaces the circular hemorrhoid pads, and it comes in one, long strip so you don’t have to worry about losing one of your salami slices in the toilet. And then for extra pain relief, there’s also a witch hazel cooling foam, which gets absorbed into the body instead of into the pad the way a spray would. It all fits together, and goes in between a woman’s legs without too much extra bulk. (Because there’s always going to be some bulk.) Frida Mom is even offering some labor-and-delivery items, too, like a hospital gown that snaps all the way closed in the back, in case you want to walk around to help your labor along, but don’t want to flash your tush to everyone else in the hall. (It even has pockets!)

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The line is the brainchild of Chelsea Hirschhorn, CEO of Fridababy and mom to kids ages 5 ½, 3 ½, and 9 months. Hirschhorn was motivated to create it once her second child was born, and research and development took her through her third pregnancy. “After my first baby, I didn’t know what to expect, and everything was new, raw, and unfamiliar,” she says. “As a second-time mom, I felt just as unprepared. I knew what I wanted, because I had been through it before, but there was nowhere to get it. I had to wait to go to the hospital to try and get the underwear. There were no postpartum recovery sections in any stores.”

After that experience, Fridababy set out to solve the problem, although she quickly found out that she was alone, blazing a trail for postpartum recovery products. “We learned that there are 4 million babies born in the U.S. each year,” she says. “There are also countless brands that service those babies and make baby products like baby food, baby wipes, baby swaddles, everything you can imagine for newborn care. But there are maybe two brands that service the 4 million moms who are also born. That was really eye-opening for us.”

If you’re thinking, “Why hasn’t anyone done this already?” it’s because developing these types of products for retail stores wasn’t easy. “It’s really, really hard to make such premium products disposable at a universally accessible price point,” Hirschhorn says. Take, for instance, those salami-shaped hemorrhoid pads again: Hirschhorn found that there are only a few manufacturers in the world who make wipes, and there are only a small number of shapes and sizes of wipes that the machinery was able to cut; it was charting new territory to make one, long pad liner that could cover a woman’s whole perineal area.

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Getting the products onto store shelves was another hurdle, since, again, there’s no postpartum recovery section anywhere, and the line doesn’t quite belong with the feminine care products or the baby products. Plus, first-time moms might not know what they need. “Very few women actually share with each other about their physical recovery experience,” she says. “It’s also not a part of prenatal care, and it should be. There’s no way to systematize or universalize people’s postpartum experience, since everyone is slightly different, but there could be a little more openness about the fact that that 80% of women get stitches, or 72% of women get hemorrhoids the size of chestnuts and can’t sit properly.” Luckily, Hirschhorn found that retailers were open to creating a new postpartum section in their aisles, and the Frida Mom products will be carried at Target, Amazon, and Buybuy Baby.

The result will be a faster, more comfortable recovery experience for women. “We want first-time moms to feel as informed and prepared as a first-time mom,” she says. “It’s such a delicate time in a woman’s life, and it’s one of those times that knowledge is confidence. And the more confident you are, the better you’re able to recover and take care of another life.”

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You Will Want to Stock Up On This Postpartum Mesh Underwear

Moms everywhere can’t stop raving about the must-have postpartum accessory: postpartum mesh underwear. Sure, it’s anything but glamorous, but these undergarments, which you’ll get soon after giving birth, are extremely practical. And because they make those first few days of postpartum life so much easier, women have been writing odes to the “life-changing underwear.”

“They are amazing,” Colleen Temple recently opined on Motherly. “They sort of look like a hair net at first, but then you open them up and boom! They’re underwear. … They aren’t pretty. And honestly, postpartum life isn’t always either. It can be raw and tiring and foggy. You’re figuring it all out and learning as you go. But just like beauty can be found in these unattractive undies, it can also be found in this wild yet wonderful moment in time.”

Even Ali Wong and Chrissy Teigen have made public declarations of their love for the mesh undies. In an Instagram post shared not long after giving birth to her second L.O., Miles, Teigen gave Wong props for her Netflix comedy special and rocked a pair, which the celeb moms referred to as “Asian pear underwear.”

