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Maternity

  • It’s Possible: Postpartum Slimming Secrets from Real Moms

    How to slim down postpartum using belly binding wraps

    Okay, mamas: belly binding—have you done it? This is an ancient practice that is used around the world, so it’s a little surprising that many modern women aren’t even aware of it.

    It’s pretty simple: using a specially designed wrap, you provide gentle compression around your abdomen in the days and weeks following childbirth. It provides support as your body heals and also helps you get your figure back!

    Don’t take our word for it; check out these real stories from real women who used Belly Bandit products postpartum.

    Post partum slimming review

    “This is me 5 days after giving birth vs. today, 19.5 weeks later. I honestly felt really good about myself in the first two pics! I felt sexy and confident and that’s what matters as you let your body heal from the crazy and amazing transformation it’s gone through. I used a belly Bandit which helped a lot and started out walking right away - but more importantly, I maintained a positive outlook on how my body looked after giving birth. I am thrilled with how I look today but I was also grateful for where I was at then.”

    Post partum weight loss secrets

    “39weeks pregnant VS 1 week postpartum. I’m using Bamboo #BellyBandit belly binder which helps me survive my first week of recovery.

    It helps lessen the pain soooo much as it keeps my incision safely compressed so I don’t use much of the muscles when I move about. It feels completely different without one and wearing one.

    I’d say it’s a post-pregnancy essential!”” Getting your pre-baby bod back

    “This is me at 37 weeks pregnant on the left and 1 month postpartum on the right. I swear by the Bamboo Belly Bandit and would recommend it to any of my friends who are expecting!!! It helped with my abdominal separation and I just loved the support it gave me and I didn’t feel so loose around my mid section…”

    New mom weight loss

    “This is the photo that I show every mom who is considering purchasing a post partum wrap. I truly believe that using the belly bandit didn’t only help support my abdomen after giving birth to my son, but it helped my muscles come back together quickly. I love how it held everything in. I used the belly bandit BFF every day and night for 6 weeks, and had spectacular reslults. Pic 1 was after 3 weeks of using the belly bandit, #2 was 20 weeks post partum!! So happy with my results. I can’t wait to use Belly Bandit products for my next baby, due in 5 weeks!”

    Weight loss secrets

    “This is the photo that I show every mom who is considering purchasing a post partum wrap. I truly believe that using the belly bandit didn’t only help support my abdomen after giving birth to my son, but it helped my muscles come back together quickly. I love how it held everything in. I used the belly bandit BFF every day and night for 6 weeks, and had spectacular reslults. Pic 1 was after 3 weeks of using the belly bandit, #2 was 20 weeks post partum!! So happy with my results. I can’t wait to use Belly Bandit products for my next baby, due in 5 weeks! “

    Post partum journey

    “ My name is Becca and I ( like other ladies before me) am super grateful for the belly bandit wrap! The results left me completely floored! The middle picture I sent was my pregnancy shot at 38 weeks. I had my (third) daughter a week later. I really wish I had known about the belly bandit when I was pregnant with my first. It took me months to get my belly back, whereas this helped me get my belly back just a few short weeks later! The top picture is my 7 weeks post baby shot. Thank you for such a wonderful product! I’m telling all of my pregnant friends about this!!!”

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  • 12 Must-Do Postpartum Waist Training & Fitness Tips

    Hourglass Angel postpartum fitness and waist training advice

    Ready to get back in shape, mama? If you've been wondering how to use waist training as part of your postpartum shape-up, then look no further. Here are twelve simple ways for new moms to get back in shape after baby.

    1. Start with a postpartum belly wrap after birth.

    You can begin postpartum belly binding almost immediately after childbirth, even while you're still in the hospital. A postpartum belly wrap provides gentle compression as your body heals. Women have been using this practice around the world for centuries to provide support during the recovery process.

    1. Drink lots of water.

    Following the birth, your body will be flushing out all the extra fluid it has been carrying, but it will still need to take in a lot. In fact, a lot of women find that they're very thirsty after birth! You might be tempted to grab the caffeine when you're so exhausted, but try to resist the urge. You should keep up staying hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day throughout your postpartum recovery — and beyond!

