Guide for Slimming Down after Pregnancy
Are you expecting a little one or have that bundle of joy in your arms already? Congratulations! First things first; enjoy that little darling in those first short weeks postpartum.
As your baby grows, you may be wondering: when is my belly going to shrink? While you have to be patient as nature does it work, you can use a postpartum shaper to speed the process a bit. Compression can help your uterus shrink back down to its regular size and guide your body into regaining its shape. You’ll also benefit from better posture, which will help prevent postpartum aches and pains and help you heal more quickly!
If you’re pregnant and want to order a compression garment in advance, one rule of thumb is to order one size larger than your pre-pregnancy size. Yet you might need to factor in other considerations, especially if you’ve put on a lot of extra weight.
While every woman (and every pregnancy) is different, you can expect to lose a good chunk of weight immediately after birth. Twelve pounds is typical, if you consider seven or eight pounds for an average baby, a pound or so for the placenta, and another few pounds of blood and amniotic fluid. You can expect to lose another four to six pounds in fluid within a week or two following delivery.
After that, the weight comes off a little more slowly, about a pound a week, so this is the size you’ll want to plan for. When ordering your postpartum shaper, try to estimate your weight for about two weeks after birth: sixteen to eighteen pounds less than your full term weight. After subtracting that weight, add a dress size for every ten pounds above your pre-pregnancy weight. For example, if you weighed 125 pounds and wore a size 4 pre-pregnancy and weighed 150 pounds full-term, you can expect to weigh about 135 pounds two weeks after the birth. You’ll want about a size 6 shaper for that period (see product size charts for precision sizing).
Keep in mind that if you are ordering your garment during the second or third trimester, you will likely be gaining one pound per week for the remainder of your pregnancy.
Good luck and best wishes as you embark on the incredible journey of motherhood!