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Meanwhile, Romper’s Samantha Darby sung the praises of the panties, explaining, “Let me tell you something about these mesh underwear — they are everything you want in underwear — without the constriction — while you’re recovering from either major abdominal surgery or pushing an actual human being out of your vagina. They’re not actually supportive in the way you imagine undies to be — they don’t hold your butt up in a great shape or make you feel smooth under a pencil skirt. Instead, they’re basically a giant net to hold those enormous maxi-pads you’ll need after delivery, but they stretch over your hips and even part of your mid-section so you feel supported enough.”

And Allison Chawla wrote on The Huffington Post, “I even called a different girlfriend and asked her if she had experienced these panties, and she responded ‘Oh yes! The mesh underwear! They are huge and start at your belly button and go all the way up to the top of your butt crack!'”

Back in 2016, Edan Lepucki wrote a tribute to the mesh undies on The Cut, explaining, “To a young, healthy person like myself, this underwear is part novelty, part revelation. It’s disposable, for one. That’s right, you heard me: Disposable. Underwear. I was delighted the first time I saw them. Made of a soft, breathable netting that expanded to fit over my hips, they were incredibly comfortable. Also, because postpartum bleeding required me to straddle huge, mortifying maxi pads like I was in seventh grade again, they were practical: The underwear held the pads secure, and if something did leak, the whole mess could be tossed into the trash, forgotten forever. The underwear’s high-waisted fit made me feel like a 1950s pinup girl, and sometimes I deluded myself into believing they were flattering.”

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Given their practicality and the feeling of security they so clearly give women who’ve just given birth, it’s obvious that stocking up on postpartum mesh underwear is a must for any new mom. Thankfully, if you miss the op to stock up at the hospital, they’re available for purchase on Amazon, as well as medical supply websites.

  • By Maressa Brown

Where To Buy Postpartum Mesh Underwear, Because You’re Going To Need Some Extra Pairs

If there’s one piece of advice every seasoned mom gives a mom-to-be, it’s this: take all the goodies you can from the hospital when you leave. Literally everyone I know told me this when I was pregnant, and I made sure to clear out every drawer of my room for extra diapers, umbilical cord wipes, and giant sanitary pads. But those mesh panties? They were a little skimpy with those in our room, and I wanted to know where to buy the postpartum mesh underwear of my dreams. Seriously, I had a C-section and a ton of staples — the mesh underwear was half the reason I recovered so well.

Turns out, these special undies aren’t just some hospital novelty and you don’t have to steal them from the produce department like you’re some kind of Asian pear. (Thanks, Chrissy Teigen.) Like all good things, you can actually find the mesh underwear at Amazon and there are several different brands. Apparently this type of undergarment is also popular for those suffering from incontinence, so it’s not entirely unheard of to order packs. You can also find it at nearly any medical supply website, especially if you’re hoping to order several pairs.

Maybe you’re preparing to stock up because everyone told you to, but you’re not sure why. Let me tell you something about these mesh underwear — they are everything you want in underwear — without the constriction — while you’re recovering from either major abdominal surgery or pushing an actual human being out of your vagina. They’re not actually supportive in the way you imagine undies to be — they don’t hold your butt up in a great shape or make you feel smooth under a pencil skirt. Instead, they’re basically a giant net to hold those enormous maxi-pads you’ll need after delivery, but they stretch over your hips and even part of your mid-section so you feel supported enough. As Allison Chawla wrote for The Huffington Post, “I even called a different girlfriend and asked her if she had experienced these panties, and she responded ‘Oh yes! The mesh underwear! They are huge and start at your belly button and go all the way up to the top of your butt crack!'”

But don’t think of them as a cool pair of hipster panties. Chawla also wrote, “It provides NO support other than acting as a sling for the giant pad you have to wear after childbirth. Other than that, it’s like wrapping a loose band of gauze around your butt and stomach, which by the way, will both feel like they are sagging after your baby comes out.”

I mean, she’s not wrong.