    1. Try to rest.

    Everyone knows that it's really difficult to get rest with a newborn around, but you should at least try. Nap when the baby naps and get a lot of help. Don't push yourself too hard for at least the first 6 weeks postpartum.

    1. Start exercising when you get your doc's approval.

    Once you've passed the 6 week mark, ask your doctor if you are approved to start exercising. You may have to wait a bit longer if you've had a C-section.

    1. Eat well from the start.

    Even if you're trying to lose weight, your body needs nutritious food during this period. Get a healthy balance of carbs, proteins and fats—and don't hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance! Stock up on small, healthy whole food snacks like unsweetened yogurt, fruit, raw veggies, nuts, etc.

    1. Use a workout band.

    Once you're healed up and you get the go-ahead to exercise, a workout band can provide slimming and support during your workouts. Here are some exercises to get your started.

    1. Work up your intensity.

    Start out slow in your workouts—you know your body best. Slowly increase the intensity while you build your strength and stamina. In the long run you should aim for workouts five days a week, 30 minutes each day. Get a good mix of cardio and strength training.

    1. Wear a waist trainer daily.

    In addition to your workout band, you'll love the shaping and support you'll get from an everyday waist trainer. You can wear one under just about anything and conceal the baby weight while you're working it off.

    1. Increase waist trainer use gradually.

    Start out wearing your waist trainer for an hour or two the first day, and then gradually add a little more time each day. You can break it up into smaller sessions if desired. For the best results we recommend you aim to wear your cincher at least 8 hours a day.

    1. Get active with your baby.

    It can be difficult to meet your fitness goals with your little one in tow, so get creative about how to bring them along. You can do a lot of stretches and workout mat exercises with your little one right next to you. Invest in a jogging stroller and go for walks and runs. See if there are any stroller fitness classes offered in your community. Or you can always find a gym that offers childcare.

    1. Size down your waist trainer!

    One of the most exciting parts about a waist training journey is the day when you discover that your first waist trainer is too loose, even when it's fastened its tightest! Celebrate by treating yourself to a smaller size and keep up the good work.

    1. Take progress photos and share them.

    If you stick to a healthy lifestyle and a dedicated waist training plan, you are going to love the results and should share them to inspire your friends! We'd love to see your stories as well so be sure to tag us on Instagram @hourglass_angel #BeTheHourglass.

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  • How and When to Start Postpartum Belly Binding

    Postpartum belly binding for new moms

    How and When to Start Postpartum Belly Binding

    If you're pregnant or you've recently had a baby, you're probably wondering: "When am I going to get my body back?"

    Don't be misled by a few celebrities who appear to bounce back the next day. It took nine months for your body to change, so it will take time to go back to its pre-pregnancy shape.

    Fortunately, there is a way to get that pre-baby silhouette back after childbirth, while also ensuring your body is healing naturally and comfortably on its own. Whether you deliver naturally or by C-section, belly binding and waist training are time-tested ways to help you regain your tummy's shape.

    Postpartum belly binding is often considered another form of waist training. It all depends on who you ask and which garments you're using. In general, we don't recommend using an ultra-high compression corset in the days immediately following childbirth. It can be very uncomfortable and put a lot of pressure on your abdomen. What's more, you will probably size down very quickly in the first few weeks as your body naturally flushes out the fluids it has been retaining, so you would need to get a smaller size garment relatively quickly.

    Instead, we recommend that new moms use belly wraps and everyday waist trainers that are designed especially for the postpartum body. Here are the features of postpartum girdles that differ from waist trainers:

    • Gentle fit: you can adjust your girdle or waist trainer to a perfect and comfortable fit, whether you're one day or several weeks post delivery.
    • Gentle compression: A postpartum waist trainer provides enough pressure to support your weak abdominal muscles as they heal, without restricting your breathing or putting two much pressure on delicate areas. This is especially important if you are healing from a C-section.
    • Comfortable materials: Postpartum belly wraps and waist trainers are soft to touch and typically use a cotton so you'll enjoy maximum comfort.

