New mums have enough to contend with without feeling uncomfortable and frumpy. It can be very depressing to feel that nothing fits comfortably or lies as nicely as it used to and the majority of us are reduced to tears as we try on our pre-pregnancy clothes again.
Rather than reaching for the same maternity trousers and smock top that you had hoped you would never see again after wearing day in day out through your pregnancy, here we have outlined our favourite pieces designed to flatter your post-birth shape and allow for discreet and easy breastfeeding when out and about.
Multifunctional nursing singlet for both pregnancy and nursing complete with the Boob double layer for discreet and easier breastfeeding. The top has adjustable shoulder straps and the rouched sides give a flattering fit over the belly, both during and after pregnancy.
Finally someone has designed something specifically for post natal wardrobes. These Emma Jane leggings are designed to suck and smooth your muffin-top and jelly-belly. They feature a double layer over the tummy to hold everything in, and being made from lycra they will stretch and recover to your changing shape.
A striking tunic dress from Noppies Maternity, designed to be worn through pregnancy and breastfeeding with a flattering cowl neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and hemmed skirt. The double layer allows you to breastfeed easily, all you need to do is pull down the cowl neck and push up the under layer with one hand to nurse easily.
A great nursing blouse with short fluted sleeves and v-neck cross over - ideal for new mums. The ruched sides makes it flattering, and easy to wear, while the wrap around neckline means easy nursing access.
A classic wrap dress in flattering black to discreetly skim over your post-baby belly. This is a must in your wardrobe that you can dress up or down to suit every occasion, using bright contrasting colour accessories such as an oversize bag and patent stilettos to draw attention away from your middle. The cross over bust allows easy access when breastfeeding.
If you want extra help in smoothing out your post-natal lumps and bumps then see our Support and Shapewear section.
Anita Long-Leg Girdle with Waist Shaping
This high-function panty girdle is a great everyday shaper that will help to 'suck-in' your post partum figure. Providing a seamless look underneath your clothes this full girdle will make you feel slimmer and more comfortable in your pre-pregnancy clothes.
And for those determined to regain their shape them you can always opt for a girdle type garment. We have three options for you on this front.
Compression of the abdomen encourages the stomach to return to its original shape; improves posture; supports your lower back and tightens and shapes your midriff.
This works on a similar principle, and is ideal for use after a Caesarean section as it helps slight abdominal wall weakness.
Again this relies on the principle of belly-binding to restore abdominal firmness.