But the thing about these mesh panties that I found the most amazing part? They’re disposable. So, OK, imagine you’re having the worst period of your life and you ruin your favorite thong. Are you going to spend an hour scrubbing that fabric with OxiClean and hoping the stain comes out? Probably not. To be honest, you were probably wearing your “period panties” on the worst period of your life, and if you tell me you don’t have a pair of those, I won’t believe you. Everyone has a few pairs of underwear specifically meant for those days when their uterus is shedding its lining, so imagine the mesh panties having that same function. Except, when you go to change your pad and notice there was a lot of leakage, you can just throw the entire thing away. Magic, am I right?

To really round out the entire postpartum bleeding package, may I also suggest grabbing yourself a peri bottle for some easy, painless cleansing? It’s like a bidet, but just for moms. You know, because you deserve it.

If you’ve never had a baby, you’ve probably never heard of postpartum underwear. That’s because most people won’t tell you about the very-messy aftermath of the “beautiful” birthing process, and the measures new moms have to take to keep it contained. But this disposable mesh garment always has new moms raving. Seriously, one headline on the web refers to it as “secret, magical underwear only moms know about.”

Let’s back up and talk about the real reason postpartum underwear is so key. Whether you give birth vaginally or have a C-section, you’ll have something called lochia. Lochia is a stale, musty-smelling discharge that can last up to six weeks. At first, it’ll be dark red and can include a few blood clots (no larger than the size of a plum), according to the Cleveland Clinic. After a few days, the discharge will start to thin, first turning a light pink or brownish color and later becoming creamy or yellowish.

Sounds kind of gross, sorry. But the good news is that you don’t have to make do with typical pads to deal with it, and you don’t have to worry about getting dark red discharge all over your good underwear. That’s where postpartum underwear comes in.

What is postpartum underwear, exactly? It’s made of a soft mesh, and the style of the OG mesh stuff is like a pair of high-waisted boy shorts. But most importantly, it keeps all your junk in—and we’re not just talking about your nether bits. Postpartum underwear help hold everything in place, from C-section stitches to ultra-thick pads to that musty discharge.

The only problem is that hospitals have a tendency to skimp on how many pairs of undies you get to take home (unless you outright ask for more). So lots of new moms find themselves on the hunt when they run out of the initial supply.

So, who better to turn to than an ob-gyn for specific recs to make your postpartum life a liiiiitle bit easier? (You’ve got enough other stuff going on now, ya know.) These are the best postpartum underwear options available, as well the best and most comfortable underwear types to switch to once you’ve stopped leaking and no longer need the mesh type, according to Dara Matseoane-Peterssen, MD, director of NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital’s ob-gyn division. Stock up stat.

“This industry is changing and growing at such a rapid pace,” says Royya Sardari, a Los Angeles mother who cohosted a “cannabis cabaret” last year to celebrate the substance and provide pot education. What happened at the themed event? Live music, a burlesque performance, photography, and cannabis treats, among other things. “ partake of course, and leave feeling good about your decision to use cannabis,” says Sardari, who opened her studio space to Katie Partlow of the cannabis-friendly events company Little Face. Partlow’s legendary parties (Rolling Stone dubbed one the “best pot party in California”) will soon get a maternal spin—she’s planning a “mommy’s marijuana picnic” for May. The event will be geared toward the needs and interests of mothers, both those who already partake, and those who are interested in learning more about cannabis. Says Sardari, “I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of moms that still aren’t super cannabis savvy.”

Part of that may be because cannabis research isn’t yet super mom savvy. Psychiatrists and physicians are generally hesitant to recommend marijuana products to breastfeeding mothers due to lack of research. The InfantRisk Center—which provides research-based information on medication, pregnancy, and breastfeeding—warns that studies have shown that cannabis exposure via breast milk or in utero may cause long-term changes in the child’s mental health and behavior. However, the center also notes on its site: “We do not know much about the transfer of the active ingredient in marijuana into human milk, nor how much gets to a breastfeeding infant.” The InfantRiskCenter, which is affiliated with Texas Tech University, is currently working on a study to find out more, according to a post on their site. Marijuana is legal in 29 states for medical purposes (and in nine states and Washington D.C. for recreational use), but whether postpartum depression is recognized as a valid medical reason to use cannabis products depends on different factors: the state laws, your doctor, etc. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also discourages the use of marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding, due to insufficient data. However, what has traditionally been looked at is the THC in marijuana, which gets you high. New cannabis products often feature CBD, which doesn’t have the same effects. (Even still, Grossman says he doesn’t encourage nursing mothers to use his tinctures.) Not enough is known about products featuring CBD and how they relate to breastfeeding at this point.

