Shapewear for the Mummy Tummy
Our intrepid advice columnist, Amy, is taking the week off to be with her family during a medical emergency. Let’s wish them the best.
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Shapewear for the Mummy Tummy, tested and reviewed
These are a few of my favorite things: egg-in-a-hole, creamy risotto, butternut squash ravioli, paella, pigs in a blanket, vegetable dumplings, and cubano sandwiches.
By now you get the picture that I LOVE to eat. Seriously love food. (Don’t worry, I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables too.) Before I had my son, I had spent 5 years on a low-carb regimen and had stayed happily fit. But, the minute that pee stick registered a positive result, I had a date with my ol’ friends spaghetti and bread almost every day and we rekindled our mutual love.
The postpartum period was tough to lose the last ten pounds of baby weight, but I was too busy freaking out about new motherhood to really care all that much. Soon No Carb Left Behind was my mantra.
The point of this is that I have come to terms that I love food more than I care about about those extra 10 pounds I now have. Depriving myself of foods and culinary experiences I enjoy so much is just not worth it to me.
Plus, before my pregnancy in 2002, shapewear was not ubiquitously embraced as it is today. So, my solution to balancing the need to feel good in my clothing and eat with pleasure is wearing shapewear. And, it works!
About 6 months ago at BlogHer I was telling Amalah all about how my new fascination with shapewear, particularly for one’s mid-section. She asked me to chime in on the Smackdown.
First of all, shapewear is not inexpensive. These are investment pieces well worth it if it will make you feel a bit more confident about how you look and feel in your clothes.
Here are my favorite pieces:
Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Bodysuit
This is style #069 and retails for $62. I love this Spanx bodysuit because it does several things for me:
* minimizes my mid-section
* accentuates my waistline
* lifts my derriere a bit
There are detachable straps which attach to your bra to keep the bodysuit in place. These are a pain in the neck when it’s time to go to the bathroom, so I use them only for tight-fitting tops where I need to ensure that the bodysuit stays put (which it does most of the time anyway).
I don’t have this style, but it looks to be similar to mine and without the bra straps is $20 less expensive: Spanx’s Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Panty (style #140). If you have this model, do us a favor and let us know what you think in the comments section. This is the one I’m buying next.
Miraclesuit’s Wonderful Edge Hi-Waist Brief
This is style #2705 and retails for $32. The Miraclesuit is my second pick. Here’s what it’s great at in order of best attributes:
* Shapes my rear nicely and remove INCHES, peoples
* Holds in my mummy tummy
Also, it has these “silicone wonderful edge trim” in the legs that prevent ride-ups.
Assets by Sara Blakely¬Æ Sensational Shaper
Sara Blakely is the founder of Spanx and Assets is her less expensive shapewear line, available at Target stores nationwide. Now, this style is $20 which is significantly less expensive than Spanx and slightly less than the Miraclesuit. However, this style is Good, not Great. Spanx is great. Miraclesuit is Great. But, I think Assets is a decent everyday option. I would recommend that you try it on at Target before purchasing.