    Wondering how and when to start postpartum belly binding? You can do it from day one following your delivery. You may find that it provides immediate comfort and support during an otherwise uncomfortable time when your body is adjusting post-pregnancy.

    In the weeks that follow, adjust your garment so that it is always providing compression as your belly shrinks. Speak to your doctor about when you should start working out again – in many cases, you don't want to do any abdominal exercises during those delicate weeks when your core muscles are healing and regaining your shape.

    Not only will a postpartum belly binder support your body as you heal, you'll find that you start fitting in to non-maternity clothes much sooner! That can be a huge confidence boost during a period when you're probably going to feel exhausted taking care of a newborn.

    Generally, once you get the go-ahead from you doctor, you can start exercising again at about six weeks after childbirth. We recommend that you continue wearing the garment until you're feeling more like yourself, about two or three months after childbirth. By then you might not have lost all of the baby weight, but the postpartum girdle will be looser. This is a great time to then switch to a high-compression waist trainer.

    As with waist training, postpartum belly binding is most effective if you're eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water and staying active—again, with the approval from your doctor.

    Remember, after childbirth, the female body needs many months to get back to its pre-baby shape. But by wearing the right postpartum shapewear, you can create the appearance of an instantly slimmer waistline and increase your comfort, too.

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  • How To: Waist Training After Pregnancy | Hourglass Angel

    Tips for waist training after pregnancy

    How to Waist Train After Pregnancy with Postpartum Trainers

    One of the burning questions new moms face is, "When am I going to get my body back?"

    Your body has worked hard growing a baby for nine months, and it's only natural to want to regain your pre-baby fitness level and shape. Waist training after pregnancy is a simple way to get you on track to getting into the shape you want to be in.

    Here are our top tips on how to use postpartum waist trainers so that you're feeling like yourself again in no time:

    1. Start with gentle support.

    Following a natural birth or a C-section, your body has been through a lot of trauma. Now is not the time for a super tight steel-boned corset! We recommend using a postpartum wrap designed especially for those tender weeks following birth. It will provide the support your midsection needs as your abdominal muscles heal. Compression shorts also feel great, as they will help support your hips and pelvic floor muscles.

    1. Support your workouts.

    Once you get the go-ahead from your doctor (usually around 6 weeks postpartum), exercise is essential to strengthen all of those weakened muscles in your core, as well as to burn away the extra fat that your body accumulated during pregnancy to support your growing baby. Using a workout band is a fabulous way to intensify those workouts and help you maintain good posture. Be sure to balance strength training with cardio (we've got some great videos that can help you get started!)

    1. Gradually increase your time waist training.

    In addition to a workout band, we recommend using an everyday waist trainer that you can wear under your outfits. These can especially be a huge help if you're going back to work so you can fit into your pre-baby clothes sooner!  Start with just an hour or two a day and slowly increase the time you wear your waist trainer each day—up to about 10 hours a day.

    1. Size down when needed.

    Cinchers are designed to adjust to your changing body. As your midsection sizes down, pull the clasps tighter. Eventually you will probably need a size smaller—and that is cause to celebrate!

    1. Complement waist training with a healthy diet.

    We hope this goes without saying, but you're really working against yourself if you're not eating well during your waist training. Plus, you're not doing your recovering body any favors. We know it's hard when you have a newborn to care for, but make it a priority to prepare healthy meals with a balance of carbs, proteins and fats. Use whole ingredients and avoid processed meals; limit caffeine and alcohol as well. Before long you'll be looking great and feeling great—helping you be the best mom you can be.

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  • Gift Guide for the New Mom—Hourglass Angel

    New mom gifts: Hourglass Angel fitness products will be adored and used by the new mom-to-be.

     

    Baby Shower Gifts for the New Mom

    New mom gifts are a lot of fun to shop for—after all, those little onesies and socks are so adorable! But have you thought about what mama herself might want? Besides a backrub…get her something that will help her regain her figure (and her self-confidence) after pregnancy!