Nehama Dresner, a professor of psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, does not recommend using marijuana products to treat postpartum depression. “It may be calming, but that is the equivalent of putting a Band-Aid on a problem—like having a cocktail to manage anxiety,” she says. Dresner notes that there are no double-blind placebo-controlled studies showing marijuana’s efficacy in treating depression. “But there is evidence that regular marijuana use increases the risk of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.”

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Four years ago I gave birth to my first child, a boy. The labor was almost two days long and ended in a C-section, which my husband and I hadn’t planned for. In the days after, so much of my life felt foreign. It wasn’t only the here’s-a-tiny-baby-for-you-to-keep-alive thing, but also the catheter and the sting of its removal, the surgical Steri-Strips that covered the incision at the base of my belly, the pain of sitting up. I was tired and overwhelmed, sad about the birth I’d had and the birth I didn’t. The nurses kept barging in to take my temperature and ask me if I’d pooped yet. At least they gave me the postpartum mesh underwear.

To a young, healthy person like myself, this underwear is part novelty, part revelation. It’s disposable, for one. That’s right, you heard me: Disposable. Underwear. I was delighted the first time I saw them. Made of a soft, breathable netting that expanded to fit over my hips, they were incredibly comfortable. Also, because postpartum bleeding required me to straddle huge, mortifying maxi pads like I was in seventh grade again, they were practical: The underwear held the pads secure, and if something did leak, the whole mess could be tossed into the trash, forgotten forever. The underwear’s high-waisted fit made me feel like a 1950s pinup girl, and sometimes I deluded myself into believing they were flattering.
In those early days, I cried a lot. But I also enjoyed my new underwear. I felt safe wearing them. Eight months later, when my sister had her second child, I asked if she could get me a pair, just for old time’s sake. I kept them in the back of my drawer like a talisman.
A few months ago I gave birth again, this time to a daughter. The birth occurred in my dining room — in a birthing tub, no less. Aside from my husband and our sleeping son in the next room, the house was filled with women, a coven of them: the midwives, my sister, my mother, and one of my oldest friends, who is also a midwife. Of course, there was no surgery. The midwives regularly checked the baby’s heartbeat; not once did they check my dilation. The labor was half as long as the first and I pushed for only 20 minutes. Everything went as planned, as I had dared to fantasize it would. Unlike the first time, I felt empowered by the birth of my child, exhausted but happy, and I was surrounded only by people I loved.
Nevertheless, I had the mesh underwear at the ready. A friend of mine had given birth three months prior and had passed along a handful of unused pairs. When I slipped one on, their comforting aspects calmed me immediately. My dear mesh underwear! That first night I slept on a puppy pad over the bedsheet, in case of any unseemly leaks. I remember thinking that the underwear would keep everything in place, save me and the linens. I was right. The next morning, I took a godly shower and was grateful for a new pair.
Even as I marveled at how different my two labors had been, my postpartum experiences shared certain similarities. After each birth, I had a perfect baby to get to know. I also had the fact of my physical self to contend with. What had once been on the inside — a human being! — was now on the outside, and it was my body’s job to complete the process. This transition, both times, felt so private: the smell, the mess, the fatigue, the cramps as my uterus shrank back to its original size. It wasn’t easy. No matter what type of birth you have, this process remains the same. It isn’t glamorous. You have a body, you are a body.
Soon after I gave birth to my daughter, my midwives taught me the phrase “Day Threeness,” which refers to the third day after a child is born, when a mother’s hormones really go wild and she can feel emotional, freaked out, and even depressed. For some mothers, Day Threeness appears only briefly, while for others it settles in for a while. Either way, it can be intense. The mesh underwear serves as a kind of shield against Day Threeness. Or, if not a shield, at least a way to say: Hey, we did this big crazy thing called childbirth and we can’t wear regular underwear for a while! That’s okay! You’ll be okay! The proof of childbirth is the baby, obviously, but the body also shows what happened, and it also needs to be taken care of. The mesh underwear recognizes this fact. It allows you to acknowledge the physical challenges of childbirth, and in that acknowledgment, surmount them.
In the past few months I’ve talked about the power of the mesh underwear with other mothers. The women I talked to are not all alike, and they don’t share the same birth stories and child-rearing philosophies. But they agreed with me on this one element of postpartum life. Whether they had a home or a hospital birth; whether they had a vaginal delivery or a cesarean; whether their cesarean was scheduled or emergency; whether they refused an epidural or requested one; whether they resented their birth experience or celebrated it: they all loved this underwear. One friend admitted to wearing it for far longer than necessary; another told me she requested extra pairs, knowing how much she depended on them the first time she gave birth. In a parenting climate that is so often divisive and judgmental, this agreement, this unity, is refreshing.
Last weekend I passed along three unworn pairs to a pregnant friend who is due at the end of the month. I tied the small pile with a pink ribbon. It occurred to me that all new mothers should save a pair to give away to a pregnant woman they love. “Here you go,” we can say, and describe how alternately strange, great, and trying the postpartum experience is. We can warn about Day Threeness, and also assure our friends that it’ll be all right. “Don’t worry. You’ll love this underwear.” And, like that, in this small way, one woman can connect with another, and another, and another.
Long live the mesh underwear, the thing that brings us together.

