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A Guide to Postpartum Lingerie:

Embracing Comfort and Confidence

Written on 01 January 0001

Postpartum lingerie is a type of underwear designed for women navigating the post-birth recovery phase, where clothing is engineered for comfort, support, and practicality. During this transformative period, a woman’s body undergoes significant changes, which means that standard lingerie can often feel uncomfortable or inadequate. Postpartum lingerie offers a seamless construction that caters to these changes, with features like extra support, adjustable sizing, extra coverage, and easy nursing access.

Find Your Perfect Postpartum Bra

Becoming a mother is a life-altering experience and the postpartum period is a time of huge change, both physically and emotionally. While you're adjusting to your new role and responsibilities, it’s essential to prioritise your comfort and self-care. Postpartum lingerie is specifically designed to support your body during this transformative phase.

At Uplifted Lingerie, we stock plenty of well-known lingerie brands in sizes from 28A to 38HH including 40KK.  Brands include Royce, Elomi, Panache, Freya and more! We are passionate about ensuring every woman finds her perfect fit, so whether you've just given birth or are planning ahead to ensure your comfort in those first few months after your baby is born, we can help with our selection of maternity bras.

Keep reading to understand how postpartum lingerie can positively impact your post-birth experience.

Royce Charlotte: Nursing Bra; Style, Comfort, and Support for Larger Busts

Royce Charlotte Nursing Bra; Style, Comfort, and Support for Larger Busts

Royce Charlotte: Nursing Bra, From £32

  • Style: Nursing Bra with drop cup clips allows nursing and postpartum access
  • Sizes: 28DD to 40KK
  • Colour: Skin, Black, White

The Charlotte bra offers the perfect balance of comfort, support and style to provide easy and discreet nursing access or as a postpartum bra.

Crafted for supreme comfort and support during the postpartum period and beyond, the Charlotte bra features gentle side support to guide bust tissue for a shapely, supported silhouette. The discreet drop cup clips enable quick and modest nursing or postpartum access while the mesh top creates a seamless outline.

Adjustable shoulder straps and hook fastenings ensure Charlotte adapts as the body changes through the postpartum phases. Ideal for fuller bust sizes from 28DD to 40KK seeking the perfect nursing, maternity and postpartum bra offering versatile wear through changing phases.



Royce Indie: Nursing Bra; Elegance and Comfort for Nursing Mothers

Royce Indie Nursing Bra; Elegance and Comfort for Nursing Mothers

Royce Indie: Nursing Bra, From £34

  • Style: Wire-free Nursing Bra
  • Sizes: 32C to 40FF
  • Colour: Available in a stunning Petrol Blue 

Indie, a creation by Royce, redefines the everyday nursing bra. It’s crafted with soft moulded cups that provide a seamless fit and gentle support, ideal for fluctuating bust and cup sizes during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The exquisite lace detailing around the neck edge and underband adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your lingerie collection.

Functionality is at the heart of the Indie Nursing Bra, featuring easy-to-use clips for convenient nursing. The retainer straps are thoughtfully designed to allow more skin-to-skin contact, fostering a nurturing bond between mother and baby.


Royce Blossom: Maternity Bra; The Ultimate Maternity Bra for Versatility and Comfort

Royce Blossom Maternity Bra; The Ultimate Maternity Bra for Versatility and Comfort

Royce Blossom: Maternity Bra, From £36

  • Style: Maternity Bra with Plunge and Crop Top Options
  • Sizes: Available in dual sizes from 32 C/D/DD to 40 G/GG/H
  • Colour: Classic Black and White Spot Design

Designed for both maternity and nursing, this bra stands out as an everyday essential that adapts to your changing body, making it our fastest-selling maternity bra.

It's designed with triple-sized options, ensuring this bra grows with you throughout your pregnancy and nursing journey. The clever design allows it to be transformed into a crop style, making it an excellent choice for sleeping and an essential item for any hospital bag.

Crafted from super-soft stretch fabric, the Blossom Bra provides exceptional comfort and support. The deep underband offers the necessary support and shaping that expecting and new mothers need. Its plunge style ensures versatility, making it suitable for a range of outfits.


What is Postpartum Lingerie and Why is it Important?