    Shapewear is the perfect way to mix it up and help her feel great after birth. Here is our most popular postpartum shapewear at Hourglass Angel, which is sure to be a hit:

    Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks

    1. Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks

    Following childbirth, new moms need gentle support as their bodies heal. Postpartum belly wrapping is a time-honored tradition practiced in cultures around the world (it's surprising that not everyone does it!). This twelve inch elastic band provides gentle pressure to the abdominal area and fits easily around post-baby bellies. The Velcro closure panel allows you to adjust it as your body changes.

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    1. Classic Waist Cincher by Amia

    Once past the initial postpartum period, new moms will want to start providing firmer compression as they continue on their journey to their pre-pregnancy shape. We recommend regular use of a waist trainer like the Classic Waist Cincher by Amia. This best-selling waist-shrinking garment is the ultimate everyday midsection shaper. Wear it under almost anything with the bra and panty styles of your choice.

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    1. Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest

    For extra support, especially for breastfeeding mamas, a vest-style waist trainer is ideal. This latex shaper vest uses firm compression shapewear technology that smooths your figure and visibly reduces inches from the waist, abdomen, and the back while you wear it. It is supported with two reinforced columns of hook and eye closures down the center of the abdomen.

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    1. Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    Of course, and active lifestyle goes a long way in helping mamas regain their shape! This workout band is designed especially for use during exercise, to maximize the intensity and help you reach your fitness goals. (Can we add that it pairs perfectly with a jogging stroller?)

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    1. Corselette by Amia

    Sometimes a mama just needs to look glamorous. This beautiful shaper will instantly make you look and feel sexy—perfect for boosting confidence at any special event. The Amia corselette hugs your hips, supports your bust, and slims your waist, all in one elegant package.

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    1. Amp Your Curves Waist Training Gel

    New moms can see dramatic results with daily waist training—but you can assist that process even further with this specially formulated gel. It targets imperfections around your waist, hips, and thighs with powerful, clinically proven body contouring ingredients, so moms can feel more confident in their own skin.

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  • 3 Must-Have Postpartum Shapers

    Essential Shapewear for New Moms 

    Summer is just around the corner, and if you're a new mom that means it's time to get lots of fresh air and some pool or beach time with your little one. This is definitely not the time to feel insecure about your post-pregnancy body.

    Here are three must-have shaping items every new mom should have in her closet. Having these on hand will help you get that pre-pregnancy body back and help you feel comfortable and confident no matter where you go this summer.

    Essential shaping garments for new moms

    1. Original Belly Bandit

    Postpartum wrapping is a no-brainer way to visibly reduce a swollen belly and aid your body in its recovery. Designed exclusively with the postpartum body in mind, the Belly Bandit provides gentle, adjustable compression to reduce water retention and help pull in loose tissue. It looks great under almost anything – making everyone wonder where that baby belly went.

    Look and feel great for summer with postpartum shapers

    1. Post-Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer

    If you're eager to fit back into your normal size pants and shorts, losing the baby weight isn't your only obstacle. Thanks to the pregnancy-induced hormone called relaxin, you may find that your hip joints got pretty loose during the pregnancy and your stance is a bit wider as a result. This hip compression belt helps gently guide your hips back into place, taking advantage of the relaxin that remains in your system postpartum, keeping your joints malleable. Get back into your favorite clothes (in comfort) in no time.

    Look and feel great for summer with postpartum shapers

    1. Stretch Nursing Tank Top By Yummie By Heather Thomson

    A great shaping cami is essential in every woman's wardrobe, whether you're new mom or not. So if you're a nursing mom, this is the perfect garment as it provides support for your breasts, slimming and smoothing all over, and easy access for nursing or hands-free pumping. It's the natural choice whether you want to layer over it or use it on its own.

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  • The Truth About Waist Training and Pregnancy

    Maternity shapewear tips

    Shaping and Supporting Your Midsection Before, During and After

    Do you love waist training, but are concerned about how safe it is before, during and after pregnancy? The time you're trying to conceive, the pregnancy itself, and the postpartum period are all vital times for your health and your baby's health. Learn the truth about waist training and your reproductive health so that you can feel confident about your shapewear decisions at every stage.