As your belly expands along with the rest of you, wearing your old underwear will become increasingly difficult.

Just remember you’re basically squeezing two people into that pair of underwear now, not just one.

So don’t feel bad about outgrowing your favorite lingerie — you’ll be back in it soon enough.

For now, you need to find the best maternity underwear you can. You’ll be spending a lot of time in them over the next few months so you don’t want anything that’s going to be uncomfortable.

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When to Start Wearing Maternity Underwear

There’s no hard and fast rule as to when you should make the switch. Some women gain a lot of weight right from the beginning of their pregnancy, but others only pile on the pounds in the last few months. Maternity underwear can help you feel more comfortable when you’re in late pregnancy.

Women who were at a healthy weight before their pregnancy began should expect to gain anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds while they are pregnant (1). A woman with a healthy weight won’t gain much during her first trimester of pregnancy — only about 2 to 4 pounds. After that you’ll usually gain about a pound a week.

So while you probably won’t need maternity underwear for the first few months, you might want to have some ready to go once you hit your last trimester.

Women who are overweight before pregnancy don’t need to gain more than 15 pounds (2). If that applies to you, you may not even need maternity underwear.

How Many Pairs Will I Need?

That depends upon how often you want to do laundry, but remember that your energy will start to evaporate during your pregnancy.

So unless you’re certain you’ll have the energy to do laundry twice a week, you’ll want to make sure you have a week’s worth of underwear on hand.

When I was pregnant, I felt like I had been hit with a tranquilizer dart in the last trimester. I was so tired all the time, it was unbelievable. Some days, the thought of doing laundry seemed like an impossible undertaking.

Types of Maternity Underwear

If this is your first pregnancy, you may never have even considered pregnancy panties before. But like non-maternity underwear, there are more than a few options. Do a little research before you stock up to make sure your choice fits your lifestyle.

Over-the-bump Styles

These are extra long and full to cover your bump, with the waistband hitting well over your navel, and if you’re heavily pregnant, perhaps up around your ribcage.

While not the most flattering styles, these are great for women wanting more support and coverage, or during winter when you don’t want an exposed bit of belly getting cold. They’re best for bigger bumps or preventing chafing if you don’t like the feeling of your belly against the rest of your clothing.

Under-the-bump Styles

This style is a lot prettier and may even pass as a regular pair of panties when you’re not pregnant. Low-rise underwear is more lightweight and stays out of your way, but may not work for women who want the coverage and support of something sturdier. These styles are great for the earlier months and are often less visible under clothing.

