All You Need To Know About Pregnancy Shapewear

There are constant debates about the usage and safety of wearing pregnancy shapewear. Today, we are going to do a deep dive and explore this in detail.

All You Need To Know About Pregnancy Shapewear
All You Need To Know About Pregnancy Shapewear

If we rewind a few years from now, we can find that women did not have many options when looking for pregnancy clothes. But in our age and time, we are overloaded with heaps of pregnancy wear to choose from. It might get overwhelming for new mums-to-be to decide on what suits them best. And one pregnancy wear, in particular, is under much more scrutiny than others. It is the pregnancy shapewear!

We see celebrities posing in maternity shapewear all over the social media. And then some also highlight the medical risks of wearing shapewear during pregnancy and how it can affect you as well as the baby’s health. There are constant debates about the usage and safety of wearing pregnancy shapewear. Today, we are going to do a deep dive and explore this in detail.

What exactly is pregnancy shapewear?

As per, pregnancy or maternity shapewear, as they are generally known, are clothes that are designed to provide your body with a specific shape. It is meant to make your body look perkier and curvier along with offering support to the growing baby. And let us be honest, we all care about our looks, especially during pregnancy.

They say it is more comfortable than wearing regular shapewear in pregnancy. But the real question remains the same, are we supposed to wear pregnancy shapewear at all?

Experts suggest that maternity shapewear is too tight and puts much pressure on the body. There is always a risk of compressing nerves when a woman is pregnant, and pregnancy shapewear increase that risk. They can also cause discomfort, pain, reduced blood circulation, heartburn, and yeast infections in women who choose to wear incorrect sizes.

What types of pregnancy shapewear are available?

Maternity support belts

Maternity support belts are meant to hold the uterus and pelvic floor organs in shape. They help decrease the pressure on the lower spine due to the growing belly region. They are different from maternity bands, and people often confuse both. According to experts, maternity belts are beneficial when worn for a total of 2 hours in a day. They can support your back and adjacent muscles during pregnancy exercise. Belly belts can also help improve your posture.

On the other hand, maternity support belts come with loops, Velcro, and hooks which might be uncomfortable for some women. They may also cause their clothes to get stuck in these accessories. Wearing these belts for longer than prescribed can also weaken your muscles and ligaments as they get used to the added support. You may also find it challenging to wear fitting overalls as they show the belt under the clothes.

Maternity support underwear

As far as we can tell, maternity underwear can make allowance for your baby bump but cannot do anything to support it. They can be relied more upon their sophistication and feel-good adjective rather than supporting  your back in any way.

Maternity leggings, maternity shorts, maternity tights

This third list contains some more compression garments! It also includes maternity pants and maternity stockings. These are compression garments that are specifically designed to address lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, mild varicose veins, and vulvar varicosities. Maternity leggings specifically help address these issues with better support than others.

Pregnancy recovery leggings also come into play once you are through delivering your baby. They help recover after childbirth by treating abdominal muscle separation, perineal tears and stitches, c-section wounds, sciatica, and lower back pain.

You can wear both these maternity leggings under your everyday clothes. They are known to provide a gentle compression range of 4 mmHg to 15 mmHg which does not de-activate your muscles. They are often safe and comfortable to wear as compared to other maternity shapewear. Women have also found them comfortable enough to wear all day and sleep wearing them at night.

Pregnancy leggings can also support your exercises at the gym. They have reportedly been praised for providing the necessary support and minimise the effects of pelvic pain. These leggings are also known as maternity compression tights, pregnancy support shorts, or pregnancy compression shorts.


Pregnancy shapewear can be beneficial as well as harmful depending upon their size, duration of wearing, and activities that are done after wearing them. For some women, they might work wonders. For some others, they may not be advisable at all.

Before selecting any pregnancy shapewear and wearing them on your own, we recommend you consult your doctor first. Every pregnancy is different and may require additional care. What suits the celebrities might not suit you the same. Hence, your doctor might be able to help you with deciding the right fit for you.

Whatever you finally choose to wear, remember that true beauty starts from within. Pregnancy might be the most fantastic time in your entire life. It is not often that we give birth to a new life. Rejoice in all that you are and do not stress yourself with the complexities of looking your best round the clock.

Nourish yourself and your baby with a balanced diet as advised by your doctor and cherish every moment. Have a healthy pregnancy!