    1) Waist training before pregnancy

    Whether you want to get pregnant in the near future or later, there is no evidence that waist training causes any difficulty with conceiving. Have you ever heard it promoted as an effective method of birth control? Of course not. Consider the Western women of the 19th century who wore corsets regularly from the time they were adolescents. Many of them had no problem getting pregnant 10 or more times over the courses of their lifetimes!

    You can safely wear a great waist trainer like the Cincher by Amia for your routine, even if you want to get pregnant at some point. For optimum health, be sure to continually eat nutritious foods and do regular core-strengthening exercises. When you do become pregnant, you'll be in the habit of taking care of yourself and will have a strong body ideal for carrying a baby.

    2) Shapewear during pregnancy

    Once you confirm that you're pregnant, we recommend switching out your favorite waist trainers for maternity shapewear. You'll want to give your belly room to expand, but you can still wear garments that will support your abdomen and back and help you look smooth and fabulous. Maternity bands, tops and shaping panties are all safe options for this exciting stage. And while you're at it, don't forget to get some quality maternity bras!

    3) Postpartum belly binding

    Once you've given birth, you might be eager to get back into your waist training regimen. Women have been using postpartum binding techniques for centuries in cultures around the world. Binding can help reduce swelling and may help guide your uterus and internal organs back into their proper place. Talk to your physician to get the green light before trying postpartum binding, particularly if you had a difficult delivery or c-section.

    For effective and safe postpartum binding, choose an adjustable garment designed to provide comfortable compression during those tender weeks following childbirth. The Original Belly Bandit is a great option to help you heal. Once you've completely recovered and you've cleared your follow-up appointment with your physician, you can safely transition back to your regular waist trainers once you're ready.

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  • Tame Your Midsection Once and For All

    Get The SHAPE

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    If you're like a lot of women, some of the most frustrating problem areas in your figure are probably around your waist. This is especially true if you've been pregnant, but even if you haven't, you might still battle with your midsection, day after day.

    Few things can be more frustrating than trying to look fashionable and attractive when you're combating an uncooperative tummy, sides and back! But you don't have to give in to "love handles" and "muffin top." We have four fabulous midsection garments designed to shrink your waistline, so you'll always look smooth and slender around the middle – and maybe even drop a couple of sizes!

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    1. Cincher by Amia

    There's a reason this waistline-targeting garment is one of our bestsellers. Wear it and instantly benefit from a flatter tummy and a smooth and trim midsection all the way around, from below the bust to your hip bone. You may be able to wear a size or two smaller just by putting it on. Using Amia's signature PowerLatex fabric, it provides all day firm control, while FlexiBoning ensures unbeatable comfort. While you're wearing it, compression technology works to stimulate thermal activity and perspiration.

    2. Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    When it comes to controlling your waist, it doesn't get much more classic – or effective – than a corset. This customer-favorite corset provides maximum compression all the way around the torso for an all-day tall and lean look. Adjustable lacing ensures a perfect fit every time, while steel boning keeps your figure firmly in place all day long. Customer's favorite garment to use for waist training, simply tighten the laces as you size down.

    3. Vest by Amia

    Unbeatable compression technology meets ultimate comfort and support with Amia's popular vest. Slim your midsection dramatically in a snap when you put on this maximum strength shaper, complete with PowerLatex fabric. The vest's design ensures full coverage and support up the back and over the bra line. As with all of our maximum strength midsection shapers, instantly notice a reduction of 1-3 inches in the midsection.

    4. Compression Panty Shaper

    For no-fail tummy flattening, this panty shaper provides slimming and coverage from above the waist to down over your pelvis, which is particularly effective at taming your lower abdomen or love handles in the back. Maximum compression ensures that you'll enjoy a smooth and slim silhouette from from your hips up to below the bust.

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  • Shapewear for the Expectant Mom

    Maternity Shaping Options for Pre- and Post-Pregnancy

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    Relieving Discomfort and Looking Fabulous in Through Pregnancy

    Congratulations, mom-to-be! Whether this is your first pregnancy or a later one, you're undoubtedly full of a range of emotions as you anticipate the growth of your belly and your family.