Becoming a mother is a journey filled with profound changes, both joyful and challenging. After giving birth, your body goes through a raft of physical and hormonal changes that you will need to adapt to and support as your body adjusts. 

This is where postpartum lingerie comes into play, offering comfort, support, and practicality. These undergarments are not just about looking good; they are crafted to make you feel good. By accommodating the physical shifts, such as size changes and the need for nursing access, postpartum lingerie helps ease the transition, making it a vital part of post-birth care.

The Importance of Specialised Support

Underwires and slim bra straps on regular bras may dig painfully into enlarged breasts, while regular briefs won't accommodate sanitary pads. Postpartum lingerie however is thoughtfully designed with the unique needs of new mothers in mind. 

Bras for new mums offer wider, cushioned straps to prevent digging into shoulders when carrying a baby and additional side slings and supportive underbust panels limit painful breast movement during the engorgement phase. 

Discreet inner pockets in absorbent knickers hold pads securely and the use of soft, flexible fabrics provides gentle stretch and compression where needed most. All of these features in postpartum underwear help to keep new mothers feeling comfortable. 

Adjustability and Flexibility

Your breasts, ribcage, and hips will likely fluctuate in size considerably as your body recovers postpartum. Standard lingerie sizes won't adapt to accommodate these rapid changes. Postpartum lingerie, however, typically incorporates adjustable components to evolve with your changing shape.

Multi-row bra hooks allow the band to expand and contract as rib cage size reduces after birth. Straps with sliding rings can be lengthened or shortened to suit enlarging and shrinking breasts. Stretchy nursing flaps are shaped to custom-fit your breasts for comfortable feeding. 

The flexibility and room to manoeuvre make postpartum lingerie both a practical and economical choice - you won't need to continuously buy new pieces as your postpartum body stabilises.

Practical Features for Breastfeeding Mums

Practical Features for Breastfeeding Mums

If you're breastfeeding, having easily accessible nursing functionality is a must. Many postpartum bras come equipped with discreet drop-down flaps or panels that allow for convenient feeding when out and about. This clever engineering not only simplifies nursing on-demand but also helps maintain privacy and comfort when in public spaces.

Some bras also incorporate removable padding or moldable liners to accommodate changing breast size or prevent leakage through breast pads when engorged. For peace of mind when nourishing your new baby, look for postpartum bras with features tailored to breastfeeding mothers.

Aiding in Recovery and Comfort

The postpartum period can be physically challenging. Whether you're dealing with soreness, C-section recovery, or general discomfort, having the right lingerie can make a significant difference. 

Soft, wire-free cups prevent painful chafing on cracked nipples and leaking breasts. Discreet pouches in absorbent briefs securely hold sanitary pads, preventing embarrassing leaks. High-waisted knickers offer gentle compression, supporting and shrinking the post-baby belly to ease back strain as you care for your newborn, and breathable fabrics help prevent painful clogged milk ducts. 

Postpartum lingerie is designed to be gentle on your skin, reducing irritation and aiding in overall comfort as your body recovers.

Boosting Confidence and Well-being

It’s not just about physical comfort; postpartum lingerie also plays a role in your emotional well-being. Wearing pieces that are both comfortable and flattering can boost your confidence during a time when your body is going through many changes. Feeling good in your lingerie can have a positive impact on your overall mood and self-image.

The Types of Postpartum Lingerie Available

The Types of Postpartum Lingerie Available

Postpartum Bras

These bras are a must-have for new mothers. They offer extra support, adjustable sizing, and, for nursing mothers, convenient access for breastfeeding. Look for options with wider straps and soft, stretchable fabrics for added comfort.

High-waisted Knickers

High-waisted knickers provide support for your abdomen, which can be particularly comforting if you’ve had a C-section. They also offer a smooth silhouette, giving you a boost of confidence as you adjust to your postpartum body.

Supportive Bodysuits

Bodysuits can offer all-over support and are particularly useful if you're looking for something that provides a seamless look under clothing. They can also offer additional support to the back and abdomen.

Nursing Camisoles

Nursing camisoles are great for layering and provide easy access for breastfeeding. They often come with built-in bras for added convenience and support.