Special Feature Underwear

Some companies make maternity underwear with extra absorbent panels for incontinence or simply to help you feel dry and comfortable as you go about your day. Others are built with heavy-duty support panels for bigger bumps, or “seamless” designs so you avoid visible panty lines.

Lastly, just because you’ve already made a baby, doesn’t mean you’re not still, uh, “trying.” There are some gorgeous maternity lingerie lines out there that can accommodate a bump while still making you feel sexy and beautiful.

Choosing the Best Maternity Underwear

When you’re shopping for maternity underwear, there are a few things you’ll want to think about:

  • Style: To me, the low riders are the best bet because some days I didn’t want anything touching my stomach. Also, lowriders leave far fewer panty lines. But many women prefer high risers that cover and support their belly. It’s your choice.
  • Size: You don’t just have to consider your current size, but you also need to calculate how many weeks you still have to go and how much weight you could potentially gain during that time. Some women gain far more than 35 pounds while they are pregnant — I’ve known some that gained 60 pounds. If you’re underweight to begin with or you’re expecting twins, you might gain a lot.
  • Comfort: If you don’t want to go the granny panty route, there are a lot of fashionable women’s maternity underwear out there. Choose underwear that makes you feel good about yourself, whether they’re fashionable or just super comfortable. You’re doing a lot of hard work — you shouldn’t stress about your underwear.

The Best Maternity Underwear of 2020

Here are our favorite maternity underwear picks for 2020:

1. Giftpocket Under Bump

Best Cotton Maternity Underwear

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Cotton is a comfortable, durable fabric that washes well use after use. You’ll appreciate how stretchy cotton underwear can accommodate your expanding belly as you get closer to your due date. With cotton underwear you won’t have to worry about tight waistbands that hug your belly too closely.

These are made out of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex, giving them superior stretch.

For women who find they want as little touching their bellies as possible, these sit on the low waist, giving you moderate coverage on your rear so you won’t have anything hanging out.

You’ll get three pairs of underwear in one pack and they’ll all be different colors. The material is really soft and breathable.

Because these sit under your belly, you won’t get the annoying problem of your underwear rolling down instead of it staying up over your bump.

2. Intimate Portal Under Bump Maternity Panties

Best Maternity Underwear for Dresses

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When you’re wearing dresses while you’re pregnant, you need two things from your panties. You don’t want them to have a lot of visible panty lines, and you don’t want them to be so tight that you get a muffin top that grabs more attention than your belly bump does.

This very low rise underwear won’t give you panty lines when you’re wearing a dress. Thanks to these bad boys, your belly will be the star of anything you wear, not your undergarments.

Even if you’re carrying low, these will ride lower.

They come in packs of five or three, depending on which colors and patterns you choose.

For the safety and wellbeing of your baby, these have an interesting extra feature — they use a light color to line the gusset so you’ll be able to detect any spotting right away and alert your doctor if there’s a potential problem.

3. NBB Lingerie High Cut Maternity Panties

Best Over the Bump Maternity Underwear

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For women who don’t like low rise underwear, there are a number of over the bump choices out there. When looking for a high rise pair, you’ll want to find something that doesn’t gradually slide down. It needs to stay put so you aren’t constantly tugging it back up.

These will reach your belly button, and stay there. They won’t slip or slide. They also offer gentle support with a light band that won’t press uncomfortably into your belly. Made of cotton, these won’t feel hot or scratchy.

This brand is made to adjust to your ever-changing size and shape. They’ll keep expanding as your belly grows in late pregnancy, but after your baby is born, you’ll be able to wear them as postpartum underwear, too, where the support will come in handy yet again.

4. Kindred Bravely Under The Bump Maternity Underwear

Best for Jeans

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When you’re looking for maternity underwear to wear with jeans, you don’t want anything too thick or else you’ll have bulges and telltale panty lines. You also don’t want your underwear to slide down because adjusting them while you’re wearing jeans is a literal pain in the butt.