    One of the fun parts of pregnancy is deciding what you're going to wear! Just because you're going to be much rounder in the coming months doesn't mean that you can't look fashionable and sexy, while staying comfortable.

    Before you go on a maternity shopping spree, consider that a huge factor in looking and feeling great during pregnancy is what you're wearing underneath your maternity outerwear. Maternity shapewear and support garments are designed for maximum comfort and help your growing body look smooth and attractive. They can even do wonders relieving common aches and pains you may experience during the later months.

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    Maternity Bras: Giving the Ladies a Lift

    One of the first things you may notice within days of discovering you're pregnant is tenderness and swelling in your breasts. Supportive maternity bras are an investment worth making early in the pregnancy because your breasts are only going to get larger and heavier. In fact, they're a major contributor to back and shoulder pain if you wear the wrong bra.

    Good maternity bras have wide, comfortable straps and full, supportive cups. Whether or not you should use bras with underwires is a personal preference. If your breasts are particularly tender, you may want to do without them.

    TCompression Tops: Supported and Smooth Torso

    Camis can be your best friend when you're layering your outfits during pregnancy. A quality top provides enough compression to give your bust and your belly a lift and smooth your bump, without sacrificing comfort. If a top is long enough, you may even be able to pull it over your unbuttoned non-maternity pants and provide shaping and support for your hips.

    Compression tops are also a must-have during the postpartum period. They'll pull in all of the stretched out areas of your belly and provide light abdominal support while you heal and regain your pre-pregnancy shape. And if you plan on breastfeeding, you'll love wearing compression nursing tops around the clock!

    SSupport Bands and Belts: For Support and Relief

    As your belly grows, you'll discover just how taxing a tiny baby can be on your body. Stretching ligaments and extra weight can cause a variety of aches and discomforts, including low and middle back pain, round ligament pain, pelvic pain, varicose veins and swelling in your legs.

    Support bands and belts can provide instant relief to some of these common conditions, particularly if you're on your feet a lot. These garments come in a wide range of designs and strengths. Strong support belts effectively redistribute the weight of your belly to lessen whatever strains you're experiencing. Some bellybands function fashionably, enabling you to wear your unbuttoned non-maternity pants under them.

    After pregnancy you might also benefit from a postpartum belt or cincher to help you regain a slender shape as your body heals.

    BCompression Bottoms: Additional Support Down Below

    Depending on the season and how much extra support you want, you may benefit from maternity compression panties or stockings. Most provide the same benefits as abdominal bands but go a step further with support around your pelvic area and thighs. Stockings will also provide instant relief for swelling and varicose veins in your lower extremities.

    Like much maternity shapewear, compression bottoms additionally work well in the postpartum period, improving your circulation and providing support as your body regains its shape.

     

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  • Hot Mama! Everything a postpartum mommy needs

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    Being a mom is great. Dealing with postpartum body changes - not so much. HourGlass Angel offers a wide assortment of shapers that slim and also support the tummy and abdominal muscles while they heal and reform. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA is a best seller because it visibly reduces one to four inches instantly while boosting thermal activity and firming the midsection for long-term results.

    In a time when everything is sore and swollen, make sure to breastfeed in ease with the Smooth Soft-Cup Nursing Bra by Anita. Its molded, wireless cups support and shape the breast while the nursing flap clasp can be effortlessly opened and closed with one hand. The Stretch Nursing Tank by Yummie Tummie also allows for comfortable, discreet nursing, but also provides tummy control that you can pair simply with jeans. For an especially sensitive chest, try the Bamboob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows, which calm swelling and discomfort with two-sided, temperature control pads with all natural flaxseed filling.

    While you and everyone else dotes over the new baby, don’t forget about yourself! Mommies need some extra TLC while they’re taking care of everyone. The Mommy Care Pack by Mambino, often seen at baby showers, includes belly butter, face cream, aromatherapy for both mommy and baby, and toning oil that are safe for nursing moms to use to look and feel great. A happy mom means a happy baby!

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