How to Choose the Right Postpartum Lingerie for You

How to Choose the Right Postpartum Lingerie for You

Consider Your Specific Needs

Think about what your day-to-day life looks like and what your specific needs are. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need easy nursing access. If you’re recovering from a C-section, look for high-waisted options that won’t irritate your incision.

Focus on Comfort and Fit

During the postpartum period, comfort is key. Ensure that the lingerie you choose fits well and doesn’t dig into your skin. Adjustable options and a higher waistband on knickers or shorts can be particularly useful as your body changes.

Quality Matters

Invest in high-quality pieces that will last. Look for durable fabrics and good construction. Remember, these pieces are an investment in your comfort during a crucial time.

Seek Advice and Support

If you’re unsure about what to choose, don’t hesitate to seek advice. At Uplifted Lingerie, we offer expert guidance on bra sizing and can help you shop and find the perfect fit for your postpartum body.

When and How Long Should You Wear Postpartum Lingerie?

There’s no fixed time to start wearing postpartum lingerie. Begin when you feel ready and comfortable. For some, this might be immediately after birth, while others may choose to wait a few days or weeks.

The length of time you wear postpartum lingerie varies depending on individual recovery and comfort. Some women wear it for a few months, while others may continue for a year or more. Listen to your body and make the decision based on your comfort and needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Postpartum Lingerie

Frequently Asked Questions About Postpartum Lingerie

What Does Postpartum Mean?

Postpartum refers to the period after childbirth. Specifically, postpartum describes the 6-8 week period that a woman's body takes to recover and heal after delivering a baby.

Some key things to know about the postpartum period:

  • It involves major physical changes as the woman's hormones shift and her uterus shrinks back to normal size. Common symptoms include bleeding, discharge, breast swelling and tenderness, contracted abdomen, and cramping.
  • Postpartum care focuses on allowing the body to heal, regain strength, and adapt to the new responsibilities of motherhood. Rest, proper nutrition, support and gentle exercise are important.
  • For many women, the postpartum period lasts around 6-8 weeks but it's a gradual process with no fixed endpoint. It takes time for the body to fully heal and adjust both physically and emotionally after the profound experience of childbirth.

What Are Recovery Layers?

Recovery layers are a postpartum underwear solution that typically consists of a layering system of supportive undergarments that work together to shape, slim, and compress the postpartum body.

For example, high-waisted briefs or compression shorts may feature an inner bonded layer that slims the tummy, waist and hips, while a second layer provides gentle compression to support core abdominal muscles. An outer layer of soft, flexible fabric ensures comfort against the skin. The layers work in tandem to aid the body’s natural healing process after birth.

Is Postpartum Lingerie Necessary?

While not mandatory, postpartum lingerie can significantly enhance comfort and support during the post-birth recovery period. It’s especially beneficial for nursing mothers and those recovering from C-sections.

Can I Wear Regular Lingerie During the Postpartum Period?

You can, but regular lingerie may not provide the necessary support or comfort needed during this time. Postpartum lingerie is specifically designed to cater to the changes your body is going through.

How Do I Know My Size for Postpartum Lingerie?

Sizing can be challenging during the postpartum period. It’s a good idea to get professionally measured or seek advice from lingerie specialists. At Uplifted Lingerie, we can help you find the perfect fit for your evolving body.

Can Postpartum Lingerie Help with Recovery?

Yes, the right postpartum lingerie can aid in physical comfort and recovery. Supportive pieces can help in reducing discomfort and promoting a sense of well-being.

Embracing Your Postpartum Journey with the Right Lingerie

While it can be an exciting chapter, the postpartum journey poses plenty of physical and emotional challenges that require care and support. One small way to practice self-care is through lingerie, sleepwear and maternity wear that is designed to uplift you during the ups and downs of new motherhood without compromising comfort.

Yet comfort and recovery are not the only benefits. Pretty details like lace trims and soft floral prints add a touch of femininity and normalcy amidst the chaos of new parenthood. Postpartum lingerie allows you to celebrate, rather than hide, your body.

Whether you’re looking for supportive bras, comfortable knickers, or all-over support, choosing the right postpartum lingerie can positively impact your post-birth experience. 

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