Pregnant women can struggle with self-esteem issues as their body experiences rapid changes. As your belly grows bigger, you may feel you need to ditch your normal clothes for things you find frumpy. But you don’t have to!

This type of maternity underwear allows you to wear your favorite clothes, including jeans, without excess bulk and discomfort. With a low waist and ultra soft fabric, it conforms to the natural curves of your changing body.

The bikini style provides the coverage you’re looking for, especially during the third trimester, but fits smoothly underneath jeans and other pants.They’re available in packs of three and five.

5. Rosie Pope Seamless Maternity Hipster Panty

Best Seamless Maternity Panties

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For the ultimate comfort when you’re pregnant, you may want to check out seamless underwear. Sometimes the raised seams can be irritating and that’s especially true if your underwear is tight. Pregnancy already comes with enough aches and pains without creating any more.

These are seamless so you won’t experience any uncomfortable rubbing from thick, irritating seams. They’re easy to take care of — you can just throw them in the washing machine.

They don’t look like a maternity item at all, and you’ll be able to wear these during your postpartum time.

A lace trim at the top gives it a feminine and stylish appearance. They come in seven different colors to choose from so you can wear a different color every day of the week.

6. Belevation Maternity Support Briefs

Best with Extra Support

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If you’re on your feet a lot during the day when you’re pregnant, you might need a little extra help. The strain of pregnancy can take a toll on your ligaments, hips and back. Sometimes just a little extra support can be enough to get you through the worst of the pain and discomfort.

If you’re in pain because of the weight of your expanding belly, you won’t care if your underwear looks like granny panties as long as it helps you feel better. That’s where this Belevation underwear comes in.

Made out of nylon and spandex, these are seamless so they won’t cause any uncomfortable rubbing on skin that’s already stretched out and itchy. They’ll also offer comfortable support without feeling like you’re wearing a suffocating pair of Spanx!

Nothing should be tight or uncomfortable in pregnancy-you want the best blood circulation to your body and your baby.

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Katelyn Holt RN, BSN, BC

They ride up very high over your belly and will offer support for your lower back, too.

7. Motherhood Maternity Fold Over Brief Panties

Best for Every Trimester

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A pair of fold over underwear works well at any point during your pregnancy because of its special multipurpose design. As your body changes, these panties adapt to meet your needs.

When your baby bump is still small, keep the underwear folded down to prevent unnecessary bunching. As your bump grows, you can fold up the top panel for support. Plus, it will still fold down and rest comfortably underneath your bump if you wish.

These panties are made of 95 percent cotton, 5 percent spandex, and feature a comfortable brief silhouette. Each pack comes with three pairs of underwear.

8. GEPAI 5 Pack Cotton Maternity Panties

Best Value for Money

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You’re only going to be wearing maternity underwear for the last few months of your pregnancy and a few weeks afterward as you slowly work some of that baby weight off. This means you may not want to spend a fortune on something you’re not going to use for very long.

During pregnancy, you start to accumulate a lot of things and it can take a toll on your pocketbook. This value pack of cotton maternity panties provide you with essential comfort without breaking the bank.

Each pair has a low rise, crossover design. They fit comfortably under your baby pump during any trimester without adding extra pressure or getting bunched up. The extra wide leg bands also mean they won’t cut into your thighs.

You get five pairs of underwear in a pack, each in a different color, making it a great choice for moms trying to stick to a budget.

9. ALC Seamless Knit

Best Disposable Maternity Underwear

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When you’re getting ready to go into the hospital to deliver your baby, you may want a set of disposable maternity panties to go with you. Childbirth is a miracle, but it can also be pretty gross. If you want to spare your regular underwear, you’ll need disposables that you can toss and forget about.

These disposables come in a pack of 15. They’re a good option for pre and post delivery in the hospital and they’re thin since, as a disposable, they only need to last you one wear.

These are lightweight, breathable and they’ll stretch to ensure your comfort, and they’re a perfect choice for holding post surgery dressings in place without applying too much pressure to them. That’s ideal for women who have stitches from C-sections.

