Diastasis recti, also known as abdominal separation, is when the muscles that meet in the middle of your stomach separate. It’s very common during pregnancy, and it’s thought up to 60% of women will experience some degree of abdominal separation. Thankfully recovery shorts and postpartum shapewear can help in closing your abdominal muscle separation.
Created to support your body in the areas you need it most, postpartum shapewear usually involves a degree of compression. Not only do they hold you together and provide more comfort as you go about your new life as a mum, but they help increase circulation around wounds and speed up the repair of diastasis recti.
From shorts and tights to girdles and bands, there are purpose-built postpartum recovery garments available in loads of styles and sizes to suit every new mum-bod.
Where to buy shapewear for diastasis recti
To help you find comfortable and supportive recovery garments for your post-birth stage, we’ve put together a complete list of Australia’s top brands and online stores.
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Here are 14 postpartum shapewear brands to help you treat diastasis recti:
Comfortable and convenient, Bubba Bump postpartum wear moulds to your post-baby body shape and support you where you need it most. Options include antibacterial briefs, recovery shorts and tanks which encourage blood flow and help reduce swelling.
With a mission to provide comfortable support to women’s bodies after birth, My Formation recovery products provide gentle support where you need it most. The stomach band is made with power mesh lining for unrestrictive, light compression on sore tummies.
Recommended by obstetricians and physios, Solidea recovery shorts use patented fabric proven to improve pelvic problems, tears, circulation and back pain. Made in Italy and suitable for both caesarean and vaginal births, they come in a choice of nude or black.
Suitable for use right after birth, Mamaway’s extra-wide postnatal support band helps stabilise wounds with gentle compression. Made of antibacterial bamboo-charcoal fabric, it’s ultra-stretchy and aids in tightening up abdominal muscles after birth.
Developed to target back pain and abdominal muscle separation, Active Truth recovery wear can be worn on its own or under clothes. They come in three different lengths and are constructed from squat-proof compression fabric that helps reduce swelling.
In a choice of full-length and short styles, SRC Health recovery clothes feature Anatomical Support Panels for targeted compression that helps treat caesarean wounds and abdominal muscle separation. They’re free of zips and buttons and fit like a second skin.
Available in two styles to suit your lifestyle, these postpartum shorts look as fab as they feel. The high-waist compression shorts conceal tender tummies and feature a fabric construction that helps move pregnancy weight deposits.
In styles to suit all mum bodies whatever its shape, LaSculpte compression shorts stabilise muscles, reduce swelling and encourage good circulation to help you recover faster. Crotch panels support perineal tears and a high waist makes for easy, supportive nursing.
These Australian-made and award-winning maternity support products are TGA-approved and loved by mums all over the country. Easy to wear and suitable for use from pregnancy right through your postpartum recovery, they can be custom made for the perfect fit.
Sleek lines, a smooth silhouette and all the help your postnatal body need to get on with enjoying life with a new baby. Ripe Maternity compression shorts come in a short-leg style that’s easy to conceal under regular clothes and offer loads of stretch and gentle support.
From power briefs with double-layer compression band shaping slips with full tummy support, B Free shapewear helps create a sleek silhouette to get you back into your favourites in no time. Sizes range from S – XXL with multipacks available.
This diverse collection of postpartum shapewear was developed to help mums look great and feel confident throughout their recovery. Recommended by physicians, nurses and countless new mums, there’s a garment here for every mum’s body and occasion.
Ideal for postpartum body support while you’re on the move, Cotton On postnatal shorts are made with compression performance materials, flat locked seams and a lovely high waistband that won’t rub against c-section scares and tummy swelling.
With UPF50+ sun protection and moisture-wicking properties, these are just the shorts to ease you back into an active lifestyle after birth. They have a high-rise waistband, a single abdominal panel, and a double-layered gusset for peace of mind with your pelvic floor.
What to look for in recovery shapewear for diastasis recti
Plenty of stretch. It goes without saying that stretch is critical when it comes to great recovery shorts and other undergarments in your postpartum phase. You’ll be bending to pick up your new baby and breastfeeding around the clock, so you’ll need recovery garments that allow you to move freely.
High waistbands to avoid rubbing. The last thing you want is a tight waistband rubbing against swollen areas or your c-section wound during your postpartum recovery, so go for shapewear or compression garments with extra-high waists that support and conceal your tummy.
Easy to wash. With your life full of a new baby, you won’t have much time for handwashing. Look for machine-washable compression wear that will airdry fast, so that you get them back on in a jiffy.
The right style for your lifestyle. Postpartum support garments come in different styles to suit different occasions and lifestyles. In warm weather, recovery shorts are fabulous because they can be worn on their own or under a dress. In the cooler climates, you might want to go with 3/4 or full-length tights.
What is diastasis recti?
Diastasis recti is a separation of the abdominal muscles it’s common in over two-thirds of pregnant women. The condition can cause many issues related to your core as well as an unwanted protruding belly, commonly called a ‘pooch’.
What does diastasis recti look like?
Abdominal muscle separation can vary in severity and shows in different ways. In some women, there may be a visible ‘gap’ between the stomach muscles, in others symptoms such as a distended belly and poor posture may be signs of diastasis recti.
Can shapewear help with diastasis recti?
Yes! Shapewear that is specifically designed for the postpartum stage can help with the treatment of diastasis recti by supporting the muscles and allowing the connective tissue to heal. Not all shapewear in Australia is created for postnatal recovery, though. If you’re in any doubt about what garment is right for you, chat with your health professional.
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