The leg bands and the waist are soft elastic. While these are designed to be disposable, they can actually be reused for a while if you wash them by hand or in the delicate cycle.

10. Hanky Panky Women’s Low Rise Thongs

Best Sexy Underwear

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Do you feel like you’ve lost your femininity and sense of style during your pregnancy? Reclaim your sexy self with these lace maternity thongs. Made of durable lace, they stretch easily to fit any body size and shape.

The v-front and v-back waistband is both flattering and comfortable. Because of the low rise, Our favorite part is the seamless look you’ll get when wearing your favorite fashionable outfits, including dresses, pants, and shorts. You’ll get a great boost of confidence as you capture the spirit of your old self and start to love your new self.

Each pack comes with five pairs of thong underwear, which should be hand washed to ensure they last throughout your pregnancy.

The Bottom Line

Our top pick for the best maternity underwear is the Giftpocket underwear. While it may boast one of the lower price tags, their quality is anything but low. They’re soft and have that great V shape for women who don’t like their underwear to rest on their bellies while they’re pregnant.

They’re even better value than they first seem since you’ll be able to continue wearing them after you have your baby and before you shed the baby pounds. They’ll hold up well in the wash without fading or shrinking.

No matter what underwear you end up selecting, just remember — the awkwardness or even pain you’re feeling is only temporary, and you’ll forget about most of it the minute you first look into your child’s eyes.

Mesh Underwear / Mesh Panties for Postpartum

Usually comprised of breathable, soft materials that allow for optimum airflow, postpartum mesh underwear provides the wearer with a sense of security and the knowledge that leaks are now less likely.

Mesh Underwear Uses

Hospital mesh underwear are most commonly used by individuals to comfortably hold large pads in place during postpartum bleeding. (Postpartum bleeding typically lasts up to 10 days, although staining may continue until 6 weeks or later.) Besides maxi pads, disposable hospital underwear have the capacity to hold perineal ice packs and tucks in place, making them a great all-in-one perineal care panties for after birth. Although they are sometimes referred to as maternity mesh underwear, the lack of stomach support from these panties make them more suitable for the fourth trimester than before the baby is born.

These are also perfect for long-term wear following a C section, hysterectomy, major abdominal surgery, or urinary tract surgery. Wearing regular underwear in these circumstances can be agonizing; avoid rubbing the area and causing unnecessary pain by wearing well-designed postpartum hospital underwear.

Disposable postpartum panties can also be used for incontinence purposes; to hold incontinence liners in place. They are ideal for use with bladder control pads, since they are shaped to hold them securely in place. This use is often referred to as the “pad and pant system”.

Mesh Panties: Typical Features & Details

Some disposable postpartum panties feature soft elastic leg openings, which are secure yet not overly tight, to prevent redness or skin marks from occurring in the thigh area.

Some mesh panties for after birth can be reused multiple times for economical purposes without becoming frayed or out of shape.

Unlike their reusable counterparts, postpartum mesh panties don’t offer stomach support (for that, a belly band may be recommended), since they are purposely not very constricting so that the wearer can experience the most possible comfort in this situation.

Reusable vs. Disposable Mesh Underwear After Birth

Discreet disposable maternity underwear are remarkably practical, and make those first few days after birth much easier to get through. The fact that they are disposable makes them ever so easy to use; after wearing it once, one can chuck it in the trash and take out a new one. This is more hygienic, and prevents ever growing laundry loads from getting even larger.

Where to Buy Disposable Underwear for After Birth or Surgery

AvaCare Medical has an expansive selection of comfortable, non-constrictive postpartum disposable panties and mesh underwear for women who have just given birth or undergone surgery. They also carry unisex reusable and disposable mesh underwear, which can be worn by males who have had surgery.

Browse our selection of comfortable postpartum and pregnancy mesh underwear at affordable prices. Find products that are better quality than typical postpartum hospital underwear and hospital maternity underwear. Choose the ones you want, and enjoy FREE next day shipping!*

If you have any questions regarding which mesh underwear will fit you or your needs best, contact our capable customer care reps, who will address your concerns and answer any questions. Chat with them onsite, or call them at 1.877.813.7799.

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